What's Inside?
  • President's Message by Susan Marrinan
  • Reminder: October General Meeting 10/30/21 at 10:30am
  • Outreach: Rachel's Women's Shelter
  • County Supervisor Redistricting
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Alternate Facts: Tom Bernitt
  • Notice: Board of Port Commissioners Opening
  • Save the Dates!
  • Board Members & Committees
President's Message
Susan Marrinan

Tom Bernitt: New Membership Chair

The Coronado Democratic Club is thriving because of the efforts of volunteers like our new membership chair, Tom Bernitt.  

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Author unknown.
Tom brings us twenty-seven years of leadership experience in the USN and seventeen years of management skills in the private sector. He is a consensus builder who is well equipped to lead the Coronado Democratic Club forward during these difficult times. A retired USN Captain, he is a problem solver who meets challenges with skill and determination.  
Tom has been a Democrat since 1968, the night he went to a Hubert Humphrey rally in Battle Creek, MI, and the night President Johnson ordered a halt to all bombing in Vietnam. The ‘60s were turbulent times. 
But Tom's life was always a bit turbulent. He has the singular achievement of being kicked out of college for "sophomoric behavior" when he was just a freshman. Not to be deterred by short-sighted college administrators, he went on to earn his bachelor’s from Duke and five master's degrees. 

What does Tom do for fun? One of his past times is reading, and Tom is a voracious reader. He reports his "best reads" so far this year: 
Underground Railroad, The Pit and the Pendulum, Hitler's Pope, and Sapiens.
Tom and his wife Vicki have lived in the Coronado Cays since 1996. He is a former club vice president and over the years has volunteered as Go Team Chair, Strategic Planning Committee member, Action Alert Team and newsletter contributor.
As Membership Chair, he is looking forward to increasing our membership. He will be working with Don Fink and Patricia Leahy, the membership team. If you have ideas or suggestions for Tom, contact him at coronadodems.membership@gmail.com
Reminder: October General Meeting
Saturday, October 30, 2021,10:30am
Coronado Library, Winn Room
On Saturday, October 30th, the Coronado Democratic Club’s general meeting in the Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library will feature a presentation by Georgia C. Ferrell, the Executive Director of Safe Harbor Coronado (https://safeharborcoronado.org fka Coronado Safe), and Julie Lai, Safe Harbor's clinical counselor and community education specialist.

Safe Harbor Coronado provides counseling services, programs, and workshops to strengthen the youth in our community. Georgia will explain the vision and mission of this wonderful local organization and will delve into what role Safe Harbor currently plays in dealing with drug use, bullying, and the many other disruptions of life that can negatively impact young people and their families. Of additional interest is the fact our very own Alexia Palacios-Peters is the current Board Chair of Safe Harbor.
Brian L. Trotier

The Feminist Club of Coronado High School (CHS) is collecting donations for Rachel’s Women’s Shelter
Rachel’s Women’s Shelter provides services and assistance for the unsheltered women of San Diego. 
Requested items include toiletries, clothes (gently used or new), feminine products, cleaning products, toilet paper, paper towels, manicure kits, and adult diapers.
Donations can be dropped off in the labeled box at the CHS front office at 650 D Avenue between 8 am and 3 pm through Friday, October 29, 2021.
County Supervisor Redistricting

County redistricting is underway and the County of San Diego Redistricting Commission needs the input of Coronado Residents. The Commission hasn’t heard from us. Do we like where we are in D1? What is our community of interest? 
A community of interest is a neighborhood, community, or group of people who have common policy concerns and would benefit from being maintained in a single district. When considering community interest, think about environmental concerns such as the Tijuana River sewage spills, air pollution, sea rise vulnerability, climate action plans, marine life, ocean water pollution, and traffic issues. What are the community concerns which affect our way of life in this community?  
What issues do we share in common with our neighbors? What makes us unique? Local community members need to speak up.
Strategic Planning Committee

Thanks to all that completed our survey and to those who attended our Strategic Planning Workshop.

We are in process of taking your ideas and creating a plan of implementation.

Stay tuned!
Alternate Facts by Tom Bernitt

SEC. 9. All persons of color who were slaves for life previous to their emigration to Texas, and who are now held in bondage, shall remain in the like state of servitude, provide the said slave shall be the bona fide property of the person so holding said slave as aforesaid.
--The Republic of Texas Constitution, 1836

For many strange reasons, I attended a reunion in San Antonio this month. Just to be safe and make sure I didn’t bring back any Texas ideas or diseases, I did receive a Covid test upon my return. (I can say I didn’t bring back Covid but as for bad Texan ideas, we’ll have to see).

As with most visits to San Antonio, our group visited the Alamo. It was very convenient since we were staying at the Menger Hotel on Alamo Plaza. Just walk across the street and you can channel Davey Crockett (or Fess Parker) and actually buy a coonskin hat in the Alamo gift shop.  
The City of Coronado appoints one representative to the Board of Port Commissioners. Each term is four years.
The expiration date of our current commissioner, Garry Bonelli, expires January 2, 2022. Garry has served since 2014.
The City of Coronado has posted an application notice.

The Board of Port Commissioners consists of seven members who are charged with oversight of our beautiful waterfront, from its 22 public parks to its hotels, restaurants, cargo operations and cruise ship terminals.
 Please consider applying for this position which is of vital importance to 
Coronado. Deadline is December 21, 2021. 
Upcoming CDC
Meetings and Events

October 30: General Meeting, Winn Room Library, 10:30 a.m.
November 8: Board Meeting - Location TBD 
December 9: Holiday Happy Hour
January 29, 2022: General Meeting, Winn Room, Coronado Library 
March 19, 2022: Blue Wave Brunch, 2000 Visalia Way, Coronado, 10:30 a.m. 
Not a Member of our Club?
President: Susan Marrinan
Vice President: Brian Trotier
Treasurer: Patrick Callahan
Secretary: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Member at Large: Frank King
Membership Committee Chair: Tom Bernitt
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

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