Democratic Club

FEBRUARY 2024 ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) FEBRUARY 20th MEETING - THE DNC

What is the Democratic National Committee (DNC)? How does it work? Why is it important? These questions and more will be answered by two members of the DNC from Southern California: DPOC Chair Ada Briceño and activist Susie Shannon at our Tuesday, February 20 meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. 

The February 20th meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 2 and includes club business. Come early at 6:30 p.m. to socialize. Bring recyclable bottles and cans for Cathy Aubert to redeem and donate the proceeds to South County Outreach. Guest fee $3.00.

2) Be sure to vote early in the primary election!  You can vote starting February 5 through March 5.

3) Volunteer for the March Primary! Our club has a very robust Get Out the Vote (GOTV) program before every election. This effort is successful only because of the many wonderful volunteers who do the work. Our next election is the presidential primary on March 5th, 2024, with ballots being mailed starting February 5th. And while that seems far away, planning needs to start soon. So please start thinking about if and how you might be able to help.

Here Are Some Opportunities For Volunteering To Help:

  • GOTV Committee — to establish a plan starting in October
  • Team Leads — to be point person for a group of volunteers in your area.
  • Distributing door hangers — with our voting recommendations to Democrats and NPPs

Even if you have volunteered before, please confirm if and what you are interested in by emailing marytribando@aol.com.

4)  Village TV: 

Club Meeting - If you weren't there in person, be sure to watch the January Candidate Forum candidates for DPOC Central Committee, O.C. Superior Court Judge, CA Assembly, CA Senate, and Congress before you vote. Legislative Action Chair Jonathan Adler explains the one ballot measure. Program airs Wednesdays in February at 2 p.m. Tell your neighbors!.  

Black in Laguna Woods: Village resident Willie Sargent talks about his experience being born in the North and moving to the South during Jim Crow, where he participated in many civil rights era events. Allan Feldman moderates. Watch this fascinating program Sundays in February at 3:30 p.m. African American Heritage Club upcoming events for January and February include a Martin Luther King Day celebration, a sock/gloves/blanket drive, Black History Month, and their fundraiser concert with The Delfonics Review on Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the PAC and online: https://tickets.lagunawoodsvil....  Watch Sundays in February at 3:30 p.m.

5)  Board Action: Supporting Candidates in No Consensus Races

Last month we reported on the results of the CA Democratic Party Endorsing Convention. There was No Consensus in the U.S. Senate race among Barbara Lee, Katie Porter and Adam Schiff and No Consensus in the U.S. Congressional District 40 race between Allyson Muñiz Damikolas and Joe Kerr. Clubs are there-fore free to support any of those candidates or to support them all equally. The board and some pre-endorsement representatives met and voted to support the three candidates for U.S. Senate equally and to support Allyson Muñiz Damikolas for CD 40. However, we also voted to invite Joe Kerr to speak at our January 16th meeting.

6) Neighbor to Neighbor Program Update
Neighbor to Neighbor volunteers have been busy going door to door, speaking with registered Democrats who are not yet members of the Laguna Woods Democratic Club. We will remind our neighbors that voting for the primary election begins on February 5, 2024. We will all benefit from bringing more Democrats into the Political Action Committee that is LWDC. Contact Jeanne Lepowsky at (949) 636-9123, lepowsky@comline.com.

7) Membership 2024 — Membership is open to all Laguna Woods Village and Orange County residents. Regular Members are registered Democrats; Affiliate Members need not be.
2024 Membership Application: https://www.lagunawoodsvillage... download, print and mail, or use the Act Blue website link.

8) Nifty Sixty Fundraiser — Gives us an opportunity to celebrate the Laguna Woods Democratic Club's sixtieth birthday. In 1964 the Club was created, a board of directors was elected, bylaws were written, and the Club was underway. We celebrate this milestone and also prepare for the next general election in 2024. This campaign, which will be in effect from January 2, 2023 through October 31, 2024, will provide funds for candidates and community causes during this time. Send your check to the LWDC, P.O. Box 2243, Laguna Hills, CA 92654-2243 or donate through ActBlue https://secure.actblue.com/don...

9) Mentoring Program — Do you want to have an impact on the lives of your peers? Search no more. Our LWDC has something special for you: the LWDC Mentoring program. As you may know, to achieve the club’s mission it is necessary to complete a vast number of functions which require the leadership of many. These leaders comprise the club’s Board of Directors who, in turn, rely on the help of many volunteers. All the following programs are led by an individual: Program development for monthly meetings, Special events, the Get Out the Vote program, the Voter Registration/postcard writing program, the Membership section, the Activism program, the Fundraising section, the Hospitality team, Newsletter, the Care and Share program, and Board nominations. Each one of these requires a leader who is committed, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Do you have what it takes? Are you willing to become one of our next leaders? Please call us and become part of the team. We will happily show and teach you “the ropes” and welcome you with open arms. Believe me, it is also a lot of fun. So don’t wait any longer. Send an email to Susan Dearing at sdearing@comline.com and let her know where you see yourself as a leader within our Club. Can’t wait to hear from you. This new year is the perfect time to become a leader.

10) LWDC "Get Out The Vote" Calendar - 2024

  • 1/25 – 2/5/2024 – Volunteers deliver door hangers
  • 2/5/2024 – Ballots begin being mailed
  • 2/5/2024 – Ballot drop boxes are available
  • 2/14/2024 – First ballot marking party (Wednesday 12-2)
  •  2/20/2024 – Last day to Register to Vote
  • 2/23/2024 – Second ballot marking party (Friday 10-12)
  • 2/24/2024 – Some Vote Centers open
  •  3/5/2024 – Primary Election Day!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Ribando at marytribando@aol.com or text or phone 716-984-9480

11) 2024 Fresh Ideas Initiative

As we celebrate our club's 60th anniversary, Kate Van Camp will lead an effort to explore new (and old) ideas to keep our club vibrant and relevant. Efforts will take many forms, but will be easy and inclusive. Let’s all think outside the box! To send your ideas, whether tame or absolutely wild, or to join the (not too burdensome) working group, contact Kate by email or text at cvc4joy@gmail.com, or phone the following number (773) 841-0287.

12) Contact Your Representatives w/ Link to Their Websites -- Click Here: https://www.lagunawoodsvillage...

Voter Guide: 2024 March Primary

LWDC Brochure 2024

Membership Application

What does the Laguna Woods Democratic Club do? 

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Volunteer Opportunities - Voter registration and membership are available for those interested in growing our Democratic Club.

Contact Us

Susan Dearing
949-855-6965
sdearing@comline.com

Updated: 2/8/2024

The purpose of the Club is to stimulate greater interest in government affairs, to further the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party, to increase Democratic Party registration and turnout, and to elect Democratic candidates who will truly support the United States Constitution and work for the highest degree of economic and social justice and welfare for all people.

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