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Date: 2/18/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

Today marks day 49 of 2021...yes, it's going by quickly!  We know with the upheaval of post holidays, post election conflict (has it been crazy in our Capitol or what?) that renewal notices slide around our desktops and email archives.  
The time though is NOW to RENEW your membership.  Yes, our in-person meetings/events are limited (almost non-existent) BUT like so many organizations, we're operating fully via our virtual connections.  
Perhaps you're wondering why membership is important in non-election years?  Seasoned veterans will tell you that the hard work is in the off years and it's so true.  Unfortunately, this is when so many of our rights come under attack as the recent LWVFL Capitol Report highlighted:
Your local dues are divided to support LWVOC, LWVFL, and LWVUS and as news outlets will tell you, a lot is happening that could adversely affect our democracy.  We need your support via membership to empower voters and help to create a more perfect democracy.
Also, do you know a special someone who would really APPRECIATE being a member of the League?  You can now GIFT a membership!  Surprise your friends, family, and colleagues with a membership to the League of Women Voters Orange County.  Click here   GIFT MEMBERSHIP
*Smiling member faces shown above: Charles Davis, Anh Volmer, Michele Levy

Susan Arbuckle
Jennifer Carroll
Grace Wickham
Connie Lester
 Who's missing here?  Your friend, your colleague, your family member!  Encourage any students you know to join as their membership is free!  And don't forget to renew your own membership or give a membership!
The Nominating Committee is hard at work setting the slate for the next Board of Directors. If you would be interested in serving on the Board or know someone who would make a great addition please contact Nominating Committee Chair Sara Rich at
Envision yourself in a leadership role for 2021-22.  Find out more about our current Board HERE (shown above, Co-Presidents Sandi Vidal and Gloria Pickar and below, screenshots from their recent Strategy Meeting including Ginger Mundy r. taken by Board member Carol Wonsavage)

Attention Leaguers!  Today, FEB 18 at 7PM, The League of Women Voters of the US is hosting a Lens Event applying a DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) lens to virtual events planning including annual meetings, memberships meetings, MORE Info HERE
 All League members should be receiving email updates from our national League.  If you have not seen these, check your spam file and move them accordingly to your primary email file.

Recognition well deserved!
League member, Rachel Chipman Allen, was on the big screen recently at an Orlando Magic game being recognized for her community contributions.
 Orlando Magic's coach Steve Clifford recognized the evening's #SocialJustice #GameChanger, Rachel Chipman Allen for establishing Valencia College's #PeaceandJusticeInstitute #LeadershipMatters

Join us for a celebration of Black cultural contributions to poetry, music and dance, art, and more from the 18th through the 20th centuries.  The program will include both known and little-known artists, carefully arranged to move through time in what previous seminar attendees have called “a cacophony of celebrating Black artistry” in which harmonious themes will be revealed.
Feature Presentation: Celebrating Black Culture (Run time: 58 mins.)
Q&A: A brief Q&A session with the presenters and Florida League President Patricia Brigham

The Government Committee was asked for the third time to moderate a Winter Park Candidate Forum.  The Winter Park Library specifically asked the Government Committee to moderate its forum for the two mayoral candidates.  We have agreed to do so.  Entire event will be virtual.  Carol Foglesong will be the moderator, assisted by Caroline Emmons-Schram for question clarification, and with Jan Little as timer.  The event will take place Friday, 2/26, from 11am – 12 noon.  Questions for the candidates may be submitted to  Watch on Forum is to be recorded and should be available for viewing after the actual event via the Library’s FB page.

SAVE the date!  On MAR 11 at 7:00 PM, our new DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Committee will present a Racial Wealth Gap Simulation.  
Some of you were able to participate in one of these last autumn for Hot Topics.  Due to its popularity and effectiveness, we are offering it again. REGISTER HERE:  Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation - 3/11/2021

MARCH 18, noon via Zoom

Show your support for defending democracy and the importance of telling women’s stories at this second annual Women’s History Month celebration, presented by the Orange County Regional History Center and LWVOC.
This year’s honoree, Mabel Norris Reese, fought for justice and civil rights in Lake County at the helm of the Mount Dora Topic, as she investigated the case of the Groveland Four and the instances of grave injustice. Speakers include our own Jackie Brockington and Co-President Gloria Pickar. 
Tickets are $25 and benefit the Historical Society of Central Florida. Register at
A limited number of scholarships are available for students and others. Email 

Join author and WLRN journalist, Amy Green on March 10th for a conversation to coincide with the publication of her new book, Moving Water The Everglades and Big Sugar.  She will be interviewed by Gabbie Milch, former Co-Chair of the Natural Resources committee. Described as an "engrossing expose" and "political storytelling at its best" the conversation is sure to enlighten about Florida's unique environmental treasure.

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Be sure that your membership has been renewed and consider gifting a membership
  • Celebrate Black History Month online and at local museums
  • We're honoring women in March with the Orange County Regional History Center
  • As a community service, we're sharing the below information from Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy


In the course of this discussion, we’ll aim to dissect some of the most urgent issues affecting the Black community, from the COVID-19 pandemic, to social justice, to jobs and housing, and more.

I will facilitate the panel onFacebook Live, which will include the following speakers:

  • Dr. Karenna Senors, Chief Medical Officer of True Health
  • Pastor Octavius Smith, Senior Pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church
  • Emory Green, Lead Volunteer of Midway Coalition, Inc.
  • Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools

I know that our community continues to feel the impact of this pandemic in different ways, which is why I am hosting this panel to discuss disparities within communities of color, and the best way we can move forward together. I encourage all those in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and most of northern Orange County, to join us.This panel will be held onFacebook Liveon Mon., Feb. 22 at 7:00 p.m. Follow my page onFacebookto get an invitation and reminders about the event.

How will you celebrate Black History Month?  Check out events in City of Orlando.  Visit the website of Orange County's own Wells' Built Museum and visit a current exhibit This Was Home at the Orange County Regional History Center.

There are as many ways to celebrate Black History Month as there are people in the world. Luckily, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has you covered!