This year marks the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777 by the Second Continental Congress.
The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will celebrate the birth of Old Glory at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at its annual Flag Day Picnic at the LOW Community Center.
Eileen Bedell, the Democratic candidate for Congress from Virginia’s 7th District, will be special guest speaker at the picnic. Bedell is a native Virginian who has practiced law in Central Virginia for 20 years. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law. She and her husband Colin have two children.
Everyone is welcome at the picnic without regard to political affiliation.
There will be fried chicken and a groaning board of other all-American fare, such as potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans, casseroles, side dishes, homemade desserts and beverages.
Tickets are $7 per person. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free.
There will be a door prize and a raffle featuring two large gift baskets.
Citizens of all political persuasions agree that gerrymandering — the deliberate manipulation of legislative district boundaries to benefit a particular party or to disadvantage an opposing party — undermines the democratic process.
Independent authorities have ranked Virginia as the fifth most gerrymandered state based on the lack of compactness and contiguity of its districts.
In the interest of learning more about this important issue and what is being done to address the problem, the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will conduct a public program April 21, featuring Brian Cannon, executive director of OneVirginia2021. The organization is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group whose goal is an amendment to the Virginia Constitution to establish an independent, impartial commission to apply a fair and transparent process in drawing political districts after the next U.S. Census in 2020.
The program will be held at 1:30 p.m. on April 21 in the meeting room of the LOW Community Center. A meet-and-greet sessions will begin at 1 p.m. Everyone, regardless of political affiliation, is welcome.
In Virginia, state legislators redraw district lines for the U.S. Congress, the House of Delegates and the State Senate after every 10-year census. Under the current system, the party in power in the House and the party in power in the Senate can draw the lines to serve their own interests. As a result, 56 candidates in the House of Delegates faced no real competition in the general election in 2013, with 22 Democrats and 34 Republicans facing no major-party challenger. Of the remaining 44 races, only 19 were considered competitive to some degree. In the end, only two seats changed parties.
In 2013, a group of concerned citizens came together in Charlottesville to discuss redistricting in the Commonwealth. From that meeting OneVirginia2021 was born. The group partners with individuals and organizations to raise awareness, provide information and work with legislators to implement meaningful reform. Members of the coalition range from progressives and independents to Tea Party conservatives.
Mr. Cannon has been executive director of OneVirginia2021 since January 2015. He has more than a decade of experience in non-profit leadership, community building, fundraising, and bipartisan advocacy for state policy issues. Previously, he worked as a consultant with startups and high-growth companies.
Mr. Cannon received his bachelor of arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the College of William and Mary. He and his wife, Kelly, live in Richmond with their son. When not working on redistricting reform he serves on several non-profit boards and plays rec league football.
- OneVirginia2021 Web Site
- “Jerry Mandering, Your Representative Probably” video
- A resolution in support of redistricting reform
- “Supreme court weighs legality of Virginia redistricting” from The Hill
A special Sunday afternoon program organized by The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will feature author and historian Jayne Blair, representing The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage in Orange.
The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 1 p.m. on March 13 in the lower level of the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse.
The speaker, who is president of the Board of Directors of the James Madison Museum and secretary of the Orange County Historical Society, is a recognized authority on the fourth president and the primary architect of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison.
Ms. Blair is expected to bring with her for display, Madison’s Campeche chair, a gift from the president’s best friend, Thomas Jefferson in 1820 and his favorite seat for reading and relaxing.
Ms. Blair is the author of two non-fiction historical works, “Tragedy at Montpelier” and “The Essential Civil War.”
She was born in Albany, N.Y., and grew up in Buffalo, where most of her family had been in the armed forces. When her brother couldn’t serve due to health reasons, Blair decided to do her part to “represent the family.” She was sent to boot camp in Bainbridge, Md., and then to aviation technology school in Memphis, Tenn., and on to Corpus Christi, Texas, where she was the only woman in the supply department
After her military service she joined the Dallas, Texas, Police Department, where she participated in undercover drug trafficking investigations.
Leaving Dallas after 25 years, she came to Virginia to chase history and became a senior interpreter at James Madison’s home. While there, she became a researcher and historian of not only Madison and Montpelier, but also the Civil War as it affected Orange County. She is currently researching Confederate officer Samuel McGowan’s brigade during the winter of 1863-1864.
Like all club events, all participants are welcome regardless of political persuasion.
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The Rev. Adam Colson, pastor for community missions at The Lake of the Woods Church, visited the LOW Democratic Club Jan. 21 to report that the new Living Water Community Health Clinic in Locust Grove is expected to open soon.
The club is one of many community organizations that have supported the establishment of the clinic, which will offer no-cost acute health care to families in the region who cannot afford care.
The Rev. Colson said a recent fund-raising dinner resulted in $10,000 being raised to fund the effort.
He said support for the clinic has been strong with the donation of funds, volunteer hours and equipment. He said the University of Virginia Health System has even pledged access to free surgery for patients in need.
He said the clinic would begin to accept patients withing the next two to three weeks.
“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 www.livingwaterclinic.life 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 www.livingwaterclinic.life or contact the church at 540-972-9060.
The 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.