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Upcoming Club Meetings

Effective March, 2017, NBWDC monthly meetings are now 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 on our website below.  Be sure to check frequently for updated information.   

TIME:  5:30 P.M. Networking | 6:00 P.M. Speakers’ Program & Club Meeting
LOCATION: Newport Beach Civic Center, Community Room 
ADMISSION & LIGHT REFRESHMENTS: Members Free; Non-members $15
MEETING SPONSOR: Aava Dental (FB @AavaDentalUnion)
— Hate Crimes/Incidents on the Rise . . . What can be done?
      Norma López, Director, OC Human Relations Commission
      Deputy Chief Jeff Brouwer, Newport Beach Police Department
      Undersheriff Don Barnes, Orange County Sheriff’s Department
      Sergeant Mike Abdeen, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
— International Women’s Day & International Women’s History Month
       Isabel Shiao, 16-year old feminist and her parents
       Women from The Afghan Women’s Assn of Southern California
— Celebrating NBWDC’s Founding Officers
— NBWDC Indivisible Task Force Activities & Training
— WeLeadOC Political Training Program Announcement
AGENDA & SPEAKER BIOS: Available here

Location and Site Maps available here
Ample free parking in structure.

TIME:  5:30 P.M. Networking | 6:00 P.M. Speakers’ Program & Club Meeting 
LOCATION:  Newport Beach Civic Center, Community Room
ADMISSION & LIGHT REFRESHMENTS: Members $10; Non-members $15
AGENDA: Preliminary Agenda

2017 Photo Albums – Enjoy!


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 March 19, 2017

[Note: A printout of this week’s Call to Action is available here]

Call to Action #1:  Support an independent investigation–even though nothing seems to be shifting yet.

Call: Senators Feinstein and Harris
Note: Senator Feinstein is on this committee.   

Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ calling because I am angry about the appearance of corruption of the president and his team. The House investigation isn’t enough. Will _NAME_ co-sign Sen Cardin’s bill 27 for an independent commission to investigate Russia’s takeover of our elections? (If no or waffle-y) This is not a partisan issue. Our democracy depends on truth and transparency. As a voter, this is a top issue for me. (If they’re on the committee, ask for a progress update.)

Call to Action #2: I believe my taxes should be used to support the common good.  Oppose 45’s new budget proposal.

Call: Your MoCs.

Script: Hi. I am a constituent from _ZIP_ calling to express my deep concern over the president’s proposed budget. Specifically, (choose one or two that concern you most and share a personal story related to it):

  • I don’t want my tax dollars paying for his wall or a bigger military.
  • I don’t want to pay a higher TSA fee or to privatize air traffic control.
  • I support national parks, the prevention of wildlife trafficking, and superfund pollution cleanup.
  • I support scientific research on the climate crisis and cancer.
  • I support the EnergyStar program that rates appliances’ efficiency.
  • I support loan guarantees for small businesses.
  • I support the arts and humanities, including quality programming like Sesame Street, NPR, and Public Broadcasting.
  • I support programs like WIC, school meals, housing subsidies, and medical care for people in need.

Honestly, it’s not just the budget, it’s the belief that my tax dollar should support people in need and programs for the public good. Where does _NAME_ stand on this proposed budget?

Call to Action #3

I believe in a woman’s right to quality reproductive health care.  Support funding birth control medication and reproductive care.

Look up: Your MoCs on Planned Parenthood Scorecard

Call: All your MofCs

Script:  Hi, I’m from _ZIP_ and calling to thank/take issue with _NAME’s_ voting record on women’s health issues. There are several current efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, under cover in the AHCA and in bills like H.R. 354/S.241. I’m asking that s/he vote no on these efforts. In attempting to prevent abortion, they will severely limit access to birth control and other basic reproductive care, especially for those who have few or no alternatives. (Share your own story.) Thank you for advocating for women/Please tell _NAME_ to show his/her constituents that women’s health matters to him/her.

Action: Get involved in the campaign to defend Planned Parenthood.

Click: Go here to discover how you can help.



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



Event Planner


››››› Save the Dates

WELead OC Progressive Democratic Women Political Training 
Details to follow.

  • Friday – April 28th – 5:00 – 8:30PM
  • Saturday, April 29th – 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Sunday, April 30th – 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Friday, May 5th – 5:00 – 8:30PM
  • Saturday, May 6th – 9:00AM – 5:00PM   
  • Sunday, May 7th – 9:00AM – 5:00PM


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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.  

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. 

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 Roster here.

View our By-Laws here (as amended April 2016)

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.


From time to time, we recognize NBWDC members for their special and extraordinary contributions around our community and within our club.  Take a look at those we have recently recognized for their work, energy and spirit!

2017 Certificate of Appreciation Recipients (February Awards)
Certificates Here 

L-R: Patty Healey, Rima Nashashibi (Presenter), Eric Bauman (Presenter), Jean Ardell,
Fran Sdao (Presenter), Mary Peikert, Patty Gwin, Nancy Geerlings and Dr. Suzanne Savary

2017 Daily Pilot Unsung Hero Award Recipients
Certificates Here

Susan Kopicki, Newport Beach

Arlis Reynolds, Costa Mesa 

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.

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)


Press & Commentary

News Briefs – March 2017

News Briefs – February 2017

News Briefs – January 2017

California Women Lead Newsletter



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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