South Washoe DEMS
October, 2019 Newsletter
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Monday, October 7, 2019

Fixing Nevada's Mental Health System


How does Nevada deliver mental health services to our growing and diverse population? Which programs have proven effective? Where is the greatest need? What about funding? What services does the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offer?

Our speaker this month is Robin V. Reedy, Executive Director for NAMI Nevada, who will address Nevada's mental health crisis. Robin will discuss the recent changes in Nevada mental health law, the programs NAMI offers the community free of charge, and NAMI's ongoing role in fixing Nevada's mental health system. We hope you'll join us for a most informative evening.

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 the first MONDAY of the month.SAVE the DATE: Monday, November 4th 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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Attend a Tour of Waste Management's Recycling Facility - 10/21/2019

At our September 'Talkin' Trash' program, Kendra Kostelecky of Waste Management really motivated us with her explanations of correct recycling. After that meeting, one of our members, Judy Frederick, was inspired to organize a tour of Waste Management's Recycling facility in Reno. Judy invites any South Washoe DEM to join her for the tour on Monday, October 21st at 9:30 am. The address is 1392 E. Commercial Row. Parking is available on the north side of the street. There is a limit of 25 people. RSVP to Judy via email or phone at 775-849-3166.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful - October 12th Cleanup

As part of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful's (KTMB) 'Adopt-A-Spot' program, South Washoe DEMS cleans Wedge Parkway 3 times a year. The next KTMB cleanup is Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 9:00 am. Meet at the Washoe County South Valleys Library on Wedge Parkway. Wear layers if the weather is cool. Safety vests, gloves, garbage bags and the "picker upper" tools will be provided.  

Please Note!
After 4 years of organizing and leading our group, this Cleanup will be Wally's last one. Let's show our appreciation of Wally's service to SWDems and the Wedge Parkway community by participating in this Fall Cleanup. Thank you, Wally!
For more information or to sign up, please email 
Wally Prendergast.

Fundraising and Community Opportunities

Elizabeth Warren Town Hall in Carson City, Wednesday 10/2  
Elizabeth Warren and her campaign team will be hosting a town hall in Carson City this week. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to bring your friends and family. An RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission will be first come, first served.

 Date:   Wednesday, October 2, 2019
 Time:  Doors open at 5:00 PM
 Event begins at 6:00 PM
 Location:  Carson City Multi-purpose Athletic Center 
 1860 Russell Way
 Carson City, NV 89706
 RSVP:  Elizabeth Warren Town Hall
 Donate:  Elizabeth Warren - Secure Actblue
 Campaign Website:
Joe Biden at Truckee Meadows Community College, Wednesday 10/2  
Join Joe Biden for a community event this week at Truckee Meadows Community College.

 Date:   Wednesday, October 2, 2019
 Time:  6:00 – 8:00 PM
 Location:  Truckee Meadows Community College
 7000 Dandini Blvd
 Reno, NV 89512
 RSVP:  Joe Biden Community Event
 Donate:  Joe Biden - Secure Actblue
 Campaign Website:
Kamala Harris at University of Nevada, Reno, Thursday 10/3  
Join Senator Kamala Harris for a "Dude Gotta Go" Town Hall this week, sponsored by the Young Democrats of the University of Nevada, Reno.

 Date:   Thursday, October 3, 2019
 Time:  11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
 Location:  University of Nevada, Reno
 Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom

 87 West Stadium Way
 Reno, NV 89557
 RSVP:  Kamala Harris - Town Hall
 Donate:  Kamala Harris - Secure Actblue
 Campaign Website:
Environmentally Conscious Fundraiser for Clint Koble  
Please join host Susan Cesarini for a fundraiser for Clint featuring special guest climate activist Christiane Brown. This event is in West Reno, south of the N. McCarren and I-80 West intersection.

 Date   Saturday, October 5, 2019
 Time   12:00 pm  
 Location   4490 Reddawn Drive
  Reno, NV 89523
 RSVP   email or (505) 999-0739
 Suggested Donations   All Contributions Welcome
  Clint Koble for Congress
  (Contributions are not tax deductible.)
 Campaign Website
Disclaimer: The South Washoe DEMS does not endorse any candidate until after the Primary Election.  

News from the WashoeDEMS 

Highlights on the WashoeDEMS' Calendar 
  • Washoe Dems Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019, at 6:00 PM. Social hour begins at 5:30 PM, program is "Specialty Court 101" from Henry Sotelo Esq. & Dani Danley
  • NV Dems is conducting phone banks every Tuesday and Thursday for the 2020 Caucus, 3:30 PM-7:00 PM at Washoe DEMS HQ;  contact Jake Fineman via email.
  • NV Dems is conducting Voter Registration every Saturday in October. Shifts start at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm. All shifts launch from Washoe DEMS HQ, 1465 Terminal Way, Suite 1, Reno. Contact Jake Fineman for information via email or (858) 395-6248

Caucus Volunteers Needed!
The Nevada State Democratic Party is running the most expansive, accessible, and transparent presidential caucus in Nevada history, and to do that, we need great volunteers! The caucus takes place on Saturday, February 22, 2020, and we've already begun training volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering on caucus day, helping us register new Democratic voters, or just want to know more about the caucus process, sign up at, or reach out to our Lead Field Organizer, Jake Fineman, directly at (858) 395-6248.

Countdown to the 2020 Election

Mark you calendars for these important 2020 election-related dates.
  • Nov 30, 2019: Voter registration deadline for Virtual Caucus 
  • January 1 - 15, 2020 - Preregister for the Virtual Caucus 
  • February 15 - 18, 2020 (Saturday - Tuesday) - Early Vote Period  
  • February 22, 2020 (Saturday) - Nevada Caucus 
  • April 18th, 2020 (Saturday) - Washoe County Convention 
  • May 30, 2020 (Saturday) - Nevada State Democratic Party State Convention - Las Vegas 
  • June 9, 2020 (Tuesday) - Primary elections  
  • July 13-16, 2020 - National Democratic Convention - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • October 17th – October 30th, 2020: General Elections Early Voting. 
  • November 3, 2020 (Tuesday) - Election Day & Victory Party
Further reference for 2020 Elections dates, click here

New Opportunity for the Nevada Caucus 2020


Last month we explained three options to participate in the 2020 Nevada Caucus. Soon after we published the Newsletter, NV Dems announced that the option to Vote virtually BY PHONE was eliminated due to security concerns. Please note these 2 options to participate in the 2020 Caucus: 
  1. Caucus with neighbors in your precinct on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Caucus locations will be announced by January 15, 2020. New Democratic voters can register to vote at their Caucus Day site. 
  2. *New* Vote early IN PERSON at any site in Washoe County on any of these days: Saturday, February 15 - Tuesday, February 18. Early Vote locations will be announced by October 1, 2019. New Democratic voters can register to vote at any early vote site. 
You must be a registered Democrat to participate in the Nevada Democratic Caucus. Please update your voter registration information by visiting You can register to vote the same day at any early vote site or Caucus Day site. 

Please plan to participate in the 2020 Nevada Caucus!


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm hosted by Fred and Millie May. Their home is located in Damonte Ranch at 2455 Makenna Drive, Reno NV 89521. To let the Mays know you are coming, please email them. 

Our next book is Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, by Jared Diamond.
In his international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in his third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes -- a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises.

In this book, Diamond compares how six countries have survived recent upheavals -- ranging from the forced opening of Japan by U.S. Commodore Perry's fleet, to the Soviet Union's attack on Finland, to a murderous coup or countercoup in Chile and Indonesia, to the transformations of Germany and Austria after World War Two. Because Diamond has lived and spoken the language in five of these six countries, he can present gut-wrenching histories experienced firsthand. These nations coped, to varying degrees, through mechanisms such as acknowledgment of responsibility, painfully honest self-appraisal, and learning from models of other nations. Looking to the future, Diamond examines whether the United States, Japan, and the whole world are successfully coping with the grave crises they currently face. Can we learn from lessons of the past?

Adding a psychological dimension to the in-depth history, geography, biology, and anthropology that mark all of Diamond's books, Upheaval reveals factors influencing how both whole nations and individual people can respond to big challenges. The result is a book epic in scope, but also his most personal book yet.
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...

  • October 1st - Monthly WashoeDEMS Meeting
  • October 7th – Monthly SWD meeting
  • October 21st – Tour of Waste Management Recycling Facility
  • October 27th – Record Street
  • November 4th – Monthly SWD Meeting
  • November 7th – Book Club
  • December 2nd – Annual Holiday Party