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Date: 1/20/2022
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.
Central Florida's winter weather offers so many outdoor opportunities to connect with nature.  Our Natural Resources Committee advocates to protect these valued resources and keeps our membership informed of the efforts happening in our community, such as the one below.  Also, don't forget to sign up for the 12:00 Hot Topics Zoom Luncheon - Clean Energy - 1/27/2022 in partnership with LWV of Seminole County.
*Birding is a popular hobby here and the hawk's photo above was taken by Sue Foreman.
UCF Air Quality Study - Update
In recent months , League members have been stepping up to get involved with the UCF Air Quality Study.   Involvement can take the form of either hosting a small air quality sensor and/or participating on a focus group that will receive information about the air quality data from their neighborhood's sensors.   
In the case of Val Mobley, Natural Resource member,  her church near downtown Orlando, Broadway United Methodist Church, is hosting an air quality sensor and she will be part of a focus group made up of church members and neighborhood residents.   Focus groups will receive air quality data from nearby sensors and training on how to advocate for better air quality.
Do you live in Avalon Park? or in City of Orlando districts 2, 5 or 6 and want to get involved or learn more?  Contact

VOLUNTEERS Needed This Saturday, JAN 22
 Take Action Conference is a leadership conference for high school and college students.  All volunteers must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask when indoors.  Free parking.  The event will be held in-doors and COVID mitigation measures will be in place.
Location:  Hilton in Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway
Sign up for these easy volunteer positions here:
Questions?  Contact Pat Grierson

Registration is still open and spots are filling up fast for our annual League Lobby Days! This signature event is one of our most impactful each year. Please consider joining us as we mobilize to Tallahassee and push our state forward.  Registration and Details

The LWVOC doesn't want money to stand in your way of attending Lobby Days.  We want as many members as possible representing LWVOC in Tallahassee.
Stipends for  LWVOC Members available on a first come-first served basis:  

JAN 20, 6:30 p.m.  LWVOC has hosted the Racial Wealth Gap Simulation a few times.  If you missed it, the LWV of Broward County is opening their event to statewide League members.  "Even though the flyer indicates the focus is on Broward County, the reality is that the 13 discriminatory policies that are discussed in the program apply to all of Florida!"
Below is the Zoom registration link:

Andrea Halper

Miranda Rublaitus
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.

Vanguard Charitable Grant per recommendation of Dr. Robert Lynn Dipboye and Mary Hyne Dipboye
Joanne Hanley, generous donation to LWVOC Fund
Lynne Bachrach, generous donation in gratitude to LWVOC
Saudi Ellis, In memory of Janet Daugherty, A Warrior for Democracy
Single or recurring donations are tax-deductible and can be made "In honor" or "In Memoriam" etc. to someone. 
Visit Donations or if you have questions, contact Karen Estrin or Leslie Feinberg

JAN 21, 7:00 pm
Reproductive Rights, Florida's Fight in 2022--Presented by LWV of Seminole County, moderated by Marilyn Crotty
Virtual Forum  Details & Registration HERE 
Anna V. Eskamani, MPA, MNM 
Representative District 47 Florida House
Amy Weintraub
Reproductive Rights Program Director Progress Florida

YouTube streaming link: This will stream live and record for future playback.

NEW DATE!  Please adjust your calendar accordingly.
Our Annual Program Planning Meeting will now be FEB 26, 9am-noon
It's our desire to make this an in-person meeting.  Hopefully, FEB will a more favorable time for the community as COVID surges pass.
2022 is a mid-term Election Year which means we will be extra busy, needing your input and volunteerism.
#throwbackthursday photos below from 2016 Annual Planning Meeting

Next Hot Topics will be FEB 9, Noon
 Black History Month
Black Health and Wellness: Disparities and Resilience
*Details coming soon.  Watch for our special email announcement.

Newsletter Checklist:
  • JAN is busy with virtual events that you can enjoy from the convenience of your home
  • Consider joining LWVFL's trek to Tallahassee for Lobby Days
  • VOLUNTEER opps are available this weekend!

Educator, journalist, anti-lynching activist and NAACP co-founder Ida B. Wells joins the pantheon of distinguished women honored by Mattel with her own signature Barbie doll. Resplendent in a deep blue, floor-length dress with lace details, the new Ida B. Wells doll also comes with a historically significant accessory: a miniature replica of the Memphis Free Speech, the newspaper where Wells became editor and co-owner in 1889.