VBDC Weekly Email  ~ July 8th, 2017
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In This Issue ~

Messages from The Chair and Vice Chair
Special Presentations: Sandra Brandt, Charlie Jackson and Susan Loesberg
Last Month's Meeting Minutes
Volunteers Needed
New Blog Article: I Believe. Do You?
Upcoming Events
Join Us ~ Members & Volunteers

VBDC Business Meeting on July 10th

Please join us on Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 7PM at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. This meeting is open to the public as well as VBDC members. All are welcome!

Message from the Chair

I hope everyone had a great Fourth...despite the rain!  Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday, July 10th, 7pm at the Central Library. It’ll be our first meeting since the primary. We have three great presentations to focus us on how to turn VB Blue: our own Sandra Brandt will educate us on party structure in Virginia; guest speaker Charlie Jackson of the Competitive Commonwealth Fund, a PAC devoted to flipping the House of Delegates, will describe CCF's efforts; and Susan Loesberg of Together We Will will discuss TWW's grassroots organizing. See you there!

Chair  |  Dave Belote  |

Message from the Vice Chair

Cheryl Turpin will be collecting old prescription eyeglasses at Monday’s meeting. Please bring in all your old pairs! Cheryl is running for the House of Delegates in the 85th District in Virginia Beach. 

Vice Chair  |  Susan Hippen |

VBDC Events

Monday, July 10th, 2017 Meeting  ~ Special Presentations

Sandra BrandtSandra Brandt, Chair of the Second Congressional District and one of our DPVA leaders, will give a fast-paced presentation on the structure and functions of the 2017 Democratic Party, describing the national, state and local levels, our legal obligations and how VBDC relates to the larger Democratic Party. This is an informative program, especially for new members and volunteers, that Sandra has given across the Commonwealth this year.  

Charlie JacksonGuest speaker Charlie Jackson of the Competitive Commonwealth Fund, a PAC devoted to flipping the House of Delegates, will also be joining us at the July 10th meeting to describe his efforts.  

Our third guest speaker, Susan Loesberg of Together We Will, will discuss TWW's grassroots organizing.

Last Month's Meeting Minutes

VBDC Meeting Minutes from June 5, 2017

Our August Meeting will be a social! Stay tuned for details.

Volunteers Needed
The Communications Committee is seeking volunteers with photography experience and equipment (such as indoor lighting) to help build our photographic database with original photos of Virginia Beach and to document VBDC people and events. The photos will help to provide much-needed visual interest to our new website, social media and handouts. Please contact

We are also in need of volunteers to assist with Event Planning. Please contact

New Blog Article

I believe. Do you?
~ by S. Martin

I joined Virginia Beach Democrats because….

I am a high school drop out.
I took my GED through a state run program.
I was a first generation college student supported by public “student success” programs.
My mom is a green card holder and an EU passport holder.
My mom receives Social Security and Medicare.
We were on public assistance...


Mark Your Calendars

Save The Date ~ Saturday, September 30th, 2017 for a day of special events!

Michael BlakeMichael Blake, Vice Chair of the Democratic Committee, will visit Virginia Beach to work with VBDC candidates, campaign staffs and volunteers as we go into high gear for the November election.  After a career in journalism, Blake began his political career in the 2006 "Yes We Can" training program. He then managed three winning state legislative races in Michigan, became President Obama's 2008 Iowa Caucus Constituency vote director, and served in eight additional states, including Michigan, where his team won all seven races as part of their Coordinated campaign. Blake later served as White House Associate Director of Public Engagement and Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In, 2012 Blake was National Deputy Operation Vote Director for President Obama.  Blake currently is serving in his second term in the New York State Assembly, representing the 79th District.  Since becoming DNC vice chair this year, Blake has been traveling extensively across the country helping Democratic committees and candidates prepare for primary and general elections. We are delighted to welcome Mike to Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads and look forward to his visit.  Check our emails and website for more details about the day’s special events.


Calendar of Public Events

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