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Welcome to Our Club

Club Membership has its benefits.

Renew your membership or join now to receive full Club Benefits.  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.

Recent News & Events

August 8, 2016: Members of the Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club were invited to a private luncheon hosted by NextGen Climate CEO Tom Steyer an activist in the area of climate change and social justice.  A recap of the luncheon, along with photos, is available here.  Photos can also be seen in our Photo Gallery at the bottom of our Home page.

June 2016: Members of the Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club Club bid a fond farewell to outgoing President Mridula Udayagiri, and welcomes incoming President Rima Nashashibi.  Our presidents share a few comments with us here.



Press & Commentary


Dr. Sue Savary Challenges Edison on Radioactive waste Dump

Irvine Governmental Affairs Newsletter

California Women Lead Newsletter


Speak Up

Letters to the 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.

Letters to Editors Email Addresses

Newport Beach Government Email Addresses

#StandwithPP Campaign (Planned Parenthood)

Death Penalty Petition

The Democratic Club of West Orange County (DCWOC) is gathering signatures for a November Ballot Measure to repeal the California Death Penalty.  If interested, sign up here. 

Upcoming Events

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Truman Dinner

If ten NBWDC members would like to attend, we have the opportunity to purchase an entire table. Member tickets would be $150 per seat. Please contact NBWDC no later than August 19 if you are interested in participating in this important annual event.
When: Sat August 27 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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.

Upcoming Club Meetings

Our Club Meetings are open to Members, Guests and Friends.  We meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month, except for July when we are dark.  The December Club Meeting is a social gathering to celebrate the Holiday Season. 

Please check below for upcoming meeting details. 

2016 Meeting Schedule & Speakers:  Available here 

DATE:  Thursday, August 18, 2016 
TIME:  5:30 P.M. Business Meeting | 6:30 P.M. Summer Social 
LOCATION:  Provided when you RSVP
PROGRAM: A bit of business and a lovely summer evening socializing with friends and collegues
AGENDA:  Pending  

[City Council & Newport-Mesa School Board]
DATE:  Thursday, September 15, 2016 
TIME:  5:30 P.M. Networking | 6:00 P.M. Candidate Forum & Club Meeting 
PROGRAM: Candidate Introductions, Moderated Questions & Audience Q&A
AGENDA:  Pending


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.  

Our Application/Renewal 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. 

2016 Club Officers

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

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.

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: 

  • Each year we staff the Democratic Party of Orange County’s voter registration booth at the Orange County Fair
  • We joined women’s groups from around the county in 2014 to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision
  • We participated as partners in the OC Women’s Coalition to speak out against the ban on abortions at Hoag Hospital after its affiliation with St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital (Planned Parenthood recognized OC Women’s Coalition in 2015 for our collective efforts)
  • We worked directly with local elected officials to help support important legislation
  • We hosted a spirited discussion among candidates for Newport Beach City Council in the 2014 Election Cycle
  • Our founding president ran a valiant campaign for the 48th Congressional District with the support of our club
  • Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties honored our club as Coalition Partner of the Year in 2011 for our support of their organization


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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December 2015 NBWDC Holiday Social
Celebrating our past accomplishments | Looking forward to a politically important year | Supporting our Democratic women candidates

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Outgoing President Jean Ardell (l) and Incoming President Mridula Udayagiri (r)
Incoming President Mridula Udayagiri (l) and Outgoing President Barack Obama 



September 2015 NBWDC Meeting

1509 Mtg MembersL-R:  Barbara Shelton (NBWDC Recording Secretary) John Chiang, California State Treasurer, Jean Ardell (NBWDC President),
Patricia Healy (NBWDC Treasurer), Deborrah Lugo (NBWDC Corresponding Secretary), Saboohi Currim (Assistant Treasurer)  


February Meeting

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