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Letting your voice be heard

January 11th, 2018

Nancy Cronk and Carolyn Pevey of Blue Action Network presented an informative program at the club’s January meeting on writing letters to the editor and other methods for getting the word out in support of Democratic candidates and issues.

Their suggestions ranged from passive, personal methods like buttons and bumper stickers to public forums like Facebook and other social media.

Letters to newspapers are especially important, they said, because it’s possible to reach a large number of people with a single publication.

Some tips:

  • Keep it short and address only one subject. Many newspapers have strict limits on the length of letters and have limited space to publish them. Keeping your letter brief will help assure that your important points are not cut out by the newspaper.
  • Make it legible. Use a typewriter or computer if your handwriting is difficult to read.
  • Send letters to weekly community newspapers also. The smaller the newspaper’s circulation, the easier it is to get your letter printed.
  • Be sure to include your contact information. Many newspapers will only print a letter to the editor after calling the author to verify his or her identity and address. Newspapers will not give out that information, and will usually print only your name and city should your letter be published.
  • Make references to previous articles in the newspaper. While some papers print general commentary, many will print only letters that refer to a specific article.

The documents linked below can assist you in preparing a letter to the editor:

Club supports free clinic

November 17th, 2017

Chris Carr is shown with “Snowy Night,” the Christmas tree donated in support of the Living Water Community Clinic. The tree will be auctioned off at a fund-raising gala Nov. 17 at the LOW Clubhouse.

Christmas luncheon ends successful year

November 10th, 2017

The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will celebrate a year marked by election victories and successful public service projects with its annual Christmas luncheon at noon on December 6 at the Generals’ Quarters Restaurant at Locust Grove Town Center.

New officers for 2018 will be introduced at the luncheon and members who contributed to the club’s success during 2017 will be recognized.

The cost of the luncheon is $25, including the meal, taxes and gratuity. Entrée choices are herb-crusted chicken with pasta, pan-seared fresh Atlantic Salmon with teriyaki glaze and saffron rice or herb-balsamic marinated flank steak and baked potato. There is also an appetizer choice of house salad or hearty chicken corn chowder. The choice of dessert is carrot cake or flourless chocolate cake. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 24.

Reservations can be made by sending a check made out to “Jim Donovan” to Jim Donovan, 2101 Lakeview Parkway, Locust Grove, Va. 22508. Menu choices should be noted with reservations.

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Noted political scientist to speak

August 23rd, 2017

Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth

Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science and international affairs and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, will speak on “The State of Virginia Politics” at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse on Sunday, Sept. 24.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. in the Lower Level of the LOW Clubhouse. Members will gather 30 minutes before for refreshments and socializing.

Dr. Farnsworth is the author of five books and is this year’s recipient of the Virginia Outstanding faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

One of the few political scientists who focus on Virginia politics, Dr. Farnsworth’s research has direct policy implications for both politicians and the news media. He handles hundreds of media contacts a year on local, state and international matters, and appears in or on such outlets as C-SPAN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and PBS News Hour.

He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from both the University of Missouri and Dartmouth College.

Dr. Farnsworth’s latest book is called “The Global President: International Media and the U.S. Government.”

Annual picnic is June 7 at Community Center

May 19th, 2017

Ben Hixon

This year marks the 240th 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 7, at its annual Flag Day Picnic at the LOW Community Center.

Ben Hixon, the Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates from the 30th District, will be special guest speaker at the picnic.

Everyone is welcome at the picnic without regard to political affiliation.

There will be fried chicken and a variety of homemade side dishes, 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 on a beautiful throw.

Tri-County Democratic Dinner is May 31

May 2nd, 2017

The Democratic Committees of Orange, Culpeper and Madison counties will host a “Take Back the House!” Democratic dinner on May 31 at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse.

Rep. Don McEachin

U.S. Rep. Don McEachin of Virginia’s 4th Congressional District, will speak at the dinner at 6 p.m.

Ben Hixon, candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates from Virginia’s 30th House District will also be a guest.

Tickets are $50 per person with proceeds going to Hixon’s campaign.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar. Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. and will include Virginia ham, Atlantic cod, red bliss potatoes, vegetable medley and apple pie. Vegetarian or vegan choices will be available on request.

Contact Sheila Clark at 540-972-0305 or e-mail for information and reservations. Please reserve by May 24.

The “Take Back the House!” dinner is part of restoring a Democratic majority to the House, and bringing fairness, dignity and honesty back to our national government. We need you to take an active part now.


General Assembly candidates to appear

April 11th, 2017

Two candidates for the Democratic n0mination to the House of Delegates from the 30th District will be guests of the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club on Wednesday, April 12.

The meeting time for the LOW Democratic Club has been permanently changed from the third Thursday of each month to the second Wednesday in an effort to accommodate interested members who have not been able to attend the meetings.

Annette Hyde is a yoga teacher who lives in Madison County. She is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, who grew up in suburban Dallas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications / journalism with honors from the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas.

She was certified as a group fitness instructor in 1995 and teaches yoga at Powell Wellness Center and Pranapiloga yoga studio in Culpeper.

Hyde said, “I’m running for office because I care. I care about voters choosing their representatives, not politicians choosing their voters. I care about women being able to choose what they can or can’t do with their bodies. I care about health care being a right instead of a luxury. I care about rural communities getting broadband Internet access and better cell phone reception. I care about public school money not being used for private school vouchers. I care about the poor, disabled, elderly, women and children and what tax breaks to the wealthy will do to them.”

Ben Hixon, 34, is a computer programmer born and raised in Louisiana. He and his partner moved to Culpeper from Seattle, Wash., in 2016.

Hixon is the first openly gay candidate to seek office in District 30. He said he decided to run when his current delegate, Nick Freitas, sponsored a discriminatory anti-LGBT bill, HB 2025, that guarantees tax money to government contractors and subsidized groups who discriminate against gay married couples.

He describes himself as a progressive libertarian, which means he supports personal and economic liberty coupled with strong social safety nets funded by progressive taxation.

“Healthcare and an affordable education aren’t just good: they’re fundamental freedoms that must be guaranteed to every Virginian,” Hixon said. “How can we be free to live our lives if we’re not safe from disease and terror? If we don’t have an education? If we don’t have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe?”



Former hostage to appear March 19

February 28th, 2017

Terry A. Anderson, retired Associated Press correspondent who was taken hostage in 1985 by Shiite Hezbollah militants and held hostage in Lebanon for six years, will speak at a special Sunday meeting of the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club on March 19.

Terry A. Anderson

The event, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the lower level of the LOW Clubhouse, is open to the public without regard to political affiliation. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Anderson, 68, is a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, and author of the best-selling book “Den of Lions,” recounting the time he was held hostage in Lebanon.

He is a former foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He served as chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press, as well as working as a newspaper editor, television and radio reporter and documentary producer.

Anderson has spent 12 years as a journalism professor at Syracuse University, Ohio University, the Columbia University School of Journalism and the University of Florida.

He is honorary chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which works on behalf of journalists under threat around the world, and co-chair of the Vietnam Children’s Fund, which has built more than 50 schools in Vietnam.

He ran unsuccessfully in 2004 for the state senate in his native Ohio.

Anderson now lives in Orange County, where he is working with a group called Virginians for Change in Animal Legislation, which is advocating for tougher animal welfare laws in response to the rescue of abused animals at a farm here farm last year.

Information for action

February 22nd, 2017

Now, perhaps as never before, we need reliable information on how to express our concerns to our elected representatives.

Ellen Wilson, treasurer of the LOW Democrats, has obtained two documents that will be helpful to our members. One is contact information for all our representatives in Washington and Richmond. The other contains links to a variety of organizations who are working to oppose the damaging and dangerous agenda of the current administration.

The documents can be found at the links below. Print them out and put them to work!

Calendar of events
January 2018
Flag Day Picnic
Our Flag Day Picnic was held June 15 at the LOW Community Center. The speaker was Eileen Bedell, candidate for U.S. Congress.
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