Welcome from Elaine Vaccaro, President
Democratic Women's Club of Collier County
The history of the Democratic Women's Club of Florida is outlined on its website www.democratic-women.org. Following is an excerpt:
The organizational meeting for a state club took place at the Princess Martha Hotel in St. Petersburg on May 24, 1956, which was the day chosen by Eleanor Roosevelt as Democratic Women's Day. Eighteen active Democratic Women gathered to do business as the Democratic Women's Club of Florida and to receive a Charter from the Secretary of State. We received our charter as a corporation in 1972. In 1980 we joined the National Federation of Democratic Women after attending the two previous conventions. Several of our members have served on National Federation of Democratic Women's committees and held National Federation of Democratic Women's elected positions.
From that small beginning in 1956, under the leadership of its first President, Mrs. James Haley of Bradenton, The Democratic Women's Club of Florida, Inc. now consists of nine regions, representing over 40 clubs.
The DWCF was formed to bring together all Democratic Women's Clubs in Florida to provide a forum for discussion of public matters, to support qualified candidates for public office and to encourage qualified Democratic women to seek elected office.
The Democratic Women's Club of Collier County (“DWCCC”) was chartered as a unit of the statewide organization on April 27, 1971.
The first scholarship award to deserving senior high school students from Collier County was presented in 1986. Since then, we have awarded over $10,000 to deserving young people in our community to help them achieve their academic goals.
In 1987, the DWCCC planted a tree in Cambier Park in observance of the 200th anniversary of our Constitution.
For the past three years, members of the DWCCC have joined with members of DWC Region VII (five counties) in traveling to Tallahassee during the legislative session to meet Democratic legislators and to meet with other legislators who are (or not) supporting legislation that affects the lives of all Florida Democrats. Over 100 Democratic Women's Club members from around Florida attended the 2011 Tallahassee Legislative Day this past February.
The DWCCC provides on-going political and financial support to Democratic candidates at all levels. We participate in campaigns at the Collier County Democratic Party headquarters.
Over the years, DWCCC has taken an active interest in the welfare of our community through donations to various organizations. We network throughout the community to reach out and lend a helping hand whenever needed.