The Voter

Issue: 2013-05October 2013
In This Issue
October General Meeting
General Meeting Schedule
President's Message
Social Policy Committee
Environmental Affairs Committee
Membership Committee
Book Club
Voter Services Committee
Justice Committee
Government Committee
News from the State
News From National

General Meeting
Monday, October 14
11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Hotel
5111 Tamiami Trail

Government Committee 
Monday, October 28 
9:30 to 11:00 a.m. 
Environmental Affairs Committee
Thursday, November 7
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Headquarters Library
2385 Orange Blossom Drive 
Sugden Auditorium

General Meeting
Monday, November 11
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
5111 Tamiami Trial

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 - October 14,  2013 

Kathleen C. Passidomo



We are honored to have Rep. Passidomo (District 106 - western Collier County) address us at our first General Meeting of the season on the topic "Working Effectively with Your Local Legislative Delegation."  She will also share her thoughts about the upcoming 2014 Legislative Session.


Rep. Passidomo was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010, and  subsequently reelected. She serves on the Ethics & Elections Subcommittee (Chair), Choice & Innovation Subcommittee, Civil Justice Subcommittee, Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).


She is a partner with Kelly, Passidomo & Alba, LLP, where her practice centers around real estate, corporate and business law.


When:   October 14, 2013
  • Registration:  11:45 am; Lunch promptly at noon
  • Program: 12:30 pm; General Meeting - 1:30 pm-2:15
  • Where: Hilton Hotel 
  • Menu:  Roasted chicken a la Florentine with sautéed baby spinach, crispy potatoes, and creamy mornay sauce  
    or Grilled Portobello mushroom with balsamic glaze, roasted corn, baby spinach, and lemon couscous
  • Cost: $25.00 per person, Program only: no charge. Reservations Are Essential.  Please  click here or call 263-4656 by March 28 before noon.  

Please make your check payable to: LWVCC Education Fund

General Meetings

Monday, October 14, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013 (Holiday Party)
Monday, January 13, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
President's Message
Becky Newell, President

Even though the League of Women Voters of Collier County officially takes a break over the summer, many of our members have been very busy getting ready for our 2013-14 season. I'm excited to serve as President of this organization, and I'm looking forward to working with all of you. 


I'd like to thank everyone who has already stepped forward to help me begin to learn the intricacies of the operations of not only our local League but also LWV Florida and LWVUS. I owe special thanks to my predecessor Vi Steffan. Vi has worked very hard to help make my transition into this position smooth, and she's always willing to answer "just one more question", even when I actually have a whole list of questions on a regular basis.


During the past few months, I've participated in numerous conference calls with LWV Florida officers and staff members, as well as with my counterparts from other Leagues across the state. I've also had conversations with many of you as we plan for the coming year. I hope you will all continue to share your ideas and opinions about how we can continue to grow and develop our local League.


Please plan to attend our first general meeting of 2013-14 on Monday, October 14. Our programs for this season are shaping up to be informative and engaging, as they always are!


Feel free to contact me at

Social Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Chair
Ann Campbell 2009



Social Policy Committee Meetings Begin in November


Please mark your calendars for our first meeting on Wednesday, November 13, at noon at the Wilderness CC. We will be talking about Food Insecurity in Collier County. More about this in the October VOTER.


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 or at 263-1755.
Environmental Affairs Committee
Susan Calkins, chair

Susan Calkins

Although our name changed from the Climate Change Committee to the Environmental Affairs Committee, we have not abandoned climate change. Rather, we see it as inextricability linked to issues of water quality and land conservation. We hope the new title, Environmental Affairs, conveys this broader perspective.  


Speaking of water and land conservation, this year the Florida League of Women Voters joined with over 300 other state civic organizations in a citizen initiative to guarantee protection of environmentally sensitive lands through the passage of the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. If passed, 33% of an existing documentary stamp tax would be dedicated to the Florida Land Acquisition Trust Fund to conserve fragile coastline, groundwater recharge areas, floodplains, and other critical lands. This is less than 1% of our state budget. But first, we need to get this on the November 2014 ballot! Remember the packet of petitions you received in the mail?  


 Please do your part to secure at least 20 signatures (but we'll take what you can get!). Questions? More petitions? Check or  Bring your signed petitions to the next general meeting or send to:  LWV Office, 540 Beverly Ct. Tallahassee, FL 32301.


Willing to do more? Contact Susan Calkins, 434-8095 or   

Mark your calendars for the November 11th general meeting when Ray Judah, current Coordinator of the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition and former Lee County Commissioner (1988-2012) eloquently speaks to the issue of our environmental legacy.

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

Place: Headquarters Library, Sugden Auditorium

Topic: Protecting the Western Everglades 


Please contact Susan Calkins at with any questions.

Membership Committee
Lydia Galton, chair
Lydia Galton headshot



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


Ann Berlam

Margot Osborne

Bette Russo 

Zsu Z Rethati


We are delighted that they will be adding their wonderful backgrounds and insights to our league.


If you have moved or have a new email address, please let me know so that 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


Our discussion group will meet the third Thursday in November at Café Calistoga on Airport Pulling.  Our book selection for November is 'Who Stole the American Dream', by Hendrick Smith.  Pulitzer Prize winner Smith's new book is an extraordinary achievement. It is an eye-opening account of how, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and we became two Americas.  Smith takes us across America, starting with Lewis Powell's provocative memo that triggered a political rebellion that dramatically altered the landscape of power from then until today.


Our following book selection will be 'The New Jim Crow' by Michelle Alexander (meeting time and date to be determined).


Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for the always thoughtful, invigorating, perhaps contentious discussions.


Date/time: Thursday, November 21, 2:30 p.m. 

Place: Calistoga Cafe, 7941 Airport Pulling Road, North Naples  

RSVP to Charlotte Nycklemoe at or 239-455-2261

Voter Services Committee
Joyce Fletcher


LWVCC participated in National Voter Registration Day on September 24 with a table at the Orange Blossom Library. In addition to registering voters, we helped voters update their information and signatures. 

We also had petitions for the Florida Land and Water Conservation amendment.


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

Justice Committee
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair

The Justice Committee will hold its first meeting of the 2013-14 season in November.  We will look forward to addressing issues within the juvenile justice system as we arm ourselves with knowledge of the criminal justice system in Collier County.  We will invite expert speakers involved in the court system, observe court hearings, participate in councils for at-risk juveniles and partner, as needed, with facilities/schools that deal directly with at-risk juveniles.


Our youth are the future!  I look forward to doing all we can to assist these kids in reaching their fullest potential. So many have been dealt an unfair hand through no fault of their own.  Come join us in our efforts!


Feel free to contact me at, or 612-669-3309

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

Place:  Orange Blossom Government Center

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 from October 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? 

The goals of the Government Committee include:

  • educating our members and the community about state and county government and important government issues ... and
  • researching and discussing pressing local, regional and state government issues to identify those that deserve further study, and reporting these findings to the League Board and membership for consideration for advocacy.

At our October meeting, we will discuss how we'll do that!  


All meetings will be held from 9:30 - 11:00am in the Community Room of the North Collier Government Center on Orange Blossom Drive.. 


Meeting dates for 2013-2014 are:

   10/28 - 4th Monday               02/24 - 4th Monday

   11/12 - 2nd Tuesday             03/24 - 4th Monday

   12/10 - 2nd Tuesday             04/28 - 4th Monday

    01/27 - 4th Monday              05/26 - 4th Monday


All League members and guests are welcome to attend. No prior knowledge of Florida or Collier County government is required! 


Please RSVP to to ensure sufficient copies of handouts.


Date/Time:Monday, October 28, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Place:Orange Blossom Government Center Community Room

News from the State
Becky Newell


LWVF has spent much of the summer focusing on convincing Florida's state legislators, particularly members of the Florida House of Representatives, to accept the $51 million in federal funds that is available to our state for expanding Medicaid to cover more of our uninsured citizens. The League has focused on the economic benefits of Medicaid expansion. 


According to a letter from LWVF President Deirdre McNab to state legislators, "This is a key investment in the future health and competitiveness of our state. With the implementation of the Medicaid funds, the University of Florida projects the addition of over 120,000 new jobs, over 49,000 of which will be created in the health care industry alone. What could be a better investment in our health, productivity and economic competitiveness?"


LWVF has also expanded the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program that is available as a resource for local Leagues. Two of our members, Joyce Fletcher and Shelley Perry, attended the second annual MLD retreat in Lakeland in August. With help from Joyce and Shelley, we will work with our MLD coach Path Southward throughout the year to enhance our efforts to reach out to potential members and to develop leadership skills within our League. 


The LWVF Program for 2013-15, which includes League positions on government, education, justice, social policy, sustainability, and natural resources in Florida, is now available on the LWVF website. To read the Program, go to

News from the National League
Ann Campbell
 Over the summer months the National League:
  • Objected strongly to the damage to the Voting Rights Act (VRA) brought about by U.S. Supreme Court rulings. The VRA erased fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that have been critical in protecting our democracy. Congress has the power to restore the effectiveness of the VRA. League members are urged to take action and urge Congress to restore protections that have helped prevent racial and language discrimination in our elections for decades. Meanwhile, the League will pursue all avenues to fight for voters' rights. The new report, Election Improvement Agenda, includes the League's key federal, state, and local advocacy and education priorities to protect and expand the vote and showcases the best of what League volunteers and activists have done to overcome the challenges voters face nationwide.
  • Urged members to press their Senators to put people before polluters and reject legislation that will undermine the progress achieved by the President's comprehensive carbon control plan and put the health and safety of our children and our future at risk. Specifically, the League asks the Senate to say no to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • Sent a letter to the U.S. House urging them to pass immigration reform and ensure that a path to citizenship is available to all who remain legally in the United States. Members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps are talking to targeted offices on the topic and League members are asked to tell their Representatives that they support comprehensive immigration reform.
For more information on these and other National League projects, click here
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.

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