Three outstanding speakers at Democratic Club meeting

John Dossey

On Tuesday, March 10 the SaddleBrooke Democratic Club will have Mr. Joel Feinman, Chairperson of the Board of Planned Parenthood of Arizona, as its guest speaker at the HOA 1 Activity Center. The meeting will take place from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Mr. Feinman will present the draft strategic plan that Planned Parenthood of Arizona is developing to guide its activities and programs over the coming years. He will begin with where Planned Parenthood has been and its proposed changes. He is interested in comments and questions from those in attendance as a basis for helping shape the activities of the organization for the coming years to best serve the needs of the citizens of Arizona. There will be a question and answer period followed by a pizza party for all.

On Tuesday, April 14, the Democratic Club will have Ms. Tory Anderson, the Legislative Liaison of the Secular Coalition for Arizona, as its guest speaker. Ms. Anderson will be discussing the Secular Coalition’s activities and legislative issues alive in the current session. The Coalition actively opposes bills that favor one religion over another or no religion or that use laws to force the entire state to conform to one religion’s concept of morality. They are dedicated to ending religious intrusion in civil government, particularly where this intrusion marginalizes religious minorities or nonbelievers, or results in discrimination against politically vulnerable groups of people. Other issues have involved intrusions into public education, civil marriage contracts, end of life choices, religious privilege in tax law, women’s healthcare and rights to religious expression in governmental venues.

Tuesday, May 12, the Democratic Club will host Mr. Tim Steller, the Arizona Daily Star columnist, as its speaker for the month. We have asked him to discuss the spring session of the Arizona legislature reflecting on education, economic and policy issues as well as what seems to be the tenor of the first session under the Ducey administration. We have also asked him to discuss what changes occurred in the session that affect the media and the media’s ability to report the news at the state government level.

The programs for the summer assures that the hardy year rounders have plenty of issues to fill their minds even though the numbers of fellow Democrats may dwindle a bit. The SaddleBrooke Democratic Club presents informative programs at its monthly meetings focusing on current legislative and community programs serving the citizens of SaddleBrooke and surrounding communities. Programs are held on the second Tuesdays of every month at 3:30 p.m. at the SaddleBrooke HOA 1 Activity Center, 64518 East Galveston Lane, SaddleBrooke, Arizona 85739.