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Patricia Sulpizio: Resolve to join us in 2010

Posted: January 25, 2010 8:30 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Made any resolutions this year? Stop smoking. Lose weight. Exercise - How's that going for you?

A wise person once said: "A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other." (author unknown)

I have a resolution to suggest that's easy to keep.

Resolve to check out one of the Democratic clubs in the Santa Clarita Valley. You'll be amazed at the fun, fabulous and positive things local Democrats do.

With three flavors from which to choose, there's something for everybody.

The Democratic Neighbors of the 38th Assembly District, the "feet of the Democratic Party in the 38th AD," provides Get out the Vote services; information and education about issues, propositions and legislation, voter registration, precinct walking, phone banking, mailings and more for local, state and national Democratic candidates.

Democratic Neighbors will walk for Democratic candidates in the 2010 elections. Volunteers are needed; training and support is provided.

The group meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., alternating between SCV and San Fernando Valley restaurants.

Visit www.dn38.org, call (661) 755-3772 or e-mail carolelutness@att.net for more information.

The next meeting is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Urbane Cafe, 25916 The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch.

Our largest club, the Democratic Alliance for Action, organizes a Democratic headquarters for major elections. Our 2008 meeting highlights included sponsoring a "Dancing With the Stars" team, a nonpartisan candidate forum for the William S. Hart Union High School District board election, a health care symposium, a book signing with Watergate insider John Dean - our best-attended event ever - and a fabulous Black History program. Look for next month's encore.

Politics aside, Democratic alliance members are philanthropists. We collect non-perishable food items for the SCV Food Pantry, cook and serve dinners, make lunches for the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter and collect items for the shelter's wish list.

The alliance's Operation Gratitude collects supplies for our troops abroad. Because there's no Hallmark in Iraq or Afghanistan, on the third Thursday of the month we make custom blank greeting cards for service members to send home. You're invited. Supplies are provided and a small donation is requested.

DAA Knitting Partners meets Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Fountain Glen in Stevenson Ranch. They've contributed 50 scarves to the winter shelter, more than 100 blankets for the UCLA Cancer Treatment Center of Santa Clarita and numerous baby items for the Angel Alliance Network. Everyone's invited and yarn donations are gladly accepted. Knit with us or at home. No experience is necessary; free knitting lessons are offered. How can you beat that? E-mail mybambam75@hotmail.com for more information.

The Democratic alliance's 2010 meeting plans include "The New American Family," and presentations by a young, female Iraqi U.S. War veteran and a noted author/professor of religion and politics.

The alliance meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month at Vincenzo's Pizza at 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave. Our next meeting is set for Thursday and will feature our "Help for Haiti" effort. We're collecting gently used shoes for Sport Chalet's Soles4Souls program.

Visit www.DAA.org, call (661) 309-4322 or e-mail info@daa.org for more information.

The goal of our third club, the Democratic Club of the Santa Clarita Valley, is to find, support and mentor qualified Democratic candidates for school boards, water boards, the Santa Clarita City Council and select seats on the California Legislature. SCV Dems meets monthly on the second Wednesday. For meeting locations and information visit www.scvdems.org or call (661) 295-9318.

The three clubs frequently collaborate. Our voter registration expert led volunteer efforts for all three clubs, yielding thousands of new Democrats in the Santa Clarita Valley.

At our combined December holiday party, we collected cash and needed items for the winter shelter, took a Latin dance lesson and invited Buddhist monks to give a blessing.

Santa Clarita Valley Democrats have fun. We're in the city's Fourth of July Parade, take field trips to comedy clubs, have picnics, volunteer as television audiences, take ballroom and Latin dance lessons and have debate-watching, election-return-watching and state-of-the-union-watching potluck home parties.

It's a new year. Resolve to come to a meeting or two. It will do you good to get out of the house once or twice a month. Consider joining a local Democratic club. We waive dues altogether in the case of financial hardship.

Resolve to meet like-minded folks, make new friends, support the Democratic Party and do good works for your community.

Patricia Skinner Sulpizio is a Valencia resident and delegate to the California Democratic Party. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Democratic Voices" appears Tuesdays in The Signal and rotates among several SCV Democrats.

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