Democratic Club

MAY 2024 ANNOUNCEMENTS


Meetings and Events

May 21 Meeting:  Issues Facing Public Schools:  On Tuesday, May 21, in CH 2 at 7:00 p.m., Teri Sorey and Billie Joe Wright, two public education advocates, will focus on issues such as charter schools, the O.C. Board of Education, the Orange County Department of Education, recent controversies in Orange County and upcoming school district races. This meeting, which is free for members and $5 for guests, will include light refreshments and club business. Please bring recyclable cans and bottles for Cathy Aubert to redeem and donate the proceeds to South County Outreach. Come early at 6:30 p.m. to socialize.

Meet the Candidates at Neighborhood Parties:  You are invited to meet candidates Dom Jones (for Assembly District 72) and Josh Newman (for California State Senate District 37) on May 17, 2024, at various times and homes here in the Village:

  • 10:00 a.m. at 321 Avenida Carmel, D
  • 11:15 a.m. at 907 Ronda Sevilla, O 
  • 1:00 p.m. at 668 Via Mendoza, Q 
  • 2:15 p.m. at 4010 Calle Sonora Oeste, 3B
  • 3:30 p.m. at 5419 Calle Carmenita 

Space is limited! Please RSVP to Nancy Hensel for the Meet & Greet you want to attend: Hensel.nancy@gmail.com, 
Text or call (703) 964-6993 by May 13, 2024.

June 22 Saturday Brunch:  Since September will be devoted to candidate forums this election year, we’re moving our mid-year social and fundraiser to June 22 for Saturday Brunch with Toni Atkins, President Pro Tem Emeritus of the California Senate and candidate for Governor in 2026. The event will include a drawing for prizes You do not have to be the highest bidder! Anyone with a ticket can win!  We are now collecting donated prizes, and would especially like gift cards to area restaurants and businesses. To spice things up, we are adding recent political books in excellent condition as prizes. The books must relate to government, politics, or candidates and be no older than 2019. (Other nonfiction topics are not accepted.) If you want to donate a gift card in the $20.00 to $50.00 range or a political book in excellent condition, please call, text, or email Kate Van Camp at (773) 841-0287 or cvc4joy@gmail.com. She will make sure that we do not get too many similar items. Thank You!

Food Drive:  Sue and Richard Snyder have organized a food drive for South County Outreach at Stater Bros. on Monday, May 6, from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.  If you would like to volunteer for a shift from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., please contact Sue Snyder: suesnyder0625@gmail.com. Thanks!


Membership

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.


Our Club's Purpose

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.


Voter Information

March 5, 2024 Primary Election Results

Get Out the Vote (GOTV)!  
Reminder: SEND YOUR BALLOT EARLY IN NOVEMBER! At least 104 ballots for the March primary in SoCal were postmarked on time, but arrived after the 7-day deadline. Please mail your ballot before election day to ensure that it arrives on time. Better yet drop it in a Ballot Drop Box or at a Vote Center.  Here are some opportunities for volunteering:

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

Contact Your Representatives -- Click Here: https://lagunawoodsdemocrats.org/resources


Village TV

  • Club Meeting - Fullerton College Political Science professor and on-the-record analyst for newspaper and radio media outlets Jodi Balma discusses the results of \the 2024 March primary in our districts and in the O.C. Board of Education races, as well as the implications those results have for the November election. Watch this program Wednesdays in May at 2:00 p.m. on Village TV.
  • Black in Laguna Woods: African American Heritage Club (AAHC) President and City Council Member Annie McCary and AAHC Vice President Willie Phillips were interviewed recently by club secretary Allan Feldman for Black in Laguna Woods, which airs Sundays in May at 3:30 p.m. They discussed the club’s plans for its fourth annual Juneteenth Celebration Saturday, June 15, in Clubhouse 5.


Outreach

  • Nifty Sixty Fundraiser:  — Founded in 1964, the Laguna Woods Democratic Club is celebrating its 60th birthday. This fundraising 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...
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Program:  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 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.
  • Mentoring Program — Do you want to have an impact on the lives of your peers? Join the LWDC Mentoring program. To achieve the club’s mission we need to complete a vast number of functions requiring 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 drives, the activism program, the fundraising efforts, 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. It's 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.
  • 2024 Fresh Ideas Initiative: The next brainstorming discussion for the Fresh Ideas Initiative will be on Tuesday, June 4th, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Grevillea Room (next to the office) at Clubhouse 2. Decaffeinated coffee will be provided; bring your own everything else. This is a chance to hear about ideas from our first meeting, then brainstorm other ideas for the future and discuss the hot topics of the day. Come ready with your thoughts, or just show up to enjoy company with your like-minded friends. Watch your inbox for further information.  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.
  • Daytime Brainstorming Socials: 
    *June 4, 2024, 12:00 noon — 1:30 p.m. at Clubhouse 2, in the Los Olivos Room. Bring your own lunch.

We Can Make a Difference!

Updated: 4/28/2024

Contact Us

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

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