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Date: 6/17/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

The LWVOC will reconnect (physically) for Happy Hour on July 27th at Ace Cafe Orlando from 5:30-7pm.  Details coming soon!

BREAKING NEWS!!  Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.   
 This week's webinar will feature a special program just ahead of Juneteenth. We will welcome esteemed filmmaker and Florida League member Valerie Scoon who will show an exclusive excerpt from her documentary Invisible History: Middle Florida's Hidden Roots on June 18th at 1:00 p.m. (ET).
We will also welcome two historians who are featured in the documentary Dr. Na’im Akbar & Dr. Patrick Mason. After viewing short excerpt from the documentary a lively audience talkback/Q&A session will occur with our special guests.
Exclusive Film Excerpt: Invisible History: Middle Florida's Hidden Roots. 
Film Talkback/Q&A Session featuring Valerie Scoon, Dr. Na’im Akbar, Dr. Patrick Mason and LWVFL President Cecile Scoon.
LWVFL Updates & News

The documentary sheds light on the little-known history of plantations and the enslaved in Florida through a visually compelling story that explores the history of a people who contributed so much to what Florida is today. The documentary also puts a spotlight on the methods of systemic voter suppression used during Reconstruction which is a backdrop to the voter suppression tactics we see in our state and nation today.

Congratulations to us for winning GOLD - "Local League Awards" at the LWVFL 2021 Biennial Convention.  Read our winning submission HERE.



Who will be in this space next?  You?
We want to continue our Member Highlight feature but that means we need members to SUBMIT their information.  Our membership runs the gamut of age, race, and sex and we want to highlight as many of you as possible.  With the last year limiting our social/business gatherings, it's even more important that all of us get to know each other.
 Fill out the Member Highlight form and we'll take it from there!

The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council is seeking public input on the implementation of the regional vision (How Shall We Grow? from 2007), the current direction of the region and its future, and values of our residents through a survey entitled How Did We Grow?  The feedback received from the survey will be used to continue conversations and collaborations across the region about community values, priorities for East Central Florida and how, as a region, we are working to create a great place to live, learn, work and play.
 The survey is available is both English and Spanish and will take just a few minutes of your time.

Looking forward to registering voters again?
Updates for MEMBERS ONLY

Due to the passage of SB 90 and the mandatory compliance with the law, all League members who wish to register voters under the League's purview must retake an updated version of our voter registration quiz.
For clarity, at this point no matter what you must recertify with the updated version. The prior quiz has been invalidated with the new law.
A 180/180 score is now required. The quiz may be taken multiple times if needed. The quiz's validity has been extended now until May 31, 2023.

As you know, due to COVID-19, it has been over a year since we have had a live Hot Topics, and we’re thinking our members and guests have missed it as much as we have. In the meantime we’ve had a good track record with holding Hot Topics via Zoom and live-streaming it on our Facebook page, but as the world is opening up, we are looking at our options for the rest of 2021 and the future. We need your thoughts and your opinions on our direction.
Please take our Hot Topics SURVEY and help us decide the path forward. 
Click below to view our latest Hot Topics on the LWVOC YouTube Channel:
Be sure to subscribe and click the bell on our channel to be notified when we upload a video.
*Reminder, there is NOT a July Hot Topics.  See you again in August but until then, please look for a survey email about the future of Hot Topics luncheons.

Greetings to the newest members of the League of Women Voters Orange County!
Teresa Tachon
Hedder Pierre
Halrold Rhoads
Theresa Creighton
Click below to learn more about 
Also remember that we now offer Gift Membership ...a great college graduation gift idea!
Looking for more "gifting" ideas?  
You can contribute to the LWVOC Fund "In honor" or "In Memory" of someone.
As with most groups during this pandemic, we've had to tighten our financial belts.  Eventually, we'll return to the events that help supplement our budget but until then, we're relying on your local dues (which are also split to pay state and national dues) and the generosity of your tax-deductible contributions.
 Find out more:  Donations: Single or recurring

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Dean Johnson part 2 this week with his highlight because we love a good sequel
  • Need a  gift idea...graduation, Father's Day?  League memberships and contributions are two ways to give back and pay forward.
  • Enjoy the beauty of rainbow flags this month.  Happy Pride Month
  • July 27 is a good day to have a happy the date!

Questions about getting vaccinated?  Visit our COVID-19 FAQs page.