About Our Club

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club was formed by a small group of like-minded friends who were brought together through their shared admiration of Hillary Clinton and their desire for civil discussion around political issues. Within a short time, other Democrats were drawn to their discussions, and the club quickly grew into a presence within the county.


2015 Club Officers

Jean Hastings Ardell, President
Evelyn Fierro, Vice-President
Deborrah Lugo, Corresponding Secretary
Barbara Shelton, Recording Secretary
Nancy Shoemate, Treasurer

Dr. Suzanne Savary, Founding President


Got Questions?

Contact our club president, Jean Ardell at 949.294.3185 or fill out the Contact Us form (along the right) to email her.

Our Next Meeting

We usually meet on the third Tuesday in the Garden Room at the Five Crowns restaurant in Corona Del Mar. We’re dark in July and meet earlier in December to accommodate the holidays.

DATE: Tuesday, February 17th
TIME:  5:30- 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: To be announced

Join us at 5:30 for appetizers and conversation. At 6:15, the program will begin.

We’re pleased to announced that our guest speaker will be UCI Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky who was recently named the most influential legal scholar in the nation.

Please Note: Because of our guest speaker, we are expecting a larger crowd and, therefore, will hold the meeting at another location (to be announced shortly). Please RSVP to stay updated on the venue.

Please be sure to RSVP by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 12

Cost is $20 for appetizers from the Side Door menu


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Our Mission

Our goal is to provide a  forum for civil political discussions as well as activities that help educate members about local, regional, and national issues. When deemed necessary, we speak publicly and have been known to take part in demonstrations.

We promote progressive values through our activism in the community: get-out-the-vote work, presence at community events, and forums for Democratic candidates as well as candidates for non-partisan offices

Our membership is open to women who are registered Democrats. While most members live in Newport Beach, we value our members from Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Irvine, and other cities in Orange County. We also welcome as ex-officio members men and women who are elected Democratic officials and wish to participate in NBWDC activities as well as those who wish to benefactors of the club.


What We’ve Been Up To

Chartered by the Democratic Party of Orange County in February 2008, here’s a few of our many accomplishments:

Last election we hosted a spirited discussion among candidates for Newport Beach City Council.

Each year we staff the Democratic Party of Orange County’s voter registration booth at the Orange County Fair.

We joined women’s groups from around the county in 2014 to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.

We’ve worked directly with local elected officials to help support important legislation.

Our founding president ran a valiant campaign for the 48th Congressional District with the support of our club.

We participated as partners in the OC Women’s Coalition to speak out against the ban on abortions at Hoag Hospital after its affiliation with St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital. Planned Parenthood recognized the coalition in 2015 for our efforts.

Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties honored our club as Coalition Partner of the Year in 2011 for our support of their organization.

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