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Date: 9/23/2021
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.
 Joan Erwin and Ann Patton, LWVOC, met recently with Mayra Uribe, Orange County District 3 Commissioner, one of the partners for our upcoming event, “Your Voice – Your Vote – Your Power!” Register now for Oct 24 family-friendly picnic and celebration of our precious right to vote. No admission charge. Details below and HERE.
League speakers are needed to inform local groups seeking more information about the redistricting.  Attend our workshop to learn how to be a part of this movement.
 A Speaker's Bureau Workshop will feature the LWVFL Redistricting Power Point  to be used for community presentations.  The Zoom workshop is scheduled for Friday, September 24, 12:00 noon.  Any member interested in participating as a speaker or assistant in the League’s important work of educating Orange County residents must attend the LWVOC training. The workshop will be hosted by both the LWVOC Speaker's Bureau and the Government Committee who will be able to answer your questions about the redistricting issue as it affects our local communities.  Assistance in conducting a Zoom presentation can be provided if required.
EXPLORE HERE: The League encourages you to visit this joint website, created by the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate to provide access to information about the 2022 redistricting cycle.  The site also provides free, public access to the same redistricting data and map-drawing application used by the Legislature, as well as information about the opportunities for public engagement.
 Learn how to watch LIVE here.  Click on the link for viewing redistricting discussions-LIVE STREAMS on web TV, YouTube channel, apps for your smart phone or other streaming devices.

From LWVFL--Members Only
This week's webinar will feature a conversation surrounding the ability for city/county leaders to address climate change by electrifying transportation! Climate change is a reality for Florida and the rest of the world. Transportation, fueled by fossil fuels, is a major contributor to producing the carbon emissions which are causing climate change.
Presentation: Townhall - Roadmap to Electric Transportation Transformation
Open Q&A Session with Dory Larsen and Florida League 1st Vice President Marisol Zenteno

The DEI Committee is nearing its first anniversary! Currently, co chaired by Marilyn Baldwin and Virginia Meany, the DEI Committee is working on a number of priorities.
We want to ensure our League is well informed about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: understanding key terms, trends, history and events and identifying barriers to increasing the diversity of our membership. Continue reading HERE and visit our page HERE
Also, we will be attending the AAUW FL DEI Dialogue on Oct 9.  Visit our Events Calendar to learn more.

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, there were no new entries in our highlight form (hint: click above) SO we're highlighting our LWVFL President, Cecile Scoon below as well as her upcoming appearance at the NAACP Virtual Member Meeting.
 The Orange County Branch NAACP will hold its monthly virtual membership meeting on September 27th at 6:30 pm. In addition to President Hughes conducting Branch business and community update, a special guest speaker will be Cecile Scoon ESQ, President of The League of Woman Voters of Florida. The presentation will focus on the redistricting of our communities. In many of our Florida community redistricting committees have been established and meetings have commenced. Please find the link below to the Orange County Redistricting Meeting schedule. Get educated, Get informed and Get Ready!
ZOOM meeting info:  Meeting ID: 919 8908 4794   Passcode: Vy5t8b

 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 to support LWVOC

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Save the date, OCT 24 for a special LWVOC event at The Voter Tree
  • Speakers needed to inform the public about Redistricting; attend the workshop Sept 24
  • Learn more about Redistricting 2022 with our resources above

In the spirit of the Hispanic Heritage Month, we encourage our Spanish speaking friends to check out the LWV's national voting information site!
VOTE411 se compromete a garantizar que los electores tengan la información que necesitan para participar con éxito en cada elección. Ya sea local, estatal o federal, cada elección es importante para asegurar que nuestras leyes y políticas reflejen los valores y creencias de nuestras comunidades.
From our fellow Leaguers of Volusia County:
Please plan to come see the play at The Athens Theatre* in Deland, on the history of women's suffrage, "Ladies Taking Liberty" will have three performances, November 2,3. Matinee on November 3rd at 2pm. Here is the link to the box office, the tickets are $12 each, best seats $17. The profits go to the Voter Education Fund for the League of Women Voters of Volusia County.
The opening night features a Suffrage March to the theatre starting at 6:30 at the corner of Woodland Blvd. and West Indiana Ave. in front of the theatre. Wear your best suffragist outfit! Before the play begins, there is a champagne reception for theatre goers.
I hope you can come!
*The Athens Theatre requires masks. Box office link below.

Besides League events as shown above, we've often added "unsponsored by the League" but still relevant community events in this space but now, we're adding them to our Calendar of Events  Be sure to visit this calendar regularly to see our new category of "Community Events" as well as the complete schedule of our League happenings. 
Access this calendar daily by visiting our website HOME page, and click on "Events."