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Date: 3/3/2022
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.

Co-President Sue Gilman discusses ideas with League members at the Annual Planning Meeting.  Results of the meeting will be released soon; these will be the priorities that the League will focus on in the upcoming 2022-2023 business year.  Photo courtesy of Carol Wonsavage; see her complete 2022 Annual Planning Meeting photo album HERE.

Please accept our apology and appreciation!
Due to a "glitch" in our system for acknowledging donors, members who used the new donation button while signing up or renewing membership did not receive recognition in the newsletter.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following MEMBERS for their generous donations:
Sara Myers                 Candace Crawford
Caroline Blydenburg Leslie Kelly
Phyllis Hood                 Susan Santoro
Linda Chastain         Karen Simasek
Mary Munroe                 Elizabeth Bosserman
Todd Weaver                 Traies Roe
Laura Walker                 Denise Hammond
Valda Branch-Duncan Deb Blechman
Therese Osborne                    Bernadine Rice
Ann Rorabaugh                       Delores Wright
Caroline Emmons-Schramm   Susan Baxter
Joanie Schirm                         Elizabeth Young
Jillian Bello                              Marilyn Roofner
Virginia Meany                        Kay Hudson
Carol Foglesong                     Julie Clarke
Brittani Sahm                          Joanne Zangrillo
Carol Wonsavage                   Diane Darnall
Susan Beechum                     Cheryl Railey
Virginia Mundy                        Mary Horne
Deb DArcy                              Linda Wells
Andrea Halper                        Alice Filteau
Kay Wolf                                Sue Gannon
Lynn Luzadder                       Katherine Allen
Linda Kulmann                       Leslie ONeal
Vernice Atkins-Bradley           Debra Materson
Judith Sanborn
Consider joining our very generous donors and give to support the League of Women

Did you join the LWVOC to be a hands-on volunteer?
You can help us with upcoming opportunities!
Simply log-in as a member on
and pick out which events fit your schedule.
Click below:


Interested in another opportunity to hear LWVFL President Cecile Scoon? 
Contact for information about the National Popular Vote presentation below

March 8, 2022: Stetson Law School, American Constitution Society, Noon

Topic: “The Unequal Vote" A panel consisting of Cecile Scoon-President of the Florida League of Women Voters, Deb Mazzaferro-Floridians for a National Popular Vote, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy-Professor of Law at Stetson University and Visiting Professor at American University

Sat, MAR 5...2-4pm
“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. 

What can you say to change a heart?

The Villages / Tri-County League of Women Voters invites you to join us for FREE Event~Doors open at 1:30pm

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.

Tickets are $35. Light bites will be served from 8 – 9 a.m., with the presentation beginning at 9 a.m. Parking for History Center visitors is available at the Library Garage, 112 E. Central Blvd. For questions about the event, contact Mary “Katie” Kelly at 407-836-8556 or

March 12

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.


As we transition from Black History Month to Women's History Month, we highlight a trailblazer for both her race and gender.
The DEIA Committee would like to pay tribute to the first trained Black nurse in America, Mary Eliza Mahoney: The recent NYTimes article below honors the contributions of Ms. Mahoney, a fitting article given the BHM theme of Black Health and Wellness.

As the first trained Black nurse in America, Mahoney devoted her life to creating opportunities in the profession for people of all races. Her guiding motto was, “Work more and better the coming year than the previous year.” 


Orange County Mayor Launches Transportation Initiative Online and In Person

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


The LWVOC and OCPS are partnering again with Harvard University for a case study. Topic:  "Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Black Voting Rights."  To participate in this endeavor, you will be required to download the provided material upon registration and be ready to discuss the prepared questions/materials.  Click HERE for more details and register HERE for MAR 30 Case Study.
*Deadline to register is March 26

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Yes, it's true...glitch happens
  • Join us MAR 10 for a Women's History Celebration at the OC Regional History Center
  • Have only a few minutes today?  Fill out the OC Transportation Survey
  • Don't forget to check out our volunteering opps on the website