The Voter

Issue: 2013-06November 2013
In This Issue
November General Meeting
General Meeting Schedule
Lunch with Leaders
Holiday Party
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, November 11
11:45 a.m to 2:15 p.m.
Hilton Hotel
5111 Tamiami Trail

Luncheon with Leaders
Tuesday, November 5
12:00 noon
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.
Headquarters Library
2385 Orange Blossom Drive 
Sugden Auditorium

Government Committee
Monday, November 11
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Clive Daniel Home
Community Room 
2777 Tamiami Trail North

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

Thursday, November 21
2:30 p.m.
Calistoga Cafe
7941 Airport Pulling Road
North Naples
General Meeting - November 11,  2013 

Ray Judah




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

  • Registration:  11:45 am; Lunch promptly at noon
  • Program: 12:30 pm; General Meeting - 1:30 pm-2:15
  • Where: Hilton Hotel 
  • Menu:  Teriyaki Glazed Grilled Flank Steak or Sautéed Orzo Pasta (Vegetarian)
    Cost: $25.00 per person, Program only: no charge. Reservations are essential.  Please  click here or call 263-4656 by November 7  before noon.  

Please make your check payable to: LWVCC Education Fund

General Meetings

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!
President's Message
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.

More 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!

We 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
Social Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Chair
Ann Campbell 2009


Our 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
Environmental Affairs Committee
Susan Calkins, chair

Susan Calkins

 The 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 Southwest Florida. 


Willing to do more? Contact Susan Calkins 


Date/time: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Place: Collier  County Headquarters Library, Sugden Auditorium,Orange                  Blossom Drive

Topic: Protecting the Western Everglades 

Membership Committee
Lydia Galton, chair
Lydia Galton headshot


Please join me in welcoming two new members who have joined at the Suffragist level:





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.

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 .
Book Club
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair
Charlotte Nycklemoe



"Who 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 

Justice Committee
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 opportunity!

Feel free to contact me at

Date/Time:  Monday, November 18, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Place:  Orange Blossom Government Center

Voter Services Committee
Joyce Fletcher



The 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

Government Committee
Sandy Parker, chair
Sandy Parker 3/2013



Florida's government always seems to be in the national news. Are you as knowledgeable as you'd like to be about what's going on? 


The 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?

In 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 representatives stand? 

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


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 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!

Education Committee
Mary Lou Ball, Chair



The 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!

We 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
Becky Newell
LWVF is continuing to focus on several issues, including:


The 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. 


Florida's 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


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

News from the National League
Ann Campbell

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
  • Reported 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.
  • Asked 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.
  • In 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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