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August 14, 2018

Rose Hall, Marco Island


The Democratic Women's Club of Marco met on August 14, 2018 at the Marco Island Library, Rose Hall. There were 34 members and guests in attendance.  The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Jane Schlechtweg. 

   She began by welcoming members and visitors, and inviting them to sign up with Dawn Ruben for our monthly social and breakfast. The evening Social Happy Hour is on August 29 and the morning Breakfast Social is August 31. Details will be announced to those participating.


    Members were reminded to mail in their Primary ballots. Early voting has begun and continues through August 25. In person Primary day voting is on August 28. 


  The September and October meetings will be held at 5:00 at the Recreation Center at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island.   In November we will return to the Marco Library Rose Hall location. 


   The first guest speaker, Kathy Ryan, was introduced. Kathy is the only democrat running for Collier County School Board from District 3. She began by passing out a bio on her background in education, which goes back 37 years. After explaining her reasons for running, Ms Ryan took question from the floor. She emphasized her experience with students with economic and  language challenges, as well as concerns about home school and charter school controversies. 


     The second speaker Sandra McClinton, Regional Chairman of the Democratic Women's Club of Florida, was introduced. She invited anyone who is interested to attend the September convention of the DWCF . She went over the Amendments that appear on the ballot, as well as other issues of national and state concern. She then opened the floor up for questions and comments. Sandra concluded by holding up a surfboard and inviting everyone to join the "Blue Wave.”


    Jane Schlechtweg reminded everyone to confirm their voter registration before the November 6 election. Voters can call the Registrar at 239 252 VOTE, or go to www.CollierVotes.com for information on their status. 


    There were additional comments from members regarding Governor Scott's denial of climate change in the interest of big business, as well as other concerns. DWCM endorses Nelson for senator. Jane will call to invite him to Marco Island. Other campaign ideas include a possible September debate between our candidate for District 106 State Representative, Sara McFadden, and the current Republican Rommel. Also, Mickey Gargan mentioned that David Holden, district 19 candidate for US Congress, is looking for campaign staging areas on Marco.


     Jane urged members to volunteer for campaigns and explained why DWCMarco is important to her. New members, Judy, Karen, Lisa, and Kate,  were introduced and had inspiring stories as well. They were warmly received. 


    The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m. 


    The next meeting will be September 11 at 5:00 p.m. at Mackle Park Recreation Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. 


Respectfully submitted by Kathleen Hendrix


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