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National Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Bonnie Watson Coleman for U.S. House in New Jersey


Washington, D.C – The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is pleased to reendorse Bonnie Watson Coleman for the U.S. House in New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District.

Watson Coleman served New Jersey for over 30 years in various offices before her election to Congress in 2014. She has continued to advocate for her constituents during her first term in the House of Representatives, fighting for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community, people of color and other underrepresented groups.

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WPCNJ Democratic Task Force #TBT - DNC Convention

13895517_10210109015748717_6818184396518514294_n_(1).jpgToday’s #TBT post is to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia where Hillary Clinton was nominated as the Democratic Nominee for President just two weeks ago. This was the first time a major party has nominated a woman, and members of the Women's Political Caucus New Jersey (WPCNJ) Democratic Task Force (DTF) were there throughout the week witnessing the historic event. WPCNJ President Chrissy Buetas, WPCNJ VP Finance Grace Strom Power, WPCNJ Board Member Kelly Stewart Maer, WPCNJ Middlesex County Board Member Babs Siperstein were delegates and Board Members: Eileen Della Volle, Rebecca Moll Freed, Andrea Katz, Andrea Katz, Esq., Rosemary Bernardi, Lisa Chapman, Patricia Teffenhart and Shari Weiner attended the convention as well. 

Board member Kelly Stewart Maer spearheaded New Jersey efforts for the Hillary for America Campaign(HFA) as early as the beginning of 2015. She served as the campaigns Official Registered Agent heading up HFA delegate operations and served as the DNC, HFA Whip Captain for the entire NJ delegation during the DNC convention in Philadelphia. 

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Women’s Political Caucus of NJ Welcomes New President and Board Members


 WPCNJ Elects New Leadership & Board Members

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) held its 43rd Annual Conference on Tuesday night, May 17th at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.  
WPCNJ Executive Board:   
President Chrissy Buteas, 
President & CEO, Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey   

Vice President-Finance Grace Strom Power, Esq., 
Attorney, Eckert Seamans   

Vice President-Membership Nicole Cole, Esq., 
President & CEO, NJ Charter Schools Association   

 Scarlett Rajski, 
Government Affairs Specialist, Horizon  

Secretary Lisa Chapland, Esq., 
Director of Government Affairs, New Jersey State Bar Association

WPCNJ-PAC Chair Jeralyn Lawrence, Esq., 
Partner, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus

 WPCNJ-PAC Treasurer Pam Yuen,
Government Relations Coordinator, American Association of University Women
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WPCNJ Annual Meeting - Call to Action

WPCNJ Annual Meeting 

Tuesday, May 17th | 6:00PM-9:00PM
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ

There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

*Please note- only members in good standing can vote at the Annual Meeting 

2016 Nominating Committee Report
Submitted by Nominating Sub-Committee: Jeanne Fox, Esq. (Convenor), Elizabeth Murray, Rosemary Bernardi 
and Sharon Weiner, Esq.
*New Board Members (highlighted)
Tai Cooper (D) Essex - Spokesperson and policy advisor to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka
Judith Fenelus (D) Passaic - Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter
Patricia Teffenhart (D) Monmouth- Executive Director NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Deirdre Woodbryne (R) Bergen - Prior affiliation with Bergen County Clerk, Board of Chosen Freeholders, Executive Director Irish Network USA

Proposed By-law Changes - Call To Action

Article XIII - Standing Committees -
Section 3 - Bylaws Subcommittee:
There shall be a Bylaws Subcommittee which shall be responsible for reviewing the Bylaws and drafting proposed amendments or revisions to the Bylaws. The Bylaws Subcommittee shall present  proposed amendments or revisions to the Bylaws to the Board of Directors for its review
and revisions, if any, prior to presenting the to the Conference Planning Committee for inclusion in the Call to the General Conference or the WPCNJ Board prior to the call of the Board for a recommendation to amend the bylaws. The Chair shall be appointed by the President.
Article XVI - Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote in the affirmative of members present at a meeting of the General Conference, provided that a copy of any proposed amendment shall have been sent to the members at least 30 days prior to said meeting.
The WPCNJ Board may recommend amendments to these bylaws to be enacted at a time other than the General Conference at the call of the Board in accordance with the following:
- the amendments must be ratified by a two-thirds (2/3) vote in the affirmative of those members in good standing who have voted;
- voting may take place either in person or electronically as the notice from the Board permits;
- amendments must be sent to the members in good standing along with the notice by the Board of proposed bylaws amendments no less than 30 days in advance of the date of the vote; and
- the amendments and notice of bylaws amendments must be sent to the members in good standing via electronic mail unless otherwise requested by the member.
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Women’s Political Caucus NJ Breakfast Draws Attendees from Around NJ

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Thank you to all who attended the Women’s Political Caucus of NJ held a networking breakfast on April 14!  

12994540_1167232083351711_7600192444663109535_n.jpgPress from the PolitickerNJ: 

TRENTON – State House room 103 was abuzz with activity on Thursday morning as politically-minded women from throughout New Jersey gathered for a networking breakfast. The event was hosted by the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ).

The event was attended by the likes of Jeannine LaRue of the Kaufman Zita Group, Montclair University President Susan Cole, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, and Chief of Staff to Congressman Frank Pallone Janice Capbell Fuller, among many others.

At the event, WPCNJ Vice President of Membership Grace Strom Power said a few word thanking the elected officials and board members for attendance.

Other notable attendees included:

  • Hanifa Barnes, Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
  • Bordentown Township Mayor Jill Popko.
  • President of League of Women Voters NJ Nancy Hedinger
  • Councilwoman Ayesha Hamilton, West Windsor
  • Councilwoman Pamela Renee, Neptune City
  • Councilwoman Jennifer Keyes-Maloney, Ewing
  • Councilwoman Elsie Foster-Dublin, Highland Park
  • Lorna Philipson, 4th District Congressional Candidate
  • Eileen Thornton, Hamilton Democratic Club President and WPCNJ Board Member



For pictures from the event, visit our FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1167203680021218.1073741842.134594769948786&type=3

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Shari Weiner from WPCNJ Guest Speaker for Upcoming Women Real Estate Symposium April 19th!


Sharon L. Weiner, Esq.

 In her role as an attorney, Ms. Weiner has been able to draw upon her experience and representation of her varied private and governmental clients in areas that include municipal, land use, redevelopment, environmental, governmental relations and lobbying.  Ms. Weiner is currently a partner with the law firm of Murphy McKeon P.C. located in Riverdale, New Jersey. She is a New York State licensed real estate broker.

Ms. Weiner has a BA in political science from the University of Bridgeport, an MA in international affairs from the George Washington University and received her law degree from the Seton Law University School of Law.

  April 19th, 2016

8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 Business Meeting 
9:30 Sharon Wiener, Women's Political Caucus of NJ 
10:30 Female Power Broker Panel


RSVP http://tinyurl.com/jqkn6kb 

Power Broker Panel

Tips from the Top/Secrets of Success


Michelle Rizzo, Re/Max Diamond
Peggy Yanuzelli, C-21 Charles Smith
Adele DeMoro, Keller Williams
Dana Mauro, Re/Max LTD.
Keri Ricci, Keller Williams


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WPCNJ Seeking Board of Director Nominations

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The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey is seeking nominations for At Large Seats on the WPCNJ Board.   
*  Submit your nomination by April 12, 2016 to [email protected] with subject line "Board Nomination".    
*  Include your name, contact information, current occupation and name of person submitting nomination 
(if you are nominating someone else).
*  Briefly explain why you are interested in serving on the WPCNJ Board of Directors and your commitment to WPCNJ's mission to increase women's participation in politics in New Jersey.
*  Please indicate whether you have previously served on the WPCNJ Board, a WPCNJ Committee, or if you have been involved with any similar women's organizations.  
*  Include any other relevant information you believe would be helpful, including political experience or other relevant skills to the Board's work (e.g., communications, fundraising or event planning, and education and training).  

*  Only current members who have paid their 2016 dues will be eligible for nomination to the WPCNJ Board of Directors. 
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Final Days to Register - WPCNJ Passion * Power * Progress Awards Reception


Women's Political Caucus of NJ

2016 Passion * Power * Progress

Awards Reception


January 21, 2016

Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Register Today

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Honoring the LUPE Fund Recipient of the Social Justice Award

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lupe.pngWomen's Political Caucus of NJ

2016 Passion * Power * Progress

Social Justice Award Honoree 

LUPE Fund, Inc. 

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Honoring Jarrod C. Grasso Recipient of the Good Guy Award

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jarrod.jpgJarrod C. Grasso

Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey REALTORS®


As chief executive officer, Jarrod Grasso directs NJ REALTORS® in its mission to serve the professional needs of its members, develop programs and services to enhance the ability to conduct business successfully and ethically, and to serve as an advocate for private property rights and the real estate industry. Additionally, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Association and works with the NJ REALTORS® leadership team and board of directors. Grasso served as a National Association of REALTORS® Director and member of the Strategic Planning Committee in 2012.

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