June 2018 – Robert’s Rules of Order

the June Council of Clubs meeting is
Saturday, June 16th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

This month’s Council of Clubs features a presentation from Doug Case on Robert’s Rules of Order and hearing the minority.

Roberts Rules of Order is is the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure in the United States. At first acquaintance the rules may seem off-putting and archaic, but with a little familiarity their strengths and fairness become evident. Like other parliamentary authorities they share the general idea of rule of the majority with respect for the minority.

Doug Case is Political Affairs Director for Senator Toni Atkins. He worked in the Division of Student Affairs at San Diego State University for 37 years, is a dedicated volunteer and has served on both the College Area Community Council and the College Area Community Planning Board. Doug has also held numerous board positions with the San Diego Democrats for Equality, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/San Diego, Campus Pride, and the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Doug would also like to remind us to support Pro Tem Atkins’ Socks Drive for Stand Down for homeless veterans. You can bring socks to the meeting, as well as locations around San Diego. More details here.


We’re back at our regular venue for this month’s Council of Clubs thanks to Nate Fairman and IBEW Local 465. If anybody needs a ride to get to the meeting just let John know and he’ll try to connect you with somebody else driving from your area of the county.


June 5th brought some pleasant surprises as well as some disappointments up and down the state. We didn’t lock ourselves out of Congressional races, but we have some candidates who weren’t favored by Democratic clubs. What we do next will have a large bearing on November’s races.


Save the date. July 22, from 12-4pm at Campland on Mission Bay. All candidates, campaigns and their volunteers are invited for a United Lunch – thanks to Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club President Michael Gelfand.


Here’s a PDF to share with your club on the 2018 Post Primary Landscape.


We’ll also discuss what to expect at Tuesday’s Central Committee Meeting on Juneteenth.


Best countywide result this election cycle!

Emiliana Sparaco and SEIU 221 successfully collected enough signatures to get a proposition on the November ballot to move the San Diego County races to the General Election in November. Thanks to all the club members who took part in this effort.
As always if you have questions, suggestions, or constructive comments please communicate them to me, your Director of Clubs, or bring them to the Council of Clubs.


Upcoming Program suggestions for 2018:

  • Ranked Choice Voting – San Francisco, Oakland and the State of Maine – how about Democratic Clubs in San Diego County?
  • Chartering – streamlining the process, 2-year charters, club manual, helping new clubs
  • Keeping Track of Members – online lists, emails, payments, one-stop processing
  • Running for boards and commissions, why and how

Remember! This month’s Council of Clubs meeting takes place at:
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

 

May 2018 – Leadership development – how to be a better President or Executive Officer

This month’s Council of Clubs features a presentation from Steve Rivera on Leadership development – how to be a better President or Executive Officer.

We’ve changed our venue for this month’s Council of Clubs as Nate Fairman has Shop Stewards Training. We’ll be back to IBEW Local 465 in June through the rest of the year. For this month we’re at Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (map).

Many of you received an email last week purportedly from the Executive Board of the San Diego County Democratic Party. I did not support sending the letter and I propose we discuss positive steps we can take to address all of the concerns raised.

GO Team is in full motion with club members canvassing a record number of voters using MiniVAN on their smartphones. Learn how easy it is to walk your precinct and upload data without harming any trees!

We’ve extended the demclubs.org website to list every club endorsement in the county and to make it easy to search endorsements by club, candidate and race. We need your help to enter your clubs endorsements, and to check they are accurate.

CHECK YOUR CLUB’S ENDORSEMENTS

ADD YOUR CLUB’S ENDORSEMENTS

As always if you have questions, suggestions, or constructive comments please communicate them to me, your Director of Clubs, or bring them to the Council of Clubs.

Upcoming Programs for 2018:

  • Robert’s Rules of Order – hearing the minority – Doug Case
    Chartering – streamlining the process, 2-year charters, club manual
  • Keeping Track of Members – online lists, emails, payments, one-stop processing
  • Remember! This month’s Council of Clubs meeting takes place at:

Elijah’s Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (map)

April 2018 – Growing the Capacity of Your Club

SEIU Local 221
4004 Kearny Mesa Rd
San Diego, CA 92123

Growing the Capacity of Your Club

  • Andrea Beth Damsky, San Diego Progressive Democratic Club
  • Susan Peinado, Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County
  • Yahairah Aristy, La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club  
  • Gary Bland, Lake San Marcos Democratic Club

 

 

 

March 2018 – How to run endorsement meetings

the March Council of Clubs meeting is
Saturday, March 17th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

Fred Rogers, VP for Political Action at the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, led this Council of Clubs on how to run endorsement meetings.

Fred discussed ways we can strengthen the voice of clubs within the Democratic Party, by making sitting Central Committee members aware of the results of our endorsement meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We also heard from Emiliana Sparaco, Organizer for SEIU 221, who told us about an exciting initiative for clubs to get involved with gathering signatures for the Fuller Voter Participation Initiative.

Together we can strengthen our voice and elected representation by ensuring that all county elections (Board of Supervisors, Sheriff, DA) are decided in November, when the most voters participate.

 

February 2018 – Club of the Year Voting

the February Council of Clubs meeting is
Saturday, February 17th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

The weekend before the convention, we have our first Council of Clubs meeting, where we will catch up on essentials and vote on the Club of the Year. The chosen club will be honored at the Roosevelt Dinner that will be held on April 7, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. (Time to get planning your club’s gift basket.)

We have received the following nominations and these clubs will give a short presentation before voting. Each club gets one vote, so please be sure to send a representative to the February 17 meeting.

  • Democratic Club of Vista
  • Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club
  • San Diego Labor Democratic Club
  • San Diego Progressive Democratic Club

The meeting will take place at IBEW Local 465 thanks to the generosity of Nate Fairman and Kiko Diaz, who hosted us throughout 2017. If you’ve not been to this location before, check it out on your favorite map program as it is at the back of the complex, just before you drive into the canyon.