Eleanor Roosevelt Birthday Luncheon (2023)

Members of our club attended the annual Eleanor Roosevelt Birthday Luncheon organized by the Historic Fresno County Democratic Women’s Club. Honorees at this event were three women in our community that have made significant change for our community, impacted politics, and have been leaders over several decades.

  • Hon. Dezie Woods-Jones, BWOPA Founder & State President
  • Hon. Cynthia A. Sterling, BWOPA Fresno/SJV President
  • Marsha Conant, NWPC Fresno President

FCDWC President Carole Laval welcomed everyone to the event and acknowledged the many elected leaders in the audience as well as candidates who are actively running campaigns. There were many sponsors attending and several other Democratic clubs represented in the audience.

This year’s theme was “It’s Up To The Women”, honoring women who lead.

The Keynote speaker was Susannah Delano, Executive Director of Close The Gap California, a statewide campaign that seeks to close the gender gap in the California Legislature. She gave a great talk on what her organization does, what they’ve accomplished, and what the future looks like.

M.C. Sandra Garcia, Sr. District Representative for Congressman Jim Costa, introduced each of the honorees as they were presented with their awards and addressed the audience.

The event closed with a surprise appearance by Congressman Jim Costa who gave the event a thoughtful closing speech and personally congratulated all three honorees and posed for pictures.

Marsha Conant, the final honoree, is also our own Vice President of Fresno Stonewall Democrats!

Congratulations to all three honorees! We wish all of you all the best.

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