Until I volunteered for something as a Democrat, I felt isolated - as though I was one of just a few.
Then, I became a "Fellow" in the Obama campaign.
When I went to a phone bank or to canvass a neighborhood or to meet one-on-one, I knew we were many.
Yet, I always met someone who said they thought they were the only Democrat in our area.
On schedule, the 2012 elections were held.
The day after election night, I did not know what to do. I had no phone bank, no canvassing, no weekly meetings with my supervisor, no trainings. Nothing.
That is why I started going to the regular monthly meetings of the Democratic Club of Bonita Springs and South Lee County (the Club), so I could meet and talk with other Democrats.
After a few months of the then-Club President constantly pleading for members to run for Club offices, I raised my hand.
I volunteered and was elected President of the Democratic Club of Bonita Springs and South Lee County.
We are still looking for volunteers to fill both required and optional positions in the Club.
This is a great chance to put leadership and volunteer positions on your resume!
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Please note the following update posted March 17, 2020:
Due to concerns about Covid-19 (which has been a known public health issue since 2019), the officers of the DEC have closed, cutback and postponed scheduled fundraisers, phone banks, canvassing, and other matters.
Among the Fun Fundraisers that will have to be reconstructed is our annual Gala. We were to honor Howard Simon for his work as Executive Director of ACLU Michigan and ACLU Florida.
Although Howard has retired, the ACLU keeps his bio active at https://www.aclufl.org/en/biographies/howard-simon-0.
In addition to the words of his bio, Howard may also be understood through his own words in a NY Times opinion piece about the Freedom Riders and the FBI, at https://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/22/opinion/l22freedom.html (Cache).
There was also to be an environmental boat tour directed by Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Resource Policy Director, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF). Find Rae Ann Wessel's bio - among the bios of many humble and direct people who work for SCCF - at www.sccf.org/who-we-are/staff.
In this time of national travail and Lee County death and grieving,
if you have questions or concerns about the Lee County Democratic Party,
please try calling or emailing:
239-939-2866 | LeeCountyDems@gmail.com | LeeCountyDems.org
This includes an historical note about Frederick Douglass foreseeing and questioning the Republican Party surrender of the Civil War to the Southern White Supremacists.
Business Meeting (That is the purpose of the Club gathering for this meeting)
Keynote Address: Wally Hedman
MiniVAN for Phone Banking and Canvassing - with practicum.
2/11/2020 Agenda 2019 10/9/2019 Agenda 9/11/2019 Agenda
Topic 1: Business Meeting (That is the purpose of the Club gathering for this meeting.)
Topic 2: Keynote AddressRichard LeBer, President/CEO, Harry Chapin Foodbank, "Hunger and the Foodbank"
Topic 3: Poverty: International and Local, Cindy Banyai, Prof. FGCU (and candidate, CD-19)
Topic 4: Precinct Organizing. Speakers: Dan Rotigel
Topic 1: Business Meeting (That is the purpose of the Club gathering for this meeting.) Confirm Treasurer, Secretary and new Board member.
Topic 2: Precinct Organizing. Speakers: Dan Rotigel and a new volunteer!
Topic 3: Candidate. Cindy Banyai, Ph.D (running for CD-19).
Topic 4: Lobbying. HUD has proposed new rules concerning Disparate Impact and "Fair Housing."
There is an article about the Disparate Impact of the proposed HUD rules on a website called Curbed.org, a VOX Media production.
My News&Views Article.
Topic 1: Environment. Speakers: Wayne Daltry, News-Press and Brief Biographical Sketch
Janelle J. Christensen, PhD, MPH; President, Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida.
Topic 2: Precinct Organizing. Speakers: Dan Rotigel, Linda Wruck and Joe Beausoleil
Topic 3: Confirmation of Bylaws and other items for Club Recertification
Topic 1: Environment. Speaker: Solemi Hernandez, Citizens Climate Lobby
Topic 2: Precinct Organizing. Speakers: Matt Jones and Dan Rotigel
Topic: Registering voters for Amendment 4 BEFORE THE END OF JUNE.
Topic 1: Steven Blumrosen, inspired by Allen Stewart's presentation last month,
The ecology of Red Tide, Blue-Green Algae, Democrats and Other Mammals
Topic 2: SCCF - No Toll Road (through the Everglades)
Topic 1: Allen Stewart - The ecology of Red Tide, Blue-Green Algae, Democrats and Other Mammals
Topic 2: Devin Carver and John Planas - DNC/FDP T3 Training and Open Q&A
Topic 1: Immigration
Topic 2: Door-to-door campaigning (Every year is an election year!)
A few of our meetings in 2018:
Topic: How can we help the BOCC find its way to letting the voters decide on a CSC?
And, is this something the Club wants to support?
Our Own Steven Blumrosen
Topic 1: Need for New or Improved Schools / Speaker: School Board Member Jane Kuckel
Topic 2: Free Speech after Parkland / Speaker:
Florida Social Media Director, Mom's Demand (sensible gun laws), Crystal Wimperis
Topic 1: Welcome to the Village of Estero - Mayor Jim Boesch
Topic 2: What is it like being a candidate? / Speakers:
Elected Lee County Supervisor of Elections, Tommy Doyle
Primary candidate: Florida Congressional District 19 (CD-19) David Holden
Primary candidate: Florida Congressional District 19 (CD-19) Todd Truax
Certification: Democratic Club of Bonita Springs and South Lee County
Please note: This Democratic Club is not the only Democratic Club or Caucus in Lee County, Florida.
Every Democratic Club and Caucus in Lee County covers the same geographic area, regardless of how limiting its name seems to be.
Any voter registered as a Democrat in Lee County may join any Lee County Democratic Club or Caucus.
For a list of Democratic Clubs and Caucuses in Lee County, see leecountydems.org/about-us/clubs.
The Democratic Club of Bonita Springs and South Lee County welcomes you to our meetings.
We hope you will join us and we look forward to meeting you.
Even more, we hope you will also visit other Democratic Clubs and Caucuses in Lee County and consider joining them, too.
It is more important for a Democrat in Lee County to get out and participate than to join a particular Club or Caucus.
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