What's Inside?

  • Coronado Democratic Club Elects New Officers
  • President's Message by Marely Ramirez
  • A Capital Idea by Pat Callahan
  • Little Free Library Update
  • Blue Wave Brunch Makes A Big Splash!
  • Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Calendar
  • Save the Dates!
  • Board Members & Committees
Coronado Democratic Club Elects New Officers 

On March 19, at its Annual General Meeting and Blue Wave Brunch, club members unanimously elected the Slate of Nominees, presented by Chair of the Nominating Committee, Judy Bambace

The slate of Marely Ramirez, nominated for President, and Bill Seager, nominated for Vice-President, was elected by unanimous vote. There were no nominations from the floor. 

Marely, who served on the club's Strategic Planning Committee for the past year, has lived in Coronado with her husband, Keith Prentiss, and daughter, Keanna, for the past ten years. She brings her experience of the past three years with Indivisible to local issues. Marely, with other District 52 Indivisible leaders, participated in quarterly meetings with Congressman Scott Peters to discuss community issues. She led the Student Voice in the InclusioNado Steering Committee. This organization gives voice to Coronado students. Marely will work to support our shared values of diversity and inclusion to help make Coronado a welcoming place for all community residents, workers, and visitors. Congratulations to our New President, Marely Ramirez!!!

Bill and his wife Jean, former CDC President, have resided in Coronado since 1975, when Bill started teaching for CUSD. In addition to teaching, Bill has served as a trustee on the CUSD Board of Trustees and on the Board of the Island Charter Schools. He has been a classroom volunteer and has coached the CHS baseball team since 1995. Bill has been a member of the CDC for twenty years, becoming more active when George Bush prevailed over Al Gore. He has walked precincts in Nevada and has been a valuable member of the club's GO team, Bylaws Committee, and Nominating Committee. Congratulations to our new Vice-President, Bill Seager!!! 
President's Message
by Marely Ramirez

Hola Amigos and Hello Friends, 

First and foremost, I want to thank former President Susan Marrinan for being an inspiration to all of us. Her energy, intellect, and undying optimism were instrumental in my involvement with the Club. From our first meeting, she immediately made me feel welcomed and found ways for me to focus my energy. Thank you, Susan! I also want to thank the Hospitality Committee for their hard work to give us a fantastic Blue Wave Brunch, it was great to see so many people poised to continue the fight for our great democracy!

Growing up, my parents never accepted personal complaints without an opinion on how to solve the problem. Over the years, this at times challenging concept became ingrained in my behavior, a habit. When it comes to political issues that bother me, this habit has infused my discontent with ideas and transformed my discontent into action. My expectation is never to pretend that my personal actions alone will change things, but rather acknowledge that the actions of many are often triggered by the actions of one. Nothing is ever accomplished by inaction. “La union hace la fuerza!” Union is Strength!

As your President, we will continue to build upon our Club’s established goals and initiatives, and will also emphasize a much-needed focus on the 2022 California Primary and the other areas of intense concern to our local community. Our collective actions will lead us to protect our Democracy in this time of fragility.

You will also see an increased energy and focus on outreach – increasing our membership to bring in new and diverse opinions and infuse our Club with renewed energy, enthusiasm, and initiatives. As you know, our Club embraces diversity and inclusion – invite your friends and neighbors! Bring them to our next Club meeting on April 28th. Inclusion and diversity empower our Nation, let it empower our Club as well.

All of our initiatives will be posted on our website and action alerts will continue to be announced via email. If you would like to receive them, sign up here

Share your thoughts, share your talents, get involved. Take action!

Thank you so much for your solidarity in defending American Democracy!


Marely Ramirez
A "Thank You" to CDC Little Free Library Book Donors

Below is a link to KUSI's news coverage of a Little Free Library event at Hamilton Elementary School. One of the women featured (Laura Zuckerman, who works in Supervisor Nora Vargas’s office) is the one who cheerfully picks up the books from our club. We have contributed many boxes of books, including most recently a load from Patricia Leahy. It is so important that we emphasize reading during these scary times when the far right is discussing book banning and passing laws to prevent students from reading real history. 

We are still collecting books. Books in Spanish or children’s books in any language are welcome. Please contact Jean Seager at jhseager@gmail.com if you have books to contribute.

It’s always lovely to share a little bit of goodness in our world.

A Capital Idea
by Pat Callahan

Recently, my wife and I decided to get away for a long weekend. We had visited most of the typical California weekend getaways, like Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco. In our searching we came across the idea of Sacramento. We've lived in California since 1973 and yet hadn't visited our capitol. So it was time.

It turned out to be a great weekend: informative and enjoyable. There are many really good museums, Old Sacramento, river cruises, train rides and of course the capitol building, which is quite impressive.
Blue Wave Brunch Makes a Big Splash!

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...
From Our Mailbox:

A St. Patrick's Day card from long-time member Kathy Prewitt:
"May luck walk beside you,
May hope fill your heart,
and may happiness
always meet you along the way."

Thank you, Kathy, for your lovely sentiment.
Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Calendar
Month of April
Arab-American Heritage Month
Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
Autism Awareness Month
National Volunteer Month
Celebrate Diversity Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Second Wednesday of April. International Day of Pink. Anti-Bullying
April 22-24 Gathering of Nations. More than 500 Native American tribes meet to celebrate their traditions and cultures
Upcoming CDC
Meetings and Events

("Proof of vaccination required")

April 28: Coronado Dem Club - General Meeting: Winn Room, Coronado Library. Join us for coffee at 6:30 PM. The General Meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Proof of vaccination required. Our speaker: Chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, Will Rodriguez-Kennedy.


May 21: Coronado Dem Club - General Meeting: Winn Room, Coronado Library. Join us for coffee at 10:30 AM. The General Meeting begins at 11:00 AM. Proof of vaccination required. Speaker: TBD.
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2022 – 2023

President: Marely Ramirez
Vice President: Bill Seager
Secretary: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Treasurer: Patrick Callahan
Member at Large: Susan Marrinan

Programs: To be appointed
Hospitality: Jenna McIntosh
Membership: Tom Bernitt
Legislative: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Go Team: Frank King
Communications: Laura Wilkinson
Scholarship: Patty Flores-Charter