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Celebrate blck history month with rep. Darren Soto in Kissimmee, Friday, February 24th

Fellowship Fridays with Rep. Darren Soto

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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Save the Date: March 4, 2017
2017 Winter Membership Meeting
Unitarian Universal Congregation of Lakeland
3140 Troy Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803


The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is pleased to announce plans for the 2017 Winter (Biennial) Membership Meeting and Board Elections, held March 4, 2017, in Lakeland, Florida!  The membership meeting will include the election of officers and other board members and additional caucus business.  As always, there is no cost to attend the membership meeting.
 
Save the date and stay tuned for additional event announcements, including venue information and agenda materials.
 
Andy Janecek
Secretary, Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
Cell: 850-445-4909

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The Greater Winter Haven Democratic Club - FebruRY Meeting

Tuesday, February 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.

Polk County Democratic Headquarters – Haines City, FL

PolkDECOffices2017

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

Lakeland Democratic Club - March Meeting

Thursday, March 2nd, 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland Downtown Library
What a grreat turnout we had in February! Let's keep the ball rolling and make an impact in Lakeland politics!
For more information, call
Ricky Shirah, president, (863) 937-8944
or electshirah@gmail.com

East Central Polk Democratic Club - March Meeting

Tuesday, March 7th, 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

Polk DEC - March 2017 Meeting

Monday, March 13th, at 6:15p.m.
Polk County Commissioners' Bldg., Third Floor Lounge
330 West Church Street, Bartow, FL

Karen Welzel address the Polk DEC at the February 13, 2017, meeting.

We are actively recruiting precinct committee persons. 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 - March Meeting

Tuesday, March 14th, at 7:00 p.m.
"B" Street Community Center,
230 B Street, Lake Wales, FL
We will be making plans for 2017.
Light refreshments will be served.
Contact Jennifer Nanek for more information:
JJaneN@aol.com

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

Polk Co. Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida - March Meeting

Thursday, March 16th, 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

Polk County Democratic Black Caucus - March Meeting

Monday, March 20th, 6:30p.m.
Neighborhood Service Center, 608 Ave. "S" NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Contact Shawn Kinsey for more information:
Kinsey_819@yahoo.com

Rainbow Ridge LGBTA Democratic Caucus - February Meeting

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Site TBA

Hope all can attend and look forward to seeing everyone.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Woody Wilbanks at 863-709-1848 or via email at gatorwood@msn.com

Coming to Lakeland in March!
Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Winter Conference and Biennial Meeting Schedule Announced — Lakeland, FL

MARCH FORTH!
Friday March 3rd
7-9 p.m. Welcome Social

Saturday March 4th
9 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast (UUC of Lakeland, 3140 Troy Ave.)
10 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
10:30 a.m. Workshop
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Guest Speaker Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith 
1:00 p.m. Membership Meeting
3:00 p.m. Workshop
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – on your own
8:00 p.m. Social Event

Sunday March 5th
9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
10 a.m. Marching Orders
11:00 a.m. Adjourn


Watch for more detais as the become available.

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!


Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham
Congresswoman Gwen Graham,
Keynote speaker

U.S. Congressman Darren Soto speaks ate Polk Dem Gala Feb. 2017
Congressman Darren Soto,
Featured speaker

2017 Polk Co.
Paul and Janet Anderson,
Polk County "Guiding Stars"


Chris Mangini
Chris Mangini,
Posthumously recognized for her lifetime of humanitarian and Democratic service


Polk Co. Woman of the Yaer
Glenda Jones,
"Marlene Duffy Young - Polk County Outstanding Woman of the Year"

Polk Co. Man of the Yaer
Ellis H. Moose, III,
"Lawton Chiles - Polk County Outstanding
Democratic Man of the Year"
Donna Moose,
Creator of the "First Choice Dessert of the Year!"

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!

John Oliver Explains Voter ID Laws

GOP Tax Plans Reward Rich/Cut Services to Middle Class

Young patron gives Gov. Scott an earful at Starbucks!