Thursday, December 7, 2017
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Please join us for a festive evening at our annual Holiday Party! Joyce Destefanis and Dave Penning are once again hosting at their lovely home located in the Saddlehorn community. Their address is:
14210 Powder River Court
(Directions: from Thomas Creek Road, turn west onto Saddlehorn Drive and then south onto Powder River Court.)  


Please contribute an appetizer, hot dish, salad or dessert to share, along with your favorite beverage. 

We are collecting socks, underwear and bras for homeless, runaway, foster and other at-risk youth (ages 12-24) who access "care and comfort" services at the Eddy House in Reno. 70% of these youth are male. These items are listed on the Eddy House's 'Wish List':
  • Underwear Women's Low-Rise Underwear (XS-XL)
  • Sports Bras All Sizes
  • Hanes T-Shirts Black (SM-2XL)
  • Boxer Brief Men's (SM-2XL)
Toiletries are also needed and greatly appreciated, especially:
  • Deodorant - All Types
  • Moisturizer For Face and Hands with SPF

We will once again hold a 50/50 Raffle! The winning ticket-holder will get 50% of the proceeds! Help support your South Washoe DEMS. Tickets are 1 for $1, 6 for $5 or your height in tickets for $20!

Please RSVP:
Please, either email Joyce Destefanis or call her at (775) 852-0275. Please include the names of who will attend with you so Joyce can plan accordingly.

This evening is a time to celebrate the season with your South Washoe DEMS friends.  There may be a few brief announcements but we will not have a speaker for this event - just a fun time to be together.We hope both new and long time members will join us. We urge you to invite your friends to this event.  We look forward to seeing you!

SAVE the DATE for our first meeting of 2018: Thursday, January 4th, held at the South Meadows Library. We are honored to present our speaker, Richard L. Siegel, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UNR, champion of civil liberties and humans rights here in Nevada and throughout the world. Please join us for what will be an informative and inspiring evening with Dr. Siegel. 

To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke. 
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Notes from The Chair -
Home for the Holidays

This past year, it seems, so much of my attention has been focused on things outside of my immediate circle. There were so many concerns and challenges happening across the country or on foreign shores, occupying my thoughts, prompting action. and filling many restless nights. 

But now, as we count down final days of this year, I find myself longing to focus my thoughts on home and family and friends. I feel the need to bring my spirit home for the holidays. You see, despite the many political frustrations, I realize I have much to be thankful for. As this difficult year comes to a close, I find it more important than ever to take stock of these positive things, and appreciate my good fortune. 

You, my fellow DEMS, are among the blessings of my life. I am so grateful to have the companionship and camaraderie that we share. Thank you for all that you do to ensure a better future for us all. 

Happy holidays! I hope yours are filled with love and laughter, family and friends. And may we all have the luxury to bring our thoughts home for the holidays!
                                                                            -- Barbara Twitchell, SWD Chairperson

Fall Neighborhood Gatherings -
Keeping Nevada Blue

A big Thank You to our Fall Neighborhood Meetings Hosts and Team!

This fall, generous hosts opened their homes to South Washoe DEMS for five neighborhood meetings in Fieldcreek, Damonte Ranch, Pleasant Valley, Arrowcreek, and Toll Road areas. Our team of callers, along with the hosts, made more than 1,000 phone calls to Democrats in our neighborhoods, passed out fliers, and extended personal invitations. Even if people couldn't attend a meeting, many were happy to hear from us and look forward to joining us for political and community action in the future.

We met many new friends and reconnected with our Democratic neighbors. We had a chance to talk about our Democratic values and learn what is ahead for 2018. A big thanks to the Democratic Party of Washoe County and particularly to Carissa Snedeker, !st Vice-chair in charge of Field Organizing. Carissa spoke at all of these meetings and was an integral part of the planning.

More thanks to:
  • Hosts – Karen and Peter Barber, Mary Ann and Jim Gaebe, Lani Bonar, Fred and Millie May, Kathy Peltier and Suzy Williams.
  • Callers – Elaine Carrick, Sara Di Angelo, Tracey Lane, and Donna Shawhan
  • Facilitators – Kit Prendergast, Jane Grossman, Fred May, and Carissa Snedeker
  • Data Guru – Sandy Scott
Watch our newsletter and website for announcements of more get-togethers in 2018. We'll have updates on the 2018 Caucus, County and State Conventions, primary election and of course, the mid-term election. We will Keep Nevada Blue, one neighborhood at a time.

If you'd like to host a meeting, probably in February or March in your neighborhood, volunteer to make phone calls, or volunteer for upcoming events and elections, please contact Suzy Williams. 

The Eddy House - Winter Open House 

After Michelle Gehr, Executive Director, and Lynette Eddy, Founder, introduced Eddy House at our October 2017 meeting, we were all inspired by Lynette's amazing story and Michelle's innovative leadership. The Eddy House is Northern Nevada's central intake and assessment facility for homeless and at-risk youth. As mentioned in our Holiday Party article, we will be collecting socks, underwear and toiletries for Eddy House youth. 

On Friday, December 1st, Eddy House will hold it's Winter Open House from 4 - 7 pm. Stop by for light refreshments provided by the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa. The Eddy House's address is:
423 East 6th St., 
Reno, NV 89512
Other activities to enjoy during the Open House:
  • Take a tour led by Michele Gehr, Executive Director.
  • Meet the staff and board members.
  • Donate $10 dollar gift cards to grocery stores and fast food places goods. 
  • Bring a decoration and help decorate the house for the holidays!


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
January 11, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11, 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 Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Russell Hochschild. 

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country―a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets―among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident―people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

Strangers in Their Own Land goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream―and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in "red" America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from "liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea?
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 webpage.

Save The Date...

  • Dec 1st – Eddy House Winter Open House    
  • Dec 7th – Holiday Party
  • Dec 24th - Lunch at Record Street
  • January 4th – Monthly Meeting
  • January 11th  – Book Club
  • January 28th – Lunch at Record Street