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Date: 2/10/2022
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.

A quick "masks off" photo of LWVOC members who helped coordinate the recent Winter Park Candidate Forum.  Shown l. to r.: Caroline Emmons-Schramm, Barbara Lanning, Carol Foglesong, Sue Gilman, Jan Little, Lee Rambeau 

LWVOC Co-Presidents Barbara Lanning and Sue Gilman (shown above) attended the recent Orange County Commissioner's Meeting to speak in favor of a rainy season fertilizer ban. 

The League of Women Voters of Orange County wants the commission to lead the state on environmental issues. Volusia County, Brevard County, Seminole County and even Lake County have adopted “strong” fertilizer ordinances that include strict (no exemption) rainy season application bans between June 1 and September 30. If the County Commission is going to lead on the issue of protecting our water, now is the time to step up and do it. The motion passed.  Continue reading HERE.

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.
Did you miss yesterday's Hot Topics?
Watch it anytime on our YouTube Channel along with other featured videos.
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From the LWV of Florida:  This week's webinar will feature an update onthe fight to preserve reproductive rights in Florida and across the nation.  
Across our nation, dozens of bills that block abortion access are winding their way through state legislatures — and the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case that could deliver the final blow to abortion rights in America.

In Florida specifically, a 15 week abortion ban is being considered by our state legislature. The League believes everyone deserves the freedom to make their own decisions about their bodies and their lives — including the decision to have an abortion. Laws banning abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy would take that deeply personal decision away.

Join us this Friday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) as we welcome guestsLaura Goodhue of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates,Charo Valero of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice and LWVFL's own Reproductive Health & Justice Co-chair Stacy Kroto to discuss these important topics.
🚨ACTION ALERT:House Bill 5, which contains Florida’s 15 week abortion ban, is being heardTHIS THURSDAY(February10) a day prior to our Lunch & Learn program.

This is the bill’s LAST committee stop before it gets to the House Floor.

On February 22, Floridians will converge on the Florida Capitol to defend reproductive freedom, which includes the right and ability to make the decisions to have or not have children -- and raise them safely.
Join us! RSVP -> #BansOffOurBodies

From our DEI Committee:  Educating for a Better Future
Remembering the man who 'laid the groundwork for the modern civil rights movement'
Seventy years ago, Florida civil rights pioneer Harry T. Moore and his wife, Harriette, were killed in a bombing at their home on Christmas Day. No one was charged with their murders.  

Annie McCabe
Grace Castelin
Emmerson Springer
Bianca Filoni
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Newsletter Checklist:
  • Tune into our YouTube Channel to view yesterday's Hot Topics
  • Annual Planning Meeting is FEB 26, an in-person event and important for our upcoming year of advocacy.  Join us!
  • The LWV of FL has important events happening this month.  Check your in-box for their helpful emails.

“Uprooting Prejudice: Conversations for Change.” Event chair Charlene Griffin, of the Villages/Tri-County LWV, is preparing for their March 5 event featuring LWVOC’s Ann Patton, author of UNMASKED! The Rise & Fall of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan, and Stephen Poynor, education curator, Florida’s Holocaust Center.



What can you say to change a heart?

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

Saturday, March 5, 2202, 2-4 p.m.


Uprooting Prejudice: Conversations for Change

Wildwood Community Center

6500 Powell Rd, Wildwood, Florida

And on Facebook Live


  • 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


This program features

  • Lessons for today from a time when hate roamed free on America’s Main Streets.
  • New skills for bridging the differences that divide us.
  • Open, civil discussion.

Free Event~Doors open at 1:30 pm

Please register by March 4 at

Carpooling? Contact Joan Erwin,

UPDATE:  This event will be broadcast live on Facebook Live at 2 pm March 5          


A recording will be made available on the same page at a later date.