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The DWCM Partners with Manatee Elementary School to Promote the "Leader in Me" Program

September 12, 2019

Democratic Women’s Club of Marco Island

General Meeting September 10, 2019

Rose Hall, Marco Library

5-6:30 pm


Stephanie Ballo opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. About 30 people attended the meeting. She asked for a moment of silence for former club member, Dr. Laura who passed away and for victims and first responders of Hurricane Dorian. She also thanked Jane Schlechtweg and Karen Blum for running last month’s meeting with Rep. Passidomo and all members who helped during the summer. 



  • Dawn Rubin is the new volunteer chair and she thanked Barbara Malta for her previous volunteer efforts.

  • Club meetings will be going back to Mackle Park in October through May.

  • The October 7 meeting will be on a Monday instead of a Tuesday in respect of Yom Kippur which is on Tuesday in October. Speakers will be Erick Carter, Collier County School Board member and Vincent Keeys from the NAACP.

  • The Collier County Democratic Office in Naples needs volunteers to help with Get out the Vote for the 2020 election. Also, if you can, please make a monthly donation of $20.20 to help fund the Dem office in Naples. 

  • Individual sites to keep in touch and stay informed are:

    • Floridadems.org

    • Mobilize.us/colliercountydec

    • Collierdems.org

    • Facebook.com/DWCMarco

    • Indivisible

  • Pre-addressed postcards were distributed to members (5 each) to send to our Florida representatives and senators to urge them to have Florida be the 38th state to ratify the ERA amendment. Jane and Stephanie collected the completed cards during the meeting and will mail them. We also sold ERA buttons to benefit the ERA Now group which just formed in Naples.


Volunteer needs for DWCMarco and Silent Auction

  • Dawn Rubin said there is a need for many volunteers this fall to do both with DWCMarco and the Collier Democratic Party. She will be sending emails when volunteers are needed.

  • Our Silent Auction Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Mershon Neiser’s house during our annual Holiday Open House. There will be no regular meeting in December. 

    • Auction to help pay for expenses for Get out the Vote needs such as printing door hangers, etc.; also to provide funds for Manatee Elementary School enrichment programs.

    • Dawn and Stephanie are only people on Silent Auction committee so far. Need others to help plan the event and solicit donations from members and local businesses.


  • Jamie Hudson, Community engagement person of District 8 (all of SW Florida) spoke of ways to volunteer; please check the CCD website. There is a push to get people to vote by mail and will hold tabling events to help with this effort. Tabling involves both sitting at markets to register voters and walking about knocking on doors. They have lists of Hot Dems and Warm Dems (those who have not voted recently). Goal is to get them to vote in next election by Vote by Mail which increases chances of them voting.

  • Question about validity of signatures on Vote by Mail. She said only .1% didn’t count in Vote by Mail. 

  • Saturday, Sept 20 at 10 am there is a VAN (???) training – used to target those who need to be encouraged to vote and also registered to vote. 

  • They do canvassing every Saturday. 

  • People’s registration lasts for only two election cycles, so people need to make sure they are not dropped from registration lists. 


Deborah Eby, School Counselor from Manatee Elementary School was the evening speaker.

  • Stephanie introduced Deborah and our club’s effort to support public schools by our help with donating books to the school’s media center. A number of books were donated this evening as well as about $400 on the school’s website. Donations can continue to be made directly to Manatee Elementary School and note that the donation is for the Media Center. Also note your gift is coming from DWCMarco. All books will have a sticker showing they were donated by DWCMarco.

  • Deborah thanked the club for their book donations and noted that the school has 600 students, of whom 60% are non-white and children of the migrant farming community. Of that 93% are considered economically needy and qualify for free or reduced federal lunch program. English is the second language for 36% of the children; some speak three languages. Spanish is the first language of those. Creole is the other language spoken. 

  • They are trying to become a Leader in Me School which uses the 7 Habits of Effective People by Covey which has been adapted to schools. Each classroom has a mission statement which helps them to follow the 7 key habits which begin in the classroom and then connect with real world situations. 

  • She says they are in great need of volunteers to help out with the students in classes, in the media center, in the cafeteria, with homework, to go on field trips, with a possible garden project and more. Just spending time talking with the students who often don’t have adults at home to speak English with is helpful. 

  • To volunteer please call her. She will match you with an area in which you would like to help.  Collier County School’s website has an application for Level 1 volunteers (people who always have a staff member in the room). Level 2 volunteers (one on one with students and no staff members) need to be fingerprinted at the district office. 

  • Question about the donated books to the media center. Students can take them home with them and return them. There are also books that are donated and that they can take home and keep.


Meeting adjourned at 6:15 pm.


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