Municipal elections on Tuesday, April 4

City council members will be elected on Tuesday, April 4th across Polk County. Click here to see the canidates in your area.
http://polkdemocrats.org/index.php?page=display&id=149

Precinct Committee Person Training

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10am-1:00pm, Lunch will be provided
Neighborhood Service Center, 608 Ave S NE, Winter Haven, 33881
863-294-5860 
   
Ready to take the next step in turning Polk County blue? Join the Polk County Democratic Executive Committee for a training session on what it means to be a Precinct Committee Person, how to organize your precinct, strategies for talking to your neighbors, and much more.

The training will be conducted by Marti Kara, Brevard County DEC , Precinct 429 Committeewoman and Precinct Organization Committee Chair.

We do realize that the Democratic Women's Club of East Polk Ridge has scheduled a "Building More Effective Clubs" for DWCF Clubs and DEC Clubs  training on the same date.
However, please be advised that our training is Polk DEC specific and mandatory for  our DEC members who are new and experienced precinct committee persons.
Please bring your laptops.             
This training is for DEC members only !

Cost: FREE

Please R.S.V.P. to  Shawn Kinsey: kinsey819@gmail.com

Building More Effective Clubs - Training Session!

Saturday, March 25 at 10 AM - 2 PM

Carlton Arms of Winter Haven
7676 Carlton Arms Blvd.
Winter Haven, Florida 33884


Join us to learn from some of the best trainers in the DWCF as they teach us how to build better clubs; how to run an effective meeting; how to keep accurate records, develop budgets and plan for audits.
Do you need a lesson on Robert's Rules? This will be the place to ask those questions.
Nancy Hurlburt, Dr. Patty Ball-Thomas, and Velma Lumpkin, all Board Members of the DWCF and experienced leaders will share their knowledge on building successful political clubs. This training will help new leaders in both DWC and Democratic Clubs.
$25.00 per person will reserve your seat, along with a lunch of soup, sandwich, and refreshments. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon.
RSVP to Carol: cdemosley@gmail.com or phone 863-438-5260, or Karen Welzel at 863-259-0135

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Women's March in Lakeland

Saturday, April 15th, 1:00 p.m.
Munn Park, 201 E. Main St., Lakeland. FL
We are raising money to donate to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.There will be silent art auction (which we are looking for volunteers to donate pieces the can contact me through email if interested), musicians, and special speakers and different booths for various things and groups. People with disabilities should be able to attend the event without a problem. The event is open to everyone (including kids — we are getting face painters, too), not just women and is to stand for not just women but the other major issues we are facing right now (including Trump's taxes).
The focus for the event is broad because we more so want it to be a coming together of our communities to stand for what matters to us, rather than be about a single issue. We still need about $2000 in funding. 
Contact Jessca Gunn for mor information: jconnell89@gmail.com
Click here to make donations and buy t-shirts for the event.

Democratic Women's Club of Florida/East Polk Ridge - March Meeting

Saturday, March 25, 10 AM - 2 PM

Carlton Arms of Winter Haven
7676 Carlton Arms Blvd.
Winter Haven, Florida 33884

As an alternative to our regular meeting, we will learn from some of the best trainers in the DWCF as they teach us how to build better clubs; how to run an effective meeting; how to keep accurate records, develop budgets and plan for audits.
Nancy Hurlburt, Dr. Patty Ball-Thomas, and Velma Lumpkin, all Board Members of the DWCF and experienced leaders will share their knowledge on building successful political clubs. This training will help new leaders in both DWC and Democratic Clubs.
$25.00 per person will reserve your seat, along with a lunch of soup, sandwich, and refreshments. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon.
Please call Carol DeMosley at 863-438-5260,
or by email at: cdemosley@gmail.com for meeting details.
Karen Welzel, 863-259-0135
kwelzel628@gmail.com

The Greater Winter Haven Democratic Club - March Meeting

Tuesday, March 28th at 7 p.m.
Room 1 of the Chain of Lakes Complex,

210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven 
Members are encouraged to suggest additions to the agenda to the Chair.                                 
For more information please call Frank Chichetto at 863-299-4216,
frankchichetto@yahoo.com

or Paul Anderson at 863-965-8241.

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Polk County Democratic Headquarters – Haines City, FL

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We have returned to our original
office space and we are seeking
volunteers to help us register
new voters and sign them up to
Vote By Mail!


Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Please donate or volunteer today.


Polk County
Democratic Office

Hours:
11am to 3pm
Tuesday through Friday
Saturday through Monday by appointment

Inside the OK Arcade,
Across from City Hall
651 East Main Street, Suite 10-C,
Haines City, FL 33844

(863) 668-7199


PolkCountyDemocrats@Gmail.com


Office Manager:
TBA

D.E.C. Chairman:
Shawn W. Kinsey
Kinsey_819@yahoo.com

Family Fun Day at Colt Creek Park

Volunteers re being sought to host this event in Polk County.

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East Central Polk Democratic Club - April Meeting

Tuesday, April 4th, at 6:30p.m.
Neighborhood Service Center, 608 Ave. "S" NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Contact Shawn Kinsey for more information:
Kinsey_819@yahoo.com

Lakeland Democratic Club - April Meeting

Thursday, April 6th, 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland Police Community Center
219 N. Massachusetts Ave.

State Attorney Brian Haas will be our guest speaker.

For more information, call
Ricky Shirah, president, (863) 937-8944
or electshirah@gmail.com

Polk County Progressive Democratic Caucus - Aprill meeting

Sunday, April 9th, 1:00 p.m.
Dem HQ, 651 E. Main Street
Haines City, FL 33844
For more information, contact OnDrew J Hartigan
(224) 201-9868

Polk DEC - April 2017 Meeting

Monday, April 10th, at 6:15p.m.
Polk County Commissioners' Bldg., Third Floor Lounge
330 West Church Street, Bartow, FL

Attendees listen as chairman Shawn Kinsey shares information with DEC.

Newly elected president of the brand new Lake Ashton Democratic Club (pink shirt, center) attends his first meeting of the Polk County DEC.

The DEC is actively recruiting additional precinct committee persons. Four more joined in March. If you are looking for a way to become active and effective in supporting our party, this is the best way to accomplish your goal. Contact any DEC member for more details.
Contact Chairman Shawn Kinsey at 863-651-1402
or Kinsey_819@yahoo.com for more information.

Lake Wales Democratic Club - April Meeting

Tuesday, April 11th, at 7:00 p.m.
"B" Street Community Center,
230 B Street, Lake Wales, FL
Light refreshments will be served.
Contact Jennifer Nanek for more information:
JJaneN@aol.com

Lake Ashton Democratic Club- April Meeting

April 12 at 3 p.m.
Main Clubhouse in Lake Ashton, FL 

Join us as we work to get our club off to a strong start.

Commencing with our May meeting, the meetings will be on the third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. We are making progress toward become a full-fledged entity!

For more information, contact:

Richard Sutherland at richsuth@aol.com
Lake Ashton Democratic Club President,

Polk County Democratic Black Caucus - April Meeting

Monday, April 17th, 6:30p.m.
Neighborhood Service Center, 608 Ave. "S" NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Contact Shawn Kinsey for more information:

Kinsey_819@yahoo.com

Lakeland Democratic Action Committee (L.D.A.C.) meeting-TBA

Date, Time and Location To Be Announced
This is not a club, it is an action committee! All Dems willing to pitch in and get to work for change are encouraged to attend! It's going to take an army of volunteers! Thanks!

Cynthia Gunter 305-582-9120 

Rainbow Ridge LGBTA Democratic Caucus - April Meeting

Tuesday, April 18th, 6:30 p.m.
Red Elephant, 5216 S. Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL 33813

Guest Speaker is Sarah Fortney, candidate for member of the Polk County School Board.Hope all can attend and look forward to seeing everyone.
Just as a heads up before our meeting next week. Becky Wynkoop will be in attendance and will have tickets available for purchase to attend Rep. John Lewis in Lake Wales. The tickets are $50.00. If you would like to attend, please bring your pocketbook. He will be in Lake Wales on April 29th.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Woody Wilbanks at 863-709-1848 or via email at gatorwood@msn.com

Polk Co. Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida - April Meeting

Thursday, April 20th, 6:30 p.m.
651 E. Main St., Haines City, FL

Congratulations to the 2017 Officers,
elected at the February meeting:

President José Garcia
Vice President Dr. Benny Valentin
Secretary Nicholas Garcia
Treasurer Kristina Renteria

José Garcia, President
(516) 319-4118 – TopCop@earthlink.net

Important Florida 2017 Legislative Session Dates

April 22, 2017 All bills are immediately certified (Senate Rule 6.8 and House Rule 11.7(i)). Motion to reconsider made and considered the same day (Senate Rule 6.4(4))
April 25, 2017 50th day - last day for regularly scheduled committee meetings (Senate Rule 2.9(2))
April 30, 2017 55th Day - no House bills on second reading may be taken up and considered by the House (House Rule 10.18)
May 3, 2017 58th Day – the House may consider only: (a) Returning messages, (b) Conference reports, and (c) Concurrent resolutions (House Rule 10.19)
May 5, 2017 60th day - last day of Regular Session (Art. III, §3(d), Fla. Const.)

Congratulations to our DEC Gala Team and Honorees!

See a list of featured speakers and award winners from our 2017 Gala under the "About Us" tab. Click on "Annual Dinner." Or click here.

New Polk DEC leadership elected

Congratulations to the newly elected board members!

Elections were held Monday, December 12, 2016 in Bartow.

Leadership members of the Polk Co. Democratic Executive Committee
The new Polk DEC Leadership: (l-r), Leonard Guminski, Treasurer; Ellis Moose III, Sargeant at Arms; Celestyne Williams, Vice-Chair; Shawn Kinsey, Chair; Karen Welzel, State Committeewoman; David Jones, State Committeeman; Dina Friedman, Secretary.
Election done, no drama!

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