April 11 Luncheon – Terri K. Wonder, Ph.D., on The Role of Women in Counterinsurgency

terri-k-wonderTerri K. Wonder, PhD, will speak about “The Role of Women in Counterinsurgency” at our next Democratic Women’s Club meeting, 11 April. In 2008, the Department of Defense hired Dr. Wonder into a mission-essential “Surge” program in order to assist military operations in Iraq.

The job required her to travel “outside the wire” with combat personnel so that she could conduct applied social science research and help our armed forces better understand the needs and aspirations of local populations affected by five years of heavy fighting in the US-Iraq War, much longer durations of United Nations sanctions, and several decades of life under the roof of a repressive military dictatorship. Gender was a major reason for hiring her, given that half the population of Iraq is female.

In 2010, on her second deployment, the high command of US Forces in Iraq presented Dr. Wonder with a Superior Civilian Service award for her high-visibility research. Today, Dr. Wonder lives in Manatee County with her husband, Ray Wonder, and three cats. She is the owner and primary editor of nautilusediting.com.

Guests may remember Dr. Wonder for her 2014 candidacy in county-wide Manatee County Commissioner race to unseat a 22-year Republican incumbent. In an off-presidential election year, Dr. Wonder took 46 percent of the vote despite being outspent 5 to 1. She used the Army’s Counterinsurgency Field Manual to guide her political campaign strategy.

Reservations are required

To make a reservation, e-mail reserve@sarasotadems.com and indicate the name of your guests and your menu choices, or leave that information on the voice mail at 941-379-9233.


Please note we’ll be back at the Francis for this month’s luncheon:

The Francis
1289 Palm Avenue (near the intersection of Main Street and Palm Avenue

Free parking is available in the Palm Avenue Parking Garage.


Social Hour starts at 11 a.m. The program starts promptly at noon.

Cost / Payment

Cost for Members is $26 each.

Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $28 each.

You may pay by cash, credit card, or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.


  • Warm Kale Salad – Grilled Chicken, Portobello Mushrooms, French Fried Crispy Onions, Warm Sweet & Savory Dressing OR
  • Poached Salmon – Caper Dill Sauce, Herb Roasted Potato,Seasonable Baby Vegetables OR
  • Vegetarian Option: Baked Acorn Squash – Wild Rice, Nuts, Seed, Dried Fruits, Lemon Grass Vinaigrette
  • Dessert: Key Lime Tart


IMPORTANT – Reservation due by Thursday, April 9.

Democratic Club of Sarasota