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12/1 - LWVCC Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel
8:30 - 10:30 AM
Members Welcome

12/2 - Climate Change
December meeting cancelled

12/6 - Justice Committee
North Collier Government Center
Orange Blossom Drive
9:30 AM

12/8 - Social Policy Committee
Jona's Cafe
4910 Tamiami Trail North
8-9 AM

12/13 - General Meeting
Holiday Party
Hilton Hotel
5111 Tamiami Trail North
11:30 AM

 Members and guests are welcome at all meetings
In This Issue
General Meeting
Save the Date--January Meeting
Report on November Meeting
President's Message
Legislative Seminar
Spotlight on Volunteers
Spotlight on New Members
Justice Committee
Social Policy Committee
Membership Committee
Climate Change Committee
LWVCC Strategic Plan
News from National League
2010-2011 General Meetings
About Us
December Meeting without text
Monday, December 13
at the
Naples Hilton
Open Bar 11:30-12:00
Brief discussion of state programs at noon
Gala Lunch at 12:30 - $20 members $25 guests
Music and Merriment, Games and Quizzes
If you wish to share the cheer,
bring an unwrapped gift or food item
for St. Matthew's House
Reserve here or call 263-4656

January 10, 2011 General Meeting
Save the Date!

Our Hot Topic on Social Policy is about Health Care in our community. How can we be assured of access and affordabilitywhile the political tug-of-war is going on in Florida and in the U.S.A.? What are our health care leaders doing to comply with the current requirements of the new law? Come and hear a dynamic speaker and ask your own questions.
Report on November General Meeting
Tamara Paquette

The November 8th General Meeting was bursting with post-election energy for good reason: Amendments 5 & 6 passed by wide margins!

The Naples Hilton served a delicious lunch after a warm welcome from LWVCC President, Lydia Galton.  The guest speaker, State League President Deirdre Macnab, focused on the vital importance of continuing the League's heritage of thoughtful study of issues and advocacy for positions reached by consensus.  She reminded the standing-room-only audience that before women could gain the right to vote, they had to break the barriers that prevented women from speaking in public.  Her recounting of the history of women's suffrage segued into current issues at the fore of today's pressing agenda. Macnab's message wrapped in the relevant and timely power of Margaret Mead's words: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." The stunning passage of Amendments 5 & 6 this month, is evidence that thanks to dedicated leaders, using great communication skills and modern technology, a few committed citizens can, and did indeed, effect change.  

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President's Message

Lydia Galton 2010

We are entering the tumultuous holiday season during which our attention is fractured by the demands of family, friends, communities, churches and synagogues, and merrymaking.  The League also plans to celebrate the holidays at its December 13th meeting, when we will be convivial but a little serious too.


The State League has moved up its deadline for program submissions to be considered at convention, so we will need to take half an hour to discuss possible program ideas.   If you have ideas for programs, please bring them to the meeting along with a small, unwrapped gift or food item for those receiving shelter at St. Matthew's House.


Your board also needs your help:  please read the results of our Strategic Planning Meeting below and, if there is any way you can help achieve some of these goals, please do not be shy, but contact any board member with your suggestions.  We need your talents, we need your time, we need your commitment, we need your contacts, and we need your financial support.  Let's make the League THE most desirable organization in Collier County in which to participate.


One more gift you could give!  Register online for lunch.   It is easy, fast, and efficient; but do let me know if you have problems with the process.


My personal best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.


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Spotlight on League Volunteers
Denise Rochford

Pat Lawrence 4Pat Lawrence is an early bird. She has 15 years' experience waking up at the crack of dawn to work in voting booths as a member of LWV "Adopt a Precinct" program. "This year," she said, "the turnout for mid-term election voting was exceptionally heavy. We had more than 600 voters--an amazing turnout for mid-term.  Many  came in who hadn't voted in several years, and most were in good humor.  It's a long day (6 AM to 9 PM)," she admitted. "But  it's an endlessly interesting way to observe voter attitudes, interest, tolerance, and willingness to wait in line--a reminder that democracy is alive and well."
Although voters in Pat's precinct seemed to be friendly and courteous, her dream for future elections, locally and in the USA, is for a  "return to a civility in political life. The ugly negativity that colored recent elections is a disgrace. People have to learn to disagree without being disagreeable," she believes.

As a consistent member of the LWV Social Policy committee and former secretary of the Board, her tenure with the League dates back to 1994. She also is in charge of mailing the VOTER to members who don't have computers.

In the future Pat intends to devote more of her time to the American Red Cross, an organization she has worked with as a volunteer since 1993. Her experience there has been working at disasters and catastrophic sites. She helped out following 9/11 and as a case worker at ten other "responses" across the country. "The Red Cross work is a remarkable experience," she mentioned. "You are meeting people when they are most vulnerable and able to help them get back on their feet."

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MarjorieSpotlight on New Members

Denise Rochford

This column features profiles of new members to help us become acquainted with them and to put a name to the new faces we see at meetings.

Paul KardonPaul Kardon loves the color purple. So much so, that when he was in a group medical practice in upstate New York, he chose purple pens for his notes and those of his office staff. "We needed to show which Doctor said what in the composite chart," he explained, "and I chose my favorite color purple."

Moving to Naples 11 years ago was a "fluke,"' he said. "It just happened when visiting a friend and realized it was an opportunity we couldn't pass up."  As an MD with an Ob/Gyn practice in the Hudson Valley for 28 years, seven of those years as Medical Director of a local hospital similar to NCH, Kardon has put his expertise to work with Planned Parenthood here in Naples for the past seven years. Having just stepped down as president of that organization, and although he is on several boards up north, including SPARC, he hopes to devote more time to LWV activities in the months to come.  SPARC, Kardon  pointed out, is "Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration," a group promoting lifelong health for the residents of four counties at the junction of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. "The organization acts as a catalyst--initiating meetings with area collaborators where the needs are identified and an action plan is prepared."

JusticeJustice Committee
Bernice Schmelz, Committee Chair

Bernice SchmelzJuveniles in Florida who have been arraigned have an adjudicatory hearing before a judge who hears the case and decides if the case has been proven by the State.  Although there is not a jury trial, the juvenile has the right to an attorney, to cross-examine witnesses, to have the case proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and to present evidence and witnesses.


To learn more about this process and the infractions that result in juveniles appearing in court, join the Justice Committee on December 6 at 9:30 AM.  Our speakers will be Dennis Hannay, Juvenile Probation Officer with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) (rescheduled from November), and Tammy Wilson, Asst. State Attorney and Lead Attorney for the Juvenile Division of the State Attorney's Collier office.  They will be helping us understand the Florida court process for juveniles who have been arrested from their arraignment through disposition.  As they take us through the process, they will be focusing specifically on girls who become part of the delinquency system.


The meeting will be in the Community Room of the North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive, and all of those interested are welcome to attend regardless of whether you are a regular member of the Justice CommitteeIf you plan to attend, RSVP to Bernice Schmelz ( by December 3 so we will be sure to have have sufficient quantities of materials to distribute.

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SocPolSocial Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Committee Chair

The health clinic formerly squeezed into an aged church as the Ann Campbell 2009Senior Friendship Center has relocated to 2171 Pine Ridge Road and is now called the Friendship Health Clinic.  Director Betty Gamel will update us on their services on Wednesday, December 8 at 8 AM.  Volunteer physicians, dentists, and support staff care for 1300 to 1500 patients age 50 and older who have financial hardships and may not have insurance.  We found the concept of Friendship Clinic very interesting during a past visit and were sorry to learn that plans to move to a new Senior Center in Golden Gate had fallen through.

Circumstances have forced us to change the location of our breakfast meetings to the Jona Cafe, 4910 Tamiami Trail North (in the Outback Plaza). Please contact Ann Campbell at or call at 263-1755 if you would like to attend.  All LWVCC members are always welcome.  Guests are welcome, too.

Doctor Barbara Ann Britten from Naples Health Care Associates spoke at our November 10 meeting accompanied by billing expert Becky Vasquez. We learned about the benefits offered by the group concierge practice beyond patient access on a 24/7 basis.  Dr. Britten is a member of a team that has four internal medicine physicians and a staff of health professionals who "help navigate the health care system."  There is an emphasis on prevention and wellness in addition to continuity of care for "snowbirds" and vacationing members.  Much more information is available on their website,

Membership Committee
Sandy Parker, Committee Chair

Sandy Parker Sept 2010This month we welcome Alan Horton, Charlotte Nycklemoe, NinaWelcome New MembersRibinski, and Karen Sendik to our League.  Contact information for all members can be found on the Access Membership Roster page of our website.  Your username is your email address; your password is your zip code.

It's time to renew your League membership. Thanks to those who have already renewed.  Help us save time and money by renewing online.  Please consider an individual or family membership at the Carrie Chapman Catt or Susan B. Anthony level to provide additional support for League activities.   Click here to renew online (a PayPal account is NOT required) or to print a renewal invoice to mail with your check.
Men Can Join, Too
If you know someone who may be interested in joining our League, please contact or direct them to the Join Us page on our website, where they can join online or print a membership application. 

Make Sure Your Contact Information is Up-to-Date--If you have moved or your email address has changed in the past year, please email any changes to or call 263-4656 and leave your new information on the answering machine.

climateClimate Change Committee
Linda Deming, Committee Chair

The December meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 6, at 10 AM at the the North Collier Government Center on Orange Blossom Drive. More information will be in the January VOTER.

LWVCC Strategic Plan

Editor's Note:   Although outline form is not standard for our VOTER, I believe there is value in informing our League Membership by reproducing verbatim the details of the results of many hours of our Board's careful thought and brainstorming.  There is a great deal of information and food for thought in the following document, and we welcome your reactions and ideas for how this plan can be most effectively implemented.  We welcome in particular your ideas of ways in which YOU can help us achieve the goals and objectives outlined below:


Your board met for two all day sessions on Oct 13 and Nov 12 to create a strategic plan for the LWVCC. As you read through it, remember that these are "long-term" and very ambitious goals, but if you help to implement the plan now, tomorrow need not be so far away. You are savvy, smart people. This is your League, your opinion matters. Please help make this plan better by participating in its implementation.

Be THE most desirable organization in Collier County in which to be a member.

LWVCC educates, advocates and activates to safeguard democracy.

Influence public policy by connecting people to their government.

I. Develop the financial resources to achieve the vision (MONEY)

             1.  Send more people to convention
             2. Insert ElectionVoter in newspapers
             3. Purchase Signage
             4. Programs (paid speakers, A/V, meeting materials)
             5. Print and distribute Our Florida Government to schools and libraries
             6. Special event budget including facility rental
             7. Membership scholarship for students and others needing help
             8. Establish fund to invite potential members  to lunch    

                and general meeting
             9. Membership recognition
             10. LWVCC scholarship/endowment fund at local institute
             11. Part-time office staff/office space
             12. President's discretionary fund for member recruitment
             13. Public information (TV exposure) and paid media

             1. Find someone willing to be Development Chair
             2. Solicit sponsors
             3. Find someone willing to seek and write grant applications
             4. Hold a large fundraising event to raise money and visibility
             5. Partner on a fundraiser/honoring achievers
             6. Solicit supporters

II. Develop a membership big enough and diverse enough to achieve the goals (MEMBERS)

             1. Diversity (gender/ethnicity/age/political party)
             2. Working people
             3. Workers and doers (e.g., technology skills, media savvy, financial ability,

                 writing skills)
             4. Proven Community Leaders

        B. HOW DO WE GET THEM?
             1. Encourage members to invite friends to lunch and committee meetings
             2. Speakers' bureau
             3. Outreach to political science professors
             4. Contact local organizations (Rotary/Optimists/Kiwanis/Newcomers/

             5. Collaborate with other organizations
             6. Develop "units" (Bentley Village, Moorings Park, Edison, Hodges etc.)

             1. Good programs
             2. Good food at a reasonable cost
             3. FUN (quizzes, bragging rights, etc.)
             4. Discussion topics for tables
             5. Send meeting wrap-ups to NDN
             6. Involve in Forums
             7. Solicit their ideas and implement them

III. Heighten public awareness (MEDIA)
             1. Weekly or monthly TV show
             2. More newspaper articles
             3. Participate in forums with other organizations 

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LWV logoNews from the National League 
Ann Campbell

In recent weeks the National League:

  • Called on Congress to pass the Disclose Act, which would restore transparency to U.S. elections by requiring disclosure of corporate and union spending in candidate elections. Reflecting on the conduct of the midterm elections President Elisabeth MacNamara also expressed concern that "The incivility and tone of the 2010 campaign reached a disturbingly new low in American politics," adding, "Not only was this evident in the advertising, but ... in candidate debates and forums and in the public discourse."
  • Asked League members to consider being participants in a committee to undertake a study of "Privatization: the policy agenda to transfer government functions, services, and assets to the private sector." The study, a response to direction from the membership at Convention 2010, will focus on the impact on local communities of privatizing government services. Interested individuals should complete an online application ( and submit with a resume before December 16, 2010.
  • Reported that the LWV of Montana is co-sponsoring a conference entitled "Selecting Montana's Judges, Protecting Impartiality, Ensuring Accountability and Preserving Public Trust" with the American Judicature Society, Justice at Stake, the University of Montana School of Law, and others. The program is part of the League's Fair Judiciary: Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary project.

For more information on these and other National League projects, click here
Calendar2010-2011 General Meeting Schedule
Save the dates!

December 13 - Holiday Party
January 10, 2011 - Hot Topic on Social Policy
February 14 - Hot Topic on Justice
March 14 - Hot Topic on Local Government
April 11 - Hot Topic on Climate Change

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