What we do

Our club meets monthly usually during the months of September to May. At these meetings we socialize and discuss various topical issues and plan activities. We also have monthly luncheons with speakers on various topics of interest. We facilitate panel discussions and movies which address issues of concern to us all, such as health care, education and taxation.

During election years, we normally staff an office with volunteers who support Democratic campaigns of various candidates and provide support to the Democratic Party via a call center, door-to-door canvassing in our 'Get Out The Vote' efforts, inviting candidates to speak to our Club and the public, and assist in voter registration.

During the holiday season we hold a Brunch which is usually attended by Democrats from the State and National level. In the summer, our Club picnic provides another opportunity to meet, socialize and listen to candidates.

Upcoming Event(s)

Obama in 2012 Date: 2016-02-09 Tuesday

Join us next Tuesday, February 9th at noon at The Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Plantation, where we welcome Pete Nardi, the General Manager of the Hilton Head Public Service District, the public water, wastewater treatment and recycled water serving the north- and mid-island parts of Hilton Head Island. RESERVATIONS are required by Friday, Feb 5. Sign up at RESERVATIONS ($20 per person for club members and $25 for non-members). We hope to see you there!

Pete Nardi joined the PSD in 2004 as its Human Resources and Public Affairs Manager, and was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2013. Earlier positions include Public Affairs Manager for the Beaufort County government and staff writer for The Island Packet daily newspaper, covering state and local government.

He is a member of American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, the South Carolina Water Quality Association, and the South Carolina Utility Managers Coalition, among other industry groups. He holds a Masterís degree from West Virginia University and a bachelorís degree from the University of Vermont. He also earned the Certified Manager designation from the James Madison University College of Business, as well as a Micro MBA from Virginia Tech University. He lives on Hilton Head with his wife, Amy, and their two children.

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

Latest News

Obama in 2012 Date: 2015-10-16
Elections Update

Beaufort County Party officer list.
Blaine Lotz, Chair
John Glover, First Vice Chair
Patricia Goodman, Second Vice Chair
Vacant, Third Vice Chair
Vacant, Secretary
Carolyn Shamlin, Treasurer
Pamela Brandon, SCDP Executive Committeewoman
Bill Walker, SCDP Executive Committeeman
Brenda Hand, SCDP Alternate Committeewoman
Peter Post, SCDP Alternate Committeeman
Jimmy Mackey, Chair, Voter Protection

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

Greeting from President

Obama in 2012 Date: 2014-12-12 Tuesday

Greeting from President John Giles

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.