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Welcome to Our Club

Membership has its benefits.

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

Thank You!

Our thanks to all our  members and friends who marched on Saturday or supported those who did.  We had members in Washington DC, Sacramento, Laguna Beach, Santa Ana, San Diego, Hawaii and Spain.  View our photos here.

What’s next? 

Come to our February 16 Club Meeting and find out.  Our Trump Agenda Task Force is working hard on our next steps and how you can help.  Come to the meeting prepared . . . review the Indivisible Guide here.


Congratulations: NBWDC’s Susan Kopicki recognized as a Newport Beach UNSUNG HERO!

Photo Credit: Susan Kopicki

Susan was recently recognized by the Daily Pilot as one of Newport Beach’s Unsung Heroes for her work and dedication to the Childs-pace Foundation, and for her work and activism throughout the community. We couldn’t be prouder of Susan, a long-standing and hard-working member of NBWDC!


Congratulations: NBWDC’s Arlis Reynolds recognized as a Costa Mesa UNSUNG HERO!

Photo Credit: Daily Pilot

One of our newest members, Arlis Reynolds, was recently recognized by the Daily Pilot as one of Costa Mesa’s Unsung Heroes for her work in sustainable practices and life choices, and for her efforts in promoting the preservation of our open spaces, specifically Banning Ranch.  We are happy to welcome a woman with Arlis’ credentials into NBWDC!



Press & Commentary





News Briefs – February 2017

News Briefs – January 2017

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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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.   

  Thursday, February 16, 2017
TIME:  5:30 P.M. Networking | 6:00 P.M. Speakers’ Program & Club Meeting 
LOCATION:  Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room – 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. Ample free parking in the parking structure.
ADMISSION & LIGHT REFRESHMENTS: Members $10; Non-members $15
    Fran Sdao, Chair – Democratic Party of Orange County
    Eric Bauman, Vice-Chair CDP, Chair LA County DP and Candidate CDP Chair
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: NBWDC Member Certificates of Appreciation
AGENDA & SPEAKER BIOS: Available here

Civic Center Site Map — Click map to enlarge

  Thursday, March 16, 2017
TIME:  5:30 P.M. Networking | 6:00 P.M. Speakers’ Program & Club Meeting 
AGENDA: Preliminary Agenda

2017 Photo Albums – Enjoy!
2017 Womens’ March
2017 Meetings

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 

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. 

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: 

  • 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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