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smith-nadineJoin us as we welcome Equality Florida’s Executive Director, Nadine Smith. Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s LGBT community.

Equality Florida formed in 1997 as Governor Jeb Bush took office and Florida’s state government made a hard turn to the right. In an era of setbacks for progressive causes, Equality Florida has defeated every piece of anti-LGBT legislation filed in Tallahassee since its founding. These bills included efforts to: overturn all local anti-discrimination policies, repeal all safe schools policies, expand Florida’s anti-gay adoption ban, and prohibit domestic partnership benefits and protections.

Through lobbying, grassroots organizing, education, and coalition building, Equality Florida is changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We look forward to hearing Nadine’s update on their important work.

Reservations are required.

Read instructions below carefully.

To make a reservation, e-mail reserve@sarasotadems.com and indicate the name of your guests and your menu choices, or leave that information on the voice mail at 941-379-9233.

Menu choices for this month are:

  • Chicken Florentine with Basmati Rice & Veggies OR
  • Salmon Teriyaki Salad

Dessert: Vanilla Ice Cream and Cookie
Menu choice NOT guaranteed past noon

The luncheon is held at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Travel 2 miles east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road. Turn left at the light at Gary Player Blvd. Bent Tree will be on your right. Proceed past the guard shack, through one stop sign, and the club house will be on your left.

Social Hour starts at 11 with the program beginning promptly at noon.

Cost for Members is $24 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $26 each. You may pay by cash, Mastercard, Visa or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservation Deadline is October 9th.

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Phil KellermanJoin us as we welcome Phil Kellerman, founder of the Harvest of Hope Foundation and an advocate for migrant farm workers and their families since 1989. Phil addressed the Club at a Wine, Cheese & Politics event this past May and due to popular demand and the importance of the immigration issue, we have invited him to speak at the September luncheon.  He will address the proposed immigration bill that seeks to deal with the estimated 10 million undocumented persons residing in the United States and to change regulations for those who want to legally come to the U.S. What is in the bill? What is it going to take for an undocumented individual to become a citizen? Is the bill fair? What will it mean for businesses dependent on immigrant labor? And, what about high school graduates who are still not legal citizens? How does the bill help them?  The Harvest of Hope Foundation has distributed more than 1 million dollars in aid to field workers and their families across the country, providing financial assistance for vehicle repairs, housing, utilities, rent, medical services, food, clothes, and funeral expenses, as well as educational aid.

Reservations are required.

Read instructions below carefully.

To make a reservation, e-mail reserve@sarasotadems.com and indicate the name of your guests and your menu choices, or leave that information on the voice mail at 379-9233.

Menu choices for this month are:

  • Grilled Corvina Buerre Blanc with Rice Pilaf & Veggies OR
  • Chicken Caesar Salad OR
  • Grilled Vegetable Wrap with Fruit

Dessert is Strawberry New York Cheesecake

The luncheon is held at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Travel 2 miles east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road. Turn left at the light at Gary Player Blvd. Bent Tree will be on your right. Proceed past the guard shack, through one stop sign, and the club house will be on your left.

Social Hour starts at 11 with the program beginning promptly at noon.

Cost for Members is $24 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $26 each. You may pay by cash, Mastercard, Visa or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out your checks ahead of time.

IMPORTANT – Reservation Deadline is September 11th.

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Mike Pheneger, President of the ACLUIn 1984, George Orwell depicted a totalitarian surveillance state. In 1948, the technology he portrayed was fiction. However, in response to the threat of terrorism, the US government is practicing surveillance on a scale almost unimaginable 15 years ago. What is the government doing? How? Are the programs necessary? Could they be managed in ways to protect our privacy? Join us as we hear from retired US Army Colonel and Florida ACLU President, Mike Pheneger on this hot topic. His military background and his work with the ACLU since 1995, give him unique insight into these topics.

Because the # of attendees has been limited to 50, reservations are required and no shows will be billed. Reservations deadline is Sunday evening, July 28th. Cost is $20 per person and can be paid at the door by check, cash, or Mastercard or Visa. E-mail your reservation to rsvp@sarasotadems.com or leave a message at 404-4678. Cancellations can be made the same way.

Wine, beer, soft beverages, and light bites and sweets will be provided.  Doors open at 6 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 at 1350 Main Street, 6th Floor. Parking is available on the street and in the Palm Avenue garage.

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Planned ParenthoodIn spite of a resounding defeat in last year’s presidential election, the Republican Party continues to push legislation that impinges on women’s rights.

At our July luncheon, we look forward to hearing from Jan Chester, Planned Parenthood Vice President of External Affairs, speaking about these issues and how healthcare reform is impacting Planned Parenthoods work on a state and national level.

 

Menu Choices: (No Substitutions)

• Grilled Corvina in Lemon Caper Sauce OR
• Grilled Chicken Greek Salad OR
• Grilled Vegetable Wrap with Cole Slaw
• Dessert: Apple Pie

Menu choice NOT guaranteed past noon.

Deadline FOR RESERVATIONS & CANCELLATIONS:

• Wednesday evening, July 10th

Late fee:

• Late cancellations and no-shows will be billed.
• Late reservations, if accepted, will be charged $26.
• Walk-ins will be charged $26, if accommodated.

 Reservations:

• Call:     379-9233
• E-mail: reserve@sarasotadems.com

E-mail reservations will receive confirmation.
If no reply, please re-send.

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State, national and international powerbrokers share ideas on how one person or one organization can make a difference in the lives of women throughout the world.

Lunch tables will be organized for DCS Members at $60 per person rate, and include the conference.

Please send your check to: DCS PO Box 51076 Sarasota, FL 34232

Please make your check payable to “USNC – UN Women”

Click here to see flier with more details

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Phil KellermanJoin us as we welcome Phil Kellerman, an advocate for migrant farm workers and their families since 1989, addressing the proposed immigration bill that seeks to deal with the estimated 10 million undocumented persons residing in the United States and to change regulations for those who want to legally come to the U.S. What is in the bill? What is it going to take for an undocumented individual to become a citizen? Is the bill fair? What will it mean for businesses dependent on immigrant labor? And, what about high school graduates who are still not legal citizens? How does the bill help them? Thanks to an inheritance from his grandmother, Dr. Helen Zand, Phil established the Harvest of Hope Foundation in 1997 in Oneonta, New York. Based now in Gainesville, Florida, the foundation has distributed more than 1 million dollars in aid to field workers and their families across the country. Financial assistance is provided for vehicle repairs due to breakdowns, housing, utilities, rent, medical services, food, clothes, and funeral expenses. Educational aid is given to children of migrant farm workers who are attending college.

Cheese, desserts, wine, beer, and other beverages will be served. Please note that RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. We are now limited to 50 attendees at this venue. Reservations can be made by e-mailing rsvp@sarasotadems.com or leaving a message at 404-4678. Once you have made a reservation, if you are unable to attend, we request that you let us know by May 20th, so we can fill your spot.

Payment of $20 per person will be collected at the door by check, cash, Mastercard, or Visa.

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Joe SaundersJoin us as we welcome Joe Saunders, Florida House of Representatives, District 49.  Representative Saunders will provide an update on the legislative session that ends in early May.  He is the former Statewide Field Director for Equality Florida and one of the two first openly gay elected officials to the Florida legislature.

Menu choices for this month are:

          • Florida Citrus Chicken OR
          • Mediterranean Salmon Salad OR
          • Vegetarian Pasta Primavera
          • Dessert is Key Lime Pie

The luncheon is held at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Travel 2 miles east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road. Turn left at the light at Gary Player Blvd. Bent Tree will be on your right. Proceed past the guard shack, through one stop sign, and the club house will be on your left.

Social Hour starts at 11 with the program beginning promptly at noon.

IMPORTANT

Reservations are required and must be made by midnight on Wednesday, May 8th. Cancellations must also be made by midnight, May 8th or you will be billed for your meal.

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Wade Matthews on “Religion and Our Public Schools”

Vice President of the Sarasota Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Join us as we welcome Wade Matthews speaking on the role religion plays in our public schools. He will discuss the topics of creationism, prayer, school vouchers and more. Learn what is happening on a local and national level.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Program (check-in opens at 11:00)
Members: $24
Non-Members: $26
(Please make out check in advance to DCS. Mastercard & Visa now accepted)

*** Special Location for April Only ***

Marina Jack Restaurant
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota Fl 34236
Phone: 941-365-4232

Complimentary Valet Parking Available  •  Take Elevator to 2nd Floor

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

READ INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CAREFULLY.

Call: 941-379-9233

E-mail: reserve@sarasotadems.com

E-mail reservations will receive confirmation. If no reply, please re-send.

Menu Choices:

No Substitutions

  • Chicken Marsala   OR
  • Porcini Mushroom Ravioli
  • Dessert: Rich Chocolate Fudge Cake

Menu choice NOT guaranteed past noon

Deadline FOR RESERVATIONS & CANCELLATIONS: Wednesday evening, April 10th

Late fee:

Late cancellations and no-shows will be billed.

Late reservations, if accepted, will be charged $26.

Walk-ins will be charged $26, if accommodated.

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Hard Rock CasinoHelp us raise money to continue community and student outreach and more great events!

Hard Rock Casino Bus Trip

Cost: Prepayment of $40 per person – Includes round trip bus transportation & $30 in “Free Play” credits.

Departure: Bus leaves promptly at 10 a.m.

Return: Approximately 5:30 p.m.

Location: Burlington Coat Factory parking lot – 3941 Cattleman Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

Instructions: Mail checks made payable to DCS to: PO Box 51076 Sarasota, FL 34232

Must include: Name  •  Address  •  Date of Birth  •  Driver’s License #

The casino requires this information in order to issue a Free Play Card. If you already have a Players Club Card, then just provide your name and card #. We will distribute cards as you board the bus on April 24th. Your personal information will be carefully protected. Payment must be received by Friday, April 19th.

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City of Sarasota SealWith the presidential election behind us and the Florida gubernatorial election still ahead, Sarasota County is turning its attention to the City Commission race. This year there are two At-Large seats up for election on March 12th. At-large seats represent the whole city and are voted on by all registered voters in the city. The two At-Large seats are currently held by Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Commissioner Terry Turner. Terry is not seeking re-election, but Democrat Suzanne Atwell is.

There are a total of six candidates running for these two seats. Three of them are Democrats and will be featured at our March 9th luncheon at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Please join us as we welcome incumbent Mayor Suzanne Atwell, along with Susan Chapman, and Linda Holland.

The program will be moderated by WSRQ Talk Radio’s Susan Nilon, who has been closely following the race on her radio show and has moderated other events with the candidates. Please note that this month’s luncheon will be held at the Sarasota Yacht Club.

Reservations are required.
Read instructions below carefully.

To make a reservation, e-mail reserve@sarasotadems.com and indicate the name of your guests and your menu choices, or leave that information on the voice mail at 379-9233.

Menu choices for this month are:

  • Chef’s Salad OR
  • Vegetable Primavera Lasagna
  • Dessert is Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

This month’s luncheon is held at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Take the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota. Stay in the left lane. Drive over the bridge and past the traffic light for Bird Key. At the next opening, turn left into the Sarasota Yacht Club parking lot. (If you miss this turn, you can make a U-turn at the next light, which is for Plymouth Harbor.)

NEW PRICE AS OF JANUARY 2013: Cost for Members is $24 each. Cost for non-members or walk-in’s is $26 each. You may pay by cash or with a check made payable to the DCS. Please fill out checks ahead of time. Visa and Mastercard are now also accepted.

IMPORTANT – Reservations are required and must be made by midnight on Wednesday, March 6th. Cancellations must also be made by midnight, March 6th or you will be billed for your meal.

Social Hour starts at 11 with the program beginning promptly at noon.

 

 

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