Our Senators, Rubio and Scott, have made it clear they will vote no on the impeachment of former President Donald Trump. But your advocacy and voice should still be heard! The House Impeachment Managers are making a compelling case against the former President and it is all based on facts and the truth. We must continue to contact our senators and let them know we are watching them, staying in touch and will hold them accountable. Please email Rubio and Scott today at the contact links below.
Senator Rubio -
Senator Scott - [link removed]
Contact the White House
Do you have something you would like to share with President Biden or a Federal Agency? Maybe an idea, problem or concern? You can send an email to the White House through their website. It is quick and easy. Here is the link:
Florida State Legislature
While the Florida State Legislature doesn’t start until March 2^nd, bills are moving through committees on the way to the floor.
There are many BAD bills this session. One way to stop them is to email the committee members where the bill is assigned and ask them to not hear or consider the bill.
On the other hand, there are some GOOD bills too. One way to get them to be heard/considered is to write to the committee members and ask them to do so.
As these bills come up, we have been posting them on our Facebook page asking followers to take action, with links to the emails of the committee members. If you haven’t liked our Facebook page, you can find it at @indianriverdemocraticparty
Speaking of BAD bills, HB 529/SB 282 “Moments of Silence in Public Schools” continues to make its way through committees. This bill is disguised as a simple request to just take a few moments of silence in the morning at school. What it really is trying to do, is sidestep Federal law and create a time for praying in our schools. It will be heard in the Early Learning and Elementary Education Subcommittee on Tuesday, February 16^th at 10:00 a.m. Please write to the members of the committee before February 16^th and let them know that separation of church and state still exists.
Here is more information on the bill:
Would you like to have more say in what happens on the local government level? Do you have experience or passion for a specific area? One of our goals this year is to have more Democrats serving on volunteer boards throughout the county. If you are interested, please check out the openings below and let us know if you need help in applying (and if you get on a board!):
City of Vero Beach
City of Sebastian
City of Fellsmere
Indian River County Commission
Center for Spiritual Care hosting COVID Resiliency Zoom Workshops in February
Are you anxious about COVID? Stressed out over how to stay safe and carry on with your life amidst all the uncertainty? If so, join a free COVID Resiliency workshop on Zoom with psychotherapist Charlotte Lajoie and Center for Spiritual Care Executive Director Carol Ludwig to learn how to build your resiliency.
National leaders have referred to the period ahead as a “Dark Winter.” This workshop will help you recognize the signs of trauma which you need to address, and help you devise a plan to care for yourself and others using specific behaviors to become more resilient.
This three-hour workshop will be available on Zoom on:
For more information about the Center for Spiritual Care visit www.centerforspiritualcare.org. They are located at 1550 24th St in downtown Vero Beach.
DEMOCRATS OF INDIAN RIVER
The Democratic Executive Committee
Some of you have asked “Who runs the Democrats of Indian River?” The answer is the Democratic Executive Committee (DEC). The DEC is made up of volunteers who are elected by their peers to serve in leadership capacities. Offices held are Chair, Vice Chair of Operations, Vice Chair of Outreach, Secretary, Treasurer, State Committeeman and State Committeewoman. Each Precinct Captain is also a member of the DEC. The DEC meets once a month on the 3^rd Thursday at 6 p.m. If you would like to attend the DEC meeting, just email Stacey at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) and she will send you the Zoom link.
You can learn more about the DEC
Here ([link removed]) .
The Democratic Club of Indian River
The March 10 Democratic Club meeting will be dedicated to its first election for officers and board directors. The Nominating Committee is soliciting nominations from the Club membership. To serve you must be a Club member in good standing.
This is the slate of candidates thus far:
Office Candidate Length of term Term end
President Al Griffiths 2 years March 2023
Vice president Betty Morrow 1 year March 2022
Treasurer Nancy Griffiths 1 year March 2022
Director Karen Adelman 2 years March 2023
Director Jadie Barringer 1 year March 2022
Director Valerie Daly 2 years March 2023
Director Fred Grumman 2 years March 2023
Director Glenda Swanson-Massa 1 year March 2022
Director Regina Williams 1 year March 2022
At this time there are no candidates for secretary. If you are interested in that position or any of the others, please email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
Democratic Women’s Club of Indian River
The next DWC Virtual Luncheon will be on Saturday, February 13^th at noon. The topic will be the importance of Stormwater Management and its impact on the Indian River Lagoon. Planned speakers will be Jean Catchpole, interim chair of the Indian River Neighborhood Association and Judy Orcutt, Vice President of the Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County. Please plan to attend.
The next meeting of the DWC Book Group will be Friday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. Six books will be discussed, three on President Biden and three on Vice President Harris. Each member will read one of the six selections and will give a brief presentation of their chosen book at the meeting. If you are not a Book Group member and are interested in learning more, contact Rita Milelli at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .
The Democrats of Indian River are beginning to plan for elections in 2022. But we need your help. Below are a couple of volunteer opportunities, that can be done from home, if you have a few hours to spare each month.
As we begin to prepare for 2022 elections, we need our local Democrats to help us build a strong DEC (Democratic Executive Committee). The way to do is through Precinct Captains.
DEC members are the Precinct Captains of the Democrats of Indian River County. Precinct Captains are elected officials who work to educate, energize, and organize the registered Democrats within their geographic area (precinct). A volunteer position of Precinct Captain requires dedication. One must be willing to commit to attending monthly DEC meetings, vote on issues relevant to our local Democratic Party, lead neighborhood volunteers in canvassing, phone banking and texting, and represent the Democratic Party at community meetings and activities. A Precinct Captain must be both personally motivated, have the ability to motivate others and possess an ability to work well with others. Training and support is provided on an on-going basis. Time commitment per month is approximately 5-10 hours. At this time, all our meetings are virtual and we are not actively engaging in person with Democrats in each precinct.
If you are interested in being a precinct captain, please email Stacey at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
Communications Committee—Social Media Director
Communicating our values and our activities to the public is critical if the Democratic Party is to be successful. Our Democratic Executive Committee is looking for a Social Media Director as part of our Communications Committee who has strong skills across a variety of platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and has been successful in placing and targeting ads on Facebook. If you feel you possess the skills we need and have the time to dedicate to this position, please email Stacey at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
7:00 p.m. - Fellsmere City Council
For agenda and meeting information go to www.cityoffellsmere.org/citycouncil
The number of cases daily continue to be very high in our county. Continue to stay vigilant, take necessary precautions, wear your mask and wash your hands.
Indian River County Health Department Vaccinations
Indian River County and the State Health Department in Indian River County launched a new COVID-19 vaccine registration system through Everbridge. Florida residents who are 65 years and older or are frontline healthcare workers can now register for the waitlist. To sign up, eligible residents should
complete the online registration form ([link removed]) Here ([link removed]) . Residents who need technical assistance with online registration or do not have Internet access can also register by calling our call center (772) 226-4000, which is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Appointments for Publix vaccinations can only be made online. Once you are on the website, scroll down to the county you live in and if there are appointments available it will indicate that.
Here is a video that explains how to sign up for the vaccine at Publix:
Guide to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Publix - YouTube ([link removed])
Hint – there have been reports that the page refreshes itself when making an appointment. Don’t refresh the page yourself or you will lose your spot. Here is the link to the sign up page:
Sharecare Statewide System
The state recently announced the launch of a statewide preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals 65 and older and frontline health care workers. Individuals can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting
This website will allow individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be proactively contacted when vaccine appointments are available through your local health department. On the site, residents can select their county and submit their contact information. Once appointments are available, individuals will be contacted by phone call, text or email and will be assisted in scheduling an appointment.
Vaccine supply remains limited and appointments may not be available immediately.
Our mailing address is:
Democratic Executive Committee of Indian River County
2345 14th Ave.
Vero Beach, FL 32960
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