The new 53rd AD Democratic Congress has just completed its first and very successful year as a "super club," chartered by the California Democratic Party. We held regular meetings with all the local Democratic clubs, registered voters, participated in all the local fairs and tabled at farmer's markets in every city in our district.
Our members worked on local elections by phone banking and walking precincts, helping elect City Council, School Board and Neighborhood Council Members in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Venice.
We participated in veterans' events and marched with LAANE and union members in support of the hotel workers at the LAX Hilton.
We held a very successful dinner at the State Convention in San Diego and sponsored two tables at the LACDP FDR Dinner.
Our members were instrumental in the enormous success of the California Democratic Council State Convention held at the LAX Sheraton.
We started a district-wide voter registration drive and joined the CDP Voter Registration Program.
We sponsored a "Day at the Fair" registering voters at the LA County Fair in the LACDP booth.
Our precinct committee has been working on a comprehensive precinct manual for all the clubs to ensure that everyone in our voter outreach organization is working in unison. We will be able to watch how each club progresses and help when needed, without missing a beat.
The 100-page manual, created by our dedicated committee of Edna
Murphy, Marianne Tyler, and Tony Hale, will include information on our new software including a program developed by Bill Nuttle from the WLA Dem Club that prints walk and call sheets and collects information. The other is CDC software that works over the Internet. The Nuttle system is excellent for year round walking, the CDC for electoral cycles.
Governor Michael Dukakis, who strongly believes in precinct organization, has agreed to edit and write a foreword for the manual. His willingness to lend his experience to this effort is invaluable and we're proud and grateful to him for his help and time.
At our next meeting, we will demonstrate the software. We'll also hold a training meeting on April 5 with the presidents of all the local clubs.
Our membership is at about 70 to date, but we invite everyone to join as we begin our second year. Our yearly dues are $25.
Please join us at our February meeting "Retreat and Reinvigorate 2008," on Saturday, February 23, 11AM, at the D and D Gallery (Diane Strack and David Buchanan's new Art Gallery), 311 West Seventh Street, in San Pedro. Brunch will be served.
Senator Jenny Oropeza will be our guest speaker and we are hopeful that Assemblyman Ted Lieu will also.
We look forward to a very busy second year with the State Convention in San Jose at the end of March and Presidential Election in November.
We have a lot of work to do in the months ahead to put a Democrat in the Oval Office, who will heal our nation and save our world. Please join us.