• Upcoming Events


    20th Anniversary Celebration
    Sunday, December 19th

    Make your reservations now for the Venice Area Democratic Club 20th Anniversary Holiday Celebration Dinner at Plantation Golf & Country Club. The $20 cost for members is being heavily subsidized by the Club Treasury and non-members are welcome to attend at our cost of $45.

    We will be celebrating the 20 year history of our club which was founded in 2001 in response to the Bush/Gore election fiasco in Florida. Join us for great food, great music and the companionship of hundreds of great Democrats.

    Make your reservations online at:

    Or download and mail the reservation form by clicking here.

    You may also reserve in-person at our October 16th or November 20th meetings at NAAR Hall.

    There are no physical tickets for this event and there will be no last minute payments accepted at the door so please make your reservations no later than December 9th to insure a seat.

    COVID Precautions:
    If you are not fully vaccinated we would appreciate it if you would consider not attending. When not seated for dinner, we ask that everyone wear a mask.

    November Membership Mtg

    Speaker: Ron Filipkowski

    "How to talk to Republicans"

    Saturday, November 20th
    Come at 10:30 to Socialize,
    Meeting begins at 11:00am

    Register Today at the following link:


    Join Venice Area Democrats for our November Meeting with special guest speaker, Ron Filipkowski. Attorney, Marine, Triathlete, Historian. Former Federal Prosecutor & Repub; now Defense Attorney & Democrat. Ron resigned from the 12th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission in protest over the arrest of Rebekka Jones, the data scientist who filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that Florida was not providing the public with accurate COVID numbers.

    October Membership Meeting

    Speaker: Andrew Warren

    State Attorney, Hillsborough County
    "Criminal Justice Reform in Florida"

    Saturday, October 16th
    Come at 10:30 to Socialize,
    Meeting begins at 11:00am

    Register Today at the following link: https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/380108/

    Formerly a Federal Prosecutor, Andrew Warren was elected as State Attorney of Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, in November 2016 and re-elected in November 2020. Warren leads an office of approximately 130 prosecutors and 300 total employees whose mission is to build a safer community while promoting justice and fairness for everyone in the criminal justice system.

    September Membership Meeting
    Speaker: Dr. Susan MacManus

    Saturday, September 18th
    Come at 10:30 to Socialize, Meeting begins at 11:00am

    Register Today at the following link:

    Jane is the current Vice-Chair of the Sarasota County School Board and the immediate past President of the Florida School Boards Association.

    August Membership Meeting

    Saturday, August 21
    Come at 10:30 to Socialize, Meeting begins at 11:00am
    Focus on the Venice City Council Election

    Register Today at the following link:


    As the November Venice City Council Election approaches, we will be focused on our primary mission, Winning Elections! Sandy Sibley, Candidate for Venice City Council Seat 3 will again be with us and we will be joined by a 2nd Candidate, Ron Courtney!


    Stay tuned for additional information!

    July Membership Meeting
    Back at NAAR Hall to Talk Politics!?
    Sunday, July 17, 11am

    Register Today at the following link:


    We will resume in-person meetings at NAAR Hall in July! Masking is optional if you are fully vaccinated and requested if you are not fully vaccinated.

    4th of July Picnic
    Sunday, July 4, 1pm - 4pm

    Register Today at the following link:


    Venice Area Democrats, we are coming together, in-person, to celebrate! As Joe Biden meets his 4th of July goal of 70% of Americans with at least one COVID Vaccination and we meet our goal of nearly 100% vaccination please join us for our first official in-person event since February of 2020!


    Meet Democratic Party Leaders, Democratic Elected Officials and Candidates. Lunch is included for paid members and available for $10 for non-members. A Venice Buggy will be available to transport you in style from the Maxine Barritt Parking lot to the pavilion.

    After your register be sure to select your lunch choices by following this link: https://forms.gle/UKFtVrFvNDabEkWeA


    June Membership Meeting

    Speaker, Author Janisse Ray
    Saturday, June 19, 11AM

    Register Today at the following link:

    Ray is an American writer whose subject most often falls into the borderland of nature and culture. She has published five books of nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. Ray has won an American Book Award, Pushcart Prize, Southern Bookseller Awards, Southern Environmental Law Center Writing Awards, and Eisenberg Award, among others. Her first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, was a New York Times Notable Book. The author has been inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. She lives on an organic farm near Savannah. Red Lanterns, Ray's second book of poetry, is forthcoming in Spring 2021.


    May Membership Meeting
    Speaker: Gillian Beck, CFM
    Saturday, May 15, 11:00am

    Register Today at the following link:

    As Hurricane season approaches, our new Club Vice-President, Gillian Beck, will be presenting on the City’s new Flood maps (FIRMs), flood risk, hurricane preparation, mitigation, and post disaster help. Now the President of Dancing Waters Consulting LLC, Gillian was previously with the Florida Division of Emergency Management Bureau of Mitigation, and a former CRS Coordinator with the City of Venice.

    April Membership Meeting

    Speaker, Dr. Kameron P Hodges
    Saturday, April 17, 11AM

    Mark your calendars for our April 2021 Virtual Membership Meeting
    Register Today at the following link:

    Our Special Speaker is Dr. Kameron P. Hodges, Ph.D., Executive Director/CEO

    The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

    Kameron will be presenting “The Tale of Two Counties: Income & Wealth Inequality in Sarasota County”

    March Membership Meeting

    Speaker, Dr. Terry L Root
    Saturday, March 20, 11AM

    Mark your calendars for our March 2021 Virtual Membership Meeting
    Register Today at the following link:


    We have re-booked the speaker who we were forced to cancel at the beginning of this pandemic last March! Terry L. Root is Professor Emerita at Stanford University. She was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change 4th Assessment Report that in 2007 was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore. Also, she was a lead author
    for the 3rd Assessment Report (2001) and a Review Editor for the 5th Assessment Report (2014). In addition to other honors, Root was awarded the Spirit of Defenders Award for Science by Defenders of Wildlife in 2010. She served on the National Audubon Board of Directors from 2010 to 2019, and is on
    numerous science advisory boards.

    February Membership Meeting

    VP Election & Special Guest Speaker, Chuck Henry
    Saturday, February 20, 11AM

    Mark your calendars for our February 2021 Virtual Membership Meeting
    Register Today at the following link:


    After we hold a Special Election to fill a vacancy in the position of Club Vice-President, our Special Guest Speaker will be Chuck Henry, MPA, Health Officer, Florida Department of Health, Sarasota County. Chuck will update us on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program.