December 2011 - Volume 37, Issue 3 
Be Ready to Vote TagAmaze the young people in your life...make sure you are ready to vote in a fun, geeky way!

Find out what tags are and what they do by clicking here.  Then go to your smart phone and  get a free download for the tag mechanism at   

Once that's on your phone you can scan the tag  from the image on the left, and voila,  our Be Ready Tag  can connect you to the Division of Elections to check your voter status. If you need to make a change, we can connect you to your local Supervisor of Elections via phone, email or link to website. 


Have you moved? Make sure your address is up to date. 

Has your name changed?

Has your signature changed? 

Have you renewed your mail-in ballot request?

Be Ready and help your friends and family be ready: Don't miss a single election in 2012. It's democracy made easy.  

In This Issue
General Meetings
Holiday Fete
President's Message
Justice Committee
Government Committee
Social Policy Committee
Membership Committee
Climate Change Committee
Education Committee
Voter Services
Spotlight on Members
Book Club
News from National
News from State
2012 General Meeting Schedule
About Us
Month at a Glace
12/1 at 10 am
Climate Change Committee

   Bob Taylor's Chevrolet
5665 Airport Pulling Rd N

12/12  at 5-8 PM
Holiday Fete

12/14 at 8 am
Social Policy Committee
Breakfast Meeting
Avow Hospice
1095 Whippoorwill Lane   


12/31 at midnight

Renewals Due

GeneralMeetingsGeneral Meetings

Save the Dates

Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Naples Hilton  Topic:  End of Life Health Decisions and Palliative Care 

Speaker:  Dr. Paul Mitchel, Medical Director of Avow Hospice. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Country Club of Naples: 

Topic:  How Florida's Citizens Can Help Maintain an Independent Judiciary

Speakers:  The Honorable Hugh D. Hayes, Circuit Judge, Twentieth Judicial Circuit and Sharon Hanlon, Member of the 20th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and Director of the Collier County Bar Association


December Holiday Fete - - December 12 
"In the Pink for the Holidays"
Mollie Ottina

Join your fellow members for our Holiday Fete on Monday evening, December 12  from 5-8 PM at the home of  Mollie Ottina.  Valet parking will be provided. We hope that each of you and your date or mate, will dress festively -- but in the color of your choice Pink will prevail in Mollie's Holiday décor this season and will lend a lovely glow to this special evening. 


The cost of this wine and buffet supper is $20.00 per person.   Please reserve prior to DECEMBER 7 as Mollie is doing the catering - with a little help from other members. Bernice Schmelz and Ann Lewallen are baking  dessert;  if you want to bring one, just let us know

Register by clicking here.


PresidentsMessagePresident's Message
Lydia Galton

Lydia Galton headshot
The holidays seem to have materialized overnight this year.  Their
rapid advance must be part of the aging process.  Remember how long it took for a really big holiday to finally arrive when we were kids?  Forever! 


The year 2012 will be a busy League year:  a presidential election, a primary in January (don't forget!).  Florida is a closed primary state, meaning  only voters registered with a given party can vote in the primary. The Republicans have many candidates running in this primary, the Democrats have none.  If you wish to vote but are are not registered as a Republican, you must change your party affiliation by January 2.   


The League will need many hands to help with all the tasks associated with national elections so please be prepared to assist.  My guess is that our Legislature could propose many new Amendments  for inclusion on the 2012 ballot.  If that is the case, we will mount another Amendment Forum, a huge job that will require all hands on deck.  It is worth the effort because so many people value our nonpartisan approach to issues.   


Another goal for a presidential election year is to raise enough money to have the elections issue of the Voter, covering statewide elections and issues, inserted into the Naples Daily News.  There is a hefty insert fee.  If you have any thoughts about how to raise the money, please let me know.  


Don't forget:  New Year, New Place, New Day:    Starting February 7, 2012 and subsequent first Tuesdays of each month -- we will hold our general meetings at the Country Club of Naples.  But our January 9 meeting will be at the Hilton and will feature Dr. Paul Mitchel, Medical Director of Avow Hospice.  This is a meeting that you will not want to miss because, like taxes, death is a certainty for all of us and it is critical that we have our papers and our attitudes prepared. 

Hope you enjoyed our new system of committee tables at lunch this month.  We will feature three committees at each lunch to afford you the opportunity to talk with the committee chair about the committee, its objectives, its meetings, and the responsibilities of its members.  Take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about your league. 


Take a Kid to Lunch: Many of you expressed  an interest in sponsoring a student's attendance at one of our lunch meetings.  Kathy Ryan suggested instead, that we invite the two students from our Know Your County Government program selected to address the Board of County Commissioners to our lunch and ask them to address us.  This is a splendid idea and we will implement it.  


Happy New Year    

 Happy Holidays,

Lydia Galton



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JusticeJustice Committee
Bernice Schmelz, Chair 

Bernice Schmelz

Collier County is very fortunate that, in spite of budget cuts locally and statewide, the Sheriff's Office maintains its support of juveniles with programs and resources that "help youth develop into productive and responsible citizens." In addition to numerous programs for youth, the Sheriff's Office operates The Youth Resource Center, located at the Collier County Courthouse. A collaborative effort among several Collier County service providers, it aims to become a hub of information for ALL juveniles and their families, not just those at-risk. It assists families and gives them access to resources and positive options such as: assessments for youth; counseling; substance abuse education, counseling and drug testing; anger management and crisis intervention training; parent support groups; community service opportunities and more.


An increasing number of families have been availing themselves of this valuable resource in recent months, and more agencies are becoming partners. In addition to founding partners (Collier County Sheriff's Office, Lutheran Services of Florida, Dept. of Children and Families, Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Collier County School District and The David Lawrence Center) new partners include: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Knox Academy, SWFL Works, Drug Free Collier, S.W.A.T. *(Students Working Against Tobacco), and Grace Place.


To learn more, go to and click on Kids Zone and then the Youth Resource Center, or look for them on Facebook.


Upcoming Meetings

January 21, 2012, Marianne Kearns, Executive Director, PACE Center for Girls, Immokalee. "What's New and What's Needed at PACE?"

February 20, March 19 and April 16, TBA

Meetings begin at 9:30 AM in the Community Room of the North Collier Government Center unless announced otherwise. All League members and their guests are welcome.



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GovernmentCommitteeGovernment Committee 

Joyce Fletcher, Chair


Joyce FletcherWe will again offer "Lunch with Leaders" on a monthly basis beginning in January. Watch  for the announcements and reserve immeiately because we are usually limited to 10 participants.


The Legislature goes into session in January this year since they must pass redistricting legislation. Thus we will again offer Capital Reports as a regular discussion group to monitor some committees and legislative actions to be better prepared to send comments to legislators. We could use a new facilitator! Let me know if you are willing to fulfill  this role or even to co-facilitate. Watch for time and place.


I would encourage anyone who is at all interested in local government to watch the Board of County Commission meetings on Channel 97 on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Watch the Naples City Council on the first and third Wednesdays on Channel 98. There are also Advisory Board Meetings for both the County and the City that are open for you to attend and observe and these can be located by going to or

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SocialPolicyCommitteeSocial Policy Committee

Ann Campbell, Chair  


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The Social Policy Committee will meet next on Wednesday, December 14 at 8 AM at AVOW HOSPICE for our breakfast meeting and a discussion with LWVCC member Lavigne Kirkpatrick, RN. Many of us know something about hospice care but I expect that we will be further informed and enlightened at the end of our session with Lavigne. We will learn about patient services, inpatient care, community services, respite care, how services are paid for and a lot more. Plan to meet the group at AVOW's location at 1095 Whippoorwill Lane off Pine Ridge Road, Naples.


All League members are invited, and guests are always welcome. Please contact Ann Campbell at or 263-1755 to reserve a place and/or to get more information.


At our last meeting we had a thoroughly professional and informative presentation by Deb Cecere, Executive Director of Collier's Physician Led Access Network (P.L.A.N.), a 501(c)(3) initiative of the Collier County Medical Society, established in 2003. P.L.A.N. is a community-based referral network of volunteer physicians and medical care providers providing free medical care to Collier County's low-income and uninsured adult residents who have immediate medical needs. To learn more about P.L.A.N.'s services and eligibility requirements, visit their website at We are happy to say that Deb has become a member of LWVCC!


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MembershipCommitteeMembership Committee
Sandy Parker, Chair 


Sandy Parker Sept 2010

This month, we are pleased to welcome Carrie Chapman Catt members Ira and Rose Ann Sharp, new Susan B. Anthony member Deb Cesere, and new Suffragist member Luisa Fournier to our League.  We are also pleased to welcome back as Suffragist members Joan Byerhof, Ellen Taylor and Pat Brouillard.    


It's time to renew your membership for the 2012 League year.  If you joined the LWVCC before April 1, 2011, your membership will expire in just one short month.   If you haven't already done so, PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY!  Print a renewal invoice to complete and mail with your check (click here) OR securely and easily renew online with a credit card (click here).   We thank you for your support and look forward to an exciting year ahead.



Men Can Join, TooIf 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.     






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ClimateChangeCommitteeClimate Change Committee
Linda Denning, Chair  

Linda Denning HeadshotWould you like to learn more about electric cars and possibly drive one?   The Climate Change Committee will meet on December 1 at 10 AM at Bob Taylor Chevrolet, on Airport Road opposite Barron Collier High School.  Veteran salesman Jack Lefevre will be happy to share his knowledge and then familiarize us with the Chevy Volt (see picture below). All League members are welcome. Please rsvp to


The Climate Change Committee meets the first Thursday of each month through April 5, 2012, from 10 AM until 11:30 AM at the North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive.    If you are new to this committee, please email to receive an agenda for the December meeting and other committee updates.



EducationCommitteeEducation Committee
Linda Penniman, Chair 

You have all read about the fantastic 500 person attendees at the recent Education Foundation of Collier County event at the Naples Beach Hotel. So many initiatives could come from this that League members could become involved in, so stay tuned to this one.  I will keep you up to date as best I can.

One area that was not covered was early childhood education.  This is becoming a hot button issue as well.  It is my hope that we can have someone who has been in the trenches on this front, David Lawrence from Miami, speak to us about this.  David has immersed himself in this subject since his retirement as publisher of the Miami Herald.  This too we shall be working on.

In the meantime, I hope to see some of you at some of the upcoming school board meetings.  The meetings all occur at the school board auditorium (Dr. Martin Luther King Administrative Center, 5775 Osceola Trail, Naples) at 4:30 PM.  

Following are the dates for January through May: January 18; February 15, March 15, April 19 (meeting is from 4 - 6 PM),  and May 17.  I'll see you there!


VoterServicesVoter Services    
Chris Straton, Chair

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January 31, 2012 is an important election date but there are other equally important dates that affect the outcome of this election. Some of those dates deal with the quality of the candidates while the other dates deal with the quality of the election process.


The League will be hosting the only televised candidate forum for the Naples City election on January 10, 2012 from 6-7:30 PM in Naples City Hall Council Chambers. We need your help that evening as well as providing questions for the candidates.   Send your questions to me at


The other dates address the following:

*  Accuracy of the voting machines (Logic and Accuracy Test January 11 at 10 AM)

*  Absentee ballots (Review of Absentee Ballots January 17 at 10 AM, January 30 at      10 AM and January 31 at 6 PM)

*  Provisional ballots (February 2 at 5:05 PM)

*  Certification of the election (February 10 at 5:05 PM)  

*  Manual audit (February 17 at 9 AM) 


All activities are held in the Supervisor of Elections office in the Collier Government Center, 3295 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, and are open to the public.


If you would like to help prepare for the Naples City election and/or learn more about all the activities involved in conducting an election, please join me at my home on Monday, December 5, at 3:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. Please call or email me to confirm your attendance.


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spotlightSpotlight on Members -- Charlotte Nycklemoe
Denise Rochford

C. NycklemoeCharlotte Nycklemoe calls herself a "political junkie" and she has had plenty of experience polishing that title.

As a lobbyist for several organizations, she has lobbied the Legislature and Congress for groups such as the National Association of Industrial Office Properties, where she monitored all political activities that affected transportation and commercial development businesses.


Before she retired she was the legislative chair person for the National Association for the Mentally Ill in Minnesota and she was also President of the Chamber of Commerce in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  She describes her philosophy as her obligation "to fight for the people who can't do it for themselves."


A recent member of the LWV, Charlotte jumped in with both feet and formed a Book Club. The first meeting at her home attracted several participants who discussed Paul Krugman's book, The Great Unraveling. The meeting was a success, and Charlotte said that the group hopes to learn from one another and share insights in the coming months.


Living five years in Provence was a wonderful experience for her, but she decided that it was too far away from family and friends. Although she's been in Naples for just two seasons, she has "grown to enjoy Naples almost as much as we enjoyed Provence."


"I joined the League because I was looking for really good creative thinking," she notes, "and this organization is known for that and its activism."



BookBook Club
Charlotte Nycklemoe, Chair

book club directionsOur first LWVCC book club was dynamic, stimulating and FUN!  We discussed The Great Unraveling by Paul Krugman.  Economics and how we got where we are today, could have been possibly the most boring subject of the century.  Not with this group!  Great comments, questions and  thoughtful discussions emerged from the nine attendees.  In fact, I am beginning to think the Super Committee could have benefitted greatly by listening in on this discussion!


Our next meeting will be held at Calistoga on Airport Pulling at 2 PM on Tuesday, January 17.  Our book selection for January is Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman.  If you have not read that book but instead are in the middle of his latest book, That Used To Be Us, please attend anyway. Can we hope for optismism in today's world? Come and find out what Friedman says. 


The book selection for February 14 (location to be determined) is Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment by Eleanor Clift. Learn about the suffrage movement, the issues and arguments that surrounded the movement and still reverberate today.


There is still room for additional members.  I suggest you join quickly since I have the feeling that very shortly there is going to be a waiting list to join this dynamic group. Just call (239) 455-2261 or email me in advance at


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nationalNews from the National League
Ann Campbell

In recent weeks the National League:

  • Reported that the North Carolina LWV joined with partners including the NAACP, Democracy NC, the Randolph Institute and 27 individual voters in filing a high-profile lawsuit against the state's approved House, Senate and congressional redistricting plans. The lawsuit claims legislators blatantly and illegally manipulated communities based on race and political makeup to achieve partisan gains.
  • Released results of a national poll showing that voters overwhelmingly support EPA and stronger standards. Along with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of United Latin American Citizens, the League polled voters in California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia to measure support for the EPA. The poll results showed overwhelming support in favor of more clean air standards, especially among women and Latinos. National League President Elisabeth MacNamara was quoted as saying "Americans clearly are very displeased that politicians are interfering with EPA scientists. It's wrong to play politics with the health of our children and seniors."
  • Asked Senators to protect America's children and families from dangerous air pollution, urging them to oppose the Congressional Review Act resolution which would void the life-saving Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). The League and coalition partners sent a letter of thanks to members of the House of Representatives who voted to oppose the TRAIN Act, which could block two long overdue standards that would reduce pollution and protect public health.

For more information on these and other National League projects, click here. 



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NewsFromStateNews from the State League
Lydia Galton   

The "Be Ready to Vote" Tag Program Campaign Launch
Have you tried the Tag yet? 
Be Ready to Vote Tag
This national first connects you directly with your  Supervisor of Elections. Here you can ask for absentee ballots, etc. 
The directions on how to use this program are supplied when the app is downloaded.  Try it yourself.  We encourage all League members to download it so you can demonstrate it to your friends.  If you are interested in working on a regional campaign for "Be Ready to Vote," please call me.

For more on the Microsoft Tag program, click here.


There should be some movement in January.  We will keep you informed.

Elections Law 
Collier is a "preclearance" county.  As a result we have been exempted, for the time being, from the four provisions of the voter-suppressing elections law, HB 1355 over which the state League is suing.  Here in Collier, we will continue to have two weeks of early voting.

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2012 General Meeting Schedule

Save the dates!

January 9, 2012 
February 7 new dates -- the FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH 
March 6
April 3
May 1
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