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Next Club Meeting on March 26

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Tuesday, March 26, 7 PM
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton, Rocky River

Featured Presentation



Dr. Michael G. Shoaf, Superintendent, Rocky River City School District
Ruth Beach, President, Board of Education, Rocky River City School District

The Speakers will update the community on a number of issues.  The session will include ample time for audience feedback and questions.  The meeting is free and open to everyone.   Please invite your friends and neighbors!

Club Meeting: Tuesday, February 26th

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We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting of the


Tuesday, February 26th, 7 PM
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton, Rocky River


Angela Dudek, Executive Director, will review how the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce works and what is new and exciting in 2019.

Anastasia Vanisko, Program Assistant, will discuss the setback requirement for wind farms that has severely restricted their spread in Ohio and provide concrete action steps for the audience. Ohio Citizen Action engages people in actions that protect public health, improve environmental quality, and benefit consumers.

Rick Hatala, Club Secretary, will present the results of the survey conducted by the Club last month. Highlights include responses to what respondents felt were important at the local, state, and national levels.

Mike O’Neil, Club President, will preside over the election of Club Officers for the next two-year term that begins with this meeting.

Club Meeting on Tuesday, January 29

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The Next Meeting of the

Tuesday, January 29, 7 PM
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton, Rocky River

Review of the Midterm Elections and Preview of
This Year’s Local Elections

Featured Speakers:

Meghan F. George, Lakewood City Council, At-Large
Susan Moran Palmer, former candidate for the US Congress, District 16
Cassimir Svigelj, former candidate for State Representative, District 16

Hear from 3 quality candidates on what it takes to run for the first time at a municipal level, state level and national level.
Lessons learned and great advice and tips.

Our local election takes place this year in Rocky River for mayor, city council and other offices. 

During the meeting, Club Treasurer Rob McRae will provide an overview of Rocky River’s political structure.

Election of Club officers will also be discussed.  Nominations are made in January and February; and voting takes place during the Club meeting on February 26th.  If you have an interest in a role with the Club, we encourage you to participate!  The Rocky River Democratic Club is the place to connect to campaigns, issues and causes right here in our own community.

Protect Ballot Initiatives and the Right to Peaceful Protest!

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We are passing along an important alert from the League of Women Voters (LWV) regarding two attempts by Republicans in the Ohio Legislature to restrict the rights of residents:

1) House Joint Resolution 19 (HJR19) limits the ability of citizens to put measures on the ballot
2) Senate Bill 250 would elevate criminal trespass charges to a felony, e.g., environmental protesters at a natural gas pipeline. 

Please read the LWV message below and click links for additional information.  The bottom line is — please call the following Representatives to voice your opposition and protect your rights.

Call Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith at 614-466-1366

Call Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof at 614-466-7505

Our vigilance and action is needed now more than ever.  Please see below for more details.

ACTION ALERT  – December 4, 2018
ACT NOW! The Ohio Legislature is trying to make it harder to put amendments on the ballot. Protect your right to the ballot! Call Speaker Smith and others today! #ProtectYourRight. (see link below)

HJR 19 is moving quickly through the state legislature and will likely be voted on by the house by the end of this week.  There is lots going on with a press conference tomorrow, letters being circulated to organizations and calls to action on social media as well as an online petition.

 Link to Toolkit for protesting Call numbers, articles and petitions!

 Dates and times of hearings before the House Government Oversight and accountability committee:
Tuesday, December 4th, 1:00 pm (Room 122)

Wednesday, December 5th, 9:30 am (Room 114)
And yet another piece of legislation to limit freedoms:
Click Here to read

Advocacy – You Can Make a Difference

Advocacy is an important part of the LWV mission statement. We support the local, state and national LWV by advocating for our weii-informed public policy positions. The public needs the League’s fact-based approach to advocacy on issues ranging from environmental protection to government procedures.

Join us in advocacy by:

  • Providing forums on controversial issues
  • Writing letters-to-the-editor
  • Lobbying elected officials
  • Developing advocacy arguments
  • Researching a local ballot issue
  • Providing pro/con arguments for voter’s guide
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November 28 Club Meeting and December 11 Holiday Party

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Rocky River Democratic Club Meeting

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7 PM

Rocky River Public Library

1600 Hampton, Rocky River


Welcome, Mike O’Neil, President, RRDC


  • Analysis of midterm election results in Rocky River
  • Planning for Club meetings next year
  • Getting ready for the municipal election in 2019: recruiting good candidates for all city offices, including City Council and School Board.

Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 11, 6:30 PM

Western Cuyahoga Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police Hall 25

26145 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake (Parking/entrance in rear of building)

Sponsored by the West Shore Democratic Clubs: Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Stonewall Dems, Westlake & West Side Dems

Please consider bringing an unwrapped item that can be auctioned for charity

  • Check in items at the registration table when you arrive. If possible, please let us know what auction item you will be bringing, so we can have the sign ready for the table.
  • Call/Text/Email Gretchen at: or leave message at 440-221-9295
  • Proceeds go to: Wags 4 Warriors – a 501(c)(3)Nonprofit Organization that trains & provides service dogs to veterans at NO COST to the veteran, visit

We will also be collecting Non-Perishable Food Items to deliver to St. Hermann’s

Questions?  Call Vern 440-892-3430 or email

Support Rocky River Candidates Who Are On The Ballot!

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A few reminders to share with family and friends:

  • Vote by Mail ballots must be postmarked by Monday, November 5th.
  • The last phone bank in Rocky River will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 6 – 8 PM at 2625 Westmoor.  Speaking with fellow voters is one of the best ways to get people to vote; and for some folks it takes this extra effort.  Please mark your calendars to show up on Westmoor with your cell phone for this final push.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at Thank you to everyone who is volunteering to help increase voter turnout!  You exemplify what is best about our community.

Let’s Keep The Momentum Going!

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It’s about 15 days until the most important Midterm Election in a generation.

All efforts are focused on getting people to vote. 

If you’d like to make an impact on November 6th, here’s how:

Your Favorite Candidate:

Each of the candidates has a website with ways to volunteer.  These include Sherrod Brown, Richard Cordray/Betty Sutton, Kathleen Clyde, Susan Moran Palmer, Cassimir Svigelj and everyone up and down the ballot.  Visit your favorite candidate’s website to learn what you can do to help.

Rocky River Phone Bank:

Tuesday, October 23rd and 30th, 6 – 8 pm
2625 Westmoor, Rocky River

Just show-up on Westmoor with your cell phone at the above dates/time.  You’ll contact neighbors to emphasize how important it is that they vote.  Some folks simply need a nudge and a reminder.  This year, literally every vote matters.

Texting Out The Vote:

While remaining completely anonymous, download an app and begin reaching a lot of voters quickly and efficiently via text. Your full name and number are not revealed, you’ll use pre-formatted texts, and interact live with anyone who responds.  Get started by clicking HERE.

Distribute Door Hangers:

Many amazing fellow residents have already distributed thousands of door hangers in our community.  Yet, there are thousands more voters to reach, particularly those who are Independent.  If you’d like to distribute door hangers in your neighborhood, please send an email to  It’s easy.   Leave one at a home and move on.  It may be the reminder that someone needs.


Knocking on doors and speaking with registered Democrats and Independents is one of the most effective ways to increase voter turnout.  There are multiple upcoming opportunities to canvass in Lakewood, Fairview Park and Bay Village.  To see the complete list and pick one, click HERE.

Yard Signs:

Yard signs for candidates are limited, but if you’d like one for your residence, please send an email to  We’ll let you know what is available and deliver them to your door.

Other Grassroots Organizations:

While the Rocky River Democratic Club can help direct your efforts in specific ways, there are many other organizations that are mobilized to help Get Out the Vote.  Whether it’s the League of Women Voters, NOVA or others, pick one and volunteer a few hours.  It’s a good feeling helping to make a difference.

Shareable Information to Help Increase Voting:

Please share the following with family, friends and neighbors.  It just might be the one thing they need to know.

  • Vote by Mail: Yes, we have until Noon on Saturday, November 3rd to submit the application.  The actual ballot must be postmarked by Monday, November 5; or returned in person to the Board of Elections by 7:30 PM on Election Day.  Complete information can be found HERE.
  • To check your voting status and where to vote:  Click HERE and further click on the options in the upper left box.

Not Sure What To Do?:

If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments about helping to increase voter turnout in Rocky River, please send an email to   We are in this together and every effort will make a difference.

A Quick Review:

Support your favorite candidate, phone bank, text, distribute door hangers, canvass, place a yard sign, help another grassroots organization, share important voter information, or contact the Rocky River Democratic Club.

None of us can do all of the above alone, but when each of us does one thing, our combined efforts have a powerful, cumulative effect.  Thanks to the many incredible volunteers who have already contributed their time and effort.  Let’s keep the momentum going!

Canvass with Senator Cory Booker

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Friday, October 12, 4 PM

Democratic Party Headquarters

3615 Superior Avenue, Cleveland

Join us to knock some doors with Senator Cory Booker and help us elect Democrats up and down the ticket this year! Bring your walking shoes and a friend – your efforts this year will make the difference on Election Night.