August 2, 2019/Weekly Column

Check the Box Weekend of Action & More!

Greetings from Patrick (& Kate)

 

Dear Democrats,

 

What an eventful week! We hope you were able to see the second wave of Democratic Presidential Debates, which are a great opportunity for Democrats to come together and share their thoughts about how we make this country a better place.

If you’re still feeling fired up, a great way to mobilize that excitement is to join the Check the Box Voter Registration Weekend of Action. We need your help to register new voters and our efforts this weekend will help Democrats in 2019, 2020 and beyond! Check out the “Ideas for Committees” section below for more details.

Finally, don’t forget that our 2019 State Convention is coming up on September 14th! If you were elected as a delegate, make sure that you paid your delegate fee or submitted your fee waiver before the August 9th deadline. If you weren’t elected, you can still attend as a guest and witness to this exciting process! See details and purchase guest passes here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2019convguest

If you have any questions about the Check the Box effort or the convention, please reach out to us at contact@massdems.org!

 

Sincerely,

Patrick Coyne

Communications Manager, Massachusetts Democratic Party

 

P.S.

If you know of an event that’s not listed, reach out to us at events@massdems.org and we’ll include it in the next edition of the dispatch! If you have events that you would like to include in our weekly Dispatch, please email us at events@massdems.org by Thursday at 5:00 pm so we can include in our Friday email.

Ideas for Committees -Check the Box Weekend of Action August 3rd!

On the weekend of August 3rd, the Mass Dems will be hosting a Check the Box Voter Registration Weekend of Action across the state. Join the DTCs, youth groups, and other activists that have already signed up to organize door-to-door registration drives in their own communities.

If you are interested in joining this weekend of action, please sign up here: https://forms.gle/uNE2HhWxMdsBMYme8

To access our Democratic values one-pager, please click here: http://bit.ly/2JDWysP

To access Check the Box, please click here: http://bit.ly/2XY1Rr9

Update: Submitting Events to the Dispatch

The Massachusetts Democratic Party will be partnering with me on issuing the Democratic Dispatch. It is our hope that the first issue that is sent out by them will be the June 28th issue. Towards that end please keep the following in mind:

– Please send information to events@massdems.org. This is the best way to get your events listed.

– If you have a mailing list that you use for events, please include events@massdems.org on your mailing list. As time permit we will look for appropriate events to include.

– I will continue to look at my facebook invitations and my personal email for events to include, but I anticipate having less time to do this in the future.

– Please do not use Matt’s personal email address for events (shalias2@mac.com).

NOTE: If you want your event listed on the MassDems calendar as well, you pretty much need to include an end time for your event. IF you want an event in the Dispatch, but not the MassDems, please say so. Thanks for your patience with this transition.

 

Event details:

*08/03/2019 Braintree Dems: Check the Box Voter Registration Drive*
Saturday, August 3, 10 AM – 4 PM
7 Prescott Lane, Braintree, MA. 02184
Join Braintree Dems to help with a nonpartisan Voter Registration Drive. There are almost 3000 eligible Braintree residents who are not registered to vote. They will pair you with an experienced canvasser if you’d like to help out. Contact kathytuffy@braintreedems.org for more information. Details: https://www.braintreedems.org/events There will also be a brief Braintree DTC meeting prior, in lieu of a normal August meeting. 

08/03/2019 John May Backyard Party with the Franklin Democratic Town Committee
Saturday, August 3, Noon – 4 PM
7 Copperfield Lane, Franklin
Please join hosts John and Laura May for a Backyard Party.  Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage and a side dish if they can, but it is not required! RSVP: johntmay55@gmail.com Details: https://www.facebook.com/franklindemocrats/ 

*08/03/2019 Strawberry Shortcake & Ice Cream Volunteer Social for Mimi Turchinetz, Candidate for Boston City Council District 5*
Saturday, August 3, 3 – 5 PM
145 West Street, Hyde Park
Join the Mimi Turchinetz camapgin for a strawberry shortcake and ice cream social for volunteers. This event is family friendly! RSVP to tishgardner1@gmail.com 

08/03/2019 Boston Fundraiser for Dr Cara Berg-Powers for Worcester School Committee
Saturday, August 3, 6 – 8 PM
RSVP for Address
Come support or get to know more about Worcester School Committee candidate Dr. Cara Berg Powers! 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/388526995110105/ 

08/04/2019 Chillin & Grillin Potluck with the Cape and Islands Democratic Committee
Sunday, August 4, 2 – 5 PM
Home in Harwich
Join the CIDC for a summer cookout. Special Guests TBA, Cost $25, Students Free (but please sign up). The CIDC asks that attendees please bring side, veggie or desert dish. Email Steve Leibowitz with dish & other questions at: StevenL57@gmail.com. RSVP and details:  
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cidcpotluck2019 

08/05/2019 MNW Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, August 5, 7 PM
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford St., Medway MA
The Middlesex Norfolk and Worcester Alliance meets the first Monday of every month.  

*08/06/2019 Mary Keefe and Dan Donahue Fundraiser for Etel Haxhiaj, Candidate for Worcester City Councilor At-Large*
Tuesday, August 6, 5 – 7:30 PM
Nick’s Bar & Restaurant, 124 Millbury St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
Please join us for this fundraising effort for Etel Haxhiaj’s campaign for Worcester City Council. Donations at the Door or On-Line at: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/keefedonahue# Featuring: NAT NEEDLE Playing his selection of Worcester hits. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2377522928994614/ 

08/06/2019 Pasta Dinner for Mark Brazeau for Pittsfield School Committee
Tuesday, August 6, 6 – 8 PM
Italian-American Club, 203 Newell Street, Pittsfield
Tickets are $20 per person. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/408242879766685/ 

08/06/2019 New Bedford ALL City Dems Meeting
Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 PM
GSM Labor Council, 560 Pleasant Street, New Bedford
6 PM doors open for coffee/meet n greet 
6:30 PM Meeting starts  
Contact: Lisa Lemieux, 774-328-0394. 

08/06/2019 Wrentham Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, August 6, 7:30 – 9 PM
Wrentham Senior Center, 400 Taunton St, Wrentham, MA 02093
All voters (and soon to be voters) are welcome! Monthly meeting to help Democrats get elected. Those who are thinking about running for office as a Democrat, who want to meet Democrats running for office, or who are concerned about specific issues are encouraged to attend. Remaining 2019 meetings: 9/10, 10/9, 11/5, and 12/10 

*08/07/2019 Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins’ Birthday Celebration*
Wednesday, August 7, 6 – 7:30 PM
Venezia Restaurant Boston, 20 Ericsson St, Boston, Massachusetts 02122
RSVP: Lauren Perlik at lauren@mlmstrategiesllc.com Contribute online: https://www.actblue.com/donate/swtbday19 Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2082993205163199/ 

*08/07/2019 Melrose Ward 7 Meet and Greet with Mayoral Candidate Jackie Lavender Bird*
Wednesday, August 7, 6 – 7:30 PM
The Park at Grove, Lebanon and Lynde
Grab a lemonade with Jackie, ask questions, and share your ideas for Melrose. All are welcome. Park at 179 Grove. St. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/694860754295266/ 

08/08/2019 Wellfleet DTC Breakfast Meeting
Thursday, August 8, 10 – 11:30 AM
Preservation Hall, 335 Main St, Wellfleet
Agenda to follow. Details: https://wellfleetdems.wixsite.com/wellfleetdems 

08/09/2019 Annual Pints and Politics at the Beer Garden in Springfield
Friday, August 9, 5 – 8 PM
White Lion Brewing, 1477 Main St, Springfield
White Lion’s 1st Annual Pints and Politics provides an opportunity for local officials, candidates running for office, and their supporters to take a Friday evening break, unwind, and chat it up in a relaxed non-judgmental environment. This is a social event, not a political event. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2137401859715073/ 

08/10/2019 Democratic State Committee Meeting
Saturday, August 10, 9 AM
Easthampton High School, 70 Williston Ave, Easthampton, MA 01027
09:00am Refreshments served. 
10:00am Meeting begins. 
All Democrats are welcome. Many Democrats and guests attend on a regular basis. It’s a great opportunity for local activists to observe the Democratic State Committee. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2214925381919210/ 

08/10/2019 Brewster DTC Meeting
Saturday, August 10, 10 AM
Brewster Police Station Community Meeting Room, 631 Harwich Rd, Brewster
The Brewster Democrats meet monthly on the second Saturday at 10 am at the Brewster Police Station Community Meeting Room. Their meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Details: http://www.brewsterdems.org/meetings.html 

08/10/2019 Summer Social with Rep. Sabadosa
Saturday, August 10, Noon – 3 PM
Pulaski Park, 240 Main St, Northampton
Cool off with local watermelon, chat with the Rep about your thoughts on the 1st Hampshire District and Massachusetts, or just pop by to say hello. All are welcome! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/473349290101564/ 

*08/10/2019 Marlborough Dems Annual Summer Barbecue*
Saturday, August 10, 12:30 – 4 PM
Villages at Crane Meadow Clubhouse, 7 Canterbury, Marlborough
Come join the Marlborough Democrats for the Annual MDCC Barbecue! This event includes: a Silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, Great food, Voter registration, and the chance to speak with reps local to Marlborough. Call 508-641-0021 for more info. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/392544051355576/ Questions: MarlboroughDCC@gmail.com 

*08/10/2019 Mass Dems Affirmative Action Outreach Conference*
Saturday, August 10, 3 – 6 PM
Locklin Hall Room 233 at Springfield College, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, 01109
The Mass Dems are pleased to announce the 2nd annual Affirmative Action Outreach Conference! The Party is excited to lay the groundwork ahead of the upcoming elections in 2019, 2020 and beyond. The MassDems encourages all DSC members, Town and Ward Chairs, AAOC Officers and interested Democrats to attend. This conference is a great opportunity to share and learn more about their engagement efforts in communities of color, develop mobilization skills and support community-building efforts.  
Please sign up and share this registration form: http://bit.ly/2SGMZMB 
Contact: Nigel Simon at 617-939-0800 or nigel@massdems.org 

08/11/2019 14th Annual Waltham Democratic City Committee Cookout & Picnic
Sunday, August 11, 1 – 4 PM
Prospect Hill Park, Lower Picnic Area, 322 Totten Pond Rd, Waltham
This event is free for members of the Waltham Democratic City Committee. The cost for guests is $5.00 each. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, and tonic. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. 
All Waltham area Democrats are welcome. All attendees must RSVP by August 8th, to watchcitydems@gmail.com
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2279456425703885/ 

08/11/2019 Melrose Dems: Summer BBQ
Sunday, August 11, 4 – 7 PM
111 Vinton St., Melrose, MA 02176
Burgers, hot dogs, beverages, side dishes and dessert. We also anticipate that a number of Democratic candidates from around Melrose & the state. $20 for individual/$30 for family. Tickets at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mdccbbq and please contact mail@melrosedems.org with any questions. 

08/11/2019 Grill with Senator Will Brownsberger
Sunday, August 11, 5 – 7 PM
75 Woodbine Rd, Belmont, MA 02478
Please join Senator Will Brownsberger and fellow Dems for a “Grill with Will” BBQ! No agenda, just good food, drink and fellowship. There will be traditional BBQ food with plenty of vegetarian/vegan options. Kids are welcome! Kindly RSVP by August 1. Contact: Linda Levin-Scherz at (617) 834-4682. Details: http://belmontdemocrats.org/event/grill-with-will/ 

08/12/2019 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee Annual Picnic 
Monday, August 12, 5 – 8 PM
Gerry # 5 VFA 210 Beacon St. Marblehead, MA 
Contact Renee Ramirez Keaney, Chair of the MDTC  reneekeaney@gmail.com 781-962-6577. 

08/12/2019 Franklin Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Monday, August 12, 7 – 8:30 PM
The Franklin TV and Radio Station, 23 Hutchinson Street, Franklin
The meeting lasts from 7 PM to 8:30 PM with networking from 8:30 PM to 9 PM. All are welcome. Remaining 2019 Meetings: 9/9, 10/14, and 11/11. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/722887531410982/ 

08/13/2019 Quincy Democratic City Committee Meeting
Tuesday, August 13, 6:15 – 8 PM
NAGE Office Building, 159 Burgin Pkwy, Quincy
The monthly meeting of the Quincy Democratic City Committee. All are welcome to attend! The NAGE Office Building is handicap accessible. For any additional accessibility questions or concerns, please send their page a direct Facebook message. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/455570171667150/ 

08/13/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting 
Tuesday, August 13, 7 PM
Beverly Public Library, Beverly Farms Branch, 24 Vine Street 
For more information contact Chairman Jim Thompson at tactech@comcast.net or 978-618-5188. 

08/13/2019 Medway Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, August 13, 7 PM
T.C. Scoops, 104 Main St, Medway
All Medway Democrats welcome! Questions: Email@medwaydemocrats.org 

*08/14/2019 Senator Ed Markey’s Green New Deal Town Hall – New Bedford*
Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 – 8 PM
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, 1121 Ashley Boulevard, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02745
Senator Markey invites you to join him in New Bedford for a town hall discussion on the Green New Deal, infrastructure, transportation, and more. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2358970791011330/ 

08/14/2019 August Pembroke Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, August 14, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Pembroke Town Hall, 100 Center St, Pembroke, Massachusetts 02359
Join the Pembroke DTC for their August meeting! They meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month on the 2nd floor of Town Hall. All are welcome! Contact: pembrokedems@gmail.com 

08/14/2019 Natick Dems Picnic
Wednesday, August 14
SAVE THE DATE! 

08/15/2019 Worcester School Committee Candidates’ Forum
Thursday, August 15, 6 – 8 PM
Levi Lincoln chamber of City Hall, 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
The City of Worcester Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (ACSW) is hosting a school committee candidates’ forum on Thursday August 15th, 2019. The forum will provide an opportunity for the community to get to know the candidates. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/471615377004647/ 

08/15/2019 Reception in Support of Senator Julian Cyr with Congresswoman Clark and Representative Peake
Thursday, August 15, 6 – 8 PM
Truro Vineyards & South Hollow Spirits, 11 Shore Rd, North Truro, MA 02652
Join Senator Cyr at a reception hosted by the Roberts Family with special guest Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Representative Sarah Peake. Donate/details: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cyrtrurovineyards19 

08/15/2019 Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee Summer Social
Thursday, August 15, 7 – 11 PM
TJ Callahan’s Pub, 1475 Main Street, Tewksbury
Join the Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee for their summer social. All state & local area Democrats, elected officials, and candidates are welcome to attend. Questions: tewksburydems@gmail.com 

08/17/2019 Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee
Saturday, August 17, 1 PM
Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd.
Robert Isadore, Chairman velore20@gmail.com 

08/18/2019 Third Middlesex Area Democrats Picnic Hosted by Carlisle DTC
Sunday, August 18, 1 – 4 PM
Home of Bob & Marcia Wallhagen, 64 Timothy Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741
Great food & drinks, Great friends, and a repeat performance of our great Jazz Band. We expect to have our State Senator Michael Barrett & State Rep Tami Gouveia in attendance, along with representatives from Presidential campaigns. It should be a Great Democratic Party! $10 per person (or more to support Democratic efforts going forward). Please RSVP to rwallhagen@aol.com or call 978-369-7802 to ensure adequate food.  

08/20/2019 Westborough Dems Meeting
Tuesday, August 20, 7 PM
Tatnuck Booksellers, 18 Lyman St. Westborough
Monthly meeting of Westborough Democratic Town Committee. Regular meeting date is the third Tuesday of every month. Contact katedonaghue@aol.com .  

*08/20/2019 Melrose Mayoral Forum on Sustainability*
Tuesday, August 20, 7 – 8:30 PM
Melrose High School Learning Commons, 360 Lynn Fells Pkwy, Melrose, MA 02176
Save the date to hear from the candidates for Mayor of Melrose on sustainability issues that affect our community. Candidates for the office of Mayor of Melrose will each respond to pre-selected questions determined by a community survey found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3B6FQY6 This event is being held in collaboration with groups from Sustainable Melrose including the Melrose Energy Commission, the Melrose Recycling Committee, the Melrose Climate Action Committee, the Melrose High School Environmental Club, and the Friends of the Fells. Register at http://bit.ly/2KhLHEj (registration not required to join) or here: https://www.facebook.com/events/337162220520590/ 

*08/21/2019 Community Listening Session with John Trobaugh, Candidate for Worcester School Committee*
Wednesday, August 21, 7 – 8:30 AM
Café Reyes, 421 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01604
Come to express your ideas about the Worcester Public Schools, meet John, and learn more about what you can do to help elect John to the School Committee. RSVP is not necessary. Share with your friends. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2347512961992018/ 

08/21/2019 Bolton Democratic Town Committee Friends and Beers Night
Wednesday, August 21, 7 – 10 PM
Medusa Brewing Company, 111 Main St, Hudson, Massachusetts 01749
The Bolton DTC invites any and all like-minded folks for a Friends and Beers Night. The DTC will be providing light refreshments, and Medusa’s great beer and root beer is available to purchase. Feel free to bring a snack to enjoy by yourself, or to share! People of all ages (above 21) are welcome and feel free to bring a friend or two! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/648370958907973/ 

*08/21/2019 Melrose Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*
Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 – 9 PM
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 W Emerson St, Melrose, Massachusetts 02176
Agenda to follow. Remaining 2019 monthly meetings: 9/18, 10/1, 11/20, and 12/18. Contact: mail@MelroseDems.org Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/299273274056005/ 

*08/21/2019 Gloucester Democratic City Committe Fundraiser at Gloucester Stage Company’s Ben Butler Production*
Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 – 10:30 PM
Gloucester Stage, 267 E Main St, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
The GDCC has reserved a block of seats for the Gloucester Stage Company’s production of Richard Strand’s “”Ben Butler,”” a play about the Civil War era governor of Massachusetts and Union general. Tickets are $50 each and include a donation to the GDCC to help fund our efforts including establishing a coordinated campaign headquarters for Cape Ann for the 2020 elections. To purchase a ticket go to this event you can send a check to GDCC, PO Box 111, Gloucester MA 01930 or purchase them here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/benbutler 

*08/22/2019 Michelle Wu’s Annual Block Party*
Thursday, August 22, 5 – 8 PM
Augustus Avenue in Roslindale (between Whitford St. and Poplar St.)
Featuring food, music, and activities for the kids! Save the Date! RSVP/Volunteer: http://bit.ly/wublockparty19 

08/22/2019 Malden Democratic City Committee Annual Summer BBQ
Thursday, August 22, 5:30 – 8 PM
Anthony’s of Malden, 105 Canal St, Malden, Massachusetts 02148
This BBQ is a great opportunity to hear from candidates and elected officials, meet fellow Democrats, and catch up with friends in a casual cookout atmosphere. Kids welcome. Tickets $15 include hamburgers, hotdogs, and all the fixings / side dishes. Vegetarian option available. Cash bar. Table of 10 seats is $150.  

Contact MDCC chair Adam Weldai, adamweldai@gmail.com, for more information. Purchase tickets online here: http://bit.ly/32QVM3t or at the door. Free parking. Two blocks from Malden Center MBTA station (orange line). 

*08/24/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Ice Cream Social*
Saturday, August 24, 2 – 4 PM
Obear Park, Livingstone Ave, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
The ice cream will be from Treadwell’s in Peabody.  They will have speeches, information about what the Beverly Democratic City Committee is up to, and great camaraderie! This is a free event and not a fundraiser. All are invited! Tell your friends! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/398382907475793/ 

08/24/2019 Neponset Valley Young Dems Cookout
Saturday, August 24, 4 – 7 PM
12 Mozart Dr, Walpole, MA 02081
Save the Date for a “Countdown to 2020 Cookout” hosted by the Neponset Valley Young Democrats, the Young Democrats of Massachusetts, and the Walpole Democratic Town Committee! 
Details and updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/335192517155635/ 

08/24/2019 August 2019 Northboro Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Saturday, August 24, 7 – 8:45 PM
Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St, Northborough
Join the Northboro DTC for their monthly meeting. 

*08/25/2019 Boston Ward 4 Dems Annual Ice Cream Social*
Sunday, August 25, 2 – 4 PM
Titus Sparrow Park, 200 W Newton St, Boston
Join friends, neighbors, and fellow Democrats in Back Bay, Fenway, and the South End (and beyond!) for good ice cream, good weather, and good company. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1206670859515638/ 

08/25/2019 Groton Dems Meeting
Sunday, August 25, 4 PM
Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street, Groton
All Democrats and friends are welcome at our meetings. For more information contact: GrotonDTC@gmail.com 
https://www.grotondemocrats.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/GrotonDemocraticTownCommittee 

08/26/2019 Plymouth Dems Monthly Meeting
Monday, August 26, 7 PM
Plymouth Center for the Arts
Meetings are generally held at 7pm on the last Monday of each month at Plymouth Center for the Arts. Due to ongoing renovations at the Center for the Arts, please make sure to check emails and our facebook page for any changes to the location of these monthly meetings Remaing meetings for 2019: 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, 12/16. 

08/26/2019 Sterling Democratic Committee Presentation on the Plight of North Atlantic Right Whales
Monday, August 26, 7 – 8 PM
The Butterick Building, Rm 205, 1 Park Street, Sterling, Ma. 01564
The presentation will explain the plight of the North Atlantic right whales and what Massachusetts residents/ voters can do to help. Alanna Kelly from the International Fund for Animal Welfare ( IFAW) will be the guest speaker. This is open to the public and all are welcome. The North Atlantic right whale is the official marine mammal of Massachusetts and are one of the most endangered large whale species. Attendees and committee members will hear a resolution asking for their support for right whale conservation (The SAVE Act). Contact: Sterlingdems@gmail.com 

08/27/2019 Salem Democratic City Committee
Tuesday, August 27, 7 PM
Community Room, 135 Lafayette Street, Salem
Contact: James Willis, Chair, salemdemscc@gmail.com 

08/28/2019 13th Annual Democrats of Distinction Awards Banquet – Springfield Democratic City Committee
Wednesday, August 28, 6 – 9 PM
Springfield Lodge of the ELks # 61440, Tiffany St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01108
Please join the Springfield Democratic City Committee in honoring Springfield Democratic activists. Four city-wide awards will be given along with eight awards honoring individuals in each of the city’s wards for their achievements.  
Tickets are $50 and include access to the event, cocktail reception, and dinner. Purchase here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sdcc2019awards or by sending a check to the Springfield Democratic City Committee, C/O Treasurer Geoffrey F.X. O’Connell, at 2 Veterans Way, Springfield, MA 01108. For more information contact Vice Chairman Victor Davila at (413) 297-8614 or springfieldmassdems@gmail.com . Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/354194551927921/ 

*08/28/2019 Back-to-School Supply Drive and Ice Cream Social with Mayor Marty Walsh*
Wednesday, August 28, 6 – 8 PM
IBEW Local 103, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester 02122
Join Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for a back-to-school supply drive and ice cream social. Please bring one of the suggested items for donation. This is an event for all ages, everyone is welcome. To RSVP and see the list of suggested items for donation see here: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-7307652245850423296 

08/28/2019 North Shore Delegates Dinner
Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Brothers Taverna, 283 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
Delegates for the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention will join for an informative Pre-Convention dinner. Topics will include how to prepare for the convention and what to expect at the convention. Meet fellow delegates (and friends) from across the North Shore before the convention. Local and statewide officeholders will be invited to speak at this event. Your $20.00 donation will include a great meal, which will include steak tips, fish, or a vegetarian option. This is not a fundraiser. https://www.facebook.com/events/486040351937080/ 

*08/28/2019 Mansfield Monthly Democratic Town Committee*
Wednesday, August 28, 7:30 – 9 PM
Mansfield Municipal Airport, 265 Fruit St, Mansfield
General meeting. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/347314529293965/ 

08/31/2019 America, Interrupted, Gloucester Democrats Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Saturday, August 31, 9 – 10:30 AM
Cape Ann Community Cinema and Stage, 21 Main St. Gloucester
If you have questions, please contact us at capeanndemhq@gmail.com.  
There is no charge to participate, though a free-will offering to help defray the costs of the use of the cinema facilities will be accepted.  
http://www.gloucesterdemocrats.org/ 

09/07/2019 Haverhill Democratic City Committee’s Annual Breakfast
Saturday, September 7, 10 AM
Maria’s Family Restaurant, Galleria Banquet Room, 85 Essex Street, Haverhill
Join the Haverhill DTC for their Annual Breakfast. Candidates for local municipal offices will be attending, along with state and federal elected officials. 2019 Distinguished Democrats will be awarded and straw poll for municipal elections will be conducted on all contested races. Open to the public and tickets are $25.00. Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended as this event will sell out early. For more info contact Roz McKeon, Breakfast Chairperson at rbm521@comcast.net

09/08/2019 17th Annual Jean and Paul “Red Sullivan Memorial Breakfast”
Sunday, September 8, 10 AM – Noon 
V.F.W. Post-1046, 283 North Quincy Street, Brockton
Keynote Speaker: TBD. For more information and ticket sales please call Debra Garland, Brockton Democratic Chairperson, at 508-559-9670. Details: http://bit.ly/2yamFBp 

09/08/2019 32nd Annual Acton-Boxborough Democratic Picnic
Sunday, September 8, 2 – 5 PM
Home of Abby and Dennis Reip, 205 Old Harvard Road, Boxborough
The Acton-Boxborough DTC asks that you help them support the Acton Boxborough Food Pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item to the picnic. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Ellen Valade at ellenvalade@yahoo.com or Abby Reip at abbyreip@gmail.com. Details: http://bit.ly/2yb0Npc Please note the suggested $10 contribution per person or $20 per family. 

09/08/2019 Annual Multi-Town DTC Event Sponsored by Shutesbury, Leverett, New Salem, Pelham, Sunderland, and Wendell Town Committees
Sunday, September 8, 3 – 5 PM
Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282 Wendell Rd, Shutesbury, MA 01072
Sponsored by Dem. Committees of Shutesbury, Leverett, New Salem, Pelham, Sunderland, Wendell. Theme: Time To Act. Food, Music and tabling by action groups. Invited speakers include Congressman McGovern, State Senator Comerford, State Rep. Blais and others. Contact: P. Kim at Pen2noho@msn.com 

09/08/2019 Wellesley Dems Annual Picnic
Sunday, September 8, 4 PM
private home in Wellesley
Save the Date. Join Wellesley Dems for good food, drinks, live music, and a chance to hear from our elected officials as well as local activist organizations! More details TBA. RSVP: chair@wellesleydems.org 

*09/09/2019 Franklin Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Monday, September 9, 7 – 8:30 PM
The Franklin TV and Radio Station, 23 Hutchinson Street, Franklin
The meeting lasts from 7 PM to 8:30 PM with networking from 8:30 PM to 9 PM. All are welcome. Remaining 2019 Meetings: 10/14 and 11/11. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/722887531410982/ 

*09/10/2019 Braintree Democratic Town Committee September Meeting*
Tuesday, September 10, 7 – 8:45 PM
Thayer Public Library, Logan Auditorium, Upper Level, 798 Washington Street, Braintree, MA 02184
Join the Braintree Dems for their monthly meeting. Learn more about how you can help to elect Democratic candidates and support Democratic policy. Details: https://www.braintreedems.org/events 

*09/10/2019 Wrentham Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*
Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 – 9 PM
Wrentham Senior Center, 400 Taunton St, Wrentham, MA 02093
All voters (and soon to be voters) are welcome! Monthly meeting to help Democrats get elected. Those who are thinking about running for office as a Democrat, who want to meet Democrats running for office, or who are concerned about specific issues are encouraged to attend. Remaining 2019 meetings: 10/9, 11/5, and 12/10. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/761063740913682/ 

09/11/2019 Kingston Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 11, 7 PM
The Town House, 26 Evergreen Street, Kingston
Join the Kingston DTC for their September meeting. Contact: KingstonDemocrats@gmail.com 

09/12/2019 Sudbury Democratic Town Commitee Meeting
Thursday, September 12, 7 PM
Sudbury Grange Hall in Sudbury Center, 327 Concord Road
Join the Sudbury DTC at the Grange Hall at the intersection of Concord Road and Route 27, right next to Town Hall.  Attendees should park in the Town Hall lot. The meeting is on the second floor, accessible by both stairs and elevator. Details: http://sudburydemocrats.org/ 

09/14/2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention
Saturday, September 14, 8 AM
MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA
2019 Convention: September 14, MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA 
Watch MassDems.org for details.  

09/18/2019 Billerica Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 18, 7:15 PM
Room 110, Billerica Town Hall
Remaining 2019 meetings: 10/22 and 12/10. Contact: billericademocrats@gmail.com 

09/19/2019 Falmouth Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 19, 7 – 9 PM
The Hermann Room, Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main St, Falmouth, MA 02540
Nate Mayo, Manager Development and Policy at Vineyard Wind will be speaking on wind green energy. Details: http://falmouthdemocratictowncommittee.org/?page_id=14 

*09/22/2019 Annual Newton Dems Fundraising Brunch*
Sunday, September 22
Save the Date! 

*09/26/2019 Plymouth County Register of Deeds John Buckley’s Annual “Galway West” Oyster Festival*
Thursday, September 26, 5:30 – 8 PM
J.P. Ryan’s Tavern, 246 Brockton Avenue (Rte. 123) Abington
The festival will feature Irish Music, Irish Step dancers and Fresh Oysters form Duxbury Oyster Company. Suggested Minimum Donation $25, Sponsorships: Gold-$200; Silver-$100; Bronze-$75 For further information, please call Pamela Berry at (781) 871-1510. 

09/28/2019 Ipswich Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Ipswich Public Library, 25 N Main St, Ipswich, MA 01938
Agenda to follow. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/353503618880786/ 

09/28/2019 Danvers Democratic Town Committee Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 28, 6 – 10 PM
The Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers
Come join the Danvers DTC for a festive evening with an international buffet and a theme of Celebrating  Women in Politics to raise funds for their scholarship and activities. Statewide and local officials and candidates. Tickets are $30, payable to DDTC.  White will be the color of the evening as they are celebrating the 100th anniversary of women  being given the right to vote. For more information contact Marilyn Hazel at hazel_marilyn@yahoo.com or (978) 590-1473. Tickets available at the door. 

09/29/2019 Westfield Democratic City Committee Annual Harvest Breakfast
Sunday, September 29, 9 AM – Noon 
Tekoa Country Club, 459 Russell Rd. (Rt 20), Westfield, MA 01085
Save the Date for WDCC’s only fundraising event of the year, honoring the Westfield WDCC Member of the Year and Westfield Democrat of the Year. Check https://www.facebook.com/events/414722162457659/ for updates. 

*10/05/2019 Billerica, Tewksbury, Wilmington Dem Committees Annual Fundraiser, hosted by Jimmy Tingle*
Saturday, October 5, 8 – 11 PM
Billerica Elks Lodge, 14 Webb Brook Rd, Billerica, Massachusetts 01821
Have fun and support the Billerica, Tewksbury, and Wilmington Democratic Town Committees at their annual fundraiser, hosted by Jimmy Tingle. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. sharp. Jimmy Tingle will take the stage and perform bits of his show, “Jimmy Tingle’s 20/20 Vision.” The event will also include a live auction, cash and check only. Cash bar and light snacks. Attendees can bring their own food to the event, but no drinks are allowed due to the cash bar. Tickets will be available at the door for $35.00 each. All proceeds will be divided evenly by all three Democratic Town Committees. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/440297296555890/ 

10/20/2019 Greater Lowell Area Democrats (GLAD) Annual Brunch
Sunday, October 20, 10 AM – Noon 
Lenzi’s, 810 Merrimack Ave., Dracut, MA 01826
Tickets: $40 per person or $350 for table of 10. Check https://www.facebook.com/events/2433377630045718/ for more info. 

10/25/2019 Barbara Gray Dinner in Wellfleet
Friday, October 25
Save the date!! 

10/27/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Annual Unity Breakfast
Sunday, October 27, 8:30 – 11 AM
Franco-American Hall, (Franco Amvets Post 161), 535 Western Ave., Lynn
A plentiful breakfast will be provided. Donation per person:$30.00 in advance, $35:00 at the door. Please send checks, payable to the LDCC, for the number of people planning to attend, to Jane Cahill, LDCC Treasurer, 169 Lynn Shore Dr, Lynn, MA 01902. For additional information, please contact Agnes Ricko, Chair at 781-599-9347 or alfredricko@comcast.net 

11/13/2019 DSC Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 6 PM
Location: Eighth Congressional District. 
Watch https://massdems.org/ for details and exact location. 

Submitting Events
Please send us your Democratic events. We want to publicize what you are doing. We usually go to press on Friday PM, so make sure you send your info no later than Thursday evening to get into that week’s issue. 
1) Use subject line “For the Dispatch” 
2) Put your event information in text format in the body of the email. Please include start time, end time (if any), location (with street address for GPS), event description (it’s good to mention food/drink/donations/RSVP), and a link to more info. 
3) Send to events@massdems.org 

Ideas for Committees – Preview of Reorganization Timeline – Advice
08/01/19 Last day for city and ward committees to notify the Secretary of Commonwealth of the number of members to be elected to each ward and town committee. 
08/06/19 Nomination papers available at the Election Division in the Office of the Secretary of the Common wealth and some city and town clerks’ offices for ward, town and state committee. 
11/08/19 Last day and hour (5PM) to submit ward, town or state committee nomination papers to Registars of Voters for certification of signatures. 
11/15/19 Last day and hour (5PM) for Registrars of Voters to complete certification of signatures on nomination papers for ward, town and state committees. 
11/19/19 Last day and hour (5PM) to file ward, town and state committee nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. 
OVERVIEW AND NOTES 
Every four years Democratic Town and Ward Committees need to reorganize. 
Check the calendar above and think about either scheduling meetings that allow you to take the actions listed above or if your current meeting schedule allows you to accomplish what needs to be done. 
In brief the process starts with each committee choosing the potential number of members to be elected on the ballot. Generally I encourage committees to “Fill Every Seat. Legally, each committee can set the number between 3 and 35. I mention this now to encourage people to think about this issue now so that you can have a vote in time to get the information to the SOC on or before 08/01. 
Between 8/6 and 11/9 nomination papers need to be circulated and signed. It’s prudent to have a meeting during this time as well as a plan to connect with people who might not attend a meeting. 
Finally, it’s good to schedule time to get the papers into the SOC.