Capitol Report January 19, 2018: Each week while the Florida legislature is in session, LWVF Legislative Advocate Stephanie Owens will be posting her "Capitol Report" for the week, and we will link it from this page. Be sure to keep up with this informative report.
THE CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION COMMISSION: HOW NOT TO BE A BYSTANDER AS FLORIDA READIES FOR CHANGE. Presenter: Clay Meek, Ormond Beach Attorney and Officer of the Volusia County Bar Association. Monday, January 29, 2018, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Check in at 5:15 p.m.)
Ormond Beach Public Library, 30 S. Beach Street, Ormond Beach. No cost, but please RSVP (numbers needed for handouts) by January 25, 2018 to Jeanne Tanke email@example.com and specify if you will be joining us at The Grind for dinner after the meeting.
Read the January-February 2018 Voter to see announcements of upcoming programs, reports of LWVVC activities.
DACA: Read LWV President Chris Carson's January 12th statement on the Dreamers' Act and President Trump's reported statements of January 11th describing Haiti and African countries.
LWVVC Members Visited the Historic Stetson Mansion in DeLand
in early January. It is a magnificent example of the opulence of the “gilded age” loveingly restored by its current owners. Each Christmas, every room of the mansion is lavishly decorated in a different theme and we were enthralled by the creativity and beauty of the many displays. Built in 1886 by famed hat maker and philanthropist John B. Stetson, the home served as a winter retreat for Stetson and his family. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide, Lindsay, who did a terrific job narrating stories about the family and explaining the weeks of work that go into creating the displays. Many thanks to Nancy Epps, for arranging our tour. Pictured left to right: Deb Noah, Arne Drago, Pat Drago, Carla Christianson, Nicki Junkins, Nancy Epps.
The annual League of Women Holiday Social Event was held on Friday at the Halifax River Yacht Club, and a wonderful time was had by all! Many thanks to Libby Hilderbrandt and her Social Activities Team for making the evening such a great time! Be sure to watch our calendar for January programs and activities.
Supervisor of Elections, Lisa Lewis Shares an Insider’s View of the Elections Process
Supervisor of Elections, Lisa Lewis was the guest presenter at the League of Women Voters of Volusia County’s November general meeting. Mrs. Lewis’s engaging presentation described the many responsibilities handled by the supervisor’s office; provided details about the changing voting patterns in Volusia; explained the new voter online system; and shared proposed legislative bills and Constitutional Revision Commission amendments that could have an impact on voting in Florida.
Pictured from Left to Right: Carla Christianson, LWVVC Voter Service Chair, Lisa Lewis, Volusia County Supervisor of Elections, Nicki Junkins, LWVVC President, Edda Rosado, Volusia County Elections Specialist
League Members attend the 2017 Leadership Conference
On October 20-21, six League members attended the state Leadership Conference in Maitland. Conference sessions focused on advocacy, effective use of social media, building diversity, as well as updates on important issues.
Participants particularly enjoyed interacting and sharing ideas with league members throughout the state and brought back a number of strategies and ideas for our league to consider. The feedback indicated that the time spent was worthwhile and energizing and we hope more members will consider attending in the future. Look for a conference summary in the next edition of The Voter.
Members who attended the Conference (left to right); Linda Lenk, Carla Christianson, Jeanne Tanke, Deb Noah, Nicki Junkins, Pat Drago, Doug Vimmerstedt
League Members Do Triple Duty at Port Orange Family Days
On September 30, League volunteers were busy staffing our booth at the Port Orange Family Days event. Members registered voters, collected petitions to place restoration of ex-felons rights on the ballot, and spread the word about our Solar Co-op initiative. Right, Nicki Junkins is ready to register voters.
Many thanks to Carla Christianson for the tremendous job organizing this event, to Jeanne Tanke for her super work organizing the petitions drive, and to Suze Peace and Nancy Vaughn for getting out the word about our Solar Co-op initiative. Carla sends hugs and a big thank you to her terrific volunteers - Ann Scalf, Pat Gadbaw, Ann Harrell, Deb Noah, Suze Peace, Nancy Vaughn, Marti King, Judy Provost, Jeanne Tanke, Libby Hilderbrandt, Gail Merrit, Nancy Nusbaum and Nicki Junkins. This yearly event is always a lot of fun and Carla encourages anyone who is interested to participate next year.
Below, Suze Peace and Nancy Vaught get out the word about our Solar Co-op initiative; Deb Noah, Jeanne Tanke and Ann Harrell are ready to assist as needed, and Jeanne Tanke passes out petitions while Ann Harrell registers voters.
On September 23rd, League members attended a luncheon meeting that included a panel discussion entitled Public Schools – Survival in the Balance. Guest panelists, Senator David Simmons (R-District 9), Volusia County Schools Superintendent, Tom Russell and the school district’s Chief Counsel, Mike Dyer engaged the audience in describing both the local and state interpretations of the controversial passage of House Bill 7069. According to the panelists, the bill covers a wide range of education-related issues, several of which will have serious consequences for the future of public schools including an erosion of local control by the elected school board and a negative impact on existing support strategies for most at risk students. In response, the school district joined with several other counties in filing a law suit against this legislation. Panelists agreed that additional legislative action is needed to correct these issues. Pictured from left to right: Nicki Junkins, LWVVC President; Mike Dyer, Volusia County Schools Chief Counsel; Senator David Simmons (R-District 9);Tom Russell, Superintendent of Volusia County Schools; Pat Drago, LWVVC Education Chair. The News-Journal has an excellent article on the presentations in their electronic edition at http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170925/local-education-leaders-sound-alarm-on-future-of-public-schools.
League of Women Voters Hosts a Panel Discussion on Public Schools – Survival in the Balance
LWVF Legislative Priorities for 2018:See the priorities which were determined by the League of Women Voters of Florida based on input from our local leagues. LWVVC members met August 19th to discuss and reach consensus on priorities we wished to see on the state-list. These priorities will be the focus of members' interviews with our legislators.
LWVVC Plans Year:
LWVVC President Nicki Junkins led LWVVC Board's annual planning retreat on July 8th. During the meeting, participants heard an update
on progress made on last year's goals and discussed priorities for the coming year. After much discussion, the team agreed on two over-arching
goals that will drive our program for the coming year. Those goals are:
1. Develop and Implement a plan to teach the skill set for formal and
2. Identify priority topics for in-depth education in the following areas:
*Solar (short term focus during the solar coop initiative)
*Constitutional Review Commission
*Election Law including Voter Suppression
The group also endorsed the ongoing strategies of marketing the League to
our community and developing partnerships with diverse, like-minded
organizations. These goals and strategies combined with input from our
members will be the driving force behind the hot topics and monthly
meeting events offered throughout the year. An ambitious, exciting
calendar is in the works and will be released as soon as finalized.
Thanks to Gwen Azama-Edwards for photos of some participants.
League of Women Voters of Florida just established the state-wide League Program for the next two years. Be sure to review this.
The Constitutional Revision Commission is beginning to meet to consider revisions to our state constitution. We have here these current documents: Chairman Beruff's letter;
overview of the process with information on the members; and
The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan organization to encourage the
involvement of all citizens in government and the electoral process through education
and advocacy. Please note that while the League of Women Voters may advocate for
carefully studied issues, the League never supports or opposes candidates for office,
or political parties, and any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign
advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League. In addition to using
the links on the left, members of the public are invited to view the positions and
issues studied by the LWVVC as listed on the right and below.
We hope you will consider joining the League. Any person, age 16 and over, male or female,
may become a voting member of the LWV. Associate membership is available to younger
people. When you join the League of Women Voters of Volusia County,
you automatically become a member of the Florida and U.S. Leagues.
What can you do as a League member?
- Attend our monthly meetings. Enjoy a meal while hearing a speaker on a timely
topic or discuss an issue in a small group setting.
- Voter Service: Join the Voter Service team – call Carla Christianson 386-677-1176 or email Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can:
- volunteer to help register voters
- join our Voter Service Speakers Bureau and help with presentations on proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution and other public policy
issues that impact the community
- assist with League monitored candidate forums
- Volunteer for the LWVVC Observer Corps and attend local governmental meetings to observe and report happenings to the League. See LWVVC Observer Corps Code and the LWVUS Resource Guide. If you wish to learn more or to volunteer, contact Observer Corps Team Leader Pat Gadbaw. You may contact Pat by emailing email@example.com, and it will be sent to Pat, who will get in touch with you.
- Meet other interested citizens from around the county as you become informed
about important issues.
- Read League publications that keep you up to date on questions of national,
state, and local interest.
- Join a study committee to focus on an issue that especially concerns you.
- Volunteer to help other community organizations learn about issues and election laws.
- Assist with fundraisers such as the Politicos on Parade, held in election years, with local public officials serving as our models in a fashion show. Funds raised are used to help support the LWVVC's educational efforts. To see a list of the elected officials who modeled in our 2012 fashion show and the generous sponsors who help make our work possible, see our 2016 Politicos on Parade program which was distributed to all attendees.
For a membership brochure and application, click here. Mail your application with your check to the LWVVC address listed. Or, you may contact the LWVVC by phone
(386-238-7361) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a printed form. To find out how to pay by credit card through LWVVC's secured PayPal account link, click here>.