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Lamorinda Democratic Club Members and Friends,

March 2021. “In like a lion; out like a lamb?”

As a nation, we’ve had to grapple with so many tragic and simultaneous events — the attack on our capital, the grim milestone of half a million Americans lost in a pandemic, and the millions more whose lives have been upended by loneliness — or food, housing, and income insecurities. Most of us are ready for relief from the chaos. We’re ready for a little less lion and a little more lamb.

Americans have been stress-tested, and so has our democracy.  But I hope we agree — there is cause for optimism. We are filling a reservoir of resiliency, emerging stronger, and rebuilding good government.

Please join us for this month’s general meeting on Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m. Political science professor Stephen Woolpert will present:

“Stress Testing Our Democracy: Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats, and Opportunities”

This month’s meeting will also provide an opportunity for members to connect in smaller groups within breakout rooms.  Absolutely no experience is necessary. Our Zoom wizards will be standing by to assist. To receive the Zoom link, please register by clicking here.

In the meantime, here is some advice on how to deal with stress, from the American Psychological Association. It appears to be in perfect step with participation in the Lamorinda Democratic Club!

  • Find commonalities with others.
  • Find meaningful ways to get involved in your community.
  • Stay informed, but know your limits.
  • Seek solace.  Connect to the present moment.
  • Take care.

We look forward to seeing you on March 11th!


Tracy Brog
Lamorinda Democratic Club President


LDC Issues and Candidates Committees are expanding their roles to encourage more member participation, to help build the bench, and to play an advisory role for prospective Democratic candidates and issue advocates.

If you have experience or expertise in relevant areas and would like to volunteer to participate in LDC Issues or Candidates Committees’ Advisory Panels, please contact: or


General Meetings

Thursday, April 8
Karen Musalo, UC Hastings Law 
Professor and founding director of Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

Thursday, May 13
Henry E. Brady UC Berkeley 
Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy

Thursday, August 12
The LDC Hot August Night Political Trivia Championship

Precinct Organizing Project Summer Get-Together
It’s never too early or too late to join us as a neighborhood volunteer or Precinct Organizer. No experience necessary!
June meeting — time and place to be determined.


Let’s keep the momentum going!  As of March 2nd, we have raised $3,000 for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano! Our next goal is to reach $5,000 by May.

Here is the link to our Team page:

Many thanks again to everyone who has joined the LDC Food Drive Team!

Brian Ladd Francis Barham Peter & Margo Connolly
Carlyn Obringer Gary Eberhart Peter Ericson
Christina Mellin John Cumbers Renee Zeimer
Cody Keller John Donnelly Schelly Gartner
Constance Chilba Katherine Knapp Sheilah Fish
Craig Cheslog Katie Ricklefs Sue Hamill
Cynthia Sevilla Mark & Marcia Dunaway Tara Presnell
Diane Bianchi Marcie Tuttle Tim & Beth Eliason
Donna Costello Mary-Jane Wood Tom Duckworth
Eileen Lindsay Maurade Kelly Tony Suh
Eleanor McGinley Maureen Steiner Tracy Brog
Elizabeth Barnhart Mike Rusk Victor Gess
Elizabeth Ferree Nathan Haese William Manheim


Make your coffee just the way you like it, and join the LDC pundits and politicos to chat about news of the day. First and third Thursdays of each month at 9:30 am.

Contact Mike Rusk at to receive a ZOOM link.