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Date: 11/11/2021
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.

Hello League Members, it has been quite a couple of years! So much has changed in our world it's hard to know what "normal" is anymore. Since it has also been a couple of years since our last member engagement survey we thought it would be good to step back and see where we are and get a feel for what works and doesn't for you moving forward. Please take a moment to complete the survey and share your thoughts with us. We are listening!
*Shown above from our recent Voter Tree celebration, former League Presidents;  Susan Windmiller, Linda Chapin, and Gloria Pickar with Uncle Sam re-enactor James Erwin
Photo courtesy Andrea Volmer
We want to express our gratitude to all those who have served in the US military as well as our appreciation to the families who sacrificed family time while their loved ones served. Shown above, a gathering of veterans from a 2012 Hot Topics featuring Women in the Military including our own Leaguer and veteran, Charles Davis far right.  Quick facts:
*Gulf War-era veterans now make up the largest share of US veterans, having passed Vietnam-era veterans in 2016.
*The share of veterans who are women is projected to increase significantly, from 11% currently to 18% in 2046.
Today, the LWVOC is participating in the OC FL NAACP inaugural Thanksgiving event "Our Family Table" as a non-profit sponsor exhibitor.  We want to express our sincere appreciation to Sheldon and Betsy Granade who stepped up with a generous donation to help that happen. 
 And in this spirit of giving to support "Our Family Table," generous gifts for our LWVOC Fund arrived from:
Laura Walker
Mary L. Basham
Sue Gilman
Christine Kelly Bramuchi
 Kay Hudson "in appreciation to Sheldon & Betsy Granade"
Virginia Meany "in gratitude to Marilyn Baldwin"
Join them at Donations: Single or recurring  Donations are tax-deductible and can be made "In honor" or "In Memoriam" etc. to someone
More details coming soon but plan to join us for our next in-person event!

Robert Sena
Kayla Thompson
Alexis Matton
Ashley Wakeling
Matthew Willis
Jiya Manchanda
Cassandra McAdams
Susan Sussman
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.

Announcing Gina Hall as the new Voter Services Chairperson and new Volunteer Coordinator, Pat Grierson.  From Pat, "I was so stressed out about the voter suppression that I decided to join Voter Services and I feel better already!"  
 Do you want to feel better too by taking action?  Consider joining Voter Services; they welcome your input and are ready to help you start your advocacy journey!

For answers to any of your membership questions, email:  
Newsletter Checklist:
  • Feeling grateful today for our veterans
  • Voter Services has been busy with many events.  Consider joining their team.
  • Welcome to our new members and thank you to our renewing members
  • Take the Member Engagement Survey today!