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Date: 2/24/2022
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.

LWVOC and Education Committee member, Stephanie Vanos, recently spoke at the OCPS Board Meeting:
"On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Orange County, I would like to say thank you for your efforts, as a school board and school district, to support our students and schools against the ever-growing efforts by the Governor and state legislature to diminish your control over our local schools."
The Education Committee is hosting the upcoming webinar highlighted below. Save the date for attendance next week.

Register HERE for 7PM Disappearing Funds: Where has all the education money gone? - 3/2/2022

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN AND WHY is public education in Florida continuing to suffer with lack of funds, lack of support and hostilities mounting from so many directions? Look no further than our Florida State Legislators who have consistently redirected taxpayer dollars and consistently maligned public education.

The LWVOC is busy with informative community events answering voter questions; last week they were at The Plymouth Apts in Winter Park.  This has been a core mission of the League since its founding.  Shown above l. to r.:  Tarena Grant (Resource Coordinator-WP Housing Authority,) Carol Foglesong, Lee Rambeau Kemp, Mary Lou Basham

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER--Masks welcomed and encouraged.
Our Annual Program Planning Meeting is Saturday FEB 26, 9am-noon
This is an in-person meeting at Winter Park Community Center. 
$15/refreshments/free parking
2022 is a mid-term Election Year which means we will be extra busy, needing your input and volunteerism.

Letter to the Editor
Co-Presidents Sue Gilman and Barbara Lanning recently submitted to the editor of the Orlando Sentinel:  15-week abortion ban is unfair, unsafe
"Everyone deserves the freedom to make their own decisions about their bodies, lives, and healthcare; it is a human right. The state of Florida should protect our freedoms, not place restrictions on them. Two bills currently being fast-tracked through the Florida Legislature, Senate Bill 146 and House Bill 5, would do just that (”Florida poised to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy,” Feb. 18)."

Orange County Mayor Launches Transportation Initiative Online and In Person

Resident Survey and Open Houses Will Gather Community Feedback on Transportation Needs


Senate Bill 524 is being heard TODAY (February 24) a day prior to the Lunch & Learn program. This is the bill’s LAST committee stop before it goes to the Senate Floor.
REGISTER HERE for Lunch and Learn
 This week's webinar will feature an informational session on proposed legislation that would drastically change voting and elections in Florida.
If passed, Senate Bill 524 & House Bill 7061 (dubbed as the Anti-Voter Freedom Act) would be harmful to both Florida's electorate and our organization's work.
Join us this Friday, February 25 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) as we welcome Brad Ashwell of All Voting Is Local to discuss SB 524 & HB 7061 in-depth.
  • Discussion: What exactly is in SB 524 & HB 7061? What would the effects be on voters? What would the effects be on 3PVROs like the League?
  • Action Items: What are the best steps to defeat or modify this bill?
  • Q&A Session with Brad Ashwell and Florida League President Cecile Scoon.

LWV History to be Spotlighted at Book Festival

The history book of the League Women Voters Orange County and three LWVOC members – Joan Erwin, Barbara Liston, and Ann Patton -- will be spotlighted at a book festival March 12 in Winter Park.  The festival is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at First Congregational Church, 225 S. Interlachen Ave., Winter Park. Continue reading for more details.


Chinyere Nwagbuo
Cody North
Jared Adelman
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:
  • No excuses--there are multiple upcoming events to educate yourself and/or advocate for others
  • Annual Planning Meeting is FEB 26, an in-person event and important for our upcoming year of advocacy.  Join us!
  • Have only a few minutes today?  Fill out the OC Transportation Survey

“Uprooting Prejudice: Conversations for Change" The March 5 Villages/Tri-County LWV 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.

Free Event~Doors open at 1:30 pm

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

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

SAVE THE DATE!  March 30, Wed, 6:00-8:00 pm at Boone High School Library
The LWVOC and OCPS are again partnering with Harvard University for a Harvard Case Study Session
This year's topic is "Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Black Voting Rights"
More details to follow but save the date and invite your friends and colleagues to participate.