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NOTE → New Email Address

Effective immediately, please note and use our new email address:

Upcoming Club Meetings

NBWDC monthly meetings are on the 3rd TUESDAY of every month

Our Club Meetings are open to Members, Guests and Friends.  Details on the current and next month meetings are always posted below.  Be sure to check frequently for updated information.   


  • 2017 DPOC Fundraiser: Angels vs. Rangers on August 22
  • 2017 Truman Dinner – September 23 

Details on these and other activities can be found in our EVENTS section below.

Date:  Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time:  5:30 P.M. Networking | 6:00 P.M. Speakers’ Program 
Location:  Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room (Site Map here
Admission & Light Refreshments: Members Free; Non-members $15
Meeting Sponsor OpportunityContact NBWDC for details
Meeting Topics: Speaker Confirmation Pending
Agenda: Available Here 
RSVP Deadline September 15: RSVP Form Here

If you wish, you may prepay your Admission by Credit Card by clicking on the button below.

Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room
Meeting Location Map


Date:  Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time:  5:30 P.M. Networking | 6:00 P.M. Speakers’ Program 
Location:  Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room (Site Map here
Admission & Light Refreshments: Members Free; Non-members $15
Meeting Sponsor Opportunity:  Contact NBWDC for details 
Meeting Topic: Congressional Candidate Meet & Greet (Pending)
Agenda:  Preliminary Agenda Here
RSVP Deadline October 13: RSVP Form Here

NBWDC’s Indivisible Task Force

NBWDC’s Indivisible Task Force on Activism is hard at work identifying activism opportunities and training. Be sure to follow the Task Force on social media for timely information and updates.  A copy of the Indivisible Guide is available here.

Call to Action – Week of August 14, 2017

[Note: A printout of this week’s Call to Action is available here] Includes contact information for local US Senators & Congressional Representatives

Call to Action #1: Stand with Charlottesville.

Call to Action #2: Oppose cutting care for women, teens, and minority and low-income women.
Call or Write: Dana or Mimi
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and calling to ask [name] to reject tax cuts for millionaires at the expense of women’s health. I’m concerned that the house budget bill would bar women, teens, minorities, and low-income families from accessing lifesaving screenings and family planning support. We can’t limit women’s access to care just to enrich America’s wealthy few. Can you tell me how [name] plans to defend women in the budget?

Call to Action #3: Oppose taxpayer-funded abuse of peaceful people (hat tips).
Call: Dana or Mimi
Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP]. I know we’re in recess, but I’m calling ahead about the budget negotiations coming up next month. Specifically, I’m deeply concerned about what I’m reading about ICE raids, detention center conditions, border patrol abuses, and deporting peaceful, vulnerable people to dangerous cities. Our treatment of immigrants amounts to sanctioned, taxpayer-funded abuse. Please let [name] know that I want him/her to cut funding to the deportation machine, and vote no on any bill that funds this abusive system. Will [name] commit to this? (pause) I want a respectful path to citizenship for our country’s 11 million undocumented people. Thanks.
Action: See if the new indy film Whose Streets? is playing near you and go see it (click Get Tickets for locations).

Event Planner


››››› Save the Date 

September 23, 2017: Truman Dinner
The Truman Dinner will be held at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa located at 3050 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa.  Registration and reception begin at 5:30pm with dinner at 7:00pm.  Special Guest and Keynote Speakers to be announced.

NBWDC would like to fill a table of 10!  Please RSVP here if you are interested in one or more tickets ($160 per seat).

You may pay for your ticket(s) by credit card using the button below.

››››› Upcoming Events


California Senator Josh Newman (SD #29) has mounted a stop-the-recall campaign and asks for your help and support. Precinct walk volunteers are needed as are donations. The recall was launched by the Californian Republican Party in an attempt to overturn the majority vote which Newman won in November 2016. Your help, however you can, will be appreciated. Twitter users: be sure to follow #MaulTheRecall
When: Mon July 3 8:00 AM - Tue October 3 5:00 PM

DPOC Fundraiser: Angels vs. Rangers Game

Join the Democratic Party of Orange County for the 2017 Angels Game Fundraiser on Tuesday, August 22. Game starts at 7:00 p.m. What a great way to raise funds for DPOC operations, and enjoy time with fellow Democrats and activists. $40 per ticket and includes a Mike Trout Bobblehead!

Get your tickets today before they run out! See you at the game! Questions?: Contact Marti Schrank at (714) 634-3367 or
When: Tue August 22 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Truman Dinner

The Truman Dinner Registration & Reception begin at 5:30pm with dinner at 7:00pm.  Special Guest and Keynote Speakers to be announced. NBWDC would like to fill a table of 10!  Please RSVP to if you are interested in one or more tickets ($160 per seat).
When: Sat September 23 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

2018 Elections

It’s not too early to start planning for 2018 Elections.  The list of Democratic candidates for state and local races is growing.  Candidate information will be available on our website by end of April 2017.  Check frequently for updates.

Candidates:  Any Democratic candidate who wishes to speak at an NBWDC Event or seek an NBWDC Endorsement is required to fill out our Candidate Questionnaire which will then be reviewed for approval by our Program Committee.  NBWDC’s Candidate Questionnaire is available for downloading here

Voters:  Since the 2016 elections, have you:

  • Turned 18 and plan to vote in the upcoming elections
  • Had any change of address
  • Decided to change your party affiliation

If you answer yes to any of these questions, don’t forget to register or update your voter registration.  There are several helpful online tools and forms which can be found here at


2017 Photo Albums – Enjoy!

Club Meetings & Events


NBWDC members around the country and around the world participating in the 2017 Women’s March


Welcome to Our Club

Join or Renew – Don’t Miss Out

We invite you to join as a Member or Associate Member.  Membership is valid for the current calendar year (January through December). 

If you are already a Member and have not yet renewed your membership for this calendar year, please do so without delay to receive full membership benefits.  

You may pay your Annual Membership either by credit card or by check. 

Membership by Credit Card

Membership by Check
If you wish to pay by check, please print  our Application/Renewal Form, fill it out, attach your check and mail it to the address on the form or bring it to our next event.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

2017 Club Officers & Committees

President:  Rima Nashashibi
Vice President: Karen Hinks
Corresponding Secretary: Deborrah Lugo
Recording Secretary/Membership:  Karen Tringali
    Assistant Recording Secretary: Patty Gwin
Treasurer: Mikelle Fish
    Assistant Treasurer: Open

View our 2017 Committee Listing here.

View our newest version pending Member Adoption (July 2017)
….Changes are highlighted in yellow

Past President Roster:
Immediate Past President: Mridula Udayagiri
Past President: Jean Hastings Ardell
Founding President: Dr. Suzanne Savary 

Questions or Comments?

Please fill out the form below to contact us by email. 


Mailing Address & Phone

If you prefer to contact us by mail, please do so at the following address:

Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club
P.O. Box 11761
Newport Beach CA 92658

You may also leave a voicemail message at 949.423.6468.  We will return your call within two business days.

Volunteer Opportunity

For NBWDC: Our club’s mission is to provide a forum for civil political discussions and promote and participate in activities that help educate members about local, regional, and national issues.  And it is so important in this election year that we are successful in accomplishing our mission.  Won’t you help us?  We have a number of committee chairs who have specific roles and responsibilities and are always looking for a helping hand.  For example:

  • Communications & Social Media
  • Endorsements
  • Membership
  • Events Planning
  • Membership
  • Voter Outreach . . . and more

If you have an interest in any of these areas, please let us know.  Send us an email or leave us a phone message (949.423.6468) and we’ll get right back to you.

Membership Has Its Benefits

Renew your membership or join now to receive full Club Benefits, such as voting rights, members-only news and invitations to special events.  NBWDC’s Application form is available here.  Simply fill out the form, attach your check, and mail it or bring it to our next event.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Press & Commentary

OC Sheriff Hutchens Clarifies OCSD’s Role in Immigration Enforcement
February 23, 2017 Statement here

News Briefs – June 2017

California Women Lead Newsletter

Speak Up

Letters and calls to our legislators, letters to editors, Social Media postings, conversations with friends.  These are all important tools to help get the word out and building support for issues that are important to women and Democrats.  Find an issue you are passionate about and do your part to join in the conversation.

US Senators and Representatives

Local Press Editors

Newport Beach Government Email Addresses

#StandwithPP Campaign (Planned Parenthood)

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a forum for civil political discussions and promote and participate in activities that help educate members about local, regional, and national issues.


Our Club

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club was formed by a small group of like-minded Democratic women who were brought together by their desire for civil discussion around political issues. Within a short time, our club grew and became a notable presence in the Orange County Democratic community.

We promote democratic values through activism.  Our work includes get-out-the-vote efforts, presence at community events, and sponsoring forums for Democratic candidates as well as candidates for non-partisan offices.  We also speak publicly and take part in demonstrations. 

Club membership is open to women who are registered Democrats.  We also welcome registered Democratic men as non-voting associates.  While most members live in Newport Beach, we also value those from surrounding Orange County communities.

At our meetings and events, we welcome those who wish to be benefactors of our Club regardless of party affiliation.

For more information about our Club and Membership, please fill out the Contact Us Form above.

Our Accomplishments

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club was chartered by the Democratic Party of Orange County in February 2008.  Since then, we have accomplished much.  Here are a few of the highlights: 

  • Hosted 2016 Candidate Forums for Federal, State, Local and City elections
  • Worked directly with local elected officials to help support important legislation
  • Worked as a founding member to create the California Alliance of Democratic Women’s Clubs
  • Supported our founding president’s campaign for 48th Congressional District in 2016 and 2014
  • Staffed the Democratic Party of Orange County’s voter registration booth at the Orange County Fair each year
  • Recognized by Planned Parenthood in 2015 as part of the OC Women’s Coalition for work against abortion bans
  • Participated as a partner in the OC Women’s Coalition against abortion bans at Hoag Hospital after its affiliation with St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital
  • Joined women’s groups from around the county in 2014 to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision
  • Honored as Coalition Partner of the Year in 2011 by Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties for our support of their organization.

September 15 2016 – Candidate Forum: Newport Beach City Council and Newport-Mesa Unified School District



August 8 2016 – Steyer Luncheon (CEO NexGen) Topic: Climate Change & Social Justice
L to R: Ardell, Savary, Steyer, Humphreys | Templeton, Hailey, Geerling | Ardell, Savary | Savary, Steyer, Humphreys, Stephens

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May 2016 – State and Local Candidate Forum
L to R: Udayagiri, Kahn, Ali, Fox, Blair, Pinkston, Grayson, Nashashibi

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April 2016 – Federal Candidate Forum
L to R: Wolf (for Dunn), Gallagher, Nashashibi, Einwechter for Sanchez, Savary

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February Meeting

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