General Meeting - October 14, 2013
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Policy Committee
Ann Campbell, Chair
Social Policy Committee Meetings Begin in November
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 email@example.com or at 263-1755.
Environmental Affairs Committee
Susan Calkins, chair
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
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?
your part to secure at least 20 signatures (but we'll take what you can
get!). Questions? More petitions? Check www.thefloridavoter.org or www.floridawaterlandlegacy.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com with any questions.
Lydia Galton, chair
Please join me in welcoming four new members who have joined at the Suffragist level:
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.
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
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 email@example.com or 239-455-2261
Voter Services Committee
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.
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
Charlotte Nycklemoe, chair
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
Date/Time: Monday, November 18, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Place: Orange Blossom Government Center
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?
The League's Government Committee will help you get there.
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?
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
The goals of the Government Committee include:
- educating our members and the community about state and county government and important government issues ... and
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!
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
League members and guests are welcome to attend. No prior knowledge of
Florida or Collier County government is required!
Please RSVP to email@example.com 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
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
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
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.
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 http://thefloridavoter.org/resources/program.
News from the National League
Over the summer months the National League:
For more information on these and other National League projects, click here
- 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
- 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.
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
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