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Dinner with Progressives

Dinner with Progressives, in Asheville NC, is a social outlet for people who wish to move forward held the 1st Monday night of each month. It requires no fees and no membership. We ask attendees to purchase dinner, dessert and/or beverage at the local restaurant where we meet. Our new location is the new Green Sage in Westgate next to Earth Fare. The cafe has delicious, moderately priced meals, desserts and beverages with selections for everyone.
Our hope is for attendees to enjoy the company of those at their table and then learn about issues to help us move forward and have hope for a brighter future.
After dinner we we enjoy presentations which focus on solutions for a brighter future. All attendees are free to make announcements and ask attendees to volunteer and /or sign petitions etc.
Cheryl T. Orengo, DWP Organizer

Cheryl, retired from a 30 year career in Public Health and currently works part time as an educator with Mission Hospital, is a professional trainer and also co-founded a non-profit organization. She has been an activist since the 70’s and after working in the highly successful Asheville MoveOn office which made thousands of phone calls during the 2006 elections, the Asheville MoveOn council was formed and Cheryl has been a member ever since. She first worked as a regional coordinator for MoveOn and then as the Asheville coordinator until May 2011. Cheryl is an activist who supports issues that create positive change for workers as well as people who have no voice. Cheryl has been married for 38 years to Ruben Orengo, who supports her many endeavors and they have 2 grown daughters and several pets!
Contact: Cheryl Orengo – Phone: 828-258-3327,

Sam Speciale, DWP Co-organizer

Sam, a retired biomedical researcher and NIH science analyst, has been an activist going back to the George McGovern campaign and 1960s anti-war protests. He did graduate studies in the Chicago area and Lyon, France, afterwards living in Dallas, Texas and then the DC suburbs. He wound up in Asheville via marriage to a WNC native, a rare species, and enjoys the natural beauty of mountains and waterways, as well as the arts and crafts and musical heritage of this area. Most recently he has been dancing with the Folk Heritage Smooth Dance Team appearing at area festivals, such as Shindig on the Green, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, MerlFest, the Sourwood Festival and the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival.

On Russell’s website he says that he wishes to create informed citizens. He believes that everyone should contact their elected officials and hold them accountable and express displeasure with the way they are governing or commend them for doing a good job and vote, vote, vote!

Cheryl Thomas Orengo,

Dinner with Progressives (DWP
Dinner with Progressives (DWP)
Green Sage Cafe, Westgate
Asheville NC 28806

Join us for dinner with other progressives from 5:30 to 6pm. At 6pm our speaker and DVP regular, Cindy Heil will give a presentation from 6pm to 7pm. Please RSVP so I can give our friends at Green Sage an approximate head count for dinner. If you don’t want to purchase dinner, enjoy a beverage and/or dessert.

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