Greetings! March is Women's History Month ,
allowing us an opportunity to focus on and c elebrate women's contributions to history, culture, and society. Our very own Barbara Mikulski was critical to the designation of March as Women's History Month when in February 1980, she and Senator Orrin Hatch co-sponsored a Congressional Resolution for National Women’s History Week.
As you may have realized from the above picture, I played a small part in trying to achieve the historical passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Illinois (1980) during the time that I served as a community organizer for the National Organization for Women. We lost by one vote; it took Illinois almost 40 years to revisit this issue, which they did last spring when they finally ratified the ERA. The year before that Nevada ratified the amendment, so that means 37 of the 38 states needed for ratification are in place, although it is unclear how the passage of time will treat the ratification effort. This year, Virginia legislators were hoping to be the final state to ratify the ERA. Instead, the Republican majority on the committee refused to report the ERA bill out of committee and the attempt to bring it on to the House floor failed on a vote of 50:50. Yet, women know that giving up will not get the job done. It took 70 years for women to obtain the right to vote (19th amendment); maybe it will only take 50 years to get the ERA passed!
Keeping Up with Deb
Below are some of the events and meetings I have recently attended. Let me know about your community activities so I can stop by, if my schedule allows.

02/20 - MACo Education Subcommittee Meeting
02/21 - New Courthouse Community Outreach Meeting
02/23 - Evening in the Stacks
02/24 - Howard County Historical Society Membership Meeting 
02/27 - State of the County
02/28 - Consumer Protection Forum w/ Van Hollen & Frosh
03/02 - Chocolate Ball
03/04 - Meeting with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen
03/05 - CBA Information session, Columbia Association
03/06 - MACo Legislative Meeting
03/11 - Special DAAC Announcement
Let me tell you, I've been a busy Councilmember in the month of February. From community meetings to social events, I've brought my passion and desire to serve. I continue to build relationships with my fellow councilmembers and to reach out to all groups so that we know and care about each other on a personal level.  
Community Affairs
Young People's Concert
March 16, 2018,10:30am & 1:00pm
Jim Rouse Theatre
5460 Trumpeter Rd, Columbia
Adult (18 & up) - $15
Children - FREE
-Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (excerpts)...-Badelt: Pirates of the Caribbean
-Peck: Playing With Style...Greg Jukes, narrator....Dance Connections, Jennifer Aversa, Director
Musical Instrument Petting Zoo 11:30am - 1:00pm

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Soup'r Sundae
Grassroots Fundraiser
March 17th, 11am -2pm
Wilde Lake High School
5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia

  • $20 for adults
  • $5 for children under 12
  • All You Can Eat Ice Cream - Make Your Own Sundaes
  • Silent Auctions
  • Entertainment for Kids

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22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County Gala!
March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
Sample tantalizing delicacies from area restaurants and caterers, bid on beautiful works of art by local artists, and enjoy live musical performances in the Studio Theatre. Then, join us in the Smith and Studio Theatres for the live presentation of our annual Rising Star Performing Arts Competition as emerging performing artists aged 18-35 compete for a $5,000 cash prize. The evening will also include the presentation of the 2018 Howie Awards.

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Free Yoga and Barre Classes at Barre
The Mall in Columbia
near Lululemon and Yoga - near Williams Sonoma
UPCOMING CLASS DATES: March 30, April 27, and May 25, 9am - 10am

Come join free Barre and Yoga classes on the last Saturday of the month thru May
Barre - Upper level near Lululemon
Yoga - Lower level near Williams Sonoma