Monday, January 7, 2019
Back by Popular Demand - Jon Ralston!

Renowned journalist Jon Ralston, founder and editor of The Nevada Independent, the most reliable independent source of information about Nevada politics, will join us at our January 7 meeting. Expect Jon to address topics as diverse as Nevada's female-majority State Legislature (first in the nation EVER!), Governor-elect Sisolak's agenda and the Navy's efforts to take over more of Nevada's public lands. Jon and his staff are on top of the news on the Mueller investigation and the government shut-down. Don't miss this chance to hear Jon's insights and predictions about all aspects of state and national politics. 
Our meeting location is at the:

South Valleys Library.
15650 Wedge Pkwy
Reno, NV 89511
[see map at Our Next Events page of the South Washoe DEMS website] 

There is no admission charge.  Our meetings start at 5:30 p.m. with a social time where we serve light appetizers. Donations are welcome to cover the cost of appetizers. Please invite your friends as we welcome both new and long time members to our meetings. We look forward to seeing you!
Our monthly meeting date is the first MONDAY of the month. 
SAVE the DATE: Monday, February 4th for our next meeting at the South Valleys Library on Wedge Parkway.

To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke. 
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Annual Holiday Party! 

We had a festive and most memorable Holiday Party on December 10th. We appreciate our hosts, Joyce Destefanis and David Penning, for once again opening their home for our annual party. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the set-up and clean-up.  We had over 60 guests, many of whom were there for the first time. Our 50/50 Raffle grossed $305! We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the raffle winner, who donated back her winnings.

We were overwhelmed by and greatly appreciate donations for the homeless of Record Street and the Eddy House. We received socks, tee-shirts, pants, shampoos and conditioners, bars of soap, body wash, lotion, deodorant, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, gum brushes and cans of chicken chunks.

South Washoe DEMS Cares: 
Lunches at Record Street and Eddy House  

Due to the amazing generosity and dedication of many volunteers LUNCH AT RECORD STREET continues to be a great success. You all rock!

THANK YOU to all who donated socks and toiletries at our holiday party. We distributed socks at our December lunch and have lots left over to donate to Eddy House. The toiletries donated included razors - a most valued commodity- and tooth brushes, paste, etc. With the toiletries we already have on hand we will also be able to distribute toiletries in January, as well.

Regarding EDDY HOUSE: I will be contacting them in the new year to hopefully create a plan to provide lunches that meet both their needs and our ability to provide. Once we have a plan in place I will share that information with everyone.

I personally wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019. 
                                                                                                         -- Debbie Kladney

News from the WashoeDEMS 

Executive Director Applications Still Being Accepted!
The Executive Director is the key management leader of the Democratic Party of Washoe County (DPWC). This position is a full-time professional, exempt position and reports directly to the DPWC Executive Board. For a full job description, more information and instuctions for how to apply for the position, visit this page. Applications are being accepted through January 15, 2019. 

Democratic Toastmasters Club Forming - Demo meeting on January 31st
If you are interested in improving your public speaking skills and in helping elect Democrats in 2020, come learn about forming a Democratic Toastmasters club. A Demo Toastmasters meeting led by a regional division director for Toastmasters, Tina Machado, has been scheduled on Thursday, January 31. The meeting will include both a detailed discussion on chartering a new club and the Toastmasters training.

 Date:  Thursday, January 31, 2019
 Time:  6:00 pm
 Location:  Washoe DEMS Headquarters
 1465 Terminal Way, Suite 100
 Reno, NV
 RSVP:  Sarah Mahler

If you are interested but unable to attend, you can contact Tina with questions by phone or email at 530-308-4083 or
Save the Date for the Washoe DEMS Crab Feed, Crabbing with Democrats, Saturday, February 23, 2019. The price for the 2019 event will be $75 per person, the same as in 2018. More information on the event and ticket sales will be available soon.

Fundraising and Community Opportunities

Fallon Naval Expansion - Submit comments on this massive land grab by January 15, 2019
The U.S. Navy is proposing a massive land grab to triple the size of the Fallon Naval Air Station bombing range, seizing 600,000 acres of public land for live-fire bombing exercises. Taking this land would shut off public access to a wide swath of central Nevada, impacting important wildlife habitat in the Great Basin Desert. Including the proposed expansion of the Air Force's Nevada Test and Training Range in southern Nevada, the Department of Defense is seeking to take over 1.75 million acres of Nevada's public lands, an area larger than the state of Delaware. 

The Friends of Nevada Wilderness has details about the land status, timeline, and ways to act. Stand up for Nevada's wildlife, wild lands, and the heritage of public access that makes our state such a great place to live.

The Navy is accepting comments online or by mail. Comments need to be received by January 15, 2019. This link contains instructions for submitting comments.

3rd Annual Women's March - Saturday, January 19th
The Annual Women's March is hosted by Women's March Reno, Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates, People's Climate Movement- Northern Nevada, Action Together Nevada, Moms Clean Air Force - NV, NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada and One Source Network. 

 Date:  Saturday, January 19, 2019
 Time:  11:00 am – 1:00 pm
 Location:  Downtown City Plaza
 1 N. Virginia
 Reno, NV
 Information:  Facebook Page
NV Electronic Legislative Information System ("NELIS") Training 
The 80th Nevada Legislative session begins on February 4, 2019. Learn how to navigate the NV Legislative website to track bill drafts, bills, committee hearings and reports. The training will be beneficial to all citizens and particularly to those who are planning to be citizen lobbyists. Amber Joiner, former Assemblywoman from AD 24 and UNR professor, will conduct the training. Participation is encouraged, especially now with our historic majority in both the Senate and Assembly and a Democratic governor!

Trainings will be held at Washoe DEMS Headquarters, 1465 Terminal Way Suite #1 Reno, NV 89502:
  • January 29, 2019,  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • January 30, 2019,  Noon - 1:00 pm
  • January 30, 2019,  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lost Jacket 
This jacket was left at the October 17, 2018 Meet and Greet for candidates Clint Koble, Tina Davis-Hersey and June Joseph. Joyce Destefanis and Michelle Walter hosted this event at Joyce's home. If the jacket is yours, please email  


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
January 10, 2019

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm hosted by Joyce Destefanis and Dave Penning. Their home is located in the Saddlehorn community at 14210 Powder River Court (from Thomas Creek Road, turn west onto Saddlehorn Drive and then south onto Powder River Court.) See map inside our Book Club webpage.

Our next book is Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. 

In this New York Times bestseller, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers—"fans of geography, history, and politics (and maps) will be enthralled" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going but about the world in general. And yet, when it comes to geo-politics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other experts who have neglected to refer to a map of the place in question.

All leaders of nations are constrained by geography. In "one of the best books about geopolitics" (The Evening Standard), now updated to include 2016 geopolitical developments, journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic—their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders—to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.

Offering "a fresh way of looking at maps" (The New York Times Book Review), Marshall explains the complex geo-political strategies that shape the globe. Why is Putin so obsessed with Crimea? Why was the US destined to become a global superpower? Why does China's power base continue to expand? Why is Tibet destined to lose its autonomy? Why will Europe never be united? The answers are geographical. "In an ever more complex, chaotic, and interlinked world, Prisoners of Geography is a concise and useful primer on geopolitics" (Newsweek) and a critical guide to one of the major determining factors in world affairs.

"Quite simply, one of the best books about geopolitics you could imagine: reading it is like having a light shone on your understanding." - The Evening Standard 

"In an ever more complex,chaotic and interlinked world, Prisoners of Geography is a concise and useful primer on geo-politics." - Newsweek Europe 

"Marshall is excellent on some of the highways and byways of geopolitics." - Financial Times 

"This is not a book about environmental determinism – the geography of aregion is never presented as fatalistic; but it does send a timely reminderthat despite technological advances, geography is always there, often forcingthe hand of world leaders." - Geographical Magazine

"Fans of geography, history and politics (and maps) will be enthralled." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram 

The book is available in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats from your local or online bookstores.
Please email Joyce for updates or details. For more information about our current book, a list of articles, and past books we have reviewed, visit our Book Club webpage.

Save The Date...

  • January 7th – Monthly SWD Meeting - Jon Ralston
  • January 10th – Book Club
  • January 19th – Women's March
  • January 27th - Record Street
  • February 4th - Monthly SWD Meeting