November 2011 - Volume 37, Issue 2
In This Issue
General Meeting
President's Letter
Holiday Fete
Justice Committee
Social Policy Committee
Membership Committee
Climate Change Committee
Spotlight on Members
Book Club
News from the National League
News from the State League
2011/12 General Meeting Schedule
About Us
Month at a Glancc
11/3 at 9 am
Climate Change Committee

     North Collier Government Center

11/8 at 2 pm
Charlotte Nykelmoe's

11/9 at 8 am
Social Policy Committee
  Wildside Cafe
11/10 at 9 am
Board Meeting

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11/14  at 11:45 am  

General Meeting 

Hilton Hotel


    11/21 at 9:30 am     

Justice Committee    

  North Collier Government Center  


Decoding Florida's Sunshine Laws

This distinguished panel will explain when and to whom Florida's venerable but misunderstood Sunshine Laws apply and what they guarantee. Are they beneficial or too strict for government efficiency?

November meeting panel

11:45 am Registration

Lunch promptly at noon

Program at 12:30 pm

General Meeting at 1:30 pm

at the Naples Hilton

 Members:  $20.00

Non-members: $25.00 


 Register Here

OR CALL (239) 263-4566



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PresidentPresident's Message
Lydia Galton

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New Year, New Place, New Day:    Starting February 7, 2012 and subsequent first Tuesdays--we will hold our general meetings at the Country Club of Naples. 

We sincerely hope that this change in venue and day will not inconvenience  you.  Please change your calendars now so   you don't miss a single one of our excellent, thought provoking programs.

The LWVUS  is conducting a national study on "The Role of the Federal Government in Public Education."   Although your board decided not to join the study, you are invited to participate in LWV Lee County's presentations on Saturday, November 5, 2011, 9 am to 3 pm, at the Hilton Garden Inn (northeast corner of College Parkway and Summerlin) Fort MyersTo make a Reservation for the $20. luncheon, call 239-466-8381 or e-mail with name, phone number, number of reservations and lunch choice (Chicken Florentine, Baked Grouper, or Vegetarian).


Take a Kid to Lunch:  If you are interested in sponsoring a student's attenddance at one our  lunch meetings by paying for their lunch and hosting them at your table, I will be pleased to arrange it.  Just call or email me.  You may end up tweeting!
Please consider attending two excellent upcoming programs which we are cosponsoring this week: A forum on whether we should expand the County Commissioners by Two At Large Members will be held on November 1 from 4-5:30 pm at Moorings Presbyterian Church.  We hope many of you will attend and bring your friends and colleagues.  


Campaign for Leadership, a program created by Leadership Collier  will be offered on November 4 and 5 at the Kapnick Center at Naples Botanical Gardens.  It is designed for those who want to be more effectively engaged in local government.  Speakers and panelists include Senator Bill Nelson and Representative David Rivera.

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In the Pink for the Holidays
Mollie Ottina

Join your fellow members for our Holiday Fete on Monday, December 12 for wine and a buffet at the home of  Mollie Ottina (91140 Royal Palm Dr.) from 5 - 8 pm.   Valet Parking will be provided.

In keeping with making things affordable for all, the cost is $20.00 per person.  Make checks payable to: LWVCC Education Fund and send them to Anne Lewellyn. Special thanks go to Vi Steffen and Joyce Fletcher who are helping to underwrite  costs so that we may keep the price at the $20.00 level.


We hope that each of you and your date or mate, should you wish to bring one,   will dress festively but in the color of your choice But pink will prevail in Mollie's Holiday décor this season.


Please reserve prior to DECEMBER 5th as Mollie is doing the catering - with a little help from other members. Bernice Schmelz and Ann Lewallen are baking  dessert;  if you want to bring one, just let us know.

Put it on your calendar now and join us for an evening of fine food, music, good conversation and intellectually stimulating interaction. 


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JusticeJustice Committee
Bernice Schmelz, Chair 

Bernice SchmelzThe Annie E. Casey Foundation report  No Place for Kids:  The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration  concludes that "... wholesale incarceration of juvenile offenders is a counterproductive public policy."  The research finds that in-home or community-based programs can deliver equal or better results.  Does Collier have such local programs?

There are over 300 Collier County youth involved in the civil citation program, one of the programs available in our community to divert first-time offenders from becoming habitual offenders.  Join us on November 21 to learn more about civil citations and other Collier County Sheriff's Office prevention and diversion programs.  Sgt. Tom Wedlock will be our speaker.  We will meet at 9:30 AM in the Community Room of the North Collier Government Center on 2385 Orange Blossom Drive.   We look forward to seeing committee members and welcoming new friends.  Following Sgt. Wedlock's presentation, we will be getting a status report on the Collier Girls in Conflict with the Law study as well as updates on other areas of our program.

Upcoming Meetings
January 21, 2012, Marianne Kearns, Executive Director, PACE Center for Girls, Immokalee.  "What's New and What's Needed at PACE?"
February 20, March 19 and April 16, TBA
Meetings begin at 9:30 AM in the Community Room of the North Collier Government Center unless announced otherwise. 

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 Social Policy Committee

Ann Campbell, Chair  


Ann Campbell 2009The Social Policy Committee will have its first meeting on Wednesday, November 9 at 8 AM at the Wildside Cafe. The topic will be the Physician Led Access Network of Collier County (P.L.A.N.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and our speaker is Deb Cecere, the Director and Patient Care Coordinator. 


P.L.A.N.'s mission is to provide a safety net of access to quality healthcare for all low-income, uninsured adult residents in Collier County utilizing a referral network of 200 volunteer physicians, community clinics, hospitals and other affiliated health care providers.   


This is another opportunity for us to learn about the often unheralded work done behind the scenes for our neighbors in need. 


All League members are invited, and guests are always welcome. We have arranged for breakfast at a fixed cost of $12 which includes tax and gratuity.  Please contact Ann Campbell at or 263-1755 to reserve a place.


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MemberMembership Committee
Sandy Parker, Chair

Sandy Parker Sept 2010Welcome New MembersThis month, we are pleased to welcome new Suffragist members Suzanne Herman and Robb Lawrence to our League!  

It's time to renew your membership for the 2011-2012 League year.  If you joined the LWVCC before April 1, 2011, your membership will expire in just two short months.  

PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY!  You can print a renewal invoice to complete and mail with your check (click here) OR you can securely and easily renew online with a credit card (click here).   We thank you for your support and look forward to an exciting year ahead.

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 or call me at (239) 513-1595.  

If you kMen Can Join, Toonow someone who may be interested in joining our League, please contact or direct them to the Join Us page on our website, where they can join online or print a membership application.   

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

 Climate Change Committee
Linda Denning, Chair  

NPower is aLinda Denning Headshotn outreach campaign for the City of Naples and is designed to help boost our economy and better our environment.  According to  more than half of the energy needed to power our community is used in the transportation sector.   Be a part of the Climate Change Committee to learn more about local efforts to address our energy needs and consumption, and thus impact carbon emissions related to climate change. 

We meet the first Thursday of each month beginning November 3rd through April 5, 2012, from 10:00 am until 11:30 am at the North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive.    If you are new to this committee, please email to receive an agenda for the November meeting and other committee updates.


Note: A public meeting is being held on November 1, from 9am to 11am at the South Regional Library for anyone interested in giving input to the Master Mobility Plan (MMP), being developed as a means of reducing Vehicle Miles of Travel (VMT) and Vehicle Hours of Travel (VHT) on the roadway network in Collier County. Reductions of VMT and the corresponding reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the primary focus of the U.S. Department of Energy grant that funds this project.    See for more information as well as online surveys which allow you to give your input. Question within this survey were developed based on the materials and information presented at the August 25th public meeting.  Public meeting materials can be downloaded from the Docs/Materials page of the project website -

spotlightSpotlight on Member--Kathy Ryan
Denise Rochford

Some peopleKathy Ryan might describe Dr. Kathy Ryan as an outspoken, feisty, "take charge" lady.  She agrees. "Sometimes I don't know when to keep my mouth shut," she laughingly admits.  Many others would describe her as a big hearted, dedicated warrior for students and the best educations they can receive.

A member of
LWV (originally in Lee County and later in Collier) since 1970, Kathy is immersed in local issues and has twice run for the Collier County School Board.

When she first came to Florida she started working at Immokalee Middle School teaching social studies and counseling; progressing to the high school for a 19 year teaching career. Following that she took a job at District headquarters and eventually became principal of a charter school in Ft. Myers for a very short time.

Although her lifetime goal was to become a high school principal, her produest moment, she explained "was when Immokalee High School proclaimed Dr. Ryan Day - after I retired and had been away from the high school for 3 years. I was the main attraction at half-time. They gave me a proclamation, a polo shirt and a card for free parking at the football games for life. To me it was much better than a Golden Apple Award - being honored by students, teachers and parents you know, rather than appearing at a formal dinner with people you don't know!"   

It would take much more space than we have to describe all of the innovations and Kathy has made to education, and especially the Immokalee schools. Let's just say she hasn't stopped yet and will continue to work for the cause of education in any way she can.

BookBook Club
Charlotte Nycklemoe, Chair

The first meeting of our newly inaugurated book club will take place on Tuesday, November 8th at 2:00 p.m. at  the home of Charlotte Nycklemoe  110 Bennington Court, # 2.   This is intended to be a fun addition to the Collier County League of Women Voters meeting schedule.

The first book to be  discussed is 'The Great Unraveling' by Paul Krugman.   If you have not finished reading the book, just skim it and attend anyway. Your ideas and opinions matter!  We will learn from each other and share insights.  Remember, we want this to be a social/fun time while  focusing on the subject at hand. At the end of the discussion, we will fill out a brief rating sheet of the book and we will discuss future meeting times and book suggestions.   

We still have openings left for participants. Just call or email me in advance.  If you would like to bring a friend or a neighbor, feel free to do so.   A selection of beverages and snacks will be provided.

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nationalNews from the National League
Ann Campbell

In recent weeks the National League:

*    Announced the First Call to Convention scheduled for June 8-12, 2012 in Washington DC. LWVUS will celebrate its 50th National Convention with the theme, "Imagine, Commit, Act! The Power of the Vote!"  National Convention is an exciting learning and networking experience for League leaders from around the nation. More information to come.
*    Urged the President to deny the permit for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline citing three key reasons: the pipeline would be inconsistent with meaningful action on climate change, the route of the pipeline poses an unacceptable risk to a critically important water source, and reducing demand is the best way to improve America's energy security.

*    Participated in Nationwide Activism for Diverse and Independent Courts: League President Elisabeth MacNamara joined judges, Bar leaders and nonprofit executives from  around the country in St Louis, Missouri, at the "National Summit on Defending Merit Selection" to share best practices for shoring up the merit selection of judges in states where it is under attack. The South Carolina LWV and Kansas LWV continue their statewide campaign efforts, "Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" through August 2012. League Deputy Director Zaida Arguedas took part in a panel, "Path to the Bench" at the national convention of the Hispanic Bar Association in Dallas, Texas, which made recommendations for diverse candidates interested in pursuing state and federal judgeships.
*    Sent a letter from LWV and coalition partners urging members of the Deficit Reduction Committee to take steps immediately, in the interest of transparency, to voluntarily disclose the efforts of outside interests to lobby them on matters related to the business of the committee.

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


News from the State League
Lydia Galton   
"Be Ready to Vote" Tag Program Campaign Launch

The "Be Ready to Vote" Tag
Be Ready to Vote TagThis program is a national first! Through the Florida's League's partnership with Microsoft, we will be a test market for facilitating citizens' access to voting information via their smartphones. The purpose of the Tag program is to connect voters directly with their local Supervisor of Elections. This should encourage the  youth voters (under 30) and minority voters, as well as the general public, to register and vote.
  The universal Tag that connects users to their Supervisor of Elections can be photographed off a television or PC screen.  The directions on how to use this program come directly when the app is downloaded.  Try it yourself.
For more on the Microsoft Tag program, click here.

At this time the legislature's Redistricting Committee has been meeting in Tallahassee, and LWVF is hopeful that they will produce proposals soon. The committee is approaching maps by segments, and then putting together maps from different sections or regions of the state.  The League has decided to  wait until the maps are finalized before commenting.

The Redistricting Committee has not yet moved up the timeline! The committee states that they have set dates, but nothing has been officially confirmed despite the League's many requests for adjustments.

Elections Law
The League has filed to intervene as a codefendant with the Department of Justice in the federal suit on the "preclearance" of four provisions of the voter-suppressing elections law, HB 1355. Due to the stringent requirements of the new law, the League"s moratorium on voter registration will continue until the law has been ruled on by the Courts.

2011 General Meeting Schedule
Save the dates!

November 14-Sunshine Laws
December 12-Holiday Party
January 9
February 7 new dates--the FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH 
March 6
April 3
May 1

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