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Date: 10/14/2021
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.

“We want YOU to celebrate voting rights!” say Uncle Sam (James Erwin) and his mother, Joan Erwin (a.k.a. "Super Leaguer”). They’re among stars preparing to shine at LWVOC's fall festival October 24 – a tribute to voting and voters. 

 
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 below left. Attendees are invited to wear their family-friendly Halloween costumes. Testing out their costumes – and issuing an invitation to all – are Linh and Tommy Volmer (shown below right) who will lead the Pledge at the event with their mom, Anh Volmer. *Photos courtesy Andreas Volmer.

Attention NEW Members
Orientation next Tues, OCT 19, 6p
Attend our upcoming orientation and learn all about the League, our advocacy opportunities as well as our unique history in Central Florida.  It's virtual, takes place at 6:00pm after the workday and a great way to jumpstart your League experience.
 



The League of Women Voters of Orange County will be hosting a table at the Backyard Biodiversity Day event this Saturday. We’ll be focusing of voter registration, voter education regarding Florida SB 90 and petitioning our Senators to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act currently working it’s way through the U.S. Senate. 
We need you! Please join us between 9:00 and 3:00 and please wear your League name tag. If you’re certified to do voter registration, yay! If you’re not certified to register voters, this is a good time to get that done (log on and visit Voter Services for info). But don’t let that stop you from coming out and representing LWVOC! 

 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.
Upcoming OCT dates: 

Monday, October 18, 6:30 pm – District 4 – South Econ Recreation Center

Monday, October 25, 6:30 pm – District 1 – West Orange Recreation Center


 Orange County School Board Reapportionment Advisory Committee 2021 Reapportionment Advisory Committee - Orange County Public Schools (ocps.net)

Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 pm – District 4 – Windermere High School cafeteria

Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 pm – District 2 – Lake Nona High School cafeteria or media center



OCT 25: The Speaker's Bureau is 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.
 
Visit our Voter Services page and learn how you can become an advocate for promoting #VOTESFORALL
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, here's a #throwbackthursday highlight of our Government Committee Co-Chairperson CAROL FOGLESONG.  She and her team keep us informed of the VERY important goings-on in our local and state governments.

 
 
Jane Austin Albright-transferring from LWV Knoxville, Knox County
 
 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 are tax deductible.
 They can be made "In honor" or "In Memoriam" of someone. 
 Click below to support LWVOC

Newsletter Checklist:
  • 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!

October is Global Diversity Awareness Month and the perfect time to learn about different cultures, try new foods, or actively engage with individuals whose backgrounds are different from your own.  Explore the websites below to get ideas to celebrate the diversity which continues to enrich American society and attend the next Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Committee meeting on Oct. 27th at 7P

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