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Date: 9/9/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

The League of Women Voters of Orange County has a history of more than 80 years in this community as an activist, grassroots organization whose members believe citizens should play a critical role in advocacy.  We do not endorse or oppose political candidates or parties at any level of government.  Our advocacy positions are based on the merits of each issue, after careful study and consensus.

Yesterday's Hot Topics on Affordable Housing is now up on our YouTube Channel   If you missed this powerful discussion with our esteemed panel, tune in to learn more about the possibilities and challenges that face Central Florida renters and homeowners, exacerbated by the continuing pandemic.  Shown top above, l. to r. --Donna Dyson, Moderator and Camilo Parra, panelist.  Bottom l. to r. panelists, Rev. Mary Lee Downey and Chris King
"This issue almost requires a D-Day type solution," said Chris King.   "Our crisis is not only rooted in the market increases, they are not renewing their leases...we're going to see people with nowhere else to go," from Rev. Downey.  "There's a pay-to-play system...the one word that might help is mediation...where outside of the courts they can hopefully reach some settlement," Camilo Parra speaking of the plight of homeowners facing eviction and loss of property.

The Board of LWVOC is creating a new Events Committee to plan and execute our amazing  community events.  The LWVOC board feels that having a committee of volunteers dedicated to managing the logistics of our events would enrich the events and make the process more efficient.

The new Events Committee is a Strategic Committee that will collaborate with Advocacy Committees for all events. Advocacy Committees will provide the content while the Events Committee will provide event planning and logistics in order to host streamlined, high quality events. Examples of the events that the LWVOC hosts include Hot Topics, Speakeasies, workshops, a holiday party and annual membership and planning meetings. 

This is where you come in! We are hosting a brief, Event Planning Interest Meeting on Tuesday, September 14th at 6:00 pm via Zoom for members who are interested in assisting with all aspects of event planning and execution. 

Whether you have an event planning background or just want to help the LWVOC shine, we need you! Please register today.

From the LWVFL:
This week's webinar will feature a conversation surrounding a report produced by the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee's Public Education Task Force investigating Step Up for Students, a private SFO (Scholarship Funding Organization), that manages and promotes Florida’s expanding voucher program with little oversight. Step Up for Students is one of the largest charities in the United States that few have heard of.
  • Presentation: Private School Voucher Expansion and the Organization Behind the Curtain w/ Dr. Sally Butzin
  • Open Q&A Session with Dr. Sally Butizn & League President Cecile Scoon
  • LWVFL Updates & News

Join us to celebrate our precious right to vote.  1-4PM, Oct. 24 at The Voter Tree, Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave, Orlando.  NO Fee--all are welcome--family fun--BYOP (bring your own picnic) REGISTER HERE

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT 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! 
*This week, we draw attention to Bruce Chapin, a champion of justice in his own right while supporting the history-making career of his wife, Linda, our own warrior for democracy.
We extend our deepest condolences to longtime LWVOC member and leader, Linda Chapin, upon the passing of her husband, Bruce Chapin. "Bruce met his wife Linda while they were both working at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. They recently celebrated 56 years of marriage. Both have been active in civic and community affairs and have balanced careers while also raising four children." 
 Read the full obituary HERE, a tribute to his steadfast devotion to his family and the passions of his life.

Welcome to the League:
Jennifer Grant
Devin Lessne
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.

Donations to the LWVOC Fund are tax deductible.
They can be made "In honor" or "In Memoriam" of someone. 
 Click below and join others supporting the LWVOC

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Take the time to watch yesterday's Hot Topics and consider how you will take action.
  • Good with events?  We need your input!
  • Save the date, OCT 24 for a special History Committee event

Orange County has three free COVID-19 testing sites, open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (until capacity is reached).
1. Barnett Park (typically the busiest of the three sites): 4801 W. Colonial Drive
👉 Barnett Park is no longer a vaccination site.
2. Econ Soccer Complex: 8035 Yates Road
3. The former Clarcona Elementary School: 3607 Damon Road

Click HERE for Orange County vaccination sites and Pre-registration recommended but not required.
Also, click here  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