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Juvenile Justice:
Juvenile Justice Meeting Members of the LWVVC met with the 7th Judicial Circuit State Attorney R J Larizza on Thursday, February 15, 2018, to discuss recent proposed legislation regarding Direct File (DF), and the use of Civil Citations (CC) when dealing with Juveniles. He stated he would appreciate very much if the League, in continuing their great work, would join him in working to get a more comprehensive and holistic approach for juvenile justice. We need to be able to reach the kids who experience and see crime as an everyday way of life! The LWVVC will take our State Attorney up on his offer to help educate the public on these issues, hopefully during a Hot Topics presentation in the coming months! Visits will also be scheduled with the Public Defender and Chief Judge. Those League members interested in serving on the Local Juvenile Justice Committee should notify the LWVVC Juvenile Justice Chair Gwen Azama-Edwards. Pictured with the State Attorney is President Nicki Junkins, and Board members Pat Drago, Gwen Azama-Edwards (Local Juvenile Justice Chair)and Jeanne Tanke.

Capitol Report February 16, 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.

Gun Safety: LWVF is very concerned about the deaths and injuries from guns, and our deepest sympathies go to all families who have suffered losses and injury. Arm yourself with the facts. Read LWVF's statement on the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas shooting. Also, you may view this graphic film which is recommended viewing by the LWVF and by the Florida Coalition To Prevent Gun Violence.

Legislative SummitLegislative Summit:
LWVVC sent four delegates to the League Legislative Summit in Tallahassee February 6-7, 2018, in addition to Pat Drago who is also on the LWVF Board. They met with Florida legislators to discuss specific issues and worked with other members from around the state to advocate for the issues of importance. Our Solar Team was awarded the Solar Champion Award in recognition for their outstanding work to advance solar energy. A huge thank you to our Solar Action chairs Nancy Vaughn and Suze Peace and their team for the amazing work they did to bring the solar cooperative initiative to Volusia County. For a full report on the Summit from our president, Nicki Junkins, click here.

"Volusia Water - Challenges & Opportunities": Please join us on February 24, 2018 at 10:30 at the DeLand Public Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand, FL. (Check in is at 10:15). Our guest speaker will be Jim Gross, the executive director of Florida Defenders of the Environment. Jim is a professional geologist with over 40 years of experience in water resources and more than 20 years of experience in long-term regional water supply planning, including 18 years in Florida. He is also an adjunct professor at Santa Fe College in Gainesville where he teaches Earth Science. Please RSVP by 2/21/18 to Jeanne Tanke at jeanne622lwvvc@cfl.rr.com, and also indicate if you would like to join us for lunch afterwards at The Artisan restaurant. Open to the public.

Constitutional Revision Commission:
CRC We had a great turnout at our Monday, January 29th, evening meeting to hear all about the Constitution Revision Commission from Clay Meek, local attorney and representative of the Florida bar. If you missed it, we live streamed it, and you can still find it right on our Facebook page. Also, if you are interested in attending and letting your voice be heard at one of the CRC’s public hearings, here is a link to the remaining five meetings: http://flcrc.gov/Meetings/PublicHearings. Please consider attending one or more.

LWVVC Advocacy Workshop January 20th:
Advocacy Workshop Advocacy Workshop We had a great turnout for our first annual Advocacy Workshop! Just some of the techniques covered were: effectively using social media, confidently speaking to everyone from elected officials to your neighbors, and writing powerful letters to the editor. Shown here are two of the breakout section groups. To see the PowerPoint presentation outlining League Advocacy, see http://www.lwvvc.org/Documents/2018-01-20-LeagueAdvocacy.pdf. Many thanks to Nicki Junkins and the advocacy team: Nancy Vaughn, Linda Lenk, Deb Noah, Wes Lewis, Carla Christianson, and Ann Smith for their hard work.

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 Stetson Mansion 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.
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Supervisor of Elections, Lisa Lewis Shares an Insider’s View of the Elections Process

Elections Program 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

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

Port Orange 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.
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League of Women Voters Hosts a Panel Discussion on Public Schools – Survival in the Balance

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.

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:Retreat
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 informal advocacy.

    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.
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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 CRC Viewpoint

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 reclaim4all@gmail.com. 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 mail@lwvvc.org, 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 mail@lwvvc.org to request a printed form. To find out how to pay by credit card through LWVVC's secured PayPal account link, click here.