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.

Upcoming Event(s)

Obama in 2012 Date: 2015-02-24 Tuesday
Theresa M. Varnet

Please join us next Tuesday, February 24 from 6:30-8:00 pm. at Palmetto Electrics Community Room on Mathews Drive for our regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Theresa Varnet

Our speaker for the evening will be Theresa M. Varnet. Ms.Varnet has been an advocate for persons with disabilities for over forty years. In addition to being a certified teacher, licensed social worker and a graduate of the Depaul University College of Law, she is the parent of a disabled adult daughter. She has served as Social Services Director in a residential school for children with profound development delays, Cordinator for a Special Education Cooperative and as a Citizen Advocacy/Disability Rights Coordinator. While living in the Sultanate of Oman, she assisted the Omani Ministry of Social Affairs in developing the first preschool program for children with handicapping conditions. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the national Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (past chairperson of special needs law section of NAELA) and the Academy of Special Needs Planners. Ms Varnet is licensed in both Massachusetts and Illinois and divides her time between the Chicago law firm of Spain, Spain & Varnet P.C. and the Massachusetts office of Fletcher Tilton P.C.

Ms. Varnet will be speaking on a new savings program for persons with disabilities called "Affording a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE)" and the "Military Disabled Child Pension Act" which enables retired military personnel to provide for a disabled child without the adult child loosing eligibility for Medicaid. Mrs. Varnet will also discuss the latest attack on the Affordable Care Act-King vs. Burwell. (Expected to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 4th.

This a must see program for us dedicated Democrats. Join us next Tuesday! Light refreshments will be served.

See you next Tuesday at Palmetto Electrics Community Room on Mathews Drive at 6:30 pm.!

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


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

We, South Carolina Democrats, stand for:

Voting Rights

  •  The right to vote is guaranteed for each citizen.
  •  Maximum opportunities exist for each citizen to vote through accommodations for disabled persons and expansion of voting places and opportunity, e.g., early voting, county-wide precincts.
  •  Free, easily understood procedures are available for registering to vote and obtaining required voter identification.

Economic Equity

  •  Each willing and able worker can find employment which will pay them a living wage .
  •  Those who are truly unable to work will 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 an education provided in South Carolina will be competitive, not simply adequate.
  •  The adequacy of our schools will be evaluated against regularly-updated standards which ensure that South Carolina businesses and other institutions are internationally competitive.
  •  Where local resources are lacking to guarantee each child a competitive education, the wider state and national community will provide requisite resources.

Health Care

  •  All citizens have a right of access to affordable health care and adequate resources must be provided to ensure that right.
  •  Women have a right to decide whether to – or whether not to – bear children and governments should not interfere with their choices.
  •  Protection of human health requires government regulation and enforcement including 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 and is acknowledged by the majority of the scientific community. 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.


  •  Just as in the 1800s and early 1900s, 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.


  •  Each person, regardless of their race, gender, religion, age, and sexual orientation is worthy of respect and will be provided equal protection and opportunity under our laws.
  •  We support all forms of inclusion and support judicial and legislative actions to achieve this goal.

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.