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Democratic Women’s Club of Martin County April 2008 Newsletter

April Meeting

The Club received a wonderful presentation from Dr. William A. Tyler, Chair, Biology Department of IRCC. Dr. Tyler is very enthusiastic about his work with coral reefs and generated a lot of interest from the group. Members stayed after his presentation to ask questions and discuss issues. Another thank you to Daisy Carter, 1st Vice President for arranging this program.

May Meeting

Our meeting on May 10th will be presented by Marilyn Kann, President of Voices for the Children of the Treasure Coast. Social hour is at 10:00 with the meeting called to order at 10:30. Not only will you hear an interesting presentation but the many of the Democratic candidates will attend. This is your opportunity to ask them about the issues and their positions.

Get Out the Vote

There are many ways to be a part of supporting our Democratic candidates. Consider having a “meet and greet” at your home for one of the candidates. There will also be a Volunteer Rally on May 17th at Indian River Park. Let’s support our candidates by showing up even if we think we can’t volunteer. Numbers count when the community sees Democrats at these functions!

List of Candidates

Martha Bennett, Democrat for District 5 challenging Weberman
Linda Green, Democrat for District 3 challenging the winner of the Republican primary
Catherine Hilton, challenging incumbent Bill Snyder for State House District 82
Bill Ramos and Adam Fetterman, Democrats for State House 81 challenging each other in the Democratic primary and then the winner will take on the top Republican in their primary

Personality Profile

This month we are featuring Marie Argana, who is a director on the board of DWC as well as a member of the Woman’s Club of Stuart, serving as its treasurer. She enjoys traveling, reading and bridge.

Marie worked for the Census Bureau until her retirement in 1994 when she went to work for a professional membership organization until she retired for good in 1999. She moved to Stuart from Washington, DC in November, 2000 (she did not vote in the infamous 2000 Florida election!)

Marie took a leave of absence to work for an international statistical organization based in London in the 1970s and that’s where she got the “travel bug”. When she returned to the Bureau, she worked for a number of years in their international program, which provided training and technical assistance to statistics offices in developing countries. Her work during this time took her to such places as South Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Uganda, China, and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). She says that it was a great opportunity to visit places she never would have been able to go on her own. Read on to find that she never got rid of that “travel bug”.

Marie is an active volunteer in the Light of the World Charities (LOTWC) which sponsors medical missions to Honduras. LOTWC, in partnership with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal built a hospital in Comayagua, Honduras that has 4 fully equipped operating rooms, a recovery room, several rooms for patients to stay overnight, and a dental clinic. In 2008, LOTWC will send 7 teams of surgeons and other medical personnel each week for a week-long mission. During that week, the surgeons provide services that are not readily available to the poor in the area. It takes most patients the better part of a day to get to the hospital, usually taking several buses or just walking. She’s gone on 4 missions to Honduras as the non-medical volunteer, mostly doing administrative tasks to free the medical staff for their work. It’s one of the most rewarding volunteer activities in which she’s been involved.

Another interesting aspect of Marie’s life while she was in Washington was devoting her volunteer time to Federally Employed Women (FEW), an organization founded in 1968 to work for the elimination of sex discrimination and the advancement of women in the Federal government. She served as the 1982-1984 National President and is still active in FEW. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the FEW Foundation for Education and Training.

WHEW!!! What a gal! Not many of us have been in the position to have such experiences and it’s wonderful to hear Marie’s stories. Democratic women rock!!!!!!

See you at the meeting on May 10th!