Meeting September 2018

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

Click here to visit 18 Seaboard's website.
18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

Senator Jay Chaudhuri
Senator Jay Chaudhuri

The Six Constitutional Amendments
What They Mean to You

and a summary of the drama surrounding the most recent legislative session

Senator Jay Chaudhuri currently serves in the North Carolina State Senate representing parts of Raleigh, Cary, and Garner. He has spent his career fighting for and working on behalf of the people of North Carolina.

Mr. Chaudhuri served as Special Counsel to then Attorney General Roy Cooper, where he led an investigation by all 50 Attorneys General that resulted in a landmark agreement with two leading social networking sites to better protect children from Internet predators. Subsequently, he served as General Counsel & Senior Policy Advisor to State Treasurer Janet Cowell. During that time, Mr. Chaudhuri served as Chair of the Council of Institutional Investors, an association of pension funds with combined assets of more than $3 trillion, which serves as the leading voice for effective corporate governance and strong shareholder rights.

Currently, he is an attorney with the law firm Cohen Milstein in Raleigh. He lives in the Cameron Village neighborhood with his wife, their two children, and a black lab.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.

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Meeting August 2018

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

Click here to visit 18 Seaboard's website.
18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

Dawn Blagrove
Dawn Blagrove, Esq. Executive Director, Carolina Justice Policy Center
Carolina Justice Policy Center

Incarcerating the Innocent

Dawn Blagrove is an in-demand, dynamic and compelling speaker on her aggressive advocacy for bail reform in NC. The real criminals may be the ones who prey on those who cannot afford bail. At any time, there are hundreds of thousands of innocent people in jail just because they cannot afford to bail out. As a result, their lives are permanently impacted with no compensation even when they are found innocent. Naturally, the poor and people of color are disproportionately impacted. Join us to learn more about how the Justice Policy Institute works to change the incarceration of the innocent and how NC is adversely impacted while the bail system is enriched.

Dawn Blagrove is currently the Executive Director of Carolina Justice Policy Center (CJPC). CJPC is dedicated to promoting effective, equitable, and humane solutions to criminal justice problems. Dawn is also an adjunct professor for the Criminal Justice Department of Fayetteville Technical Community College. Dawn worked for 8 years as a post-conviction staff attorney with North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc. In this position, she co-managed the jail credit team, made up of five paralegals dedicated to jail credit issues. Dawn received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Political Science, with a minor in Secondary Education, a Masters of Applied Social Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

A resident of Garner, NC. Dawn is the wife of Martin Blagrove, Jr. and the proud mother of two daughters, Madison and Erin.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.

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Meeting July 2018

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

Click here to visit 18 Seaboard's website.
18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

NC Gay + Lesbian Film Festival 2018

The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is the second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeast, attracting thousands of patrons yearly. Since its beginning in 1995, the Festival has featured a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau named the NCGLFF a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization.

The NCGLFF celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today’s gay, lesbian and transgender life, helps bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking.

Our speaker this month is Chuck Wheeler. This is Chuck’s 22nd year with NCGLFF as a volunteer, and the Film Festival is 23 years old. Chuck has been the Men’s Programming Committee Chair for 20 years. Though strictly volunteers, committee members spend hundreds of hours previewing the films that are submitted for consideration. Easily a full-time job.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.

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Meeting June 2018

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

Click here to visit 18 Seaboard's website.
18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

Will You Still Love Me, Will You Still Need Me ……

It is estimated that by year 2030 one of every five residents in the US will be over 65, and communities, companies, and individuals are adjusting to the significance of this demographic shift. This presentation will center around research conducted by SAGE USA and by AARP that demonstrates, when compared to a heterosexual cohort, LGBTQ seniors experience health disparities, are more likely to be isolated, often have more fragile support networks, and have higher levels of concerns related to our aging.

At the same time, many segments of the aging services community appear to be ill-prepared to deal with our specific concerns. That opens up opportunities for businesses and individuals who are sensitive to our interests and concerns. While this aging generation has redefined what it means to get older, it is important that we understand the range of services and care that abound as our life situations change.

Programs such as RBPN, SAGE, and other LGBTQ groups become an important part of our support system as well as some of the local aging services that demonstrate sensitivity to LGBTQ issues. This topic is important for people of all ages.


Joseph Wheeler

Joseph Wheeler has for almost 30 years been a successful consultant focusing on diversity and inclusion, leadership and communication skills, and strategic organizational development. In recent years, he has dedicated his work to understanding LGBTQ aging issues. In July 2017, he became the Coordinator of SAGE Raleigh, a program of the LGBT Center of Raleigh for people 50+.

That organization maintains a robust schedule of activities and events, advocates for LGBTQ-sensitive aging services, and educates service providers about LGBTQ issues. While this presentation includes a fair amount of data, there will be ample time for questions and response.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.

Make Reservations Online

(Note: You do not need a PayPal account to make reservations.)