Democratic Club Mourns Loss of Beloved Leader - Linda Nearing
Democratic Club President Linda Nearing passed away mid-afternoon December 17. Only minutes later the skies opened with an unexpected downpour and a beautiful rainbow. Linda's spirit had passed into the cosmos. Diagnosed with the most aggressive form of glioblastoma, Linda chose the End of Life Options Act to guide her return to stardust. A decades-long advocate of Compassion and Choices, the national organization which promotes Death with Dignity laws, Linda also fought for the California initiatives which finally made end of life options possible in 2016 for people with a six-month terminal diagnosis.
Linda will be missed not only by the members of the Democratic Club but by all in the village and county who knew her. She served as club president for ten years and was active in both the county and state Democratic parties during that time. She served as an alternate for the County Central Committee, member of the executive board, chair of the Truman Dinner and delegate to the state convention. Her infectious laugh, open spirit, and brave optimism were with her until the end.
Laguna Woods Democratic Club serves as the meeting and gathering place for registered Democrats and friends of the Democratic Party in the community of Laguna Woods Village, a senior community of 18,000 residents.
We encourage membership and participation from other communities. There are no age or residency requirements to become an LWDC member.
We have monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of every month in Clubhouse 2. Besides regular monthly meetings, we host social and charitable activities throughout the year that are open to the public, including the August Pot Luck Picnic and the Annual Luncheon where we hold a silent auction. There are countless volunteer opportunities for voter registration, food drives for our primary service project, South County Outreach charity in Lake Forest, and co-sponsoring events with other clubs in our community.
The purpose of the Club is to stimulate greater interest in government affairs, to further the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party, to increase Democratic Party registration and turnout, and to elect Democratic candidates who will truly support the United States Constitution and work for the highest degree of economic and social justice and welfare for all people.
We educate the community about the role government plays and its effect. We study issues and work to influence public policy through letters, petitions and phone calls to local, state and federal elected officials. We promote Democratic values through our involvement in local communities and through the volunteerism of our members.