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About the Chapter


The vision of the Greater Frederick Chapter of Women in Defense (WID-GFC) is to provide networking and professional development opportunities to promote the role of women in national defense and security, to support military service members, and to encourage partnerships between the local community and military bases such as Fort Detrick. Our local chapter will provide a forum for individuals in Frederick and nearby areas such as the I-270 corridor between Frederick and Rockville, the I-70 corridor between Frederick and Baltimore, and the Columbia, Maryland area. Additionally, we welcome people who are commuting from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the Leesburg, Virginia area.

WID-GFC will feature networking activities to include:

• Business Luncheons
• Prominent Speakers
• Receptions/Dinners
• Conferences
• Charity Events/Fundraisers
• Professional Workshops
• Golf Tournaments/Clinics
• Informal Networking/Socials
• Award/Scholarship ceremonies

Chapter Goals

• Gain Visibility in Local Community
• Increase WID-GFC Membership to over 100 members
• Encourage Active Participation by All Chapter Members
• Gain Committed Corporate Sponsors
Increase partnerships with other business and community organizations
Expand involvement  in STEM programs

The WID-GFC is your source for networking, professional development and mentoring with other women leaders in the greater Washington DC area, specifically those working in defense-related industries.

This web site is designed to keep you informed of everything that is going on with WID-GFC: events, meetings, seminars, chapter news, and more! New events are added frequently, so keep visiting.

Women In Defense (WID), A National Security Organization affiliated with NDIA, provides its members with opportunities for professional development and networking, cultivating the advancement of women leaders in government and industry professions.


Membership in WID-GFC is automatic when you become a member of the national organization.

Membership in WID is open to all professional women and men whose primary professional activities are related to national defense or any aspect of national security. All WID members are automatically members of NDIA at no additional cost. Benefits of membership include:

  • Networking and Professional Development Opportunities
  • WID Newsletter
  • WID Membership Directory
  • Access to WID Job Bank
  • WID and NDIA Membership Pins
  • Subscription to National DEFENSE (the magazine of NDIA)
  • Automatic membership in your local chapter of Women In Defense

Members are strongly encouraged to participate in meetings, seminars, and committee activities to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship between themselves and the organization.

Membership Dues

Annual dues are $40.

WID offers complimentary one-year memberships to all currently-serving military and government employees. After the first year, annual dues are $40.

As a result of WID's status as an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), WID members are automatically members of NDIA and eligible for the privileges and rights of both organizations.

Membership must be renewed annually, and renewal fees will be due on your anniversary. For example, if you join Women In Defense in August of 2007, you will renew your membership in August 2008.


Sign up online now (WID is at the bottom of the page). Visit or Download/View/Print  application and mail or fax it in, or if you have further questions email Loretta Hickman at .

When mailing in your application, include your check for $35 made out to Women In Defense and mail to:

Women In Defense
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700
Arlington , Virginia 22201-3061

WID offers complimentary one-year memberships to all currently-serving military and government employees. Download/View/Print  the application and submit by fax or mail.

Already a member? Interested in serving on the WID-GFC Membership Committee? Email Cheryl Hull at .

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Cheryl Hull   

Vice President

Julie Baker  

Secretary Barbara Dodge


Laura Clarke

Program/Events Director


Membership Director

Karen Dickman

Communications/Public Relations Director

Luanne Houck

Fundraising/Sponsorship Director

Community Outreach Director Vacant

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News & Events

Upcoming Events




May 23, 2017 Veterans United Craft Brewery
8999 Western Way
# 104
Jacksonville, FL 32256


Meet and learn about many of our local non-profits, associations, societies, and organizations across the First Coast that support of our Military, Veteran, and Defense communities.

BBQ will be providing craft brews and hors d'oeuvres as you mix and mingle with community, organizational, and business leaders.



Sara Slettebo at for more information.



November 2, 2016 Delaplaine Arts Center
40 South Carroll Street
Frederick, MD

WID-GFC 10th Anniversary Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion

Time:  7:30-9:40 a.m.

Collaborations in Technology Advancement
from the perspective of women in science and technology fields

Join the Women In Defense Greater Frederick Chapter in celebrating our 10th anniversary! We are welcoming a very special panel of women from industry, academia, military, and government who will be discussing the importance of collaborative partnerships in the advancement of innovative technology in the defense and security fields. The Frederick Chamber of Commerce will also be offering congratulations from local city officials by presenting our chapter with proclamations and certificates of appreciation for our service to the community.

For list of speakers and to register, click here:

WID-GFC 10th Anniversary Breakfast and Panel Discussion

June 16, 2016 Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery 11836 Auburn Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Come join the Women In Defense Greater Frederick Chapter for a fun evening of networking and wine tasting in the beautiful countryside.  This event is BYOBC (Bring Your Own Business Card)!  We will exchange our business cards and learn more about each other.  Through a fun, work-related Ice Breaker, we will talk about our organizations, skills, and career goals and objectives.

WID-GFC will provide complimentary cheese, crackers, fruit, and olives.  You can also pay for a wine tasting for $10 or buy your own glasses or bottles of wine at the winery.

TO RSVP, go to here.

May 10, 2016 Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
Frederick, MD 21701
Networking Breakfast with Julie Gaver

"What do you want to be?"
Delaplaine Arts Center
Registration Link:
WID-GFC Networking Breakfast featuring Julie Gaver

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Community Outreach

The Women in Defense Greater Frederick Chapter wants to provide its Chapter members with current information about volunteering in our community, particularly as it relates to supporting active duty military and their families. We try to highlight upcoming or ongoing events. To suggest a new activity, learn more, or to join the Community Outreach committee of WID, please contact Luanne Houck at

STEM Partnership with Frederick Visitation Academy

The Women in Defense Greater Frederick Chapter is actively involved in the local Frederick Visitation Academy’s new STEM program.  The Visitation Academy is an all-girls school that was founded in 1846 and provides an educational experience for girls from Pre-K through 8th grade.  We are helping to expand their STEM program by participating in fund raising activities, judging science fairs, exhibiting at Career Day, and assisting with educating the young girls about opportunities in STEM-related fields.  If you are interested in helping with this program, please contact

Support of the National Civil War Medicine Museum

The Women in Defense Greater Frederick Chapter has held several programs at the National Civil War Medicine Museum in Frederick, MD.  Additionally, there are two other museums managed by this organization – the Pry House Field Hospital Museum in Antietam, MD and the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office in Washington, DC.  The museum is known for the annual Letterman Award dinner during which an individual and group are recognized for outstanding contributions to improving medical processes and patient outcomes.  Keep an eye out for future partnership events.


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Contact Us

Are you a current member interested in serving on a WID-GFC committee? Please email Karen Dickman at or Cheryl Hull at for information on how you can get involved.

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Telephone: (703) 522-1820 / Fax: (703) 522-1885