Role of Religious Liberty in Politics


Community activist Stephanie Campbell will be addressing “The Role of Religious Liberty in Politics” during the Leisure World Democratic Club monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 21st in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 at 1:00 p.m.

President Trump’s May 4th signing of an executive order titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” provides the background for this timely subject matter and Ms. Campbell is well qualified to speak on the subject.  She is a founding member of the Orange County chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and also serves as Vice President of AU’s national Board of Trustees.  In addition, she has been a certified speaker for ACLU on religious rights, reproductive rights and gay rights.


Local Politics on Orange County College Campuses


Club members and friends will focus their attention on local politics at their upcoming meeting on Wednesday, May 17th in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1:00 p.m.  In recent weeks, students, faculty, and trustees from UC Berkeley to a community college in Orange County have been involved in ongoing – oftentimes bitter – controversies relating to politics and free speech on their campuses.  The confrontation spilled over into the local public arena when a student at Orange Coast College published a secretly recorded tape of a professor making remarks about President Trump.  

Orange Coast Community College Board of Trustees member Jim Moreno will share his perspective on the relevant issues as well as the trustees’ experiences in handling this debate.  Accompanying Mr. Moreno in addressing Club members will be the Vice President of the Young Democrats of Orange County, Luis Aleman,  who is also a student at Orange Coast College.

The Climate Crisis: Politics, Values, and Activism to be Club focus for April


The LW Democratic Club enthusiastically welcomes activist & author Roger Gloss who will be speaking on climate change during its upcoming membership meeting on Wednesday, April 19th at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  His presentation will cover recent trends in warming and climate destruction, the current status of global action, and information about Orange County for Climate Action.  Club members and friends are encouraged to bring questions for this talented presenter.

Roger Gloss grew up near Buffalo, New York. He left the eastern U.S. to attend UCLA, where he earned a B.S. in Physics. He then settled in Southern California and has lived there ever since with his wife Linda. Now retired from a career in information technology, he devotes his time to writing and activism against climate change and systemic environmental destruction. Roger enjoys travel, the outdoors, an active lifestyle, reading fiction and history and, of course, writing.

The following is a link to a recent Letter to the Editor of the LA Times by Roger Gloss:

It is also spring potluck time!  The Club’s April 19th general meeting will be preceded by a potluck luncheon at 12:00.  Dems are asked to bring a salad or main dish and a hearty appetite!

Climaxing a month of action on climate change, the Club will participate in a Peoples March on Saturday, April 29 in Irvine.  Patterned after the earlier Women’s March, this event is part of a nationwide action to unify multiple interests affected by climate change.  There will be a chartered bus to get those interested to and from this important event.  The Club is asking for a donation of $20 per seat to defray the cost.  Please email Laura Wilson at for information or reservations.

There is always a place for member involvement in Club activities.  Contact President Mary Larson at to share your interests and be directed to the appropriate committee or group.  

Dems to Study the Future of Healthcare at March 15th Meeting

The Democratic Club is delighted to welcome Dr. Eric Lever as the guest speaker at its upcoming meeting on Wednesday, March 15th at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  Dr. Lever who will be speaking about the future of healthcare has been in practice in Gastroenterology for 25 years, spending the last 18 years at Kaiser Permanente.  He has been active in progressive politics since the age of 17.  Dr. Lever has a passionate interest in health care policy.   He believes that the future of our health care system, as well as the funding of universal health coverage for all Americans, depends heavily on which direction Medicare will take under the new administration.  As usual, Club members are welcome to bring a lunch and arrive at 12:15 for informal facilitated discussions with board members.  Coffee and dessert will be served.

Want to get to know your fellow Democrats?  Check out the “Get Acquainted Lunch Bunch” meeting on the 4th Wednesday of every month!  The next outing will be on March 22 from 11:00 to 1:00.  All are welcome, old and new members alike.  Please RSVP to Bev Emus at by March 21 for a reservation and more information.

The next meeting of the Club’s Action Team will be on Tuesday, March 28th in Clubhouse 3, Room 4 at 2:30.   Interested?  Contact Dale Lieberfarb at for details.

There is always a place for member involvement in Club activities.  Contact Club President Mary Larson at to share your interests and be directed to the appropriate committee or group.

Club to Discuss Impact of Women’s March


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 to share your interests and be directed to the appropriate committee or group.

Leisure World Dems Reflect on Women’s March


(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.

SBLW Dems Elect 2017 Board


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!