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May 15, 2019

Democratic Women’s Club of Marco Island

General Meeting, May 14, 2019

Mackle Park

5-6:30 pm


Stephanie Ballo opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.


She thanked the following volunteers and board members for their help: Dawn for socials, Jane and Sally manning the tables in the back, Barb for volunteers and Linda for recording minutes.



  • Evening Social at Stephanie’s on May 21. 

  • Volunteers Needed: 

    • Saturday May 18 for supporting Collier Dems voter registration efforts at Haitian Flag Day

    • Leadership Blue conference on June 7-9 in Orlando. 4 are going so far. Can do another car pool if more interested

  • May 15, Save our Schools, non-partisan rally in support of public schools, by the Courthouse; starts at 4:30 pm

  • June 1 – Naples Pride Fest – we want to have a table with info about our club

  • July 4 parade in Naples.  This is a good opportunity to show people we exist – wear our Dem Club vests

  • Business cards – gave one to each person; more will be given at future meetings so people can hand them out to others interested in Dem activities.

  • Karen suggested members should sign up for Indivisible.com – an informative site for state and federal info. Gives weekly actions and updates. A grassroots network.


Future Meetings:

  • Board Meeting May 17 – open to members from 2-3 pm at Karen’s house.

  • June Meeting – will be back in Library at Rose Hall. Francie Hunt from Represent Us will speak on getting money out of politics.

  • August Meeting – Kathleen Passidomo, Republican majority leader of State House. Bring your questions about legislation


Volunteers Needed – Barb asked for members to “do something one time” to help the club with meetings since snowbirds have left. Need help with bringing water to meetings; greeters at doors and phone calls to remind people of the meeting. 


Resistbot Training:

  • Board Members helped attendees to send messages to their state and federal representatives through Resistbot, an easy way to send them text messages on their phones. Most people understood how to do it once training was finished. Took about 20 minutes to train. Topics suggested to be sent included Immigration, Dream and Promise Act, Impeachment Inquiry, and Reduce Prescription Drug Prices.


Candidate for Collier County Commissioner:

  • John Jenkins, a democrat who is running for the seat being vacated by Donna Fiala, spoke briefly about himself. He is running on “4 C’s”:  clean water, children, community and Collier County. 

  • He needs 471 petitions signed to get on the ballot for District 1, and passed some out for members to sign, if they wished.



Christine Chase reviewed our current outreach efforts and reminded people that our projects are to help others while getting Dems elected to office, and to promote our club to the local community. 

 We will

  • Continue with Meet and Greets and our current opportunities

  • Focus on East and South Naples to get new members

  • Research impactful volunteer opportunities off Marco

She introduced the evening speaker, Jeanne Nealon of Laces of Love


Laces of Love Presentation:


Jeanne Nealon is the President and co-founder of Laces of Love, aka The Shoe Lady, a formal non-profit since 2005 that provides new sneakers to needy students, primarily in Collier and Lee Counties. It began informally in 1981. They give shoes to every Collier County schoolat back to school day, and also when called by the individual schools to help specific students. Schools get from 20-100 shoes a year each. Since 2005 they have donated 150,000 shoes. No one in the organization gets paid. All volunteer. Corporations do help them, but most of their funding comes from individual donations of shoes and cash. She buys shoes locally from stores that give her good deals.

She related many heartbreaking stories of students of all ages at schools who needed shoes.

Tonight our club donated over 30 pairs of sneakers and at least $680. She was extremely thankful. Donations from our club can be given until May 31; shoes or checks made out to Laces of Love can be dropped off at Stephanie’s.




Meeting adjourned at 6:30 pm. 




Linda Brown

Recording Secretary

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