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.

Suicide prevention is topic of forum

March 6th, 2014

Alan C. Rasmussen, an authority on mental health and suicide prevention, will speak at a community forum on mental health issues from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, at the Lake of the Woods Community Center in Locust Grove.

More than 30,000 suicides occur in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death for Americans.

Rasmussen is a suicide-prevention specialist with the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board and a faculty member for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Students program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He graduated from U.Va. in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and earned a master’s degee in counselor education in 1977.

The event is open to the public.

Follow the links below for more information on this important topic:

 

The club’s leadership for 2014

January 15th, 2014
The club's 2014 officers were introduced at the Christmas luncheon in December. Shown are Gary Sibley, treasurer; Norma Lanier, community projects; Chris Carr, holidays and sunshine,  historian and special events; Shirley Pfile, chair; Lolli Omar, programs; Diane Sibley, issues;  and Angie Turvey, membership. Not shown are Pat Drake, secretary; Jan Moore, community  projects: Mary Berger, membership; Pat Ivey, programs; and Kerry Sipe, publicity.  (Photo by Anne Boyd)

The club’s 2014 officers were introduced at the Christmas luncheon in December. Shown are
Gary Sibley, treasurer; Norma Lanier, community projects; Chris Carr, holidays and sunshine,
historian and special events; Shirley Pfile, chair; Lolli Omar, programs; Diane Sibley, issues;
and Angie Turvey, membership. Not shown are Pat Drake, secretary; Jan Moore, community
projects: Mary Berger, membership; Pat Ivey, programs; and Kerry Sipe, publicity.
(Photo by Anne Boyd)

Join us at our Christmas luncheon

November 22nd, 2013

bonefishgrillThe Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will hold its annual Christmas luncheon at noon on Dec. 3 at the Bonefish Grill in Central Park.

The cost is $28.75 per person, including tax and gratuity. Checks may be sent to Anne Boyd, 710 Gold Valley Road.

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.

For a copy of the flyer annoucing this event click here.

LOW embraces Dippert as delegate candidate

September 19th, 2013
Traci Dippert, right, with Shirley Pfile, chair of LOW Democrats

Traci Dippert, right, with Shirley Pfile, chair of LOW Democrats

Traci Dippert, our dynamic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates from the 30th District, was the guest of honor at a meet-and-greet Sept. 19 at the LOW Community Center.

Many of Ms. Dippert’s old friends and some new ones showed up — some with campaign donations in hand — to meet the candidate, ask questions and encourage her in her effort to improve Orange County’s representation in Richmond.

Ms. Dippert said that the current representative of the 30th District had been complicit in the General Assembly’s efforts to erode women’s rights, voter’s rights and civil rights.

“I see a future where Virginia leads in attracting new industries and entrepreneurs and helps existing businesses succeed without sacrificing our environment. A Virginia where farming can again be a sustainable way of life, and a future where there’s a quality job for every Virginian and our families stay strong and independent,” she said.

“I see a future where teachers like myself have all the necessary resources to prepare your children and grandchildren with a well-rounded education to face the challenges of the 21st Century. We must continue to lead the country in the talent pool and we must do so without guns in the classroom.”

Ms. Dippert, who teaches music to elementary school students at Rappahannock Elementary School, said “Every Virginian must have the opportunity to succeed whether a junior citizen in school or a senior citizen in retirement.”

“I need your help to secure that vision for Virginia,” she said. “This region has incredible untapped potential and deserves a representative who has the vision to move District 30 and all of Virginia forward.”

Ms. Dippert appeared on Sept. 25 at a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Lake of the Woods Civic Club.

After a social hour with a cash bar and snacks provided by the Civic Club, each candidate for local and state office had a chance to address the group and Ms. Dippert’s remarks were especially well received.

 

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