August 2013
In This Issue
Truman Awards Dinner
Club Spotlight
San Diego Dem Convention
Environmental Committee
Get Social

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To submit an event to appear on the DPOC website calendar, email us with the event name, date, time and location along with host(s) name, brief description and contact information. 



Moving Up And Moving Out

After 16 years in Santa Ana, DPOC has outgrown it's office space and is relocating to a new location in Orange.  The new location is larger and more visible which is fitting given Democrats larger and more visible presence in Orange County!  The new office should be up and running by early September and will provide plenty of space for our wonderful volunteers who are helping with phone banking, preparing

 Welcome Wagon kits and, during election season, staging precinct walks!  Stop by and say hello at:

 1916 W. Chapman Avenue, Suite B
 Orange, CA

OC Fair booth
DPOC booth at OC Fair with Lori and  Chair Henry Vandermeir
Pride booth
DPOC registering voters at OC Pride Festival with Irvine Community Services Coordinator Melissa Fox, Chair Henry Vandermeir, Secretary Anita Narayana and Sandy Parrish



Next Central Committee Meeting

Monday, August 26th 
at 7pm
Carpenters Union Hall
1916 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA


Edited by: 
Valerie Burchfield Rhodes 
DPOC Communications Chair




Truman Awards Dinner To Feature
Congressman Joaquin Castro
Set aside October 19th to attend DPOC's 19th Annual Harry S. Truman Awards Dinner.
Congressman Joaquin Castro
 The Democratic Party of Orange County is pleased to welcome Texas Congressional Representative Joaquin Castro as the keynote speaker and Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz as another special guest. Congressman Castro debuted on the national scene last year when he and his twin brother, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, were featured as rising stars during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Democratic Congressman Ruiz (Riverside) made national news last November with his surprise upset of six-term Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack.


Congressman Ruiz
Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz

Both Congressmen come from areas, like Orange County, that have been bastions for conservatism but are now on the path towards turning blue. The Truman Dinner is the single largest fundraiser hosted by the Democratic Party of Orange County each year. It's a great chance to meet local elected officials, network with other Democratic activists and meet national political figures. Truman dinner awardees will be announced shortly. 


Click here for ticket/sponsorship information and reserve your seat today!  

Club Spotlight


What are different local Democratic clubs doing to grow their membership, register voters, plan interesting programs and engage their members?  


Our "Club Spotlight" feature highlights a best practice or creative idea from one of the Orange County local Democratic clubs. If you have something your club has done which you think other clubs would benefit by hearing about, please notify Monika Broome.


This month we feature the Laguna Woods Democratic Club

Submitted by Linda Dearing, Club President:


The Laguna Woods Democratic Club is one of the oldest, largest and most active Democratic Clubs in all of Orange County. Our club currently has 220 members (more in election years!) with 16 officers and directors and keeps busy and involved in the community. Every month we hold a joint Program/Legislative Action Committees meeting which advises our board Laguna Woods members.


Our Club recently co-sponsored an educational seminar with a new outgrowth of NORML - the Senior Women's Alliance. Club volunteers recently staffed the DPOC booth at the Orange County Fair for three days and food drives for South County Outreach continue monthly with the July 20 drive yielding 854 pounds of food for the needy in Orange County. The Club's Third Annual Picnic is scheduled in August and the Annual Luncheon for September 21. Members come from within and outside of Laguna Woods Village. 


At every meeting, we welcome any new members or guests by asking them to introduce themselves and then we give them a small refrigerator magnet which says "Thanks for making a difference!  Also at every meeting we hold a raffle (free to all) with prizes such as recyclable grocery bags, books, campaign buttons, etc.  Invariably one of the new members or guests will win a prize!  Please join us the second Wednesday of the month for one of our meetings. Visit our websiteFacebook page or email us for more information. 

San Diego County Democratic Convention

Registration Now Open


Registration is now open for the premier Democratic Event in Southern California, the San Diego County Democratic Convention!

All Democrats are welcome to experience the excitement of a political convention on October 4-5, 2013 at the beautiful Pala Casino Spa and Resort
. It will be fun, informative, affordable, and close to home.
San Diego Democrats
Reserve your space early because this event sells out every year.  The deadline for reservations is September 4. Make your reservation today. 

For as little as $45 you can register for a full day of activities including breakfast, workshops, general sessions, and more.

Or select the All-Inclusive Package for $240 and enjoy a Chair's Reception and dinner on Friday, a guest room Friday night at Pala's award-winning resort, and a special luncheon on Saturday (per person, based on double occupancy).

For the first time, the San Diego County Democratic Convention is open to Democrats in all Southern California, making it Southern California's Democratic event of the year.

You'll meet and hear from statewide and local candidates and elected officials, participate in stimulating trainings, panel discussions and film screenings. You'll enjoy networking and socializing with Democrats from throughout the region.  Enjoy the bucolic setting and all the amenities of the Pala Resort; a lively casino, nine restaurants a spa, golf course, pool, free parking and more.

The registration deadline is less than a month away on September 4th, so don't delay! Sign up on website, email or call (858) 277-3367. 


 DPOC Environmental Committee

 By: Michael J. Kinslow, Esq, Committee Chair

DPOC Chairman Henry Vandermeir launched the Environmental Committee by appointing Michael J. Kinslow, Esq., as Committee Chair. The role of the Environmental Committee is to investigate environmental issues, establish Environment liaisons with relevant organizations, and make recommendations on environmental issues to the Central Committee.  A primary goal is to build up the Blue-Green coalition and be a place where all of the stakeholders within the party can be heard.


There are nine primary activities identified for the committee, including:  (Read more)

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