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
July Meeting focus will be on the Venice City Elections
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
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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
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.
July Membership Meeting
Focus: Venice City Elections
The Venice City Council is currently controlled by a handful of real estate developers. This is the year to take back the City at the heart of the Venice Area. 3 City Council Seats are up for election including the all important Seat 7, the Mayor. These are non-partisan positions but we will be recommending candidates that will stand up for Environmental Protection, Fiscal Responsibility and Controlled Growth in order to maintain the quality of life that we all moved here for. Join us at 10:30 to socialize. After a brief membership meeting at 11:00am we will meet our recommended candidates for City Council Seats 5,6 & 7.
Venice Democrats Tiki Time Bash
Sunday, September 29, 4-7pm
Cool Today Park Tiki Bar
Join local Democrats at the new CoolToday Park, Spring Training home of the Atlanta Braves. Enjoy light food and music by our own Jimmy Bones to go along with cash bar overlooking the playing field. Tickets $5.
Venice Democrats Holiday Bash
Thursday, December 12th, 4pm-8pm
Sarasota National Palm Club
25500 National Blvd, Venice
Enjoy beautiful lake and golf course views, a bounty of fine Hors d'oeuves and included wine or purchase from the top shelf at our full cash bar. Finish with a wonderful dessert fondue. Only 150 tickets go on sale shortly so purchase early and get the special VADC club member pricing.
Club Event Photos
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.
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.
Officers & Directors
President - Mike Shlasko
Vice-President - Michael Gruenberg
Treasurer - Kevin Johnson
Secretary - Susette Bryan
Parliamentarian - Ed Farrell
Director - Kim Barber
Director - Marian Fox
Director - Stephen (Greg) Gannon
Director - Madeleine Havlick
Director - James Hickerson
Director - Scott Hughes
Director - Marilyn Taylor
Director - Norman Wirtz
Thank you to our 2019 Sustaining Members!
Cheryl Christensen & Susan Scott
La Vera & Tony Cieslak
Bruce & Norma Dayton
Ron Feinsod & Denise Gastineau
Ed & Maureen Graybill
Ed & Janet Kulback
Franklin & Sophia Mowery
Andrea & Mike Shlasko
Copyright 2019, Venice Area Democratic Club
P.O. Box 1743, Nokomis FL 34274-1743