On Saturday, March 19, club members and friends were finally able to come together for the Coronado Democratic Club’s Blue Wave Brunch, a sold-out event at Feast and Fareway that had been postponed for the past two years due to the pandemic. All who attended (115) would surely agree it was worth the wait.
The Blue Wave Brunch is typically the club’s Annual General Meeting that includes the election of officers. But this year, outgoing President Susan Marrinan and the Brunch Committee made sure the event was also a celebration of our club members in recognition of their dedication and hard work in the fight to save democracy. In addition to Feast and Fareway’s delicious “Traditional American Brunch,” there was fabulous music provided by talented club members Keith Prentiss, Dawn Richards and Mary Munger Taylor; an uplifting sing-along (“This Land is Your Land” and “If I Had a Hammer”); tables covered with Democratic swag; and free raffle tickets for seven spectacular gift baskets filled with donations that included four field-level Padres baseball tickets, a beach cottage vacation, spa and salon services, a month of yoga classes, assorted fine wines, golf accessories, a Feast and Fareway gift certificate, skin care products, and much, much more. Give-aways also included a $100 gift card for each guest from La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic, and beautiful centerpieces (potted herbs and plants) provided by Denise Lyon. Our deepest gratitude goes to everyone who generously donated those items.
A highlight of the morning was hearing from Alexia Palacios-Peters, candidate for CUSD School Board, and Riley McGrath, President of the Young Democrats at CHS. We also had the honor of hearing from several of our elected representatives: San Diego County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, State Assemblymember Chris Ward, and State Senator Toni Atkins (Senate President Pro Tem).
Sen. Atkins introduced our featured speaker, Congressman Scott Peters, who updated us on happenings nationally and locally. Despite some serious political challenges (reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, the Tijuana River sewage issue), Rep. Peters reminded us of Democrats’ many accomplishments, including positive changes in redistricting, the passage of the Build Back Better Act in the House, and progress on the America Competes Act that will create good middle class jobs. As always, Rep. Peters’ remarks and insights were inspiring and left us feeling cautiously optimistic about the future.
During the club business portion of the meeting, the election of officers for the 2022-2024 term was held, and voting members unanimously elected Marely Ramirez as President and Bill Seager as Vice-President. Outgoing President Susan Marrinan presented three Annual Awards: the Mercy Mandelbaum “Volunteer of the Year Award” (to be announced at a later date due to the unavailability of the recipient); the “President’s Award” to Judy Bambace; and the “Unsung Hero Award” to Peggy Thayer. Congratulations to all!
Many thanks to everyone who attended and to our generous Sponsors who made this an impressively successful and fun event. A special thank you goes to Feast and Fareway and its Director of Events Jan Barranco, and to the amazing Blue Wave Brunch Committee: Jo Antrim, Judy Bambace, Tom Bernitt, Patricia Leahy, Susan Marrinan, Jenna McIntosh, Dawn Richards, Jill Rooney, Peggy Thayer, Anna Webb, Laura Wilkinson, and Woody Watson (event photographer).