Advocates for Democratic Values
Through Inclusion, Diversity and Activism

Join Us on June 27

We have a full lineup of local candidates eager to meet or reconnect with you at our June 27 meeting.

The lineup includes:

  •  John Stephens: Mayor of Costa Mesa

  • Jeffrey Harlan: Mayor Pro Tem of Costa Mesa
  • Loren Gameros: City Council Member of Costa Mesa
  • Carol Crane: NMUSD Board President
  • Miles Patricola: Newport Beach City Council Candidate for District 7

Additionally, we will discuss the August Democratic National Convention and the subsequent Blue Wave Coalition’s Volunteer Training Event in Orange County. We will share the upcoming NBWDC GOTV plans and activities, offering something for everyone as we approach the critical General Election on November 5.

Refreshments will be provided. While there is no admission fee, donations are appreciated.

Registration for this event is required. Secure your spot by registering today.

Important Day of Action

Join us in a critical protest marking the two-year anniversary of the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Those in power seek to silence and criminalize women’s voices, pushing for laws that flagrantly control and jeopardize our bodily autonomy. 

NBWDC is a co-host of this event. We ask that you peacefully stand with us as we demand justice and fight to reclaim our autonomy and freedom.

Please wear red as a symbol of unified support.

Monday, June 24, 2024, at 10:00 a.m.
Superior Court of California, County of Orange
700 West Civic Center Drive
Santa Ana, CA, 92701

Event details and registration are available at the link below. Please join us.

YOU ARE INVITED!

July 20 NBWDC Tiki Cruise Summer Fun-raiser

Join us as we cruise Newport Harbor at sunset for an evening of fun, cocktails, refreshments and dancing.  Enjoy mingling with local community Democrats while raising funds for our Get Out the Vote activities for the critical General Election on November 5, 2024.

Space is limited on the Tiki boat, so this event will sell out fast. We encourage you to purchase your event tickets today.

Tiki Sponsorships are also available for this event and they will jumpstart our GOTV activities immediately.

  • $500 Ripple: 2 Cruise Tickets, 4 Drink Tickets & Booty Bag
  • $1000 Wave: 4 Cruise Tickets, 8 Drink Tickets & Booty Bag
  • $2500 Swell: 6 Cruise Tickets, 12 Drink Tickets & Booty Bag

Donations in lieu of tickets are also appreciated if you are not able to join us on the July 20 Tiki Cruise.

GOTV activities include canvassing and mailing materials (postage, printing, postcard supplies, voter guides and more).

We are Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club

We are a committed and energetic group of inclusive and diverse volunteers who have made great progress in turning this part of the OC BLUE!  We work hard and have fun while doing so.

You are not alone!  Thousands of other Democrats like you are looking for ways to connect.  Look no further!  NBWDC welcomes you.

We have much work to do to ensure Democratic victories up and down the ballot for both the 2024 Primary and General Elections.

Both memberships and donations provide the support we need to carry out our goals.  Choose the option below that works best for you.

Become a Member 

We urge you to join our growing team and become an NBWDC member.  Membership is $50* per calendar year (valid January 1 through December 31).  Our members receive unique benefits such as voting rights, delegate opportunities, members’ only news, invitations to special events and free admission to our monthly meetings.  See our full Member Benefits listing here.  Join us today!

* If you are a Veteran or full-time Student, please contact NBWDC about rate options.

Make a Donation

If you are not able to join right now, please consider a donation, large or small, to continue our historic momentum of electing Democratic candidates in all levels of government.  OC is becoming bluer than ever thanks to all our supporters and volunteers.  Support our efforts as we prepare for the critical 2024 General Election!

Donations to political-party organizations, like NBWDC, are not tax-deductible. 

Paid for by the Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club, FEC ID# C0057016. 
Not affiliated with any candidate or candidate campaign.

Federal Reporting Rule

Members and Donors – Please note: 

We are required by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to maintain accurate information about all our members and donors. If you have made a donation, joined as a new member or renewed your membership, please choose one of the options below to provide the required information.

  1. An online form that you submit through our website
  2. A PDF form that you can fill out and return to us by email

Thank you for helping us stay in compliance with federal and state reporting requirements.

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Voters & GOTV

 

Voter Registration

Since the last election, have you:

  • Turned 18 and plan to vote in the upcoming elections
  • Changed your 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 OCVote.com.

Help us GOTV
Your financial support, large or small, will help us fund our Newport Beach campaign support office, materials and events; all crucial in turning out the biggest number of Democratic voters ever!

Dr. Suzanne Savary, NBWDC’s fearless founder, worked tirelessly on progressive issues that were important to Democrats, and especially important to women. Her commitment and passion to these ideals knew no bounds.

NBWDC is  firmly committed to follow in Sue’s footsteps, but we can never fill her shoes.

Read our memorial tribute to Dr. Suzanne Savary here.

Membership and Benefits

Membership is open everyone, regardless of gender, who supports progressive and Democratic values. NBWDC has become a formidable presence in Orange County’s progressive communities because we do not sit by quietly when there is work to be done.

Membership is $50 per calendar year (valid January 1 through December 31).  If you are a Veteran or full-time Student, please contact NBWDC about rate options.  Appropriate verification will be required. 

We work tirelessly to seat Democratic candidates in our local, state and federal governments. With the support of our members and friends, we launch major get-out-the-vote programs and promote voter education through our regular topical meetings and sponsorship of a variety of community events.  We are active and vocal on social media and participate in local marches and demonstrations which focus on inclusion and equality for all.

Unique Benefits:  Our members receive unique benefits such as voting rights, delegate opportunities, members’ only news, invitations to special events and free admission to our monthly meetings.  See our full Member Benefits listing here.

Member Responsibilities:  As a member, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with NBWDC’s Club Bylaws and Code of Conduct Policy.  Both these documents provide the guiding principles for our organization and are required to be chartered by the California Democratic Party and Democratic Party of Orange County.

If your registered party affiliation is other than Democrat, we welcome you to submit a membership application for consideration as outlined in our Bylaws. Please contact NBWDC for more information.

We offer convenient payment options and encourage you to set up your membership payment on an automatic annual renewal so your benefits won’t expire.

Donations (GOTV & General Fund)

We rely on support from Democrats in all our local communities, even if you are not an NBWDC member.  GOTV donations are earmarked for voter education, voter outreach and supporting the campaigns of our local Democratic candidates. General fund donations are used for all other projects that help promote Democratic and progressive values, including event sponsorships, improvements to our communications infrastructure and so much more.

All donations, large and small, are put to good use.  Whether you donate a roll of stamps, make a recurring monthly or annual pledge, or a one-time payment by credit card or personal check, we appreciate each and every one.  Please use the links below for these types of donations.  Thank you!

Federal Reporting Rule

Members and Donors – Please note: 
We are required by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to maintain accurate information about all our members and donors. If you have made a donation, joined as a new member or renewed your membership, please choose one of the options below to provide the required information.

  1. An online form that you submit through our website
  2. A PDF form that you can fill out and return to us by email

Thank you for helping us stay in compliance with federal and state reporting requirements.

2024 Club Officers & Committees

Officer terms are for two years*

  • President: Cate Hardesty (expires 3/27/25)
  • Vice President: Faye Hezar (expires 03/27/25)
  • Treasurer: Mikelle Fish  (expires 03/27/25)
  • Secretary-Corresponding: Deborrah Lugo  (expires 03/27/25)
  • Secretary-Recording:  Karen Tringali  (expires 03/27/25)
    ….Assistant Recording Secretary: Patty Gwin (Board appointed)

For roles and responsibilities, please see Bylaws Article VIII below.

*Only Members in Good Standing (MIGS) shall be considered for officer positions.  A MIGS must be a registered Democrat who has attended at least one meeting as a member in the last 12 months.

Bylaws – Ratified & Adopted March 24, 2022
…Bylaws Summary of Changes
…Bylaws Complete Copy

Policies
…Code of Conduct available here
…Privacy Policy available here

Committees
Please contact NBWDC if you have an interest in serving on a committee.  We welcome all volunteers who share our common goal of advocating for Democratic and Progressive values.
…View our current Committee Listing here

Please contact NBWDC if you have an interest in serving on a committee.  We welcome all volunteers who share our common goal of advocating for Democratic and Progressive values.

Former NBWDC President Roster

Immediate Past President: Lori Karaguezian
Former President: Cate Hardesty
Former President: Laura Oatman
Former President: Tara Steele
Former
President: Rima Nashashibi
Former
President: Mridula Udayagiri
Former
President: Jean Hastings Ardell
F
ounding President: Dr. Suzanne Savary

Contact Us


Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club
P.O. Box 11761
Newport Beach CA 92658
Voicemail/Text (949) 423-6468
Email Info @ NBWDC.org

Committee Opportunity

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.  One way to  help support our mission is to serve on a committee.  We have many opportunities for you to showcase your skills and passion.  For example:

  • Communications & Social Media
  • Programs
  • Membership 
  • Voter Outreach 
  • Government Activism … 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 the appropriate committee chair will respond to you directly.

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OUR BIG, BLUE, LOCAL TEAM

 

Take a look at all we’ve accomplished over the last few years … and having fun while we did!
Just click on the photo below to start the Photo Slideshow of a few things that energized us to GOTV and win BIG & BLUE!

NBWDC PHOTO MEMORIES

Click on any image to open the photo album

2022

 

NBWDC Volunteers of the Year

 

 

NBWDC Holiday Celebration

 

2021

 

NBWDC Earth Day on Back Bay

Congressman Correa’s
Woman of the Year – Nashashibi

2020

 

2020 in Review

City of Newport Beach

A LOOK INTO THE PAST

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.

Newport Beach City Government

City Leadership Email Addresses

Newport Beach City website,
including their Monthly Calendar of Meetings & Events 

Our History, Mission & Focus

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club was formed in 2007 by a small group of like-minded Democratic women who wanted to create an environment for civil discussion of the political issues which impacted them and their communities. Their mission was to draw Democrats and like-minded people with progressive values together to raise awareness, educate and find solutions for political issues by emulating principles and values consistent with the Democratic Party’s goals.

Today, membership is open everyone, regardless of gender, who supports progressive and Democratic values. NBWDC has become a formidable presence in Orange County’s progressive communities with a diverse membership which grows each year.

NBWDC supports Democratic values through activism.  We do not sit by quietly when there is work to be done.

We work tirelessly to seat Democratic candidates in our local, state and federal governments. With the support of our members and friends, we launch major get-out-the-vote programs and promote voter education through our regular topical meetings and sponsorship of a variety of community events.  We are active and vocal on social media and participate in local marches and demonstrations which focus on inclusion and equality for all.    

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club focuses its efforts within the cities of Newport Beach and in the surrounding cities of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine and additional South County cities to support and advance the goals of the Democratic Party and progressive values in general.

Stop in and visit with us at one of our monthly meetings.  Once you do, we know you’ll want to be a part of this inclusive, dynamic, energetic and accomplished organization.

 

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.

Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club

Post Office Box 11761
Newport Beach, CA 92658

NBWDC.org

Voicemail/Text: (949) 423-6468

Paid for by the Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club. FEC ID# C00570168.

Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee. 
Copyright Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWDC).  All rights reserved.