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Date: 8/19/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

#throwbackthursday  Who is that smiling and fashionable League member from the early 2000's?  None other than Harriet Lake, philanthropist and style icon as well as a champion for women's rights.  Here she's shown celebrating at a League gala celebrating the 19th Amendment.  For those who are younger or haven't been a League member for long, you can learn more about Harriet's legacy HERE (she passed in 2018 at 96) and don't forget to visit Harriet's Orlando Ballet Center site to learn about their upcoming season.
Were you celebrating the 19th Amendment yesterday?  Shown below left, our Instagram@LWVOC post and below right, longtime members Sue and Mercedes partaking in some League celebration from 20??

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
 Communities across the country use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan. To learn more about NIAM visit the CDC website. 
The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee keeps us informed with a broad spectrum of information helping to educate our membership and enhance our perspective.  Visit their page if you're interested in joining them or have your own ideas to share.
AUGUST is also Black Owned Business Month and since the recent COVID surge has many of us back to shopping online, follow this link for a short article and a list of 181 businesses:  How to Support Black Owned Businesses Online
"Supporting Black-owned businesses helps provide much-needed stability to business owners that have been hard hit by the pandemic."



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! 
Sadly, this week we highlight a longtime member who has passed, leaving behind a legacy of involvement and commitment to a variety of causes.
Penny Villegas, 1938-2021
Penny was a dedicated advocate of peace and justice wherever she found it lacking. Penny founded the Peace Studies curriculum at Valencia College, where she served on the Advisory Council for the Peace & Justice Initiative. She was a member of Amnesty International for 20 years, and also studied Conflict Resolution at the Eastern Mennonite University. She co-chaired numerous community outreach projects to educate and engage on the principles of peace and fairness.  Continue reading HERE.  

Vaxxed up and ready to volunteer?   Find out more about this opportunity from our Voter Services committee:  Conway Community Market Voter Registration Volunteering Opportunity
Visit our Voter Services Committee to learn more about our efforts.

Florida's COVID-19 numbers and hospitalizations continue their rise.  Utilize this information or pass it along:   Click HERE for Orange County vaccination sites and Pre-registration recommended but not required.
Also, click here for testing sites and COVID-19 for FAQs
Use social media to get the most up-to-date information about where/how/when to get vaccinated or tested.  Click HERE for Orange County Social Media links
Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805
Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached
No appointments needed, only four (4) persons per vehicle
COVID-19 testing NOT available
*Residents who have already received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a different location can receive their second dose at Camping World Stadium. Residents will be required to bring their vaccination card.

Questions about joining or renewing?  Click here: Member Signup / Information
We also offer Gift Membership which is a great option for all gift-giving occasions.

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Newsletter Checklist:
  • Check out the open volunteering option if you're certified to register voters
  • Online shopping?  See our link to Black Owned Businesses
  • 19th Amendment energy is strong this week
  • Save the date, OCT 24 for a special History Committee event

SAVE THE DATE: October 24

Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Power!

A celebration at The Voter Tree

Join us to celebrate our precious right to vote

1 p.m. Sunday, October 24, at The Voter Tree

Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Avenue, Orlando


See you soon – at The Voter Tree.