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Date: 3/25/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins




#throwbackthursday  Where you there...at our last in-person Hot Topics March 2020 at the Sorosis of Orlando Woman's Club?  Snapshots shown of attendees, none of us realizing that it would be the very LAST time that the LWVOC would be able to schedule a luncheon at this historic building.  A statement from Sorosis: 
"Sad to say that we are selling our building that has seen so many good times for so many good causes. Please join us for memorial slideshow, estate sale and light refreshments Saturday March 27th. Open house from 10:30 to 2:30."
 
From all of us at the League of Women Voters Orange County, THANK YOU Sorosis of Orlando for the memorable events that we were able to host at your wonderful establishment.

If you're new to the League or have been looking for another way to engage in volunteerism since our election 2020 efforts, we need your attention.  The biggest news in the FL Legislature is the pending passage of voting restrictive bills.  Learn about these bills, the efforts of the League to fight this attack on the election system and more.  Read HERE and consider attending the LWVFL Lunch & Learn tomorrow.  Details below.
 
MEMBERS ONLY~A very important discussion tomorrow as LWVFL confronts the efforts of the FL Legislature to restrict voting.  
 
This week's webinar will feature
Eliza Sweren-Becker from the Brennan Center for Justice.

After historic turnout and increased mail voting in 2020, state lawmakers across the country are introducing restrictive voting legislation. Each year, the Brennan Center publishes regular roundups of voting legislation around the country. In 2021, these updates have taken on new importance.
Legislators in 43 states have carried over, prefiled, or introduced more than 250 bills that would make it harder to vote — over seven times the number of restrictive bills as compared to roughly this time last year. These bills primarily seek to limit mail voting and impose stricter voter ID requirements. Eliza will join us this Friday to discuss the legislation moving in Florida and across the nation.

The League is actively fighting this type of legislation within the Florida legislature. After this live Lunch & Learn, a recording of the program will be made available to local Leagues to repurpose and aid in educating the public on these detrimental pieces of legislation.
 
  • Discussion: What is happening across the nation in state legislatures? What is happening in Florida specifically?
  • Q&A Session with Eliza and LWVFL President Patricia Brigham
  • LWVFL Updates & News
To join, please register below. The Zoom platform does have some limitations, so the live version of the webinar will be limited to the first 500 attendees.
If you are unable to join live, look out for the recording of the webinar. It will be published in our biweekly newsletter: The Florida Voter.
Need help figuring out Zoom?  We've made some tutorial videos.
 



All Florida adults will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as of April 5, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced this morning. 
Check out our Myths vs. Facts & FAQs and as we finish out Women's History Month, learn about the women who advanced the various vaccines.
 

SAVE THE DATE  Register now: 
 If you missed this month's Hot Topics, you can view it and others on our YouTube Channel HERE  Don't forget to subscribe to our channel for all our updates! 

Join us virtually on April 8th!
Learn. Advocate. Celebrate.
Make A Difference, From Wherever You Are.
General Admission Ticket: $35 
  • Environmentally preferred option, no materials provided
Toolkit Ticket: $50 
  • Printed material + a LWVFL swag item mailed to ticket holder prior to event
Registration Deadline: March 31st
MEMBERS ONLY~Interested in Lobby Day but need some $$$ assistance.  The LWVOC is offering a $35 stipend to enable more participation.  Click HERE to fill out our reimbursement stipend form AFTER you have registered/paid for the event.

SAVE THE DATE for next month's MEMBERS ONLY 6-8:30 PM ANNUAL MEETING via Zoom - 4/22/2021
 
There's much to be done in 2021.  We'll be introducing our new Board of Directors and highlighting our upcoming Program for 2021-2022  Be sure to open the recent email sent from our Co-Presidents Gloria Pickar and Sandi Vidal (shown below) that outlines the linked information that you will need for the meeting.  Members can also view the information on our website (remember to click the yellow folder icons): Annual Meeting 2021

Bree Lawrenson
Mary Bloodgood
Shannon Gamboa
 
Who's missing here?  Your friend, colleague, and family member.  Also, encourage any students you know to join as membership is FREE or them.  Members who need to renew can also click on the link below and we offer the ability to "gift a membership" to someone you know.
 

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Farewell Sorosis of Orlando meeting space and thanks for the memories.
  • Vaccine opportunities are expanding.  Schedule yours soon!
  • Mark your calendars for all our April events
  • New stipend available for LWVFL Virtual Lobby Day on April 8