Blue Wave Brunch Postponed

Blue Wave Brunch Postponed

In response to best advice from local and state health experts, our Blue Wave Brunch, scheduled for March 14th, was postponed to a date to be determined. The health and safety of our club members and our community is, and will remain, our number one concern. 

To those holding tickets: Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and our 126 ticket holders. Thank you for your support. Your tickets remain valid and you will be advised of the new date when it is determined.  

To those who missed a chance to buy a ticket or a sponsorship, or had a schedule conflict, you will have a new opportunity to participate in what promises to be an outstanding event for our club. 

Your Blue Wave Brunch Committee remains committed to providing the BEST BRUNCH EVER.  For details, watch for the Coronado Democratic Club newsletter.

For questions, contact Susan Marrinan,

On March 14, Carol and Gil Rud and Nancy Young arrived, decked out in their democratic blue, ready to have a great time. Since the brunch was postponed, they enjoyed a Feast and Fareway breakfast together. They are looking forward to the Blue Wave Brunch when it is rescheduled.


It has been an honor to serve as your Coronado Democratic Club president for the past two and one-half years. As my term comes to a close, I’d like to reflect on some of the ways our club has grown and changed, and I also wish to look to the future of our club. Since I took office as president, our membership grew by 20 members, to 171. This is not a testament to my popularity; rather it’s because you, the members, have invited your friends and neighbors to check out our club, and they have responded positively because they like our programming and some of our advocacy activities.

We owe a big round of applause to our Vice President and Program Chair, Susan Marrinan, for the interesting and informative programs we have enjoyed over the past year. Together with our friends at the Imperial Beach Democratic Club, we sponsored a forum of candidates for the Board of Supervisors District 1. We collaborated again more recently to hold a forum on ballot measures and candidates for Judge of the Superior Court. Four open countywide seats are up for election; this gives the voters an unusual opportunity to select some of our local judges. 

I’d also like to thank the people who work hard to make our club run smoothly. Our Secretary, Ann Rutherford and Treasurer, Pat Callahan, keep our books and records in top shape. Our Membership Chair, Mercy Mandelbaum, works overtime to make sure our membership roster is as timely and accurate as can be. Patti Flores-Charter chairs our Fourth of July Committee and Scholarship Committee. And, of course, we are grateful to Hospitality Chair Jenna McIntosh and her volunteers for providing the coffee and decadent treats we enjoy at each of our meetings. 

Every meeting, several members come early and stay late to set up and take down the tables and chairs we use for our meetings. These unsung heroes’ (and heroines’) efforts are most appreciated as we couldn’t easily hold our meetings without them! A big thank you to everyone who does the heavy lifting.

Coronado Democratic Club members have been active volunteers in the campaigns of candidates for public office. In 2018, some of our members canvassed for the campaigns of candidates for neighboring Congressional seats. This year, we again have a GO Team whose mission is to maximize the turnout of local Democrats in our elections, and to educate them as to the Party’s endorsed candidates and recommendations on ballot measures.

The San Diego County Democratic Party’s largest fundraising event each year is the Roosevelt Dinner. In 2018 and 2019, the Coronado Democratic Club was well represented and filled a table of 10. This year, I would like to see our club double its representation at this event by filling two tables. 

Our next General Membership Meeting will, of course, be our Blue Wave Brunch. Our Committee has done a great job of organizing the first of what we hope will be our signature annual event. Indications are that this may well be our best-attended meeting ever. I look forward to seeing you there and to welcoming our new officers for 2020.


Please volunteer! 

Thanks to Patricia Leahy, we have a photographer coming to the brunch and are very pleased to be able to make a record for our club history.

The local paper is interested in photos from our meetings to run with articles so we are looking for a team of members who can volunteer for different meetings to commemorate the occasions and events.

Do you enjoy photographing interesting events and people? If the answer is “Yes”, please volunteer to take some photos at some of our meetings. Help us capture the highlights of our meetings for our website, the local press and our newsletter.

The photography team will also take photos at other club events such as the ADL walk against hate next April 26th and the 4th of July Parade. These photos of meetings and other events will be in our newsletter, on our website and accompany press releases. 

If you are interested in joining the Photography Team, please contact Susan Marrinan at


Do you want to learn more about the Coronado Democratic Club, share your perceptions of its strengths and weaknesses, and discuss critical issues likely to affect its future?  If so, you are invited to participate in a Strategic Planning Session to help identify and advance our club’s vision, mission and goals.
This session will be held on Tuesday, April 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Coronado Historical Association’s Lecture Hall.  Food will be available for purchase.  Due to seating constraints, we need to limit the number of participants to 15.  So if you are interested in helping to plan for the future of our club, please e-mail Judy Bambace at to reserve your place at the table. 

GO Team Coordinator’s Message

GO Team Coordinator’s Message

The purpose of the GO Team is to maximize the turnout of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents in the election. This year, we’re canvassing local precincts in both the Primary and General Elections. Our objective is to contact every Democratic household, encourage them to vote and provide them with an official slate of Democratic Party recommendations on candidates for office and measures submitted to the voters. A door hanger is left at each house, regardless of whether someone answers the door.

Most voters have made up their minds on whom they wish to vote for president (the Party doesn’t endorse candidates for president in the primary) and Congress, but they often need some help with their decision on the “down-ballot” races—those for mayor, city council, school boards, water district boards and judges. Our voters, including the affluent, highly educated ones in Coronado, actually appreciate getting the party recommendations because these may be the only information they get about many of the candidates or measures.

Canvassing for the GO Team is fun, and it’s a great way to meet your neighbors, make new friends and recruit new members to the club. During my canvassing, I even found a new GO Team volunteer!

The Coronado Democratic Club GO Team is finishing up its canvassing for the 2020 Primary Election. With a total of 21 of us walking precincts or canvassing by phone, we’ve got a lot of Coronado covered. For the 2020 General Election in November, we’ll be back in the streets in early October, hopefully in even greater numbers. With our momentum, we’re making the Republicans an endangered species—even in Coronado!



Believe it or not it is time to renew our membership dues for 2020. Last year seems to have flown by faster than any year in recent memory,  perhaps this is because each day the current administration seems to bring on new, frightening and unbelievable surprises. Our democratic system is seriously under attack and the 2020 election is right around the corner. It is vitally important that we each do all we can to help defeat President Trump and actively help to flip as many red states as possible.

What we do may not always be fun but is important to keep our club an active, vibrant presence in our community. Your support is greatly appreciated.  

Our membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. Please fill out the membership renewal application MembershipApplication and mail it in along with your check as soon as possible to: Coronado Democratic Club, P.O. Box 181351, Coronado, CA 92178-1351Or, you can now pay by credit card, just go to our website MembershipByCreditCard and follow the instructions.

Lastly, if any of your personal information, (email address, phone number etc.) has changed, or changes in the coming year, please bring that to our attention, we want to be sure our roster is up to date.

If you have questions or want additional applications for your family or friends, please email Mercy Mandelbaum at or call (619) 435-1911.



Our beloved Walk Against Hate is postponed until the fall (as soon as we have that date, we will share it with the community).

Do your part to fight hate in our community by joining the Coronado Democratic Club’s team in the Anti-Defamation League’s Walk against Hate. The 5K walk takes place on Sunday, April 26 at Liberty Station at 9:45. A diversity expo opens at 8:30.

The ADL is a national organization that advocates for legislation to promote inclusiveness and runs education programs for schools and law enforcement. You can find out more at

To join the club’s team, go to SanDiegoWalkAgainstHate

Scroll down, click on register, select join a team and look for the Coronado Democratic Club. This website also includes complete information about the walk, including where to park and how to get there.

The early registration cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children 18 and younger. Children ages 3 and under are free.  All paying participants will receive a tee shirt. The price goes up at the end of February, so you are encouraged to sign up soon.

Since this is a non-partisan event, no political signs are permitted. We will, however, have a sign identifying our club. No dogs except service dogs are allowed.

For questions, contact team captain Patricia Leahy at or (619) 252-1799.

We hope to see you there.



We need to continue registering new Citizens to vote now more than ever. One Wednesday each month new citizens are sworn in at a naturalization ceremony held downtown at Golden Hall. Following the naturalization ceremony volunteers register these new citizens to vote. 

When: Wednesday March 25th – CANCELLED
               Wednesday April 22nd from 10:15 AM to 12:30 PM

Where: 3rd Ave. and B Street, in the Civic Theater Plaza, adjacent to Golden Hall. 

A tutorial on the form and procedure will take place at 10:00 am for new volunteers. No need to pre-register. Wear comfortable shoes, a light sweater or jacket, a light blue t-shirt to show our Dem Blue, and your enthusiasm.

Macy’s had been offering  validation for three hours free parking in their Horton Plaza store, no purchase necessary. The validation machine was in the Men’s Shoe Department. They are closing that store very soon so please call ahead to see if they are still open. Your  parking ticket can be validated before or after the voter registration.

Contact Mercy Mandelbaum for information or (619) 435-1911.