The Voter

Issue: 2013-04April/2013
In This Issue
April General Meeting
Annual Meeting
Speaker, April 30 Meeting
Lunch with Leaders
President's Message
Social Policy Committee
Climate Change Committee
Membership Committee
Book Club
Justice Committee
News from the State
News From National
 
MONTH AT A GLANCE

General Meeting
Monday,  April 1
11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Hotel
5111 Tamiami Trail

Climate Change Committee
Thursday, April 4
9:45 to 11:15 a.m. 
2335 Orange Blossom Drive
Social Policy/ Juvenile Justice Committees
Monday, April 15
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
2335 Orange Blossom Drive

Lunch with Leaders
Thursday, April 18
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Book Club
Thursday, April 18
2:30
7981 Airport Pulling Road
 
Annual Meeting
Tuesday, April 30
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Hilton Hotel
5111 Tamiami Trail

General Meeting
Tuesday, April 30
11:30  to 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Hotel
5111 Tamiami Trail 
General Meeting - April 1,  2013
Acclaimed Children's Advocate--David Lawrence, Jr. 
   

David Lawrence   

We are honored to have David Lawrence Jr.,  founder of the Children's Movement of Florida address us this month. The Children's Movement is a citizen-led, nonpartisan movement to educate political, business and civic leaders - and all parents of the state - about the urgent need to make the well-being and education of all children Florida's highest priority.   

  

Retired as the award winning publisher of the Miami Herald in 1999, Mr. Lawrence has subsequently devoted himself to early childhood development and readiness.

  

David Lawrence Jr. is also president of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation in Miami. The initiative works toward the social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth of all children so that they are ready and eager to be successful in the first grade and, indeed, in life.

 

When:   April 1,  2013

Registration for lunch:  11:45 am; Lunch promptly at noon

Program: 12:30 pm General Meeting:1:30 pm

Where: Hilton Hotel 

Menu: Teriyaki-Glazed Grilled Flank Steak with Jasmine Rice, & Vegetables; or Gemelli Pasta with Pesto, Vegetables & Parmesan Cheese. 

Cost: $25.00 per person, Program only: no charge.

Reservations Are Essential;  Please call 263-4656 by March 28 or

 

Please make your check payable to: LWVCC Education Fund

 

Annual Meeting to be Held April 30

 

The League of Women Voters of Collier County will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in the Sabal Palm Room. The business portion, for members only, will begin at 10:00 AM. Be sure to mark your calendars.

 

The regular program session will begin with registration at 11:45 a.m., lunch at 12:00 noon, and the speaker presentation at 12:30 pm by Casey Wolff, Esq., on "Immigration: Past & Future."

Casey Wolff, Immigration Attorney, Speaks on April 30 to LWVCC

Casey Wolff

 

 

Casey Wolff, Naples attorney, will be the LWVCC speaker for the Annual Meeting on April 30th at the Hilton. Come hear Mr. Wolff discuss the impact immigration has had on Collier County, and what we might expect with immigration reform during the 2013 legislative session.

 

Public debates on immigration law move fast and get overheated quickly, but the immigration process itself is a slow-moving bureaucracy, one that requires participants to navigate an alphabet soup of forms and filings. Mr. Wolff walks clients expertly through the immigration system, from agricultural workers seeking nonresident visas to hotels recruiting restaurant staff from overseas.

 

Through lectures and opinion pieces, both nationally and locally, Wolff talks to the public about the myths and realities of immigration practices. "Scary talk about 'illegals' benefits no one", Wolff says, particularly not those whose labor is already enriching our local economy. 

 

Registration for the Casey Wolff presentation will be posted on the website on or about April 2. Be on the lookout for an announcement in your email boxes as well. Register early and bring your friends to the last LWVCC luncheon of the 2012-13 season.

Announcing  
2013  LWVCC  Lunch  With  Leaders
Mollie Ottina
   
Box lunches ordered for participating League Members
Limited number of attendees: First Come - First Serve
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. 

April 18, (Thursday). Casey Wolff, Attorney, Specializaion: Immigation Law  Fully Booked!


Contact: Mollie Ottina, phone: 435-0328 or email at otabooo@aol.com
President's Message
Vi Steffan, President
  Vi Steffan
 

 

LWVCC continues to have a great response to our Lunch with Leaders program, thanks to our coordinator Mollie Ottina.  League members have met with the Supervisor of Elections and the Superintendent of Schools. The speakers have been candid about their particular offices, where they have been, and what their goals are for the future. We look forward to lunch with the remaining two leaders, Judge Lauren Brodie and Casey Wolff. 

 

The League has also launched its Capital Reports Meetings. The meetings are held on a monthly basis under the leadership of Joyce Fletcher. Members discuss and track the actions of the 2013 Legislative session. 

 

We continue to explore ways to provide League support in the community on voter registration. We work with the Supervisor of Elections office, and are available through our Speaker's Bureau to deliver presentations on health care and election reform.

  

There are two meetings remaining on our calendar: the General Meeting on April 1 and the Annual Meeting on April 30.  Both meetings will be held at the Hilton. The business portion of the Annual Meeting will start at 10:00 AM in the Sabal Palm Room. The regular program will begin with registration at 11:45 AM.  I look forward to seeing you at both events! 

Social Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Chair
Ann Campbell 2009

 

 

 

Social Policy and Justice Committees Will Meet Jointly: April 15

 

We know, through Drug Free Collier and news reports, that there is a significant problem in this community involving the sale and use of synthetic illicit "designer" drugs. Substances called "Bath Salts" or "Spice" are marketed to young adults and children, in small packages, at convenience stores and other locations. Some have effects similar to marijuana; others produce amphetamine-like reactions. Collier County has passed a new Ordinance known as the "Collier County Illicit Synthetic Drugs Ordinance" to help address the problem. Captain Beth Jones of the Collier County Sheriff's Office will help us to understand the scope of the problem of the use of illegal synthetic marijuana and stimulants in our community and what steps are being taken to implement the Ordinance.

 

All League members are invited. Justice Committee and Social Policy Committee members are encouraged to attend. Guests are welcome.

 

Social Policy/Juvenile Justice Committee Meeting 

Date/time: Monday, April 15, 2013, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Place:  North Collier Government Services Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive

 

Please contact me to reserve a place or for more information at acamp1082@aol.com or at 263-1755 or drcharger@aol.com.
Climate Change Committee
Susan Calkins and Eileen Mann, co-chairs
submitted by Susan Calkins
Susan Calkins

  

The focus for our February and March meetings was Low Impact Development --- development practices designed to (1) minimize stormwater runoff, which fouls our  water, and (2) protect and recharge our aquifers, source of our drinking water. Low Impact Development includes reducing impervious surfaces, utilizing pervious pavements, retaining water on site through rain gardens and depressed landscape islands, and utilizing native plantings (minimal water and fertilizer needs). These and other practices help protect our waters from non-point source pollution, which occurs when rainfall (or snowwmelt!) washes fertilizer, pesticides, bacteria, pet waste, oil, chemicals and litter into our canals, streams, rivers, and coastal waters. According to U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy (2004) "non-point source pollution has increased and is the primary cause of nutrient enrichment, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, toxic contamination, and other problems that plague coastal waters."  

 

Red tide is one of those "problem" algal blooms. Residents and visitors are warned of the potential health hazards when red tide is present. Manatees have been the most recent victims, with over 150 deaths attributed to red tide. Red tide has been reported since the 1800s, but incidents appear to be more frequent. How do we know? How do we measure it? Is there any connection between the increasing frequency of red tide and climate change? What are its health impacts?  Come on April 4th to learn more!  

 

Date/time: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 9:45 to 11:15 a.m.

Place: North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive

Topic:   Exploring RED TIDE - What do we know?  

 

Please contact Susan Calkins at calkritas@aol.com with any questions.

Membership Committee
Becky Newell, chair
Becky Newell

 

 

I'm pleased to welcome three new suffragist level members to the League of Women Voters of Collier County. Our new members are Jean Rotondi, Lisa Freund, and Pat Howard. This brings our total membership number to 155.

 

I would also like to thank our current members for promoting League membership. You do an outstanding job of encouraging friends and associates to visit our meetings and to join our League. 

 

If you have membership questions or concerns, or if you would like our committee to contact someone who may be interested in joining our League, I'd love to hear from you. You can email me at  membership@lwvcolliercounty.org or call me at (239) 290-2260. 

Book Club
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair
Charlotte Nycklemoe

  

  

 In 'Flight Behavior', Barbara Kingsolver takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time:  Climate change.  As the main character, Dellarobia Turnbow,  hikes up a mountain road behind her home in Appalachia, she encounters a shocking sight:  a silent, forested valley filled with what look like a lake of fire.  What was that fire?  What did she discover?  Join us as we learn the answer and discuss reactions from Dellarobia's family, her church, her town and a larger world.  Our last meeting of the season promises you a lively, interesting and thought-provoking discussion. 


Date/time
: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 2:30 p.m. 

Place: Calistoga Cafe, 7941 Airport Pulling Road, North Naples  

RSVP to Charlotte Nycklemoe at drchargar@gmail.com or 239-455-2261

Justice Committee
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair
 
Our March Justice meeting featured Kathryn Lieb-Hunter, Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) as speaker.  It is impossible to summarize all the services that this organization provides to the 14,000 people they serve annually.  Under the capable leadership of Lieb-Hunter, they strive to fulfill their mission:  To improve the quality of life of the 1 in 4 families affected by serious and persistent mental illness through education, support and advocacy.  Remember these statistics: 1 in 4 families is affected by MI.  Studies show that 80% of our incarcerated population, which includes juveniles, are also affected by MI.  This begs the question:  Why is Florida rated 49th out of 50 states in terms of providing MI services?  I encourage you to check out the NAMI, Collier County website.  They offer a light at the end of the tunnel!

 

Our last meeting of the season will be combined with the Social Policy Committee.  

Beth Jones, Commander of Collier County Sheriff's Office Youth and Delinquency Services, together with Ann Campbell, Social Policy Committee Chair, will speak to the "Collier County Illicit Synthetic Drugs Ordinance" and its implementation by local law enforcement.  We look forward to learning about the physical & psychological effects of synthetic drugs and about the ordinance.

  

Feel free to contact me at  drchargar@gmail.com 

 

Juvenile Justice/Social Policy Committee meeting 

Date/Time:  Monday, April 15, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Place:  North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive

News from the State
Vi Steffan
  

LWVF is gearing up for the State Convention and Legislative Summit. There will be  workshops to improve our individual chapter organization/leadership skills, and coaching for those of us who will be contacting local legislative leaders on issues of importance to Florida. 

 

The Florida League is also keeping the pressure on legislators by way of letters to the editor from chapters across the state and by encouraging individuals to contact their own local legislators. The principal areas of interest are: 

  • Medicaid Expansion
  • Ethics Reform
  • Election Reform
  • Campaign Finance Reform
  • Early Pre-K Education

LWVF has been quick to acknowledge those legislative members who either filed a bill or supported action taken on these issues. We acknowledge this will be a long hard fight in many cases, but the League will continue to activate the membership in order to be heard on these issues of critical importance to us and to our citizens. 

 

The Legislative Summit and Florida State Convention will be held on April 10-13, 2013 in Tallahassee. The LWVF urges members to attend one or both of these events. Go to www.thefloridavoter.org and click on the "Events" tab for more information.

News from the National League
Ann Campbell
 
 In recent weeks the National League: 
  • Announced that an updated LWVUS Climate Action Toolkit encourages League members to consider adopting a Climate Initiative as part of their local programs. Two issue areas where Leagues can make a real impact on greenhouse gas emissions are energy efficiency in buildings and renewable energy. The Grassroots Action Priorities section of the Toolkit includes detailed information about climate solutions. The Task Force Chair, Eleanor Revelle, would like to hear from local League members. (er@revelle.net).
  • Reported that the League of Women Voters and its partners, the Inter-American Dialogue and the International Association of Women Judges, held a standing room only two-day conference - Women and the Rule of Law: A View from the Americas - highlighting the important role women judges play in promoting and advancing the rights of women in the Americas. The group met with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg during the conference which hosted ten leading women judges from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.
  • Continues to express concern that the voting rights of many Americans are at risk as the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that questions the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, commonly known as "Motor Voter". The League was a key player in the passage of the NVRA, working on the initial bill and later co-chairing a national coalition dedicated to improving the voter registration process. If the Supreme Court rules against the NVRA, states would be free to pass laws that could restrict voter registration activities and thereby prevent eligible citizens from registering to vote.
For more information on these and other National League projects, click here
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The League of Women Voters of Collier County, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Our goal is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.


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