• In South Sarasota County we are the

    Venice Area Democratic Club


    Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ALL In-Person Meetings Postponed until further notice. Check your our Events page or your Email for notification of Virtual Meetings!


    Click here to Pay Your 2021 Dues or Order a Name Badge



  • About Us

    Our Mission
    • 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


    Our History
    ​​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 almost 500 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.


  • 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

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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. Name Badges can take several weeks. For payment questions contact us at vadcmembership@gmail.com.

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    Individual Voting Membership: $25/year
    Family Voting Membership: $45/year
    Sustaining: $100/year
    Non-Voting Friend $25/year
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  • Upcoming Events


    January 2021 Meeting

    Meet Alice White
    Saturday, January 16, 11AM

    Mark your calendars for our January 2022 Virtual Membership Meeting featuring North Port City Commission Candidate Alice White!
    Register Today at the following link:

    Democrats in South County will have two local elections to focus on this year. The first is a Special Election to fill a vacancy on the North Port City Commission. Join us in welcoming Alice White, our Commission Candidate! Alice will be giving us an update on her campaign as well as a review of the push to de-annex the West Villages from North Port. She will also talk to us about her 20+ year old 501c(3) organization, People for Trees, Inc.

  • Register To Vote

    You can now register to vote or change your registration online if you have a Florida Drivers License or Non-Driver ID! Just click on the Register button below

  • 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.

    Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections

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  • Bylaws

    Download the Bylaws of the Venice Area Democratic Club

  • Officers & Directors

    President - Mike Shlasko

    Vice-President - Vacant

    Treasurer - Kevin Johnson

    Secretary - Susette Bryan

    Parliamentarian - Ed Farrell

    Director - Gillian Beck

    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 2021 Sustaining Members!

    Ardis Boch

    Susette Bryan

    Barbara Brydan & Michael Gruenberg

    Elaine Carson

    David Chivas

    Leslie Curley

    Bruce & Norma Dayton

    Ron Feinsod & Denise Gastineau

    Beth Feldman

    Joanne Feldman

    Patricia Fjetland

    Maureen Graybill

    Karen Hoffschmidt

    Henry & Carol Jorgenson

    Harry & Judy Kaplan

    Liz & Philip Kramer

    James Lees
    Matt & Maureen Leugers
    Gretchen Lienhop

    Ed & Peggy Martin

    Tom O'Donnell
    Edward & Dorothy Segowski

    Andrea & Mike Shlasko

    Frances Storey


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