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The delightful small town feel of Naples is already disappearing as traffic increases, days shorten, the pace of our lives quickens and the lines in our supermarkets lengthen. Nevertheless, we are delighted to welcome you back. We all have so much to do together this season.
1. On November 1 the League, in partnership with other civic organizations, is sponsoring a Forum on How We Elect County Commissioners from 4-5:30 pm at Moorings Presbyterian Church. The question is whether to expand the commission by adding two at-large commissioners, as the Florida Constitution permits non-charter counties to do. This important issue, on which the League has yet to take a position, deserves our study and discussion. We hope many of you will attend and also volunteer to usher, greet and distribute programs.
2. Campaign for Leadership, a program created by Leadership Collier and supported by the League and many other organizations, 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 by serving on boards and commissions or by running for elected office. Speakers and panelists include Senator Bill Nelson and Representative David Rivera and 25 distinguished civic and business leaders. The cost to attend the full one and one half day workshop is $75 and includes attendance for both days; lunch, refreshments and networking mixer on Friday; and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Even if you don't plan to join a committee, it is worth investing your time in these two days to learn more about your community and how it operates.
3. Can you spare an hour once or more a month to support the students in Collier County? The Scholar Bowl Program of Collier County Public Schools is a competition among public and private schools in Collier County. It promotes high standards, all-subject rigor, problem-solving, professionalism, self-advocacy, and good sportsmanship in an academic-challenge setting. If you can help with score-keeping, time-keeping, judging, or even moderating at middle or high school matches, please call the CCPS Coordinator of Academic Competitions, Ashleigh Koch, at (239) 377-4489. She would be more than happy to field any questions you have. If you volunteer you will join many other League members who are helping in this terrific cause.
I hope to see you at our general meeting on October 10 and at one or more of the many committee meetings that offer an opportunity to explore and expand your knowledge and your mind and to congregate with exciting, intelligent League members.
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|Poll Workers Needed
|Bernice Schmelz, ContactAdopt a Precinct
is our League's only fundraiser and with three elections in 2012, we need volunteers to serve as poll workers. It can be demanding, but with a team of great local Leaguers and the support of the Supervisor of Elections officials, it's an opportunity to experience the election process from a new perspective, contribute to a positive voting experience, and help our League accomplish its goals.
If you are interested, contact Bernice Schmelz
and contact the Supervisor of Elections at www.colliervotes.com
to complete the application and sign up for one of the hour-long orientation sessions on October 20 or November 17
offered at either 10 am or 6 pm. Those who have worked the polls before need only let Bernice know they are interested in continuing to serve.
Physical demands include standing, bending, stooping, lifting approximately 40 lbs., normal vision and manual/physical dexterity. Experience with computers is helpful.
Election Workers must work Election Day from 6 am until the polling place closes (polls are open 7 am to 7 pm).
Elections are scheduled for January 31 - Presidential Preference Primary (Federal, State, Local), August 14 - Primary Election (Federal, State, Local), and November 6 (Federal, State, Local). You need not be available for all three to volunteer.Back to the top
Joyce Fletcher, Chair
The Government Committee will be presenting the program for the November general meeting. Do you know what the Sunshine Laws are, why they are valuable to all citizens and yet how they can sometimes seem to impede government action? Committee members met several times to identify a dynamic panel. Jeff Klatzkow, County Attorney; Phil Lewis, VP/Editor, Naples Daily News; and Jeff Fridkin, private attorney, will take on this discussion and answer your questions about Florida government in the Sunshine State.
Members in town attended local Board of County Commissioners / School Board redistricting hearings.
Lydia Galton, Vi Steffan, and Joyce Fletcher spoke before the State Legislative Redistricting hearing in Naples on August 31. We will continue to insist to our representatives that maps get drawn, that there be opportunity for public comment, and that the Legislature vote on the maps the first week of the legislative session in January.
PROJECT INNOVATION UPDATE
Due to the reorganization of the EDC and the County's role in economic development, Project Innovation as we have known it, will not continue. Stay tuned to see how we might get involved in new opportunities.
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Bernice Schmelz, Chair
The mission of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Office of Prevention and Victim Services is to increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth. The Department addresses these problems by contracting for delinquency prevention services and awarding grants to local providers throughout the state. These prevention programs target high-risk juveniles and those who exhibit problem behaviors such as ungovernability, truancy, running away from home and other pre-delinquent behaviors.
Join us on November 21 to learn about the 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 Orange Blossom Drive. We look forward to seeing committee members and welcoming new friends.
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|Social Policy Committee |
Ann Campbell, Chair
Our meetings will begin on Wednesday, November 9, and continue on the second Wednesday of each month through May. All League members are invited, and guests are always welcome. We are looking forward to interesting presentations and discussions about health care and social services in Collier County and Florida. We will announce the topic and location in the next newsletter. Please mark your calendars for the second Wednesday of the month for an 8 am breakfast meeting.
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Sandy Parker, Chair
Welcome back! I hope you had a great summer.
We are pleased to welcome new Susan B. Anthony member Estelle A. Fishbein and Suffragist members Mary Jo Nolin and Joyce Hester Laeser, who joined during our summer break.
As a reminder, our Membership Roster is available on our website www.lwvcolliercounty.org. Click on the For Members tab, then click Access Membership Roster and log in. Your username is your email address; your password is your zipcode.
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 our website, where they can join online or print a membership application.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (239) 513-1595.
I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.
| Climate Change Committee |
Linda Denning, Chair
After a summer of droughts and fires in Texas, hurricanes and flooding in the northeast, and severe weather in many parts of the world, we will continue learning about climate change and local efforts to address it. We meet the first Thursday of each month beginning November 3, 2011 through April 5, 2012, from 10:00 am until 11:30 am at the North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive and all are welcome.
In Collier County, the Growth Management Division is developing a Master Mobility Plan (MMP) 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. At our November meeting, we will be learning more about this proposed plan. See www.colliergov.net/mastermobilityplan for event postings and opportunities to comment on documents and materials.
If you are new to this committee, please email email@example.com to receive an agenda for the November meeting and other committee updates.
Spotlight on Members
Most of us know the lady with the twinkling blue eyes, curly hair and endearing laugh who checks reservations at all of our luncheons and events. Anne Lewallen is easy to spot, stopping at all the tables to chat with her many old and new friends
. Since joining the League five years ago, she has been a willing and able committee member, serving as Membership Chair and Hospitality Chair.
But... did you know that she worked for Eastern airlines; was a newscaster at WBBH; returned to the University of Florida with her five kids and earned her degree Magna Cum Laude; worked in NYC for 10 years at a Wall Street law firm and, since her daughter-in-law died last year, is a very active participant in her grandsons' lives? "Grandma Annie is the chief cook and bottle washer; chauffeur to soccer games (both school and club teams), homework supervisor, and shoulder to cry on. "
Although Anne's league activities have been varied, she points to the 90th Anniversary Committee Luncheon as "one of the most fun times." We dressed as Suffragettes, complete with long skirts, white blouses and cloche hats to portray the early women who crusaded for the vote. It was quite a celebration. "As a result," she continued "we four have remained friends . . . we are the 'Suffering' Suffragettes' and we share interests, problems, hopes and laughter at irregularly scheduled lunches."
Anne counts many other League members as friends, and credits the League with giving her the opportunity "to be with bright, talented, fun women and to learn something new all the time."
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Charlotte Nycklemoe, Chair
The first meeting of the LWVCC Book Club will be held on Tuesday, November 8 at 2 pm at the home of Charlotte Nycklemoe, 110 Bennington Drive, # 2. If you have any questions, please phone or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be prepared to share your thoughts on Paul Krugman's book, "The Great Unraveling." A spirited, fun discussion is guaranteed!
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|News from the National League |
Over the summer months the National League:
- Continued to keep promises by Elisabeth MacNamara, national president of the League of Women Voters upon her election in June, 2010 in her acceptance speech that, "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."
- Joined with health and environmental groups to press the Obama Administration for a strong protective ozone smog health standard to clean up air pollution and protect public health. For information about a citizens' campaign for a Clean Air Promise, see www.peoplenotpolluters.org.
- Reported on the impact of the League's voter protection project which resulted in defeat of voter ID bills in twelve states while new voter suppression bills passed in eight states, including Florida. The fight continues with LWV Florida President Deirdre Macnab shining the light on the "Crusade to disenfranchise voters through photo ID and other anti-voter efforts."
- Wrote to Congress urging them to oppose any balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution, stating that such an amendment should not be used as a substitute for real leadership on fiscal policy.
- Supported the efforts of State Leagues that continue to take the lead in advocating for fair redistricting in state capitals across the country, noting the work of Leagues in Texas, Arizona, Florida and Ohio against blatant gerrymandering of congressional districts.
For more information on these and other National League projects, click here.
|News from the State League |
Redistricting: Persistence, pressure and presence paid off for the League this summer. At almost every one of the 29 redistricting hearings held around the state, a local league representative would inquire about the absence of maps, comment on the impracticality of the legislator's proposed timeline, and requested that the legislature withdraw from the lawsuit on Amendment 6.
Last week Sen. Gaetz, Chair of the Florida Senate Reapportionment Committee, announced an accelerated redistricting timeline which targets December 5 as the Committee's deadline for finalizing new district maps. Gaetz said he wants proposed maps, both from senators and the general public, by November 1, and that he intends to unveil a committee bill with maps for the Congress and the State House and Senate by the week of December 5. Before the committee votes on its redistricting plan, Gaetz said the committee's staff is working to present a series of teleconferences that would allow members to take public comments from across the state.
"This is an important and encouraging sign, which we believe will allow citizens the opportunity for substantive input," League President Deirdre Macnab said. "We encourage the House Committee to coordinate its timeline with the Senate for a more collaborative and efficient process."
Amendments Lawsuit: U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled to reject the lawsuit challenging one of Florida's "Fair Districts" amendments. The lawsuit was brought by Reps. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, the day after 63 percent of Florida voters approved Amendment 6 at the ballot box last fall. The lawsuit hinged on whether the U.S. Constitution bars Florida voters from restricting how the state Legislature chooses to redraw congressional district lines. Supporters of Amendment 6 say the measure will prevent lawmakers from drawing congressional districts that protect incumbents and ensure one-party control. Reps. Brown and Diaz-Balart are appealing.
|2011 General Meeting Schedule|
Save the dates!
November 14-Sunshine Laws
December-Holiday Party: Date and time to be announced
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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 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.