The Voter

Issue: 2013-03March/2013
In This Issue
February General Meeting
General Meeting Schedule
Florida Government Sessions
Lunch with Leaders
President's Message
Social Policy Committee
Climate Change Committee
Membership Committee
Book Club
Justice Committee
Voter Services Committee
News from the State
News From National

General Meeting
Tuesday,  March 5
11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Hotel
5111 Tamiami Trail

Voter Services Committee 
Tuesday, March 5 
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
Climate Change Committee
Thursday, March 7
9:45 to 11:15 a.m.
Orange Blossom Government Center

Our Florida Government: An Introduction
Monday, March 11
2:00-4:00 p.m.
7165 Treeline Drive

Social Policy Committee 
Wednesday, March 13, 
12:00-1:00 p.m 
Goodlette Frank Road
Justice Committee
Monday, March 18
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Florida's 2013 Legislative Session: A Preview
Monday, March 18
2:00-4:00 p.m.
7165 Treeline Drive

Voter Services Committee
Wednesday, March 20
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Orange Blossom Government Center

Luncheon with Leaders
Thursday, March 28
noon to 1:30 p.m.
General Meeting - March 5,  2013
The Precipice of Opportunity 

Mike Reagen

We are honored to have  Mike Reagen, the much-admired and respected retiring President of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, as our speaker.  Jeff Lyttle of the Naples Daily News credits Mike with being "the glue that held the business community together in very bad times.  Very, very bad times." 


Mike will explain why the decisions that we make now are so important to the future of Collier County.  "How we behave in the rest of this decade" he predicts "will determine if we slip; or if we can advance our quality of life and flourish!" Come hear Mike's sage remarks and thank him for his many contributions to Collier County.  What an incredible legacy he leaves us all!


When:   March 5,  2013

Registration for lunch:  11:45 am; Lunch promptly at noon

Program: 12:30 pm;General Meeting - 1:30 pm

Where: Hilton Hotel 

Menu: Blackened Salmon Filet with Lemon-Scented Jasmine Rice/Baby Bok Choy, Coconut Milk Sauce


Sauteed  Orzo Pasta with eggplant, spinach, and sun-dried tomato sauce. 


Cost: $25.00 per person, Program only: no charge.

Reservations Are Essential Please  click here or call 263-4656 by March 1.


Please make your check payable to: LWVCC Education Fund


General Meetings

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 (Annual Meeting)
Florida Government & Florida's 2013 Legislative Session Presentations Offered to LWVCC Members
Sandy Parker

Sandy Parker 3/2013

Florida's Legislative session opens on March 5. This month, League member Sandy Parker is offering two programs on Florida government. She has recently offered these programs through Hodges University's Center for Lifelong Learning and the Jewish Federation of Collier County's Women's Cultural Alliance. They have been extremely well received 



Weak governor. Part-time legislature. Gerrymandering. Closed-primary state. These are some of the terms that come up when discussing Florida's government. Do you know what they mean and how they affect you? This program provides an overview of Florida government and the people who represent Collier County residents at the federal, state, county and city levels.Whether you are a new or a long-time resident, understanding Florida's government will help you be a more informed voter.


Date/time: Monday, March 11, 2013, 2-4 p.m.

Place: The Club at Olde Cypress, 7165 Treeline Dr, Naples, FL 34119 (get directions) 



The budget. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Election law. Ethics and campaign finance reform. Education. Environmental protection. State pension reform. These are some of the issues the Florida Legislature will be addressing during its 60-day session that begins this month. Whether you are a new or long-time resident, this program will make you a more informed observer of our legislators' actions.


Date/time: Monday, March 18, 2013,  2-4 p.m.

Place: The Club at Olde Cypress, 7165 Treeline Dr, Naples, FL 34119 


 Cost: $10 per session for LWVCC members and guests 


RSVP: To Sandy Parker, or 239-513-1595 by the Friday before each event

2013  LWVCC  Lunch  With  Leaders
Mollie Ottina
Box lunches ordered for participating League Members
Limited number of attendees: First Come - First Serve
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. 
March 28 (Thursday). The Honorable Lauren L. Brodie, Judge, Collier County

April 18, (Thursday). Casey Wolfe, Attorney, Specializaion: Immigation Law  Fully Booked!

Contact: Mollie Ottina, phone: 435-0328 or email at
President's Message
Vi Steffan, President
  Vi Steffan
This month, I would like to focus on League committees. There are eight active committees/groups: Climate Change, Education, Government, Justice, Social Policy, Membership, Voter Services (includes the Speakers Bureau), and a Book Club. Members share an interest in a particular area of public policy. Managed by a Chair, these committees/groups further the League goal of educating the public by (1) increasing the understanding of major public policy issues and (2) encouraging active participation in the government.  The monthly meetings  often include a speaker experienced in the field and on-topic discussion sessions. They offer unique opportunities for new and ongoing members to learn about and participate in the League. The committees allow the members to be a part of the process by which the League makes choices on its positions, and to learn how it explores issues in order to educate and activate the community in support of those issues. 


Without the assistance of all of its members, the League could not function. I urge our members to contact the chairs to learn more about the committees, and to volunteer to participate in these critical components of the League of Women Voters. You will find it an enjoyable and broadening experience while sharing with other intelligent women.  Before you know it, you will be giving back to your community through education and advocacy for those things in which both you, and the League, believe!

Social Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Chair
Ann Campbell 2009



Our March meeting is about Veterans' Services in Collier.


I hope you will join me for a discussion with Rick Torres, Manager of Veterans' Services, Collier County Department of Housing, Human Services and Veterans' Services. We will have lunch at a cost of $11.00 per person and a chance to find out about the current issues involved in helping to meet the needs of our veteran population.


Date/time: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, noon to 1 p.m.Place:  The Wilderness Country Club, Goodlette Frank Road


 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




Drainage!!!  And we aren't speaking of cold/flu season!  At our February meeting Gerald Kurtz of Collier County Stormwater Management Division discussed our Watershed Management Plan, which was approved (not adopted - apparently, a legal difference!) in December 2011.  He put our water management issues in perspective, reminding us that stormwater is no long seen as something to get rid of - i.e., to drain off the land as rapidly as possible --- but something to hold in order to recharge our acquifers (source of our drinking water) as it slowly seeps through our land to be filtered and cleaned.  Managing stormwater at its source (i.e., your yard, neighborhood or development) is much less expensive than treating that polluted water downstream. Hold the water or pay the price!!  And paying the price relates not just to taxpayer dollars, but also to the energy costs involved in treatment (think climate:global warming). Kurtz discussed the low impact development practices (LIDs) which could be instituted to deal with stormwater at its source; among the LIDs are pervious driveways and walkways, depressed islands between parking spaces, swales, rain gardens, and no curbs.  Sarasota County has a highly respected Low Impact Development Manual; see


Our next meeting will further explore this issue of low impact development practices. Can builders/developers easily institute such practices? Are there developers eager to put some of the LIDs into practice? If so, who are they? 

Date/time: March 7, 2013, 9:45 to 11:15 a.m.

Place: Orange Blossom Government Center


Please contact Susan Calkins at with any questions.

Membership Committee
Becky Newell, chair
Becky Newell



I'm pleased to report that as of mid-February, with our membership renewal drive completed, our League has a total of 151 members, and we're still continuing to add new members at a steady pace. 


Please join me in welcoming new Susan B Anthony Level member Kate O'Brien and new suffragist level members Helen Yates and Marcia Maloni to the League of Women Voters of Collier County. We're happy to have you join us!

Please continue to encourage others to join our League. 


If you have membership questions or concerns, 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) 290-2260. 

Book Club
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair
Charlotte Nycklemoe




Our February Book Club was cancelled.   I highly recommend our book for the month, "The Leaderless Revolution". It is a good read to add to anyone's library.


Our last meeting for the season will be held in April.  The book selection is "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver.  The Washington Post says, "An absorbing portrayal of American life at a time when the country moved swiftly from Depression to World War to consumerism spun through with political paranoia....A rich novel with a large colorful canvas".   For those who are followers of Kingsolver's books, you won't want to miss this discussion.


Date/time: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 2:30 p.m. 

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

RSVP to Charlotte Nycklemoe at or 239-455-2261

Justice Committee
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair

The Committee attended the PACE annual luncheon in lieu of our February meeting.  What a treat hearing the success stories from each girl sitting at our tables and from the podium.  PACE Collier (located in Immokalee) works with individual young women, enabling them to complete their education, build self-esteem, and develop personal, social and family relationship skills.  A plea was put to the audience and to the LWV from Marianne Kearns, PACE's Executive Director,to assist in developing an additional center. "A PACE center is very much needed in East Naples"!  Something for us all to consider.  


Kathryn Lieb-Hunter, Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) will address our March Justice Committee Meeting.  She will speak on how mental illness interfaces with perpetrators in the Juvenile Justice system.  One out of four persons in that system is afflicted with a mental illness.   Reserve your seats now, for this is an important topic!

Feel free to contact me at 


Date/Time:  Monday, March 18, 9:30 - 11:30

Place:  North Collier Government Center

Voter Services Committee
Joyce Fletcher





The Florida Legislature convenes March 5 - May 3, 2013. The LWV has many issues to follow this year. Locally we will monitor, discuss, and lobby for those items that are important to us. Every Friday there will be an email, "Capital Reports", from the LWVFl to give you updates.


We will meet every other week to discuss these initiatives, and others that may interest us.


Plan to attend, we would love to have you! Feel free to contact me at


Date/time: Tuesday, March 5; Wednesday, March 20; Wednesday, April 3; Wednesday, April 17; and Wednesday, May 1; 10:30-11:30 a.m..

Place: Orange Blossom Government Center Community Room

News from the State
Vi Steffan

The League of Women Voters Florida is broadening its push on Election Reform through a variety of avenues. These are educational and promotional strategies, enabling local leadership to make citizens aware of the ongoing efforts of the League to promote election reform.   These include:

  • Strategy sessions for local leaders by almost weekly webinars and call-ins.
  • Creation of Speakers Bureau PowerPoint presentations and handouts on "Election Reform-What Citizens Can Do" and "Health Care: What Does it Mean for You & Your Family?" to be used in speaking to groups throughout the area.
  • Creation of draft Letters to the Editor, for local leaders to edit and submit to their local newspapers regarding: 
    • Election Reform (voting lines too long), 
    • Online Voter Registration, and 
    • Absentee Ballot Reform (notification of issue and ability to correct prior to end of Election Day to allow vote to count).
  • Voter Registration Campaigns in high schools and university/college campuses  

The next few years are critical to the establishment of voter's rights through court actions regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and voter suppression laws. The State urges all League members to participate in any way they can to support the League's efforts in their home districts.


The Legislative Summit and Florida State Convention will be held on April 10-13, 2013 in Tallahassee. The LWVF urges members to attend one or both of these events. Go to and click on the "Events" tab for more information.

News from the National League
Ann Campbell

In recent weeks the National League: 


  • Announced LWVUS Legislative Priorities for 2013: Money in Politics and the many facets of Election Reform. A second tier of focus includes Climate Change, Gun Safety and Immigration. The selection was based on what issues are likely to come before the 113th Congress, the opportunities to make an impact, program decisions made by members at the last Convention, member interest, and resources available to manage these priorities effectively. The LWVUS Board reviews these priorities throughout the year, making changes if necessary. Other issues, such as health care, defense, and budget/taxes may be acted on as opportunities arise for League action, if they do not interfere with action on an LWVUS priority, and it appears the LWVUS can make an impact.
  • Identified Voter Registration Modernization as one of four pro-voter reform issues the League has identified as priorities this year at the state and federal level. The Brennan Center for Justice held a panel discussion with Secretaries of State from MN, ND, NV, and OR about the need for online voter registration modernization and released a new publication recommended by LWVUS as a concise and informative document, "The Case For Voter Registration Modernization".
  • Expressed concern that, 93 years after the League was founded to help democratize the right to vote, the voting rights of many Americans are at risk as the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that questions the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. The VRA ensures that every American citizen, regardless of race, has an equal right to vote. The League considers the VRA indispensable to the League's work.  A ruling against the VRA could lead to disenfranchisement of millions of voters.

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

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