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 (women-matter.org).

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.

 

Program on elder law was informative

March 21st, 2015

Holly P. Hilton, a Charlottesville attorney, presented an informative program on legal issues affecting the elderly at the club’s March 20 meeting. She offered expert advice on estate planning, wills and trusts, powers of attorney, advance medical directives and other legal matters and answered questions.

Elder attorney’s appearance rescheduled

March 11th, 2015
Holly Hilton

Holly Hilton

Holly P. Hilton, a Charlottesville attorney, will speak to members and guests of the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club March 19 on legal concerns specifically affecting senior citizens. Hilton’s appearance had orginally been scheduled for February, but that meeting had to be canceled because of the weather.

The meeting, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the LOW Community Center, is open to anyone with an interest in estate planning, wills and trusts, powers of attorney, advance medical directives and other legal matters involving the elderly.

Hilton is a principle with Hilton and Associates, PLC in Charlottesville.

She has been practicing law since 1987.

She is the vice chair of the Aging in Place Business Roundtable of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, is current on the board of the Arc of the Piedmont, and has served on the board of the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center and the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Ms. Hilton received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the National Law Center of George Washington University in 1987 and her Bachelors of Business Administration in 1981, also from George Washington University.

Meetings of the LOW Democratic Club are open to all without regard to political affiliation. A meet-and-greet session will precede the meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, and light refreshments will be served. Please note that the location of club meetings has recently changed.

Reviewing the president’s accomplishments

January 15th, 2015
Lalli Omar speaks to the club about the president's many accomplishments

Lalli Omar speaks to the club about the president’s many accomplishments

Club member Lalli Omar gave an interesting and informative presentation at the club’s Jan. 15 meeting on the accomplishments of the Obama presidency (so far).

  • The stock market has gained almost 10,000 points.
  • Unemployment has dropped to near-normal levels.
  • The nation’s economic growth has gone from minus 5.4 percent to plus 3.5 percent.
  • And the deficit has been cut by two-thirds.

That’s quite a record for a president who has had little or no help (and, in fact, open hostility) from the opposition party.

For any who missed Lalli’s presentation, her slides can be reviewed by following this link.

2015 Steering Committee

December 3rd, 2014
New club officers were introduced at the Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 2. Left to right are Mary Berger, membership; Gerri Colucci, treasurer; Chris Carr, special events; Lalli Omar, programs; Jim Donovan, issues; Kerry Sipe, publicity; Pat Drake, secretary; Shirley Pfile, chair; Norma Lanier, community service; and Angela Turvey, membership. Not shown is Jan Moore, community service.

New club officers were introduced at the Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 2. Left to right are Mary Berger, membership; Gerri Colucci, treasurer; Chris Carr, special events; Lalli Omar, programs; Jim Donovan, issues; Kerry Sipe, publicity; Pat Drake, secretary; Shirley Pfile, chair; Norma Lanier, community service; and Angela Turvey, membership. Not shown is Jan Moore, community service.

Annual Christmas Luncheon is Dec. 2

November 19th, 2014

The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will hold its annual Christmas luncheon at noon on Dec. 2 at the Bonefish Grille restaurant in Central Park.

The cost is $30 per person, including tax and gratuity. Checks should be in by November 25 made out to Anne Boyd and mailed or dropped off at her house at 710 Gold Valley Road. Her telephone number is 972-0674. The checks may also be collected by Chris Carr at the Nov. 20 meeting.

Participants will have a choice of oak grilled salmon, chicken marsala or Maryland crab cakes. The choice of entree need not be made until the day of the luncheon.

New officers for next year will be introduced at this meeting.

Remembering Suffragettes through the ages

November 4th, 2014

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…”

— Declaration of Sentiments
Seneca Falls, N.Y., Convention
1848

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The nationwide movement to make women the equal of men in all aspects of public life began in Seneca Falls, N.Y. in 1848 continues today with renewed interest in the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.

The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will review the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement at its meeting at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 in the LOW Community Center. Club member Diane Sibley will lead the program.

There will be a short film, discussion and refreshments.

Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of political affiliation.

The links below are useful for those who want to familiarize themselves with the history of the Suffrage Movement in the United States:

Lake of the Woods, meet Jack Trammell

September 26th, 2014
Jack Trammell

Jack Trammell

Jack Trammell, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress from Virginia’s 7th District, will be in Lake of the Woods Oct. 27 to meet voters and discuss his plans to help end the partisan gridlock in Washington.

The event, which will begin at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, will take place in the LOW Community Center.

Refreshments will be served and everyone, regardless of political affiliation, is welcome to attend.

Jack, who lives on a small farm in adjacent Louisa County, is a faculty member in sociology at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.

He completed an undergraduate degree at Grove City College in western Pennsylvania, a master’s degree and Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University and a special education certification program at the University of Virginia. He has been teaching at the K12 or university level for more than twenty years.

Jack has a wide variety of interests and an extensive career as a writer. He and his wife, Audrie, a special educator and artist have seven grown children, six of whom will be actively enrolled in post-secondary education this fall.

In May of 2014, Jack declared his candidacy and was subsequently nominated unanimously by the Democratic Party of the 7th District. “It was a long decision-making process for me,” he says. “I had considered running in earlier races, but the situation in the 7th and in Washington finally convinced me that change was absolutely necessary. No matter who I would be running against on the other side of the ticket, I was determined that there would be a dialogue.”

Jack believes first and foremost in serving the constituents of the 7th District of Virginia. With both an undergraduate and graduate education, he has developed a wide range of expertise that will help him to navigate important policy issues in the Seventh District. He firmly believes in hearing from his neighbors about the issues they want addressed in Washington and is committed to ensuring their voices are heard.

Voters in the Seventh District finally have a chance to elect someone who isn’t beholden to ideological extremists or monied special interests.

For more information visit the Jack Trammell for Congress Web site.

 

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