South Washoe DEMS
December, 2019 Newsletter
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Join Us for our 9th Annual South Washoe DEMS' Holiday Party

Lynne Gray and Jon Garman are hosting our party at their lovely home in the Saddlehorn community. We thank them in advance for their hospitality!

Date:            Monday, December 2nd, 2019
Time:            5:30 – 8:30 pm
Where:         14532 Quail Rock Court, Reno
Contribute:  Appetizer, entree, salad or dessert
                      and your favorite beverage 

Info:              843-810-3308 . 

We are collecting new white socks for the homeless individuals of the Reno Community Assistance Center. There will be a basket near check-in for your donations. We appreciate your generosity!

We will once again hold a Raffle!  We will have an assortment of secret prizes, and each winning ticket-holder will get to choose their prize. Raffle earnings 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 in anticipation of our upcoming "First in the West" Caucus in February. 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, so please invite your friends to this event. We look forward to seeing you!

In January, we return to our regular monthly meeting location 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, January 6th for 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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Notes from the Chair -
Nevada Legislature Makes National News! 

Barbara TwitchellThat’s right! Our own state legislature hit the big time with an excellent feature story in, none other than, the Washington Post! The article focused on our female-majority legislature – the FIRST in the nation – and how it has made a significant difference in the tone, conversations, activities, types of issues addressed and bills put forward. It also points out the ethnic diversity that exists among that group. It’s a great read! 

So… just in case you missed it, here’s the link: 

Relish this rare moment. Nevada’s finally #1 (in a positive way!). Enjoy! 

- Barbara Twitchell, SWD Chairperson

South Washoe DEMS Cares: Lunch at Record Street 

Thanks to the generosity of wonderful volunteers our Lunch at Record Street program has been an amazing success. Over the years we have served way over 22,000 healthy lunches!

As many of you know, food distribution has been moved from the Reno Assistance Center to a fenced lot about a mile east of Record Street on 4th Street. For various reasons the SWDems steering committee has decided not to provide food at this new location. We are researching other options where we can utilize this successful program. We are proposing to help with Eddy House, an organization that helps homeless youth. If you have ideas of other organizations who could benefit from our lunch program please contact me via
email. We will continue to distribute socks over the holidays at the Reno Assistance Center, so please remember to bring NEW socks to our Holiday Party on Monday, December 2nd.

I want to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to the many people who have participated with Lunch at Record Street to make it such a success. YOU ALL ROCK!
                                                                                                 Debbie Kladney

RTC "Day Bus Passes" Donations 

Our members continue their generous support of our South Washoe DEMS Bus Passes Project! We have recently donated another 57 Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) "Day Bus Passes" to the Northern Nevada International Center. These passes help the Center's clients get to their jobs, interviews, appointments, etc. We purchase Day Bus Passes in increments of 3 passes for $9.00.

Since 2013, we have provided 304 Single Rides (we no longer donate these) and 841 Day Bus Passes. We thank all the people who have supported the SWDems' Bus Passes project since its inception.

For more information about our Bus Passes Project, see our 
South Washoe DEMS Community Projects on our website. To contribute to this Project, please email Reed Williams.

Climate Change Champions' Monthly Challenge Now in Full Bloom!

As part of our CCC endeavors, we thought it would be fun to visually celebrate everyone’s participation in different climate-related actions. For our first challenge, attendees at SWDems' November meeting were asked, “At any time in October, did you use reusable bags at the grocery store?” Each person who answered YES! received a small, recycled-fabric leaf to pin on our new 3’ tall tree. 

As our monthly challenges are met by more YES responses, so shall our tree grow, leaf-by-leaf.

December’s Challenge Question
The challenge question to be asked at our December annual holiday party is:

For the upcoming holiday season, will you commit to reusing wrapping paper, tissue, gift bags, ribbon, or purchasing eco-friendly supplies whenever possible?

Re-purpose your “CHANGE” for CCC Programs. Every Cent Counts!
The CCC committee is evaluating many different climate-related activities needing SWDems’ “Brains, Brawn, and Bucks” support. What does that mean? We may need your brains to write climate letters to government leaders; your brawn to help recycle Christmas trees; or your bucks to purchase seedling trees, for example. One small start is the presence of the “Re-purpose your Change” jar at our monthly meetings. Toss in your loose change, and we’ll save it for a worthy CCC project. (We’ll report back on funds raised and projects funded.)

The next CCC meeting will be on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 3:00 – 4:30 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
                                                                                            Lani Bonar

In Memoriam

The South Washoe DEMS express our sincere condolences to Joyce Destefanis and Sandy Scott and their families after the recent loss of their husbands. Joyce and Sandy are long-term and active South Washoe DEMS, and they were greatly supported by their loving husbands. 

Dave Penning
Dave Penning, our SWDems member and husband of Joyce Destefanis, died unexpectedly on 10/4/2019. For many years, Joyce and Dave generously hosted our annual Holiday Party and our Book Club. We are all saddened by the loss of this accomplished and interesting man, and we will miss him. Here are the details for Dave's Celebration of Life. 
 Date:  Sunday, December 8, 2019
 Time:  1:00 PM 
 Location:  Tamarack Junction, Banquet Room
13101 S Virginia St
 Reno, NV
 (note: park on North side or Parking lot)

Arden Scott 
Long time Washoe County Democrat and SWDems member, Arden Scott, Sandy Scott’s husband, passed away recently after a long illness. Respecting Arden's wishes, there will be no Memorial service. He will be missed.

Carson Dems Invites South Washoe DEMS to their Monday Democratic Lecture Series

The Carson City Democrats have an informative list of presentations in their weekly Democratic Lecture series, and we are invited to join them. The series is held at the Round Table Pizza in Carson City, and starts at 11:30 AM each Monday. Donations for the lectures are greatly appreciated to help defray the rental costs of their office. We will list the upcoming speakers and their topics each month, and here are the ones for December and the first week of January: 
  • December 2nd - Tom Steyer campaign presentation
  • December 9th - Joe Biden campaign presentation
  • December 16th - Bernie Sanders campaign presentation
  • December 23rd - Part I of our holiday break from politics: Nevada historian CW Bayer on his new book Reno's Jazz Hysteria
  • December 30th - Part II of our holiday break from politics: Nevada historian CW Bayer on his book Dreaming Up Nevada Territory
  • January 6th - Pete Buttigieg campaign presentation
 Date:   Every Monday
 Time:       11:30 AM
 Location/Phone:           Round Table Pizza
 3325 Retail Drive, Suite 110                    
 Carson City, NV
 (775) 884-8080
 More Info:  Carson City Democrats

Fundraising and Community Opportunities

Nevada Women's Lobby, Tuesday 12/3  
Janet Serial and Pat Gillmore from the NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch will discuss their newly formed Environmental Justice Committee, the ongoing work of their Health Committee, and local race issues. 
 Date:   Tuesday, December 3, 2019                          
 Time:  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 Location:                      The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery
325 East 4th Street
 Reno, NV
 RSVP:    Click here for online tickets or email to pay at the door  
 Cost:   $25 Members / $30 Guests  
Nevada Wildlife Alliance Community Event: Endangered Species Act, Wednesday, 12/4 
Nevada Wildlife Alliance (NWA) will hold a FREE community event featuring Patrick Donnelly of The Center for Biological Diversity and South Washoe DEMS member Connie Howard. Patrick will discuss the Endangered Species Act with its significant challenges now facing this visionary legislation. Connie will focus on Nevada's species at risk. Please come to this free event and support our wildlife!
 Date:  Wednesday, December 4, 2019
 Time:  Doors open at 5:00 PM, Food served at 5:30.  
 Speakers start around 5:50. 
 Location:  The Grove at Southcreek
95 Foothill Rd.
 Reno, NV 
 RSVP / Info  Caron Tayloe: (775) 813-3983 or email
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful - Christmas Tree Recycling Needs Volunteers!
Since 2003, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) has been recycling Christmas trees. The Recycling Program runs from 12/26/2019 - 1/7/2020, and it provides community residents with an easy alternative to dumping trees in the landfill or in our community’s open spaces. Trees are chipped into mulch that is used for park and weed abatement projects and is available for free to area residents at the Bartley Ranch and Rancho San Rafael drop-off sites. KTMB needs volunteers to work 4-hour shifts each day at their drop-off sites. Our SWDems CCC encourages you to volunteer on this worthwhile service - and please let KTMB know you are volunteering on behalf of the SWDems!

 Dates:   12/26/2019 - 1/7/2020
 Shift Times:       9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
 South Reno Location:      Bartley Ranch Regional Park                     
6000 Bartley Ranch Rd 
 Reno, NV 89511                               
 To Sign Up:   Tree Recycling Volunteer Sign Up
 More Info:  KTMB Christmas Tree Recycling

News from the WashoeDEMS 

Precinct Organizers Needed! 
Make a difference and join 100 of your fellow Washoe County Democrats as a leader in a community-based grassroots effort for long-term neighborhood engagement and activism. Training, mentoring, and all required resources are provided. Do your part to elect Democrats and advance the values and ideals that we all believe in.
Contact Sandy via
email to sign up or for more information. 
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: Nevada Presidential Caucus Early Vote Period  
  • February 22, 2020:  Nevada Presidential 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, January 9, 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 Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver.
The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.

How could two hardworking people do everything right in life, a woman asks, and end up destitute? Willa Knox and her husband followed all the rules as responsible parents and professionals, and have nothing to show for it but debts and an inherited brick house that is falling apart. The magazine where Willa worked has folded; the college where her husband had tenure has closed. Their dubious shelter is also the only option for a disabled father-in-law and an exasperating, free-spirited daughter. When the family’s one success story, an Ivy-educated son, is uprooted by tragedy he seems likely to join them, with dark complications of his own.

In another time, a troubled husband and public servant asks, How can a man tell the truth, and be reviled for it? A science teacher with a passion for honest investigation, Thatcher Greenwood finds himself under siege: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting work just published by Charles Darwin. His young bride and social-climbing mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismiss his worries that their elegant house is unsound. In a village ostensibly founded as a benevolent Utopia, Thatcher wants only to honor his duties, but his friendships with a woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor threaten to draw him into a vendetta with the town’s powerful men.

Unsheltered is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. With history as their tantalizing canvas, these characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future.
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...

  • December 2nd – Annual Holiday Party
  • December 3rd  – Monthly WashoeDEMS meeting
  • January 6th – Monthly SWDems meeting
  • January 9th  – Book Club