Resignation

Our President, Ron Mandelbaum is resigning his office as of September 16, 2017 the date of the next General Meeting. In accordance with our bylaws the board has appointed our Vice-President, Frank King to the office of President and Tom Bernitt to the office of Vice-President effective as of that date.

These appointments must be ratified by the membership, which will be sought at the September 16, 2017 meeting.

MEMBERS REQUIRING RIDES

Most of our general meetings are on a Saturday morning although once in awhile we do have an event in the evening. We have some members who would like to attend our meetings or events but need transportation. If any member needs a ride to a meeting or event, please do not hesitate to call any of the board members and we will provide transportation for you.

Lending a Hand

The Coronado Democratic Club is known as a group that “Lends A Hand”. Since the 2016 election we have brought hygiene products to Survivors of Torture International and Jewish Family Services, which are groups that work with marginalized members of our community. The club’s next project is with the Iraqi Chaldeans who live in El Cajon.

Within the Chaldean community there is an effort to help people find jobs and engage in job training. A new apprentice program has identified 15 individuals who need proper clothing for professional jobs and or job interviews. To help in this effort, we will collect men’s dress shirts, slacks, shoes, ties and women’s blouses, skirts, slacks, and shoes. A member of the Chaldean community has lined up a tailor to assist in alterations, etc. If you have any of these items you are willing to donate, please bring them in a bag to the September 16 Democratic Club meeting or give Susan Enowitz a call to pick them up, 619-861-5778. Susan will make sure they are delivered.

Today El Cajon has a Chaldean population of over 60,000, which makes this city the home of the second largest Chaldean community in the United States after Detroit. While these refugees have found a safe haven here, the friends or relatives they left behind in Iraq now face what one man calls “a Christian genocide.” New refugees from Syria are landing in El Cajon. Local groups like the Minority Humanitarian Foundation and the Chaldean Democratic Club are doing their best to offer social services. These groups are currently running a campaign to find jobs for refugees and they welcome our help. Won’t you lend a hand?

If you want to learn more about this community and the Chaldean culture, you can visit the exhibit at the New Americans Museum in Liberty Station.

President’s Message – September 2017

Elsewhere in this newsletter you will see an article about Frank King, our Vice-President becoming President and Tom Bernitt assuming the Vice-Presidency. For personal reasons, I am resigning as President of the club effective at our general meeting on September 16, 2017. Both Frank and Tom will be excellent in carrying out the duties of these offices. I want to thank both of them for assuming these positions.

When Mercy and I moved to Coronado in 1999, we were told that if we joined the Democratic Club we would probably double the membership. The perception was that there were very few Democrats in Coronado. In reality Coronado had many Democrats but for some reason they chose to keep a low profile.

Fast forward to 2017 and everyone knows there are many, many Democrats in Coronado. In fact one quarter of Coronado’s registered voters are Democrats. Our club has 148 members and we are vocal in our beliefs. We hold regular meetings, which are open to the community. Every year we participate in the July 4th parade. We sponsor debates for the city council and mayoral races as well as educational forums.

As most of you know, I have had the honor for many years of serving the club in various capacities. I have been fortunate to meet some wonderful, thought provoking people who have enriched my life. I intend to still be a part of the club and look forward to sharing more good times with all of you.

– Ron Mandelbaum

GENERAL MEETING WITH ANN MARIE BRYAN ON THE MIDDLE EAST

The next general membership meeting will be held on Saturday, September 16 in the Winn Room of the Coronado Library.

Coffee and light snacks will be served at 10:30 am, and the meeting will be called to order at 11:00 am.

Our featured speaker will be Ann Marie Bryan, Professor of World History at Grossmont College. She is also a Coronado High School graduate and staff writer for the Coronado Times.

Prof. Bryan will give a presentation on the Middle East in a historical context.

Kate Lyon from Representative Scott Peters’ office also will be present at our September meeting.

This promises to be an interesting and informative meeting.

Frank King

Dems Celebrate at Our 4th of July Parade

We had a blast (no pun intended) marching in the parade. Our banner led the way for members walking, on bikes, and in cars and marchers of all ages! If you missed it this year, there were so people all along the route cheering us on. It was memorable and moving to have that support for our club and party. Below is the script the announcers used as we marched by them.

Coronado Democratic Club is proud to participate in “A Salute to America”. Our Democratic Club strongly supports our military, public schools, equality of all people, religious freedom, and our constitution. The Democratic Club continues to do our part to preserve and respect our natural resources and environment. The Democratic Club shares in your love of our country and the freedoms we stand for.

Next year we will again be out marching and hope you will join us. We can provide rides to and from the parade. We hope to see you there in 2018, a critical year with the mid-term elections!