The Voter

Issue: 2013-01JANUARY/2013
In This Issue
January General Meeting
General Meeting Schedule
Save the Date!
President's Message
Social Policy Committee
Climate Change Committee
Membership Committee
Book Club
Justice Committee
News From National
Lunch with Leaders
News from the State
Quick Links

General Meeting
Tuesday,  January 8
11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Hotel
5111 Tamiami Trail
Social Policy Committee
Wednesday, January 9
noon to 1:00 p.m.
Wilderness Country Club
Goodlette Frank Road

Book Club
Thursday, January 17
2:30 p.m.
Calistoga Cafe
7941 Airport Pulling Road

Justice Committee
Monday, January 21
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Boys and Girls Club
7500 Davis Boulevard

Luncheon with Leaders
Thursday, January 24
noon to 1:30 p.m.
General Meeting - January 8, 2013

Collier's Social Safety Net: An Overview
Millions of the new poor created by the recession have been spared outright destitution through federal and state "safety net" programs that require our critical scrutiny for both cost and effectiveness. But how can an individual citizen investigate such a broad issue? We think we should begin by learning about our own community.  Our panel of local experts will explain the needs of our vulnerable neighbors and the services available to them.

When:   January 8,  2013
Registration for lunch:  11:45 am; Lunch promptly at noon
Program: 12:30 pm;General Meeting - 1:30 pm
Where: Hilton Hotel 
Menu: Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken or Grilled Portobello Mushroom with balsamic glaze, roasted corn, baby spinach, and lemon couscous
Cost: $25.00 per person, Program only: no charge
Reservations are essential: Click here  or call 263-4656 before Jan. 3

Please make your check payable to: LWVCC Education Fund


General Meetings

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 (Annual Meeting)
Save the Date!

Mark your calendars!  The Honorable Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Krier will be our main speaker at the February 5, 2013 League Luncheon.  Judge Krier was elected to the Circuit Court of Florida's Twentieth Judicial Circuit in September of 2006 and took office in January of 2007.  Her experience dealing with dependency court, truancy and family court will open our eyes, hearts and minds as to what transpires in her court room.

President's Message
Vi Steffan, President
  Vi Steffan

On behalf of your LWVCC Board of Directors, I wish you all a happy, healthy New Year! 


Any nonprofit board of directors and its officers is only as strong as those who serve on it. In particular, the organization's strength is dependent upon it's President. In thinking about the League for 2013, I was reflecting on the  maxim that what we become is largely dependent on where we have been - our history.  


Over the years we have been extremely fortunate with the women who have served as President. In their honor, I am dedicating this space to those who have given so much to us as an organization. Many are still with the LWVCC. It is important to remember these incredible women. So I have provided the list below of those who are still active within our chapter. When you see them at a meeting, please take a moment to say "thank you" for their invaluable contributions. They deserve it - they are our history. For a complete list of past presidents from 1975 to present, go to


Jeannette Boucher 1983-1986 (Co-Chair 1985-1986)

Ann Campbell 1990-1993 (Co Chair 1990-1991)

Kathleen Slebodnik 1994-1997

Pat Clark 1997-2000

Sheilah Crowley 2004-2006

Chris Straton 2006-2009

Sandy Parker 2009-2010

Lydia Galton 2010-2012


Thank you for your insight, leadership, and commitment!!!

Social Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Chair
Ann Campbell 2009


January 9 meeting has uplifting topic, new location!


Karen Conley, President and CEO of a nonprofit organization called "Charity for Change" will join us to speak about an amazing program that gives young school children lifelong lessons about the powerful feeling that comes from helping others. In classrooms throughout the year, the children learn about charities and how to work together toward a common goal, adding up earned pennies and nickels to give to a charity they have selected. They have fun as they learn about character traits such as kindness, cooperation and integrity.


Date/time: Wednesday, January 9, 2012 from noon to 1:00 pm

Place: Wilderness Country Club, Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples.


Please contact me to reserve a place or for more information at or at 263-1755.

Climate Change Committee
Susan Calkins and Eileen Mann, co-chairs
submitted by Susan Calkins
Susan Calkins
The Committee will continue our focus on water and the interconnection between water resources and climate change.


We will follow up our Nov.-Dec. field trips to South Florida Water Management and Collier County Water Department with a "status report" on Collier County's Watershed Management Plan (WMP).  A year ago, the Collier County Board of Commissioners approved the WMP recommended initiatives "to mitigate for existing adverse impacts and to limit further adverse impacts by future development."  How are we doing?   


Did you know:

Collier County has 900 miles of water mains?

We have the best tasting drinking water in the state?

We are among the top five in North America for best tasting water? 

The Water Department is FPL's largest customer (it takes a lot of energy to treat and move water)?

In 1998-99 we saw the first reverse osmosis plant in Collier County; today 54% of our water is treated by reverse osmosis (a process which requires a great deal of energy)?

Water has to be pumped seven times in North Naples to get it from its source to faucet? 


Date/time: February 7, 2013, 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. (there is no January meeting)

Place: Orange Blossom Government Center


Please contact Susan Calkins at with any questions.


Membership Committee
Becky Newell, chair
Becky Newell

It's renewal time!!


We're in the final stages of our membership renewal period. If you have not renewed your membership for the coming year, please take a moment to do so at your earliest convenience. Click here to renew online, or click here to print a renewal invoice and mail it with a check for your annual dues.

You continued support of the League's activities really does make a difference in our community!


I'm excited to report that during the past month we've had ten members either join our League for the first time or return after an absence.


At the Carrie Chapman Catt level, please welcome new member Anna Kristina Kardon and returning member Karen Clegg. 


At the Susan B Anthony level, please welcome new members John Steffan and Phyllis Alden.


And at the Suffragist level, please welcome new members Tina Palmese, Linda Scheinberg, and Mary Bollinger. We're also very happy to have Theodore Wolfe, Mary Schell, and Wendy Lord return to our League as Suffragist level members.


If you have any questions about the renewal process or about joining the League as a new member, email me at or call me at (239) 290-2260. 


Book Club
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair
Charlotte Nycklemoe
Is our Judicial System at risk?  Are court rules outdated? Why are we seeing an increase in plea bargaining and a decrease in court trials?  Why is there more self-representation?  Join us at our next book club meeting as we tackle these questions and many more after reading the authors perspective in
"Rebuilding Justice".
  Nancy Wolfe will lead a second discussion from this book.  


The book club is open at any time to those who want to join us without having to make a commitment for attending following sessions.  This is very informal and we would love to have your input!


Our February book selection is "The Leaderless Revolution"  (How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century) by author, Carne Ross.  Harriet Lancaster will be our discussion leader.  


Date/time: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 2:30 p.m. 

RSVP to Charlotte Nycklemoe at or 239-455-2261

(Please note: if fewer than 5 people affirm their attendance, the meeting will be cancelled)  

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

Justice Committee
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair

Attendees at the December Justice Committee meeting were privileged to hear Michele Hill, Criminal Defense Attorney, speak about the "Stand Your Ground" law. There was little time for public comment before the bill was passed, and consequently little opportunity for citizens/organizations to present arguments against the bill.  There are dramatic ramifications for the families of both the victims and the perpetrators. This is a sad example of what happens when a bill is hurriedly passed without proper input from those who will be most affected........US!


We were troubled to hear of the inordinate length of time an indigent person spends in jail before charged or released in Collier County. We were pleased to hear the rate of recidivism among juveniles is less than we had thought. When asked what striking trend she had noticed among juveniles in the criminal justice system, Ms. Hill's response was:  The desensitization of our youth.  This statement should bother us a lot!  We have much to do!


Our January meeting will be at the Boys and Girls Club. We will tour the facility and learn about the programs they offer to at risk children.  Please join us for what promises to be a most informative program, you will be impressed!


Date/time: Monday, January 21, 2013, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Place:  Boys and Girls Club, 7500 Davis Boulevard

News from the National League
Ann Campbell

In recent weeks the National League:


  • Reported that registration is open for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) scheduled for March 4-15, 2013, at UN Headquarters in New York City. This year's theme is Preventing Violence Against Women & Girls and is expected to draw thousands of participants from around the world. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and League members interested in attending are invited to contact LWVUS UN Observer, Rosalee Keech ( by January 10.

  • Announced tasks for the Agriculture Update Committee with a proposed study timeline extending from January 2013 to April 2014: to select or develop study materials, develop consensus questions and review/tabulate responses submitted by participating Leagues. The Agriculture Update will focus narrowly on (1) current technology issues in agriculture and (2) current agriculture finance issues. The Chair of the committee is Norman Turrill, . 
  • Sent a letter to President Obama, calling on him to lead the fight on Climate Change, asking him to take steps to limit harmful pollutants and to use his existing regulatory authority to save lives and our environment.  President Obama has the power to lead the U.S. and the world through the greatest environmental challenge of our generation.
  • Solicited suggestions for priorities for LWVUS action at the national level. While the League has numerous positions under which we might take action, the LWVUS Board of Directors must prioritize and consider those issues where we might be able to make a difference.  Suggestions, which are due by January 11, may come from an individual member, a committee, board or membership meeting. The Advocacy Committee Chair is Toni Larson, See LWVUS publication, Impact on Issues, for current positions. 

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

Announcing 2013 LWVCC Lunch With Leaders
Mollie Ottina
2013 Lunches with Leaders Program
Box lunches ordered for participating League Members
Limited number of attendees: First Come - First Serve
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. for all lunches
January 24th (Thursday) The Honorable Jennifer Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections

February 28th (Thursday). Dr. Kamala Patton, Collier County Superintendent of Schools
March 28. The Honorable Lauren L. Brodie, Judge, Collier County

April 18, Thursday. Casey Wolfe, Attorney, Specialitzaion: Immigation Law

Contact: Vi Steffan, phone: 596-0929 or email at
News from the State
Vi Steffan
Election Reform Focus of the State in 2013
The LWVF is focused on Election Reform. As a result of the fiasco that was our general election, a number of voter protection groups have formed a coalition that calls upon Governor Rick Scott to create an election reform task force.  They are asking all LWV members to call or email Governor Scott to let him know that Florida citizens want bipartisan election reform now!! You can do that by call 850-717-9337 or emailing
LWVF President Honored
The League of Women Voters of Florida is pleased to report that the Florida Commission on the Status of Women has honored our State President Deirdre Macnab with a Florida Achievement Award. She was recognized for her work at a special ceremony November 15. The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated to empowering women to achieve their fullest potential, and to recognizing women's accomplishments. At the ceremony, League First Vice President Elizabeth Pines described Deirdre's contributions, noting the following: "She advocates for fair elections, transparency in government, and civic engagement in the democratic process. Due to Deirdre Macnab's remarkable ability to attract and grow the League's membership in diversity of age, ethnicity and political parties, the League of Women Voters of Florida is more vital than ever before and has attained the highest level of credibility. She is highly regarded as an expert in the field of voting rights and voter access. Deirdre works tirelessly to ensure good government and strong ethics throughout the state."

We of the LWVCC wish to congratulate Deirdre Mcnab on this prestigious acknowledgment of her contributions to mission of the Leagues across the State. We know here well.
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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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