In South Sarasota County we are the
Venice Area Democratic Club
We meet on the Third Saturday of every month at
NAAR Hall, 620 Shamrock Blvd in Venice.
Arrive at 10:30 to socialize, meeting is from 11:00-12:30
Details are posted under Events.
• Stimulate active interest in political and governmental affairs
• Strengthen and further the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party
• Provide reasonable and ongoing financial support to the county Democratic party
• Promote participation among Democrats
• Support and elect the duly selected nominees of the Democratic Party in national, state, and local campaigns
• Foster good fellowship among Democrats
It was election year 2000. Remember Bush v Gore. There were a lot of people who felt the election was stolen from the Democrats. Some people in Venice who had worked on that election felt frustrated and wanted to do something positive about it. Jackie and Lowell Jones organized a meeting with this small group of dedicated workers to discuss starting a Democratic club in Venice. During that election many people had said that “they were the only Democrats in the neighborhood”.
Our goal was to encourage people not to be afraid to admit they were Democrats. We needed to speak up! Lowell chaired the first meeting at Pelican Pointe. He stated that bylaws would be written, and a slate of officers would be presented. Monthly meetings would attract like-minded Democratic members. One of our goals, as stated in the bylaws was to, ”foster good fellowship among Democrats”. To this day, it is a treat going to meetings knowing we will be able to express opinions freely, without worrying if one is being “politically incorrect”. A further goal was to create some interest in the community, so we could encourage Democrats to run and be elected to office.
On February 24, 2001, the VADC held its first formal meeting. We adopted our bylaws and elected a slate of officers. The picture of the initial board was printed in the Herald Tribune. In March of 2011 a 10 Year Anniversary party was held to commemorate this milestone. We are very proud of the work the VADC has accomplished. We now have over 250 members and after moving from Pelican Pointe to the Holiday Inn to the Venice Library, we have been meeting monthly in Naar Hall, 620 Shamrock Blvd, Venice, since 2005.
Contact / Membership
Voting Membership in the Venice Area Democratic Club is available to all Registered Democrats in the State of Florida. Non-Voting Friends are also welcome to affiliate with our club. There are four dues categories as follows:
Individual Membership - Provides membership with voting privileges: $25/year
Family Membership - Provides membership with voting privileges for two adults living at a single location: $45/year
Sustaining - Includes recognition on our web site and voting privileges for two adults living at a single location: $100/year
Friend - Provides non-voting membership to Democrats not registered to vote in Florida and Non-Party Affiliated Voters: $25/year
Dues are payable January 1 for the Calendar Year. New members joining starting October 1 are considered paid through the end of the following year
For additional membership information or to ask questions please fill out the form below and we will contact you or
Call us at 941-275-3244
To Join or Renew Online go to Pay Dues
You can also join or renew by mail by downloading a Membership Form by clicking here. Send your check payable to VADC along with the completed membership form to:
Venice Area Democratic Club
P.O. Box 1743
Nokomis, FL 34274-1743
Welcome to the Venice Area Democratic Club Store
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Annual Dues should be paid by January 1. Dues paid starting on October 1 are credited through the end of the following calendar year. Tickets for Fundraisers may be purchased up until the day before the event. Donations to the SCDP South County Office Fund are appreciated.
For payment questions contact our Treasurer, Sheila Farrell email@example.com
Contribute to the South County Office Fund
Follow this link to the Donate page on the Sarasota County Democratic Party Web Site. Under "Donation Options" check the box next to "I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund" and then in the drop down select "South County Office Fundraiser"
All Membership Meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of each month other than December. Meetings are held at NAAR Hall, 620 Shamrock Blvd in Venice. Unless otherwise announced, arrive at 10:30am to socialize and have snacks, meetings begin at 11:00am.
February Membership Meeting
Saturday February 15
Dark Money reared its' ugly head in last years Venice Elections but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Our special guest speaker will be Cathy Antunes, host of "The Detail" on Sarasota County politics on WSLR as well as President of Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government and VP of the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations.
Kennedy King Dinner 2020
Sunday, March 15th 5:30pm
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
1000 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236
Help build the war chest of the Sarasota County Democratic Party so that we can defeat Donald Trump and elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Join us at the annual Sarasota Dems fundraiser! Tickets are on sale now.
Joint VADC/SCDP April Membership Meeting
Saturday April 18
Arrive at 10:30 to Socialize, meeting at 11:00am.
NAAR Hall, Venice United Church of Christ, 620 Shamrock Blvd, Venice
Learn how Precinct, Club & Caucus Leaders come together to do the business of the Sarasota County Democratic Party.
Meet party leadership at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Venice Area
Democratic Club and the Sarasota County
Democratic Executive Committee.
Vote By Mail
We encourage all Democrats to Vote By Mail because it is easy, it is Secure, it Guarantees that last minute unforeseen events do not prevent you from voting, it makes the Party's Get Out the Vote efforts more efficient. It is easy to Register to Vote by Mail. Simply click on the seal below to be connected to the Supervisor of Elections Office.
Formulario Para Votar Por Correo
Petitions to Sign
You can effect change even when your government refuses to act by supporting ballot initiatives via Citizens Petitions. Please download, sign and mail these petitions.
Download the Bylaws of the Venice Area Democratic Club
Officers & Directors
President - Mike Shlasko
Vice-President - Kim Barber
Treasurer - Kevin Johnson
Secretary - Susette Bryan
Parliamentarian - Ed Farrell
Director - Drew Ermelin
Director - Greg Gannon
Director - Maureen Graybill
Director - Michael Gruenberg
Director - Madeleine Havlick
Director - James Hickerson
Director - Scott Hughes
Director - Mark Lutsky
Director - Marilyn Taylor
Director - Norman Wirtz
Thank you to our 2019/2020 Sustaining Members!
Patricia & Timothy Carr
Cheryl Christensen & Susan Scott
La Vera & Tony Cieslak
Bruce & Norma Dayton
Ron Feinsod & Denise Gastineau
Ed & Maureen Graybill
Ed & Janet Kulback
Marilyn & Jerry Medler
Franklin & Sophia Mowery
Karen Smith & Bentley Lovejoy
Andrea & Mike Shlasko