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Upcoming Club Meetings

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.   

DATE:  TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017

TIME:  5:30 P.M. Networking | 6:00 P.M. Speakers’ Program & Club Meeting
LOCATION: Newport Beach Civic Center, Community Room (Free parking)
ADMISSION & LIGHT REFRESHMENTS: Members Free; Non-members $15
MEETING TOPIC & SPEAKERS: Climate Change Panel
— Confirmed panelists pending
— NBWDC Indivisible Task Force Training & Activities

AGENDA & SPEAKER BIOS: Available here
— If you have not already done so, please use the RSVP Form 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 Free; Non-members $15
MEETING TOPIC: Candidate Forum – CA Gubernatorial Candidates
AGENDA: Preliminary Agenda

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 April 24, 2017

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


We just heard that the Newport Beach City Council has three issues on their April 25 agenda that are very concerning to us:

  1. Moving the privately-funded Ronal Reagan statue to a prominent position in the Civic Center Sculpture Garden
  2. Renaming Ensign View Park to John Wayne Park
  3. Instituting a new invocation policy which will impact all council, commission, committee and public meetings held in Newport Beach

Action items have been published in a recent NBWDC email.  Please read it for more details and take any or all recommended actions TODAY:

  1. Attend the meeting
  2. Write to city council
  3. Write letters to the editors of all our local papers

Email outlining specific instructions for each step is available here.


CALL TO ACTION #1: Call our MoCs and insist that there is no tax legislature until Trump releases his tax returns.  See Call to Action Printout for details.

CALL TO ACTION #2: Call the White House comment line:  202-456-1111 and our MoCs to oppose 45’s budget and threats of government shutdown.  See Call to Action Printout for details.

CALL TO ACTION #3: Keep marching for science – make a statement to the EPA.  Until May 15, the EPA is soliciting public comment on repealing EPA regulations.  See Call to Action Printout for details.



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



2017 Photo Albums – Enjoy!

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

Event Planner


››››› Save the Dates

WELead OC Progressive Democratic Women Political Training 
Details to follow.

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


  • Friday, May 12th – 5:00PM – 8:30PM
  • Saturday, May 13th – 9:00AM – 5:00PM   


››››› Upcoming Events

Women in Politics Symposium

Join some of California's most influential and passionate elected and appointed officials for a frank discussion on the inequities facing women in politics, as well as hear their personal stories of overcoming challenges. Sponsored by California Women Lead
When: Fri April 28 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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 Honorees
March Honorees

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

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

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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