By Mike Miller
President, Riderwood Village Democratic Club
The recently elected Steering Committee of the Riderwood Village Democratic Club takes office this month with an ambitious vision for 2018. The new officers are: Mike Miller, President; Angela Miotto, Vice President; Patricia Lopes, Secretary; Gloria Sapiro, Treasurer; Sylvia Raphael, Program Chair; Trudy Downs, Membership Chair; Janet Rochlin, Montgomery County Observer; and Marie Warner, Prince George’s County Observer.
As a political club, the group’s primary goal is to inform members about candidates and issues and energize them to elect Democratic candidates at all levels of government. Program Chair Sylvia Raphael and her team will present programs every month this year, introducing Riderwood to both the Democratic candidates for office and the issues that the elections will decide.
Programs are the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the Encore Theater. Meetings are open to everyone, regardless of political affiliation. Moreover, in 2018 the club looks to coordinate with other groups to bring candidates from all parties to Riderwood and provide residents the opportunity to meet candidates and compare their views.
The January 10 program will feature Kathleen Matthews, the Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. She will be joined by the Chairs of the Democratic Central Committees of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. The topic will be the future of the Democratic Party in Maryland and how the club can contribute to its success.
In addition to the club’s monthly meetings, the Steering Committee plans additional initiatives to keep its members informed and encourage political action supporting Democratic goals. These include a newsletter, a contact network, and working groups to assist Steering Committee members.
There are multiple opportunities to become more involved in the club’s activities. At this point, the positions of Publicity Chair, Research Chair, State Level Observer, and Member at Large are vacant and club officers need support to fulfill their missions. If you are interested in helping the Steering Committee implement its ambitious agenda, contact President Mike Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-273-0914.