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Jeff WrightAll the way from Tallahassee, we will welcome Jeff Wright, Director of Public Policy Advocacy for the Florida Education Association. Touted as the most powerful public education advocacy group in the state, the FEA works to improve the conditions of teaching and learning in public schools for members and students.The FEA represents over 140,000 school employees in Florida’s public schools, community colleges and universities, including Pre-K through 12th grade teachers, education staff professionals, and higher education faculty, graduate assistants and staff.

Jeff, a native of Tampa, earned his B.A. from Florida State University and his Masters of Education from Rollins College in Winter Park. He taught for 24 years at Wildwood Middle School as a reading specialist, school social worker, and Language Arts Instructor. He has a long history of professional, community, and political involvement. You won’t want to miss Jeff’s commanding stage presence as he talks about why “Our Kids Are More Than a Test”.

Reservations are required.

Read instructions below carefully.

To make a reservation, e-mail reserve@sarasotadems.com and indicate the name of your guests and your menu choices, or leave that information on the voice mail at 941-379-9233.

Menu choices for this month are:

  • Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomato with Fresh Fruit OR
  • Honey Pecan Chicken with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes and Vegetables OR
  • Vegetarian Pasta Primavera
  • Dessert: Tiramisu
  • Menu choice NOT guaranteed past noon

The luncheon is held at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Travel 2 miles east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road. Turn left at the light at Gary Player Blvd. Bent Tree will be on your right. Proceed past the guard shack, through one stop sign, and the club house will be on your left.

Social Hour starts at 11 with the program beginning promptly at noon.

Cost for Members is $24 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $26 each. You may pay by cash, Mastercard, Visa or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservation Deadline is Wednesday, March 7th.

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Please join us on Tuesday, March 11th at the Bayfront Community Center for a unique Zdravecky Barbara HS CMYKevening dedicated to art and women!  Five Sarasota women artists will display their compelling art and be available for comment. They are Miriam Cassell, Raven Skye, Pat Kaufman, Deborah Ahonen, & Cecilia Trummer. Page down for more information on the artists.

In addition to browsing art, we will hear remarks on women’s political issues from Barbara Zdravecky, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.  Barbara is being honored by her organization for 20 years of service a few days after our event.  Show your support for Planned Parenthood and get a jump start on congratulating Barbara.

Don’t miss this opportunity to support progressive women from our community.

Doors open at 6 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $20 per person and can be paid at the door with cash, check, or credit card

Bayfront Community Center is located at 803 N. Tamiami Trail, behind the Municipal Auditorium

Wine, beer, soft drinks, and light bites will be served

RSVP REQUIRED. E-mail rsvp@sarasotadems.com or leave a message at 404-4678 with the names of all attendees.

Miriam CassellMiriam Cassell

The versatile artistic expressions of Miriam Cassell have received wide critical acclaim for more than five decades. This extraordinary Lido Shores artist breathes art into every moment of her life. Her life-size work in pastel paintings of people, book art constructions, collages, prints, photography, wall hangings, multimedia installations and wearable art have been shown and bought in numerous museums and galleries locally and throughout the country.          

Artist Miriam Cassell stands in front of her painting called “Off White,” which she says may be more meaningful today than it was when she painted it 17 years ago.

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Raven Skye McDonough

Raven Skye McDonough, is an award winning Florida based Artist with deep New England roots. She has a great love of color and texture which permeates throughout her unique collages, paintings and mixed media art work.Over the years, her colorful and inspiring paper collages & paintings have been sold in Art Galleries throughout New England. Raven’s art has also been purchased from a multitude of private collectors, located from Seattle to Boston, south to Florida and, most recently in Europe.


Pat Kaufman

A native New Yorker, artist and playwright Pat Kaufman, now lives and works most of the year in Sarasota. Since moving here in 2005, her paintings have been exhibited widely in the area. The Diversity Art Billboards, The Sarasota Art Center, the Manatee Art Center, the Cornell Museum all Florida Fine Art exhibit DelPat Kaufman 1ray Beach, Sternberg Interiors, Frary Gallery, Kaos Galley Bradenton, Fukesei Gallery Sarasota, Harmony Gallery Sarasota, Players Theatre Sarasota, Christian Stackenborg Gallery Sarasota. She has painted in public view in the Sarasota Center “Artists at Work” fund raisers and as part of the Selby Library Crystal Ball fund raisers. Pat describes her work as “I am a story teller in bright paint and fire words. I critique –with humor, I hope–the absurdity of the human condition. I believe –like good old Confucius–that one picture worth a thousand words.”

 

Deborah AhonenDeborah Ahonen 1

Deborah Ahonen was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which forged a strong constitution and a love of nature. She received training in Fine Art at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Univ. of MI in Ann Arbor, and Western WA Univ. in Bellingham, WA. as well as Commercial Art training at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. She has traveled to every continent but Antarctica, which gives her a larger perspective and gives her art a universal appeal. Her love for color was intensified by travel to India where she says she “left a piece of her heart.”

Her latest series, of Bridges, symbolically strives to bridge the gap between Truth /Reason, and Falsehood/Propaganda, which is rife in our society today.

 Cecilia Trummer

Trummer Yellow_Series_2 14Born and raised in New York City, Cecilia studied Fine Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.  She continued her studies receiving a M.S. in Communication Design in 1987.  She is both a practicing print designer for her firm Sunshine Design Studio and a fine artist.  She believes inspiration and creativity have no bounds.  Her abstract works have been exhibited locally at the Art Center Sarasota, the Celery Barn Gallery and won best in show at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Cecilia also volunteers for the Democratic Club of Sarasota by designing the Monthly Update mailer.

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Please join fellow Democrats for a FREE Presidents Day Celebration at Tequila Cantina at 1454 Main Street, Sarasota, Monday, February 17th. Presidents Day gives us another occasion to celebrate a Democrat in the White House, while honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Cake will be provided, along with appetizers from our generous friends at Tequila Cantina.

Additional Happy Hour appetizers will be available for just $5, along with $3 Happy Hour drinks, that include Chilean wine, beer, margarita’s, and well drinks.

We will hear brief remarks from Democratic candidate, Greg Para, who is running for Florida State House against Ray Pilon. Socialize and politicize with likeminded progressives and learn about the Democratic Club of Sarasota! Event starts at 5 p.m. and goes until you decide! (Happy Hour ends at 8 p.m.)  If attending, please RSVP to rsvp@sarasotadems.com.

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Dr. Susan MacManusDr. Susan MacManus, a USF professor in the Department of Government and International affairs and a well-known Florida political analyst will present “Election 2014: Campaigning at the Grassroots Level”.  Dr. MacManus is always in demand to address various political and civic group with her expert knowledge of Florida politics. She served as Chair of the Florida Elections Commission from 1999 to 2003.

In 2008, she was appointed by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to the Election Management Guidelines Development Working Group on Elderly and Disabled Voters in Long-Term Care Facilities and the Working Group on Media and Public Relations. Join us for a thought provoking event.

Reservations are required.

Read instructions below carefully.

To make a reservation, e-mail reserve@sarasotadems.com and indicate the name of your guests and your menu choices, or leave that information on the voice mail at 941-379-9233.

Menu choices for this month are:

  • Chicken Caesar Salad OR
  • Grilled Corvina Buerre Blanc with rice and vegetable OR
  • Grilled Vegetable Wrap with a side of fruit
  • Dessert: Key Lime Pie
  • Menu choice NOT guaranteed past noon

The luncheon is held at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Travel 2 miles east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road. Turn left at the light at Gary Player Blvd. Bent Tree will be on your right. Proceed past the guard shack, through one stop sign, and the club house will be on your left.

Social Hour starts at 11 with the program beginning promptly at noon.

Cost for Members is $24 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $26 each. You may pay by cash, Mastercard, Visa or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservation Deadline is Wednesday, February 5th.

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Lisa MerrittIn January we look forward to learning more about the Multicultural Health Institute founded by Dr. Lisa Merritt. MHI seeks to level the healthcare playing field by promoting, educating, and insuring equal healthcare access and treatment for individuals and communities who are traditionally uninsured and receive a poor quality of care.

They provide a holistic approach to healing and wellness that involves the participation, education, and training of young people and adults in the community. MHI works closely with Sarasota’s Newtown minority population. Dr. Merritt will offer insight into the health disparities that effect our nation’s citizens.

With the controversial implementation of the Affordable Care Act in full swing, the timing could not be better to hear from Dr. Merritt. To learn more about the organization, visit their web site at www.the-mhi.org .

Reservations are required.

Read instructions below carefully.

To make a reservation, e-mail reserve@sarasotadems.com and indicate the name of your guests and your menu choices, or leave that information on the voice mail at 941-379-9233.

Menu choices for this month are:

  • Chicken Saltimbucco with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes and Chef’s Vegetables OR
  • Salmon Teriyaki Salad
  • Dessert: Tiramisu
  • Menu choice NOT guaranteed past noon

The luncheon is held at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Travel 2 miles east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road. Turn left at the light at Gary Player Blvd. Bent Tree will be on your right. Proceed past the guard shack, through one stop sign, and the club house will be on your left.

Social Hour starts at 11 with the program beginning promptly at noon.

Cost for Members is $24 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $26 each. You may pay by cash, Mastercard, Visa or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservation Deadline is Wednesday, January 8th.

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State of the UnionJoin fellow Democrats as we welcome Rick Kriseman newly elected Democratic Mayor of St. Petersburg, Rick Kriseman. Rick’s victory in the recent election is a big win not just for St. Petersburg but for all Democrats in the state of Florida.  A past speaker at Club luncheons, Rick is a favorite with our members.  We look forward to welcoming Rick and watching President Obama’s State of the Union address.

 

Wine, beer, soft beverages, and light bites and sweets will be provided.

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Cost is $20 per person paid by cash, check, Mastercard, or Visa at the door.

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Program begins at 8:00 (doors open at 7:30 – no earlier)

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                         Bayfront Community Center  (back of the Municipal Auditorium)

803 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

  Turn off of Tamiami Trail as if going to the Van Wezel, then turn left onto Van Wezel Way. Park in lot on left.

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Reservations required by e-mailing rsvp@sarasotadems.com or leaving a message at 404-4678. Please include names of all guests attending.

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Children FirstMore than 500 children from low-income families in Sarasota County turn to Children First for Early Head Start and Head Start. These programs provide full-day pre-school, infant care, and health care assistance. They also provide meals and guidance from qualified teachers and staff. These services are provided at 13 Sarasota County locations.

The organization also works with the children’s families providing parenting skills and literacy classes, job training, and other assistance.  Philip will share the details of the important work that Children First does and highlight how the recent sequester has impacted their ability to provide services.

In an effort to support this organization, we encourage you to bring needed items to the December luncheon for Children First to distribute.  Suggested items are:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Formula, especially “Good Start”
  • Baby food
  • Non-toxic children’s crayons
  • Construction paper 8½ x 11 size
  • Non-toxic markers
  • Gift cards for gas (Hess, Shell, BP etc)
  • Gift cards for groceries (Walmart, Publix, Target etc)

Reservations are required.

Read instructions below carefully.

To make a reservation, e-mail reserve@sarasotadems.com and indicate the name of your guests and your menu choices, or leave that information on the voice mail at 941-379-9233.

Menu choices for this month are:

  • Roasted Pork, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, & Vegetable Medley OR
  • Chicken Marsala, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, & Vegetable Medley OR
  • Pasta Primavera with Parma Rosa Sauce
  • Dessert: Red Velvet Cake
  • Menu choice NOT guaranteed past noon

The luncheon is held at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Travel 2 miles east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road. Turn left at the light at Gary Player Blvd. Bent Tree will be on your right. Proceed past the guard shack, through one stop sign, and the club house will be on your left.

Social Hour starts at 11 with the program beginning promptly at noon.

Cost for Members is $24 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $26 each. You may pay by cash, Mastercard, Visa or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservation Deadline is Wednesday, December 11th.

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smith-nadineJoin us as we welcome Equality Florida’s Executive Director, Nadine Smith. Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s LGBT community.

Equality Florida formed in 1997 as Governor Jeb Bush took office and Florida’s state government made a hard turn to the right. In an era of setbacks for progressive causes, Equality Florida has defeated every piece of anti-LGBT legislation filed in Tallahassee since its founding. These bills included efforts to: overturn all local anti-discrimination policies, repeal all safe schools policies, expand Florida’s anti-gay adoption ban, and prohibit domestic partnership benefits and protections.

Through lobbying, grassroots organizing, education, and coalition building, Equality Florida is changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We look forward to hearing Nadine’s update on their important work.

Reservations are required.

Read instructions below carefully.

To make a reservation, e-mail reserve@sarasotadems.com and indicate the name of your guests and your menu choices, or leave that information on the voice mail at 941-379-9233.

Menu choices for this month are:

  • Chicken Florentine with Basmati Rice & Veggies OR
  • Salmon Teriyaki Salad

Dessert: Vanilla Ice Cream and Cookie
Menu choice NOT guaranteed past noon

The luncheon is held at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Travel 2 miles east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road. Turn left at the light at Gary Player Blvd. Bent Tree will be on your right. Proceed past the guard shack, through one stop sign, and the club house will be on your left.

Social Hour starts at 11 with the program beginning promptly at noon.

Cost for Members is $24 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $26 each. You may pay by cash, Mastercard, Visa or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservation Deadline is October 9th.

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Phil KellermanJoin us as we welcome Phil Kellerman, founder of the Harvest of Hope Foundation and an advocate for migrant farm workers and their families since 1989. Phil addressed the Club at a Wine, Cheese & Politics event this past May and due to popular demand and the importance of the immigration issue, we have invited him to speak at the September luncheon.  He will address the proposed immigration bill that seeks to deal with the estimated 10 million undocumented persons residing in the United States and to change regulations for those who want to legally come to the U.S. What is in the bill? What is it going to take for an undocumented individual to become a citizen? Is the bill fair? What will it mean for businesses dependent on immigrant labor? And, what about high school graduates who are still not legal citizens? How does the bill help them?  The Harvest of Hope Foundation has distributed more than 1 million dollars in aid to field workers and their families across the country, providing financial assistance for vehicle repairs, housing, utilities, rent, medical services, food, clothes, and funeral expenses, as well as educational aid.

Reservations are required.

Read instructions below carefully.

To make a reservation, e-mail reserve@sarasotadems.com and indicate the name of your guests and your menu choices, or leave that information on the voice mail at 379-9233.

Menu choices for this month are:

  • Grilled Corvina Buerre Blanc with Rice Pilaf & Veggies OR
  • Chicken Caesar Salad OR
  • Grilled Vegetable Wrap with Fruit

Dessert is Strawberry New York Cheesecake

The luncheon is held at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Travel 2 miles east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road. Turn left at the light at Gary Player Blvd. Bent Tree will be on your right. Proceed past the guard shack, through one stop sign, and the club house will be on your left.

Social Hour starts at 11 with the program beginning promptly at noon.

Cost for Members is $24 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $26 each. You may pay by cash, Mastercard, Visa or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservation Deadline is September 11th.

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ALEC 2Join us on Wednesday evening, September 18th, as we screen the compelling Bill Moyers documentary, “The United States of ALEC”.   The American Legislative Exchange Council describes itself as the nations largest, non-partisan, individual-public private membership association of state legislators.   A more accurate description is that they are a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge.  ALEC brings corporations together to draft model legislation that is then handed out by the legislators in statehouses across the country, ultimately allowing corporations to drive policy and lawmaking.

 

The documentary is packed with material about ALEC’s  operating methods and relies heavily upon the research and reporting of CMD’s award-winning “ALEC Exposed” project. The program features interviews with CMD Executive Director Lisa Graves, Deputy Director Mary Bottari and Director of Research Nick Surgey. Madisonians John Nichols of the Nation, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and University of Wisconsin professors Joel Rogers and Julie Underwood are also interviewed about the expansive ALEC agenda.

 

Screening of the film will be followed by remarks from Susan Smith, President of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. Susan is well-versed on ALEC’s operations and influence across the country and in Florida.  She will provide an up-to-the-minute update on what ALEC is doing now.

 

Wine, beer, soft beverages, and light bites and sweets will be provided.
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Cost is $20 per person paid by cash, check, Mastercard, or Visa at the door.
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Program begins at 6:30 (doors open at 6 – no earlier)
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                         Bayfront Community Center  (back of the Municipal Auditorium)
803 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
  Turn off of Tamiami Trail as if going to the Van Wezel, then turn left onto Van Wezel Way. Park in lot on left.

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Reservations required by e-mailing rsvp@sarasotadems.com or leaving a message at 404-4678. Please include names of all guests attending.

 

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