South Washoe DEMS
August, 2019 Newsletter
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Monday, August 5, 2019

9th Annual Picnic in the Pines! 


Please join us for our 9th Annual Picnic in the Pines at Deborah and David Kladney's home. The gathering starts at 5:30 pm. We will have some quick announcements in lieu of a formal program as our main goal is to socialize and share in the excitement of our SWDems organization. Come prepared to have a good time with your Democratic friends - and bring a friend or two!

The Kladney's live in the Galena Forest neighborhood, which is the first left on westbound Mt. Rose Hwy just past the Galena Creek Recreation Area's Visitors Center turnoff.

The Kladney's address and phone numbers are:

905 Joy Lake Road
Their house is the 6th house on the left on Joy Lake Road. We encourage carpooling. 
Phone numbers: 775-849-0545 or 775-846-1724

Please contribute your favorite Beverage and either an: 
Salad, or
We will once again have a 50/50 Raffle so bring some cash! Raffle tickets will sell for $1.00 each, $5.00 for 6 tickets or $20.00 for your height in tickets. Earnings from this raffle support our SWDems operating costs for our meetings and special projects.

This year, we continue the tradition of collecting donations for clients of the Reno Community Assistance Center. If you have any old baseball caps or hats PLEASE bring them to the Picnic in the Pines  Many clients are hat-less so providing sun protection during our sunny days is greatly appreciated. If you are not attending the picnic and would like to contribute, then please contact Debbie Kladney at, or 775-849-0545 or 775-846-1724.

Our monthly 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 usually the first MONDAY of the month. Due to the Labor Day holiday in September, we are postponing our meeting to the SECOND week of September. 
SAVE the DATE: Monday, September 9th for our next meeting at the South Valleys Library on Wedge Parkway.

To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke and Kathy Peltier. 
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Notes from the Chair -
In Praise of Wit, Wisdom and Wine! 

Frustrated? Disappointed? Upset about what seems to be unending chaos, confusion and craziness from the White House (emphasis intended)? Well, me too. 

So, what do you do when things seem impossible and out of control? In the immortal words of the guys in Animal House (Eric Stratton? Or was it Flounder?), "ROAD TRIP!"

So, let's go! Come Monday evening, jump in your car and head up the hill to the Kladney's beautiful, lush green acreage, for our annual Picnic in the Pines. Bring your friends, join your friends, make some new friends! Trust me – we'll all feel better to be surrounded by like-minded people who share, not only our frustrations, but more importantly, our goals, hopes, passion and commitment. It's energizing and invigorating – and just plain fun! 

This is the moment to recharge our batteries. We're going to need it. It's a rough road ahead. So, come join us. You'll be glad you did!
- Barbara Twitchell, SWD Chairperson

In case you missed it: from our July Meeting...Little Steps You Can Take That Add Up To Big Changes In The Climate Crisis

During the South Washoe DEMS meeting on July 1, Barry Cernoch presented portions of former Vice President Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth warning of consequences if global warming continues unchecked. Consequences include rising sea levels, coastal flooding and nations of climate refugees.  The statistics are shocking, and many scientists believe we have less than two decades before the course we are on becomes irreversible.

Reversing global warming faces many obstacles and seems out of our individual control.  Not so, Barry said. Here are suggestions from Barry and other meeting participants on how each of us can make a difference.

Easy things you can do this week:
  1. Plant a tree. Trees "scrub the air" by removing greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, plus they help prevent floods by soaking up rainwater.  Buy your tree at Nevada Division of Forestry Washoe Nursery in Carson City at bargain prices of $2.50 to $20.00. For address, times and more, click on this linkYOUR BONUS: trees increase property value!
  2. Replace light bulbs with LED bulbs. LED bulbs use 25% to 80% less energy and last 3 to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Find coupons at this link. YOUR BONUS: save up to $75 a year!
  3. Eat one locally grown, in-season/organic/vegan meal this week. Livestock accounts for 14% of global greenhouse emissions. Organic farming averages 20% in energy savings.  Buying locally grown food burns up to 17% less petroleum. YOUR BONUS: live longer, healthier! 
  4. Offset your carbon footprint. Donate to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It's a surprisingly small amount and can make a big difference.  A good place to start is the United Nations Climate Neutral Now website. YOUR BONUS: feel good about giving back!
  5. Want more of a challenge?  Get involved locally. The City of Reno is developing a Sustainability and Climate Action Plan that will need your continuing support.  Contact Lynne Barker, Sustainability Manager, at 775-334-2288 or go to this link. YOUR BONUS: connect and network with like-minded citizens!   
- Tracey Lane

News from the WashoeDEMS 

Temporary Housing Needed for Caucus Organizers 
Five Caucus organizers will be coming to work in Washoe County and will need temporary housing. The first organizers arrived on July 15th, and the second set arrives August 2nd. These organizers will stay through February 2020

Please email Freddy Wong, the NV Dems Caucus Organizing Director, if you can offer accommodations in your home. Although long commitments are preferred, any offer for any amount of time will be appreciated by the caucus organizers working with WashoeDEMS. 

Countdown to the 2020 Election

Mark you calendars for these important 2020 election-related dates.
  • January 1 - 15, 2020 - Preregister for the Virtual Caucus
  • February 15 - 18, 2020 (Saturday - Tuesday) - Early Vote for the Caucus
  • February 16 - 17, 2020 (Sunday & Monday) - Virtual Caucus
  • February 22, 2020 (Saturday) - Nevada Caucus
  • April 18th, 2020 (Saturday) - Washoe County Convention
  • May 30, 2020 (Saturday) - Nevada State Democratic Party State Convention, LV
  • July 13-16, 2020 - National Democratic Convention Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • November 3, 2020 (Tuesday) - Election Day & Victory Party


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
Note New Date and Location

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm hosted by Dan and Elaine Carrick. Their home is located in the ArrowCreek community at 6180 South Featherstone Circle, Reno NV 89511. If you plan to attend, please email Dan at so that he can put your name on the list of people to be admitted at the ArrowCreek gate. 

Our next book is Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling.  
When asked simple questions about global trends―what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school―we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and bankers.

In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective―from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).

Our problem is that we don't know what we don't know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think.That doesn't mean there aren't real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.
The book is available in hardback, paperback, eBook and audio from your local or online bookstores.
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...

  • August 1st   – Book Club
  • August 5th – Picnic in the Pines
  • August 25th  – Record Street
  • September 9th - Monthly SWD Meeting – Not on Labor Day, will be 2ND WEEK OF THE MONTH