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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ALEC 2Join us on Wednesday evening, September 18th, as we screen the compelling Bill Moyers documentary, “The United States of ALEC”.   The American Legislative Exchange Council describes itself as the nations largest, non-partisan, individual-public private membership association of state legislators.   A more accurate description is that they are a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge.  ALEC brings corporations together to draft model legislation that is then handed out by the legislators in statehouses across the country, ultimately allowing corporations to drive policy and lawmaking.

 

The documentary is packed with material about ALEC’s  operating methods and relies heavily upon the research and reporting of CMD’s award-winning “ALEC Exposed” project. The program features interviews with CMD Executive Director Lisa Graves, Deputy Director Mary Bottari and Director of Research Nick Surgey. Madisonians John Nichols of the Nation, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and University of Wisconsin professors Joel Rogers and Julie Underwood are also interviewed about the expansive ALEC agenda.

 

Screening of the film will be followed by remarks from Susan Smith, President of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. Susan is well-versed on ALEC’s operations and influence across the country and in Florida.  She will provide an up-to-the-minute update on what ALEC is doing now.

 

Wine, beer, soft beverages, and light bites and sweets will be provided.
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Cost is $20 per person paid by cash, check, Mastercard, or Visa at the door.
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Program begins at 6:30 (doors open at 6 – no earlier)
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                         Bayfront Community Center  (back of the Municipal Auditorium)
803 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
  Turn off of Tamiami Trail as if going to the Van Wezel, then turn left onto Van Wezel Way. Park in lot on left.

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Reservations required by e-mailing rsvp@sarasotadems.com or leaving a message at 404-4678. Please include names of all guests attending.

 

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UnidoNow 2With the possibility of comprehensive immigration reform in sight, we look forward to welcoming  Jeanette Ocasio, Social Justice Program Director and Cathaleen Kaiyoorawongs, Director of Education Initiatives with UnidosNow to our August luncheon.  UnidosNow is a 501(c)3 organization committed to fully integrating our regions Hispanic community into the state’s civic, cultural, and economic fabric. We will learn about the resources and educational programs they are providing to the Hispanic community, including the “Know Your Rights” program and the Future Leaders Academy. We will also hear from a student who has benefited from these programs.

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:

  • Chicken Florentine with Basmati Rice & Chef’s Vegetables OR
  • Salmon Teriyaki Salad OR
  • Oriental Vegetable Stir Fry

Dessert is Chocolate Flourless Torte

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 – Reservations are required and must be made by midnight on Wednesday, August 7th. Cancellations must also be made by midnight, August 7th or you will be billed for your meal.

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Obama Birthday Poster 2013

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07/30/2013 Doors open at 6:00 - Event starts at 6:30pm

$20

$20

07/28/2013 Limit of 50 guests

1350 Main Street, 6th Floor Function Room

1350 Main Street

Sarasota

rsvp@sarasotadems.com or 404-4678

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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07/13/2013 Check-In opens at 11:00am - 12:00pm Lunch and Program

$24

$26

Evening on Wednesday, July 10th

Laurel Oak Country Club

2700 Gary Player Blvd

Sarasota

reserve@sarasotadems.com

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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05/22/2013 Doors open at 6:00 - Event starts at 6:30pm

$20

$20

05/20/2013 or until event sells out

1350 Main Street, 6th Floor Function room

1350 Main Street

Sarasota

rsvp@sarasotadems.com

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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05/11/2013 Check-In opens at 11:00am - 12:00pm Lunch and Program

$24

$26

Midnight on Wednesday, May 8th

Laurel Oak Country Club

2700 Gary Player Blvd

Sarasota

rsvp@sarasotadems.com

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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04/13/2013 Check-In opens at 11:00

12:00pm Lunch and Program

$24

$26

Evening April 10th

Marina Jack Restaurant

2 Marina Plaza

Sarasota

reserve@sarasotadems.com

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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