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Date: 11/18/2021
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.

Correcting a prior misspelling, our sincere appreciation to donors Shelton Granade Jr. and Betsy Granade who stepped up with a generous donation to help make our exhibit sponsorship happen. 
Volunteers included: Barbara Granade, Joan Erwin, Kay Hudson, Laura Walker, Sue Gilman, Virginia Meany, Nancy Nix and Terry Osborne.  Joy Dickinson.  More details HERE and Photo Album: Our Family Table Sponsorship

Gina Hall joins Kathy Sheerin as Voter Services Co-Chairperson and with the new VS Volunteer Coordinator, Pat Grierson, they're looking for volunteers at upcoming events.
 
Check out the Voter Service Volunteering Opportunities HERE and visit their Voter Services Committee page HERE to learn how to become certified to register voters...League members only.
The SB 90/Redistricting Task Force (comprised of Voter Services, Speaker's Bureau, and Government Committees) has released its latest update to the Board.  This includes County, State, and School Board Level updates.  Read the full report HERE
 In addition, Leaguers have been out in the community with presentations about SB 90 and Redistricting including:

Saudi Ellis, SB90, Orange County African American Employee Network

Carol Foglesong, Redistricting, American Association of University Women
Gina Hall, SB90, Delta Sigma Theta
Denise Burton & Kathy Sheerin, SB90 for the Orange County History Center
 
You, too, can become a presenter by reaching out to our Speaker's Bureau
 

League Field Trips
ABOVE: Natural Resources Committee members joined FL Native Plants Tarflower chapter on field trip to Seminole Forest Scrub Jay Trail and watched Ranger Rick Risch call up some scrub Jays, using peanuts in shells to lure one female into a trap and carefully attach four bands into her legs before releasing.  Natural Resource Committee folks have outdoor fun and advocate for our fragile environment.   Contact Kay Hudson (Orange Cty) or Sharon Lynn (Seminole Cty) to join one of 5 task forces. Photo courtesy Kim Buchheit
 
 BELOW:  On the trail of history, this LWV History Committee  foursome visited Daytona Beach to view the new statue of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune --  (L to R, Ann Patton, Joan Erwin, Joy Dickinson, and Sue Foreman)
(Below L to R)  Longtime Leaguers, Jackie Brockington, Laurie Wack, Leslie Feinberg, & Susan Windmiller also journeyed to Daytona Beach, paying homage to Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune
 Click mmbstatue.org for information on acquiring tickets for your own field trip to view the statue.
Dr. Bethune rose from poverty to become an early human rights leader, founder of a Florida university for black women, close friend to Eleanor Roosevelt, and advisor to 5 presidents. This stunning statue is on display for a few more weeks in Daytona, then will be placed in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, one of two representing Florida and the first black woman statue there to represent a state.  Read more HERE about their trip.  

Jerri Christian

Bailey Clark
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We also offer Gift Membership which is a great option for all gift-giving occasions.
 
*Renewal time is upon us.  Scroll to bottom of newsletter for more information.

Joy W. Dickinson in gratitude to Shelton Granade Jr. and Betsy Granade
 
Anonymous Donor~A Fidelity Charitable Donor-Advised Fund Grant
 
Barbara Lanning, generous donation
Mary Munroe, generous donation
 
Single or recurring donations are tax-deductible and can be made "In honor" or "In Memoriam" etc. to someone.  Click below to donate or if you have questions, contact Karen Estrin or Leslie Feinberg
Giving Tuesday, November 30, is coming up soon.  Save the date, watch for our email, and remember the LWVOC on a national day of giving!

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Voter Services has volunteer opportunities.  Consider joining their team.
  • Need a field trip?  Join a committee and tag along.
  • Click above and take the Member Engagement Survey today!
  • Join us in December for an in-person holiday celebration.

 
All the details below for the fun evening we have planned next month.  And to make it more special, we've thrown in shopping at Ten Thousand Villages which will help support a great cause (including us!)  Hope CommUnity Center is holding their 47th Annual Toy Drive and we're helping collect unwrapped toys at our holiday party.  Watch this special toy drive video  to see how the Center holds its "Toy Sale" for community members in need.

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