March 2017 Events




This monthly list of events includes regular meetings and special events of Democratic clubs and caucuses, as well as other organizations’ meetings and special events, including some that are church-sponsored, which we believe may be of interest to our Democratic members. Please be assured that we do not endorse any particular religion or faith (just as churches are not supposed to endorse political parties or candidates). However, as Democrats, we share with many religious organizations a passion for social justice and the political empowerment of people who are underserved. We are more than happy to forward announcements of events and programs which focus on social justice and are sponsored by religious organizations.

South Lake Democratic Club Regular Meeting: Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Kehlor Building, 466 West Minneola Avenue, Clermont. Contact Stephanie Dukes at

DEC Breakfast Fundraiser and Panel DiscussionSaturday, March 4th at 9:00 a.m. at Venetian Gardens, 109 E. Dixie Avenue, Leesburg.  on THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION: Can it survive vouchers, charter schools, privatization, high-stakes testing, and low teacher morale?  Hosted by the Greater Leesburg Democratic Club and featuring: Diane Kornegay, Future Lake County School Superintendent; Kristi Burns, Lake County School Board Member; Stuart Klatte, President of Lake County Education Association; and Frank Wood, Former Lake County Teacher of the Year. $20 suggested donation.  You can purchase tickets for the March breakfast and the Blue Gala on March (31st) here:

Or buy them from your club or caucus president or contact Pat Spear at 312-618-0317 or Email her at

Proceeds benefit the Lake County Democratic Party.

The Circle of Hope & Indivisible will meet on Sunday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Building, 101 South Bay Street, Eustis. Out of concern over the treatment of minorities in this country, we have selected a panel of speakers to address from their perspectives what is happening locally, and how we as individuals and groups can act in response to make a difference. Speakers will include: Alicia Koutsoulieris, from the Counsel on American Islamic Relations (CARE); Perry Berkowitz, from Interfaith of Lake County and Deborah Townsend (Debbie Herold), immigration attorney. There will also be reports from Eileen Tramontana of The Trout Lake Nature Center, on environmental issues; Victoria Drexel, updating the latest on the Sable Palm Pipeline; Doreen Donovan, on the Minneola & Clermont Town Meetings with Rep. Webster; Sandy Conn Arnold for Indivisible; and Joan Anderson for The Circle of Hope.

Lake County Democratic Black Caucus Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the Leesburg Community Center, West Room, 109 East Dixie Ave. Leesburg. For more information, contact Lillian Lockette at

Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) Meeting of the Lake County Democratic Party – Thursday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m. at the Tavares Civic Center, 100 E. Caroline St., Tavares. For more information, contact Nancy Hurlbert at

The Golden Triangle Democratic Club (GTDC) regular meeting – Saturday, March 11th at the W.T. Bland Library, (Children’s Room) 1995 North Donnelly Street in Mount Dora. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10:30. Come early to meet and greet fellow Democrats. Our speaker for March is Tom Singleton. Mr. Singleton will address the topic“The Looming Threat to Medicare.” We hope to see you there. Bring a friend as we explore this timely and vital topic. For more information, contact Frank Wood at or GTDC President Carol King at

Democratic Women’s Club of Florida (DWCF) Tally Days – March 12-14, 2017.  Each year, members attend the 2-day lobbying event in Tallahassee.  Members of Lake County DWC have their registration paid by the Club, though you will still incur lodging, transportation and food costs.  Traveling on Sunday afternoon (March 11th), you will begin Monday EARLY at 8:00 AM with a full-day of “training” from foremost experts on the environment, reproductive rights, education, gun control, etc.  Monday night will be a Reception with our Democratic legislators and a silent auction.  Then, you will meet with your legislators on Tuesday and a Rally for Equal Pay will be held on Tuesday in the Rotunda of the Capitol.  After lobbying is complete, we leave late Tuesday afternoon for home!  A wonderful and educational experience!  For further information, go to or contact Nancy Hurlbert,

Greater Leesburg Democratic Club Steering Committee meeting – Monday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m. at Jane Hepting’s home. For more information, contact Jane Hepting at

Lake County Democratic (proposed) Progressive Caucus of Florida Start-up Meeting – Tuesday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m. at the LCEA Building, 1713 South Street, Leesburg. Continuation of start-up. Planning meeting. For more information, contact Robert Abston ; (352)801-1535.

Interfaith Educational Forum – “Saving the planet through the practices of each faith tradition” – Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Unity Spiritual Center, 509 County Road 468, Fruitland Park, FL 34731.               

The Plantation Democrats Club monthly meeting on Friday, March 17th at Hermitage Hall at The Plantation of Leesburg, 25201 Hwy 27, Leesburg. Refreshments begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by our program at 5:00 p.m.  Club fellowship continues after the meeting with dinner at a local restaurant.

The program for the meeting will be, Race in the Criminal Justice System: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?


Race is such an uncomfortable topic to discuss as a general matter that we tend to avoid talking about it.  When we look at the criminal justice system, however, race becomes an important factor in determining how Floridians fare in prosecution, sentencing, and the collateral consequences.  Reviewing publicly available data and recent reporting on sentencing, Carla Laroche will lead a conversation on implicit bias, how race impacts the criminal justice system, and what bills some legislators have filed this year to seek to address these issues.

Carla Laroche is a law fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, focused on criminal justice reform. She chairs several committees for the American Bar Association and has an impressive professional career and educational background.  (Note that as our speaker, Carla is expressing her views and is not acting as a representative of the SPLC.)

If you have any questions please call Kathy Williamson, President, at 352-315-1265.

Greater Leesburg Democratic Club regular meeting will be held on Monday, March 20th at 5:30 p.m. at the Leesburg Public Library. Indivisible Groups have been invited to tell us about themselves. For more information, please contact GLDC Pres. Bill Boyer, 352-431-5188;

Royal Highlands Democratic Club regular meeting – Monday, March 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm at the Royal Highlands Recreation Center Meeting Room 5350 Monarch Blvd, Leesburg. Our speaker will be Linda Bystrak, a local biologist who has served as trustee for both Lake County Water Authority and the Soil and Water Conservation District. She will be here to share information on one our most precious resources. Linda has a great deal of background and will provide us with facts on our lakes and rivers. For more information, contact Brenda Flagg,, 352-787-3444.

Lake County Democratic Women’s Club This notice is late (again) in getting out but I have a good excuse…our headquarters and meeting place is moving and just about everything is packed up!  WE will be the last meeting on Tuesday evening (March 28th), as the movers are coming Wednesday morning!

Our meeting will start at 5:30 PM sharp and we will try to be done no later than 7 PM.  Our Program will be a Summary of our Tally Days Lobbying12 of us from Lake County and 3 DWC members from The Villages met with all five of our legislators/staff…want to hear what we discussed??  Then, see you Tuesday!

Lake County Veterans Caucus of Florida Regular Meeting – Tuesday, March 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 W. Main Street, Leesburg. Speaker will be Frank Moravcik from the Villages Honor Flight, Inc.. For more information, contact LCDVC President Bill Boyer at; 352-431-5188.

Blue Gala! March 31, at 5:30. 4425 N. Hwy 19A, Mount Dora, Florida

Come and have some fun!!!!


Thanks for keeping informed and involved!












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