What's Inside?
  • President's Message by Susan Marrinan
  • Reminder: January General Meeting 1/29/21 at 10:30am
  • Our Path Forward - Strategic Planning Committee
  • Holiday Happy Hour 12.9.21 Photos
  • General Announcement - District Changes
  • Remembrance: Tom Bernitt
  • Skating by the Sea at Del Coronado
  • Battle of the Bay
  • Cultural Events Calendar
  • Save the Dates!
  • Board Members & Committees
President's Message
Susan Marrinan
Dreaming of a Happy New Year

Dear Coronado Democratic Club Members,
 
Thank you. It has been an honor to serve as your "pandemic president" in 2021. You are a fantastic, compassionate, energetic, and dynamic group. You demonstrate your support of Democratic values not only by the volunteer work you do for this club but for all of the other volunteer work that you do to make this community a better place to live. You volunteer to aid the unsheltered. You collect blankets for the Afghanis, you donate books for little libraries, you write letters to the local media, you knock on doors, text, write letters and make phone calls to get out the vote, you work on climate issues, you march, and you VOTE!!! You are inspiring.
 
As this year draws to a close, we join others in celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion. We celebrate Hanukkah, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Human Rights Day, Las Posadas, Yule Solstice, Christmas Eve, Nochebuena, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve. We celebrate in different ways, but we unite to achieve a better world in the New Year.
 
In 2021 we were bombarded by scary headlines about the Pandemic, Covid-19 and its variants, Covid caused deaths surpassing 800,000 in the United States, gun violence in public and in schools, deadlocks in Congress, attacks on school boards, climate change-induced disasters, the danger of a Russian attack on Ukraine, protest marches, police abuse, and, oh yes…the insurrection. We witnessed an attempted coup to overthrow our democracy. It is tempting to avoid all news, but we must stay informed to stay in the fight. 
Taking a break and dreaming of a happier New Year, I imagine the following “headlines”:
 
  • CORONADO GOES BLUE IN ‘22
  • PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES PLUMMET 
  • CLIMATE CHANGE TOP PRIORITY – ALL NATIONS AGREE
  • MANCHIN SUPPORTS BUILD BACK BETTER – CLAIMS MISUNDERSTANDING
  • MAYOR BAILEY URGES MASK MANDATE COMPLIANCE 
  • 98% OF WORLD’S POPULATION FULLY VACCINATED 
  • R.N.C. AND TRUMP BROKE - DONATIONS DWINDLE 
  • TRUMP CONVICTED 
  • PUTIN PUSHED OUT – RETIRES TO DACHA IN VLADIVOSTOK 
  • FOX NEWS LOSES LICENSE- OFF AIR FOR GOOD 
  • BIDEN’S RATINGS REACH NEW HIGH 
  • MAGA FANS BOO TRUMP AFTER HE REVEALS HE GOT BOOSTER
  • DEMS HOLD SENATE; PICK UP SEATS IN HOUSE

One of the above “headlines” is real. Can you guess which one? The others I imagined but are not impossible. Together we can work to bring the changes they represent. 

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one.”
 John Lennon

Best wishes to each of you for the holidays and for the New Year. Thank you for supporting the Coronado Democratic Club and Democratic values. Together we can be a force for good.
 
Sincerely Yours,
Susan Marrinan 
January General Meeting
Saturday, January 29, 2022,10:30am
Coronado Library, Winn Room
Our Path Forward

After more than a year of planning, surveying, meeting, planning and hosting a member workshop, and visualizing the future of a strong dynamic Coronado Democratic Club, the Strategic Planning Committee submitted its recommendations to your Board of Directors. 

The Board approved the Committee's recommendations and thanked the Committee for its challenging, insightful, and intense work. It is not easy to visualize the future and to anticipate and plan for change. You can read more about the accomplishments of this outstanding Committee elsewhere in this newsletter. 

As the Club moves into a new year, we will experience more events and opportunities that better reflect members' needs, thanks to this Committee. It will be an exciting time of growth.
 
Thank you to the Co-Chairs Judy Bambace and Gail Bardin and committee members Anna Webb, Laura Wilkinson, Tom Bernitt, Kevin Ashley, Akshay Sateesh, Merely Ramirez, Rob Howard, Teri Zack, and Luan Troxel for urging us forward to become a more vital, more vibrant Club.
 
For years to come, the work of this Committee will impact the Coronado Democratic Club as it grows and becomes a strong community voice and works to support democratic values. 

Thank you all for a job well done.  
Holiday Happy Hour 2021

Holiday Happy Hour  December 9, 2021
The Club’s Holiday Happy Hour was a wonderful evening of good conversation, happy greetings, relaxed enjoyment and an opportunity to get to know each other. 
As one party-goer said in a thank you to our gracious hosts , Gail and Bob Bardin,  
“Thank you for the wonderful party last night! You were very brave to have so many of us Dems at your house for Happy Hour. I came home feeling a connection to the community that I have not had since T. was elected to office. And that’s a good feeling.”

And indeed, the 70 club members who attended would agree that it was a very “good feeling”. 

Thank you, Gail and Bob for inviting us to your lovely home and sharing your warmth and holiday spirit. 

Thank you to the Holiday Happy Hour Committee, Jenna McIntosh, Jo Antrim, Jill Rooney and Susan Marrinan for planning the event. 

Thank you to Mike Marrinan and Mike McIntosh for welcoming guests with greetings and name tags. 

Thank you to members Courtney McGowen, Connie and Charlie Pinkus, Jill and Tom Rooney, Mickey Hansen, Ann Marie and Ken Bryan, Alexia Palacious-Peters, Carol Grimaud, Howard and Jean Somers, Jo Antrim, Julie Young, Frank and Joan King, Jenna and Mike McIntosh, Susan and Mike Marrinan, Judy Bambace and Brian Trotier for contributing the delicious food and wine. 

Thank you to Woody Watson, our wonderful photographer. Here is a link to photos from the party.  

It was a very, very Happy Holiday Hour. We are a community, connected by shared democratic values. This Holiday Happy Hour, 2021, reinforced our collegiality and our mutual hopes for a better tomorrow. Together we can bring change. Best wishes for 2022.
General Announcement
District Change

1. New Year – New Districts 
According to newly approved redistricting maps, Coronado is now in the following districts: 

U.S. Congressional District 50: This is a new South coastal district, and it appears that incumbent Rep. Scott Peters will be our candidate. Rep. Sara Jacobs has announced that she will run in the 51st, and Rep. Darryl Issa has announced he will run in the 48th

CA State Senate District 39:  We are currently in the 39th Senatorial District, which appears unchanged. Senate President Pro-Tem is our current representative. 

CA State Assembly District 77: We move from the 78th to the 77th
County of San Diego Board of Supervisors District 3: We move from District One, represented by Supervisor Nora Vargas, to District 3, represented by Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer. 

Note: for more information on the new districts, go to View Maps

2. California Democratic Party (CDP) Pre-Endorsement Conference
Every two years, the CDP hosts regional pre-endorsement conferences where delegates get to have a say in who the party endorses for U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate and State Assembly. Clubs can earn 1 delegate per every 20 members. 

Delegates
We are looking for club members, who are registered Democrats, residents of Coronado, and identify the Coronado Democratic Club as their "home club", to be delegates to the CDP Pre-Endorsement Conference which is scheduled for Zoom on February 12. This is your opportunity to let our grassroots voice(s) be heard. If you are interested, please get in touch with spfinlay7@gmail.com as soon as possible.
  
3. San Diego Democratic Party Early Endorsements
On December 21, the San Diego Democratic Party endorsed Dave Meyers for San Diego County Sheriff, Zaneta Encarnacion, a Coronado Democratic Club member, for Mayor of Chula Vista, and Barbara Bry for County Assessor. If she is successful, she will be the first woman and the first Democrat ever to hold this position. 

4. Coronado Democratic Club membership renewals due January, 2022.
Please renew your memberships with your name as it is registered with the County Registrar of Voters. This makes it easier for us to determine our compliance with the bylaw that we have at least 85% of our membership as registered Democrats and membership in good standing status.
 
If you are not able to register to vote, please so indicate since anyone who intends to register as a Democrat when eligible can be a member in good standing. 
Remembrance
By Tom Bernitt

I write this on December 7th while watching on TV the Pearl Harbor ceremony at the Arizona Memorial. Just so you know, the ceremony and the Memorial have special meaning to me. In the past, I conducted several re-enlistments as well as other events onboard. On the personal side I became friends with Daniel Martinez, the National Park Service’s Arizona Memorial historian and during the years met many Pearl Harbor survivors (one of whom actually worked for me).

But my main memory comes from 1991. That year was the 50th year anniversary of the attack (I do the math upfront for those who are historically and/or math challenged) and it was a big deal.

You're Invited!!
Skating by the Sea at
Hotel del Coronado

Come celebrate the new year with fellow club members and their families and enjoy the unique SoCal experience of ice skating at the beach. This will be tons of fun for both children and adults.
 
Tickets are $35 per person, and each ticket includes skate rentals and 90 minutes of skating. Free hot chocolate, sponsored by our Club, will be available.

For each skater, you must make a reservation and pay online at: https://hoteldel.ticketspice.com/hotel-del-coronado-ice-skating
 Scroll down to “Please Choose a Date” and select January 2; then go to “Select time” and choose 2 p.m. 

We will gather at 1:45 p.m. in the grassy area between the skating rink and the beach, next to the Christmas tree. Look for the Coronado Dems sign. 

Even if you don’t want to (or can’t) ice skate, come hang out with us in this beautiful setting. Bring the kids and grandkids. Taking your family skating makes a wonderful holiday gift!

Questions? Contact Judy Bambace: jmbambace@aol.com; 619-894-1558
Battle of the Bay

We have been challenged to compete in a Coed Soft Ball tournament with the Imperial Beach Democratic Club, the Chula Vista Democratic Club and the Bonita-Eastlake Democratic Club, scheduled for some time in late February or early March. Our volunteer Head Coach is Brian Trotier. 

Let’s join him and take home the Trophy!
If you can run, hit, cheer, coach, umpire, distribute snacks, or have any other softball related skill or interest, please contact Susan Marrinan at spfinlay7@gmail.com
Cultural Events Calendar

End of December:
 21: Winter Solstice
23: Kisan Diwas
24: Christmas Eve 
25: Christmas
26: Kwanzaa, Boxing Day 
31: New Year’s Eve  

January:
1: New Year’s Day, Feast of St. Basil, Black American Emancipation Day
5: Sikh Festival, Twelfth Night
6: Epiphany, Dia de Los Reyes
7: Greek Orthodox Christmas
10: Mahayana New Year
13: Lori-Maghi
20: Martin Luther King Day
27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day 
SAVE THE DATES!
Upcoming CDC
Meetings and Events





January:
2: Skate by The Sea, Hotel Del, 2:00-2:30 
10: Board meeting, 7:00 p.m., location TBD
29: General Meeting in the Winn Room, Coronado Library, 11:00 a.m. Masks required. Program: Introduction of CDC new website and speaker TBD

February:
2/ ---: Board Meeting, date and location to be determined, 7:00 p.m. 
2/12: CADEM Pre-Endorsement Conference, zoom 
2/23: General Meeting , Winn Room, Coronado Library, speaker and time TBD

March: 
3/12: Go Team Training, Winn Room, Coronado Library, 10:30 a.m. 
3/14: Board Meeting, 7 p.m., location TBD
3/19: Blue Wave Brunch, Feast and Fareway, 10:30 a.m.
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Board of Directors 2020 – 2021 and Standing Committees
Bylaws Amended Oct. 30, 2021
Board of Directors -5 Board members: Quorum – 3

BOARD MEMBERS
President: Susan Marrinan
Vice President: Brian Trotier
Secretary: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Treasurer: Patrick Callahan
Member at Large: Frank King

STANDING COMMITTEES OCT. 30, 2021
Membership: Tom Bernitt
Program: Brian Trotier
Hospitality: Jenna McIntosh
Legislative: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Newsletter: Laura Wilkinson
Go Team: Frank King
Technology/Outreach: Laura Wilkinson
Scolarship: Patty Flores Charter

SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Strategic Planning: Judy Bambace & Gail Bardin

Digital Specialist
Anna Webb