Welcome to our Inaugural Newsletter!
Welcome to the first edition of the Democratic Women’s Club of Volusia newsletter! The purpose of this newsletter is to expand communications regarding club activities and events, educate members on issue-based legislation, provide election campaign-related information, as well as offer a forum for the sharing of ideas, opinions, and information among members. In other words, this is OUR MEMBERS’ PERSONAL SPACE.
We realize that we have several members that are not always able to make monthly meetings for various reasons and we don’t want them to miss out. There is much work to do to re- build and strengthen the Democratic Party for upcoming election cycles. 2018 is right around the corner, so communication is crucial!
Stay tuned, as our newsletter will develop and grow to include Features such as:
- “Top Topics” – a focus on important specific women’s issues of the month,
- “The Dish” – a monthly message from our Club President, Danielle Neetz
- “Perspectives” – a forum for members’ expression of ideas, opinions, and suggestions
- “Cuisine Corner” – for the sharing of great recipes
- “Save the Date” – for upcoming meetings and club activities
- “LOL” – for Jokes
- “Campaign Chronicles” – for the latest updates on campaign and election news
- “Monthly Meeting Mentionables” – for highlights from our monthly club meetings
- “In D Loop” – for informative, researched, cited articles on Democratic Issues & Legislative activities
…And More! All Features may not necessarily be included every month, but these are just some examples.
The Dish by Danielle Neetz
As President of the Democratic Women’s Club of Volusia, I want to welcome you to our first monthly newsletter, thanks to our First Vice President, Alyce Shelton.
This past year has been fantastic for the Club! We were #1 in growth in the state, with an increase from 23 members to 62 members. We had some great speakers throughout the year, and I know in 2017 we will have more great speakers on important issues that align with the platform of the DWC of Florida.
DWC of Volusia was well represented at our 60th State Convention in September with 12 delegates and two club guests.
We look forward to having many of our members join us on the bus ride to the Women’s March on Washington. Again, our club is well represented on this trip with 14 members. I want to thank all of you who donated so that we could sponsor riders. We are proud to say that 20% of the riders were sponsored and we will proudly march with our Club Banner as per request from DWC of Florida.
In the future, please look for correspondence emails from DWCvolusia@gmail.com in place of seeing my familiar (Firewife28) e-mail address. Please add it to your contacts.
Our next project is “Tally Days” in March, and I hope many of our members will plan to join us as we lobby for women’s issues in Tallahassee. If you haven’t gone before, it’s a wonderful experience!
One Final Note: It is now time to for us to move forward; to make sure Florida Democrats WIN in upcoming 2018 local and state midterm campaigns. We need ALL club members to dry their tears, roll up their sleeves, pull up their bootstraps, bring in new members, and help to make that happen.
If you agree, be sure to come to our January 18th meeting for more details. Thanks to all of you for your participation!
Smiles were in abundance despite our disappointing election results, as DWC Volusia members enjoyed a night of fun, food, and fellowship at our Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 14. Highlights of the evening included a raffle, lots of great door prizes, and a motivational talk by Joyce Cusack, Volusia County Council At-Large, who encouraged us all to be loud, proud Democrats!
Monthly Meeting Mentionables
November 18, 2016
The meeting began informally at 6:50 pm with Alyce Shelton, Jewell Dickson, and Danielle Neetz speaking about the election problems in Deland/Deltona and proposed actions to improve coordination with State and Federal Democratic Party personnel.
Eight new members were present.
Minutes: The minutes for September were read. Jewell Dickson requested a correction in the spelling of her name. MOTION by Alyce Shelton, seconded by Jewell Dickson to accept the minutes as corrected. MOTION PASSED.
Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report was accepted for audit.
The balance is $759.86.
Speakers: President Neetz asked members to give Alyce Shelton any suggestions for speakers.
Membership: Christine Wilt reported that we have 54 members.
Jose Colon will do a membership book.
Website: Our website url is DWCVolusia.org and Sandra Colon is our new website coordinator.
Twitter: DWC – @dwcvolusia and NE Democratic Club – @novodems
Facebook: Democratic Women’s Club of Volusia County. We are currently requesting that former administrator Donna Pough-Riveria provide the club administrative access.
Appointed Positions: President Neetz announced new appointed positions and duties:
Alyce Shelton – Newsletter
Laura Chase – press releases and Public Service Announcements. Laura is replacing Susan Parks.
Rae Ashley and William Bliss – Ways & Means Committee, including the spring picnic.
Cheryl Breland – Voter registration.
Meeting Location: MOTION by Susanne Raines that future DWC meetings be held on the west side of the County on odd months and east side of the county on even months. Seconded by William Bliss. MOTION PASSED.
Good of the Order: Jewel Dickson announced that she is running for Chair of the Volusia County DEC; Jerry Lapidus is running for Vice Chair; and Robert Helleran is running for Secretary. Also, Joan Lane is running for re-election to State Committeewoman and Les Thackston is running for State Committeeman.
Note: December 14, 2016 was our Annual Holiday gathering in lieu of a monthly meeting.
DWC Volusia Women's March on DC
THE MARCH IS ON!! If you haven’t signed up to join us as we march on DC, it’s not too late. Our DC-bound Bus departs at 7pm on Friday, Jan. 20 from Daytona Beach and returns on Sunday morning, Jan. 22.
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In the Loop
“So what has President Obama done over the past month to get a few last-minute liberal priorities in place before Donald Trump takes over?”
(Article By Kevin Drum, Mother Jones)
Obama has moved forward on eight substantial executive actions so far:
- Enacted a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in areas of theArctic and the Atlantic Seaboard.
- Refused to veto a UN resolution condemning Israel’s settlements in the West Bank.
- Designated two new national monuments totaling more than 1.6 million acres: Bears Ears Buttes in southeastern Utah and Gold Butte in Nevada
- Instructed the Department of Homeland Security to formally end the long-disused NSEERs database, which Trump could have revived as the backbone of a new Muslim registry.
- Instructed the Army Corps of Engineers to deny final permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline where it crosses the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
- Issued a final rule that bans the practice among some red states of withholding federal family-planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other health clinics that provide abortions.
- Finalized rules to determine whether schools were succeeding or failing under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
- Began an investigation into charges of Russian hacking during the presidential campaign.
This last-minute flurry of activity is actually fairly normal, but Trump is annoyed anyway, saying he’s doing his best to “disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.” Too bad, Donald: there’s more to come. According to Politico, “As many as 98 final regulations under review at the White House as of Nov. 15 could be implemented before Trump takes office. Seventeen regulations awaiting final approval are considered “economically significant,” with an estimated economic impact of at least $100 million a year.” Here are fifteen of the most important ones:
- A new policy making it easier to hire and retain highly skilled immigrants.
- A new rule forcing state regulators to tighten oversight of for-profitcolleges that operate online courses in their state.
- New energy efficiency standards.
- Regulations designed to discourage speculation on commodities trading.
- A new rule that would regulate air pollution from the oil industry.
- A change in the way Medicare drug payments are administered.
- Reform of Medicare payments to doctors, moving toward a system that better evaluates the quality of care they provide.
- Finishing up an investment treaty with China (though it would require Senate approval in 2017).
- Speeding through a backlog of debt relief claims from students at ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges, two for-profit colleges that went out of business under pressure from the Obama administration.
- A ban on cellphone calls on commercial flights.
- A rule requiring that most freight trains have at least two crew members on duty.
- Rules for the 2018 version of the Obamacare state insurance marketplaces.
- Regulation of methane releases from oil and natural gas wells.
- A major rule on leases for wind and solar projects on federal land.
- A rule that aims to ensure poor and minority students get their fair share of state and local education funding.
Some of these actions could be overturned either by Trump or by Congress, but not all of them. Congress is restrained by the fact that it has limited floor time to review new rules. Trump is restrained because agency rules go through a lengthy rulemaking process before they’re finalized, and he would have to start up this entire process all over again to repeal them.
Of course, all of these actions are also susceptible to court fights, just as theyalways are. There’s no telling how that might turn out.
The purpose of Democratic Women’s Club of Volusia County group is to share information with club and group members about events and news items that are absolutely pertinent to the club.
The Democratic Women’s Club of Volusia County was formed to bring together Democratic women in Volusia County, and to provide a forum for discussion of public matters, act upon current issues, to support qualified candidates for public office, and to encourage qualified Democratic women to seek elected office. Men are welcome as members too!
The DWC of Volusia County presents speakers and programs at our meetings to further our understanding of local, state, and federal politics and policies. Our members are active in our local community and support Democratic principles while working with elected officials and working as volunteers.
We welcome EVERYONE to attend our meetings at 6:30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and we invite all Democratic Women and Men in Volusia County to JOIN our club.
Annual Membership is only $30
Submitted By Alyce Shelton
Like most of our hardworking Volusia County Dems, I have reflected over and over on what went right and wrong with the 2016 election campaign. I thought about what I could have done better, and desperately searched for a direction to point my finger for blame. I shed big tears over the potential damage to our country under this new administration, as my adult children plan their futures, families, and raise my young grandchildren. My chest was tight with anxiety about my 25 year old, 6’5” African American son as he pursues a career with his B.S. in Computer Information Systems…in Raleigh, N.C. (Yes, that political war zone!)
But then I made a resolution. I will fight for THEIR rights and freedoms. I will actively participate in whatever efforts I can to better the lives of my children and grandchildren. I believe that they deserve the best healthcare; they deserve the best education; they deserve every opportunity not historically afforded to African Americans. Look at these precious faces…that is my motivation to work hard for upcoming election cycles, starting with 2018 state campaigns. The work begins at home, in Florida…and I have a LOT of skin in the game.
So, DWC members, What is Your Motivation?
President: I can’t sign this bill, it’s completely absurd. If I turn this into law it will raise taxes by 5 percent and extend the work week to six days instead of five.
Congress: Please note Mr. President on page 5027, under subsection 22, clause B, it exempts all members of the executive and the judicial branches as well as congress for life. Plus we all get a 50 percent raise and enhanced retirement benefits.
President: Perfect, got a pen?
On New Year’s Eve, Patty stood up in the local bar and said that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, she wanted everyone to be standing next to the one person who made their life worth living. As the clock struck 12, chaos erupted as the bartender was almost crushed to death.
Save the Date
Jan.18 – OUR MONTHLY MEETING
The DWC Volusia January meeting will be held at Denny’s Restaurant 1206 N. Wood- land Blvd, in Deland at 6:30pm. We have the room reserved from 6pm for members and guests that want to have dinner.
Feb.4 – DWCF QTRLY MEETING
The meeting will be held in Ocala and is open to All club members. Cost is $25 for lunch and must be paid by Jan. 28. Visit DWCF.org and contact Carol King for more details.
Mar.12-14 – TALLY DAYS
This is one of the most important events sponsored by the DWCF. Members from all over the state converge in Tallahassee while the state legislature is in session. During these very exciting, educational, and inspiring three days, we speak to representatives and senators, visit the capital to watch the action occurring in the chambers, listen to experts on women’s issues, and hold our own press conference. It also presents a great opportunity to meet some of the most dedicated and powerful democratic women in our state. Visit DWCF.org for more details. It is not too early to make your hotel reservations!
Bellrae “Rae” Ashley, Holly Hill
Cheryl Breland, Port Orange
Laura Chase, Lake Helen
Sandra Colon, DeLand
Connie Hughes, Lake Helen
Linda Mays, New Smyrna Beach
Deborah Noah, Ormond Beach
Sarah Ashley, Daytona Beach
William Bliss, Daytona Beach
Jose Colon, DeLand
Jim Gangitano, DeBary
Catherine Kershaw, Daytona Beach
Linda Mojer, Edgewater
Margaret Taylor Upman, DeLand
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