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September 2017 AADC Newsletter

Auburn Area Democratic Club E-News

Serving Democrats of the Auburn area since 2004              September 28,  2017

 AADC Presents:  
 “Topics of Community Interest”

The Auburn Area Democratic Club is an organization dedicated to informing the public and advancing democratic ideals. AADC holds open public meetings on the 1st Thursday evening of each month featuring our “Topics of Community Interest” presentations.
AADC has members from the City of Auburn and its surrounding area, including Colfax, Weimar, Meadow Vista, North Auburn and Newcastle.   Membership is $25 per year.  Democrats can learn more about the Club, subscribe to our AADC monthly newsletter and join by going to the website

Oct. 5th AADC meeting, 7:00 pm


NOTE:  The Oct. 5th AADC meeting will be the first one held at our new venue.

AADC will move its monthly meetings on the 1st Thursday evening of the month to the General Gomez Arts and Events Center, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn. 


Rebuilding our Nation one Conversation at a Time- Bridging the Political Divide
                 Speaker, Peter Stafford
Join us as Peter Stafford helps us hone our communication skills.  Building shared values creates a better deal and more opportunity for everyone in America.  It’s truly what makes America beautiful.
We all suffer when communication doesn’t go well.  Come learn the art of positive persuasionand help make those difficult conversations with friends and relatives productive again.   Remember-only 100 days to those holiday conversations, not to mention the work we need to do with reaching out to our fellow citizens.


See complete listing and details of each event at AADC website Events
Thurs. Sep 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, AADC Advocates Workshops – Sign up now; space is limited to 30! @ Moonraker’s Brewery Tickets 
Sat., Sept. 30th,  Nevada Co. Dems Candidate Training Workshop, registration at 8:30 am.
Fri. – Sun., Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, AADC booth at the Fall Auburn Home Show
Thu. Oct. 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, AADC meeting,Speaker, Peter Stafford.
Oct. 7, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, AADC Annual Fund-raiser Gala, “How California Can Lead the Nation,” at the Gomez Arts and Events Center.  Speakers Derrick Cressman and Christine Pelosi Order tickets here.
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Petitions on web page
Check frequently for current petitions to be signed, both California and national, at our   AADC Petitions web page .

Petitions on Indivisible Auburn web site
Dear Reader,  If you hear of any legislation on the local, state or federal level that you would like to have shared with the Indivisible Auburn CA alert subscribers, please forward the information to me, Scott Johnson Inclusion in your email any bill number and author of the legislation or any links to articles about the legislation;  would be helpful.
See Scott’s blog on the Indivisible AuburnCA FB page.

Resist Trump- LaMalfa Tuesdays:  Beginning Tuesday Sept. 26 we will meet from 11-30 am-12:30 pm. Bring health care-related signs this week.
Meet at the corner of Bell and 49 (Park in Target parking lot). Bring your signs that advocate for the causes we want. Signs should be large and easy to read for the cars passing by. Also, bring flags to show that we are also patriots and love our country. During the summer wear a hat and bring water. It can get hot!! Do not engage negatively with anti-demonstrators. Stay safe and out of the street. Check to see if there is a letter that you can sign that will be given to your MoC on a current piece of legislation. We will have extra signs if you need one. Read More.
RATT Pack Resistance Action Tuesdays and Thursdays meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 2200 Douglas Blvd. in front of Tom McClintock’s Roseville office. NOON to 1pm rain or shine, heat or hurricane!  Join us!!
We are a peaceful group of concerned constituents who inform the passers-by about the illegitimate regime holding our country hostage.  We carry appropriate signs and flags and we hand deliver  letters  to McClintock’s office at least once a week.
For more information email Barb Brass at
Join us on Friday at Bell and Highway 80 to put up our banner and wave at the passersby!  PLEASE NOTE: If you were displaying banners for the first time in the past 2 weeks, you probably are not on our contact list.  Others may want to get involved and join our list.  Please send your contact information; name, phone number and e-mail to Al at:; or text the info to 530-305-8258.

WHEN: Friday, September 29th from 6 – 7:30.She is running to replace Tea Party and Trump fan, Doug Amalfi.
FOR DIRECTIONS AND TO RSVP: call Daniella at (530) 305-5153.  If you are unavailable, please consider checking out Jessica’s Webpage and making a donation:  JESSICAFORCONGRESS.ORG

Meet the Jessica Holcombe and ask your questions, along with other like-minded people from the area.  Light refreshments will be provided, and we will be enjoying the fall evening pool-side on the deck if the weather and air quality permit, so you may want to bring a light jacket.

CD4 folks are welcome to attend and lend support as well.

Hope to see many AADC members attending.
Daniella Zimmerman


Nevada County Democrats hold Candidate Training Workshop September 30th
The Nevada County Democrats’ next Candidate Workshop will be held on September 30. If you are thinking about being a candidate or wanting to be able to help candidates win, or protecting your seat on a board or council, don’t miss this workshop. The previous workshops received much positive feedback-great information, great format, and great food, as one attendee summed it up. This one a repeat of the same program with a bit more emphasis on running for boards and councils in smaller districts.  It will be in the cafeteria room at 138 New Mohawk Rd. Nevada City, 95845..
The workshop covers basic campaign tools-timelines, plans, finances, skills needed, pitfalls- as well as a better understanding of the role the Democratic Party plays in the process. We’ll open registration at 8:30 am so you can get the continental breakfast and your materials and be ready to start the workshop at 9 am. Lunch will be served and the workshop will end by 3 pm.
Presenters include Rosalie Adduci, CPA, has worked for Stanford University and consulted with UCDavis and been treasurer for SCYRL, the Democratic Women’s Club, the Democratic Central Committee, and two campaigns. She will discuss campaign finances.  Margie Joehnck, who has been on the NCDCC for 12 years, serving as chair, recording secretary, volunteer/headquarters chair, and involved now in six campaign cycles in Nevada County, will present the role of the Democratic Party in the election process. Ben Perkins, new to Nevada County after coming from a recent successful Philadelphia mayoral campaign, will team up with Heidi Hall, a former candidate for Congress and current supervisor of Nevada County for District #1, and Debbie Worth, a former school board member to show you how map out a campaign plan.  Don’t miss out!
Reservations are required and can be made by going to or clicking on the link below. Deadline to register is September 25th.  Space is limited.  The donation of $35 includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and extensive materials.
Call Margie Joehnck, Chair, Candidate Recruitment and Support Committee, NCDCC, 478-5146 for more information.


If you haven’t joined yet or haven’t paid your dues for this fiscal year, now is the time to do so!
Many thanks for keeping AADC strong!
Roke Whitson, Membership Committee Chair

 Time to renew your Club Membership

Don’t forget to keep up your membership. Your annual dues are due each year on JULY 1st, so please fill out the form attached and mail your $25 dues (checks made payable to AADC) to: AADC, P.O. Box 6851, Auburn, CA 95604
or pay on-line at AADC membership.
Your dues support the Club’s advocacy activities  and never obligate you to get more involved than you want to be, although participation is always, welcome! Dues-paying members are eligible to vote at our monthly AADC meetings. For more information, email 

 President’s Message

As Fall settles in we’re about to enjoy our annual Fundraiser – sip wine, nibble hors d’oeuvres, shop our Silent Auction, and listen to jazz music and knowledge-able speakers. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet for our October 7th “How California Can Lead the Nation” fundraiser, time is running out (and we need a final attendance count for our caterer and winery – Joe Caribe’s and Pescatore Winery).  So, please, click HERE to buy your tickets online now.
Once our Fundraiser is complete, we will have built our “war chest” for the 2018 election.  Many thanks to all of you as you have kept our membership strong by donating of your time and money.  Many of you decided to increase your membership dues level.  That is much appreciated!
In November we will shift to the actions we can take to make a difference in the 2018 election:
    – We’ll listen to Les Francis of Sierra Forward, our speaker on November 2nd, as he tells us how we can defeat McClintock in CD4
    – We’ll select our AADC delegates to the California Democratic Party pre-endorsement caucuses (we’ll discuss the process at our October 5th meeting)
    – We’ll begin strategizing on the Democratic candidates we want to support
    – And, we’ll start lining up candidate debates and Meet and Greets for our 2018 meetings.

So much to do, so little time.  But with a larger membership – we can do it all – thanks to all of you!  See you October 5th and 7th.  I’m off for a short vacation to Oregon & Washington to visit family.

Jan Bell, AADC President

Editor’s Corner

Have we got events for you!


If you didn’t make it to AADC’s “Be the Change” Youth Talent Show on Sat. Sept. 23rd, you really missed something special!  Young performing artists entertained a standing room-only crowd at the General Gomez Arts and Events Center in Auburn,  as AADC launched its maiden voyage into youth events.

Over 20 young artists vied for cash prizes in two categories, a junior and a senior age group.  These kids were amazing and held the audience spellbound for nearly 3 hours with their musical and/or dance inter-pretations of the change they’d like to see or be in our community and our world.  Some were so poignant as to bring tears to our eyes, and our hearts were full to overflowing. Our 14-year old self-taught keyboardist, who entertained before, during and after the competition was amazing. EVERYONE agreed it was a tremendous success!

We had intended, if this show were successful, to continue our youth talent competition as an annual event.  The enthusiastic feedback we received from many in our audience  has convinced us we’re on the right track!

In less than two weeks , on Oct. 7th, we will be hosting our annual Fall Fundraiser gala, “How California Can Lead the Nation,” also to be held in the Gomez Center.  Our featured speakers are Cristina Pelosi and Derek Cressman(see Jan’s and Mary Helen’s columns for more details).  These astute California activists will lay out some of the ways in which our progressive state can serve as a beacon to other states, leading by example on many issues with which Americans now are struggling.


Don’t miss out on this one!  See you at the Gomez on Saturday, Oct. 7th!

Sunny Carraway, Newsletter Editor

Come and support the Auburn Area Democratic Party at our 14th Annual Fall Fundraiser on Saturday, October 7th, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.   

 Our theme is “How California Can Lead the Nation.” We are very excited to welcome two well known speakers: Christine Pelosi, Chair of the California Women’s Caucus and candidate for the DNC, and Derek Cressman, political reform advocate and author of “When Money Talks.”  Get your tickets HERE.
 Don’t just get upset about what happens in government! Channel that energy and let’s effect some real changes. This is an important moment in history, and you can truly make a difference. Enjoy catered hors d’oeuvres from Joe Caribe, Cool Jazz from Equinox, fine wines from local wineries, and a fabulous silent auction. Please, It’s your chance to truly make a difference.
 Mary Helen Fein, Fundraising Committee chair

The AADC needs more donation items for the fundraiser!  Can you help with one of the items here?
1. How about hosting a dinner at your home or in a guest’s home, or host a dessert/movie event in your home?
2.  Do you have access to a vacation home/condo in a lovely setting that we could auction off?
There are many ways you can help us raise money for our ’18 election candidates. To offer a gift of your hospitality or access to a vacation spot,  contact Leslye at leslyej@gmail.come and see me at the AADC meeting for a donation form.
More importantly, we want to see you at our 14th Annual AADC F undraiser Gala on October 7th! Buy your tickets now at this LINK !  As the saying goes, “Put your money where your mouth is!
Leslye Janusz


   We’ve been busy little bees the last few weeks,


and will  continue to be into the fall.  On Saturday night we held our long-awaited new event, our new youth talent show entitled “Be the Change.”  Despite our apprehensions, during our frenetic last-minute preparations, the Gomez began to fill to capacity and to overflow.  Our exceptional 14-year old guest  key-boardist entertained the growing crowd, and the excitement grew.  At this point our MC, J. Ross Pirelli, a well-known hip hop artist and MC, came out and began the festivities.  Upon her entry, a major party ensued!  Hope you saw it; the kids were so inspiring!  We’re planning to make this youth talent show an annual event.  See you there next year!


After manning our Dem booth at the Gold Country Fairfor most of 4 days (Sept. 7th-10th), chatting with prospective voters, registering some and distributing our events and AADC flyers, we will be back to it again for the Fall Auburn Home Show, Sept. 29th and 30th and Oct. 1st.  If you’re interested in meeting the public up close and personal and spreading the good word, contact Rosie at to see if there are time slots still available.  Or just drop by our booth and browse, chat and donate $5  for one of our new AADC reusable bags.

See you at the Auburn Home Show, as well as our events to follow later!  Watch this space.


Sunny Carraway,   and       Rosie Wohlfromm, ,    Events Committee co-chairs                         

The Voter Registration Committee will meet on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9 am at Depoe Bay Coffee Company Back Room.  We will
 *  evaluate the success of the Be the Change Talent Show and make plans for next year.
*  discuss Sierra College Voter Registration and class room presentations for the Spring  2018 Semester.
*  plan a training session for participants in the Progressive Neighborhood Project.  
*  plan a combined Latino-Parent and Youth Outreach event on Saturday, March 11. at the U.C. Davis campus.  That is the day of the 17th Annual Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference and Celebration at U.C. Davis. The tentative plan is to notify Latino Parents and Youth in the Auburn area about the event and  to help  get them enrolled.  We would offer free transportation to the event and back, either provided by AADC club volunteers, or perhaps on public transportation.
     A free, breakfast and lunch are provided at the conference, which is free. Drivers could either attend the conference and register voters or take a walk on the UC Davis campus.  This project will be discussed in greater detail at the meeting.
We will also discuss any other topics that committee members wish to raise.
Paul W. Comiskey, Voter Outreach Committee Chair, , 916-577-0696


    Sierra Forward – A New Organization in CD04

   Today, across America, citizens of all stripes, civic and community leaders, business people, workers, friends and neighbors, students and teachers, are disgusted with the current state of our political environment. Looking to turn their aspirations to the future, they are rejecting today’s polarized politics and dysfunction. What does the future hold for them, their children and their communities?
   This renewed spirit of activism and engagement is evident in California’s 4th Congressional District. From suburbs of Sacramento, to the small Gold Rush-era towns of the foothills and rural communities in the High Sierra, voters are looking to the critical election of 2018 as an opportunity-to get involved, to register to vote, to listen and learn, to engage, and ultimately to vote for change, to make a positive difference.
   Sierra Forward is an expression of that renewed spirit.
As a citizen-led political organization within California’s 4th Congressional District (CA CD4), Sierra Forward is reaching out to, engaging with and involving voters from across the political spectrum-left, center and right. We can find common ground through open minds.
   Believing that no member of Congress should be immune from listening, responding, representing and ultimately reflecting the values and needs of his district, Sierra Forward will be doing everything it can to register, inform, persuade, motivate and turnout voters who seek and deserve new and better Congressional representation-in 2018 and beyond.
Watch this space for updates on Sierra Forward.  The October newsletter will feature an article on the biography of the founder of Sierra Forward and his unique credentials to lead a grassroots lobbying effort. Read SIERRA FORWARD  regularly to get more insights into what this activist group wishes to accomplish and how it plan sto do it.