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Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14,  2012 at the Pride Center at Equality Park 204 A North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL
7:00 pm - FREE pizza and soft drinks with appearances by judicial candidates
7:30 pm - Program starts.  Our program will include:

Swearing in our new Board of Directors
Suzann Boisvenue, Mayor of Oakland Park
Mitch Ceasar, Chair of the Broward Democratic Party

From Our President, Tim Ross

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for electing the new Dolphin Democrats board by acclamation.  We had no opposition.  The new Dolphin Democrats board brings much talent to the table to make 2012 a successful celebration of our 30 year anniversary. 

I am waiting on confirmation to announce a special guest to swear in the new Dolphin Democrats board.  This person is involved on an international basis speaking out about LGBT issues.  I hope to also have this person give a brief presentation on LGBT rights around the world at our meeting.  Look for an update on our next e-newsletter that comes out in early March for further inbormation.

I have set up a Dolphin Democrats Team in the Miami AIDS Walk on April 22, with a target of 20 team members and a fundraising goal of $2,000.00. This will raise our visibility in the community and cost the Dolphin Democrats $0. There is a $10 registration fee per registrant.  I have personally received $53 in sponsorships as a team member since signing up Tuesday.  We will have a spokesperson from Care Resource (who is the beneficiary of all funds raised at the AIDS Walk) at our April meeting.  Care Resource has a three story building on Oakland Park Blvd around the corner from my home.  I encourage each member of the Dolphin Democrats to consider signing up under our team and setting a goal to raise $100 each.  Join our team at http://www.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=12&i=487437&g=4977647.  Or pledge to our team at by clicking the General Team donation tab on our team page. 

Recently, one of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Republican opponents created a website at http://obamaattackdog.com/ that depicts Debbie with a dog collar on her neck.  This ad is reprehensible and extremely inappropriate.  It is unsuitable in any public debate.  It is an especially heinous affront to women to depict and call Debbie a dog.  Debbie is outstanding on LGBT and women’s rights, and that makes this attack on her as a woman particularly abominable.

Rather than talk on the issues, Debbie’s Republican opponents take every effort to dehumanize her.  Debbie’s record on LGBT issues has given her a100% rating (see page 18 on the scorecard) from the Human Rights Campaign.  This makes Debbie a champion of equal rights for LGBT people.  I ask that the Dolphin Democrats membership get involved in Debbie’s campaign at http://www.dwsforcongress.com/.

Once again, thank you for electing our new Dolphin Democrats Board. I think you will  be pleased with where your new board takes the Dolphin Democrats on our 30th anniversary in 2012. 

Tim Ross


JOIN THE BROWARD DEMOCRATIC PARTY FOR OUR ANNUAL UNITY DINNER
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The Broward Democratic Party’s' Democratic Unity Dinner (Formerly known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) is its annual fundraiser. Please join us on this Important night to hear our plans to win the debate on issues, get voters to the polls, win the marketing and public relations battles and support our candidates.  We will hold the event at the Marriott Coral Springs Hotel  Golf Club and Convention Center, 11775 Heron Bay Boulevard in Coral Springs, Florida. Ur President,Tim Ross, is the$Recording Secretary of the Broward Democratic Party. 
The VIP Mixer is from 6:30-7:30 P.M. The Dinner, Awards, and Speeches start at 8:00 P.M. Black Tie Optional
Diamond Sponsorship ($2,500.00)
Gold Sponsorship ($2,000.00)
Table ($1,700.00)
Dinner Ticket ($150.00)
VIP Cocktail Ticket ($125.00)
Advertise in our journal:
Back cover ($1000.00)
Front inside cover ($750.00)
Back Inside cover ($600.00)
Full page (4-1/4 x 7-1/2) ($500.00)
Half Page (4-1/4 x 3-1/4) $350.00


Please Call 954-423-2200 to RSVP today.


2012 membership renewals were due on December 31, 2011.  If you have not received a printed newsletter, it is because your membership has expired.  Please renew your membership NOW here.

Our February print newsletter is available here.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access it.


Black Gay Pride, Friday February 24 – Sunday, February 26

The Dolphin Democrats are one of the sponsors for Black Gay Pride, please participate for Black History Month.
Friday, February 24, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm BrothasSpeak Ft. Lauderdale will present “Rising To The Love We Need—A Pride Reading” hosted by Black Gay Pride South Florida. This event will feature readings by award-winning performance artists and authors Marvin K. White and Sheree L. Greer who, through their dynamic voices, will set the tone for the weekend’s Black Gay Pride events. The authors will also be signing copies of their publications during the evening’s festivities which will be held at The Pride Center located at 2040 N. Dixie Hwy. Wilton Manors, FL 33306.  Free and open to the public. Join us for the after party @P.J.’s 924 N. Flagler Drive.

Saturday, February 25, 2012 From 7:00 to 9:00 pm Black Gay Pride South Florida, Aqua Foundation For Women, and The Miami-Dade LGBT Visitor Center present “Rhythm & The Word” Featuring Spoken Word Artist Chunky and Percussionist Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee, with Artist/Authors Marvin K. White, Sheree Greer, Rajindra Narinesingh, Lorenzo Robertson , and Natalie Kennedy performing and reading from their works. Join us for a stimulating artistic evening with free drinks provided by Aqua Foundation for Women and Bacardi. Miami-Dade LGBT Visitors Center is located at 1130 Washington Ave. – 1st Floor. $10 Suggested Donation.

Sunday, February 26, 2012 From 1:00 to 5:00 pm Black Gay Pride South Florida and The Pride Center present “Old School Family Reunion Block Party” featuring the music of old school jams, and Black Gay Greek Sorority and Fraternity Step show from 3-5pm. You can also get your card game on. The festivity will be at thePride Center located at 2040 N. Dixie Hwy. Wilton Manors, Fl 33306. Free and open to the public.

For more information about Black Gay Pride South Florida or any of the weekend’s events, please call (954)775-2310.


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The Dolphin Democrats collect non perishable food items and toiletries for The Poverello Center.  We have a collection basket at all of our membership meetings,.  We will also have the collection basket at Pridefest on March 11-12.   The mission of The Poverello Center is to provide life-saving food and basic living essentials with the highest degree of understanding, respect and love for individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are residents of Broward County and meet the specified qualifications for services.

HELP BRYAN CALETKA WIN HIS MARCH 13th , 2012 RACE IN DAVIE, FL
Bryan Caletka is an openly gay town council member in Davie.  He needs our help.  We are phone banking for Bryan and Mayor Judy Paul (a strong str8 supporter of LGBT rights) from Randy Fleischer’s office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 9pm. The address is 8258 State Rd 84, Davie FL 33324.  We are also knocking on doors for Bryn on weekends. Contact Randy Fleischer to RSVP by phone at 954 472-8401 or email him at[email protected].  Randy also can send you a call list for you to call from home.  Bryan says that the phone calls are especially effective, and thanks any Dolphin Democrats member who can help.  His election is less than a month away. 

The Dolphin Democrats need YOU!
 PRIDEFEST 2012 MARCH 10th & 11th
The dolphin Democrats need volunteers to staff our booth at Pridefest.  The hours are from Noon to 7:00 pm each day  Please send an email to[email protected] if you can help us out for a couple hours.  We will call you to schedule you for a tour.  Thanks.

Organizing for America

On January 24, we watched President Obama's State of the Union with 30 other supporters in NE Broward. We loved his hopeful message, and watching it together as a group almost made it feel like we were there in person. Did you hear the issues defined from our Democratic perspective? Did you find the address as energizing as we did? We hope it helped you feel the urgency of getting more involved as a volunteer.

Now it's time to take the next step. We need your commitment to volunteer at least 2 hours a month to help re-elect President Obama. There are many ways to help, but we can't win without your involvement. Please RSVP now to [email protected]  or call Betty DiMaio at 954-938-8762 and plan to check out one of our volunteer events:

Thursday every week Voter Registration Training 6:30pm: OFA Office, 3300 Inverrary Blvd, Lauderhill; RSVP Meaghan Hardy at 954-254-7138 followed by commitment during the week at Deerfield or Downtown Courthouse or on Saturdays at African-American Library

Saturday, February 18: Phone Bank & Canvass for Volunteer Recruitment and Vote by Mail Re-enrollment, 11am – 3pm,

¨ Camp Live Oak, Executive Office, 1131 NE 45th St (Floranada Rd) Ft. Lauderdale
¨ Trantalis Law Office, 2255 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

Saturday, February 25: Phone Bank & Canvass for Volunteer Recruitment and Vote by Mail Re-enrollment, 11am – 3pm,

¨ Camp Live Oak, Executive Office, 1131 NE 45th St (Floranada Rd) Ft. Lauderdale
¨ Trantalis Law Office, 2255 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

Saturday, March 3: Phone Bank & Canvass for Volunteer Recruitment and Vote by Mail Re-enrollment, 11am – 3pm,

¨ Camp Live Oak, Executive Office, 1131 NE 45th St (Floranada Rd) Ft. Lauderdale
¨ Trantalis Law Office, 2255 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors


VOTE BY MAIL 2012-2014
ALL BROWARD VOTERS NEED TO REAPPLY

Voters who wish to cast their ballots by mail may make a single request to get absentee ballots for every election through 2012. Absentee ballots no longer need a reason.  People can use them if they prefer to vote by mail. Broward voters who want absentee ballots, either for a single election or for multiple elections, need to request them from the Supervisor of Elections Office.  Requests can be made in person, by mail, by phone or by filling out an application online. Call 954-357-7055 for details or applyonline here.

* Online requests are only for 1 year
* Phone requests can be for every election through 2014.





  
The Dolphin Democrats Will be collecting non perishable food items and toiletries for
The Poverello Center. we will have a collection receptacle at all of our membership meetings, tabling at the Pride flea market
and at all of our outside activities, like, Pride in the Park, Stonewall Street Festival, etc.
http://www.poverello.org/images/logo.gif
The mission of The Poverello Center is to provide life-saving food and basic living essentials with the highest degree of understanding, respect and love for individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are residents of Broward County and meet the specified qualifications for services.

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