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Date: 10/28/2021
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.

There was plenty of fun in the park on Sunday afternoon, October 24, when League families gathered for their fall festival, with games, costumes, picnics, music, giveaways, food trucks, and even a short parade beside LWVOC’s very own Voter Tree in Cypress Grove Park.

But it all had a serious purpose:  to salute voters and celebrate our precious right to vote. The message was clear: “Your Voice + Your Vote = Your Power!”  Continue reading Ann Patton's article about the day's events HERE

Photos by Andreas Volmer-View his photo album HERE
*Above, Leaguers and guests gather around The Voter Tree; below left: Anh, Tommy, & Linh Volmer lead Pledge of Allegiance; right: Warriors for Democracy marchers. Below left: Orange County’s Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles received a hand-off of the mic from Joan Erwin, event master of ceremonies costumed as “Super Leaguer.” Below right: To save our democracy, we must protect the right to vote and rally against attempts to suppress the path to vote, said Saudi Ellis, LWVOC Voter Services shown with OC NAACP Secretary Cassandra McAdams.
More event photos courtesy of Sue Foreman The Voter Tree Celebration 2021 Foreman
*Shown below-:  Voter Services Committee members-Lelia Allen, Nancy Nix, and Shan Rose, Historic reenactors, Betsy Fulmer as Susan B. Anthony and Mary Graham-Lawrence as Sojourner Truth, Mommy and me marchers, and League leaders, Susan Windmiller, Co-Prezs Sue Gilman & Barbara Lanning

Election Day NOV 2, Orange County Election Calendar for Districts 1, 3, and 5.  Early voting will be at the Supervisor of Elections Office only at 119 W. Kaley Street, Orlando, FL. If necessary, a run-off election will be held on December 7, 2021. A run-off election would be needed if there are more than two candidates and no candidate receives a majority of the votes. The two top candidates would then face off in a run-off election. Visit the Orange County Supervisor of Elections website to verify your voter registration.

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 we will take this opportunity to highlight the event below submitted by our DEI Committee and recognize our membership who includes those who are disabled and blind which is why it's all so important to fight for #votesforall 
You must RSVP HERE for this event.  Click for all the details.

 
 
It's renewal season.  Make sure you're up-to-date with your member info.
 
 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.

Maureen C. Damiani shown above made a generous donation to the LWVOC Fund "In loving memory of Penny Villegas"
 
 Donations are tax deductible.
 They can be made "In honor" or "In Memoriam" of someone. 
 Click below to support LWVOC


For answers to any of your membership questions, email:  lwvocmembership@gmail.com  

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Click on The Voter Tree photo album links to see all the fun we had at the celebration
  • Membership questions?  Contact our team.
  • See below for a great opportunity with Harvard

 
A message from LWVOC Education Committee:
We want to make sure our league members have the opportunity to participate in this Harvard Case Study Community session with Dr. David Moss, who launched this project via Harvard. Now we have 8 high school teachers who have been nominated and consequently attended the Harvard training. These 8 teachers from Orange County schools are now eligible to facilitate our local community sessions. Our league is currently planning our next community session for March 2022 (face to face or zoom TBD). Our goal is to expand the number of community sessions through the spring and summer of 2022. The covid virus certainly stalled all of plans for 2020 and 2021. However we will persevere!

Equal Ground who partners with the League frequently, is looking for a County Manager.  Position will be responsible for building a robust volunteer and grassroots organizing operation, engaging in coalition building activities, coordinating with key stakeholders, and managing paid outreach staff within your assigned region. Responsibilities may grow to include managing a team and a paid canvass operation. This position may require frequent travel throughout your assigned county.
If interested please send resume and cover letter to jobs@equalgroundeducation.com.  Include "County Manager Applicant" in the subject line.