32nd Annual Women’s Legislative Briefing – January 29

The Commissions for Women of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties will co-host the 2012 Women’s Legislative Briefing on Sunday, January 29, from 12:30 to 6 p.m., at the Universities at Shady Grove, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville.

This year’s event will include a panel discussion addressing women’s issues in the U.S. Congress, moderated by Catherine Leggett, senior vice president of Human Resources at ICMA – Retirement Corporation. Panelists include U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin, U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen and U.S Congresswoman Donna Edwards. The conference will open with remarks by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett; Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker; and Md. Delegate/President of the Women’s Legislators of Maryland Susan Lee.

The briefing will include seminars on a variety of topics: Effective Legislative Advocacy; Health Care and Health Care Reform for Women; Advocating for Older Women’s Issues; Victories for Women in the 2011 Maryland General Assembly; Women in the Public Realm; Work and Women; Women, Families and Poverty; and Safety, Justice and Human Rights. The program will conclude with a reception with County and State elected officials.

Admission is $15 and includes refreshments. To pre-register, visit For more information, call 240-777-8333.

Office of Human Rights Co-Sponsors Civil Rights Historic Bus Tour

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Libraries, the African American Employees Association, the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is again this year hosting a civil rights historic bus tour that retraces the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights heroes.

The bus tour leaves Rockville on April 2 and returns on April 7.

The cost of the tour for a group of four is $445 per person including hotel, transportation, some meals and snacks, and all museum/tour fees. For smaller groups, the fee is slightly higher. All tour costs are paid for by participants’ fees. A deposit for half the fee is due on February 4 with the balance due on March 4.

A pre-tour meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Human Rights Conference and Mediation Center, Suite 330, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. At least one member of each group is required to attend this meeting. Interested individuals and groups should contact Beverly Marshall in the Office of Human Rights at

For more information about the tour, go to

County Offers Resources for Seniors and Caregivers

Caring for an older adult with a disability? The best way to help is to recognize that it is not all up to you. Ask for help!

Montgomery County’s Aging and Disability Services, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has a variety of resources available to support seniors, residents of long term care facilities and those who care for them.

Read more about specific services and get details.

For more information about services for seniors and caregivers in Montgomery County, go to

Applicants Sought for Council Representative on Investment Policy Boards

The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants for the position of Council representative on the Board of Investment Trustees for the Montgomery County Employee Retirement Plans and the Board of Trustees for the Consolidated Retiree Health Benefits Trust. The Boards set investment policy, hire investment managers and monitor investment performance for the Trust Funds.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The Board of Investment Trustees oversees the investment of approximately $4 billion in assets for nearly 11,000 active and retired members of the three retirement plans: defined benefit, defined contribution and deferred compensation.

The Board of Trustees oversees the investment program for the Consolidated Retiree Health Benefit Trust.

Read about how to apply.

Consumer Protection Wants You to Know

Be careful next time you go through your mail! What might appear to be junk mail may actually be a check for $18.

As part of the Currency Conversion Fee Antitrust Litigation case, more than 10 million checks valued at $18.04 are going out to credit card holders to settle claims over the improper setting and disclosure of foreign currency conversion fees. Consumers who filed claim forms and provided documentation may be entitled to more.

The problem? The envelope looks like junk mail, making it likely that many consumers may unknowingly toss the check in the garbage. What does the mailer look like? Click here for information from abc news.

For questions, contact the Office of Consumer Protection, 100 Maryland Ave., Suite 330 Rockville, MD 20850; call 240-777-3636, email or visit

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting , Consumer , Senior
POSTED AT: Friday, January 20, 2012 | 3:00:00 AM |
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