October 2010 - Volume 36, Issue 1
Month at a Glance
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10/11 - LWVCC Board Meeting
9:30 - 11:30 AM
765 Seagate Drive
10/11 - General Meeting
Program: Candidate Forum
5111 Tamiami Trail North
10/13 - Board Orientation
10 AM - 3 PM
10/12 - Amendment Forum
5 - 6:30 PM
10/14 - School Board Forum
10/19 - State Representative Forum
Members and guests are welcome at all meetings
General Meeting - October 11
Meet the Candidates Forum
Chris Straton On October 11, following lunch and prior to the General Meeting, join your fellow
League members, members of the greater Naples branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women), and members of the public to meet and hear from candidates for
Collier County School Board (Districts 1, 3, and 5) and for State
Representative from Districts 75, 101, and 112.
Questions will be taken from the audience. The following candidates have confirmed they will attend:
Collier County School Board
District 3 District 5
Pat Carroll Barbara Berry Roy Terry
Rosanne Winter Kathy Ryan Joe Whitehead
District 101 District 112
Trudi Williams Larry
New Location: Hilton
Tamiami Trail North, Naples
Valet parking is without charge,
but a gratuity is expected.Click here to get directions.
Lunch: 11:45 AM - 1 PM
Candidate Forum: 1 PM - please arrive by 12:50
General Meeting: 2 - 3 PM
Reservations: click hereor
call 239-263-4656 and send a check to LWVCC, P.
O. Box 9883, Naples, FL 34104-9883
Lunch reservations must be made and paid for in
advance. We are
unable to accept cancellations or issue refunds after Oct. 8.
Forum reservations are not required, but will be appreciated.
There is no charge to attend the Forum.
Charge: $20.00 for League and AAUW members
and their guests; $25.00
for all others.
Lunch Selections: Herb-Crusted Breast of Chicken, Macaroni Gorgonzola
Gratin with Tomato
Basil Sauce, or
Seasonal Fruit Plate with Cottage Cheese
| Upcoming Forums
Please attend and support these forums by
volunteering to help. October 12 from 5 - 6:30 PM: Amendment
, jointly sponsored with
Greater Naples Better Government Committee, Greater Naples Chamber of
and Naples Daily News, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625
Lytle, Naples Daily News Editorial Page Editor, will moderate. Speakers, who
will have eight minutes to
present their viewpoints and two minutes to refute their opponents,
✦ Ellen Freidin, Chair
of FairDistricts, and Senator Garrett Richter will debate Amendments 5
✦ Attorneys Andrew
Dickman and Bruce Anderson will debate Amendment 4.
✦ Collier County
Superintendent of Schools Dennis Thompson and Senator Alex Villalobos
debate Amendment 8.
✦ Dr. Roger Green,
Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at
Gulf Coast University, will discuss Amendment 1.
✦ Abe Skinner,
Collier County Property Appraiser, will explain Amendment 2.
20-minute question-and-answer segment will complete the evening.
Amendment Forum will be
rebroadcast on WGCU radio, 90.1, on October 29. from 8-9 PM, available on the Board of County Commissioners of
Collier County website
, the Education Channel,
and Comcast Cable 99 and will be discussed on "Your Voice" on WGCU-TV on October
28. We will need help with
greeting, hospitality, timers, and more. Please contact Joyce Fletcher.
Oct. 14 at 6-8 PM: School Board Candidates Forum
Oct. 19 at 7-9 PM: State Representative (101, 112) Candidates Forum
Both of these forums
will take place at the Board of County Commissioners, 3301 E. Tamiami
will be broadcast via Comcast Cable 97 or via Board of County Commissioners website
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|President's Message from Lydia Galton|October 11 General Meeting
. First let me give you exciting news--we have
moved our luncheon and
meeting to the Naples Hilton on 41 (just
south of Waterside Shops). All reservations must be made in
advance. Secondly, AAUW is joining us for lunch
and a lively Candidates Forum. Finally, we are making it possible for you
to bring a friend at the
member's price--just $20.00--but only for this meeting. What an ideal
way to interest one of your friends in
the League! So please pass on this
invitation to one, two, or more of your friends. There is no limit as
long as you make the reservation.
the electorate and getting them to vote is what the League is all about. Here is what YOU can do to help: -
Attend and staff the forums -
Staff a precinct -
Staff the phone bank for Amendments 5 & 6 when you are asked -
Consider joining our Speakers Bureau Board change:
I am sad to report that Sandy Parker has resigned from the board of LWVCC in order to participate in partisan get-out-the-vote activities, which both she and the Board felt would violate the League's Nonpartisan Policy (click here
). Her participation on the board will be greatly missed, but she will continue to do her outstanding job of Membership Chair and webmaster, and participate as a member of many committees, as well as serve as an advisor and friend. The League's loss is the party's gain.
for giving me the honor and
privilege of representing you at both the state council and at the national
The Florida State Council
in Winter Park gave
League leaders the opportunity to share success stories and tips; the passage
of Amendments 5 & 6 was declared our priority; and it was decided to combine the Legislative Seminar and the
State Convention into one meeting in Tallahassee from March 23 - 26. Tallahassee is a long way, but if
enough of us decide to go, we can hire a bus and have a very good time. You will witness your state government
in action and meet other League members from throughout Florida. Please save the
dates. We'll talk about this more
at the November meeting. The National Convention
was stimulating and provocative. I attended many useful workshops and
met Leaguers from all over the country. The number of younger members in attendance
was impressive (over 60 under 40) as was the large number of male leaders. The discussions at the plenary were
exciting and informative. League
members are not a bashful lot! If
you are interested in the positions and actions taken, click here
An Open League.
Your board is eager to hear from you. If you have any ideas for improving the League or topics to study, or speakers to hear from, please contact one of
us. Board meetings are open to all
members. If you would like to
present something to the board, just call or send me a request in writing. The League of Women Voters of Collier
County is YOUR League. Embrace it.
|In Memoriam - Carter Straton|
It is with sadness that we
note the passing of Carter Straton, husband of our board
member, Voter Service chair and past-president Chris Straton. Carter
was a former member who was proud of the contribution the League made in
our community. Our sympathies go out to Chris and their family.
A memorial is planned for
Saturday, October 16, 2010, at 3 PM at the Unitarian Universalist
Congregation of Naples, 6340 Napa Woods Way, in the Thomas Room. (Click here for directions.) Chris would
be honored to have friends from the League attend. Contributions may be
made in Carter's name to the American Heart Association. If you wish to make a donation online, click here.
|Amendments 5 & 6|
The passage of these amendments is
the League's highest priority. Although
endorsed by AARP, Florida League of Cities, Common Cause Florida, Sierra Club
Florida, Florida Education Association, and the NAACP, the polls show their
success rate for passage at only 50%. We have a lot to do!
Remember, this is not a partisan
issue; the League of Women Voters
has advocated for redistricting standards for 30 years, through Democratic and
This is what you can do to help:
or Joyce Fletcher to volunteer to work for an hour or two at our phone bank,
which will be at the Community Room at Calistoga's, 7941 Airport-Pulling Road,
Naples, at the following times:
Wed. Oct. 6: 1-3 PM Wed. Oct. 20: 1-3 PM
Fri. Oct. 8: 1-3 PM Fri. Oct. 22: 1-3 PM
Wed. Oct. 13: 3-4 PM Wed. Oct. 27: 1-3 PM
Fri. Oct. 15: 1:30-3:30 PM Fri. Oct. 29: 11 AM - 1 PM
a conversation with all your friends and neighbors to encourage them to vote on amendments as well as candidates. Here are some
talking points, but we are sure you can present this even more convincingly:
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normally vote for candidates AND the amendments or do you skip the amendments
and just vote for candidates?
This year please review all the amendments and consider voting FOR
Amendments 5 & 6. Every 10
years after the census, legislators in Tallahassee are required to redraw
district lines. Currently, there are no rules, so they have been drawing
district lines to make sure they keep getting reelected, which is just plain
wrong. Voting YES on Amendments 5 & 6 will create rules so politicians
cannot continue to protect themselves. Newspapers throughout the state and
organizations like the League of Women Voters and AARP support Amendments 5 & 6."
Spotlight on Marjorie Joder
Marjorie Joder, Treasurer par excellence,
how can we ever thank you?
If you attend a LWVCC Forum, Marjorie Joder will probably be the timekeeper. If you work at a precinct on Election
Day, she will be there from 6 AM until 9 PM, often as Precinct Captain. Marjorie has served diligently as Clerk for Adopt-A-Precinct. If you
attend an LWVCC board meeting, Marjorie will always be there (she has been Treasurer for 20+ years).
You may see her, but you will never hear Marjorie
complain, not ever,
despite the hours she devotes to preparing the financial reports for each board
meeting, pulling together each year's budget, filing government forms, sending
our dues to LWVUS and LWVFL, paying bills, and reimbursing all of us. Marjorie is unfailingly pleasant and
unruffled and has maintained that demeanor since joining LWVCC over 30 years
As Margie tells it: "We moved to Naples in 1973 when my husband, Richard Joder,
retired from the military and accepted the position of Collier County Library
Director, and I finally had the opportunity to open my own business: Accounting & Tax Associates of
I had been a League member for a number of years by
then. The League had given me the opportunity to quickly meet women with
similar interests each time we moved.
The Naples League was small then. I assisted Pat Clark, who did
manual record keeping in the League offices. I don't know exactly when I became Treasurer, but believe it
is at least twenty years ago.
Over the years I represented the League on a Charter
Government Study Group and worked on the first Collier County Growth Management
Plan Committee. The resulting
plans were adopted and praised as a model by the State. My favorite job was Taxation Chair for
a State League program. The League has not made it a program item for several
Despite numerous recommendations from many sources,
the State of Florida still has not adopted a fair and dependable source of tax
revenue. The current
Florida State budget reflects this."
Marjorie is the
past president of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the Florida
Accountants Association. She serves as treasurer for Zonta and her condo
association, and still prepares over 200 tax returns annually.
|Spotlight on Climate Change Committee |
Linda Deming, Committee Chair
The League of Women Voters has a clear and unambiguous position on climate change: "The League believes that now is the time to act on global climate change. We can reduce global warming pollution by using existing technologies to make power plants and factories more efficient, make cars go farther on a gallon of gasoline, and shift to cleaner technologies. Cities, states and individuals are already adopting many of these solutions, which also reduce our dependence on oil, reduce air pollution, and protect pristine places from oil drilling and mining. State and local initiatives are proving that answers exist."
It is with this imperative that all are welcome to the newly launched Committee on Climate Change. We will meet the first Thursday of each month
from November through April, from 10 AM until 11:30 AM. Meetings will be held at the North Collier Government Center's community room, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples.
Plan to attend our November 4th
meeting to hear about how climate change affects our oceans--specifically our own Gulf of Mexico and other Florida waters--and what might be done locally, or through legislation or budgeting, to make a positive difference. Our speaker will be Bryan Fluech
, Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent with the University of Florida/IFAS Extension, housed at Rookery Bay. Bryan will refer to a document from Florida's Ocean and Coastal Council that can be downloaded by clicking here
for lots of easy-to-read background information. 10/10/10 -- Global Day of Climate Action
Thousands of communities across the globe will be taking action to address climate change--celebrating what people can do right now to make an impact, garnering media attention for climate action, and sending the strong message to decision-makers at all levels that it's time for them to do their job, too. LWVUS is encouraging local Leagues to support community efforts to be a part of this global movement. So, if you are in town on 10/10/10, plan to be at the Mercato (US 41, just north of Vanderbilt) with your family and friends from 10 AM to 4 PM. Participate in a day of learning, demonstrations and fun activities. This kickoff event is sponsored by UGottaGoGreen
, a clearinghouse for eco-networking in Southwest Florida, founded by Marjorie Ziff-Levine. To receive Climate Change Committee updates, please write Linda Demming at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom McCann, Committee Chair
This year we will schedule several sessions of "Lunch with Leaders." We will select various county, school system and City of Naples officials, or even significant private sector leaders, whom we would all like to meet. We will then ask them to let us have lunch in their office and share our meal with them. Whom would you most like to lunch with on a scale of one to ten? I would be grateful for your suggestions.
This is also the appropriate time for those interested in the operation of state and local government and who would like to study, and possibly impact, their direction to join our committee. Please let me know if you want to join us. Our meetings will probably occur monthly at a time that is most convenient for all. Together we will plan a work program and issues to study.
We are also seeking a few observers for several official Collier County organizations. Included on the list are the County Commissioners, the School Board and the Naples City Council. The role is that of an observer and scribe (when we take an official position typically the League president speaks). We want people who can let us know, in writing, what happened!
Consider joining the Government Committee. In an election year we are particularly mindful of the impact that officials have on our quality of life.
Bernice Schmelz, Committee Chair
AMIKids Big Cypress
Nov. 15, 2010 Feb.
- Members Ann Allen, Sheilah Crowley, Jinny Johnson
(photographer), Anne Lewallen, Sandy Parker, Bernice Schmelz
, and Carole Soling
had an inspiring trip to AMIKids Big Cypress on April 19, 2010. After meeting with Executive Director Daniel Washington,
two residents (see the photo below) took the group on a tour of the facilities and answered questions
about the program. Members were
impressed with the accomplishments of the students and the instructional and
counseling programs provided at this moderate-risk Department of Juvenile
Justice residential commitment facility for boys. Collier Youth Resource Center
- The new Youth
Resource Center office in the courthouse opened in May. Representatives of the Collier County
Sheriff's Office, David Lawrence Center, Lutheran Social Services, Department of
Children and Families, and the Department of Juvenile Justice are available to
assist families of juveniles involved in the justice system preceding and
following court appearances. Future Meetings
: Please mark your calendars. Meetings are at the North
Government Center, Orange Blossom Drive, at 9:30 AM unless noted otherwise. Topics and speakers will be announced
and will center on the study of Collier County Girls in Conflict with the
Law. Note that in an effort to avoid
multiple League meetings within the same week, our meeting
dates will not necessarily be on the same Monday of each month:
Dec. 6, 2010 Mar.
Jan. 24, 2011 Apr.
|Social Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Committee Chair
meetings will begin on Wednesday, November 10, and continue on the second
Wednesday of each month through May. All League members are invited, and I would
encourage anyone interested in health care and social services to attend. True,
it is early in the day--8 AM--but the Wildside Café offers a delicious breakfast for $12, tax and tip included.
We have interesting speakers, and the atmosphere is casual. Try us!
Guests are welcome too.
revisit the topic of Concierge Care in November. More about that in the next VOTER. Access to health care, one of the League's priority
concerns, has become a critical matter of interest since the passage of the Affordable
Care Act (ACA). Now
the law of the land, ACA will be carried out by the individual states, twenty of
which (including Florida) are suing to have at least part of the law
overturned. LWVF has written to the governor and legislative leaders asking for
a bipartisan commission to address the implementation of health care reform in
Florida. Stay tuned.
|Voter Service Committee
|Chris Straton, Committee Chair
Back to top ... Each election year the League of Women Voters
produces a Special Edition Voter that gives the pros and cons on all
issues as well as information on the statewide candidates. This year,
the candidates covered are
U.S. Senate, Governor, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and
Financial Officer. These last four
candidates serve as the Florida Cabinet with each having equal voting
power on a plethora of issues including the State Board of Executive
Clemency, Department of
Revenue, and Division of Bond Finance. In other words, it isn't just the
Governor who makes key decisions in Florida. Copies of this informative League publication have been distributed to
local libraries and more are
available for League members to distribute to friends and neighbors as
For an electronic version, click here
The democratic process is like a three-legged stool: candidates, voters and a voting
process. While we often focus on
the candidates and the voters, it is important that we also understand and
monitor the voting process. While
we are fortunate in Collier County, not all counties have the same level of
dedication and commitment. Anyone
wishing to participate in monitoring the voting process may contact me for more
Sandy Parker, Committee Chair
A warm welcome to the following new
members who have joined our League since our April VOTER: Susan B. Anthony member Donna Suddeth
; Suffragist members Sharon Hanlon
, and Linda
; and Associate
member Kathleen Callahan
. We also welcome returning members Helen
(Susan B. Anthony)
and Marsha Murphy
New 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
If you know someone who may be interested in joining our League, please contact email@example.com
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. If you have moved or your email address has changed in the past year, please ensure that the League has your correct information.
|Project Innovation Update |
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The Project Innovation endorsers accepted two LWVCC APPS (Action Projects for Producing Success), which we presented at the May 21 meeting. These both fall under the Project Innovation Driver called Governance, which reviews the goals and helps to identify data sources to evaluate results. Our APPS are Voter Services and Know Your County Government.
Our Voter Services project is to "assist with voter registration, provide voter registration information and election information through website and guest commentaries, sponsor televised candidate forums, provide objective pros and cons on Constitutional amendments and local referenda and prepare revised Guides to Elected Officials after elections."
Our Know Your County Government project is "a joint mission of 4H, Collier County Public Schools, and LWVCC to educate high school students about the purpose and function of County government, how it operates, and what career opportunities it offers. Participation is through application and limited to 30 students. There are visits and discussion at all county departments."
By having these League Action Projects included in the greater mission of creating a world-class
community, our programs will receive wider community recognition and awareness as well as broader support. Both projects provide additional opportunities for dynamic League member involvement. Speak with Chris Straton or Joyce Fletcher to get involved.
|It Takes a Village
Back to top ... There are 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--for one of
Manager--can be shared with a friend.
1. Take orders and collect money
for new or replacement nametags at all General Meetings.
2. Order the nametags via
computer and receive by mail.
3. Distribute nametags at next
This is actually fun. You meet all
the new members!*
Designer--can be shared.
1. Create a program from a template for
each General Meeting. Information 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.**
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
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. **
Assistant Treasurer--Click here to see the article on Marjorie Joder in this issue of the VOTER. Who wouldn't want to work with
this extraordinary woman?*
*Please contact Lydia Galton - firstname.lastname@example.org
**Please contact Sandy Parker - email@example.com
|News from the National League
Over the summer months the National League:
- Announced the election of Atlanta, Georgia resident,
Elisabeth MacNamara, as the new national president of the League of Women
Voters. In her acceptance speech she said, "The League and its
150,000 grassroots supporters will continue to raise our voices in the
fight for climate change reform, campaign finance reform, voter education
and election reform. Let's go out there and get in the way!"
- Adopted at Convention the LWVUS Board recommended study
of the Federal Role in Public Education, which would focus on the role of the federal
government in education policymaking, with possible consideration of
funding, common standards and/or governance relationships among all levels
of the government. The scope "will be dependent
on available resources, including committee and LWVUS staff time."
- Reported on plans for a Global Day of Climate
Action on October 10, 2010. The
10/10/10 campaign is being organized
by 350.org, an international movement aimed at uniting the world around
solutions to the climate crisis. The focus is on the number 350--as in
350 parts per million of carbon dioxide, the amount that leading climate
scientists say is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. For more
on the 10/10/10 event, see the Climate Change Committee article in this VOTERand the LWVUS website www.lwv.org.
- Noted that August 26 was the 90th
anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution, celebrated as Women's Equality Day.
- Assigned LWVUS Board member Marcia Merrins to be the state liaison for Florida for 2010-2012. Marcia has the membership portfolio for the
national Board and regularly emails helpful advice to local Leagues.
For more information on these and other National League projects, click here
News from the State League
The League of Women Voters of Florida is anticipating
with pleasure a visit from LWVUS President, Elisabeth MacNamara
, October 18 - 21. She will visit Palm Beach on the
19th and Miami on the 20th. We will let you know by blast email if opportunities to meet
her arise. ˇ
LWVFL is seeking
nominations for its Board. Anyone
interested in serving should contact Corrine Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
The State will once
again be sponsoring a weekend exploration of an important area of Florida. This year it is historic St. Augustine
Saturday and Sunday, November 13 - 14. Accommodations and the full itinerary are being
planned for scenic tours and outdoor adventures and fabulous dining
experiences. Further information
coming soon! This is limited to 60 people--last year's tour sold out
|2010-2011 General Meeting Schedule
Save the dates!
October 11 - Candidate Forum
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 ChangeBack to top ...
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 www.lwvcolliercounty.org for our current list of officers, directors and off-board members, our Program, Diversity Policy, Nonpartisan Policy, By-Laws, Minutes, and more.