We’re With Her and She’s With Us!!

Hello Democratic Women of North Carolina,


First I would like to let everyone who’s been or still being affected by Hurricane Matthew that you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!

I regret the Convention had to be postponed,  but I’ve heard from many of you that the decision was appreciated and was the right thing to do.  I am happy to let you know the reschedule dates for the DWNC 2016 Convention have been set for November 11-13, 2016at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, 555 South McDowell St., Charlotte, NC 20204, which is the weekend after the November 8th election.

You may be wondering why I decided to hold the Convention after the election.  The fact is there were just no good dates in October.  Many DWNC Chapters, County and State Democratic Party and Candidates had previously scheduled events and Early Vote begins the weekend of October 20th.  In addition, we are all doing so much “on the ground work” to elect our Democratic Candidates and turn North Carolina Blue that I felt it was not a good idea to interrupt those efforts.   My hope and belief is that we will be Celebrating our Wins Together and sharing stories of memorable things that happened along our way to Victory!  There will surely be some cases where our candidates may not win, but I’ve spoken with many who’ve said they will support the DWNC Convention win or lose.  Convention will give us the opportunity to thank them for their efforts.

This is an important DWNC Convention as we’ll be electing new Officers,  approving the 2017 Budget and voting on changes to our Constitution and Bylaws.   Look forward to seeing you in the Queen City for our 56th Annual Convention!   Concetta R Caliendo, DWNC President, 2015-2016
Hotel Reservations: Previous hotel reservations were automatically cancelled,  so all hotel reservations will need to be Booked or Re-Booked.  You can Book your hotel reservations directly with the Charlotte Sheraton Hotel at (704) 626-3652 by Tuesday, November 1st and mention the DWNC Convention to take advantage of our special rates. You can also book your reservation online by following this link  Democratic Women of NC Convention OR copy and paste the following link into your web browser https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1610064971&key=30E12C6B   Note:  the Nov 1st date may not show on the hotel website, but your reservations at the special rate will be accepted through Nov 1st.  Members not staying at the hotel will enjoy discounted daily parking rates.

Convention Registration: All registrations for the previous dates will be honored with no further action required. Those members unable to attend and seeking a refund should send an email by Friday, November 4th, to both Concetta Caliendo at fatcetta@aol.com and Pat Moore at phmoore71@gmail.com.

New Registration: New Registration forms and payment must be submitted by Friday, November 4th. There are two ways to register:

1. Download the registration form at http://democraticwomenofnc.org/convention56/,  open in Adobe Acrobat, complete the form, save it to your computer, and email the document to Pat Moore at phmoore71@gmail.com. To pay securely online click on


  1. Print out the registration form at http://democraticwomenofnc.org/convention56/, fill it out, and mail it with your payment to DWMC, Attn: 2016 Convention, PO Box 470712, Charlotte, NC 28247.  Checks should be made payable to the DWMC-DWNC 2016 Convention.

Community Outreach: The DWMC has partnered with A Child’s Place, an organization dedicated to erasing the effect of homelessness on children and their education. As we approach the winter months, please consider donating serviceable and clean winter coats, sweaters or jackets. For more information, please visit http://www.achildsplace.org/uncategorized/urgent-needs.

There’s still time to Submit additional Stars – As stated in the Call to Convention, Star Recipients are deserving individuals who are  sponsored by their DW chapter or county party in recognition of their outstanding work in energizing the party and helping elect  Democrats. Stars will be recognized Saturday night with a certificate and a pin. Star forms can be downloaded from our web site www.democraticwomenofnc.org . The deadline to submit additional Stars is Wednesday, November 2nd.