|NOVEMBER AT A GLANCE|
Monday, November 11
11:45 a.m to 2:15 p.m.
5111 Tamiami Trail
Luncheon with Leaders
Tuesday, November 5
Collier County Government Center
Bldg F, 3rd floor
(Commissioner Hiller's office)
|Environmental Affairs Committee|
Thursday, November 7
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
2385 Orange Blossom Drive
Monday, November 11
Clive Daniel Home
2777 Tamiami Trail North
Social Policy Committee
Wednesday, November 13,
Goodlette Frank Road
Monday, November 18
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, November 21
7941 Airport Pulling Road
General Meeting - November 11, 2013
What's On Florida's Docket?
Current Directions in Environmental Policy
Speaker: Ray Judah, Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition Coordinator and former Lee County Commissioner (1988-2012)
During his 24-year
tenure on the Lee County Commission, Ray Judah used his educational and
work experience in natural resource management to inform his
policy-making. Connecting a healthy economy to a healthy environment, he
was the driving force behind Conservation 20/20, Lee County's land
acquisition program. He co-founded CREW (Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem
Watershed), a program that helps protect Estero Bay and nearby coastal
waters. He continues to advocate for policies that protect our waters
and currently coordinates the work of the Florida Coastal and Ocean
Coalition, a group of organizations working together to protect and
restore Florida's coastal and marine environment.
Ray Judah will
discuss the importance of land acquisition programs at both the state
and local levels, including their intricate connection to water quality
issues. In addition, he will offer his perspective on the environmental
issues most likely to surface in the up-coming legislative session.
When: November 11, 2013
Please make your check payable to: LWVCC Education Fund
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013 (Holiday Party) (note date change)
Monday, January 13, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Lunch with Leaders
The host for November Lunch with Leaders will be Board of County Commission chairperson, Georgia Hiller.
Ms. Hiller is an
attorney and a certified public accountant. She was elected a
Commissioner in 2010 and became chairperson in late 2012. Her biography
on the County website indicates she is a fiscal conservative, believes
in less government, less taxes and impact fees, and increased visibility
into County operations. She wants to see wasteful spending stopped and
overregulation eliminated. She supports the role of the Clerk of Courts
as the County's independently elected internal auditor.
Date/time: Tuesday, November 5, 12:00 noon
Place: Collier County Government Center, Building F, 3rd floor (Commissioner Hiller's office)
Please email Joyce Fletcher
to reserve your spot. This is a members only event, first come, first
serve up to the comfortable number for the conference room.
Join your friends for a seasonal celebration at the Windstar Club.
Save the date!
Sunday, December 8, 5 p.m.
more information to follow!
Becky Newell, President
Welcome back to
our many League of Women Voters of Collier County members who have
returned to the area over the past few weeks! It was wonderful to see so
many of you at recent League events.
than 50 members and guests attended our first General Meeting of the
season to hear State Representative Kathleen Passidomo's presentation on
"Working Effectively with Your Local Legislative Delegation." Rep.
Passidomo shared some valuable insights, especially concerning when we
should communicate with our legislators about specific bills as the
legislative committee process unfolds. When we are advocating for a
specific position, she urged us to monitor legislation as soon as it is
introduced and starts making its way through the committee process,
rather than waiting until the legislature is ready to vote on the bill.
This is the time when significant changes tend to be made. Once the
state House or Senate is ready to vote on a measure, changing any part
of the bill becomes much more difficult.
I know I'll be paying much closer attention, much sooner in the legislative process after hearing her presentation!
had a conference room full of League members at our recent Lunch With
Leaders with Bruce Register, Director of the Department of Economic
Development for Collier County. We received a warm welcome and an
informative presentation about the current activities and the future
plans for this important department.
I hope you will all be involved in the activities of our League throughout the coming season.
Feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Social Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Chair
first meeting will be at the Wilderness Country Club at noon on
November 13 where we will have a light lunch while listening to Katie
Schweikhardt from the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Our topic is "Food
Insecurity in Collier County". We've asked Katie to tell us about Harry
Chapin's programs and partnerships to feed the hungry in our community.
We hope to gain more knowledge about the children, the elderly, the
homeless and others who rely on neighbors for their food on a recurring
basis, and how the delivery of food-aid is organized.
Guests are invited and the meeting is open to all LWVCC members. The cost of the lunch is $12.00.
Date/time: Wednesday, November 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental Affairs Committee
Susan Calkins, chair
Environmental Affairs Committee will visit the Western Everglades via
an award-winning documentary film by Elam Stoltzfus. A "must see "
film, it captivates viewers on many levels. Come and experience! Invite
your friends and neighbors. On hand to respond to questions will
be Jeremy Franz, environmental policy specialist, Conservancy of
Willing to do more? Contact Susan Calkins email@example.com
Date/time: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Collier County Headquarters Library, Sugden Auditorium,Orange
Topic: Protecting the Western Everglades
Lydia Galton, chair
Please join me in welcoming two new members who have joined at the Suffragist level:
G. JAMES FLAGLER
We are delighted that they will be adding their wonderful backgrounds and insights to our league.
If you have never been to a new member orientation,
Join the board and new members for coffee on
December 9 at 10:30
(and recover from the Christmas Party of the previous evening)
And find out about the League
Just call or email Lydia Galton
We'll be finished by lunchtime!
If you have moved or have a new email address, please let me know so we can keep our records current.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair
Stole the American Dream" by Hedrick Smith will be discussed at our
November meeting. Reading this book makes me think back to all my
history classes. I learned about issues presented and actions
taken by labor, business groups, and Congress. But I never realized the
ramifications until this book provided me with the opportunity to
reflect on it all. The "ah...ha" moment has occurred to me several
times,and I understand so much more why our country has become so
divided. It's good to know from where we've come. Perhaps we
can now work at uniting from the grassroots level.
Date/time: Thursday, November 21, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Place: Calistoga Cafe, 7941 Airport Pulling Road, North Naples
RSVP to Charlotte Nycklemoe at email@example.com
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair
Kicking off our 2013-14 season will be The Honorable 20th
Circuit Judge Christine Grieder. Justice Grieder will update us
on the present state of justice within Collier County, focusing on the
Juvenile Justice system and at-risk juveniles. We look forward to seeing
you, and ask that you extend an invitation to your friends and
neighbors. Our youth are the future of our society. In order
to help them reach their fullest potential, we must be informed of the
obstacles they face in the court system. Don't miss this
Date/Time: Monday, November 18, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Place: Orange Blossom Government Center
Voter Services Committee
Voter Service Committee is looking for members who are interested in
being trained to register voters for Voter Registration drives to be
scheduled throughout the year. If you are interested, please contact
Joyce Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy Parker, chair
government always seems to be in the national news. Are you as
knowledgeable as you'd like to be about what's going on?
League's Government Committee will help you get there. At monthly
meetings through January, we'll focus on Collier County government. Who
are the players? What are the pressing issues? How do they affect us?
Is LWVCC advocacy needed?
February, we'll turn 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
Meeting dates are:
11/11 - 2nd Monday (NOTE DATE CHANGE; this is the morning of the General Meeting)
12/12 - 2nd Thursday (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
01/27 - 4th Monday
02/24 - 4th Monday
03/24 - 4th Monday
04/28 - 4th Monday
05/26 - 4th Monday
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 and/or to RSVP for the November 11
meeting to ensure sufficient copies of handouts, please email Sandy Parker.
Date/Time: Monday, November 11, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Place: Clive/Daniel Home, the Community Room, 2777 Tamiami Trail North
Feel free to bring coffee and a snack!
Mary Lou Ball, Chair
Education Committee is back! The currently stated goal of the
program for the Collier County LWV group is to support and influence the
promotion of high standards for student achievement through adequate
funding, well -rounded curriculum and the highest levels of
professionalism for teachers, administrators and school board members in
the Collier County Schools. In light of this goal and the news
surrounding the school board and parent groups of late, this is an
opportune time to revitalize the Education Committee!
need members! Please join me as the newly appointed chair in
establishing a vibrant and effective team to revisit objectives and find
the best ways to advocate for all levels of education. Our young
people are the future.
Meeting dates and times are to be determined. Call or email Mary Lou Boll
News from the State
LWVF is continuing to focus on several issues, including:
Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment - LWVF is working throughout
the state to help gather petitions that will allow this amendment to be
placed on the November 2014 statewide ballot. According to the LWVF
website, "The amendment would dedicate 33% of net documentary stamp
revenues towards water and land conservation, management, and
restoration by amending our state's constitution. The amendment
guarantees that these funds can only be used for conservation purposes.
It works out to less than one dollar for every 100 dollars of revenue
received by the state."
Healthcare Expansion - The League of Women Voters of Florida, the
Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Hospital Association and many
other business associations are calling on Florida's leaders to expand
insurance coverage for the economic health of Florida. Click here
to see the editorial in the Tampa Bay Times detailing the League's position.
Intention to Renew its Voter Purge - According to blog posts on the
websites of the Miami Herald, the Tampa Bay Times, and other Florida
newspapers earlier in October, "The League of Women Voters has joined
the chorus of those who don't see much improvement between Florida's
purge of non-citizens last year and Gov. Rick
Scott's proposed upcoming purge." For the complete press release from LWVF, click here. http://thefloridavoter.org/files/download/794.
For more information about the League's statewide activities, refer to the LWVF website.
News from the National League
In recent weeks the National League:
- Announced a new partnership with the National Association
of Women Judges (NAWJ) on the "Informed Voters; Fair Judges" civic
education project. The purpose is to increase citizens' knowledge of the
role of state-level courts and judges and to provide non-partisan
information about judges in states with judicial elections. In 2014,
activities will focus on eight states --- Kansas, Tennessee, Missouri,
Alaska, Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Washington. LWVUS will not be
coordinating activities but Leagues in the above states may be contacted
directly about participating. General questions? Email email@example.com.
that LWV of North Carolina applauded the U.S. Department of Justice's
announcement that they are suing to block implementation of North
Carolina's voter suppression law, one of the strictest in the nation,
which voting rights advocates have called the most restrictive voting
measures passed since before the civil rights era. The LWV of NC itself
filed suit against the NC law in August.
local Leagues participating in the Agriculture Update to be patient as
the Study Committee is working hard at preparing materials for editing
and publication. Consensus questions and a Leader's guide "will follow
in December". Leagues will then have more than three months until April 4th to report on their consensus meetings.
her monthly letter to League leaders, LWVUS President Elisabeth
Macnamara deplored the government shutdown, remarking that that the
inability to fund the government and keep it running fails many key
tenets of the LWV position, "The League of Women Voters believes that
efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the
clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing, and coordination
among the different agencies and levels of government". Further, the
League's position on the role of Congress outlines what a responsive
legislative process should look like. Key to this is the ability for
Congress to make decisions that meet national needs and reconcile
conflicting interests and priorities". Macnamara commented that the
government shutdown has illuminated the issues that have riddled
Congress --- the impact of huge amounts of outside special
interest money in elections, including primary elections, gerrymandered
districts, and an inability by Members of Congress to put what's best
for the nation ahead of how an issue is perceived in their home
districts. She calls on League members to "redouble our efforts to
ensure that government of the people, by the people and for the people
truly reflects and includes the voices of all the people. We can work
for real election reform, reform of our redistricting process and we can
call for public financing of congressional elections"
For more information on these and other National League projects, click here
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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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