Canceled - March 14 - Council of Clubs Meeting

Thank you to everyone who responded quickly to our last message.

As it turned out, the Admin committee chose not to move forward on proposed changes to club rules, and instead the enhancements specifically concerning clubs are addressed at Candidates, Consultants and Vendors.

For this reason, we don’t need to convene a meeting of the Council of Clubs for this weekend, and we are canceling the March 14meeting. However, we welcome your input on the proposed enhancements for improved diversity, transparency and fairness.

The new proposed bylaws are posted here:

and the new proposed policies and procedures here:


Many club presidents and officers have reached out with concerns about holding club meetings at this time. As one club member emailed this morning, “Meetings at restaurants with lots of touching and/or sharing food with many older people just seems like an unnecessary risk right now.” The elderly and those with chronic underlying conditions are most at risk.

“The California Department of Public Healthis encouraging Californians who are at higher risk from COVID-19 to take actions to reduce their risk. This includes older adults, individuals with compromised immune systems, and individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions. Californians who are at higher risk for COVID-19 should avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay away from large gatherings and crowds. We are encouraging these populations to stay home as much as possible. More information on actions you can take to reduce your risk is available. Guidance for large events (PDF) is available. A complete list of guidance is available.”

San Diego County Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.

For an aggregate of existing research, and references to relevant data on the coronavirus outbreak I recommend

A number of clubs have decided to cancel their March and April meetings. Others are considering the use of video conferencing applications (Zoom, Skype, Google Meet). Although not ideal, video streaming software does enable clubs to share information with members who can’t attend a meeting. UCSD, for example, will be teaching all of its courses online next term.

Most clubs don’t have provisions in their bylaws for voting electronically by email and instead require presence at a meeting. For this reason most remote attendees won’t be able to vote, nor contribute to quorum.

This crisis is a real test of our powers of good communication and trust. If you have questions, or need advice, please reach out as many clubmembers around the county have offered to help.

At this time the CADEM 2020 Spring E-Board is still scheduled to take place in Visalia on March 20-22, but I recommend checking the party website before traveling.

At this time the voting on Club of the Year is postponed until our April 18 meeting. We will stick to meeting on the third Saturday of each month, for the rest of the year.

Please reach out with suggestions for meeting topics, our current requests include:

  • Financial Reporting - many clubs have grown their revenues and are now required to file with the Secretary of State and report contributions
  • Robert’s Rules of Order - enabling all voices to be heard, including the minority
  • Managing Dissent - strategies and techniques to mitigate the negative, encourage candor and deliberate issues constructively
  • California Democratic Party structure - how is it arranged, and how can we change it?
  • Policing ourselves - as Democrats come to dominate San Diego politics, how do we keep ourselves honest to voters, and each other?

Apologies for the confusion on first moving, and now canceling, the March Council of Clubs meeting.

Until Apri 18, 2020. Cheers,

John Loughlin | Director of Clubs | |(619) 302-4751 |