Valentine's Gala 2020

Columbia Town Center Rotary Club Valentine's Gala

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, The Columbia Town Center Rotary Club will host the "Valentine's Gala" to raise funds for local programs and charities that help citizens in crisis and mentor and educate children and youth in Howard County and beyond. A fun evening of dancing and dining, the "Valentine's Gala" will be held from 7:00PM until 11:00PM at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD. Live music will be provided by The NightLife Band and the cost per ticket is $125. Hotel accommodations are available from Turf Valley Resort for those wanting a getaway weekend.

Proceeds from this event go directly to the Columbia Town Center Rotary Club Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 20-2858354). Our foundation supports community service projects, programs and organizations that support children and families in need, education and mentoring, and services to citizens in crisis in Howard County and abroad.
Community Outreach Organizations & Projects We Support:

Running Brook Elementary School Food for Kids Project, Our House - Residential Workforce Training Center, Disaster Aid, Open Doors Food Pantry, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc. , Cervical Cancer Project, Community Action Council of Howard County, Athelas Institute, Inc., Howard Community College Scholarships, Bridges to Housing Stability, Rotary Dictionary Project, Rebuilding Together, Rotary International Paul Harris Foundation, Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Leadership Howard County Scholarships, Winter Growth, Howard County Summer Enrichment Program, Hope Works, Howard County Animal Shelter, Gilchrist Hospice Services, Howard County League of Women Voters,, Backpacks and School Supplies for Nigerian Orphans, NAMI Howard County, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Annual Legislative Brunch

LWVHC Annual Legislative Brunch

The Annual Legislative Brunch with our Howard County Annapolis Delegation will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 20142. This is a great opportunity to eat and talk with our elected members of the General Assembly in an informal setting. It’s also a perfect event for you to bring friends and family to see what your League is all about.

The Brunch will be held in All Saints Hall, in the St. John’s Parish Day School building at the front of the campus. Parking is located by the school, with additional parking located in the church lot behind the school.

Doors will open at 10:00 AM, and the program will end about noon. The cost is $10 for anyone attending without a dish.

There is no cost if you bring a dish that will serve 8 people by 9:45am. Food assignments are based on the first letter of your last name, and are as follows:

  • A - F: Fruit or Salad,
  • G - M: Breads, Muffins, Pastries,
  • N - Z: Main Dish (casserole, quiche, etc)

Please RSVP to [email protected] or 410-730-0142 to let us know that you will be coming, and if you are bringing food or $10.

We also need volunteers to assist with setup and cleanup. Volunteers for setup are asked to arrive at 9:30 AM and look for Kathy Vanston. If you are able to help, let us know when you RSVP, or email Kathy at [email protected] We are looking forward to another full house again this year!!

January 2020 Unit Meeting

LWVMD is joining Common Cause MD in holding a free Citizen Advocacy Training

Voter Registration Training Sessions

The League of Women Voters Howard County is having two Voter Registration Training sessions at the Board of Elections' office at 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Suite 200, Columbia MD 21046.
The Sessions will be held on Monday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 11th at 10:00 a.m.  We have 30 seats per session.
For those who want to participate, please contact Cheryle Wharton at: [email protected]

Barnes & Noble Gift Wrap Fundraiser December 14 & 21, 2019

Do you enjoy wrapping gifts, socializing during the holidays, helping out while having fun or would like volunteer hours for school? Get into the holiday spirit by helping the League of Women Voters of Howard County raise money, for one of our best fundraisers of the year!

The LWVHC will again be participating in a gift wrapping event at Barnes & Noble. The League needs you! Volunteers are needed! Join the fun and bring a friend. League members and non-members alike will have the opportunity to sign up to wrap gifts on two Saturdays, December 14 (Ellicott City location, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm) and December 21, 2019 (Columbia Mall location, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm). We need all shifts filled. It's also fine if you would like to volunteer at both stores!

Please click on the appropriate link (or both!) to sign up to volunteer. The link will show you the open slots, and you know the good ones go quickly!

December 14, 2019

December 21, 2019

All that you need to bring is your enthusiasm and gift wrapping skills. Supplies will be provided.

Michelle Trotter, Fundraising Director
[email protected]

November 2019 Unit Meetings

November Unit Meetings for the LWVHC

Do you have an opinion about the Electoral College and how it affects our democracy? Do you know why we have an Electoral College? Do you think that we should abolish it? Do you think that we should keep it? You can answer all of these questions after you attend one of our two unit meetings in November. 

At our November meetings, we’ll talk about how the Electoral College damages our democracy and how the League is working to abolish it in favor of a direct popular vote for electing the President and Vice-President. The League of Women Voters United States (LWVUS) adopted this position in 1970 and most recently updated it in 2010. What should we do next? Please join this interesting and lively discussion on The Electoral College, Yes or No?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Residences at Vantage Point (formerly Vantage House) 

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Historic Oakland Manor

If you have questions, please contact the League's Program Director at [email protected] 

There are no December Unit Meetings, however, mark your calendars for an important and enlightening meeting in January! We will be joining with the Savage Branch of the Howard County Public Library System to present Becoming Engaged in Your Community! We are very fortunate to have as our guest speaker Candace Dodson-Reed, chief of staff to UMBC’s Office of the President, Freeman Hrabowski. Candace is also the co-host, with Tom Coale, of Elevate Maryland, a podcast which explores the policies, people, and stories that “elevate” the conversation and find out what matters most in our communities.

This meeting will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Savage Branch at 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, MD 20723. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about Unit Meetings go to

October 2019 Unit Meetings

League of Women Voters of Howard County October Unit Meetings

Topic: Climate Action Update: What’s Up in Annapolis 2020? & Howard County Government Initiatives

Presenters: Betsy Singer and Shari Glenn

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Residences at Vantage Point (formerly Vantage House)

10:00 a.m. – Noon – Auditorium


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Historic Oakland Manor

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Information for October Unit Meetings is located on our website at

2019-2020 Unit Meetings Update

For information about the Unit Meetings planned for the 2019-2020 Program year, with the first on September 19, 2019, please go to the Units page of our website, at

HoCo Fair Parade on Aug. 4

Join fellow League members at the annual 74th Howard County Fair's Annual Fireman's Grand Opening Parade! It starts at 2pm on Sunday, August 4th.

This is the shortest parade ever, which is fine as it will be August and no doubt hot. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the LWV, the 19th Amendment, and our very own 75th anniversary, I invite you to dress in white and bring something like a poster.  We will be led by our banner, of course! Find our banner at the southeast corner of the property at 1:30pm.

Friends and family are invited to join and there is plenty of time to enjoy the Fair (it's open 8am-11pm), but you do need to pay $7 to get in - seniors are $3. Click here for more information about the Fair.  Please put it into your calendar now.

See you there!

Beth Hufnagel, President

League of Women Voters of Howard County