The Lake County Democratic Club welcomes guest speaker Gene Paleno on Wed., Aug. 8, 2018. Paleno is an independent author, syndicated columnist, historian and storyteller extraordinaire who lives in Witter Springs. The son of Italian immigrants, Paleno was raised in the 1930’s in Michigan on his family’s rural farm. In the 1950’s after serving in the Navy during WWII, graduating from Michigan State University, and teaching school for awhile, the entire Paleno family came to California.
He raised his family in Southern California. Then several decades ago Paleno came to Northern California with his second wife, a Dixieland musician, and established a small farm. He became a widow at 84 which was such a cataclysmic change in lifestyle that he was forced to reinvent himself. He adopted his incorrigible cat Cleo and plunged into pursuing his passion for storytelling.
More than 30 years ago Paleno began to write stories and at 87 he became a syndicated columnist and publisher. His book “Lake County History – A Mystical Adventure in Time” secured his popularity as a writer. Now at 92 Paleno publishes “Witter Springs Chronicles,” writes columns for Lake County Record Bee, guest lectures at the Lake County Historical Society and Civil War Roundtable and tells his stories. He lives in Witter Springs, serves on the Board of Lake County Silver Foundation and as Chair of West Regional Town Hall, District 3.
Come to the next meeting on August 8 and enjoy a story about a rambunctious raccoon that harasses Paleno and Cleo. And also a bit about what we Democrats (and good Republicans) can do to make our country even greater than it is.
The Lake County Democratic Club meets every 2nd Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall of the United Methodist Church, 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake. All meetings are open to the public. Membership is open to registered Democrats and dues are $20/annually. Lake County Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County.