What's Inside?
  • President's Message by Susan Marrinan
  • August 28th General Meeting Reminder
  • We Need You! Join the Hospitality Committee
  • Coronado Dems Night Out on October 15th at Lamb's Players Theatre
  • URGENT: Vote NO on the Recall
  • Strategic Planning - The Results Are In!
  • How Quickly Will Our Sea Level Rise?
  • Volunteer of the Year: Mercy Mandelbaum!
  • Op-Ed by Tom Bernitt: The Hubris of American Exceptionalism
  • Board Members & Committees
President's Message
Susan Marrinan

Stop the Recall
Our future is on the line. Defeating the recall is our highest priority. At our August 28th General Meeting in the Winn Room at 11:00 a.m. Frank King, our Go Team Chair, will outline CDC’s plans to help turn out the vote. The County party is hosting a Stop the Recall Walk in Coronado right after our meeting. Before the meeting, at 10:00 a.m, there will be a brief training and hand out of door hangers and voter lists in Spreckles Park. You need to pre-register. https://www.mobilize.us/sddems/ 
There will be other opportunities to help get out the vote: See information from Frank elsewhere in this newsletter on what we can do to help.  
The Recall Election is September 14, 2021. You should have received your ballot by now. Vote NO. We don’t want to be governed by a governor who disregards science, is anti-mask and anti-sensible Covid-19 and Delta protection measures. We don’t want a governor who could change the balance of power in the U.S. Senate should one of our California Senators become incapacitated and need replacement. It is more than just the future of California on the line. It is everything we worked so hard for in the 2020 election. 
If you haven’t returned your ballot, mail it TODAY!!!! No postage necessary. 
If you prefer voting in person, you may do so at the locations noted on your ballot: 
Coronado Voting Locations: Saturday September 11 –Tuesday September 14.
City of Coronado- Nautilus Room: 1845 Strand Way, Coronado
John D. Spreckles Center- Lounge: 1019 7th Street, Coronado 
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday; Election Day 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  
Registrar’s Office: Voters can also vote early starting Aug. 16 at the Registrar’s Office,  https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/en/ContactUs/temp-contact-election.html
Hours will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Election Day, the hours will change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The outcome depends on Turn Out – vote NO and help turn out the vote- contact family and friends- every vote counts.
August Meeting Reminder
The Coronado Democratic Club is holding its August general meeting on Saturday, August 28th at the Winn Room (Coronado Public Library). The speakers this month will be Amy Steward from Emerald Keepers and Congressman Scott Peters and their topic will be climate change. Amy will share what is being done locally and Rep. Peters will give us an overview of how the military is responding on a national level. The meeting runs from 11:00 until 12:30 and is open to the public. If you cannot attend, the speakers’ presentations will be recorded and made available to anyone interested. ALL ATTENDEES MUST WEAR MASKS. 

Brian L. Trotier
Join the Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee is looking for some smiling faces and good cooks to join the committee. Now we are meeting again in person, plus we are planning some fun social events so it’s time for the committee to get busy. I need members to help set up for meetings, greet members and guests at the meetings, and/or prepare light snacks for the meetings. I need members to help plan and execute quarterly socials--the first of which will be Coffee in The Cays in October, followed by a holiday happy hour in December.
This is a fun way to be involved in our club and get to know other members.
If interested, please contact me at:
Jenna McIntosh Hospitality Chair 
Support the Arts With Us!
Coronado Dems night out will be on Friday October 15th at 7:30pm at the Lamb's Player Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave.
For tickets: Call 619-437-6000 and use coupon code CORDEMS for discount. OR order online lambsplayers.org

The Belle of Amherst is a fascinating, humorous and moving look at one of America’s most distinctive writers, Emily Dickinson. Veteran LAMB’S ensemble member Cynthia Gerber in a tour de force performance of William Luce’s award-winning play.
Directed by Robert Smyth
Vote No on the Recall of California Governor Gavin Newsom

Fellow Coronado Democrats,
Ballots for the gubernatorial recall election are being mailed out this week. The Newsom campaign and the state and local Democratic Party have determined that this election requires a voter turnout effort, as opposed to a persuasion campaign. Registered voters oppose the recall by a margin of nearly two to one; however, the proponents of the recall are so fired up that when LIKELY voters are polled, it's a tossup. 
The prospect of one of the unqualified candidates replacing Governor Newsom is frightening indeed (just look at Texas and Florida). Here's how we can help to defeat the Republicans' cynical power grab:
  1. Phone banking - the San Diego County Democratic Party is running a series of virtual Phone Bank Thursdays, August 12 and every Thursday at 6:00 pm until Election Day. You may join this event from anywhere you have an internet connection, including the comfort of your home. To sign up, please go to: https://www.mobilize.us/sandiegodems/
  2. Canvassing - Unlike regular primary and general elections, our Coronado Democratic Club GO Team will reach out to other, walkable areas that are rich with registered Democrats, but who need to be encouraged to actually vote in this recall election. We will be provided with voter lists and door hangers and contact our voters in a safe manner. Our Club's Days of Action will be on Saturdays, August 28 and September 11. In the meanwhile, if you would like to get started sooner, the SDCDP has scheduled Days of Action this Saturday, August 15 and 21 at a number of locations within San Diego County. To sign up, please go to: https://www.mobilize.us/sandiegodems/
If you wish to participate in the Coronado Democratic Club GO Team's Days of Action on August 28 (immediately after General Membership Meeting) and September 11, please email me, Frank King, at franking48@gmail.com with the following information:
  1. Name, email address and phone number
  2. Date(s) you will participate (August 28 at the CDC General Membership Meeting and/or September 11)
  3. Whether you wish to walk outside Coronado (more effective) or only in Coronado (less effective but still welcome)
  4. Whether you prefer to use the MiniVAN app (better) or a paper list (you'll need to turn it in as soon as possible when you're done)
We look forward to everyone's participation in this critical election.
In solidarity,
Frank King
Strategic Planning Committee
The Results Are In!
We asked, and you delivered! Many thanks for taking the time to complete the membership survey telling us what’s important to you and how to make our club better. Over the past few months, the Strategic Planning Committee has been busy designing the survey, collecting and analyzing the results, presenting its findings to the board, and making recommendations for turning results into actions.

Interesting and informative data, indeed. But wait -- we still need your help.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 25 for a Planning Workshop

For the next phase of the planning process, the Strategic Planning Committee will hold an open workshop for all members of the Coronado Democratic Club on Saturday, September 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library, where we will use the data from the membership survey to brainstorm and implement ideas that will keep our club vibrant, and engage members in activities and events that are important to them.

We welcome your participation and hope you can join us, along with our Board and other committee members, for this exciting opportunity. Lunch will be included. An invitation will be e-mailed to you soon, so please check your in-box and don’t forget to RSVP, as space will be limited.

With gratitude from the Strategic Planning Committee,
Judy Bambace, Co-Chair
Gail Bardin, Co-Chair
Kevin Ashley
Tom Bernitt
Claudia Garcia
Rob Howard
Marely Ramirez
Akshay Sateesh
Laura Wilkinson Sinton
Luan Troxel
Anna Webb
Terry Zack
Emerald Keepers
Sea Level Rise by Stephanie Kaupp
Surrounded by water on three sides, Coronado is not immune to sea level rise (SLR) and faces many challenges...
Here's to our Volunteer of the Year:
Mercy Mandelbaum!

Thank you to our many club volunteers who make our Club possible. Volunteers are our foundation. They don’t necessarily have a lot of time, but they do have a lot of commitment to making the world a better place. Mercy Mandelbaum is one Club member who epitomizes the spirit of the volunteer who believes you do what you can, when you can, to make all the difference you can. 

In 1888, 29 enthusiastic Democrats started the Coronado Democratic Club. In 1999, when Mercy moved to Coronado, she looked around for Democrats. The number had not increased. She estimates that in 1999 there were 20-40 club members at the most, and they kept a low profile, meeting only once or twice a year. Seeing the need, Mercy started volunteering for club activities. She made a difference, illustrating the old maxim that nothing gets better unless people care a lot. 

She started the club Newsletter, the Hospitality Committee, served as the unofficial Club historian, and worked on special events. She volunteered as Membership Chair, sent welcoming letters to new members, designed a membership roster, visited the club P.O. Box to collect dues checks, and recently worked on redesigning our online membership application. Mercy also started and chaired the New Voter Registration project.
After twenty-two years of non-stop volunteering, Mercy is stepping down for some well-deserved fun time with her husband, Ron, and their family and friends.
Mercy has served as a mentor for those of us who followed in her footsteps. We are grateful to her for her unfailing enthusiasm and interest in the welfare of our Club. She can look at our current club roster of 225 with pride and reflect on how the Club has grown under her leadership. 

The best thing we can do for an organization is to replace ourselves. It will be impossible for Mercy to replace herself or for us to replace her. She will always be an inspiration for the members of the Coronado Democratic Club. In her honor, a new award will be given each year at the annual meeting: The Mercy Mandelbaum Award presented to the year's outstanding volunteer.  
Op Ed by Tom Bernitt
The Hubris of American Exceptionalism
1842.  Afghanistan has been called the graveyard of empires.  1989.  The Persians, the Greeks (Macedonians), the Mongols, the British, the Soviets, the Americans.  The beat goes on.  2021.  All we had to have to avoid the current unpleasantness is to have someone in authority who remembered 1842...
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President: Susan Marrinan
Vice President: Brian Trotier
Treasurer: Patrick Callahan
Secretary: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Member at Large: Frank King
Membership Committee Chairs: Donald Fink
Program: Brian Trotier
Hospitality Chair: Jenna McIntosh
Legislative: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Newsletter: Laura Wilkinson
Go Team: Frank King
Technology/Outreach: Laura Wilkinson

Special Committees 2020-21
Action Alerts: Judy Bambace
CHS Student Liaison: Ronald Mandelbaum
Club Historian: Jenna McIntosh
Phone Committee: Patricia Leahy
Scholarship Committee: Patti Flores Charter
Strategic Planning: Judy Bambace & Gail Bardin
Bylaws: J. Bambace, R. Mandelbaum, W. Seager

Digital Specialist
Anna Webb