A full list of all of our organizational meetings is also available.
Unless otherwise noted, you do not need to be a member of the Democrats of Rossmoor Club to attend our functions.
May 6, Monday — Book Club: Team of Vipers
3 p.m. in Gateway Multipurpose Room 2
The May book will be Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House by Cliff Simms. From the publisher:
“After standing at Donald Trump’s side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Message Strategy. He soon found himself pulled into the President’s inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. Sometimes all in the same conversation. ... For five hundred days, Sims also witnessed first-hand the infighting and leaking, the anger, joy, and recriminations. He had a role in some of the President’s biggest successes, and he shared the blame for some of his administration’s worst disasters. He gained key, often surprising insights into the players of the Trump West Wing. ... And he took notes. Hundreds of pages of notes. In real-time Sims stood with the President in the eye of the storm raging around him, and now he tells the story that no one else has written—because no one else could. The story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the President’s team. The story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with himself.”
As this book is told from the point of view of a Trump supporter, we may disagree with the author’s views, but this book is fun to read, packed with anecdotes, and gives us the author’s take on White House personalities.
May 9, Thursday — TGWD
Cancelled in favor of Wednesday, May 29, Women’s Conference. See below for details.
May 12, Sunday — Mother’s Day
May 13, Monday — Film
1 and 7 p.m. at Peacock Hall
May’s film will be Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism. It is a 2004 documentary film by filmmaker Robert Greenwald about Fox News Channel's and its owner's, Rupert Murdoch, promotion of right-wing views.The film says this bias belies the channel's motto of being "Fair and Balanced". In an interview, Greenwald stated his goal in making the film: "What we set out to do was to show that, in fact, the entire Fox News was not a news organization. The goal was not just to change that narrative but to change the impact that Fox News often had on legitimate journalists."
May 15, Wednesday and May 22 and May 29 (and on-going Wednesdays) - Letter Writing
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Gateway Oak Room
The Democrats of Rossmoor will continue to partner with Swing Left in 2019 and 2020. In 2018, Swing Left focused their efforts on getting people to the polls on Election Day in key “flippable” congressional districts, which ended up being key to winning an overwhelming Democratic majority in Congress! The Swing Left “Super State Strategy for 2020” is to win all the Houses—the White House, the Senate, the House, and State Houses—by concentrating on registering new voters to vote in the presidential election. New Democratic voters will make the most impact in certain key states. Swing Left is piloting an innovative tactic that uses volunteer power from all over the country to send personal letters—lots of letters—to potential new voters in 11 super states. You can make an impact in places like North Carolina, even if you live all the way in California.
Interested? Just curious? Sign up here for one or more Wednesday letter-writing session at the Rossmoor Gateway Oak Room, co-hosted by Democrats of Rossmoor and the Commit to Flip Blue Committee of Orinda. You can also just drop in on any Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. The letter sending effort is simple. It only takes one hour. We do ask for donations for postage. If writing is not your thing, donations for postage will gladly be accepted.
May 15, Wednesday and May 24, Friday - Training for Voter Registration
1 p.m. at MPR3 at Gateway
The club is sponsoring two sessions of Voter Registration Training this Spring for volunteers who have never registered voters in California.
This 2-hour program will be repeated on Wednesday, May 15, and Friday, May 24. Those interested in being trained must reserve a seat by contacting Carol Weed at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 23, Thursday — General Meeting/Dinner
5 p.m. social/town hall; 5:45 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. speaker at the Event Center
Speaker: Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, District 16 Assemblymember
RSVP: use this form. Reservation deadline is May 17.
Shortly after being sworn into office, Rebecca was appointed Assistant Speaker pro-tempore by Governor Gavin Newsom. In February 2019, Rebecca introduced a comprehensive package of bills touching on a diverse set of issues. The first two bills, AB 1735 and AB 1292, focusing on gun safety and protection for human-trafficking victims, passed with bi-partisan support and are headed to the Senate for consideration. Hear Bauer-Kahan’s latest news about her experiences in Sacramento.
This event is open to everyone. Seating will be available for those who only wish to come for the speaker.
May 27, Monday — Memorial Day
May 29, Wednesday — Rossmoor Women’s Conference
1–3 p.m. at the Event Center
Tickets: $25 at the Gateway main desk
The May 29 Rossmoor Women’s Conference is sponsored by Rossmoor Counseling Services. The keynote speaker will be award winning journalist, author, TV host, and web host Laura Ling. Ling has dedicated herself to exposing the world to critical global issues, including slave labor in the Amazon, women’s rights in the Middle East, and the energy crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. She will speak on her imprisonment in North Korea, her efforts on behalf of women at risk all over the world, her current projects, and her view of journalism today.
Food and beverages will be served after Ms. Ling's talk.