Special event centers on “Father of the Constitution”

January 27th, 2016
Jayne Blair

Jayne Blair

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.

For more information, visit the following links:

Free clinic to open soon, club is told

January 22nd, 2016
The Rev. Adam Colson

The Rev. Adam Colson

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.

 

 

2016 Steering Committee introduced

December 2nd, 2015
The club's Steering Committee for 2016 was introduced at the annual Christmas luncheon Dec. 1 at Bonefish Grille in Fredericksburg. They are, left to right, Chris Carr, programs, historian and special events; Jan Moore, community projects; Norma Lanier, community projects; Shirley Pfile, chair; Jim Donovan, programs and issues; Mary Berger, membership; Kerry Sipe, publicity; Pat Drake, secretary;p and Gary Sibley, treasurer. Not shown is Lalli Omar, programs.

The club’s Steering Committee for 2016 was introduced at the annual Christmas luncheon Dec. 1 at Bonefish Grille in Fredericksburg. They are, left to right, Chris Carr, programs, historian and special events; Jan Moore, community projects; Norma Lanier, community projects; Shirley Pfile, chair; Jim Donovan, programs and issues; Mary Berger, membership; Kerry Sipe, publicity; Pat Drake, secretary;p and Gary Sibley, treasurer. Not shown is Lalli Omar, programs.

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 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.

 

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.

 

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