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Date: 12/3/2020
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

TOY DRIVE, December 1-17
Sending HOPE to the HOPE CommUnity Center.  It's our tradition to collect toys/gifts for this special center at our Annual Christmas party.  Like everything else, our collection will be a bit different this year.  Our HOPE gift collection will occur virtually.
Read all the details HERE and start shopping early for a worthy cause...a bit of normalcy in an era of challenge!
Shown above, smiling faces from last year's holiday celebration. (upper left, Brenda Alston, guest and family; lower left, Jan Daugherty and Leah Nash)  Visit our photo album 2019 League Holiday Party to see all our memories from that special night.
Instead of a DEC event, we'll be hosting a Happy Hour—Goodbye 2020, Happy New Year 2021 - 1/14/2021  More details coming soon so save the date for some League fun!

We want to extend our sincere appreciation to those who participated in #givingtuesday this week:
Susan Windmiller for her generous donation
Linda Chastain for her generous donation
Jillian Bello for her generous donation
Gloria Pickar for her generous donation in Honor of Roger L. Pickar
Please consider our League of Women Voters Fund as you extend charitable gifts before the end of the year.  Tax-deductible gifts can be placed online and also dedicated "in honor" or "in memory" of someone.
Linked to this newsletter is a YouTube video of our year as a League in 2020. Enjoy!

We're excited to announce our final edition of our Lunch & Learn series for the 2020 calendar year.

The webinar will be focused on the upcoming legislative session and how we can best prepare for it in the months ahead.  Meeting Registration for DEC 18 Lunch and Learn
Save the date!  Our upcoming Annual Planning Meeting will be Saturday, JAN 23.  Click here to register: 9:00-12:30PM PLANNING MEETING - 1/23/2021

If you joined us for November's Hot Topics (The Decline of Local Media and its Effect on Democracy) this article should be of interest:  Orlando Sentinel launches News Fund to support local journalism.  
 You can also view our NOV Hot Topics on our YouTube channel here..  Don't forget to subscribe to our channel and receive notifications of our newest videos.
Hot Topics will return in January.

As member Carol Wonsavage so rightly points out, "Good work by the League paid off."  Our goals to help "create a more perfect democracy" include EDUCATION.  With our members who wrote op-eds, our Voter Services team putting together FAQs for the voting process, our Hot Topics team providing monthly educational meetings, the Speakers Bureau and Communications team providing up-to-date information on all PAID OFF!
"Florida voters were inundated with the message of how to make sure their mail-in ballots wouldn't be rejected, and it looks like they listened."  
“The attention placed on it by outside groups and the parties led to a higher cure rate than in previous elections,” Smith said. “There are still problems with vote-by-mail ballots being rejected, but it was greatly mitigated by the effort on the ground.”

Gift idea!!  Our incredible "Warriors for Democracy" history book written by Ann Patton is still available.
Want to get your friends and family involved?  Upgrade your membership to a "Household" account or consider giving gift memberships.  Contact Membership if you have questions or visit Member Signup / Information

Newsletter Checklist
  • TOYS R buy and give! Contribute to our Toy Drive.
  • Visit the Photo Albums page on our website if you're feeling nostalgic and want to see smiling faces.
  • And also click on the attached YouTube video to see our 2020 photos.
  • There's still time to make a tax-deductible donation to the LWVOC Fund.
  • Need a gift idea?  Consider giving a membership and/or purchasing our History Book!