Club lends support to free medical clinic

November 11th, 2015
"A Patriotic Virginia Christmas"

“A Patriotic Virginia Christmas”

“A Patriotic Virginia Christmas” is the name of the lovely tree which will be the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club’s contribution to the Tree of Life Gala Nov. 20 in support of the Living Water Community Clinic in Locust Grove.

The tree, decorated by Chris Carr, will be one of about 50 trees submitted by local organizations, businesses and individuals that will be auctioned off to raise money for the free clinic at Locust Grove Town Center.

The dinner will take place at the Lake of the Woods Club House from 5 to 9 p.m. with dinner served at 6:15 p.m. The evening will include dinner, music, a guest speaker and the silent auction.

Tickets to the event, which will be black tie optional, are $50 each. The cost of the tickets will directly benefit the clinic.

Tickets are available online at or The Lake of the Woods Church, 1 Church Lane, Locust Grove; Samson Properties, 32345 Constitution Highway, Suite E, Locust Grove; Union Bank & Trust, 36081 Goodwin Drive, Locust Grove; Wilderness Pharmacy, 5479 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove; Pat Licata Realtor, 36111 Goodwin Drive, Locust Grove; and Orange Pharmacy, 130 W. Main Street, Orange.

The Living Water Community Clinic will provide free acute, emotional, and spiritual care to eligible uninsured families in East Orange, South Spotsylvania, and North Culpeper counties.  The Living Water Community Clinic is a ministry of The Lake of the Woods Church and is established in partnership with community churches, businesses, civic organizations, regional health care facilities, and community members.

For more information please visit the clinic Web site at or contact the church at 540-972-9060.


Reserve your place at the Christmas luncheon

November 1st, 2015

bonefishgrillThe Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will celebrate the end of an active year with its annual Christmas luncheon at noon on December 1 at the Bonefish Grill restaurant in Central Park, Fredericksburg.

New officers for 2013 will be introduced at the luncheon and members who contributed to the club’s success during 2012 will be recognized.

The cost of the luncheon is $30, including the meal, taxes, and gratuity. Entrée choices are Maryland crab cake dinner with remoulade sauce, Lily’s chicken with goat cheese, spinach, artichoke hearts and lemon basil sauce or wood-grilled Atlantic salmon with lemon basil sauce.

Entrée selections can be made at the restaurant.

Reservations can be made by sending a check made out to “Shirley Pfile” to Shirley Pfile, 2009 Edgemont Lane, Locust Grove. The deadline for reservations is Nov.  27.

Candidates for county offices ask for support

October 15th, 2015
Supervisor Lee Frame

Supervisor Lee Frame

Sheriff candidate Tim Murphy

Sheriff candidate Tim Murphy

Lee Frame, unopposed candidate for District 5 representative on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and Tim Murphy, candidate for Orange County sheriff, visited the LOW Democratic Club Oct. 15 seeking the support of voters.

The two candidates made informative presentations and answered members’ questions.

Mr. Frame, who has served as District 5 supervisor since 2007, is a retired Naval officer. He served as the District 5 representative on the county’s planning commission before becoming supervisor.

He presented his views on the role of local government and discussed several current issues before county government, including the Wilderness Gateway Study, which concerns future development along the Rt. 3 corridor.

Mr. Murphy, a former chief deputy in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, described his vision for community-based policing, special attention to the growing problem of drug abuse in Orange County, and aggressive investigation of unsolved drimes.

He has 32 years of experience in law enforcement. During his last five years in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, he held the position of chief deputy in which he supervised all divisions of the office and acted as sheriff in the absence of the sheriff. He has trained at the FBI academy, was chosen as Virginia Deputy Sheriff of the year and was Orange County’s first K-9 trainer and officer.

September meeting is on end-of-life options

September 15th, 2015

The club meeting on September 17 will feature Dr. Martha Neff-Smith of Hospice of the Piedmont. She will speak on end of life options, including hospice care.

Martha is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has held academic positions in the US and several other countries. Her training is in nursing, epidemiology, and bioethics. She is an active retiree who is currently the Director of the Speakers Bureau at Hospice of the Piedmont. She serves on several boards and volunteers for several local and state agencies.

The meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the LOW Community Center.

July 4 Bash enjoyed by all

July 11th, 2015
The club's July 4 Bash on July 11 was a great success. Democrats love to get together and eat good food and talk politics. See a slide show by following the link below.

The club’s July 4 Bash on July 11 was a great success. Democrats love to get together and eat good food and talk politics. See a slide show by following the link below.

July 4 Bash Slideshow


Independence Day Bash will be July 11

June 29th, 2015

Keep the red-white-and-blue flying after the Fourth of July by attending The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club’s annual Independence Day Bash.

The event will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 at the air-conditioned comfort of the LOW Community Center. There will be catered fried chicken and homemade side dishes, desserts and beverages provided by club members.

Door prizes and a Blue Donkey raffle will give attendees the opportunity to go home with something more than full tummies and smiles on their faces. The “Demettes,” will perform some of their traditional political satire for your entertainment.

Tickets are $7 per person and are available at the door. Youngsters under the age of 12 will be admitted without charge. Everyone is welcome, without regard to political affiliation.

Club to hold reception for Ned Gallaway June 18

May 31st, 2015
Ned Gallaway

Ned Gallaway

The Lake of the Woods Democratic club will sponsor a reception June 18 to allow voters to meet Ned Gallaway, candidate for the 17th District seat in the Virginia Senate.

Gallaway, who serves as chair of the Albemarle County School Board, is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to the seat currently held by Bryce Reeves, a first-term Republican.

The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 18 in the LOW Community Center. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

The candidate will make brief remarks and will be available for questions. As at all club events, visitors are welcome regardless of political affiliation.

Gallaway grew up in Wheeling, W.Va., where his father was a beer delivery man and his mother worked at a plastics factory. After graduation from Ohio University, he taught high school for six years and earned a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia.

In addition to serving on the school board, Gallaway is also the sales manager at a local business in Charlottesville. Ned and his wife Julie, a pediatric intensive care nurse, have three children who attend Albemarle County Public Schools.

Virginia’s 17th Senate District consists of  Orange County; the city of Fredericksburg; and parts of Spotsylvania County, Louisa County, Culpeper County and Albemarle County.


May program on Equal Rights Amendment

April 27th, 2015
Eileen Davis

Eileen Davis

Eileen Davis of Richmond, an advocate for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing gender equality, will speak to the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club on May 21.

Davis will describe efforts to gain ratification of the ERA in Virginia, one of only three additional states required to make the amendment part of the nation’s fundamental law.

The meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. May 21 in the LOW Community Center. The public is welcome to attend, regardless of political affiliation.

Ms. Davis, a long-time activist for equality and social justice, is co-founder of Women Matter Use Your Power (

She is a member of the coordination team advocating for ratification of the stalled Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia.

Ms. Davis is also part of the advocacy team visiting U.S. senators and representatives to secure passage of bills calling for removal of the deadline on the stalled bill, allowing for debate of this important civil rights legislation.

The Equal Rights Amendment states simply: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The ERA was written in 1923 by Alice Paul, suffragist leader and founder of the National Woman’s Party. After women’s right to vote was guaranteed by the 19th Amendment in 1920, she proposed the ERA as the next step in confirming “equal justice under law” for all citizens. The ERA was introduced into every Congress between 1923 and 1972, when it was passed and sent to the states for ratification. The original seven-year time limit in the ERA’s proposing clause was extended by Congress to June 30, 1982, but at that deadline, the ERA had been ratified by 35 states, three states short of the 38 required to put it into the Constitution.

The ERA has been introduced into every Congress since 1982. Beginning in 1994 with introduction of the first three-state strategy bill in Congress, ERA advocates have been pursuing two different routes to ratification:

  • the traditional process outlined in Article V of the Constitution, requiring passage by a two-thirds majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives, followed by ratification by legislatures in three-quarters (38) of the 50 states, and
  • ratification in three more of the 15 state legislatures that did not ratify the ERA during the 1972-82 ratification campaign, based on legal analysis that when three more states vote yes, this non-traditional process could withstand legal challenge and put the ERA into the Constitution.

To learn more, visit the Web sites listed here:


Dr. Tanner speaks on Orange County Schools

April 16th, 2015

Dr. Brenda Tanner, superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, spoke to The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club on April 16 on a wide variety of topics. The video below is a collection of clips from her talk.

School superintendent to speak to club

March 31st, 2015
Dr. Brenda Tanner

Dr. Brenda Tanner

Dr. Brenda Tanner, superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, will be guest speaker at a meeting of the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club April 16.

The event, which is open to the public without regard to political affiliation, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the LOW Community Center. Refreshments will be served at a social time 30 minutes prior to the meeting time.

Tanner has more than 35 years’ experience in education in Virginia and South Carolina, including six years as superintendent of school in Madison County. She has served as a teacher and administrator in several Virginia school divisions and was chief academic and chief personnel office for Horry County Public Schools in South Carolina.

She has also worked at the college level, teaching in the area of leadership and school administration at the University of Virginia while also directing the Curry School’s school/university professional development curriculum.

Tanner received her bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Lynchburg College, her master’s degree in early childhood education and her doctoral degree in education leadership and policy studies from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.


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