Our next coffee is Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. @ Old Europe, 716 South Main Street, downtown Greenville.
Just drop in; no signup required.

Our monthly lunch meeting is Monday, Feb. 13, at noon. The Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St., Greenville.
Guest speaker: Janelle Rivers, LWV education lobbyist.

Register and pay online.

Dem Women build on 56 years of commitment to the community

2023-25 DWGC Leadership

  • President: Laura Haight
  • 1st VP: Monica Hughey
  • 2nd VP: Peggy Schotsch
  • Secretary: Evelyn Nocella
  • Treasurer: Valerie Brooks Madden

About us

We are an active and diverse group of women and men. Our objectives are:

  • To support the principles of the Democratic Party;
  • To initiate and carry out programs and projects on behalf of the Democratic Party and the Democratic Party’s candidates; and
  • To promote Democratic women to become actively involved in our community, to serve in leadership positions in the county, state, and national Democratic Party, and to serve as candidates for elective office.


We have casual coffee meet ups on the 2nd Saturday of each month. We meet at Old Europe, 716 South Main St., downtown Greenville. There’s no cost to attend, to sign up required, just come grab coffee and a croissant and enjoy conversation with a group of like-minded women!  For the most up-to-date information check the GCDP Events Calendar for current dates and times of DWGC events.


Our meetings are held the second Monday of each month at noon. Meetings are most often, but not always, lunch and are held at the Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St., Greenville. There are occasionally Zoom components to the meetings. For the most up-to-date information check the GCDP Events Calendar for current dates and times of DWGC events. Lunch is $20. Reservations and payment can be made online.

Join us and be part of the change you want to see

We welcome all new members. We are a big tent and have a lot of room. Annual dues are $25; members receive our monthly newsletter, The Donkey’s Tale. You can sign up for membership and pay your dues online. Dues are paid annually in January.

Join us and be a part of engaging and activating Democratic women across the Upstate during this pivotal time.

Get to know our board. Read/Download their bios.

Posts and event coverage

School choice (a.k.a. vouchers) are on the table

By Linda HardmanLegislative Chair, DWGC South Carolina lawmakers vowed that pushing through a school choice (vouchers) bill would be a top priority for the 125th Legislative Session, and they have been true to their word. S.39 was pre-filed in November of 2021 and in January of this year it was immediately referred to the Senate […]

Photos from the January DWGC Meeting

February Meeting

Lobbyist takes a dive into education legislation State legislators have their eyes on education. And in many cases, not in a good way. Janelle Rivers, the League of Women Voters of South Carolina’s education advocacy specialist/lobbyist, will be our guest speaker on February 13. Dr. Rivers will discuss both the good and bad bills on […]

We need serious solutions from elected officials

By Laura HaightPresident, DWGC “We’ve got serious problems and we need serious people to solve them.”– Michael Douglas in The American President This cultural meme is no less accurate because of its source. We do have serious problems and, it seems, little interest among the Republican majority to address any of them. This is not […]

Can a bunch of blue dots change a red state?

By Laura HaightPresident, DWGC Yes, I believe we can. The remarks that follow were delivered at the January 9, 2023 meeting. They are reprinted here with some editing. The best of times and the worst of times. I think that adequately describes how it has felt to be a blue dot in this red state […]

Five major issues are key in 2023 State House

Curated by Linda Hardman | Content source: The Greenville News The South Carolina General Assembly convenes its two-year schedule on January 10 with a new, more far-right look. The new House Speaker, Murrell Smith, (R) from Sumter will be presiding over a far more conservative Republican set of Representatives following the 2022 midterm election. Lawmakers […]

2022 Democratic Primary Candidates

The Democratic primary will be June 14, 2022. As of this writing, there are still a few days left to register or to update your current registration: In person registration ends tomorrow (May 13), online registration ends May 15, and those mailing in paper registration forms must have them postmarked by May 16. If you […]

A Call to Action on Voting Rights

By Mary Wright President, DWGC The right to vote is an American right. Kamala Harris recently stated, “When we cast a ballot, we not only decide our leaders. We determine our future.” After a historic turnout at the 2020 elections, we now face a real threat to our democracy – we are witnessing unprecedented attacks […]

Greenville turns out to honor Lillian Brock Flemming

By Kate Franch On a recent balmy Saturday evening, close to 300 hometown fans of the Honorable Dr. Lillian Brock Flemming filled the decked-out concourse of Fluor Field at the West End to thank her for 40 pivotal years of service on Greenville City Council. The crowd included current and past council members, civic, business, […]

Convention Recap: Energy + engagement = electoral success

By Elias ‘Eli’ ValentinChair, GCDP The South Carolina Democratic Party held the 2021 Convention between May 19 and May 22. During the biannual meeting of the Party, we added planks to our platform, amended Rules to our State Bylaws, and elected the Leadership of our State Party. This crucial gathering of Democrats from all across […]

Being a Black Woman Today

We had a dynamic conversation with five Black women representing a variety of personal and professional experiences. Their paths were often different but the undercurrents of their experiences were decidedly similar. It was a powerful and energetic event filled with positivism and shared purpose. Panelists: Dr. Shaniece Criss, Stacey Mars, Shirley Scott, Ebony Sullivan, and […]

SC Resists Free Money for Medicaid Expansion

By Roxanne Cordonier At first glance, expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sounds like a no-brainer fiscally. Now the Biden administration is sweetening the pot by offering expanded federal coverage to South Carolina and 11 other states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming) that […]