Hello!, We are the Democratic Club of Beaufort County South of the Broad and represent Democrats on Hilton Head Island and in the greater Bluffton area. We are closely affiliated with the Beaufort County Democratic Party and support its many activities.

The Beaufort County Democratic Party is the local branch of the South Carolina Democratic Party and National Democratic Party . We share our party's values, including a commitment to equal opportunity for all Americans, improving health care and public education, protecting the environment, and keeping America strong at home while restoring its standing abroad.

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Obama in 2012 Date: 2015-04-28
Dr. Weinberg

Fellow Democrats,


Stewart Weinburg, Ph.D. Climate Lead for South Carolina with Organizing for Action will speak on climate change at our evening meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at Palmetto Electric Company Community Room (in the back of the building) 111 Mathews Drive on Hilton Head Island. Light refreshments will be served. Social from 6:30-7:00 with the meeting starting at 7:00.


Dr.Weinberg retired to Charleston in 2012, after serving eight years as the superintendent of Dallastown Area School District, and completing his role as president of the board of the York Jewish Community Center. Prior to coming to Dallastown, Dr. Weinberg served as the superintendent in Ladue, Missouri; Fairbanks, Alaska; and Lawrence, New York. Previous administrative positions included: assistant superintendent, high school principal, and high school and middle school assistant principal.


As the superintendent in Dallastown, Dr. Weinberg guided the District through strategic plans that addressed curriculum, instruction, facilities, while increasing the level of student achievement. One of his major accomplishments was the development, building and opening of the new intermediate school which radically changed education for kindergarten through grade eight.


Dr. Weinberg served in leadership roles in a number of non-profit organization s in addition to the Jewish Community Center. These included: the William Goodling Regional Advanced Skills Learning Center, York County Economic Development Corporation, York County Chamber of Commerce, Susan Byrnes Health Education Center, Manufacturers  Association of South Central Pennsylvania, and the National Manufacturers  Association Educational Council. Dr. Weinberg earned his Master s degree and Ph.D from New York University in New York City.


Since coming to Charleston he has become involved in a number of community organizations and activities. He now serves as the Climate Lead for South Carolina with Organizing for Action, president of the Jewish Community Center of Charleston s Board of Directors, president of the James Island/Folly Beach Democrats, member of Charleston County Democrats  Executive Committee, and mentor for the college of Charleston s Teacher Leadership Program.


This will be an informative and educational program, we hope you will join us!


Thank you,


John E. Giles, president of The Democratic Club of Beaufort County South of the Broad


Obama in 2012 Date: 2015-03-25
Women in Politics

The Democratic Club South of Broad evening meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 25 in the Public Service District Community Room at 21 Oak Park Dr. (off of Mathews Dr.). Social at 6:30 pm, speaker begins at 7:00. The presentation will focus on Women in Politics and identifying and training women to run for office.

Our dynamic speaker is Susan Smith, President of the SC Democratic Womens Council (SCDWC). At the SCDP Convention in 2014, she was recognized as being one of the most energetic leaders of the SC Democratic Party and earned the title SC Democrat of the Year.

She is preparing for the next Day in Blue on May 20, 2015 whose theme will be "Building a Better Volunteer," hosting a southern regional meeting of the National Federation of Democratic Women in Jan. 2016, and bringing a national convention of the Federation of Democratic Women to SC in June, 2016.

Please join us next Wednesday at PSD on Oak Park Drive.

Thank you,

John E. Giles, president of The Democratic Club of Beaufort County South of the Broad

Obama in 2012 Date: 2015-02-26
What we stand for


Voting Rights

  • The right to vote should be guaranteed for each citizen.
  • We should provide maximum opportunities for each citizen to vote through accommodations for disabled persons, expansion of voting places and hours, e.g., early voting, county-wide precincts.
  • Registering to vote and obtaining voter identification should be free and easily understood procedures.

Economic Equity

  • Each willing and able worker should be able to find employment which will pay them a living wage .
  • Those truly unable to work should be provided assistance to ensure them a physically secure, healthy life.


  • Each person is entitled to a free education which will enable them to contribute fully as a citizen.
  • The quality of the education provided in South Carolina should be competitive, not simply adequate.
  • Schools achievement should be evaluated against regularly-updated standards to ensure that South Carolina businesses and other institutions are internationally competitive.
  • Where local resources are lacking to guarantee each child a competitive education, the state and national community should provide requisite resources.

Health Care

  • All citizens have a right to affordable health care. Adequate resources should be provided to ensure that right.
  • Women have a right to decide whether or not to bear children. Governments should not interfere.
  • Protection of human health requires government regulation and enforcement through agencies ranging from local health departments to federal agencies such as the FDA, the CDC, and the EPA.

Environment and Climate Change

  • Our government, and we as individuals, must minimize risks to the environment from human-caused action, including pollution, overconsumption, and habitat destruction.
  • Global warming is a major risk to the human and natural world that is acknowledged by the overwhelming majority of scientists. Successfully facing this risk requires that we recognize it and join in addressing it.
  • Our local environment is particularly at risk and we must do all possible to maintain its natural beauty and economic viability.


  • We must ensure a pathway to citizenship to those who are here and are willing to work toward economic success and cultural affinity in our state and country, just as we did in the 1800s and early 1900s.


  • Each person, regardless of their race, gender, religion, age, and sexual orientation is worthy of respect and should be provided equal protection and opportunity under our laws.
  • Judicial and legislative actions should be taken, when necessary, to achieve this goal.

©Democratic Club of Beaufort County South of the Broad, March 2015

Obama in 2012 Date: 2012-08-12
Elections Update

Beaufort County Democratic Party Officers Effective August 12, 2014
Blaine Lotz Chair
John Glover First Vice-Chair
Irene Goodnight Second Vice-Chair
Gracie Aylmer Third Vice-Chair
Doug Nichols Secretary
Diana Radcliffe Treasurer
Pamela Brandon SCDP Executive Committeewoman
Alan Hollis SCDP Executive Committeeman
Bill Walker Alternate Executive Committeeman
Jimmy Mackey Co-Chair Voter Protection
B.J. McClung-Merritt Co-Chair Voter Protection

Greeting from President

Obama in 2012 Date: 2014-12-12 Tuesday

Welcome to the Democratic Club South of the Broad web page. We are a liberal-minded group that gather (socially) to foster ideas for the better good of all. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at noon and in the evening respectively. Please join us when you are able and check this website for updates for programs and speakers.

During 2015 we have much to do to prepare for the 2016 election. Democrats need to help our legislatures to pass comprehensive immigration reform, raise the minimum wage, and keep the affordable care act in place. We can assist through letter-writing campaigns to our congressional representatives and newspapers as well as through other informational and educational activities.

We will continue with efforts to register voters, invite informed speakers for our luncheons and evening meetings, and participate in other outreach programs in our community.

We hope to establish some standing committees to work on specific issues and we would love to hear your suggestions and hope that you will volunteer to participate as well.

Thank you for your continued support. It is the 15.00 memberships that fund our Club and activities. Please consider joining today.