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Date: 2/25/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

Tune in tomorrow to see the League in action!

The Government Committee was asked for the third time to moderate a Winter Park Candidate Forum and the Winter Park Library specifically asked the committee to moderate its forum for the two mayoral candidates; we're pleased to accommodate them.  The 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.

 Shown below, #throwbackthursday memories of past candidate forums for District 5 and OC Mayoral race.

This week's webinar will be focused on our upcoming 38th biennial state convention and the bylaw mandated deadlines that are associated with it.  We will welcome longtime League member and former LWVFL Board Secretary Pat Drago to highlight the importance of a state convention. 
Presentation: What is the process for a LWV State Convention? Why do we hold one? What changes will be needed to accommodate a virtual format?
Timeline: Key dates to keep in mind as we approach June 4-5.
Q&A Session with Pat Drago & LWVFL President Patricia Brigham
Members ONLY: Register Here
Shown below, a #throwbackthursday memory of the Orange County delegation at the 2017 State Convention

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. like Louise and JOIN us or RENEW your membership below!  It doesn't have to be a "Just Because" Day to support the League of Women Voters.  And if time is again an issue for you, consider making a tax deductible donation so we can keep fighting the good fight in 2021 and beyond.  Donate HERE
Peg Cornwell
 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. Sometimes, it's forgotten that MEN play a huge role in our leadership as shown above!  We've even had a male president, Charley Williams.  Check out our current Board and consider adding your name for consideration.

Looking for a way to volunteer from home to keep the rest of us informed about what is happening in local government?  One of the important functions of the LWVOC is sending observers (mostly virtual now) to monitor local governments around Orange County and report on what they are doing.  Learn more about our Government Observer Corps HERE and consider applying.

MORE than a Zoom meeting, this is an experience with break-out groups and discussions that are profoundly impactful.
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
Click here Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee to learn more about our new committee and below for a LWVUS resource.  What is a DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Lens?
"A DEI lens is a way of examining a program, a process, a product, etc with regards to how it is perceived by a variety of communities, voices, and perspectives, and what, if any, barriers may exist that are preventing it from being equitable or inclusive of everyone." What To Ask When Examining Your Work Through a DEI Lens? Learn more by clicking here:

MARCH is Women's History Month:  Join us on 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 

And speaking of women's history, a beloved member passed earlier this month....  In Memory of Jeanne Elizabeth Grierson, our member who turned 100 last year, poignantly coinciding with the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the National LWV's 100th birthday.  Her involvement with the LWVOC for the past several years, alongside her daughter Pat will be a special remembrance for all of us.
Read more about Jeanne HERE and also find her recognition on our  Member Highlights page.

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Anyone else sentimental looking at our old photos?  Check out our Photo Albums page on website to see more.
  • Mark your calendars for all our upcoming virtual events
  • We're honoring women in March with the Orange County Regional History Center
  • And finishing our month celebrating the incredible lives of history making African Americans.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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!