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.
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.
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.
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