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Welcome to the League of Women Voters Orange County

Our Mission  is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government, to work towards increasing understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  Our Goal  is to empower citizens to shape better communities.

HOT TOPICS AND ISSUES


HOT TOPICS: Elect or Appoint? You Be The Judge
May 11, 11:30 am

Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judges Donald A. Myers Jr. and Retired Judge A. Thomas Mihok will outline the processes for becoming a judge in Florida. Teams of judges and lawyers will then discuss the pros and cons of judicial elections versus gubernatorial appointment and the ethical issues each course may trigger.
Where do bonus-winning teachers teach?
   

An Orlando Sentinel analysis of Florida's bonus plan for teachers found recipients more than twice as likely to work with students from more affluent families than with youngsters living in poverty.

The breakdown for Orange County: one "best and brightest" teacher for every 521 students in a high-poverty school, one for every 233 students in other schools.
Seminole had a less-lopsided distribution: one bonus-winning teacher for every 309 students in a high-poverty school, one for every 202 students in others.


After reading more of this article by clicking below, JOIN our efforts at the League as we explore local/state options for improving Florida's education system.  

 






 


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Meet Your League Board of Directors

League members elected new leadership Tuesday night at the Annual Meeting (outgoing Co-Presidents Sandra Powers (l.) & Michele Levy (2nd l.) pictured above)  There are new faces among the group and familiar ones as well. 

Co-Presidents 

Carol Davis, 2016-17 (above, far right)
Sara Isaac, 2016-17 (above, 2nd from right)

1st Vice President (1 yr) Maria Padilla 2016-17

2nd Vice President (2 yr) Leesa Bainbridge 2016-18

Secretary Taylor Schaefer 2016-18

Treasurer Leslie Feinberg 2016-18


Elected Directors/New 2-year terms

Karen Climer 2016-18

Barbara Granade 2016-18

Pat Grierson 2016-18

Theo Webster 2016-18


Elected Directors /Continuing to Serve Their Current Terms

Terry Gillam 2015-17

Ann Hellmuth 2015-17

Barbara Knapp 2015-17

Andrea Kobrin 2015-17


New Nominating Committee Members 2016-17

Jane Lockett, Chair

Patti Brigham

Joan Erwin

In addition, the new board can appoint up to eight directors to serve 1-year terms. Also to be appointed: two members from the Board to serve on the Nominating Committee.

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WHAT WE DO


INFORM

At 95 years young, the League is a proven trustworthy source on the issues and we seek the newest ways to connect to our community.  Tune into our League YouTube channel for the latest highlights broadcast by Shawn Bartfelt. YouTube       
Hot Topics monthly luncheons allow us to dissect current issues.  We invite leading authorities to participate with members and guests in spirited panel discussions .   Our Speakers Bureau was invited to share our non-partisan expertise to over 2400 guests in 2015.


We answer all pertinent voting questions with our Voters' Toolkit below and through BeReadyToVote. 
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TAKE ACTION

Rooted in our activism history, the League accepts modern day challenges with a strong stance on pertinent issues for our local community and state.

We fought against voter suppression and Florida gerrymandering and WON.  We pushed back against the special interests and WON a fracking ban.  And we fought for the passage of environment friendly Amendment 1 and WON.  

Join us as we TAKE ACTION and advocate for citizens and issues that confront us daily.
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HOT TOPICS & SPECIAL EVENTS

 
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WHO WE ARE


NON-PARTISAN

From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy.

It was then, and is now, a non-partisan organization and does not endorse or oppose political candidates or parties at any level of government.

Our advocacy positions are based on the merits of each issue, after careful study and consensus.

This is essence of the League; our identity is legitimacy and respect. READ MORE
LEADERS

Our community depends on talented leadership for effective governance. League members gain experience working on issues that influence public policy. We are afforded opportunities to meet with elected officials, organize publicized events, and speak in front of large groups.

Most valuable is the insight and knowledge that comes through collaboration with our League members, many of whom are successful leaders within our community.

The League was formed to teach women how to exercise the power of their vote and this remains a core value today. READ MORE
COMMUNITY

The Orange County League is a distinct community of civically engaged people working to find pragmatic solutions to the problems of our time.

We are not a single issue organization. From our inception, we have taken on issues that affect the well being of families and promote good governance.

In doing so, our members gain meaningful and purposeful connections and friendships and in the process acquire social identity, legitimacy and respect.

As we grow, our influence grows. Today, the Orange County League is the largest League in the United States. READ MORE

Voters' Toolkit

Everything you need to make your voice heard