Virtual General Meeting

Virtual General Meeting

The next GENERAL CDC Meeting will be held virtually via the ZOOM app.

Saturday, May 30, 2020
Social Time: 10:30 — 11 am
Meeting: 11 am — 12:30 pm

We are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Dr. Christian B. Ramers, a nationally and internationally known infectious disease specialist. 

Dr. Ramers oversees clinical programs for Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) and has consulted for the CA Dept of Public Health, WebMD, Medscape, and the CDC in Atlanta. Dr. Ramers serves as a co-investigator for several NIH sponsored projects.

We are fortunate to have him as our guest speaker. This will be an informative and helpful program that will be of interest to all of us.

Dr. Ramers will discuss the pandemic and our current situation. We all have many questions about the future and what experts are recommending. 

We are asking everyone to register in advance for this meeting:
General Meeting Registration 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Download the updated meeting agenda here
Download unapproved minutes from 1.11.2020 meeting here.

Download Zoom User Guide

Members are encouraged to use headphones and to be on mute when not speaking.
Loyal Members

Loyal Members

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.
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.


United We Stand

By Susan Marrinan 

Unity! What unifies Democrats?

Every 4 years the Democratic Platform Committee publishes the Democratic Party Platform.

The platform of 2016 can be found at This inspiring document reflects the values of our party. It is a moral compass. 

“Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.“

~ Preamble, Democratic Party Platform 2016. 

We are united in purpose and that purpose is to elect competent candidates to the House, Senate, and White House who reflect Democratic values.

The pandemic has placed the lethal ineptitude and selfishness of our current Federal administration on full display. Every press conference reveals Trump as a showman, a reality show host pretending to be president while focusing on his ratings and political future rather than the welfare of the American people. Meanwhile real people are on the front lines dying for real. 

Harry Truman: “The buck stops here.”

Donald Trump: “I am not responsible.”

We see that the President’s “manly” refusal to wear a mask, ignoring social distancing and encouraging the “liberation” of states are not solutions. They are distractions. We need competent leaders to help us survive and to get our economy up and running. 

Our President makes it temptingly easy to join the blame game but blaming won’t help us; recalibrating our moral compass as a nation will. 

Are we united in wanting the economy to rebound? Of course. But returning to the “old way” isn’t good enough to sustain us in the future. Attention must be paid to workers, health care, family sick leave, and income, racial and gender equality. These issues will be addressed in the 2020 Democratic Party Platform. Please read it; it will make you proud to be a Democrat.

It is time to do more than just believe in Democratic values. It’s time to unify, to elect a leader who unites Americans instead of dividing us.

 It is time to find a voice, to act and to fight for our democracy, our values, and our future as a nation. The stakes could not be higher. 

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not a power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


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.