August 17 – Membership Management – Best Practices, Communications, Dues, Event Tracking

August Council of Clubs meeting
August 17th at 10:00am
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

Whether you’re a small club just starting out, or a large, well-established club that’s been around for years, this presentation will provide some ideas and describe some tools for better managing club members – practically, if not politically, that is.   

Basics

There are some basic functions all clubs need to keep track of:

  • Up-to-date list of members in good standing
    • Dues paid
    • Registered Democrat
    • Occupation, employer
  • List of members eligible to vote
    • May be different to good-standing depending on when they joined the cub, or how many meetings they’ve attended
  • Email system that tracks emails delivered, or bounced
    • Important for noticing requirements
  • Attendance or sign-in sheets 
    • Voting rules in club bylaws may require tracking 
    • Update email list with guest emails
  • Record of dues paid
    • Cash, check, credit card, online
    • Update email list with new members

Communications

  • Simple email limits on number of recipients
    • Gmail, Google Contacts
  • U.S. CAN-SPAM Act– FTC regulations
  • Campaign Monitor, Constant Contact, Emma, MailChimp
    • You must confirm where you got your contacts
    • An unsubscribe link must be in every email
    • You must include your contact information in every email you send, including a physical mailing address or P.O. Box where you can receive mail
    • You may not falsify your contact information or subject line
    • You’re subject to the terms of use for any integration or connected e-commerce platform you use
    • Emails you send through these systems must comply with the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act

Dues

  • At meetings
    • Cash, checks
    • Credit/debit cards – Square, PayPal
  • Online payments
    • Square, PayPal, ActBlue, Stripe
  • Stripe
    • Integration with websites, other tools

Event Tracking

  • Calendar of Events
  • Integration with Google Calendar – subscribe
  • Push events to Facebook/Twitter – easy ticketing
  • Sync events to the County Democratic Party Calendar
  • Sync attendees to MailChimp

Pulling It All Together

Shared online tools for all the club officers to easily access:

Tools to automate tasks between different cloud applications

Membership management software that integrates different software tools:

Joinit.org

  • MailChimp – Email
  • Stripe – Payments
  • Eventbrite – Events
  • No monthly fee for <100 club members
  • 20% discount for political non-profits

Keela.co

  • Gmail – CRM
  • MailChimp – Email
  • Stripe – Payments
  • Eventbrite – Events

Endorsement Rules

Clubs have to follow certain rules when endorsing candidates. Those rules are captured here, and we’ll spend a few minutes to review.

Clubs Rules

The Central Committee on August 20th will discuss the latest club rules from Admin.

Communications

  • Discourse
    Civilized discussion for our community
    http://discourse.demclubs.org 
    Engage in searchable discussions with fellow club members. Let everyone discover what you do, how you do it, and join in on the conversation. 
    Login with Google, Facebook or Twitter 

July 20 – Winning Local Elections

August Council of Clubs meeting
August 17th at 10:00am
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

Winning Local Elections

In the last election cycle the Fallbrook Democratic Club helped elect seven club members to school, planning and health boards! All this without a set of City Council races to galvanize around. How did they do it, and how will they repeat and grow their success?

How to identify and recruit candidates? When to start planning? How to organize? Walking lists. Phone banking. Texting. GO Team. Which tactics were effective and which didn’t work? How much money do you spend on field versus other communications?

Tom Frew, President Fallbrook Democratic Club
A US Marine Corp Veteran, Tom is a retired aerospace engineer who volunteers with the Fallbrook Climate Action Team, Fallbrook Historical Society and Fallbrook Garden Club as well as leading the Fallbrook Democratic Club.

Clubs Rules

At the June 18, 2019 Central Committee meeting these new rules for clubs were passed:

  • Chartering deadline, moved to November 15
  • Clubs will be given thirty (30) days’ notice prior to an Area Endorsement recommendation that is not already on the Calendar (e.g. Primary Election Endorsement Calendar)
  • Any grievances against clubs or coalitions will first be heard by the Club Development Committee to give recommendation to the Executive Board

These rules did not pass:

  • Proportional representation for Club Associate Members
  • The requirement to bind Associate Members area recommendation votes to the clubs endorsement – club bylaws still apply

These rules remain unchanged:

  • Affinity Clubs still need to petition the E-Board for extra Associate Members in Areas in which they have twenty members

Platform

On Tuesday July 16, 2019 the County Party considered a Party Platform.

The Platform Committee Co-Chairs Chyann Cox and Bryan Pease put together the document along with help from the platform committee members: Maya De La Rosas, Matt Corrales, Christina Griffin-Jones, Temika Cooke, Robert Grand and Georgine Tomasi.

The draft document was circulated to Central Committee members and Will Rodriguez-Kennedy asked us to email him with any questions: [email protected]

Chyann Cox, President San Diego Vegan Democrats, will guide us through the document and solicits input from your club, and any subject matter experts you have as clubmembers. You can contact Chyann directly: [email protected]

Communications

  • Discourse
    Civilized discussion for our community
    http://discourse.demclubs.org 
    Engage in searchable discussions with fellow club members. Let everyone discover what you do, how you do it, and join in on the conversation. 
    Login with Google, Facebook or Twitter 
  • Eventbrite – everything a club needs to get started, for free
    Calendar of Events
    Push events to Facebook/Twitter
    Sync events to the County Party Calendar
    Free page with Facebook & Twitter integration, e.g. Dem Clubs 

Upcoming Meetings

  • Membership Management – Best Practices, Communications, Dues, Event Tracking
  • Endorsements – Calendars, Managing Expectations, Voting Methods
  • Structure of the Democratic Party – National, State, and (most importantly) Local

June 15 – Treasurer Training – Accounting for Clubs

June Council of Clubs meeting
June 15th at 10:00am
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

Accounting for Clubs

This presentation will cover the accounting and compliance considerations for Democratic clubs: whether to open a committee, duties of a treasurer, financial best practices, and common pitfalls to avoid. Club leaders will get a broad overview of their options and obligations in raising and spending money to advance their political goals.

Ryan Hurd, Executive Director

Born and raised in Seattle, Ryan moved to San Diego after concentrating in comparative literature at Brown University. He was a strategist for local and state political campaigns before going to work for the County Party. Ryan previously conducted public-health advocacy programs for the nonprofit Institute for Public Strategies and was an editor and writer for community-based newspapers. Ryan has served on the San Diego County Substance Abuse Summit Steering Committee, the Public Policy Advisory Board of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, and the Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices for the City of San Diego. He is currently a member of the Rules Committee of the California Democratic Party.

Click on this image to download the slides (PDF)

Political Software for Humans

ISP is a local company that provides tools to both candidate committees and party committees. While more of their clients are candidates, that’s mostly because there are so many more of them. Their tools are especially valuable to clubs with limited resources and dependence on volunteers.

Benjamin Katz (@meanestbossever), Chief Architect ([email protected])

Ben is a top leader in the software development industry with nearly 20 years of experience and a unique approach to software development: He LISTENS to what his customers want and produces elegant solutions.

Ben founded CompleteCampaigns.com, which provided fundraising, workflow management, accounting and compliance systems to thousand of political campaigns, political action committees, and local, state and federal political party committees. In 2008, he sold CompleteCampaigns to industry competitor, Aristotle, Inc.

Clubs Rules

Jason Bercovitch, Vice-Chair North Area SDCDP
William Rodriguez-Kennedy, Chair SDCDP

The Party is proposing more rules changes for clubs, along similar lines to those we’ve previously discussed but with some new additions.

Jason Bercovitch, the Vice-Chair for the North Area will describe his proposal of proportional representation for club endorsement votes at Area Recommendation meetings. The details are contained in this document. Will Rodriguez-Kennedy will explain when and how this will be brought before the Central Committee.

For a Club’s Additional Associate members to be active to vote in an Area
Endorsement Recommendation they must:

  • Meet the threshold of fifteen percent (15%) of the number of unique members or ten (10) members whichever is greater at their endorsement meeting.
  • Provide the proper documentation with two of their Officer’s signatures of the Club’s first round endorsement vote totals, which Associates are bound to which candidate, and submits the form to the Party seventy-two (72) hours prior to the Area Caucus meeting at which the endorsement recommendation will occur, and
  • Follow the formula for distribution as follows.
    • For Clubs with only one additional Associate member that member will be bound to the endorsed candidate or the candidate with the most votes.
    • For Clubs with more than one additional Associate member the Associates will be distributed based off of the first round of voting in the following manner: Total Additional Associate members in the Area in which the endorsement recommendation will be held (TA) multiplied by percentage of votes received by the candidate (%) equals the bound Associates (BA) received by that candidate round down to the whole number. (TA)x(%)=BA
    • In the event of a tie and additional Associate members are
      unable to be split proportionately the club shall decide by a
      game of chance.
  • The Additional Associate members are bound to a specific candidate based off the first round vote and shall be bound until that candidate is no longer an option.

Link to folder with all the documents to review.


We modeled the UK Tory leadership election where 313 members voted. Using the above formula, if the Tory Club was based in the North Area…

With 313 unique members, the Tory Club would have 15 Associate Members able to vote in the North Area. On the first round of voting, starting from the lowest vote getter the allocation of Associate Members would be:

Esther McVey – 15 x 9/313 = 0.43 this is less than 1, so no Associate member
Mark Harper – 15 x 10/313 = 0.48 this is less than 1, so no Associate member
Andrea Leadsom – 15 x 11/313 = 0.53 this is less than 1, so no Associate member
Rory Stewart – 15 x 19/313 = 0.91 this is less than 1, so no Associate member
Matt Hancock – 15 x 20/313 = 0.96 this is less than 1, so no Associate member
Sajid Javid – 15 x 23/313 = 1.10 so 1 Associate member – Member A
Dominic Rabb – 15 x 27/313 = 1.30 so 1 Associate member – Member B
Michael Gove – 15 x 37/313 = 1.77 so 1 Associate member – Member C
Jeremy Hunt – 15 x 43/313 = 2.06 so 2 Associate members – Members D&E
Boris Johnson – gets the balance 10 Associate members – Members F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N&O

Even if Boris were to loose in subsequent rounds of voting, the Tory Club’s Associate Members who make it to the Area Recommendation meeting would be required to vote as recorded.

If Sajid Javid were to later win the race, he would only get 1 Associate vote at the Area, if Member A turned up to the meeting, but Boris (as the losing candidate) would still get 10 Associates (assuming his Associate Members make it to the Area meeting).

This is an estimate of how many Associate Members would be allocated to clubs in the North Area.

Club Manual

  • demclubs.org/clubmanual
  • Online version, encourage all members of the Council of Clubs to comment
  • Club Development Committee to edit

Discourse

  • Civilized discussion for our community http://discourse.demclubs.org
  • Engage in searchable discussions with fellow club members.
  • Login with Google, Facebook or Twitter – no need to remember separate account details

Eventbrite – everything a small club needs to get started, for free

  • Calendar of Events, push events to Facebook/Twitter
  • Sync events to County Party Calendar
  • Free website with Facebook and Twitter integration, e.g. Dem Clubs

Upcoming meetings

  • July 20 – Preparing for Local Elections – Tom Frew, President Fallbrook Democratic Club

Announcements

  • Downtown Democratic Club looking for Treasurers for Audit Committee, contact President, Jonathan Freeman

May 18 – Celebrate, Collaborate, Cooperate

May Council of Clubs meeting
May 18th at 10:00am
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

Andrea Duran Aydoğan

Andrea has worked in a variety of fields, from higher education to civil society. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with Bachelor’s in Marketing and has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Linköping University in Sweden. She’s lived in Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands and Turkey, speaks five languages and has a background in international advocacy, research, and training. Andrea is an avid traveler and loves to interact with a variety of cultures.  

Celebrate

  • Roosevelt Dinner, baskets, Club of the Year
  • Rosters for CDP
  • New Charters for San Diego Education Alliance, Latina Women’s Democratic Club
  • Club rules discussion with Central Committee on May 21, 2019

Collaborate

  • 20 Unique Voting Members for Associate Member

A President of a chartered Democratic Club or Coalition with twenty (20) unique voting members, and the GO Team Regional and Countywide Coordinators, are Associate Members of This Committee.

  • Clubs Meet Individually
    The Club or Coalition shall meet individually at least once quarterly and for all endorsement votes and all meeting dates, times, and locations shall be provided to the SDCDP at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting for publication on the SDCDP website. A copy of the notice, agenda, and minutes for business meetings or endorsement meetings shall be supplied via email to the Director of Clubs and the SDCDP.

Email – [email protected]

  • Compliance with Club Endorsement Vote
    Club Associate members may vote in an Area endorsement recommendation meeting when their club has held a valid endorsement vote in that race, provides documentation with two of their Officer’s signatures of the Club’s endorsement vote and is bound to the club’s endorsement vote. In a run-off the Associate member shall be bound to the clubs endorsed candidate as long as that candidate is in contention.
    If a club fails to comply with the rules concerning endorsements, the Executive Board may suspend all of their endorsement voting rights, until the matter has been resolved.

Form: for discussion

  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure
    A member of This Committee must disclose any actual or potential material financial interest while addressing a Central Committee Meeting, Executive Board Meeting, Area Caucus Meeting, or other official meetings in whole or in part of This Committee, or through written disclosure when communicating through mail, e-mail, or other digital communication, primarily directed towards members of This Committee. The disclosure must include, that said member, the spouse of the member, or the domestic partner of the member has an actual or potential material financial interest in advocating for or against a candidate or any initiative.
  • Club Manual
    • 2019 (odd-numbered year) manual to be updated
    • sddemocrats.org/clubmanual
    • Place version online, encourage all members of the Council of Clubs to comment
    • Club Development Committee to edit
  • Voter Registration and Democratic Recruitment
    • Scheduling voter registration events for the rest of the year
    • Collaborating with other clubs and communities to recruit more democratic involvement and volunteers

Cooperate

  • Inclusion
    • Sabrina Kaplan and the use of gender pronouns
    • Good practices for using audio amplification at meetings
    • Use of email, text and voice when messaging club members
  • Discourse
    • Civilized discussion for our community
    • http://discourse.demclubs.org
    • Engage in searchable discussions with fellow club members. Let everyone discover what you do, how you do it, and join in on the conversation.
    • Login with Google, Facebook or Twitter – no need to remember separate account details
  • Eventbrite – everything a small club needs to get started, for free
    • Calendar of Events
      Push events to Facebook/Twitter
    • Sync events to County Party Calendar
    • Free website with Facebook and Twitter integration, e.g. Dem Clubs
  • Meetup – free to start (larger clubs sponsor smaller clubs?)
    • Newly arrived San Diegans discover your club
    • Forum for conversations
    • Sync events to County Party Calendar

April 20 – Climate & Corporate Money in Politics

Answers to the Top Three Climate Questions

Nancy Casady who recently attended Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project training in Los Angeles will address three climate questions.

Nancy is the former General Manager of Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market. She served as the Vice President of the National Cooperative Grocers Association and as a member of the national Co-op Development Cooperative during 2007-2011. She is a founding member of the Wild Willow Sustainable Farming Education Center, a working farm in San Diego directed toward training young farmers and providing hands-on growing experiences for students K through 8th grade.

Hostile Takeover: Corporate Money in Politics

Katherine Hogue will discuss the pervasive and corrupting influence of money in politics and what we have to do about it.

Katherine is President of the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, an AD77 ADEM delegate, and an employment law attorney practicing in California who represents clients across the state dealing with low wages, high costs of living and laws that almost always favor large corporations.

Katherine is mother to a two year old daughter who makes her “concerned for her future with the horrifying effects of Climate Change, the state of our Health care system, police brutality, difficulties in obtaining higher education, and of course the rampant take over of the 1% and multinational corporations.”

Katherine’s slides – Hostile Takeover (PDF)


Club Rules

Central Committee on 4/16/19 passed the following Bylaw changes for clubs:

Clubs Meet Individually (#2)

The Club or Coalition shall meet individually at least once quarterly and for all endorsement votes and all meeting dates, times, and locations shall be provided to the SDCDP at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting for publication on the SDCDP website. A copy of the notice, agenda, and minutes for business meetings or endorsement meetings shall be supplied via email to the Director of Clubs and the SDCDP.

20 Unique Voting Members for Associate Member (#4)
A President of a chartered Democratic Club or Coalition with twenty (20) unique voting members, and the GO Team Regional and Countywide Coordinators, are Associate Members of This Committee.

Requires Clubs to Charter Annually (#6)

Compliance with Club Endorsement Vote (#11)

Club Associate members may vote in an Area endorsement recommendation meeting when their club has held a valid endorsement vote in that race, provides documentation with two of their Officer’s signatures of the Club’s endorsement vote and is bound to the club’s endorsement vote. In a run-off the Associate member shall be bound to the clubs endorsed candidate as long as that candidate is in contention.

If a club fails to comply with the rules concerning endorsements, the Executive Board may suspend all of their endorsement voting rights, until the matter has been resolved.

Also passed was a Conflict of Interest Disclosure (#3)

A member of This Committee must disclose any actual or potential material financial interest while addressing a Central Committee Meeting, Executive Board Meeting, Area Caucus Meeting, or other official meetings in whole or in part of This Committee, or through written disclosure when communicating through mail, e-mail, or other digital communication, primarily directed towards members of This Committee. The disclosure must include, that said member, the spouse of the member, or the domestic partner of the member has an actual or potential material financial interest in advocating for or against a candidate or any initiative.

CDP Rosters Due in May

The first major deadlines for the Pre-Endorsement Conferences are here.

  • May 1, 2019 – Deadline by which Club members Club must be “in good standing” in order for them to be included on the roster submitted to the SDCDP and your Regional Director
  • May 15, 2019 – Roster submission deadline
  • July 9, 2019 – Potential representative (those who will actually vote during pre-endorsement conferences) submission deadline to both the SDCDP and your Regional Director. 

You can read more and download the Roster templates here:https://www.cadem.org/vote/endorsements

Remember to:

  • Submit more Potential Representative names than you are allotted
  • Names and contact info of their potential representatives may be given to campaigns for the sake of challenges

Please refer to the   CDP By-Laws  for details.  

Resolutions

Votes regarding letters of support for the following legislation: 

Support  AB392 –Peace officers: deadly force.
– Introduced by Weber & McCarty

This bill is to raise the minimum standard requirement that allows police officers to use deadly force on civilian from “reasonable” to “necessary”. This law has not changed since 1872. If passed, the police officer will be required to exhaust all alternative tactics including de-escalation first.

Support ACA6– Elections: disqualification of electors
– Introduced by McCarty, Bonta, Gonzalez, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove & Weber

This bill is to restore the voting right of felons who have completed their sentence & are currently on parole.

Template for support letter available here.

Support AB1076 – Criminal records: automatic relief 
– Introduced by Ting

This bill is to eliminate the complicated court process of expunging arrest & conviction records & make it automatic. This law will only apply to cases that are already eligible to be expunged.  

Template for support letter available here.

Votes regarding letters of opposition for the following legislation: 

Oppose SB230– Law enforcement: use of deadly force: training: policies
– Introduced by Caballero

This bill requires POST to develop training. However, this training only includes “adequate consideration” of a list of subjects but without any specificity as to what that training should look like. In addition, this bill does not require that any officer actually go through the training.

Template for oppose letter available here.

March 16 – Club Rules

March Council of Clubs meeting
March 16th at 10:00am
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

Rules framework brought to Council of Clubs for feedback

“As you know there has been some concern about the chartering of clubs and the rules relative to our endorsement. The goal of this meeting is to come to consensus on the themes relative to solving this problem.”

Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, Will Rodriguez-Kennedy

Among the concepts discussed:

  • Proportional representation similar to the CDP system for Clubs.
  • Binding Endorsement votes to Club Endorsements
  • Unique Members for Club Chartering
  • Public Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest when advocating at the Central Committee (Code of Conduct Change)
  • Not allowing for joint meetings to count towards the 4 meetings required for clubs to continue to be chartered
  • Adding enforcement power to suspend clubs that violate the rules pending Central Committee review
  • Empowering the Club Development Committee to vet complaints before they are brought to the Executive Board (sort of like a Club Ethics Committee)
  • Probationary period for Club Chartering (so clubs can’t be chartered right before votes, similar to Club membership rules) 

The remainder of the process was:

  • Tuesday, March 19th – Rules framework was brought to Central Committee for feedback
  • Admin finalized between Tuesday March 19th and Monday April 8th
  • Tuesday April 16th – Final Rules Package to be approved by the Central Committee

The output of the March 16 meeting was captured by members of the Club Development Committee and is available here.

The proposed rules codified by the Admin Committee and the background to the changes are available here:

  • Amendment summary (PDF)
  • Bylaws (PDF)
  • Policies and Procedures (PDF)
  • Background documents (folder)

Central Committee on 4/16/19 passed the following Bylaw changes for clubs.

Clubs Meet Individually (#2)

The Club or Coalition shall meet individually at least once quarterly and for all endorsement votes and all meeting dates, times, and locations shall be provided to the SDCDP at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting for publication on the SDCDP website. A copy of the notice, agenda, and minutes for business meetings or endorsement meetings shall be supplied via email to the Director of Clubs and the SDCDP.

20 Unique Voting Members for Associate Member (#4)
A President of a chartered Democratic Club or Coalition with twenty (20) unique voting members, and the GO Team Regional and Countywide Coordinators, are Associate Members of This Committee.

Requires Clubs to Charter Annually (#6)

Compliance with Club Endorsement Vote (#11)

Club Associate members may vote in an Area endorsement recommendation meeting when their club has held a valid endorsement vote in that race, provides documentation with two of their Officer’s signatures of the Club’s endorsement vote and is bound to the club’s endorsement vote. In a run-off the Associate member shall be bound to the clubs endorsed candidate as long as that candidate is in contention.

If a club fails to comply with the rules concerning endorsements, the Executive Board may suspend all of their endorsement voting rights, until the matter has been resolved.

Also passed was a Conflict of Interest Disclosure (#3)

A member of This Committee must disclose any actual or potential material financial interest while addressing a Central Committee Meeting, Executive Board Meeting, Area Caucus Meeting, or other official meetings in whole or in part of This Committee, or through written disclosure when communicating through mail, e-mail, or other digital communication, primarily directed towards members of This Committee. The disclosure must include, that said member, the spouse of the member, or the domestic partner of the member has an actual or potential material financial interest in advocating for or against a candidate or any initiative.


February 16 – Club of the Year

February Council of Clubs meeting is
February 16th at 10:00am
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

This is our first meeting of the Year. We canceled the January meeting due to the Women’s March in North County and San Diego.


Agenda

  • Presentations from Club of the Year nominees
  • Voting to determine the Club of the Year
  • Appointment of two at-large members to the Club Development Committee
  • Recommendations to the San Diego County Democratic Party (SDCDP) Central Committee for club chartering
  • Announcements (if time)

Many thanks to our Club of the Year Nominating Committee chaired by Gary Bland, President of San Marcos Democratic Club –

  • Sue Alderson, President Democratic Club of Vista
  • Tina Rynberg, President LaMesa-Foothills Democratic Club
  • William Rodriguez-Kennedy, President Democrats for Equality (and Chair SDCDP)
  • Matthew Yagyagan, President of the AAPI Democratic Club

The Nominating Committee assessed four nominations for Club of the Year. Read more about each club by clicking on the link to their PDF applications below:

For the Club of the Year award there is one vote per club, so be sure your club representative is present at this meeting.


Following our discussions last year at the Council of Clubs and Club Development Committee, we recommended to the SDCDP E-Board and Central Committee in January not to re-charter some Democratic clubs.

At the January 29th Central Committee meeting the SDCDP chose to delay the re-chartering of all clubs and to extend club charters until their next meeting.

The SDCDP Executive Board later received a letter from the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action. The Executive Board discussed the letter at their February 5th meeting and asked the Council of Clubs to consider recommendations for chartering that can be discussed at the next SDCDP Central Committee meeting.

Immediately following this Council of Clubs meeting, the Club Development Committee will meet to codify our discussions.


All club Presidents are encouraged to invite their E-board members, active committee chairs, and new clubmembers who want to share and learn about building Democratic clubs to drive change.

Reminder to bring snacks you’d like to share before / during the meeting.

November 17 – Election of Director of Clubs, Setting Priorities for 2019, and Celebrating Achievements

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

Introductions

1619 National Celebration of Black Women

Thanks to Sheryl Mallory-Johnson and Alyce Pipken-Allen for telling us about  the 1619 National Celebration of Black Women event planned for March 2, 2019 and how we can get involved.

To celebrate 400 years of extraordinary contributions women of African descent have made in building this great nation of these United States of America and inspiring them to walk into the future with power.

Download the Presentation here (PDF).

Contact details for the 1619 National Celebration of Black Women are:


Priorities for 2019

Discussion of important items for 2019

Election of Director of Clubs

Hugh Rothman, Director of Grassroots Organizing, conducted the election. Each club present had one vote. John Loughlin was unanimously elected.

Club Chartering

Club chartering has now started and the important deadline is December 15 for Associate Member vote eligibility at the January Area meeting on January 8th. Every club has to re-charter.

In order to re-charter please fill out the 2019 -2020 Charter form: www.sddemocrats.org/clubcharter

By December 15 you want to have completed:

  • Club charter
  • Associate Member application
  • Submit roster
  • Submit list of officers
  • Submit copy of existing bylaws
  • Payment. The club chartering term is for 2 years, and the fee is $100 for both years (only $50/year)

Nomination Committee for Club of the Year

  • Sue Alderson, Democratic Club of Vista
  • Tina Rynberg, La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club
  • William Rodriguez-Kennedy, Democrats for Equality
  • Matt Yagyagan, Asian Americans & Pacific Islander Democratic Club
  • Gary Bland, San Marcos Democratic Club (Chair)

Biennial Reorganization

Volunteers needed for ADEMs in January

  • For Region 20
  • Need 12 volunteers per ADEM
  • Cannot volunteer in home ADEM
  • Contact Craig Roberts or email John Loughlin [email protected]

Doors open at 12pm
Speeches start at 12:30pm
Voting starts at 1:00pm
Voting closes at 3:00pm

Saturday January 12
80th
Olivewood Clubhouse
National City

Sunday January 13th
78th
Musicians Association ( same place as 2017)
1717 Morena Blvd

Saturday January 26th
79th
Johnson Elementary on Kelton

Sunday January 27th
75th
Paloma Elementary School
660 Camino Magnificio, San Marcos 92069
Convener – Roger Garcia

76th
Oceanside Public Library
330 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside 92054
Convener – Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik

77th
IBEW 7444 Trade Street

Election Results

Hugh Rothman, Director of GO Team, talked to the record breaking involvement of GO Team.


Thanks to IBEW Local 465 and Nate Fairman for hosting us.

October 20 – Brainstorming! What tools do we need to succeed?

the October Council of Clubs meeting
Saturday, October 20th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

Everybody’s busy canvassing, walking, phoning, texting, writing, and helping Get Out The Vote for November 6. But…

On November 7th we must start building for 2020. The California Primary is moved up to Super Tuesday at the start of March. Campaigns will get underway at the start of 2019. Now is the time to brainstorm on what tools we need to collectively build the future.

Oren Robinson from Include People & Ryan Girard from San Diego Grantmakers will show us some new tech to spark ideas & get us brainstorming!

What held our clubs back this year? What would we do differently? Where should we invest for the future?

Membership Management – Financial Reporting – Payment Processing – Event Management – Social Media – Phone Banking – Text Messaging – People Power


Oren Robinson is a mobile developer and communicator dedicated to transformative justice and equitable inclusion. Oren learned tech skills from his mother, and after 6 years working in the tech industry, co-founded Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA), a refugee-led, research, public policy and community organizing hub based in San Diego. Now Oren is committed to building tech for community organizing, and a more organized tech community.

Include People builds tech to make organizing easier. The first project is a crowd-sourced calendar of local government meetings called Every Public Meeting, to make everyday opportunities for change less hidden and more obvious for everybody to take part in.

Oren has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Computer Science from Wells College, NY and studied Chinese at East China Normal University in Shanghai.


Ryan Girard leads the expansion of San Diego Grantmaker’s efforts in membership growth, resource development, strategic marketing, public policy, external affairs and communications. He has over 10 years of highly relevant experience in government, nonprofits, and philanthropy. He served most recently as the Development Director for Access Youth Academy where he oversaw planning, communications and execution of their operational, marketing and development strategies. Previously he worked at The San Diego Foundation as the Manager of Charitable Giving/Civic Leadership Fund and Manager of the Center for Civic Engagement.

Ryan is an active writer and thinker about new directions in philanthropy as evidenced by thought pieces in numerous local and national publications as well as involvement in Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Leadership Council for the Clinton Foundation 20/30 Program.

Ryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the Queensland University of Technology and CFRM from the Lily Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.


Thanks to IBEW Local 465 and Nate Fairman for hosting us.

September 15 – The Democratic Party: Structure, Biennial Reorganization, and ADEMs

the September Council of Clubs meeting
Saturday, September 15th at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

This month’s Council of Clubs features presentations on the structure of the Democratic Party, the upcoming biennial reorganization, and the ADEM elections.

Becca Taylor and Craig Roberts will present and answer questions on all aspects of the Party.


Becca Taylor is a liberal Democrat who grew up as a military brat in a conservative Texan household. Along with a being a member of several Democratic Clubs, and Field Organizer on multiple campaigns Becca’s resume lists:

  • First woman to serve as Chair on the Veterans Caucus of the California Young Democrats
  • Director of Advocacy at Grassroots Resources
  • Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) Advocate while deployed to Afghanistan in the Navy
  • M.S. Gerontology, San Diego State University

    Craig Roberts is the Region 20 Director for the California Democratic Party, and Linda Ronstadt’s greatest fan, as well as being a Senior Software Quality Engineer at General Atomics Aeronautical

    • Former President and current Treasurer, Democrats for Equality
    • Vice-Chair, Membership, National Stonewall Democrats
    • B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University

Becca and Craig used slides that were created by Steve Rivera, you can download them here.


Liz Lavertu, Director of Admin for the San Diego County Democratic Party guided us through some recent suggestions to amend party bylaws and introduced us to a top-secret website that  has a Central Committee Frequently Asked Questions page.


Thanks to IBEW Local 465 and Nate Fairman for hosting us.