South Washoe DEMS
November, 2019 Newsletter
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Monday, November 4, 2019

What's on the Minds of Young DEMS?

Every good DEM has a favorite passion, a cause worth fighting for - especially in these treacherous times.  The headlines beckon us in many worthwhile directions. What keeps one person awake at night might be very different for another. Our November program features a panel discussion with four prominent young DEMS who will discuss the issues that consume younger generations. Are those issues the same as those championed by older DEMS? What are younger DEMS hearing from younger voters?  How can we best join efforts to rescue our country from tyranny? 

We look forward to an eye-opening discussion. Please email your questions for the panelists to
Carol Cooke
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 PM 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, December 2nd for our annual Holiday Party! Details will be available in our December newsletter. Our Holiday Party will be in lieu of our December meeting. Our regular monthly meeting schedule will resume in January.
To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke and Kathy Peltier. 
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Congratulations to Sandy Scott, Honoree at the Virginia Demmler Dinner

Congratulations to Sandy Scott, one of the founders of the South Washoe DEMS, for being celebrated as an Honoree at the upcoming Democratic Party of Washoe County's Virginia Demmler Honor Roll Dinner on Wednesday, November 6.

Sandy is being recognized for her decades of volunteer work and especially for her tireless efforts as Co-Chair of the Washoe DEMS Precinct Organizing Committee, a community-based grassroots organization. Sandy's vision of having a precinct captain in virtually every precinct in Washoe County is on its way to becoming a reality.  Today there are more than 100 precinct leaders building teams across the county to increase participation and voter turnout, thanks to Sandy's unwavering persistence and hard work.

"I believe the way Democrats win is neighbors talking to neighbors about issues and values," says Sandy. Her philosophy is inspired by a letter written by Abraham Lincoln in 1840 on how to organize a county by dividing it into precincts, keeping in contact with the citizens and making sure they vote.

In 2018, Washoe County Chair Sarah Mahler recruited Sandy Scott and Kit Prendergast to co-chair the Precinct Organization Committee. Together Sandy and Kit recruited precinct captains and held a highly successful Leadership Academy to train them on how to organize, inspire and activate volunteers.  Washoe County voted for Democrats in record high numbers in 2018, resulting in the election of a Democratic U.S. Senator and Democrats in virtually all State elective offices. This, in part, can be attributed to the grassroots efforts of Sandy and Kit.

"This honor speaks so well of our recruiting efforts," says Sandy.  "I want Democrats to win, and it's going to take all of us to make that happen." 

Sandy, a retired elementary school teacher, has not only embraced leadership roles in the WashoeDEMS and the South WashoeDEMS, but was the first President of the Friends of Washoe County Libraries, served eight years on the Library Board of Trustees and was instrumental in building branch libraries throughout the county.

"We're so proud of Sandy and so lucky to have her in our community," says Barbara Twitchell, SWDems Chair. "She's an inspiration to all of us, and she is most deserving of this honor."

When asked why she volunteers, Sandy's reply was simply, "I'm a citizen, and I just think it's my job. I was raised to participate. It's my responsibility."

You can celebrate Sandy Scott at the Virginia Demmler Honor Roll Dinner Wednesday, November 6 at The Elm Estate, 1401 W. Second Street. For tickets and more information, refer to the article in our
News from the WashoeDEMS section below. 

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. Our last KTMB cleanup was Saturday, October 12, 2019. We thank the volunteers who participated.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Wally Prendergast, who has organized and led our KTMB cleanups for the past 4 years.

Thank you, Wally!

We welcome Berry Cernoch who has graciously accepted being our South Washoe DEMS / KTMB coordinator. Barry has been a frequent "trash picker upper" on many past cleanup events.

For more information about our KTMB program, please email Barry Cernoch.

Climate Change Champions' Question for You!

Progress is being made on community projects that members of our new Climate Change Champions (CCC) group have initiated. Details will be shared in a future meeting, but for now CCC has a question for you: 

This past month, did you you use reusable bags at the grocery store?

Come to the November meeting and find our why we're asking!

The next CCC meeting will be on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at 3 PM at Carol Cooke's house:
14385 Riata Circle, Reno. If you are interested in joining CCC, please e-mail Suzy Williams or Carol Cooke
                                                                         Suzy Williams and Carol Cooke

Fundraising and Community Opportunities

Cory Booker Campaign Office Opening, Tuesday 10/29  
Join the Cory for Nevada team as they open their Reno office! Meet Cory's national campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, and other special guests to be announced soon. 

 Date:   Tuesday, October 29, 2019
 Time:  Doors open at 5:00 PM
 Program begins at 6:00 PM
 Location:  Cory Booker Campaign Office
 354 W. Liberty Street
 Reno, NV 89501
 RSVP:  Cory Booker Campaign Office Opening     
 Donate:  Cory Booker - Secure Actblue
 Campaign Website:
Meet and Greet Reception for Jenny Brekhus, Candidate for Reno City Council, Wednesday, 10/30
Join Reno City Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus for a Meet and Greet reception in support of her campaign for re-election at the Hub Coffee Roasters on the River.

 Date:   Wednesday, October 30, 2019
 Time:  5:00 – 7:00 PM
 Location:  Hub Coffee Roasters on the River            
 727 Riverside Drive
 Reno, NV 89503
 RSVP:  Jenny Brekhus Reception
 Donate:  Jenny Brekhus - Secure Actblue
 Campaign Website:
Volunteer Kick-Off for Clint Coble, Saturday 11/2 
Please join host Mylan Hawkins for Clint Koble's Volunteer Kick-Off for Koble for Congress. This event is in Hidden Valley.

 Date:  Saturday, November 2, 2019
 Time:  1:30 - 5:30 PM  
 Location:  7230 Native Dancer Drive
 Reno, NV 89502
 RSVP:   Felicia Weigel via email  
 Donate:  All Contributions Welcome
 Clint Koble for Congress
 (Contributions are not tax deductible.)
 Campaign Website:
Campaign Launch for Devon Reese, Candidate for Reno City Council, Tuesday, 11/5  
Join Reno City Councilman Devon Reese for a family friendly evening of bowling at the Rack to celebrate the official launch of the campaign to keep Devon on the Reno City Council.

 Date:   Tuesday, November 5, 2019
 Time:  500 - 7:00 PM
 Location:  The Rack
 111 N. Virgiinia Street
 Reno, NV 89501
 RSVP:  Nikki Bailey or 775-527-2738          
 Donate:  Devon Reese - Secure Actblue
 Campaign Website:
Disclaimer: The South Washoe DEMS does not endorse any candidate until after the Primary Election.  

News from the WashoeDEMS 

WashoeDEMS: Virginia Demmler Honor Roll Dinner
This dinner honors the late Virginia Demmler, a lifelong activist whose leadership helped the Democratic Party of Washoe County achieve its success. The dinner will be held at The Elm Estate, and Congresswoman Dina Titus of Congressional District 1 will be the featured guest. A pre-event reception with Congresswoman Titus and other guests will be held in the Farmhouse. The reception is an extra fee event and is limited to 30 guests. 
 Date  Wednesday, November 6, 2018
 Time  Dinner:
 Doors open at 6:00 PM   
 Dinner served at 7:00 PM                                       
 Location  The Elm Estate
1401 W. Second Street  
 Reno, NV 89503
 RSVP   2019 Virginia Demmler Dinner, Reception and Sponsorship      
 Featured Guest       Congresswoman Dina Titus
Highlights on the WashoeDEMS' Calendar 
  • 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.
  • Jan 6 - 17, 2020: Judicial Candidate Filing Period
  • February 15 - 18, 2020: Early Vote Period  
  • February 22, 2020: Nevada Caucus 
  • Mar 2 -13, 2020: Non-Judicial Candidate Filing Period
  • April 18th, 2020: Washoe County Convention
  • May 30, 2020: Nevada State Democratic Party State Convention - Las Vegas
  • May 23- June 5, 2020: Primary Elections Early Voting
  • June 9, 2020: Primary elections
  • July 13-16, 2020: National Democratic Convention - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • October 17 - 30, 2020: General Elections Early Voting
  • November 3, 2020: Election Day & Victory Party
Further reference for 2020 Elections dates, click here


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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...

  • November 4th – Monthly SWD Meeting
  • November 5th – WashoeDEMS Central Committee meeting
  • November 6th – Virginia Demmler Dinner
  • November 7th – Book Club
  • November 20th – WashoeDEMS' Democratic Debate Watch 
  • December 2nd – Annual Holiday Party