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November 2010 - Volume 36, Issue 2

Month at a Glance
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11/3 - LWVCC Board Meeting
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Members Welcome

11/4 Climate Change
North Collier Government Center
Orange Blossom Drive
10-11:30 AM

11/8 - General Meeting
Program: Deirdre Macnab

11/10 - Social Policy Committee
Wildside Cafe
5026 Airport Pulling Road N.
8-9 AM

11/15 - Justice Committee
North Collier Government Center
Orange Blossom Drive
9:30 AM

 Members and guests are welcome at all meetings
In This Issue
General Meeting
Special Request
Report on October Meeting
President's Message
Spotlight on Volunteers
Spotlight on New Members
Justice Committee
Social Policy Committee
Voter Service Committee
Membership Committee
Spotlight on Climate Change Committee
It Takes a Village
News from the National League
News from the State League
2010-2011 General Meeting Schedule
About Us
TopGeneral Meeting - November 8
Welcome Deirdre Macnab

President, LWV Florida
Deirdre Macnab

Be dazzled and inspired
by this highly accomplished, dynamic leader!
Be stimulated,
be enlivened,
be enlightened!
But be there!

Please read about Deirdre Macnab by clicking here.          
New Location:  Hilton Hotel    
                       5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples 
Valet parking is without charge, but a gratuity is expected.
Click here to get directions.

Registration:              11:45 AM
Lunch:                       Noon
Program:                   12:30 PM
Business Meeting:       1:30-2 PM

Reservations:   click here or call 239-263-4656 and send a check made out to LWVCC Education Fund to LWVCC, P. O. Box 9883, Naples, FL  34104-9883.

Lunch Charge: $20.00 for League members; $25.00 for all others.

Lunch Selections:  Choice of one:  Prime Black Angus Beef Tenderloin or
Orzo, Eggplant, Tomato and Parmesan shavings

Lunch reservations must be made and paid for in advance.  We are unable to accept cancellations or issue refunds after November 4th.

Program reservations are not required, but will be appreciated so that we can prepare for your attendance.  Kindly click here to make your program reservation. 

Attention New Members!

Join Sandy Parker on the north side of the Hilton Hotel Lobby from 11:15 to 11:45 AM prior to the General Meeting. She will answer any questions you might have about the League and help you decide in which committees to participate.

RSVP to Sandy:

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Special Request
Lydia Galton

Operating efficiently is one of the goals the LWVCC Board has set.  We want to be responsive to your needs while using valuable volunteer time efficiently.  If you register and pay for your lunch online, using  your credit card or your PayPal account, it will save the League hours of time!  An added benefit is that PayPal directly deposits the funds in the League's account. What could be simpler for you and for the League!  If you need help navigating the registration system, please call Lydia Galton or Sandy Brown, and they will be happy to help you through the process.

Of course if you are computer phobic, you may continue to call and reserve by phone--but whatever you do, it is essential that you reserve in advance.  The Hilton  Hotel only prepares as many places and lunches as we tell them to have ready.    So, please, help us by cooperating with this system. Additionally, if you plan to attend only the program segment of the meeting, please let us know about that as well, so we can have sufficient seating available.
Report on October General Meeting

Seventy members and guests of  the League  and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) gathered on October 11th for lunch and to meet School Board candidates and candidates for Florida House Legislative Districts 75, 101, and 112.  The atmosphere was relaxed, but all were attentive to the candidates' views.

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President's Message from Lydia Galton

Lydia Galton 2010The upcoming meeting on Monday, November 8, will offer you a unique opportunity.  We are honored to be hosting Deirdre Macnab, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida.  A dynamic woman of keen intelligence and enormous vitality, Deirdre will inspire and challenge you as she discusses the League's significance and  achievements in Florida's civic life today and   help us envision the League of tomorrow.  Did you know that you receive more benefits from your League membership than from any other organization?  Deirdre will tell you why,  as well as answer any questions you have about the League.  Let's join together to give Deirdre a warm welcome to Naples.  Please  bring friends who are interested in learning more about us.

Amendment Forum:  It was gratifying that the Amendment Forum on October 12th audience at amendment forumattracted  500!  We are grateful to our partners, the Greater Naples Better Government Committee, the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, and the Naples Daily News for joining with us in producing such a significant and informative event. All of the League volunteers were welcoming, efficient, and caring;  they made me proud of the League.  If you didn't attend, view the rebroadcast on Comcast channels 97, 98, or 99.

lydia on her kneesThe LWVCC Board spent a long but enjoyable day creating the outline of a strategic planSondra Quinn, retired CEO of the Naples Botanical Garden, ably facilitated the meeting.   But the exercise, as enjoyable as it was, brought your president to her knees. 


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Spotlight on League Volunteers
Sandy Parker

Without Joyce Fletcher and Kathleen Slebodnik, many Collier voters would not know how important it is to vote YES on Amendments 5 & 6.  These two dynamic Leaguers collected signatures on petitions, wrote articles for local papers and our VOTER, manned tables at Politics in the Park Candidate Fair and the Golden Gate Candidate Forum, made presentations to the East Naples Civic Association, Golden Gate Civic Association Board, Kiwanis, Lee County LWV, Lely Palms Retirement Community, NAACP and Sons of the American Revolution, and coordinated a phone bank--all with the goal of amending Florida's Constitution to provide rules to be followed in congressional and legislative redistricting.

Joyce FletcherJoyce grew up in Virginia, graduated from Radford College (Women's Division of VPI, at that time) and earned an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked as a clinical social worker for many years, and then worked in administration as a Regional Employee Assistance Program Manager for the behavioral health divisions of Aetna and Cigna. She came to Naples in 1997 and worked for 10 years as a Social Worker/Discharge planner at NCH.  Joyce joined LWVCC in 2008.  In addition to her work for FairDistricts and in her short time with the League, Joyce has served as Government Committee co-chair, 35th Anniversary Celebration chair, poll worker, representative to Project Innovation, and member of the 2010 Amendment Forum Planning Committee.  She is currently a Board member.  Joyce has a son and a daughter, both married, and three grandsons, with another one on the way.
Kathleen SlebodnikOriginally from Michigan, Kathleen moved to Naples 23 years ago with her husband, Bob,  after teaching economics for 21 years in the East Detroit School System.  She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Michigan, in Social Studies and Business Education. She has been a member of the Collier County League since coming to Florida, served as its president from 1994 to 1997, has chaired many committees, and has held several Board positions. She has been on the LWV of Florida Board and was responsible for coordinating the Legislative Seminars during that time.  She is a graduate of the Greater Naples Leadership Program, has served as the President of the U-M Alumni Club of SW FL, and is currently a volunteer docent with the Naples Historical Society. Everglades restoration has been an interest of hers since moving to Florida, and she is currently the LWVF Liaison to the Everglades Coalition.
The Collier LWV is fortunate to count these two talented, committed volunteers as members.  We appreciate their efforts in support of our mission.

MarjorieSpotlight on New Members

Denise Rochford

This column features profiles of new members to help us become acquainted with them and to put a name to the new faces we see at meetings.
CongraSharon Hanlontulations to attorney Sharon Hanlon, who was recently awarded the Donald E. Van Koughnet Lion of Law Award. This annual award is given to a member of the Collier County legal commmunity in recognition for his or her excellence in legal skills, professionalism and public service. The presentation ceremony was attended by her family, lawyers, judges and District Court of Appeal judges.

Sharon is an energetic woman who has participated in a variety of professional activities in the community.  A partner in Zelman & Hanlon, she moved to Naples in 1992. The founding president of the Collier County Women's Bar Association, Sharon is now in her second term as a director of the Collier County Bar Association.  A pioneer in women's law groups, she has also served as the membership chair and secretary of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.


JusticeJustice Committee
Bernice Schmelz, Committee Chair

Bernice Schmelz
During the 2008-09 fiscal year, 424 Collier girls were referred for delinquency.  What happens during the first 48 hours after a female juvenile is arrested?  To answer the question, we have invited Dennis Hannay, Juvenile Probation Officer with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), and Molly Mullin, Superintendent of the DJJ Collier County Regional Juvenile Detention Center, to meet with our committee.
Join us on Monday, November 15, at 9:30 AM to learn the answer and more about what happens when Collier County girls come in conflict with the law and to learn the scope of the research that our justice subcommittee will be conducting during the year.  The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive.
During future meetings we will continue to follow girls who come in conflict with the law through the justice system, while the subcommittee studying these girls will be sharing information gathered from their research.  All are welcome, so please mark your calendars for future meetings on:  December 6, January  24, February 21, March 21, and April 18.  Also, if you would like to get involved directly in the study of Collier County girls in conflict with the law, contact me or attend our next meeting.
New Directors:  The new executive director of PACE Center for Girls Collier is Marianne Kearns.  Although she is new to Immokalee, she has past experience at the PACE Centers in Lee and Pasco counties.  Anne Frazier is the new executive director of DrugFreeCollier.
SocPolSocial Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Committee Chair

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We have invited a representative from Naples Health Care Associates to attend our first meeting of the season on Wednesday, November 10, at 8 AM at the Wildside Café. In our previous look at Concierge Care we learned about individual primary care physicians who opted out of busy practices in order to provide health care to a limited number of patients for an annual fee.  The advantage to the patient was access to the doctor on a 24/7 basis. The advantage to the doctor was the decrease in pressure, paperwork, and time constraints from third party payers (insurance companies and the like).  We understand that Naples Health Care Associates have "taken personalized medicine to the next level with a team and membership program."  Please join us in finding out what that means.


Our meetings provide an opportunity to learn about health care and social services in Collier County in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The Wildside Café gives us a delicious breakfast for $12, tax and tip included. All LWVCC members are always welcome. Guests are welcome, too. Contact Ann Campbell at to reserve a place.

Voter Service Committee
Chris Straton, Committee Chair

The past several weeks have been busy for Voter Services.  Many of our activities arChris_Stratone  described elsewhere in this issue.  Here is a brief recap: Voter Services presented the candidates for School Board and State house legislative districts 75, 101, and 112 at the October 11th General Meeting, which was a joint meeting with AAUW. We held televised candidate forums for School Board candidates and state representatives for district 101. LWVCC was one of four sponsoring organizations for the highly successful Amendment Forum held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on October 12, with over 500 in attendance.

In addition: We have a team in place for our Adopt-A-Precinct on election day, which is the main fundraiser for LWVCC; we monitored the accuracy and logic test and reviewed the ballots with the County Elections Canvassing Board; we distributed the Florida Special Edition VOTER; and our speakers bureau presented the pros and cons of the constitutional amendments to Sons of the American Revolution, Lely Retirement Community, Bentley Village and the local section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

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Membership Committee
Sandy Parker, Committee Chair

Sandy Parker Sept 2010New members bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the League.  They come to learn, and they challenge us to re-think what we do and how we do it.   Our ongoing members are re-energized by their interest and thrive in sharing what they've learned in League.  An active and growing membership enables us to provide excellent programming, voter service and outreach and to advocate with a strong voice. 

This year's Membership Team is committed to recruiting new members and recognizing and retaining existing members.  Pat Snyder will lead our retention efforts, Linda Olbrych will manage our database, and we are currently seeking volunteers to lead our recruiting and recognition efforts. 
(See It Takes a Village in this issue.) 
Men Can Join, Too
If you know someone who may be interested in joining our League, please contact or direct them to the Join Us page on that website, where they can join online or print a membership application.

Make Sure Your Contact Information is Up-to-Date--You can update your contact information on the For Members page or by calling 263-4656 and providing your new information on the answering machine. 
climateClimate Change Committee
Linda Deming, Committee Chair

Linda Denning HeadshotNaples is often referred to as "paradise," partly because of our location on the Gulf of Mexico and partly because of the clean air and natural beauty we enjoy here. Is all of this beauty at risk due to climate change?  An increase of a single degree in the water temperature can make a big difference.  Ask those of us who swam in the Gulf this summer and noticed more jellyfish than usual.
Plan on getting your questions about threats to the Gulf of Mexico answered and learning solid fact-based information from guest speaker Bryan Fluech, who is with the Collier County Extension Service, as an agent of the Florida Sea Grant Program.  This program is a partnership among Florida universities and county governments.  We're excited about this kickoff to studying a subject that cannot be ignored, and to learning how and what can be done to make a positive difference.  Please join us and feel free to invite your friends to our meeting on Thursday, November 4, at the North Collier Government Center,  2335 Orange Blossom Drive, from 10 to 11:30 AM.

Project Innovation
Joyce Fletcher, LWVCC Representative

Mark your calendar for the next Community of Innovation meeting at Hodges University on Wednesday, November 17, from 4 to 6 PM.  Come see what Project Innovation is doing!  LWVCC is one of the 75 endorser organizations whose mission is to work together to make this a world-class community.

The November program will focus on the projects that contribute to the "driver" Talent and you may be amazed at some of the exciting things happening here. Contact Joyce at for more information.  To register, click here.

Fair Districts Florida

Joyce Fletcher and Kathleen Slebodnik, co-chairs

Thank you to each and everyone who helped with the phone bank.
If you have not already voted, please remember to vote Yes on Amendments 5 & 6.
VillageIt Takes a Village 
Lydia Galton

Volunteer OpportunitiesThere are many, many, many  small tasks that need to be done every month to keep our League going.  Please consider accepting responsibility--or better still, sharing it with a friend--or one of these tasks:  
Name tag Manager--Half of this job has been filled!  Ann Allen is willing to take the orders and distribute the name tags.  We just need someone to order them online and have them shipped. This job is actually fun.  You meet all the new members!*

Program Designer--this job can be shared.
1. Create a program from a template for each General Meeting. Information is provided well in advance.
2. Have programs printed (via internet), collect from printer; distribute at meetings.*
Website Manager--Liaison with the outside firm that updates our website.  Changes are input monthly. All you need is Microsoft Word and high-speed Internet access.**
Membership Recruitment Coordinator--can be shared.  Welcome new members by email or phone, match them up with a current member "buddy," organize new/prospective member meetings at which the president and committee chairs are presenters. **
Membership Recognition Coordinator--can be shared by two or more people. Newly created position!  Recognize members for their League contributions through the VOTER and at general meetings; encourage members to write their League stories for the LWV Storybank; acknowledge members' significant anniversaries as members; solicit recommendations for the Board to acknowledge members who have shown extraordinary leadership.**

Reporter-Seeking Hemingway--someone who likes to write what they observe and
boil it all down to fewer than 150 words.  Capture our general meetings and other special events.
  *Please contact Lydia Galton -
**Please contact Sandy Parker -

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LWV logoNews from the National League 
Ann Campbell

In recent weeks the National League:
  • Urged support for the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) in letters to House Speaker Pelosi and House Minority Leader Boehner. The League, along with coalition partners, asked for a public commitment to the American people to support the continuation of OCE and to oppose any efforts to prevent the Office from effectively carrying out its mission and basic responsibilities. Speaker Pelosi established the OCE in 2008.
  • Called on the Senate to ratify the new START Treaty, which was signed by President Obama and Russian President Medvedev in April 2010. The first arms control agreement between the U.S. and Russia in nearly a decade, the START Treaty calls for regular inspections and timely exchanges of information regarding nuclear arsenals.
  • Reported on Global Democracy activities carried out by local Leagues.  The Rochester (NY) LWV hosted a delegation from Tajikistan in its fourth Open World program.  The national office and seven local Leagues, including LWV Miami-Dade (FL), welcomed Legislative Fellows from Columbia and Brazil.  This project concludes with 100 Legislative Fellows from around the world at the 2010 Fellows Congress at the U.S. State Department. To learn more about this exciting program click here.
  • Reported that the LWV of South Carolina, joining with the LWV of Kansas, launched a year-long "Safeguarding Democracy: Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" education and advocacy campaign on October 8 at a conference in Charleston featuring LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara, Brennan Center Counsel Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Justice at Stake President Bert Brandenburg and state legislators and judges. The campaign will focus on the importance of judicial diversity and independence in ensuring fair courts in the states' judiciaries.
For more information on these and other National League projects, click here

News from the State League

Lydia Galton

League members across the state chose these priorities for the 2011 legislative session:
1.     Government in Florida, especially issues of finance and taxation
2.     Education, including the provision of adequate funding to ensure qual­ity education
3.     Natural Resources, including a permanent ban on offshore drilling and the preservation of fresh­water resources

Our LWVCC survey yielded these priorities:
1.     Sustainability
2.     Justice in Florida
3.     Government in Florida: Florida Constitution
The State League Board has renamed the Lobby Fund; it will be called the Advocacy Fund.
LWVF trip to St. Augustine on November 13-14.  All LWVF members and their guests are welcome to attend.  You can register online by clicking here.
Nominations are currently being solicited for the state Board.  Anyone interested should contact Corinne Miller at

For more information, visit
Calendar2010-2011 General Meeting Schedule
Save the dates!

November 8 - Deirdre Macnab, President of LWV Florida
December 13 - Holiday Party
January 10, 2011 - Hot Topic on Social Policy
February 14 - Hot Topic on Justice
March 14 - Hot Topic on Local Government
April 11 - Hot Topic on Climate Change

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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 for our current list of officers, directors and off-board members, our Program, Diversity Policy, Nonpartisan Policy, By-Laws, Minutes, and more.