• 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.

     

     

    Click here to Pay Your 2020 Dues, buy Tickets for special events, contribute to the New South County Democratic Party Office Fund, or order your Official VADC 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 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
    Scroll down to Join or Renew Membership, or Purchase Fundraiser Tickets or Name Badges.

    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 membership@venicedemocrats.com

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  • 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"

  • Upcoming Events

    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.

     

    January 2020 Membership Meeting

    Saturday, January 18, 10:30am

    NAAR Hall, United Church of Christ
    620 Shamrock Blvd
    Venice, FL 34293
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    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.

     

    March Membership Meeting

    Saturday March 21
    Arrive at 10:30 to Socialize, meeting at 11:00am.
    NAAR Hall, Venice United Church of Christ, 620 Shamrock Blvd, Venice

    Our Special Guest Speaker will be Dr. Terry L. Root who will talk to us about Climate Change

     

    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.

  • 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

  • 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.

    Expand Medicaid in Florida - 2020 Constitutional Amendment

    Download by clicking the image, sign and return and ask your friends to do the same. This is a 2 sided document. It must be printed as a 2 sided document and signed on the back to be valid.

    Raise the Florida Minimum Wage to $15/hr

    Download by clicking the image, sign and return and ask your friends to do the same. This initiative is being sponsored by John Morgan.

    Ban Assault Weapons

    Download by clicking the image, sign and return and ask your friends to do the same. This initiative is being sponsored by Ban Assault Weapons Now https://bawnfl.org/index.html

  • Bylaws

    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!

    Charles Barnes

    Ardis Boch

    Shirley Brown

    Susette Bryan

    Paul Burrows

    Patricia & Timothy Carr

    Cheryl Christensen & Susan Scott

    La Vera & Tony Cieslak

    Rosalie Danbury

    Karen Davidson

    Jeannette Davis

    Bruce & Norma Dayton

    Peter Driscoll

    Ron Feinsod & Denise Gastineau

    Ed & Maureen Graybill

    Karen Hoffschmidt

    Ed & Janet Kulback

    Gretchen Lienhop

    Marilyn & Jerry Medler

    Franklin & Sophia Mowery

    Carol Newman

    Frank Ness

    Karen Smith & Bentley Lovejoy

    Andrea & Mike Shlasko

    Ted Vaughn

     

     

     

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