Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Washoe DEMS' Election Watch Party


The Washoe Democratic Party is hosting an Election Watch Party on Election Day — and YOU'RE INVITED!

Please join your fellow Democrats as we celebrate all of our efforts during this election season and hopefully a night of victories
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 
Location: Reno Ballroom
                 401 N Center Street
                 Reno, NV 89501
Time:        6:30 pm

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a No-Host bar.
Please RSVP here.

Since our regular meeting place at the South Valleys library will still be full of voting machines, this special event is being offered in place of our South Washoe DEMS November monthly meeting.

SAVE the DATE for Monday, December 10th for our annual Holiday Party, which will be in lieu of our December meeting. Details will be provided in the December Newsletter. Our regular monthly meeting date is the first MONDAY of each month. We will resume that schedule as of January.
To suggest future meeting topics, please email Carol Cooke. 
Did someone forwarded this to you?
Subscribe here

Why should you participate in South Washoe DEMS?
Click to Visit Our website:
We're an affiliate of the Democratic Party of Washoe County
(Check out their new website - just click on the logo)
Follow Us...
To learn about your South Washoe DEMS Steering Committee, click here...

Notes from the Chair:
Where Will It End?

I remember the last election night. I also recall the morning after, when the reality and magnitude of that election really sunk in. It was like going through the stages of grief: major shock, then denial, guilt, anger, depression… and finally, with sickening resolve and great reluctance – acceptance. 

I deluded myself. Maybe it won't be as bad as we fear? Maybe he will change his ways. Maybe he will surround himself with knowledgeable, experienced people who will guide and control him. Surely Congress and the courts with be the guardrails. How much harm could he really do?  

Unbelievably, the awful answer is – far more than we even dared to imagine. Under this administration, we have witnessed the systematic dismantling, degradation and demise of so many long-valued protections, institutions, alliances and entities. Division, hate, distrust, lies and unrelenting attacks on every guardrail of decency and democracy, have become commonplace in our daily lives. We barely flinch at them anymore. 

And it gets worse by the day. The awful events of the past week have proven that. Fueled by Trump's hostile, divisive rhetoric, hate crimes came to roost on our doorsteps, in force. Fourteen attempted bomb attacks on our nation's former leaders and members of our party, the Louisville murder of two innocent black men, eleven worshipers slaughtered in a Pittsburgh synagogue. And now, he is threatening to single-handedly change our Constitution! Where will this insanity end?

Another election is upon us. It is our chance to take back control of our country. We need to elect people – at the local, state and national level – who will be the guardians to those values we hold dear. People who will challenge the 'man-boy who would be king.' 

I know I'm preaching to the choir. You are all concerned, involved citizens or you wouldn't be reading this. I know you'll vote. But this effort takes more than that. Reach out to friends, neighbors and relatives, talk to them about the importance of this election, talk to them about the need to restore reason, sanity and balance in our government by voting Blue. If we each reach out to just five other people and encourage them to do this, it will make a huge difference in this election. 

Where will this insanity end? At the ballot box, that's where.

I want to remember this election for a very different reason than the last one. I want to wake up on November 7th with some hope in my heart. Don't you? Let's make it happen! 

                                                                         ~ Barbara Twitchell, SWD Chair

The Leadership Academy - Grassroots Organizing Prepares for 2020! 

The Leadership Academy was launched this summer to recruit, train, and mentor precinct captains for long term neighborhood political engagement in Washoe County. More than 50 precinct captains, from all eight assembly districts, attended three-hour training sessions in three-week training cycles.  These precinct captains then hosted numerous neighborhood gatherings and canvasses for the mid-term election.

The core leadership included Kit Prendergast, Mary DeLaMare and Sandy Scott. Thank you to our husbands, Wally, Tom and Arden for their assistance and support. A special thank you to Tracey Lane for her professional skills for our web page announcement.

We wish to express our sincere appreciation to our many supporters, speakers, and mentors including:  Sarah Mahler, Priya Ahlawat, Karen and Peter Barber, Christine Hughes, Jane Grossman, Byllie Andrews, Suzy Williams, Millie May, Diana Mackey, Barbara Gruenewald, Mary Katz, Wendell Newman, and Doug Smithson.

And, most importantly, thank you to the many political novices and long-term activists who stepped up to be precinct captains in their precincts. These are the people committed to coordinating precinct teams to motivate voters to elect Democrats. We look forward to recruiting, training, and mentoring many more precinct captains for Washoe County.

The Leadership Academy proved that volunteers can work hard and have fun getting voters to the polls to win this midterm election. Building strong neighborhood connections will make the difference in preparing to win the 2020 election.

GOTV! It is what we are determined to do. Volunteer. We have elections to Win!
                                                                                                       ~ Sandy Scott

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful - November 10 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, November 10, 2018 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. 
For more information or to sign on to our fabulous work crew, please email Wally Prendergast.

News from the WashoeDEMS
Join WashoeDEMS and the NVDEMS Coordinated Campaign Organizers through Election Day!

Volunteers needed for Canvassing and Phone Banking:

Multiple shifts are available for canvassing and phone banking!
Canvassing originates at a home in South Reno (address listed when you register). Phone Banking occurs at Washoe DEMS headquarters: 
1465 Terminal Way 
Reno, NV 8950

Sign up for a shift at this link.
Contact Alex Kania:  phone: 732-882-9049; email: akania@nvdems.com
Candidates' Contact Information
WashoeDEMS maintains a listing our federal, state and county Democratic candidates and their contact info: https://www.washoedems.org/candidates/. The site also helps you locate your ward and district information.
Washoe County Election Information 

  • Early Voting: Now through Friday, November 2, 2018.
  • Check your sample ballots for locations or at this link.
  • You may vote early at any of the Early Vote polling stations in Washoe County
GENERAL ELECTION:  November 6, 2018 (New this year: You can vote at ANY polling station, even on election day!).

South Washoe DEMS, WashoeDEMS, the Nevada Coordinated Campaign and YOU. Thank You!

We are days from the election and the next time we meet, on Tuesday, November 6, hopefully we'll be celebrating many Democratic wins and a redirection for our country. This doesn't just happen. It takes months of work by thousands of people – many of them are South Washoe DEMS. Here's a reminder of what we've accomplished in the days leading up to the election:
  • Our 2018 meetings leading up to the election featured many local candidates for county, city, and state offices. Coordinating with Heart of Reno DEMS and North Tahoe DEMS, we were able to bring both Jacky Rosen and Steve Sisolak to free, open to the public forums at Cathexes Architecture on Bell Street. Both these joint meetings were well organized and attended.
  • Between June of 2017 and July of 2018 South Washoe DEMS organized 22 neighborhood meetings in a dozen different neighborhoods to introduce Democrats to each other and engage them in the political process. More than 40 volunteers worked on this project hosting, calling and sending invitations, and providing information and programs.
  • From the volunteers we recruited during the meetings we were able to provide both the Democratic Party of Washoe County and the Nevada Democratic Coordinated Campaign with a list of 70 of potential volunteers.
  • Using the folks who volunteered to cook we were able to offer nutritious home cooked meals to the Coordinated Campaign staff every Thursday from mid-July through November 2.Twenty people, including two candidates, stepped up to provide seventeen meals to these hardworking folks.
  • South Washoe DEMS have volunteered their homes as launch sites for the coordinated campaign successfully training and sending out canvassers, generously offered space to several candidates' campaigns, and been diligently writing letters to the editor both as individuals and in coordination with the Democratic Party of Washoe County's Letters to the Editor group.
  • Under the sponsorship of the Democratic Party of Washoe County, two of our most reliable South Washoe DEMS, Sandy Scott and Kit Prendergast, created the Precinct Leadership Training Academy which prepared about 50 precinct leaders to track voters, get out the vote, and create lasting relationships in their precincts across the county. (See the detailed article earlier in this Newsletter.) This academy was launched in 2018 but will be ongoing into the future. It is through creating networks like these and giving potential leaders the tools and skills they need to empower our Democratic voters, that we will create change.
So, pat yourselves on the back! I know I've forgotten many contributions, but you all know who you are. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And if you haven't done it yet, VOTE!!

                                                                                                                     ~ Suzy Williams


Our optional e-mail Alerts program has been in operation since March 2017.

Action Alerts!!!   
Our Action Alerts announce upcoming rallies, marches, meetings or other important issues that need quick action.
Election Alerts!  
Election Alerts provide information regarding 2018 candidates and elections, such as Meet & Greets, campaign info, fundraisers, and important election dates and info. 
To receive our Alerts via email, please click on this 'Sign Me Up' button: 

South Washoe DEMS Book Club
November 12, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 6:00 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 Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders.
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? 


The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented.

"A luminous feat of generosity and humanism."—Colson Whitehead, The New York Times Book Review

"A masterpiece."—Zadie Smith

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 web page.

Save The Dates...

  • November 6th – Election Night Party (replaces November Monthly Meeting)
  • November 10th – KTMB Cleanup
  • November 12th – Book Club
  • November 25th – Record Street
  • December 10th – Annual Holiday Party