Democratic women, elected officials and guests will celebrate the 58th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women, Inc. on September 30-October 2, 2022, at the Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, WV.
Among the highlights of the three-day, in-person event, will be the attendance of Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer, oldest child of singer, actor, political and social activist Harry Belafonte and educator and early childhood development advocate Frances Marguerite Byrd-Belafonte-Mazique.
“Ms. Belafonte Biesemeyer has graciously accepted our invitation to be the Keynote speaker at our Banquet and in addition, attend the entire event,” explained WVFDW President Anna Gillespie, (Brooke County) . “We are so honored to have her presence and I know our members will be thrilled by her support of our organization,” Gillespie added. Belafonte Biesemeyer has been a resident of West Virginia since the mid ‘60’s.
She is a retired Licensed Professional Counselor and former Chair of the WV Board of Examiners of Counseling. She also designed and directed the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine Center for International Medicine and Cultural Concerns which focused on medical students experiencing medical training in developing countries around the world.
Since her retirement, Ms. Belafonte Biesemeyer has returned to one of
her many talents in designing and selling one-of-a-kind art wearables while also concentrating on the Anir Foundation, which she and her daughter Rachael Blue founded in 1997. The Foundation is a non-profit focusing on educating North Americans about non-European based cultures.
Ms. Belafonte Biesemeyer will address the membership and guests at the annual Banquet at 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 1, 2022.
Contact your County Club President for registration info. Registration for the meeting and hotel reservations are extended until September 5.
Call hotel for reservations, mention WVFDW for a special rate: (304) 345-6500.
West Virginia Democratic Women’s Spring Summit
WVFDW and the WVDP are planning a one (1) day Democratic
Women's Summit at the Stonewall Resort, Lewis County, Roanoke WV
The event will run from 1pm until 530pm.
Please return below forms and fees to:
109 ½ Walker Street
Rivesville, WV 26588
Each form must be accompanied by a check or money order. No one will be registered without payment in advance.
This year’s registration fee for members and guests will be $30.
(The fee includes all Leadership sessions, Luncheon and Workshop)
All guests who register and pay their fee
will be admitted to all events.
Each person registering for the Spring Summit is responsible for their own hotel reservation. Call (304) 269-7400.
Rooms will be available at a discounted price for Friday, March 25th and Saturday March 26th.
Registrations will not be accepted after March 5, 2021
Watch for our virtual presentation!
As the newly elected President of the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women, I invite all Democratic women to become members of our county clubs. Join us as we turn West Virginia blue.
I invite all Democratic women to join us at our Annual Meeting as we continue to celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment that finally gave women the right to vote.
Join us as we turn West Virginia blue.
The WVFDW aims to unite West Virginia's county Democratic Women's clubs into one group working together for the success of the Democratic Party by:
*Stimulating interest and participation in government affairs.
*Promoting the fundamental principles for which the Democrat party traditionally and historically stands.
*Developing leadership and promoting harmony within the party ranks.
All West Virginia Democratic Women's Clubs may become members of this organization provided their purposes and activities are in harmony with the principles of the Democratic Party, that each club should be organized within it's county or metropolitan area, and that each club must have and maintain twenty-five (25) members or more paid voting members who are registered Democrat in their counties.
The Federation is chartered through the Secretary of State's office, making it a political entity of it's own, empowered to work through and with the State Executive Committee.
One of the chief advantages of belonging to the Federation is the bonding of women for common purposes. It gives clubs a sense of identity larger than that created by being a single entity. In turn, the Federation's identity is enhanced by belonging to the National Federation of Democratic Women.