Club Updates

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 25 – Meet the Candidates!

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ROB McRAE, Ward 3 Candidate
CHRISTINA MORRIS, At-Large Candidate
PATRICIA ROBERTS, At-Large Candidate
CASSIMIR SVIGELJ, At-Large Candidate

Ask questions and share your views on Rocky River’s schools, taxes, city budget, Lake Erie, commercial development, services for Seniors, and any other concerns and issues that you might have.  Get to know these fellow residents who seek to serve you on the Rocky River City Council.

EILEEN ANN PATTON, Mayor, Fairview Park.

Mayor Patton will address the important role that local government plays in each of our lives.  It’s more than snow removal and fixing potholes!

Next Meeting May 21st To Discuss The Mueller Report

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The next meeting of the

Rocky River Democratic Club
Tuesday, May 21, 7 PM
(not May 28 due to Memorial Day)
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton, Rocky River

Featured Presentation:


Steve Dettelbach, former Counsel detailed to United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary; former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; and former Democratic Candidate for Ohio Attorney General.

He  recently signed a letter of former federal prosecutors plainly stating that based on the report, President Trump’s obstruction of justice violated the law.  To view a related news article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, click HERE.  During his presentation, Steve will provide a Prosecutor’s perspective on the Mueller Report, and examine potential next steps that can be taken by Congress.

…and more!  We’ll be back in touch with additional information about the upcoming meeting.

Look Back at the April 30th Meeting:


The distinguished panel of speakers provided valuable information on the causes of climate change and its effect on northeast Ohio.  Their message was both urgent and hopeful.  While the global impact of climate change will include rising sea levels and extreme weather events, in Ohio the effects will include increased insect-borne diseases, growing algae blooms, severe storms that will affect infrastructure, and more. Ohio is sixth in emissions in the country, yet more populous states have lower emissions.  Closer to home, Rocky River has fallen below the Cuyahoga County average in tree-canopy coverage.

There are many ways each of us can make small changes that have a cumulative impact.  These include reducing energy usage in our homes and transportation, purchasing locally grown food, and planting more trees.  We are also members of churches, schools, civic organizations, and businesses where our advocacy can be multiplied.  And, importantly, we are voters who can make our voices heard to current and future legislators.

Our thanks again to the speakers.  They are noted below with links to their organizations for more information.

●      Grant Goodrich, Director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute

●      Jim Rokakis, Vice President, Western Reserve Land Conservancy; Director, Thriving Communities Institute
●      Bob Shields, Former Chair, Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club

●      Dr. Nick Sutfin, Visiting Professor, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

We would also like to thank Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive,  for attending and describing efforts by the county to increase the number of bike paths and tree planting.  We also thank the Westlake High School Environment Club for staffing a resource table during the event.


Planting Day
Saturday, May 18, 8 – 11 AM., City Hall Campus, 21016 Hilliard.  Presented by the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Groundworks.  Gather to beautify the landscaping around the pool and ice arena.  All ages welcome.  For more information, please click HERE.  RSVP’s are requested, click HERE.

Rocky River Chamber Music Society
Monday, May 20, 7:30 PM, West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.  Performance by the Carpe Diem String Quartet.  No admission charge.  For more information, please visit:

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