The Voter

Issue: 2014-01January 2014
In This Issue
January General Meeting
General Meeting Schedule
Lunch with Leaders
Beach Renourishment Forum
President's Message
Social Policy Committee
Environmental Affairs Committee
Membership Committee
Book Club
Justice Committee
Voter Services Committee
Government Committee
Education Committee
News from the State
News From National

General Meeting
Monday, January 13
11:45-2:30 p.m.
5111 Tamiami Trail North

Environmental Affairs Committee 
Thursday, January 16
10:00- 11:30 a.m. 
2335 Orange Blossom Drive


Social Policy Committee
Wednesday, January 8, noon
Goodlette Frank Road
Beach Renourishment Forum
Thursday, January 9
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
North Naples United Methodist Church
6000 Goodlette  Road North

Lunch with Leaders 
(prior reservations only)
Tuesday, January 14, noon 
1100 Immokalee
City  Council Candidate Forum
Tuesday, January 14
5:15-6:15 p.m.
735 8th Street South
Justice Committee
Monday, January 20
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Clive/Daniel Home, Community Room
2777 Tamiami Trail

Education Committee
Tuesday, January 21
 10:00 a.m.
1735 Venezia Way

Government Committee
Monday, January 27
9:15-11:00 a.m.
Clive/Daniel Home, Community Room
2777 Tamiami Trail
General Meeting -  Monday, January 13, 2014
Dr. Jackie Faffer, Chair, Leadership Coalition on Aging- Collier

Coming Together for a Common Cause: Our Seniors

We suspected that there are many older adults living in our beautiful, vital community who are struggling to get by; who have concerns about safety, medical care, and information; who have unmet needs for companionship; socialization, and more. Our suspicions have been confirmed.  


Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, Chair of the Leadership Coalition on Aging - Collier (LCA), will tell us how some thirty community agencies are working "to enrich the lives of all Collier County seniors and their caregivers by way of resource sharing, education, advocacy, and community outreach." Dr. Faffer, who is President/CEO of Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida (JFCS), will share the information gathered in an LCA-sponsored needs assessment conducted by Florida Gulf Coast University's Department of Social Work. We will also learn about the senior center (Collier's first!) to open in Naples in January, followed closely by a center in Golden Gate.

Time/place: Monday, January 13, 2014
  • Registration:  11:45 am; Lunch promptly at noon
  • Program: 12:30 pm; General Meeting - 1:30 pm-2:15
  • Where: Naples Hilton Hotel, 5111 Tamiami Trail North 
  • Cost: $25.00 per person, Program only: no charge. 
    Reservations are essential.  Please  click here or call 239-263-4656 by Thursday, January 9 before noon.  
    If you have any questions about the event, contact Tina Palmese

Please make your check payable to: LWVCC Education Fund

General Meetings
Monday, January 13, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Lunch with Leaders

January Lunch with Leaders will be at the Naples Daily News with the Naples Daily News publisher Bill Barker, Executive Editor Manny Garcia, Editorial Page Editor Jeff Lytle and others as available. 


Date/time: Tuesday, January 14, 12:00 noon

Place:  Naples Daily News, 1100 Immokalee Road


Please email Joyce Fletcher to reserve your spot. Many have responded, but you can contact Joyce if you want to be placed on the waiting list. This is a members only event. 

Beach Renourishment Forum

Don't miss the Beach Renourishment Forum on January 9, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the North Naples United Methodist Church. Greater Naples Leadership, Collier Citizens' Council, Naples Daily News, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters of Collier County, North Naples United Methodist Church  and Collier County Presidents' Council are jointly sponsoring the Forum. Jeff Lytle of Naples Daily News will moderate.


Click here to view the program for this event. 


We need a few volunteers to help on the day of the event. Please contact  Linda Penniman or Lydia Galton if you are available to welcome attendees. Please invite your friends to this important forum. It is free and open to the public. 


Date/time: Thursday, January 9, 2014, 3:00-5:00 pm

Place: North Naples United Methodist Church , 6000 Goodlette Road

President's Message
Becky Newell, President



The League of Women Voters of Collier County is off to a busy start to 2014! We'll be actively involved in many different activities during the coming months, and I encourage you to participate as much as possible. Here are just a few examples:

  • We are co-sponsoring the Beach Renourishment Forum that will be held January 9 at North Naples United Methodist Church. Look for details in a separate article in this issue of The Voter. 
  • We are also a sponsor of the Everglades Coalition Conference, to be held at the Naples Beach Hotel, January  9-11. 
  • We will host a forum on January 14, 5:15 to 6:15 Naples City Hall to provide voters the opportunity to hear from the four candidates running for Naples City Council.
  • We continue our Lunch with Leaders series, which is open to LWVCC members. Space is limited, so get your reservations in early!
  • Our Environmental Affairs, Education, Government, Justice, and Social Policy committees, as well as our Book Club, continue holding their informative monthly meetings. Guests are welcome. 

Be on the lookout for LWVCC to have an increased presence in both social media and more traditional communications within our community. New member Judy Burns has taken on the responsibilities of Communications Chair and Social Media Chair, and she's hard at work already. If you have a Facebook account and you haven't already liked our page, click here to access it. And look for updates from Judy as we become active in other social media platforms as well.

Happy New Year!

Feel free to contact me at
Social Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Chair
Ann Campbell 2009



Finding Mental Health Care is January Topic


We will meet for lunch at the Wilderness for our January 8 meeting to take a look at access to mental health services in Collier County. 

Our knowledgeable speaker is Denise McNulty, R.N. who has a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She has a depth of experience in the local health care arena. I asked Denise to talk about the types of services available, to touch on the influence of the Affordable Care Act on future access, and mental health issues in general. She looks forward to a dialogue with us (which is good because we like to talk!!).

All LWVCC members are welcome, and guests are invited!


Date/time: Wednesday, January 8, 2014, noon

Place:  Wilderness Country Club, Goodlette Frank Road
            (the cost of lunch is $11.00)


Please contact me to reserve a place or for more information at
Environmental Affairs Committee
Susan Calkins, chair

Susan Calkins

Did you know the League of Women Voters of Florida is a member of the Everglades Coalition? And did you know the 29th annual meeting of the Everglades Coalition is to be held January 9-11, 2014 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club? Consider joining fellow committee members and register to attend the largest annual forum on Everglades conservation and restoration. This year's conference, "Everglades Restoration:Protecting Coastal Communities," will focus on the health and future of our coastal communities. Come, learn, participate with decision-makers from government, agency representatives, scientists, educators, contractors, conservationists, and others who come together each year to focus on the health of this unique region of the world. Remember, there is only one Everglades! Check out the conference schedule at


Did you know the League of Women Voters of Florida is a member of the Florida Conservation Coalition (  Member organizations emphasize the following priorities: (1) funding Florida Forever, including acquiring land for water resource protection; (2) ensuring that growth management laws and policies support sustainable use of water and promote efficient use and conservation of water; and (3) opposing efforts to privatize Florida's water. 


Did you know the League of Women Voters of Florida is doing a bi-weekly update for Eco-Voice Digest, the daily e-newsletter that chronicles south Florida's environmental happenings and issues?  The Eco-Voice is invaluable -- and it's free! Sign up today at


Interested in issues noted above?  Join our next meeting! 


Willing to do more? Contact Susan Calkins 


Date/time: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Place: North Collier Government Services Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive, Community Room

Membership Committee
Lydia Galton, chair
Lydia Galton headshot



Please join me in welcoming new members:


Judy Burns

Cynthia Chamberlin

Patricia Walsh


If you have not already done so,  please renew your League of Women Voters membership NOW.   Your continuing membership and participation in our local activities are critical to the League's continuing success.

Click here to renew on line, or for a renewal form that you can print and send, with your dues, to LWVCC, PO Box 9883, Naples,Fl 34101.


If you joined the League of Women Voters of Collier County on or after April 1, 2013, your dues are up to date through the end of 2014, and you need not renew this year.


If you have membership questions about the renewal process, 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 or call me at 239-262-3137.
Book Club
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair
Charlotte Nycklemoe



There has been much talk about needing a national dialogue on race.  However, this dialogue has not occurred nationally.  Our book club has decided to tackle that subject at our level.  Our  book selection for February is "The New Jim Crow", by Michelle Alexander.  As an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School, Alexander directed the Civil Rights Clinic and pursued a research agenda focused on the intersection of race and criminal justice.  The Miami Herald says about The New Jim Crow,  "A troubling and profoundly necessary book."  Join us!  You will come away stimulated and invigorated!

Date/time: Thursday, February 20, 2014, 2:30-4:00 p.m. 

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

RSVP to Charlotte Nycklemoe at 

Justice Committee
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair

A representative from the Juvenile Division of the Collier County Sheriff's Department will speak to us about the process encountered by a juvenile from the time of arrest to the time of release.  In addition, we will be receiving a statistical update of the number of  juvenile arrests, types of arrests, gender breakdown, etc., for the year 2013 in Collier County.  


Please feel free to join us for this learning program.  Invite your friends and neighbors. 


You can contact me at


Date/Time:  Monday, January 20, 2014, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Place: Clive/Daniel Home, the Community Room, 2777 Tamiami Trail North

Voter Services Committee
Joyce Fletcher



Naples will have an election on February 4 to elect three City Council members. The four candidates are Douglas Finlay, Linda Penniman, Wynn Phillips, and Sam Saad, III.


The League of Women Voters of Collier County will conduct a candidate forum in the City Council Chamber. Please let me know if you can be available, beginning at 4:45, to greet those attending and collect audience questions for the moderators to ask the candidates.


Plan to attend. We want the League to have a good showing. 


The forum will be televised on the City of Naples Comcast channel 98 and available as an archive. 

Date/time: Tuesday, January 14,2014, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. 

Place: Naples City Hall, City Council Chamber


If you can assist,or have any questions,  please contact me at

Government Committee
Sandy Parker, chair
Sandy Parker 3/2013


On Monday, January 27th, I will present a Primer on Florida Government: An Overview of Florida, Collier County and Naples City Government. This will be based on a course I've taught at Hodges University's Center for Lifelong Learning. I will cover the structure of government, key officials and their backgrounds, responsibilities and terms of office, and a big-picture look at their budgets. 


The presentation is specifically geared toward those new to Florida and those with little or no knowledge of Florida government.  The goal is to provide a good foundation for understanding current state and local events.


In February, the Government Committee will turn its attention to the state legislature.  What can we expect from the Legislative Session that begins in March? What positions on issues will the Florida League be advocating for? Where do our local representatives stand? 


The Government Committee will meet the fourth Monday of the month (January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28 and May 26)


All League members and guests are welcome, and no prior knowledge of Florida or Collier County government is required. To be included in the Government Committee email list please email Sandy Parker


Date/Time: Monday,January 27, 9:15-9:30 socialize, 9:30-11:00 meeting

Place: Clive/Daniel Home, the Community Room, 2777 Tamiami Trail North

Feel free to bring coffee and a snack!

Education Committee
Mary Lou Ball, Chair



The LWVCC Education Committee is pleased to announce the first committee meeting of the season with a special guest!  Kathleen Reynolds, retired CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, will join us. Kathleen holds a doctorate in reading, language and cognition from Hofstra University, and has had a robust career in education. Kathleen's passion is promotion of accessible and effective early learning programs. She will discuss recent Coalition work that took place with the Lee County League on a project to address the word gap upon school entry between groups of children.  As Kathleen stated in her guest commentary in the Naples Daily News this past November, much is at stake for our collective futures in regards to early childhood development.


We look forward to meeting with Kathleen. All League members and their guests are welcome. 


Date/Time: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

Place: home of Robin Birnhak, 1735 Venezia Way, Grey Oaks

          Please RSVP (we will notify the gate for access) to  Mary Lou Boll

News from the State
Becky Newell

League of Women Voters of Florida Responds to Secretary of State's Directive on Absentee Ballots 


In response to the directive issued in late November 2013 by Secretary of State Ken Detzner regarding the return of absentee ballots, League of Women Voters of Florida President Deirdre Macnab responded by stating that "In a state where voting by mail has become increasingly popular, it is unreasonable to restrict ballot drop-off locations to just Supervisors of Elections' offices, and it is unclear why the state would seek this change -- particularly when it has not been solicited by local SOEs." She urged the Secretary to revoke this directive.


While this is not an issue that affects voters in Collier County, it does dramatically affect counties with very large populations.


In the 2012 presidential election, 2.4 million Floridians, or 28 percent, voted absentee -- up from 23 percent in 2008. Pinellas County, for example, processed a quarter of a million absentee ballots during that election. Of those, 42 percent were dropped off at remote sites such as public libraries or tax collectors' offices.   


For more information about the League's statewide activities, refer to the LWVF website

News from the National League
Ann Campbell

We are taking a holiday break this month. Stay tuned next month for more News from the National League!


For more information on National League projects, click here
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