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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




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
May 28, 2015

National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Fredrick, MD


Networking Breakfast and Optional Field Trip to Clara Barton Museum

7:45 – 9:00 Networking Breakfast and Talk
“A new Broom sweeps clean, but the old broom knows the corners…  Lessons from the past to help get it done today…. “ Look into the lives and stories of women in the Civil War and glean valuable life lessons from their experience. Betsy Estilow, professor and president of the Board of Directors of the NMCWM, will explore the stories of women like Mother Bickerdyke, Clara Barton, Dorthea Dix and others who were able to overcome challenges to provide invaluable help to the military and its service members.

9:15-2:15 Optional Field Trip/Tour-Buy/Bring your own lunch
Car pools to Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office (437 7th St, NW). See where Clara lived, stored supplies for her work on the battlefield, and handled correspondence concerning missing soldiers – hear the story about how the office was discovered

Breakfast Only: free – WID Members, $10 – Non-Members
Breakfast and Field Trip/Tour: $20 – WID Members, $25 – Non-Members

To register and pay through pay-pal or by check, please contact Laura Clarke at

April 28, 2015

American Legion
1450 Taney Avenue
Frederick, MD 21702

Lead Like a Blackbelt

Back by popular demand, Scott Alexander will talk about living by Black Belt Principles.  Scott's insights as an accomplished master martial artist and instructor casts Leadership in a new light so that audiences can take concrete, tactical and yes, philosophical steps to become better leaders in their workplaces, communities, and families. He will also have signed books available for sale.

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Buffet lunch with Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and More.

WID Members – $15
Non-Members - $20

To register, contact

February 26, 2015

Dutch’s Dungeon
581 Himes Avenue
Frederick, MD 21703 

 Cabin Fever Social

Come join us for our first WID-GFC event of the year with an evening of networking and catching up!  We will play a fun get-to-know you game with everyone providing an interesting personal fact to share.  Complimentary appetizers and cash bar.  No charge for this event

Time:  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


December 3, 2014

I Made This
10 N. East Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Pottery Painting and Networking

Kick off the Holiday Season and Celebrate a Great WID Year! Pick out a fun piece of pottery at a 20% discount and explore your creativity with paints and textures. Great for holiday gifts! Meet other WID members and enjoy some good conversation. We will provide light snacks and wine from The Port of Leonardtown Winery provided by The Maryland Wine Peddlar.

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.



November 13, 2014

The Visitation Academy
200 E. 2nd Street
Frederick, MD

 Wine and Cheese Social

We are excited to announce a new partnership between WID-GFC and the Visitation Academy. The Academy is not only the oldest continuously operating school in Frederick, but also the oldest all-girls school. WID-GFC is excited to announce our support of Visitation's plans to develop a new STEM Education Center. Come and learn more about this exciting program.

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


October 7, 2014

Business Factory of Frederick
801 N. East Street, Suite 60A, Frederick, MD

Shock Stop

Whether it is a call telling you that your child has been in a car accident, you have lost your home due to a natural disaster, or you are knocked off your bicycle but are not bleeding --- trauma is experienced. This is an introductory training to allow you to recover from that trauma and to assist others, immediately, with no emergency room, using your memory or a simple reminder card from your wallet.

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



June 11, 2014

ViniCulture Wine Bar and Cafe
20 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Wine A Little

Come network and socialize with your colleagues and find out what we have planned for you this year. Vini Culture has only been open since February, but has already made a splash for their new approach to a wine bar.  Vini Culture welcomes WID-GFC with happy hour pricing for house wines and a generous 10% off all food items for those attending the WID event.

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


April 8, 2014

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center
40 S. Carroll Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Kicking off 2014 – Renew

Join us for an evening of socializing, brainstorming, and fun!  Bring a friend for drinks and a few bites and bring your ideas on what is next.

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


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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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