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Paul Sullivan Photo 2Last month our speaker traveled from Tallahassee. This month we will be welcoming Paul Sullivan who is flying down from Washington, DC just to speak to our members.

Paul is a Gulf War veteran with more than 20 years of experience assisting fellow veterans in obtaining VA healthcare and disability benefits, with an emphasis on Gulf War illness and PTSD.  His public relations experience includes several appearances on network television news broadcasts (CNN, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, ABC, and FOX) and successfully pitching hundreds of print news stories to reporters, editors, and producers (New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Austin American-Statesman, Army Times, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, Salon, TruthOut, Daily Beast, and Bloomberg).  His government relations experience includes crafting legislation and regulations, testifying before Congress, and meeting with executive branch officials within the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. Major legislation includes “The Persian Gulf Veterans Act of 1998,” and the “Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act” of 2008.  Major regulation improvements include expanding access to VA healthcare and disability compensation for veterans diagnosed with PTSD and TBI.

Paul serves on the local board of Florida Veterans for Common Sense, was formerly the Executive Director for the national chapter of Veterans for Common Sense, and now serves as Managing Director of Public Relations and Veterans Outreach for Bergmann & Moore. Bergmann & Moore is made up of attorney’s who are veterans and work solely to advocate for veterans.

Please join us as we address an issue that is top priority for Democrats – standing up for the welfare of our Veterans.

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:

  • Grilled Salmon in Lemon Caper Sauce with Basmati Rice and Chef’s Vegetables OR
  • Fresh Vegetable Greek Salad
  • Dessert: Apple 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 Thursday, April 10th.

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For details on our annual fundraiser, taking place Saturday, November 9th, click here.  Please join us for our most important fund raising event of the year!

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Obama Birthday Poster 2013

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Please join fellow Democrats for a FREE Presidents Day Celebration at Tequila Cantina at 1454 Main Street, Sarasota, Monday, February 18th. Presidents Day gives us another occasion to celebrate President Obama’s victory, while honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Cake will be provided, along with appetizers from our generous friends at Tequila Cantina.

Appetizers include nachos, tacos, and quesadillas. Additional Happy Hour appetizers are 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 the Democratic candidates for Sarasota City Commission and live music will be provided by Spark Notes.  Socialize and politicize with like minded 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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Rich Roberts, a Democrat and member of the Club, has enjoyed a long career in law enforcement, public safety policy, and security consulting. He is currently the Director of Special Operations and Public Information Officer for the International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO (IUPA) who are headquartered in Sarasota.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, IUPA issued a policy paper cautioning the people making suggestions and recommendations in reaction to the Newtown school shootings, to avoid a counterproductive emphasis on gun control in favor of more effective measures.

The union, which represents rank and file police officers across the country, warned that what they referred to as the “growing and rancorous debate over gun control” will distract from more immediate and practical actions. The report states clearly, “We need to be wary of ‘simple’ solutions to such events and the ‘bumper sticker’ rhetoric so pervasive on both sides.”

Please join us on February 9th, to hear Mr. Roberts expand on the ideas presented by IUPA and his reactions to the recommendations of Vice President Biden’s task force. Mr. Roberts view on this topic as a veteran of law enforcement may challenge our perspective and will certainly lead to a great question/answer session.

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:

  • Chicken Caesar Salad OR
  • Grilled Corvina Buerre Blanc with Rice Pilaf and Vegetable OR
  • Grilled Veggie Wrap with a Side of Fruit

Dessert is Key Lime Pie

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. In February we are in the back dining room, the Garden Room. Enter the Club House from the entrance to the left of the main entrance (the one not under the awning).

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

NEW PRICE AS OF JANUARY 2013: Cost for Members is $24 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $26 each. You may pay by cash or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservations are required and must be made by midnight on Wednesday, February 6th. Cancellations must also be made by midnight, February 6th or you will be billed for your meal.

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Join us on Saturday, January 12th, as we welcome Sarasota County Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates to educate us on the reality Floridians face as the REAL ID law is fully implemented. She will provide us with details on why the law was passed and who it impacts, as well as how, when, and where Floridians must comply. With local governments facing the many challenges of implementation, she will share what her office is doing to make compliance as painless as possible.

A native of Virginia, Barbara Ford-Coates has lived in Sarasota County since 1972. She joined the Tax Collector’s office in 1975. She was first elected to the top position in 1984 and re-elected in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 without opposition. She is the longest serving Sarasota County elected official and the recipient of the2008 Outstanding County Tax Collector in the United States award. She is a Democrat who is active with the League of Women Voters, on the board of the Community Foundation, and is a Girl Scout Troop leader.

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:

  • Chicken Saltimbocca, rosemary roasted potatoes, and Chef’s vegetables  OR
  • Teriyaki Salmon Salad

              Dessert is Tiramisu

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.

NEW PRICE AS OF JANUARY 2013: Cost for Members is $24 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $26 each. You may pay by cash or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservations are required and must be made by midnight on Wednesday, January 9th. Cancellations must also be made by midnight, January 9th or you will be billed for your meal.

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Join us as President Barack Obama is sworn in for his 2nd term.  Food, drink, multiple TV’s, and fellow Democrats will insure your enjoyment of this special day.

Date: Monday, January 21, 2013

Time: Doors open at 11:00 a.m. with the Inaugural Ceremony beginning at 12 noon.

Location: 1350 Main Street, 6th Floor, Downtown Sarasota, corner of Main Street and Palm Avenue (parking available in Palm Avenue Garage)

RSVP: RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Please e-mail rsvp@sarasotadems.com or leave a message at 404-4678.

Cost: $25 per person. Payment can be made at the event by cash, check, Mastercard or Visa. Please fill out checks ahead of time made payable to the DCS.

Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided along with sandwiches, other light bites and a champagne toast!

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As we enter the holiday season, Sarasota Democrats are in a joyous mood. What better month to turn our luncheon into a celebratory holiday party? Please join us on Saturday, December 8th to extol the recent Democratic victories and enjoy remarks from Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell, followed by a holiday musical program from the Gulf Coast Community Choir.

Since moving to Sarasota in 1994, Suzanne Atwell has been an active member of our community, serving on many boards and councils while always standing up as a committed Democrat. In 2009 she was elected to the Sarasota City Commission and is now serving her second year appointment as mayor. We look forward to a greeting from Mayor Atwell as our Democratic representative in Sarasota.

Following the mayor, the Gulf Coast Community Choir, whose motto is “Spreading Joy Through Music”, will perform a holiday musical program. The choir is a multicultural adult group made up of volunteer singers from the Manasota area. All have experience singing with other choral groups, some have formal musical training, and a few have sung professionally. Founded in 2000 by Dr. S. Carroll Buchanan, the choir continues his musical legacy. As a former Democratic Club of Sarasota board member and the namesake of the Club’s annual community service award, we are pleased to continue to honor Dr. Buchanan’s memory by welcoming the choir.

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 with lemon caper sauce, rosemary roasted potatoes, and vegetable medley
  • Pasta Primavera with parma rosa sauce
  • Dessert is Red Velvet Cake

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 $23 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $25 each. You may pay by cash or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservations are required and must be made by midnight on Wednesday, December 5th. Cancellations must also be made by midnight, December 5th or you will be billed for your meal.

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Please join your Sarasota County Democratic friends after the polls close on election night, November 6 at Marina Jack’s Portside Patio to watch the returns roll in. The Democratic Club is providing a large screen projection TV and additionals TV’s strategically placed throughout the venue. Local candidates will join us and food and beverage will be available for purchase. There is no admission charge for this event. Marina Jack’s will be Democratic Central on election night!

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What better speaker than Rob Lorei, could we have for our luncheon on November 10th, just four days after the election? We don’t know exactly what he will speak about that day, but we know his expertise in the area of Florida and national politics will shed light and insight on the happenings of November 6th.

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:

  • Chicken Florentine with Basmati Rice and Chef’s Vegetables
  • Original Cobb Salad
  • Oriental Stir Fried Vegetables on White Rice with a Fried Won Ton Garnish

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 $23 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $25 each. You may pay by cash or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservations are required and must be made by midnight on Wednesday, November 7th. Cancellations must also be made by midnight, November 7th or you will be billed for your meal.

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