July 8, 2019/Weekly Column

Summer is Here! Picnics, Cookouts, Summer Socials

Greetings from Kate

Dear Democrats, 

Almost twenty years! Thanks to all who have reached out to me since I announced my retirement from taking a lead role in the Dispatch. I’ll continue to be here, but in more of a support role. Many, many thanks to all who have read this correspondence over the years! 

It has been a great experience to start with a handful of people on an email list and have it grow. I sometimes joke that I started the Dispatch for activists but have found that it is of great use to campaigns. 

Back in 2002 when we lost the gubernatorial election, I said to myself, “What can I do? What can I personally do to make a difference?” And I said to myself, “Expand the Dispatch.” 

I urge all of you to ask yourself the same question. What can you do, as an individual to move your causes forward?  

Democratically yours, 

Kate Donaghue 

PS Please be sure that you use the events@massdems.org e-mail address when sending in events. My personal email address will be checked, but not as frequently as I previously did. 

Ideas for Committees – Make your August Meeting a Membership Drive!
Do you have a meeting or social event scheduled for August? Trying to think of a speaker? Or maybe you skipped it because it is summer in an add numbered year? Since nomination papers for reorg are available on August 6, have a new member social. Maybe you can move your meeting to an ice cream parlor. Or go to a local pub. Or you can turn your regular meeting into a new member event. Ask people to bring someone who might be interested. Folks can talk about how they got connected to the Democratic Party infrastructure and what worked well and what could be changed. You can begin to get as many signatures as possible so that you are not rushing around at the last minute. Click here for details or scroll down. 
REMINDERS: 
The deadline for add-on applications is July 8, at 5 pm. If people came to your local caucus and expressed an interest in the add-on process, this is a good time to follow-up amd s[read the word to your committee members. Here’s a link:  http://bit.ly/2019AddonApplication 

July 12 – Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Detention Camps MORE COMMUNITIES ADDED
On July 12th, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps ( https://www.lightsforliberty.org ), will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. There are events in Bedford, Beverly, Boston, Brewster, Cambridge, Dennis, Easton, Edgartown, Great Barringrton, Pittsfield, Falmouth, Framingham, Greenfield, Hyannis, Hudson, Lexington, Natick, New Bedford, Provincetown, Salem, South Deerfield, Wellfleet.  

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:

07/08/2019 MNW Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, July 8, 7 PM
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford St., Medway MA
The Middlesex Norfolk and Worcester Alliance meets the first Monday of every month.  

07/08/2019 Franklin DTC Monthly Meeting
Monday, July 8, 7 – 9 PM
Franklin TV and Radio Station 23 Hutchinson St, Franklin, MA 02038
The Franklin Democratic Town Committee’s meeting lasts from 7 PM to 8:30 PM with networking from 8:30 PM to 9 PM. All are welcome.  
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/722887531410982/ 

07/09/2019 YDMA Policy Panel: Housing Justice for All
Tuesday, July 9, 6 – 9 PM
TBD
Save the Date and stay tuned for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/463157651109092/ 

*07/09/2019 Jobs with Justice – 2019 Summer Kickoff*
Tuesday, July 9, 6 – 8 PM
375 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130
You can participate in-person or virtually via zoom chat. Jobs with Justice will provide snacks and spend some time discussing pending state bills, and the many ways to work within in communities to protect your neighbors to make your communities more welcoming and safer for noncitizens. Lily Huang (Co-Director of Mass JWJ) will do a brief training on how to organize a know your rights community walk in your neighborhood. 
RSVP: massjobswithjustice@gmail.com. Details:  
https://www.facebook.com/events/2207001736276734/ 

07/09/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting 
Tuesday, July 9, 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. 

07/09/2019 Wrentham DTC Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, July 9, 7:30 PM
Wrentham Senior Center 400 Taunton St, Wrentham, MA 02093
Monthly meeting to help Democrats get elected, Voters (and soon to be voters) are welcome! 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/761063740913682/ 

*07/10/2019 Bay State Stonewall Democrats Board Meeting*
Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 – 9 PM
Newton City Hall and War Memorial, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre
Join the BSSDs for their board meeting. Details and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2835679436456453/ 

*07/10/2019 Barnstable Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*
Wednesday, July 10, 7 – 8:30 PM
Barnstable Democrats, 524 Main St, Barnstable
Join the Barnstable Democratic Town Committee to discuss local, state, and national issues that relate to the Democratic Party. Details:  
https://www.facebook.com/events/306034600260242/ 

07/10/2019 Pembroke July DTC Meeting
Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Pembroke Town Hall, 2nd floor, 100 Center St, Pembroke, 02359
July meeting of the Pembroke Democratic Town Committee Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/459448364808269/ 

*07/11/2019 LaMar Cook for Springfield City Council Summer Fundraiser*
Thursday, July 11, 5 – 6:30 PM
Sophias Sports Bar and Pizza, 463 Breckwood Blvd, Springfield
Join the Cook Committee for our Summer Fundraiser in support of LaMar Cook for Springfield City Council at Large. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/386613291957972/ 
All donation amounts are welcome. If you cannot make this event please consider donating online at: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/lamar-cook-1 or mail contributions to The Cook Committee 235 State S #114 Springfield, MA 01103. 

*07/11/2019 West Roxbury Meet and Greet Fundraiser for Jeff Ross*
Thursday, July 11, 5 – 6:30 PM
The Squealing Pig, 1885 Centre Street, West Roxbury
Boston City Council At-Large Candidate Jeff Ross is holding a meet and greet fundraiser. RSVP to: Events@teamjeffross.com Donate online via ActBlue: https://tinyurl.com/teamjeffross 

*07/11/2019 Census 2020 Kickoff and Informational Briefing*
Thursday, July 11, 6 – 7 PM
Memorial Hall Library, 2 N Main St, Andover
Rep. Paul W. Mark, Rep. Tram T. Nguyen, and the US Census Bureau will hold a Census 2020 Informational Briefing to raise awareness for US Census Outreach efforts in the Merrimack Valley. Representative Mark currently chairs the House Committee on Redistricting. Representative Nguyen serves on the House Committee on Personnel and Administration. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/343383496583468/ 

07/11/2019 Chicopee Dems
Thursday, July 11, 6:30 PM
Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA 01013
For more info: Meghan Balakier, CDCC Chair, meghan.balakier@gmail.com 

07/11/2019 YDMA Policy Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 11, 8:30 PM
11 Beacon St, 4th Floor, Boston
Join the Young Democrats of Massachusetts for their monthly policy committee meeting!  
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/417718829073135/ 

*07/12/2019 Boston Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Detention Camps*
Friday, July 12, 7 PM
20 Bradston St, Boston
On July 12th, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps ( https://www.lightsforliberty.org ), will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. 
If you live in the Boston area, join us outside the ICE Detention Center (on the campus of the Suffolk County House of Corrections, 20 Bradston Street, Boston) – or even in front of your own home – to hold a candle and share a moment of silence. Details and RSVP: http://bit.ly/2ZVFgNs 

*07/13/2019 Marlborough Democratic City Committee Meeting*
Saturday, July 13, 9 AM
New Horizons, 370 Hemenway Street, Marlborough, MA
The meeting will be held in the dining area. 

*07/13/2019 Action for Immigrant Lives*
Saturday, July 13, 11 AM – 3 PM
The Cathedral Church of St Paul, 138 Tremont St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111
A day of learning, listening and action. Learn about national and local issues facing immigrant communities, including the Safe Communities Act, Temporary Protected Status, “Driver’s License Bills,” and more. Discover how to contact your legislators, host phone-banking parties, and hold community events in your town. 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/629530030883431/ 

07/13/2019 Wayland Dems Summer Picnic
Saturday, July 13, 1 – 4 PM
Home of Judy Ling & Steve Klitgord, 274 Concord Road, Wayland, MA 01778
Please park on the slope, facing the road. 
Food, drink, and special guests. Rain date TBD. Contact: waylanddems@gmail.com

07/13/2019 YDMA AAPI Caucus Election and July meeting
Saturday, July 13, 2 – 3 PM
Boston MA
Join the Young Democrats for for our July AAPI caucus meeting. Agenda items include future plans for the caucus, elect a new caucus chair, and socialize.  
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2228245640600050/ 

07/13/2019 MetroWest Young Democrats July Meet Up
Saturday, July 13, 2 – 4 PM
B Sisters Cafe, 680 Worcester Rd, Framingham
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/447933752664596/ 

07/14/2019 Southampton Democratic Town Committee 3rd Annual Friends and Family Picnic
Sunday, July 14, 1 – 4 PM
Conant Park, East Street, Southampton (behind Edwards Library)
Suggested donations – $15.00 per person/$25.00 per family (under 12 free). Suggested sponsor amount is $50. Advance tickets available or tickets can be purchased at the door. Make checks payable to Southampton DTC. Mail to PO Box 53, Southampton, MA 01073 
RSVP by July 12, 2019 at Southamptonmadems@gmail.com, with a SDTC member, or here: https://www.facebook.com/events/369982620311803/ 
Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, salmon burgers, salads and desserts will be served.There will be a variety of games and the chance to chat with a Local/State Official. 

07/14/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Annual Family Cookout & Food Drive
Sunday, July 14, 2 – 5 PM
Lynn Museum & Historical Society, 590 Washington St., Lynn
Please join us for an afternoon of relaxation, socializing and talking about the common beliefs and values we share as Democrats. Traditional cookout fare of hot dogs, hamburgers, various salads, etc. will be served. Enter our Dessert Contest. Prizes awarded for the best homemade desserts. Cookout donation: $15.00 per person; $25.00 family. For further information, please contact Agnes Ricko, Chair at 781-599-9347 or alfredricko@comcast.net

07/14/2019 Michelle Wu’s Roslindale Backyard Party
Sunday, July 14, 3 – 5 PM
Roslindale
Please join our hosts Laura Gang and Steve, Emily and Louisa Gag for a Backyard Party with City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu. Performing live, the funk, blues & soul band “Mythical Beasts” led by singer/songwriter and Rozzie resident Zoe Knight. 
RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/roslindalebackyardparty19 Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/380957635859320/ 
To join the Host Committee, email Anthony: anthony@michelleforboston.com Questions: sharon@michelleforboston.com 

07/15/2019 Western Mass Young Dems Monthly Meeting 
Monday, July 15, 6 – 7 PM
Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton
This meeting will be located inside the Watson room (Region 2). They will also be continuing to fill some of the open leadership positions within the chapter. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1528443280627465/ 

07/15/2019 Central Mass Young Dems Elections/Social Hour
Monday, July 15, 7 – 9 PM
Nick’s Bar & Restaurant 124 Millbury St, Worcester, MA 01610
The Central Mass Young Dems will be holding elections for several Board positions. If you’re a Democrat under 36 and located in Central Massachusetts, come join, elect, and meet the next CMYD Board! 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1723777597754414/ 

07/16/2019 Ranked Choice Voting Lobby Day
Tuesday, July 16, 11 AM – 2 PM
MA Statehouse Great Hall of Flags, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133
Join us as we gather with other electoral reform advocates and meet at the State House with legislators and representatives from across the state, urging them to support ranked choice voting. Hear from our expert speakers, then meet with your own representatives and tell them that you want RCV in MA! Ranked choice voting is part of the Mass Dems platform. Learn about it here:  
https://www.voterchoicema.org/about_rcv 
RSVP: https://www.voterchoicema.org/rcv_lobby_day_july16 
Contact Monica Burke (monica.burke@voterchoicema.org, 978-930-0430) for more info  

07/16/2019 Westborough Dems Meeting
Tuesday, July 16, 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 .  

07/17/2019 Melrose Dems: Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 – 9 PM
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church 70 W Emerson St, Melrose, MA 02176
Meeting agenda to follow. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/299273274056005/ 

*07/18/2019 July Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Thursday, July 18, 6:30 PM
HCAM Television, 77 Main St, Hopkinton
Newcomers are welcome, it’s time to plan for next year! Details:  
https://www.facebook.com/events/1985774578195251/ 

07/19/2019 Springfield Ward 8 Fundraiser DCC
Friday, July 19, 6 PM
117 Main St. Indian Orchard 
Annual fundraiser to send Springfield Ward 8 delegates to Convention. Good food, good friends and good times. Please come out! Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2294927723929684/ 

*07/20/2019 Annual Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee BBQ – NEW DATE*
Saturday, July 20, 1 – 4 PM
133 Center street, Yarmouth Port
Good food, great conversation and wonderful friends. 
Suggested donation $20/person. 
RECP velore20@gmail.com or call Bob at 508-362-1696. 

*07/21/2019 Acton Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Sunday, July 21, 6 – 7:30 PM
Spicepepper Garden, 36 Great Road, Acton
The Agenda and Minutes will go out a week before the meeting.  They will be discussing current issues, the AB Picnic on September 8th in Boxborough, and the Democratic Issues Convention September 14th in Springfield.  Contact: ellenvalade@yahoo.com Details: http://www.actondems.org/events/2018/3/18/acton-democratic-town-committee-zyp6k 

07/23/2019 Salem Democratic City Committee
Tuesday, July 23, 7 PM
Community Room, 135 Lafayette Street, Salem
Contact: James Willis, Chair, salemdemscc@gmail.com 

07/24/2019 Western Mass Young Dems Meeting 
Wednesday, July 24, 6 – 7 PM
Springfield Central Library, 220 State St, Springfield
Join the WMYD, in region 1, for their monthly meeting to discuss initiatives in Western Mass.They will also be continuing to fill some of the open leadership positions within the chapter. For more info contact western_mass@ydma.org.Detailshttps://www.facebook.com/events/472779839949089/ 

*07/24/2019 Annual Brookline Democratic Town Committee Chinese Buffet Fundraiser*
Wednesday, July 24, 7 – 9 PM
Sichuan Gourmet Restaurant, 1006 Beacon Street, Brookline
The theme of the fundraiser is Mobilizing America’s Youth: What We Need to Know about Young People and Voting (and what this means for the future of our country). Dinner will take place first, followed by guest speaker Hon. Alan Solomont, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) to Spain, at 7:45 PM. 
RSVP and tickets: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2019fund Details: https://www.brooklinedems.org/events/2019/7/24/the-bdtc-annual-fundraiserQuestions or to pay by check: bdtc@brooklinedems.org 

07/25/2019 GBYD #YoungDemsRead Book Club: The Fifth Risk
Thursday, July 25, 6 – 8 PM
Downeast Cider House, 256 Marginal Street #32, Boston
Join #YoungDemsRead in reading “The Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis in July. Meet new friends in Boston and discuss this spellbinding piece. They will also be hosting a book exchange. If you’d like to participate, bring a book you are willing to part with and you will leave with another book in return to enjoy! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/379858865993821/ 

07/27/2019 America, Interrupted, Gloucester Democrats Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Saturday, July 27, 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/ 

07/27/2019 Springfield Ward 8 DCC Committee July Meeting
Saturday, July 27, 10 – 11:45 AM
117 Main St, Indian Orchard
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/488868624985145/ Contact: spfldward8dems@gmail.com 

07/28/2019 Annual Democratic Women Potluck Lunch
Sunday, July 28, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
5 Warren Place, Weston 
Contact: Nazda Alam; nazdakalam@gmail.com Eileen Zalisk : Zalisk@aol.com 

07/28/2019 Young Dems Jewish Caucus: Ice Ts and Ice Cream
Sunday, July 28, 3 – 5 PM
11 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
Join the Young Democrats of Massachusetts Jewish Caucus in making some fresh duds and noshing on some chill eats to help cool down this summer. 
Reserve your tshirt size here: https://doodle.com/poll/vcxfr8iztb4div2b 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/389911751621846/ 

07/28/2019 Groton Dems Meeting
Sunday, July 28, 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 

07/28/2019 Falmouth Democratic Town Committee Garden Party Fundraiser
Sunday, July 28, 4 – 6 PM
West Falmouth address on RSVP
Celebrate and prepare for Blue Wave 2020. Meet and Greet elected officials and special guests. Share insights and vision for our Democratic Party with fellow activists. Have a fun afternoon with drinks, tasty appetizers, and delicious desserts. 
Reservations are $35 per person. RSVP by July 21.  
Details: http://falmouthdemocratictowncommittee.org/?p=2059 ,  

07/29/2019 Plymouth Dems Monthly Meeting
Monday, July 29, 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: 8/26, 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, 12/16. 

07/29/2019 Northborough DTC Monthly Meeting
Monday, July 29, 7 – 8:45 PM
Northborough Free Library conference room, 34 Main St., Northborough, MA 01532
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2418149701795893/ 
Contact: Janet Cason at janetqcason@verizon.net.  
If you have never been to the Northborough library, email Janet for directions and use “Library Directions” in the subject line. GPS directions are incorrect.  

*07/29/2019 Somerville Dems Councillor At-Large Forum*
Monday, July 29, 7 PM
To be determined
The July meeting of the Somerville Democratic City Committee will include a candidate forum. They have invited all of the 8 candidates for City Councillor At-Large. More details on this to come, but please save the date.  

*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 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. 

*08/08/2019 Braintree Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Thursday, August 8, 6:30 – 8 PM
Logan Auditorium, Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington St., Braintree
Details: https://www.braintreedems.org/events 

08/10/2019 Democratic State Committee Meeting
Saturday, August 10, 9 AM
Easthampton High School, 70 Williston Ave, Easthampton, MA 01027
09am Refreshments served. 
at 9AM. 10am 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 Marlborough Dems Annual Barbecue*
Saturday, August 10, 12:30 – 4 PM
Villages at Crane Meadow Clubhouse, 7 Canterbury, Marlborough
Questions: MarlboroughDCC@gmail.com 

08/11/2019 Waltham Dems Summer Barbecue
Sunday, August 11, 1 PM
Save the date! 

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. 

08/12/2019 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. 

*08/13/2019 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 Natick Dems Picnic
Wednesday, August 14
SAVE THE DATE! 

*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 .  

08/22/2019 Michelle Wu’s Annual Block Party
Thursday, August 22, 5:30 – 8 PM
Augustus Avenue in Roslindale
Save the Date!  

08/24/2019 Neponset Valley Young Democrats Cookout
Saturday, August 24, 4 – 7 PM
12 Mozart Dr., Walpole, MA 02081
Save the Date. Hosted by and Walpole Democratic Town Committee. For updates check https://www.facebook.com/events/335192517155635/ 

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: 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. 

08/24/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 24
Obear Park Livingstone Ave Beverly
SAVE THE DATE. 
Featuring Russ Treadwell’s ice cream. This is a free event. 

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/ 

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 

09/14/2019 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.  

09/28/2019 Danvers Democratic Town Committee Oktoberfest – SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, September 28

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. 

10/20/2019 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.