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.

 

County registrar explains new voter I.D. law

September 18th, 2014
Orange County Registrar Donna Jenni accepts gift from Club Program Chairman Pat Ivey.

Orange County Registrar Donna Jenni accepts gift from Club Program Chairman Pat Ivey.

Donna Jenni, Orange County’s voter registrar, visited the LOW Democratic Club Sept. 18 to explain the intricacies of Virginia’s new requirement for voters to show a photo identification card in order to vote.

“We didn’t make the law, but we have to implement it,” Jenni said. “I feel that we should interpret the law as loosely as possible. We want people who are eligible to vote to vote.”

The law, which went into effect July 1, 2014, requires registered voters to produce one of the following types of identification at their polling places before they cast their ballots:

  • A valid Virginia driver’s license
  • A. DMV-issued photo identification card
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A valid employee photo identification card
  • Other government-issued photo identification card
  • A valid college or university student photo identification card from a institution of higher education located in Virginia

Registered voters who do not have an acceptable form of identification can contact the Orange County Registrar’s Office for a photo I.D. free of charge, Jenni said.

Virginia’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the new restrictions, claiming it is intended to curb voter fraud. Democrats complained that the law is a thinly veiled attempt to suppress voting among minorities and others who tend to vote Democratic.

Jenni was careful to make no comment on the politics surrounding the issue, but she said in response to a question that she is not aware of a single case of voter fraud in Orange County during her tenure here.

“It’s not clear to anyone exactly what the impact of the new requirements will be,” Jenni said.

She said no registered voter will be turned away from the polls on election day. Those who cannot meet the identification requirement will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot. If they can produce a valid identification at her office by noon on the Friday after the Nov. 4 election, their ballot will be counted.

Jenni said demand for the new photo I.D.s issued by her office has not been high. She said only four have been issued so far.

Jenni also explained that the ballot for the Nov. 4 election will be unusual in that candidates for the congressional seat will be listed twice on the ballot — once for a special election in which a candidate will be selected to fill the vacancy left when Rep. Eric Cantor resigned in July and once for the general election for the same seat for the term that begins in January 2015. This means that voters who support Jack Trammell for Congress must vote for him twice!

Janni said there are about 22,500 registered voters in Orange County eligible for the Nov. 4 election.

A great time at the Independence Day Bash

July 12th, 2014

 

Fried chicken and all that goes with it

Fried chicken and all that goes with it

Democrats and friends from throughout Lake of the Woods, Orange County and Central Virginia kept the Independence Day spirit going with the club’s first Independence Day Bash at the LOW Community Center on July 14.

Traci Dippert, our party’s choice for the Virginia State Senate for the 17th District, was a special guest. Though the election isn’t until next year, Traci is already mounting a campaign that will make us proud.

The Demettes, songstresses and political satirists, entertained picnic goers with a memorable number to the tune of “The Hokey-Pokey.”

The club provided plenty of delicious fried chicken, and club members provided a table full of other picnic favorites.

Tables were loaded with door prizes and no one who bought a ticket left without a prize or two.

Chris Carr and Lois Powell, special events chairs, and their hard-working committee are to be congratulated for their work in organizing another successful club event.

View a slide show of the fun at the Independence Day Bash

Food, fun and fellowship

June 30th, 2014
With liberty and justice for all!

With liberty and justice for all!

Don’t let your Independence Day celebration end with the fireworks! Attend The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club’s Independence Day Bash and keep the party going.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 at the cool, air-conditioned comfort of the LOW Community Center. There will be catered fried chicken and homemade side dishes and beverages provided by club members.

Beautiful 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.

Special guests will include Traci Dippert, Democratic candidate for the Virginia State Senate in 2015.

Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the door. Youngsters under the age of 12 will be admitted without charge.

Film examines income inequality in U.S.

June 3rd, 2014
inequalityforall

Robert Reich

The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will present a showing of the documentary film “Inequality for All” at 1:30 p.m. June 19 in the LOW Community Center.

The film, featuring economist, author and professor Robert Reich, secretary of Labor under the Clinton Administration, examines the widening gap in income in the United States — where the 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined — and its implications for our democracy and our nation.

Over the last thirty years, before the latest recession, the U.S. economy doubled. But, according to this documentary, these gains went to a very few: the top 1 percent of earners now take in more than 20 percent of all income—three times what they did in 1970.  While this level of inequality poses a serious risk to all Americans, regardless of income level, much of the rhetoric on this subject has been fueled by anger and resentment from a frustrated middle class who feel their birthright – the American Dream – has been taken away from them.

The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking.

The public is invited to attend the screening, regardless of political affiliation. Popcorn and other refreshments will be served.

More information about the film and the topic of income inequeality is available at the following links:

LGBT issues are subject of May 15 meeting

May 5th, 2014
Robert Martin

Robert Martin

Robert Martin, a member of the 7th Congressional District Committee and an at-large member of the LGBT Democratic Caucus of Virginia, will speak at the club’s May 15 meeting on issues facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer community.

Mr. Martin, who has lived in Spotsylvania County for 25 years, is a member of the Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee and serves as the Committee secretary. He has served as outreach coordinator of the Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services, and is active in the local ELCA Resurrection Lutheran Church, where he serves on the church council and is the secretary of the Congregation and Council. He is also a past president of Fredericksburg Pride.

Before moving to Virginia, Robert served on a school board on Long Island, N.Y.

Mr. Martin lives with his husband in Spotsylvania, and has two sons and two grandsons.

The LGBT Democrats of Virginia presents issues and acts as an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer persons within the Democratic Party of Virginia. The LGBT Democrats of Virginia also endorses and supports pro-equality Democrats running for public office. Since 1992, LGBT Democrats of Virginia and its predecessor organization, Virginia Partisans, have raised and contributed over $100,000 to pro-equality Democratic candidates.

The meeting, which will be at 1:30 p.m. in the lower level of the LOW Clubhouse, is open to all, regardless of political affiliation.

The links below will be useful to those wanting to learn more about LGBT issues in Virginia.

Speaker brings hope for parole reform

April 17th, 2014
Gail Marshall

Gail Marshall

Gail Marshall, a former Virginia deputy attorney general who has provided pro bono legal services to the poor and disenfranchised throughout her career, told LOW Democratis April 17 that there is “a glimmer of hope” that the Commonwealth’s poor record of granting parole to deserving offenders may improve.

Ms. Marshall said Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed new members to four of the five positions on the State Parole Board. “There’s reason to believe that our Democratic leaders are trying to make a difference,”

Ms. Marshall said. In 1995, under the administration of a Republican governor parole was abolished in Virginia. The State Parole Board has continued to function since then because about 7,000 offenders had been convicted before that time, but very few paroles have been awarded. The Parole Board has frequently denies petitions for parole with little or no explanation, Ms. Marshall said.

From her platforms as a teacher at the University of Virginia School of Law, as a big-firm lawyer in Washington, D.C., as deputy attorney general under Mary Sue Terry, as town attorney for the Town of Orange, and as a solo practitioner in the Orange County town of Rapidan.

Through the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Ms. Marshall volunteered with a project that is challenging Virginia’s parole system as it applies to offenders who have been convicted of violent crimes, and another project that addresses treatment of inmates in Virginia prisons.

As deputy attorney general, her review of death penalty cases led her to question the guilt of Earl Washington Jr. Her flagging of the case for further investigation led to commutation nine days before his scheduled execution, and eventually led to a pardon. Washington is now a free man.

More information is available at the links below:

Sunday program’s message is “Suicide happens”

March 17th, 2014
Alan Rasmussen addresses a forum on suicide prevention at the LOW Community Center.

Alan Rasmussen addresses a forum on suicide prevention at the LOW Community Center.

“We need to know that suicide happens,” warned Alan C. Rasmussen of the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board at the March 16 community forum sponsored by LOW Democrats. “Life has its twists and turns and sometimes it may seem to be unbearable.”

Rasmussen’s message to about 60 members and guests at the LOW Community Center was to be prepared to step up when someone we know is considering suicide and not to shy away because we are afraid or unsure what to do.

In a program he called “Saving Lives,” Rasmussen advocated an three-step emergency procedure he called QPR:

  • Question the person: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
  • Persaude: “There are other ways to deal with your problems.”
  • Refer: “Let me take you to someone who knows how to help.”

Rasmussen said that 30,000 people commit suicide in the United States each year. That’s one person every 15 minutes.

A little empathy from a loved one, a friend or even a stranger can save lives, he said. Being aware of the signs of potential suicide and knowing how to respond is critical.

The risk factors for suicide are:

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Current talk of suicide
  • Preoccupation with death or dying
  • Depression
  • Substance use disorder
  • Suicide or attempted suicide by a friend or relative
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Assault or bullying

In Orange County the number to call for help for someone considering suicide is 540-672-2718.

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