You are invited to our 8th Annual South Washoe DEMS Holiday Party!

Joyce Destefanis and Dave Penning are once again hosting us at their lovely home located in the Saddlehorn community. 

Date:         Monday, December 10th, 2018
Time:         5:30 – 8:30 pm
Where:      14210 Powder River Court, Reno
Contribute:  an appetizer, hot dish, salad or dessert to share, along with your favorite beverage 
RSVP:       email Joyce Destefanis or call (775) 852-0275. 

We are collecting white socks and hotel-sized toiletries for the homeless. There will be a basket near check-in for your donations. We appreciate your generosity!

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!

We are especially excited to celebrate the season given our success in the 2018 midterm elections. There may be a few brief announcements but we will not have a speaker for this event - just a fun time to be together with our South Washoe DEMS friends.  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!! Our first meeting of 2019 will be Monday, January 7th, held at the South Valleys Library. We are excited to start the year with our special guest speaker, Jon Ralston! Jon is editor of the Nevada Independent and is a well-known journalist and political commentator. We hope he shares his review of the 2018 midterm elections, insight into the 2019 Nevada legislative session as well as the 116th Congress. Bring your questions for Jon! The evening will certainly be informative. 

To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke. 
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Notes from The Chair -
Leading the Charge for Change

Last month I ended my newsletter note with these words: 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! 

Well, my friends. We did it! We made it happen! Democrats won a record number of seats in the House of Representatives, giving us the majority, which will restore some desperately-needed balance and accountability at the federal level. We increased the number of Democratic governors from a mere 16 to 23, which is the biggest gain by a single party in one year since 1994. The majority of Americans will now have Democratic governors working on their behalf, in terms of population, if not states. And with state-by-state redistricting after the 2020 census, the gubernatorial gains provide a way to resolve some of the unfair Republican gerrymandering practices that have hampered Democratic candidates in recent elections. 

But wait – there's more!  (as they say on TV). We, in Nevada, have a great deal more to be proud of. Forget the Blue Wave, Nevada created a Blue Tsunami! Nevada Democrats won all but one of the upper state government races: we won governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer and controller. We also now have two Democratic senators and three of the four congressional representatives, meaning that all but one of the Nevada politicians in DC will be Democrats! On top of that, Democrats now hold a majority in the state senate and a super majority in the state assembly. In fact, Nevada is one of just five states where Democrats control the governorship and both houses of the legislature. Now, if that's not a tsunami, I don't know what is!

Seriously. Democrats from all over the nation should take lessons from us. Nevada Democrats, hands down, have the best Get-Out-The-Vote ground game anywhere. And the South Washoe DEMS played a vital part in this great movement (see related article, We Made Nevada Blue!).

So, what do we do now? Well, the state legislative session is about to start, so we'll be revving up for that. And we need to capitalize on our momentum and continue building our ground game for the all-important 2020 election. Yes, we'll be starting that soon! 

But for now, let's take a moment to count our blessings and celebrate our hard-fought victories. Please come and share the companionship and camaraderie of your fellow South Washoe DEMS at our Annual Holiday Party on December 10th (details above). 

Lastly –  May your holidays be filled with love and laughter, family and friends. And, thanks to the combined efforts of so many, I am grateful that I can also add this final wish: May we all greet the new year with HOPE in our hearts for the days to come! 
                                                                            -- Barbara Twitchell, SWD Chairperson

We made Nevada Blue

We THANK All Midterm Elections' Volunteers!

Starting early in 2018 and through the November 6th election, many of our South Washoe DEMS volunteered tons of hours supporting our Nevada Democratic candidates. All those hours contributed to the many Democrat successes. Although not all of our candidates won, their results were excellent as they were very close in many races. (Click here for all the election results.) The Nevada State Central Committee recently recognized Nevada as a model for winning elections, and South Washoe DEMS played a critical role in that success. Our philosophy of each one of us reaching out to several others really worked!

Whether our members donated a few hours or months to our success, each and every volunteer made a difference. There are too many people to acknowledge, but here are some of the ways they helped:  
  • Hosted Meet and Greets and Fundraisers for candidates
  • Organized, planned, and co-hosted events for Steve Sisolak and Jacky Rosen with Heart of Reno DEMS and North Tahoe Democrats 
  • Ran and supported candidate campaigns
  • Hosted, staffed and attended neighborhood gatherings
  • Registered voters
  • Collaborated and supported the NV DEMS Coordinated Campaign staff:
    • Made phone calls and canvassed 
    • Provided housing for the staff
    • Organized and provided weekly dinners at the Washoe DEMS HQ
  • Laid the groundwork for 2020 grassroots organizing in the Leadership Academy. In 2018:
    • Volunteers were trained as area and group leaders as well as precinct captains 
    • Volunteers organized and worked in their own precincts: held neighborhood meetings, canvassed, made phone calls, and sent out mailings
    • Volunteers opened their homes and staffed launching sites.
  • Gave rides to the polls
  • Provided housing for out-of-state volunteer canvassers and phone bankers
  • Talked to neighbors, relatives, friends, and total strangers about the issues and the importance of the 2018 election! 
  • Watched polls on election day,
  • Worked at the polls for the county
  • Financially supported candidates and events
  • Celebrated together on Nov 6th!

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful -
November 10th Cleanup!

As part of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful's 'Adopt-A-Spot'  program, South Washoe DEMS cleans Wedge Parkway 3 times a year. Five dedicated members tackled the trash on Saturday, November 10th. We thank the five: Wally, Peter, Sandy, Kit, and Suzy. The cleanup went very well!

Wally Prendergast coordinates our clean up days. We will post the next Cleanup date in a future newsletter. 

South Washoe DEMS Cares: 
Lunch at Record Street  

A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to the many volunteers, donors, etc, who have made Lunch at the Reno Assistance Center on Record Street such a success.  Averaging 180 lunches each month for over six years equals over 13.000 lunches.  The number is probably more as now we often serve over 200 a month.

We serve lunch at noon on the fourth Sunday of each month in the back parking lot of the Reno Assistance Center. If you would be interested in getting involved with this program, by donating supplies or making sandwiches, please contact me via email, or 775-849-0545 or 775-846-1724. I look forward to hearing from you, and I thank you in advance for your participation and generosity.
                                                                                                         -- Debbie Kladney

News from the WashoeDEMS 

Sarah Mahler, Chair of the WashoeDEMS, expressed gratitude to the volunteers and donors who supported the 2018 midterm campaigns and election. Her message is found on the WashoeDEMS' home page

The Democratic Party of Washoe County has an opening for a new Executive Director. Denise Lopez vacated the position on November 7th for a new opportunity. The South Washoe DEMS wishes Denise much success in her next career adventure. 

For the Executive Director job description and information for how to apply for the position, see the WashoeDEMS website


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
January 10, 2019

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 10, 2019 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 Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. 

In this New York Times bestseller, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers—"fans of geography, history, and politics (and maps) will be enthralled" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going but about the world in general. And yet, when it comes to geo-politics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other experts who have neglected to refer to a map of the place in question.

All leaders of nations are constrained by geography. In "one of the best books about geopolitics" (The Evening Standard), now updated to include 2016 geopolitical developments, journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic—their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders—to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.

Offering "a fresh way of looking at maps" (The New York Times Book Review), Marshall explains the complex geo-political strategies that shape the globe. Why is Putin so obsessed with Crimea? Why was the US destined to become a global superpower? Why does China's power base continue to expand? Why is Tibet destined to lose its autonomy? Why will Europe never be united? The answers are geographical. "In an ever more complex, chaotic, and interlinked world, Prisoners of Geography is a concise and useful primer on geopolitics" (Newsweek) and a critical guide to one of the major determining factors in world affairs.

"Quite simply, one of the best books about geopolitics you could imagine: reading it is like having a light shone on your understanding." - The Evening Standard 

"In an ever more complex,chaotic and interlinked world, Prisoners of Geography is a concise and useful primer on geo-politics." - Newsweek Europe 

"Marshall is excellent on some of the highways and byways of geopolitics." - Financial Times 

"This is not a book about environmental determinism – the geography of aregion is never presented as fatalistic; but it does send a timely reminderthat despite technological advances, geography is always there, often forcingthe hand of world leaders." - Geographical Magazine

"Fans of geography, history and politics (and maps) will be enthralled." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram 

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...

  • December 10th – Annual Holiday Party
  • December 23rd – Record Street
  • January 7th – Monthly SWD Meeting - Jon Ralston
  • January 10th – Book Club
  • January 19th- WomensWave rally (organized by Women's March)