What we're about
The Democratic Women's Council of the Conejo Valley is open to all Dem women and men living in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. You don't have to live in the Conejo Valley ~ we also have members from Ventura, Oxnard, Ojai, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Calabasas and the San Fernando Valley!
Who are we and why would you want to participate?: The Democratic Women's Council of the Conejo Valleyhas been in existence since 2005. Started after the Gore-Bush election debacle by a handful of concerned and outraged area women, our purpose has grown from gathering together to form our collective voice in what was then a "Red County" to playing a pivotal role in turning Ventura County "BLUE". Our goal has evolved now to advancing the effectiveness locally of the Democratic Party and promoting a venue where women (and men) can share concerns, goals and ideas in a safe, educational and FUN environment.
What do we do? We host a monthly Champagne Brunch, usually on the second Saturday of the month (depending on national or religious holidays that might conflict) from 9:30AM to 11:30 AM, at Boccaccio's Restaurant overlooking lovely Westlake Lake, in Westlake Village, CA. Our brunches are open to all area Democrats, women AND men, and we encourage you to invite your high school-aged daughters and sons, as well! In addition to a delicious champagne brunch, priced at just $25, we provide a fun and informative program each month that not only engages our members and guests, but informs you about local, statewide and national issues you care about. It's a fun and effective way to meet like-minded people, become informed, meet local and statewide public office candidates and dignitaries, AND enjoy a lovely Saturday morning on the lake.
Paying it Forward: Our philanthropical purpose began in 2009 with the Democratic Women's Council Scholarship Committee. Proudly re-named last year to honor one of our wonderful area female Democratic leaders, the "Fran Pavley Scholarship for Empowering Young Women" raises funds each year to provide area graduating High School women with cash scholarships to honor their achievements & help them on their college journey. Since its inception in 2009, we have now awarded 18 scholarships to deserving "progressive" young women, totaling over $18,500. The girls feel so honored to be recognized and rewarded for their achievements both in school and within our community, many of them return for a visit from college each Spring during our awards ceremony to congratulate the current winners and update us on their college (and after) achievements! These young women are now or soon-to-be college grads, making a difference in many different areas: Education, Medicine, Research, Public Administration, Politics, Business and so on. We are so proud of our award recipients, and would like YOU to be a part of this important endeavor!
How to Attend our Brunch: Just sign up as a member of this Meet Up group and RSVP! If you would like to, you may reserve your seat and pre-pay online here at the March 2019 Event ACT BLUE (https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/march2019brunch) link. Pre-paying is very much appreciated!
How to become a member of the DWCCV
: There are two membership tiers: #1, the Regular Membership, is just $25 per year. With this membership, you will have a voice in voting for all officers, motions and additions and changes to the by-laws and club's decisions. #2, the Premier Membership, is $99 per year. With this membership, your monthly brunches are reduced to just $20, you have the voting rights, AND you receive a custom name badge. To become a member, you may pay by check at one of our brunches, or
PAY HERE ONLINE TO BECOME A MEMBER WITH ACT BLUE (https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/joinusnow).
Where does our money go? We are a 100% volunteer organization and a registered Political Action Committee (PAC). As such we fall under the regulations of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), the California Political Reform Division, and others. As a PAC, we are allowed to contribute money to individual candidates and initiatives. However, as a smaller, local group, our primary use for funds collected is used to pay the costs of adhering to the various accounting and regulatory procedures necessary to function as a PAC; to provide the scholarship funds for the "Fran Pavley Scholarship for Empowering Young Women"; to support the Ventura County Central Committee, whom our charter falls under; to pay for outreach to promote and grow our Council; and with funds available, to contribute to local or statewide candidates.
Fundraising: As our brunches rarely break even, the majority of the funds we collect to contribute to the above purposes is collected from Membership dues and special fundraising events. Twice a year we put on a great event within the community: a Holiday event usually in November, and our annual Scholarship Awards event in late May. As a growing organization, we are always looking for more ways to raise funds. We welcome your participation in our Event Planning Committee, Membership Committee, Public Relations Committee and of course, the Fran Pavley Scholarship for Empowering Young Women Committee!