Annual Brunch a huge success!

Democrats from Gloucester and all over the North Shore gathered at the Elks at Bass Rocks on Sunday for the Gloucester Democratic City Committee’s annual brunch. Here’s some of what they saw and heard.


May meeting

Bayliss’ ‘Messages for My Party’
to be read by GDCC members


Jonathan Bayliss

“Tree-Root Politics” and Other Democratic messages, short readings from “Democratic Oak Tree,” a newly published book of political writings by our late GDCC member Jonathan Bayliss, will be the focus of the May meeting of the Gloucester Democratic City Committee on May 12.

Jonathan Bayliss was a novelist and playwright who made his living in business, including as Controller of Gorton’s. Later he served brief stints as aDemocratic-Oak-Treedministrative assistant to the mayor of Gloucester and as city treasurer. He was a member of the City Committee for many years.

The oldest of three children, raised by a single mother, Bayliss grew up in poverty during the Great Depression. After a year at Harvard he served in the Navy in World War II and finished college on the GI Bill at the University of California at Berkeley. Shortly before his death in 2009, he expressed his pleasure in having the privilege to have lived “between the bookends of FDR and Barack Obama.”

Readers will include Catherine Bayliss, Paul McGeary, Bill Nardone, and Roz Smith.

The meeting is held at the Gloucester House. A social hour is at 7 p.m.; the meeting begins at 7:30.

Officers named for 2016-2017

At our March meeting, the city committee elected officers for 2016-2017. The following were elected or re-elected:

Chair: Karen Bell
Vice-Chair: Paul McGeary
Treasurer: Bill Nardone
Secretary: Roz Smith
Outreach: Bernadette Merenda
Ward 1 Chair: Deanna Fay
Ward 2 Chair: Joe Giacalone
Ward 3 Chair: Andrew Tarr
Ward 4 Chair: Liz Murray
Ward 5 Chair: Joe Nogelo

Democratic Dialogue

DonkeyDemocratic Dialogue State Committee Member Matt Murray will interview Ruth Salinger, a lifelong Democrat, who is very good at grass-roots and person-to-person conversation, on “how to talk politics.” Matt just became the Communications Director for the newly organized Massachusetts Democratic Senate PAC. Our job this election season is to act as a resource for members of the Democratic Caucus of the State Senate in their reelection campaigns.

Each week at 3 convenient times: Sundays 7 p.m., Thursdays 9:30 p.m., Fridays at 4 p.m.

Comcast channel 12; videos of recent shows at http://capeanntv.org/video/

Monthly Newsletter

To download a copy of this month’s newsletter in PDF format click below.
April newsletter

Paying your dues online

You can now pay your annual dues online. Click on the link below before you forget:


 More dates for your calendar

  • Thursday, May 12, 7 to 9 p.m.: Monthly meeting
  • Saturday, June 4: State Convention (Lowell)
  • Thursday, June 9, 7 to 9 p.m.: Monthly meeting
  • July 25-28: National Convention (Philadelphia)
    All Monthly Meetings held @ Gloucester House