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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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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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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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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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UnidoNow 2With the possibility of comprehensive immigration reform in sight, we look forward to welcoming  Jeanette Ocasio, Social Justice Program Director and Cathaleen Kaiyoorawongs, Director of Education Initiatives with UnidosNow to our August luncheon.  UnidosNow is a 501(c)3 organization committed to fully integrating our regions Hispanic community into the state’s civic, cultural, and economic fabric. We will learn about the resources and educational programs they are providing to the Hispanic community, including the “Know Your Rights” program and the Future Leaders Academy. We will also hear from a student who has benefited from these programs.

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 & Chef’s Vegetables OR
  • Salmon Teriyaki Salad OR
  • Oriental Vegetable Stir Fry

Dessert is Chocolate Flourless Torte

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

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