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Date: 10/7/2021
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.

Joining over 1000 marchers, the LWVOC was out in force marching in support of reproductive rights last weekend in downtown Orlando.  Much thanks to Jackie Brockington, Sara Rich,  Anh Volmer, Joan Erwin for their photos.  Share yours with us if you were there so we can build a photo album for all.

October HOT TOPICS has been canceled.  Instead, we urge you to redirect that advocacy energy to the community event detailed below.  TableTalk's belief "Everyone has the power to create change in the community" continues to spur the important conversations needed for action in central Florida.  Details below.

 
Email our DEI Committee Chairperson, Virginia Meany if you're interested in joining a League table.
And for those of you interested in hosting your own table, download the Oct 14 2021 TableTalk Toolkit

MEMBERS ONLY
An Invitation from LWVFL
 This week's webinar will feature a conversation surrounding our 2022 legislative priorities, upcoming legislative committee meetings and the looming legislative session with special guests from the Capitol Alliance Group.
ICYMILeagues across our state submitted votes for this years legislative priorities, the results concluded our priorities being made up of the following: Voting, Redistricting, Reproductive Health & Justice, Education, Natural Resources and Health Care

 
OCT 13: The Speaker's Bureau is hosting another training for League members who wish to volunteer their time to present information about Redistricting to the public.  Consider devoting some time to this worthy effort as we seek to inform the community about this very important topic.
 
 
And plan to show up at your district's public meetings:  Click here for VERY IMPORTANT DATES of public discourse about redistricting in Florida.  The meeting times/locations vary for districts.
OCT 25: The Speaker's Bureau is also hosting a training for League members who wish to volunteer their time to present information about SB90 to the public.
 
SB90 is a new law that was signed by Gov. DeSantis and is currently being challenged in court.  Some of its provisions include limited vote-by-mail boxes, restrictions on who can deliver the ballots, and passing along the cost of these new changes without allocation of funds to county governments.

 
 
There will be a special treat for attendees courtesy of Green’s in Zellwood and Vander Pol’s Nursery in St. Cloud. FREE take-home Voter Trees!  Todd Rowley of Orange County Parks & Recreation is showing off the sign.  And yes, feel PROUD when you pass by Cypress Grove Park with banner out front inviting the community to share in our celebration. *Photos courtesy Andreas Volmer.


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.  Click to fill out the Member Highlight form.
 
This week, there were no new entries in our highlight form (hint: click above)  But if you're looking for inspiration, let us direct you to exciting news about Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Mabel Norris Reese honorees of the 2020 and 2021 Women’s History Month celebrations that LWVOC co-sponsored with the History Center; they are the subjects of history-making sculptures that are cause for even more celebration.
 A bronze bust of Reese was unveiled recently at Mount Dora’s Sunset Park on Sept 24 (bottom right-League members were among the crowd celebrating the unveiling) and the marble statue of Bethune that’s bound for National Statuary Hall in Washington is slated to make a stop at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach from October 12 to December 12.

Hours for viewing the statue in Daytona Beach (bottom left-photo courtesy Daytona Beach News-Journal), with social distancing in place, are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free online reservations should be available October 8 or soon thereafter at MMBStatue.org.

The website also has details about the monumental work, which stands 11 feet high. When the statue travels on to Washington, D.C., Bethune will be the first African American woman honored by a state with a place in Statuary Hall in the nation’s Capitol.

The News-Journal Center is at 221 N Beach St in Daytona Beach. For more on the bust of Mabel Norris Reese, visit RememberMabel.com.


 
 
Summer Ellis
Kathleen Coleman
Cassie Foss
 
 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.

Has the current news cycle reminded you of how much work we have in front of us as a League?  Help us continue our work while we are limited with revenue sources due to the pandemic.  Donate today!
 
Donations are tax deductible.
 They can be made "In honor" or "In Memoriam" of someone. 
 Click below to support LWVOC

Newsletter Checklist:
 
  • Send us your photos if you attended the March for Reproductive Rights
  • Plan to join us OCT 24 for our Voter Tree celebration
  • New member orientation is OCT 19
  • The Speaker's Bureau needs...speakers!  Train with them this month!

Orange County Health Services Department has begun administering Pfizer booster shots at Camping World Stadium. The CDC recommends that the following groups should receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after completing their 2-dose series:
✅Individuals 65+ years old
✅Those with underlying medical conditions
✅ Workers with increased risk for COVID-19 exposure (ex. first responders)
More Info: bit.ly/3mrK4Z5
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👋 A partir del martes 28 de septiembre de 2021, el Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Orange comenzará a administrar vacunas de refuerzo de Pfizer en Camping World Stadium. Los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades recomiendan que los siguientes grupos reciban una inyección de refuerzo de la vacuna Pfizer COVID-19 al menos 6 meses después de completar su serie de 2 dosis:
✅Personas de 65 años o mayores
✅Aquellos con condiciones médicas subyacentes
✅Trabajadores con mayor riesgo de exposición al COVID-19 (p. ej. socorristas)
Más Información: bit.ly/3mrK4Z5

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.
 

Besides League events, 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."