February 2011 - Volume 36, Issue 5
In This Issue
General Meeting
Lively League
In Memoriam
President's Letter
Spotlight on Members
Report on January Meeting
Government Committee
Justice Committee
Social Policy Committee
Know Your County Government
Membership Committee
Climate Change Committee
Nominating Committee
Forum on Water Quality
LWV Book Club
News from the National League
News from the State League
2011 General Meeting Schedule
About Us
Month at a Glance

Click a link for details

2/2 - Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel 
9 AM

2/3 - Climate Change Committee
North Collier Government Center
10 - 11:30 AM

2/9 - Social Policy Committee

Jona Cafe

8 - 9 AM


2/14 - Lively League

Hilton Hotel

10:30 AM


2/14 -
General Meeting Hilton Hotel
11:45 AM

2/16 - Water Quality Forum

350 7th Ave. N.

5 PM

2/22 -  Justice Committee
 Field Trip:
Oasis Youth Shelter
10 AM

Members and guests are welcome at all meetings!

Your EMPTY COMPUTER PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES are valuable to the League!  Please give them to Sandy Parker at the next League meeting. 

ThanksSpecial Thanks to the members who renewed at these levels:

Catherine Chapman Catt  ($200)  

Ann Campbell

Lydia Galton

Linda Olbrych

Sandy Parker  

Susan B. Anthony

Claire Beckler

Marilyn Bogen

Jeannette Boucher Sandra Brown

Sheilah Crowley Kathleen Curatolo

Rose DiBiasi

Joyce Fletcher

Helen Franke

Morton Friedman  

Judith Gartner

Kate Henry

Marjorie Joder  

Jinny Johnson

Pat Lawrence

Anne Lewallen

Eileen Mann

Mollie Ottina

Linda Penniman  

Cecile Rivel 

Bernice Schmelz

Arlene Shapiro

Myra Shapiro  

Kathleen Slebodnik

Chris Straton

Donna Suddeth

Benjamin Tiley

TopGeneral Meeting - February 14, 2011
Juvenile Justice and
Girls in Conflict with the Law

In 2009, The Children's Campaign, Inc., published "Justice for Girls - Blueprint for Action."  It included a number of findings relative to Florida's juvenile justice system and girls, among them:  "The use of detention has increased and there is evidence that too many girls are being detained who do not pose a public safety or flight risk. . . . Girls are more likely to be admitted to residential commitment programs for less serious offenses than are boys."  These and other findings motivated the Justice Committee to undertake an informal study this year specifically to see what happens to Collier County girls in conflict with the law. 


Four distinguished panelists will educate us on Florida's juvenile justice system and  its implementation in Collier County, the unique characteristics of girls who become involved in the system, any special needs they have, and how services and sanctions address these unique needs.  There will be an opportunity for questions following the panel discussion.


Our panelists will be:

Panelists fr February Meeting


The Honorable Lauren L. Brodie, 20th Circuit Judge and Collier County Juvenile Court Judge



Connie Kelley, Collier County Chief Assistant Public Defender


Michell McCarthy, Acting South Region Commitment Chief, Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice



Tammy Wilson, Ass't. State Attorney and Lead Attorney for the Collier Juvenile Department  

Time:  11:45 AM Registration

           Noon Lunch (optional)

          12:30 PM Program

           1:30- 2 PM Business Meeting   

Place:  Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N.

Lunch: $20 for members; $25 for all others

Reserve for lunch by February 10. Click here

or call 239-263-4656 and mail a check, made out to LWVCC Education Fund, to

P.O. Box 9883, Naples, FL  34104-9883

No refunds after February 10.


LivelyLively League
February 14, 10:30 AM  Hilton Hotel

Come to the Lively League meeting, which precedes the next General Meeting, to discuss and help shape the League position on what should be included in a charter for Collier County, should Charter Government be proposed once more.


The Charter Government Committee has spent several years studying the features of Florida's charter counties and evaluating them against non-charter counties.  Why have 20 counties, representing 75% of Florida's population, elected to implement charters?


Collier County is the largest non-charter county in Florida.  In the past 40 years there have been several failed attempts in Collier County to change its form of government. In recent years the Board of County Commissioners has held workshops on this topic. The issue continues to be a topic of concern. It is important that our League establish criteria to support when the next charter is proposed.


Some of the topics to be discussed at the consensus meeting will include the process for developing a charter proposal and other specific issues such as term limits. 


Please click here for materials to print, read, and study; then bring them with you to the Lively League meeting.










President's Message
Lydia Galton

Lydia GaltonI am delighted to announce that former League president Sandy Parker has been chosen as a Woman of Achievement by the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation. She will be honored at the annual Women of Achievement Benefit & Luncheon to be held at Grey Oaks Country Club on March 10, 2011 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM. If you would like to join a League table honoring Sandy, please contact Vi Steffan at vinot@embarqmail.com.  

Jinny Johnson has also been singled out  by the Community Foundation as a Woman of Initiative. She will be honored at a lunch to be held Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. If you would like to join a League table honoring Jinny, please contact Lydia Galton at lgalton@comcast.net

The LWV is well known for its nonpartisanship, but its advocacy role is misunderstood.   We encourage our members to become fully engaged in partisan politics, but the League itself remains nonpartisan:  we neither endorse nor support any political party nor any candidate for office.  

But the League  forms positions on issues through study and consensus and then advocates for its position.     An example of this advocacy is contained in a January 15 report from the News Press:  Among those leading a charge to allow advanced-degree nurses to prescribe controlled medications--as they can in all states except Florida and Alabama . . . [is] Ann Campbell, . . . [who] says . . ."Nurses who are out in the rural areas might be running a clinic, and they're the only ones who see patients. . . . They can order antibiotics and make diagnoses. But they can't order this medication. And they're certainly well equipped to handle this."

If you want to  to advocate in support of licensing Nurse Practitioners to write prescriptions for controlled substances,  you can: write your physician and ask for his or her support, email your state representatives, and write letters to newspapers stating your position.  

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Spotlight on Members: Linda Denning and Donna Suddeth
by Denise Rochford

A thirty-year member of the League, Linda Denning is passLinda Denning Headshoting out Susan B. Anthony dollars in memory of her mother.  Linda's a great believer in "standing on the shoulders of the people who came before you," and both her mother and her aunt Lily, who is 94 and living in California, were League members.

A graduate of Hunter College with a degree in geography and a  subsequent Masters in rehabilitation counseling, Linda worked for the Veterans Administration during the Vietnam War ("a somber experience"). She's also done a lot of writing, travelling (to the Middle-East and Arctic Circle to name a few places), dancing, swimming, singing in the choir at Temple Shalom, reading, and sudoku. Her biggest enjoyment is "to learn--anything and everything." "Of course all of these activities are trumped by my grandkids," she notes.

In 1980 one of her first contributions to the League was to form our Know Your County Government Committee, a group that has won many awards including one from the National Association of Cities. Co-sponsored by 4H, LWV, and Collier County Schools, this committee was formed to help teens relate to government and and also to introduce them to possible government careers.  Recently, after reading Thomas Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Linda took up the cause of climate change and this fall formed a committee to meet this challenge. Under Linda's tutelage, this committee will evolve and endure as her previous committee has.

Donna SudethAround the world in just over 60 days?  Donna Suddeth did it! She and her husband made it through 19 flight legs. Her memories include fabulous scenery and wonderful countries.  "All good karma," she admitted.  By the way, Donna was one of only three Americans who attended the Conference of the International Arab Women's Forum in Cairo in 2004.

Donna's background includes a degree from the University of Washington, a variety of careers from teaching to social work, and living in ten states.  Her favorite cities are Seattle and Washington D.C.   Ketchikan, Alaska, was too isolated, she thought, but she went from there to Beverly Hills and then to a small town in Idaho.  While traveling with her insurance executive husband, they came to SW Florida for several conventions and seminars, and as "he was smitten with Naples," they moved here permanently last year.

Donna's interests revolve around several organizations--from the International Women's Club to the Welcome to Florida International Women's Club and the Greater Naples Leadership Council, where she was a classmate of now-Governor Rick Scott.  After settling in Naples she found that she knew more about national and international happenings than about the local scene. So, she joined LWV and is now working on the Government Committee, while reading and learning all she can about the current scene in Naples.

Report on January Meeting
Judith Gartner

Standing-room-only (nearly 100 attendees) was the order of the day, as  members and guests  gathered at the Hilton to hear  Dr. Allen Weiss, President and CEO of Naples Community Hospital, speak about the impact of health care reform.  In her introduction of Dr. Weiss, Ann Campbell, Social Policy Committee chair, reminded us that the National League strongly supports the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care reform program signed into law by President Obama.  Dr. Weiss's presentation was filled with helpful statistics and information that contrasted the US health care system with that of other countries and highlighted differences within the US. His theme was "change," and he discussed how Social Security and Medicare faced similar difficulties in being accepted.  Among the changes that will result from the new law will be the establishment of Accountable Care Organizations, integrated health care practices  consisting of physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers. Dr. Weiss explained how such ACOs can reduce the cost of health care while improving the quality of care for the individual by compelling health care providers to work together. His presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session.


 Government Committee
Tom McCann, Chair

Tom McCann formalAs part of our Lunch with Leaders program we met with Commissioner Fred Coyle on January 12 and had an informative exchange. Later in the month we had lunch with Mike Reagan, President of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce for a wide-ranging conversation with one of our forum partners.  On Friday, March 4, we will meet with County Manager Leo Ochs.  His conference room holds nine guests, so contact Mollie Ottina otabooo@aol.com quickly if you wish to attend. 


Did you know that, at a time when civic knowledge seems to be at an all-time low, in the last Presidential election--for the very first time--more people under 35 voted than those over 65 ?  Our program for the March 14 General Meeting will focus on the current level of knowledge that voters, young and old, have of our government and what we can do to improve it.  What could be more relevant to our mission? 


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JusticeJustice Committee--Field Trip
Bernice Schmelz, Chair

Bernice SchmelzPrevention is a key word of the League's position on juvenile delinquency.  To that end "Lutheran Services Florida operates short term, residential Youth Shelters to provide safe havens for runaways and troubled youths ages 10 to 17."


Join members of the Justice Committee on Tuesday, February 22, for a field trip to Lutheran Services' Oasis Youth Shelter in Fort Myers to learn more about the services offered, the residents, the successes and the needs.  We will be meeting with J.P. Mojica, Residential Services Manager, and Larry Barnhill, Non-residential Services Manager,  at 10 AM for an overview of the Shelter's mission and operations, followed by a tour of the facility.  The Oasis Shelter serves juveniles in Circuit 20, which includes Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties.  Following the visit to the Oasis Shelter, those interested will have lunch in the Ft. Myers area.


If you plan to attend, please RSVP Bernice Schmelz (berniceas@embarqmail.com) by February 15, so that car pool arrangements can be made.  Also, please indicate if you are willing to drive or if you need a ride.


Future Meetings:

March 21 and April 18, topics to be announced.  Meetings will begin at 9:30 AM in the Community Room of the North Collier Government Center on Orange Blossom Drive.


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SocialPolSocial Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Chair

Our next committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 9, at 8 AM atAnn Campbell 2009 the Jona Café, 4910 Tamiami Trail North, in the Outback Plaza. As always, this is a breakfast meeting with a selection of four menu items at a cost of $10.00, which includes tax and gratuity. We are delighted to have as our speaker Dr. Paul G. Mitchell, Vice President for Physician Relations and Executive Medical Director, Avow Hospice, Naples. Dr. Mitchell will discuss the advance care Medicare consultation about which there has been such confusion in the media.  He said in a recent letter in the Naples Daily News, "This [regulation] exists to ensure Americans have the tools to make their wishes known and to assist healthcare providers in honoring these wishes." 

Please contact Ann Campbell at acamp1082@aol.com  or call 263-1755 to reserve a place. All LWVCC members are always welcome. Guests are welcome, too.


At our January 12 meeting Ron Riner, M.D., president of his own advisory and consulting firm, The Riner Group, Inc., spoke to us about some of the issues related to the impact of healthcare reform on small business.  We found Dr. Riner to be tremendously well informed on the subject and a clear and articulate speaker. He didn't have sufficient handouts for our well-attended meeting so he provided his presentation and extra references online. To gain quick access to his materials, click here.


Voter Service:
Know Your County Government
Chris Straton, Chair

Have you ever visited the landfill?  How about met with each oChris Straton 05_09f the County's constitutional officers?  Do you know the difference between a water treatment plant and a wastewater treatment plant?  If you answered "no" to any of these questions, and you like kids, then I have a job for you!  We are looking for League members who want to chaperone Collier County high school students during the Know Your County Government Teen Citizenship Program.  You don't need to sign up for the entire event.  The times that we need League members' help are:


Thursday, February 17 4-8 PM 

Tuesday, February 22  4-8 PM 

Friday, February 25     8 AM - 2 PM 

Tuesday, March 1        4-7 PM 

Thursday, March 3      4-8 PM 

Tuesday, March 8        8:30 AM - 2:30 PM 


Please call me at 207-7333 or email me at ChrisStraton@yahoo.com if you want to join us.


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Membership Committee
Sandy Parker, Chair
Sandy Parker Sept 2010This month we welcome new members Gina Downs, at the Welcome New MembersSusan B. Anthony level of membership, and  Betsy Cole, Becky Newell, Marge Superits, and Ressa Bennen, at the Suffragist level.  We also welcome back Martha Gould as a Suffragist member.  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.

The annual renewal period is now closed.  Thank you to all who renewed their membership.  We appreciate your support of our League.  We especially acknowledge with gratitude those who renewed at the Susan B. Anthony ($100) or Carrie Chapman Catt ($200) level of membership.  Please click here to read the names of these generous members. Their additional contributions provide much-needed support for our League activities.

Men Can Join, TooIf you know someone who may be interested in joining our League, please contact membership@lwvcolliercounty.org 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 membership@lwvcolliercounty.org or call 263-4656 and leave the new information on the answering machine. 
ClimateClimate Change Committee
Linda Denning, Chair

What can be done locally to address issues related to climate change?   Plan on attending the February 3rd meeting of the Climate Change committee and meet guest speaker Cloe Waterfield,  founder of Twenty-fifty.com, a scientific research and consulting company that helps organizations and individuals optimize the environment in their daily operations and long-term business goals.   Last year Ms. Waterfield conducted an audit of the county's greenhouse gas emissions. The audit, based on 2007 data and paid for by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Collier County Audubon Society, recommended a ten percent cut in the community's carbon footprint by 2020.  


We continue to study a subject that cannot be ignored, and to seek ways that League can make a positive difference within the guidelines of our national position. Please join us and feel free to invite your friends to our meeting on Thursday, February 3, at the North Collier (Orange Blossom) Government Center, from 10 - 11:30 AM.

Nominating Committee

Vi Steffan, Chair
Your Nominating Committee is hard at work seeking out candidates for positions on the LWVCC Board. The committee members are Tom McCann, Eileen Mann, Sheilah Crowley, and Vi Steffan, Chair. The positions to be filled are the following:

  • President for a one-year term,
  • First Vice President for a one-year term,
  • Secretary for a two-year term, and
  • Three Directors for two-year terms.

The slate of officers will be presented in the April VOTER prior to the Annual Meeting, at which that slate will be voted on by the membership.

Service on the Board of Directors is all about interesting and interested people doing interesting work and having interesting dialogue. It is demanding and rewarding. It is challenging and satisfying. Doesn't this sound like a board on which you would like to work?

We would love to have some of you come forward to volunteer to support your league as a member of the board. If you do not volunteer and we ask you, please give serious consideration to the incredible experience and knowledge that comes from serving on the board. The League is important not only to its members, but to the whole community. It is our obligation as League members and as

members of the community to help fulfill the mission of the League.


The committee also requests that if you have anyone in mind who you believe

would be an excellent officer, please contact any member of the committee to suggest that person. The Committee will do the rest.


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WaterForumForum on Water Quality--Implementing EPA Standards

February 16, at 5 PM in the auditorium of the Telford Educational Building,

350 Seventh Ave. North, on the NCH campus.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:  The Environmental Protection Agency set numeric limits, or criteria, on the amount of nutrient pollution allowed in Florida's lakes, rivers, streams and springs. This action seeks to improve water quality, protect public health, aquatic life and the long-term recreational uses of Florida's waters.  Business and the State of Florida, however, have strongly opposed these standards. 


ModeratorJeff Lytle, Naples Daily News; Participants:  Jennifer Hecker, Conservancy of SW Florida; Duke Vasey, writer for NaplesNews.com; and others to be announced


Sponsors: League of Women Voters of Collier County, Great Naples Better Government Committee, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Naples Daily News


We need your help as ushers, greeters, timekeepers, attendees and publicists--bring your friends!

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LWV Book Club

Interested in reading and discussing books with other bright, perceptive members of the League?  If so, help start a League Book Club where lively exchanges can take place in a format and location chosen by the group. Please contact Charlotte Nycklemoe at 455-2261 or drchargar@yahoo.com.

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News from the National League
Ann Campbell

In recent weeks the National League:

  • Stated that "by every established measure" the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional and that the League and others who believe that health care is a basic necessity will be involved in protecting the ACA, noting also, that key elements depend on state implementation.
  • Announced a new project, "Women in the Americas: Cuba 2011," which entails conducting research in Cuba on current women's civic and political role, including leadership styles, grassroots initiatives, and various indices of women's political involvement and advancement.  Data collection will take place in Cuba over 12 months.

  • Reported that the League's Global Democracy Program will host visitors from Eurasia for the fifth consecutive year. Visitors from Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, and Georgia will be hosted by Leagues of Door County and Milwaukee County (WI), Baltimore County (MD), White Bear Lake/North Oaks/Mahtomedi Area (MN) and St. Paul (MN).  
  • Released a statement deploring the events that took place in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, stating, "For 90 years, the League has worked to facilitate the civil exchange of different points of view, to bridge the gap between the voters and the elected, and to help improve the functioning of government.  We hope that moving forward our nation will come together to foster and strengthen the very essence of our representative democracy: 'government of the people, by the people, for the people.'"

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

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News from the State League
Lydia Galton

Participate in the State League by planning to attend our Legislative Seminar and Convention.  See last month's VOTER for details.  As of the publication of this VOTER, I am the only registrant.  If you would like to join me on the drive to Talahassee, you will be most welcome.

You can register for the Legislative Seminar by clicking here.

2011 General Meeting Schedule
Save the dates!

February 14 - Lively League; followed by a panel discussing
Collier Girls in Conflict with the Law. 

March 14 - Hot Topic on Local Government

April 11 - Hot Topic on Climate Change

May - Date and topic to be announced

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About Us
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.

Visit our website at www.lwvcolliercounty.org for our current list of officers, directors and off-board members, our Program, Diversity Policy, Nonpartisan Policy, By-laws, Minutes, and more.