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Club hosts 7th District candidates

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

The three outstanding candidates seeking the Democratic nomination from Virginia’s 7th Congressional District will visit Lake of the Woods to meet voters and to answer their questions.

The event will take place in the Lake of the Woods Community Center on Sunday, March 18. A meet-and-greet session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 2 p.m. The session is open to the public, and everyone is invited.

The club’s Special Events Committee will serve light refreshments.

The three candidates vying for the right to mount a campaign against the re-election of extremist Tea Party darling David Brat are Helen Alli of Richmond, Abigail Spanberger of Glen Allen and Dan Ward of Orange County. The nominee will be chosen in an open primary election on June 12. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 6.

Helen Alli


Helen Alli is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has been trained to protect and serve our country. She began serving her community as a volunteer at a battered women’s shelter helping women begin again and became the league coordinator for the U.S. Tennis Association. She is a successful businesswoman in the health care industry and was appointed to the board of the Richmond Economic Development Authority.


Eileen Spanberger


Abigail Spanberger began her career of public service as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Following her love of country, public service and languages, Abigail joined the Central Intelligence Agency as an operations officer She traveled and lived abroad collecting intelligence, managing assets and overseeing high-profile programs in service to the United States.


Dan Ward


Dan Ward was raised in Central Virginia and attended Virginia public schools before accepting an NROTC scholarship to Vanderbilt University. After graduation, Dan spent 25 years in the Marine Corps, flying attack jets in combat missions over Iraq Bosnia and Kosovo. Col. Ward later served as a senior military adviser in President Obama’s State Department, where he ran cooperative defense programs in Syria and Ukraine before retiring in late 2014. As a civilian, Dan pilots 777 aircraft.

Handbills advertising the candidates’ forum appear under the links below Please download and print out flyers for distribution in public places to ensure that the greatest number of 7th District voters have an opportunity to meet these candidates and learn why they are so much better qualified to represent us in Congress than the radical ideologue who current holds the seat.


Club supports free clinic

Friday, 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

Friday, 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.

Noted political scientist to speak

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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.

Former hostage to appear March 19

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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!

New officers for 2017

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

The steering committee of the LOW Democratic Club for 2017 includes Shirley Pfile, chair; Pat Drake, secretary; Ellen Wilson, treasurer; Norma Lanier and Jan Moore, community projects; Chris Carr, historian, special events and holidays and sunshine; Mary Berger and Ada Withrow, membership; Jim Donovan and Lalli Omar, programs; and Kerry Sipe publicity.

Authors say it’s time for changes in U.S. Constitution

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Jack Trammell and Guy Terrell

Jack Trammell and Guy Terrell

The writers of a new book advocating for changes in the American democracy to make it more relevant to the 21st century will present their ideas at a public forum at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the LOW Community Center.

The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club.

Jack Trammell and Guy Terrell are the authors of “The Fourth Branch of Government: We the People,” published in July by Brandylane Publishers Inc. of Richmond, Va.

In the book, Trammell and Terrell make the argument that certain fundamental changes in the framework of our democracy — the U.S. Constitution — may be necessary, changes that include eliminating the Electoral College, implementing electronic voting, perhaps even changes leading to a broader and more direct participation by citizens in our governance.

In Chapter 3 of the book, entitled “Our Unfinished Nation,” the authors write: “The Constitution was created to establish a republic, balance the power of the three branches, and establish the mandate to allow governance of a new nation. Changes to the Constitution were then and remain the key to guaranteeing our future. No one wants to destroy the Constitution, but it no longer matches the times we live in either.”

The influence of the Internet and social media, the writers say, has given American citizens greater access to information that ever in our history, but has left many feeling disconnected from the very mechanisms and people who are supposed to represent their interests.

Trammell,  who ran for Congress from Virginia’s 7th District in 2014, is an associate professor of sociology and director of disability support services at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. He was a political science undergraduate at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. He holds advanced degrees or certificates in education, special education, history education, and research methodology, including master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Terrell, holds a master of business administration degree from George Mason University in Fairfax and a masters degree in information systems from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He is a published poet and past president of the Poetry Society of Virginia.

Copies of the book are available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

See why Clinton is our choice

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

hillarypromoGet together with others to watch the first presidential debate at the home of Jim Donovan at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. Support Hillary Clinton as she demonstrates why she is the only candidate with the knowledge, experience and temperament to lead our nation in the next four years.

Snacks will be provided, but bring your own beverage.

Please RSVP to 540-412-1337 or

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February 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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