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Letting your voice be heard

Thursday, 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:

General Assembly candidates to appear

Tuesday, 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?”

 

 

Zukowski outlines LOW board priorities

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Jennifer Zukowski

Jennifer Zukowski, secretary of the board of directors for the Lake of the Woods Association, visited the LOW Democratic Club’s meeting Jan. 19 to present an overview of the board’s priorities for 2917.

She also answered members’ questions about various projects pending before the board, including the new Sweetbriar swimming pool and a proposed new dog park.

Ms. Zukowski distributed copies of the board’s ten priorities for the year, adopted on Oct. 1, 2016. They include:

  1. Implementation of the Lakes Management Improvement Plan, which includes construction of the Keatons Run Water Quality retrofit, design of the Flat Run Forebay, beginning design on the 14th Fairway Fund and implementing Aquatic Invasive Species prevention education and advocacy plans.
  2. Construction of the Sweetbriar Pool by May 2017.
  3. Review plans, examine site issues, explore covered pool, and explore more affordable options for the Clubhouse Pool/Fitness Center/ Outdoor Recreation Complex.
  4. Implement the choice of electronic voting by 2017 board election.
  5. Upgrade the functionality, user friendliness, and content of LOWA.ORG Develop and implement a plan to improve LOWA communication with all groups by ocusing on appropriate media outlets.
  6. Approve plans to celebrate LOWA’s 50th anniversary.
  7. Complete and review of the LOWA Vision and Mission statements.
  8. Identify options for location, configuration and operation of a new dog park.
  9. Explore possible new income streams which could include sale of LOWA properties.
  10. Develop and implement a plan to improve teen activities.

 

Eileen Bedell to returns to LOW to meet voters

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
Eileen Bedell

Eileen Bedell

Eileen Bedell, candidate for Congress from Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, is coming to Lake of the Woods Sept. 15 to meet with voters at a reception sponsored by the LOW Democratic Club.

Bedell is an attorney and mother of two who lives in Bon Air in Chesterfield County.

The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the LOW Community Center. Fancy pastries 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 without regard to political affiliation.

Bedell earned a communications degree from Virginia Tech before getting her law degree from the College of William & Mary. She has been a general practice attorney for nearly two decades and is solo practitioner at the McNeil Law Group in Richmond’s Church Hill.

“I do everything but criminal defense — custody cases, contract dispute, estate litigation, wills,” she said. “It transfers well to having that broad spectrum of expertise you would need sitting on different committees of Congress. On some level, I have been representing people and small businesses in the 7th in another branch of government for almost 20 years.”

At the time Rep. David Brat, a former college professor, was elected to represent the 7th District in 2014, it included all of Orange, Culpeper, Goochland, Hanover, Louisa and New Kent counties and portions of Chesterfield, Henrico and Spotsylvania counties, as well as portions of the city of Richmond. But legal challenges to congressional district lines in Virginia based on representative inequality resulted in a court-ordered redrawing of some district lines, eliminating Hanover and New Kent County from the 7th District. Brat and two other Congressmen appealed the decision to the Supreme Court and lost, leaving the reconstituted district in place for the Nov. 8 election.

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Catch up on the campaigns

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

clinton-logoSara Jezior, who represents the Democratic co-ordinated campaigns for our area, will be guest speaker at the club’s August 18 meeting.

This is your chance to be informed about what is being done locally to maximize the votes for Hillary Clinton for president and Eileen Bedell for Congress. It’s also an opportunity to find out what you can do to support our candidates with canvassing, phone banking and voter registration.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the LOW Community Center.

As usual, everyone is welcome.

 

 

Eileen Bedell welcomed at Flag Day Picnic

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
Eileen Bedell, candidate for the U.S. Congress from Virginia's 7th District, spoke at the club's annual Flag Day Picnic June 15 at the LOW Clubhouse. The event was well attended and resulted in a robust discussion of the important issues facing our area and our nation.

Eileen Bedell, candidate for the U.S. Congress from Virginia’s 7th District, spoke at the club’s annual Flag Day Picnic June 15 at the LOW Clubhouse. The event was well attended and resulted in a robust discussion of the important issues facing our area and our nation.

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Seeking the truth about Islam

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
The club's own Lalli Omar gave a presentation and led a discussion at our May 19 meeting about Islam, which means "surrender to the will of God." The fastest-growing religion in the world is not as it is often depicted in today's society.

The club’s own Lalli Omar gave a presentation and led a discussion at our May 19 meeting about Islam, which means “surrender to the will of God.” The fastest-growing religion in the world is not as it is often depicted in today’s society.

Redistricting is the topic of the April meeting

Monday, March 21st, 2016
Brian Cannon of OneVirginia2021

Brian Cannon of OneVirginia2021

Citizens of all political persuasions agree that gerrymandering — the deliberate manipulation of legislative district boundaries to benefit a particular party or to disadvantage an opposing party — undermines the democratic process.

Independent authorities have ranked Virginia as the fifth most gerrymandered state based on the lack of compactness and contiguity of its districts.

In the interest of learning more about this important issue and what is being done to address the problem, the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will conduct a public program April 21, featuring Brian Cannon, executive director of OneVirginia2021. The organization is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group whose goal is an amendment to the Virginia Constitution to establish an independent, impartial commission to apply a fair and transparent process in drawing political districts after the next U.S. Census in 2020.

The program will be held at 1:30 p.m. on April 21 in the meeting room of the LOW Community Center. A meet-and-greet sessions will begin at 1 p.m. Everyone, regardless of political affiliation, is welcome.

In Virginia, state legislators redraw district lines for the U.S. Congress, the House of Delegates and the State Senate after every 10-year census. Under the current system, the party in power in the House and the party in power in the Senate can draw the lines to serve their own interests. As a result, 56 candidates in the House of Delegates faced no real competition in the general election in 2013, with 22 Democrats and 34 Republicans facing no major-party challenger. Of the remaining 44 races, only 19 were considered competitive to some degree. In the end, only two seats changed parties.

In 2013, a group of concerned citizens came together in Charlottesville to discuss redistricting in the Commonwealth. From that meeting OneVirginia2021 was born. The group partners with individuals and organizations to raise awareness, provide information and work with legislators to implement meaningful reform. Members of the coalition range from progressives and independents to Tea Party conservatives.

Mr. Cannon has been executive director of OneVirginia2021 since January 2015. He has more than a decade of experience in non-profit leadership, community building, fundraising, and bipartisan advocacy for state policy issues. Previously, he worked as a consultant with startups and high-growth companies.

Mr. Cannon received his bachelor of arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the College of William and Mary. He and his wife, Kelly, live in Richmond with their son. When not working on redistricting reform he serves on several non-profit boards and plays rec league football.

 

Free clinic to open soon, club is told

Friday, 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.

 

 

September meeting is on end-of-life options

Tuesday, 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.

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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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