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Date: 2/3/2022
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.

Hot Topics will be Wed, FEB 9, Noon
Black History Month
 Panelists shown above r. to l.: Dr. Candice Jones, Dr. Jennifer Sankey, Elizabeth Thompson, Mary Jo Hoard and Moderator: Renata Sago
Again, this year for our Black History Month program the LWVOC is pleased to partner with the local members of ASALH Central Florida – Dorothy Turner Johnson Branch (Association for the Study of African American Life & History) to present a program based on ASALH’s theme for 2022.
This year’s theme focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.

The LWVOC was a co-sponsor at the recent Winter Park Candidate Forum for City Commissioner Seats 3 and 4.  Election year 2022 is off to a busy start.  If you missed the live stream, catch it again here on YouTube.  The nonpartisan election will be held March 8.
Begin your advocacy journey by helping with our Voter Services Committee; they are busy with voter education and empowerment efforts and need your help!

Our Annual Program Planning Meeting is FEB 26, 9am-noon
It's our desire to make this an in-person meeting.  Hopefully, FEB is 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.

How do you change a heart? LWVOC’s Ann Patton and the Holocaust Center’s Stephen Poynor with be featured guest speakers at the Villages / Tri-County LWV workshop on “Uprooting Prejudice: Conversations for Change” – 2-4 p.m. March 5, Wildwood Center, 6500 Powell Rd, Wildwood.

Save the Date – Saturday, March 5, 2202, 2-4 p.m.

What can you say to change a heart?

The Villages / Tri-County League of Women Voters invites you to join us for

Uprooting Prejudice: Conversations for Change

Wildwood Community Center

6500 Powell Rd, Wildwood, Florida


  • LWVOC’s Ann Patton,

    author of UNMASKED! The Rise & Fall of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan

  • Stephen Poynor, education curator, The Florida Holocaust Center
  • Lou Sasmor, The Villages Civil Discourse Club, moderator

Free – Everyone welcome

Please register by March 4 at

Carpooling? Contact Joan Erwin,

Learn more about these efforts and the details about next week's vote:  Speak Up for Orange County Urban Fertilizer Ordinance
 Interested in this topic?  Consider joining our Natural Resources Committee

Toni Baxter
James Weisbecker
Sobani Warner
Katherine Allen
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.

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

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Black History Month has begun!  Take advantage of all our community's offerings to learn and celebrate.
  • Are you excited to help empower voters?  Sign up with our Voter Services Committee
  • Annual Planning Meeting is FEB 26, an in-person event and important for our upcoming year of advocacy.  Join us!
  • Tired of mucked up lakes and waterways? Speak up next week.