Sherri Loveland, National Women’s Political Caucus of OC President
All Leisure World Democrats are invited to the Club’s next membership meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1:00 p.m. The theme for the meeting will be “Let’s Celebrate the Women’s March on Washington – But Where Do We Go From Here?” Sherri Loveland, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of OC and one of the coordinators of the Women’s March Orange County, will lead the discussion.
The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is a multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women.
Those attending the Feb. 15th Club meeting are invited to arrive at Clubhouse 3, Room 2 as early as 12:15 to interact with members of the Club’s board members during what has come to be known as “Bring Your Own Lunch Facilitated Discussions.”
As the Club continues to develop its 2017 programing, there is a great need for member involvement in a wide range of activities, including the Club’s standing committees, the newly formed Action Team and the Get to Know Your Fellow Democrats Lunch Bunch. Contact Club President Mary Larson at 562-296-8521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your interests and be directed to the appropriate committee or group.
(From left to right) Laura Akeley, Linda Larson, Democratic Club President Mary Larson
On Sat., Jan. 21, a Democratic Club chartered bus filled with passionate and energetic Club members & friends traveled to Santa Ana to participate in the Women’s March on Washington Orange County. They joined 20,000 other marchers including Club President Mary Larson who was there with her daughter and granddaughter to proclaim, “This Three Generation Family Says Women’s Rights are Human Rights”.
Millions of people participated in similar marches around the world in a “women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities, and backgrounds.”
Among passengers on the Leisure World bus was 91 year old Sylvia Manheim who found the experience to be “…inspiring and important to walk together not only for women’s’ rights, but for human rights.” Sylvia’s daughter, actress/producer Cameryn Manheim, spoke at the LA Women’s March. California’s new Senator Kamala Harris spoke at the Washington DC march, pointing out how many diverse issues such as the economy, climate change and national security are women’s issues.
Club member Marilyn Austin said that she felt great happiness to be a part of the march just as she had when she joined the Equal Rights March on Washington in 1978! Barbara Dumont walked with her husband Gary and granddaughter. “I came to make a public stand for human rights and to show my granddaughter how we can make change in a democracy.” Linda Palitz joined the march because “We have fought for these rights for too long to allow them to be taken away.” She felt that the entire event in Santa Ana was so moving that she will never forget it. Club member Pat Fuji said that she and her daughter attended the march because they are “deeply concerned about the direction of the country.”
When asked why she attended the Women’s March, chair of Leisure World’s Senior Patriots for Peace Nancy Goldstein commented, “…so many things such as human rights, the environment and international relations are at dire risk that I feel I cannot stand by silently and wait to see what happens.”
During the Democratic Club’s Membership Meeting on February 15th, Sherri Loveland, one of the Orange County March organizers, will lead a discussion of The Women’s March on Washington and the movement going forward. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
On Wed., Jan 18th, a spirited and hungry group of Democrats gathered for their annual meeting to elect the 2017 SBLW Democratic Club board while sharing a tempting variety of potluck dishes!
2017 Club President Mary Larson
Current President Mary Larson will continue in that position for another year. Laura Wilson will continue to serve as publicity chair as well as assuming the position of vice-chair. The Club’s 2016 vice-chair, Beverly Emus, will be concentrating her efforts on hospitality throughout the coming year. Lifelong Democrat and activist, Dale Lieberfarb, will continue to be in charge of a year-round voter registration drive. Reelected board member Betty Kobata will take over responsibility for special events from JoAnn England who will begin handing the Club’s correspondence. Rachel Lehmberg, who had been appointed to fill a vacancy on the 2016 board, will continue as program chair. Diane Thompson and Dolores Volpe will both continue as members-at-large.
New to the board will be Mary Romero as Club secretary and Mary Tromp as treasurer. Kay Carlson has already assumed her role as membership chair. Lew Parker will be keeping Club members informed about legislative issues and Colette Greenwood will be responsible for coordinating the volunteers who notify Club members by phone of upcoming meetings and special events.
In addition to electing a new board, approving updated bylaws and receiving a variety of reports, the Club hosted Diana Carey, the newly elected DPOC Western Orange County Vice Chair. Ms. Carey stressed the need for Club members to become involved in the political process at the local level through doing research, strategic planning, and taking action. She emphasized the importance of writing letters to elected officials at all levels, regardless of their political affiliation. Her talk was well-received and generated questions and discussion. In thanking Ms. Carey, President Larson expressed the hope that this was only the first of many visits to the Club from Ms. Carey and other Democratic Party of Orange County leaders during the coming year!
Democrats congratulate Leisure World voters on an amazing turnout for the November 8th election! The official Orange County Registrar’s records as of November 23rd indicate that 84% of Leisure World voters cast a ballot! In what must be a new record, special credit needs to go to the residents of precinct one located primarily in Mutual 9 where 98.08% of the 341 registered voters participated in the election. Overall, there were 12,452 people who cast a ballot in the city of Seal Beach, with 4,411 of those votes going to Clinton for president and 4,037 going to Trump.
In the last meeting of the year, SBLW Democratic Club members overwhelmingly supported a proposal to augment their efforts by sponsoring what is initially being called an “Action Group.” Designed to allow time for reflecting on the recent election and promoting a progressive agenda, the group will meet frequently in the coming weeks beginning on Tuesday, November 29 at 11:30. All interested Leisure World Democrats are welcome. Reservations are required: please call Laura Wilson at 760-6660.
Club members also warmly welcomed Shakeel Syed, the new executive director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD), as the guest speaker at their Nov. meeting. In response to the Club’s request, Shakeel addressed a variety of concerns being articulated by Southern California Muslims as well as those coming from within the Orange County immigrant community that his organization serves. Members appreciated his ability to address issues on a personal level as well as in a global way. A question & answer session followed during which he helped explain Sharia law. The Club’s Board of Directors will be discussing ways to support the work of OCCORD.
Shelly Haggerty, Club member as well as a vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC), reported that Orange County is turning blue; that the Nov. election was the first time since the Great Depression that a Democratic presidential candidate had won Orange County! She also noted that Representative Alan Lowenthal was reelected to the US House of Representatives with majorities not only in LA, but also in Orange County. However, there remain important local races within the county in which Democratic voters are not turning out to vote in large numbers so activists have plenty of work ahead. She welcomed Club members to become more involved by running for a spot on the Democratic Party of Orange County Central Committee, the governing body of the County Democratic Party. Anyone interested should contact the Democratic Party of Orange County and tell them Shelly sent them!
The next meeting of the SBLW Democratic Club will be on Tuesday, January 17 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1:00 p.m. All those interested in joining the Club should contact President Mary Larson at 296-8521 for more information.
Please note: The Republican Club in Leisure World published an ad in The News on October 28, 2016 to attack Hillary. It was not factually based. We have posted our response on a special page that you can find by navigating from the menu. We hope you will visit.
Democratic Party Endorsements:
President/Vice President Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine
U.S. Senate Kamala Harris
Congressional District 48 Dr. Sue Savary
Assembly District 72 Lenore Albert-Sheridan
Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Education Karen Russell
Coast Community College, Trustee District Area 3 Lorraine Prinsky
Coast Community College, Trustee District Area 2 Jerry Patterson
Coast Community College, Trustee District Area 4 Dr. Jonathan Bao Huynh
We will discuss the Propositions at our upcoming meetings on September 20th & October 18th in Clubhouse 4 at 1:00 p.m.
K through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016
The Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act
Stop Right Wing Millionaire’s Attack on Local Control and Infrastructure
Legislature, Legislation and Proceedings
Tax Extension to Fund Children’s Education and Healthcare
Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement
The Public Safety and Rehabilitative Act
The LEARN Initiative (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now!)
Overturn Citizens United
Adult Films, Condoms, Health Requirements
Prop 61—No Official Position
State Prescription Drug Purchases, Pricing Standards
Safety for All Act
Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act
Prop 65—No Official Position
Death Penalty Procedures
Plastic Bag Ban