General Meeting - April 1, 2013
Acclaimed Children's Advocate--David Lawrence, Jr.
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.
as the award winning publisher of the Miami Herald in 1999, Mr.
Lawrence has subsequently devoted himself to early childhood development
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
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
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 LWVCC Lunch With Leaders
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!
Vi Steffan, President
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
Social Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Chair
Social Policy and Justice Committees Will Meet Jointly: April 15
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 263-1755 or email@example.com.
Climate Change Committee
Susan Calkins and Eileen Mann, co-chairs
submitted by Susan Calkins
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."
Date/time: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 9:45 to 11:15 a.m.
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!
Place: North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive
Topic: Exploring RED TIDE - What do we know?
Please contact Susan Calkins at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Becky Newell, chair
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or call me at (239) 290-2260.
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair
'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
Date/time: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
Place: Calistoga Cafe, 7941 Airport Pulling Road, North Naples
RSVP to Charlotte Nycklemoe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-455-2261
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair
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.
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 email@example.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
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 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
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.
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
In recent weeks the National League:
For more information on these and other National League projects, click here
- 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. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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encourages informed and active participation in government and
influences public policy through education and advocacy. Our goal is to
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