Monday, February 5, 2018

It All Comes Down to VOTES!


Think about it. We will restore our great nation's core principles - but only if we have the votes.  So don't waste your energy railing against that man behind the green curtain.  Focus on getting out the vote. The work begins now. 

This month's program focuses on gearing up for the upcoming 2018 election. Join us for a three-part presentation on the importance of getting out the vote, how anyone (you!) can be comfortable canvassing and registering voters, and some advice on how you can make the most of upcoming caucus and convention participation.  

The presentation's participants will be: 
  • Denise López, Executive Director of the Washoe County Democratic Party
  • Doug Smithson, Chair of the Voter Registration Committee and canvasser extraordinaire
  • Suzy Williams, caucus and convention veteran and South Washoe DEMS Steering Committee member. 
Denise will inspire you, Doug will help you gain confidence and enthusiasm in preparing for the legwork ahead, and Suzy will encourage your participation in the caucuses and conventions with her common-sense tips.

In addition, you'll leave with information about the upcoming precinct caucus and convention, as well as your precinct number and where to vote. And you will know how you can play a vital role in the fight to rescue our democracy at the polls.
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. A brief business meeting commences at 6 p.m., then our featured program runs for about an hour. 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 now the first MONDAY of the month. 
SAVE the DATE: Monday, March 5th, for our March meeting, at the South Meadows Library.
To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke. 
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Spring Neighborhood Gatherings -
Moving Forward to 2018 

This spring South Washoe DEMS will be planting the seeds for a great election season with another round of our neighborhood meetings. Several people have volunteered their homes to host a series of meetings focused on the upcoming Democratic Primary Elections. We do not endorse any candidate but hope to give you the chance to meet as many candidates as possible –  in small, comfortable settings. The meetings will be held between February 15 and April 15, 2018, in neighborhoods from Damonte Ranch to Arrowcreek, from Pleasant Valley to Double Diamond and places in between. Watch our South WashoeDems website,, monthly newsletters, and our Election Alerts (Opt-In now to be sure you get all the news) for specific addresses, dates, and program information. If you'd like to volunteer to host, make outreach calls, help with sign-ups and greeting, or in any other way at these meetings, please contact Suzy Williams. 

Kudos for Another Successful Year of South Washoe DEMS Accomplishments

South Washoe DEMS enjoyed continued success in supporting our mission "to advance the goals of the Democratic Party of Washoe County within the community in the southern areas of Washoe County." See our list of 2017 Accomplishments in the section What We Have Done. While there, you can see the accomplishments for each year since 2011. We sincerely thank you for your involvement - YOU make a difference!

South Washoe DEMS has amazing volunteers... 

...and we'll be cooperating with our parent organization, the Democratic Party of Washoe County ("Washoe Dems"), to build a great volunteer team for the 2018 elections. The county party is creating a list of our most reliable volunteers for their own use. We're all working toward the same goal of electing our Democratic candidates up and down the ticket. Starting this spring, if you volunteer with the South Washoe DEMS we'll add your name and your role to the Washoe Dems' in-house list. With the technology available to us today and sharing information, we look forward to building a stronger Democratic Party and an unbeatable force of volunteers. People are the best resource our party has. Thanks for pitching in.
                 -- Your South Washoe DEMS Steering Committee

Coming in March: South Washoe DEMS Annual Leadership Elections

It's almost time to elect our leadership for the next year, April 2018 – March 2019. At our next meeting on Monday, February 5th, our elections officer, Tracey Lane, will present a Slate of Officers and take any nominations from the floor.

The elected positions are:
  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
We are always looking for new leadership.  For more information about the duties of the positions, see our South Washoe DEMS website/By Laws section, Section III or contact anyone on the Steering Committee. All South Washoe DEMS members attending the March meeting will vote on the completed slate to choose our new 2018-2019 officers.  

If you would like to run for any of the elected positions please contact our elections officer, Tracey Lane, to be added to the slate. These positions may be co-positions, so if job-sharing appeals to you, then let Tracey know. Tracey may be reached at: or 
      (203) 415-7044.  
Women's March: Washoe County Kicked-Off 2018 with the 2nd Annual Women's March 

The Reno Police Department estimated ten to twelve thousand people turned out for the 2nd Annual Women's March in Reno. The sunshine and signs set the tone for the march. Parents brought their children, families brought their dogs, and everywhere people greeted their friends. One sign read "Thank you Donald Trump for turning me into an activist." The march focused on women's voting power, equal rights, and their demand to be heard and believed but drew all kinds of progressive supporters who turned out to call for a big change in our government – starting in 2018. One conversation overheard – "To resist you have to have hope." Resistance gives us hope. Turning out progressive voters in November will give us change. We're on our way. 

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Washoe Dems Annual Crab Feed

The annual "Crabbing with Democrats" event is coming up: February 10, 2018!
Come for the delicious crabs, socialize with fellow Democrats and hear a few works from local officials and candidates.

Event Details:
 Date  Saturday, February 10, 2018
 Time  Doors open at 5:30 PM, Dinner at 6:30 PM
 Location  Sparks Parks and Recreation Department
 98 Richards Way
 Sparks, NV
 Extras  Beer and wine for purchase
 Raffle/silent auction
 Pricing  $75/person or $600 for an 8-person table
 Purchase Tickets  Online:
 Mail or drop off your check, payable to
 Democratic Party of Washoe County
 1465 Terminal Way, Ste. 1
 Reno, NV 89502
 Attn: Lisa Haughn, DPWC Treasurer
 Questions?  Call the Washoe Dems office at 775-323-8683
 ~or ~
 Call Dean Schermerhorn, DPWC Secretary, at 775-848-1867


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
February 8, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 8, 2018 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 Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff. 

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous―and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.

In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations:
- What President Trump's staff really thinks of him
- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama
- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room
- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing
- What the secret to communicating with Trump is
- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers
Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

The book is available in hardcover 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 Dates...

  • February 5th – Monthly meeting, new day on Monday
  • February 8th - Book Club
  • February 10th – Washoe Dems Crab Feed
  • February  25th – Lunch at Record Street
  • March 5th – Monthly meeting, new day on Monday