Clockwise: Erika Lowenthal, Duke Nguyen (candidate for Orange County Sheriff), Diana Carey (Democratic Party of Orange County West Vice Chair & candidate for Huntington Beach Union High School District), Nancy Love, Brandon Love, Club President Mary Tromp, and Josh Lowenthal (candidate for the 72nd Assembly District representing Leisure World)
An overflow crowd of 120 guests gathered in clubhouse four for the July 14th Democratic Club’s annual fundraiser. After enjoying an outstanding brunch catered by Jon’s Coffee Shoppe, they greeted their friend and featured speaker, Josh Lowenthal, with loud applause. Beginning his presentation by honoring his wife Erika and their three children, Lowenthal went on to name the club’s immediate past president Mary Larson and World War 2 veteran Ed Wianecki as examples of people he would never have known if he had not entered the race to represent them – as well as all the residents of the 72nd Assembly District – in Sacramento. Praising the SBLW Club for caring about all generations rather than just their own, he also thanked club members for reaching out to their neighbors in Leisure World about the importance of informed voting in all elections.
In addition to hearing from their friend Josh, attendees honored Diana Carey and Brandon Love as 2018 SBLW Democratic Club’s “Influential Leaders.” Attorney Love has become the Club’s “favorite Orange County political analyst!” Diana, who continues to be involved with the club in an official capacity as a vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County, has attended club meetings consistently since her election. It is not unusual for the club to call upon her to offer insights or to take over a meeting entirely to share her perspective. The Club considers itself fortunate to receive such skilled guidance.
The Club also presented Clara Wise with a well-deserved “Democrat of The Year” award. Wise is the Club’s Special Projects Chair, but she also works behind the scenes in countless other areas. Club president Mary Tromp extended the warmest congratulations to Wise.
Dr. Hans Keirstead, the endorsed Democratic candidate for the 48th Congressional District, will address the Club on Wednesday, May 16th at 12:30 P.M. in Clubhouse 4. When residents view their primary ballots, they will undoubtedly notice that there are many candidates listed for this seat, however, Keirstead is the only Democrat that has been endorsed by the Party.
Dr. Hans Keirstead, a grounding breaking scientific innovator, holds a Ph.D. and was recruited by UC Irvine to serve as Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Professor of Neurological Surgery. A neuroscientist and entrepreneur, Hans is currently developing treatments for brain and ovarian cancer. Hans and his wife Niki, also a neuroscientist, share a passion for their family and for their work researching treatments for others. He promotes the use of science and facts in the legislative process. Additional information about Dr. Keirstead can be found on the Club Website: https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/.
Sadly, Club President Mary Larson was forced to resign from her position due to health concerns. She intends to remain on the board, health permitting, as the immediate past president. Her leadership benefitted the Club in countless ways and members are currently scrambling to complete the responsibilities that she had assumed as part of her role as president.
Mary Larson, a lifelong social justice activist, became President of the LW Club in September of 2015. Under her leadership, membership in the Club grew to a robust 200 members. During her tenure, she ensured that the Club work closely with the Democratic Party of Orange County and involved members of the Club in the Party’s candidate endorsement process for the first time ever. Larson is a professional editor with strong skills on the computer, so it is no surprise that she promoted the establishment of a website, newsletter, professional email and social media. She masterfully managed the Club’s voter outreach campaign, database, taxes & reporting.
The Club has thrived under Larson’s leadership, and she now turns the office over to the talented Mary Tromp. Tromp is a naturalized citizen of Canada. She earned her Master’s Degree in Statistics from Cal State Long Beach. She is currently serving as treasurer not only for the Leisure World Democratic Club but for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and for the Humanist Association of Orange County. She has wide-ranging political interests and brings a multitude of strengths to the position. The Club extends a hearty welcome to Club President Tromp!
All Leisure World residents, regardless of party affiliation, are invited to attend the Club’s 48th Congressional District Democratic Candidates Forum on Friday, January 19th at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. It is vitally important that everyone who will be voting in the upcoming June 2018 open primary election become as familiar as possible with all of the candidates. The Club’s Forum, with all eight Democratic campaigns participating, will be moderated by 72nd Assembly District candidate Josh Lowenthal. There will be no charge for the event. More information will follow in the weeks to come.
Save the Date! Get to know Josh Lowenthal, Democratic candidate for California Assembly District 72, on Wednesday, January 17th at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Members are encouraged to bring questions. More information about Josh can be found at: https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/joshlowenthal/.
Club members and their supporters will be participating in The Women’s March-Orange County on Saturday, January 20th. As they did last year for the Women’s March, the SBLW Club will be chartering a bus for the convenience of their members and friends. Seats on the bus will be available on a first come, first served basis for a donation of $20 each. A limited number of scholarships will be available if donation for the bus creates a hardship. Please email Laura Wilson at email@example.com reserve your seat!
On January 20th, SBLW Democratic Club members and their supporters will be participating in The Women’s March – Orange County 2018. This non-partisan event – open to all – is being designed as part of a national movement to once again unify and empower people in every state and major metropolitan area who are looking for ways to stand in solidarity for women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. As they did for the tremendously successful first Women’s March in January 2017, the SBLW Club will be chartering a bus for their members and friends. Seats on the bus will be available on a first come, first served basis for a minimal donation to cover expenses. Stay tuned for more detailed information about this exciting event in the weeks to come!
January will be a busy month. Josh Lowenthal, Democratic candidate in California Assembly District 72 (which includes Leisure World) and son of Congressman Allen Lowenthal, will help ring in the new year as the Club’s featured speaker at their Wed., January 17th membership meeting. Learn more about Josh Lowenthal by visiting: https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/joshlowenthal/.
Those interested in learning more about the seven Democratic candidates competing for election to Congress in the 48th Congressional District will want to attend the Club’s Candidate Forum on January 22nd at 1:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The Club has invited all Democratic candidates running in the 48th or their representatives to participate. There will be no charge for the event but reservations will be required. For information, please contact Club President Mary Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leisure World Dems and friends are also invited to a festive holiday potluck beginning at noon on Wednesday, December 20th in Clubhouse 4. The potluck will be followed by the Club’s regular monthly meeting at 1:00 p.m. Gerrie Schipske, Democratic candidate for the 34th State Senate District, will be the featured speaker! She is running on several issues that include women’s healthcare, the environment and education. The Club extends a warm welcome to this talented guest. To learn more about Gerrie Schipske, please visit: https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/gerrie-schipske-democratic-candidate-for-the-34-state-senate-district/. Questions about the potluck? Please email email@example.com.
OC District Attorney Candidate Brett Murdock to Speak Nov. 15th
Brett Murdock, Democratic candidate for OC district attorney, will present at the November 15th Club meeting at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. As always, there will be informal discussions and a bring-your-own brown bag luncheon beginning at 12:15 p.m. Coffee will be provided. Members are encouraged to come prepared to ask questions!
Brett Murdock only recently entered the OC district attorney race and has many residents excited to learn more about his qualifications. He was elected to the Brea City Council in 2010, and served as Mayor in 2014. He is a lifelong resident of Orange County, and has a long history of community involvement. He served as President of the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities. He was Chair of the OC Council of Governments, the OC Waste Management Commission, and the Operations Committee of the Orange County Sanitation District. He is an active member of the Brea Rotary Club, and the President of a non-profit organization that provides and maintains low-income housing for seniors.
He holds a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Chapman University School of Law. He lives in the City of Brea with his wife, Roni, and their two children.