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Date: 3/10/2022
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.

Spectrum News 13 recently interviewed LWVOC Co-Presidents Barbara Lanning (ctr) and Sue Gilman (rgt) shown above with Transportation Chair Theo Webster (left)
"As part of covering Women's History Month, Spectrum News 13 spoke with members of the League of Women Voters of Orange County to learn how members work to educate and engage Central Florida voters."

LWVOC team fights prejudice with The Villages League of Women Voters
League Warriors took their stories on the road this week, as guests of The Villages/Tri-County LWV.  Their goal:  learning to fight prejudice and change hearts.  LWVOC ambassadors were spotlighted in Tri-County's program, "Uprooting Prejudice: Conversations for Change," on March 5 in Wildwood, FL.  More than 165 people attended.  

Above LEFT- LWVOC Warriors on the move, sharing their stories at Tri-County LWV’s March 5 event, included (l to r) Joan Erwin, Gloria Pickar, Sue Foreman, and Mary-Slater Linn. Not shown: Joy Dickinson.

Above RIGHT– The March 5 program team included, l to r, Lou Sasmor, Stephen Poynor, Ann Patton, and Charlene Griffin. (Mick Griffin photo)

LEFT-Ann Patton speaking at event


We're excited to announce the next edition of our "Lunch & Learn" series! This week's webinar will feature an informational session on National Popular Vote.
The League of Women Voters of Florida believes it is time electors should be guided by the majority of Americans who agree on the person who should lead the nation.
A growing number of states are now passing legislation to instruct their electors to vote for the person who wins the national popular vote. More than 60 percent (172) of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate the national popular vote has been secured. 
Join us this Friday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) as we welcome Deb Mazzaferro to discuss this topic at length
Presentation: Every Vote Equal -- What is National Popular Vote? What is the NPV Interstate Compact? How can we support implementation?
Q&A Session with Deb Mazzaferro and Florida League President Cecile Scoon.

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.


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

Celebrating New Members and our Special Membership Categories
Rhoda Spang
Fay Pappas
Michele Burdette
Randall Sumner
Jennifer Borrelli
Meredith Gibson Zornek
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.
This month, March, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Harriet Tubman, and it is fitting that the League of Women Voters of Orange County is shining a light on the contributions of women who were trailblazers in fight for women’s rights. This month, we will feature Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony and Carrie Chapman Catt, three amazing women who helped pave the way for equal rights for women. If you have not already done so, you also have the opportunity to honor one of these inspiring women by choosing a special membership category named in their honor as a Warrior for Democracy. Today we feature Ida B. Wells, shown above.

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:
*Shown above, Lee Rambeau & Pat Grierson introducing the LWVOC to attendees of the OMA Art of the Diva event.

Orange County Mayor Launches Transportation Initiative Online and In Person

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

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Make plans to hear our LWVFL President, Cecile Scoon, speak next week
  • Check out our volunteer opps on the website
  • Have only a few minutes today?  Fill out the OC Transportation Survey
  • Interested in learning via Harvard University?  Join us for a special case study MAR 30.
  • Shown below is our Co-Pres. Barbara Lanning speaking at this morning's Women History Event.  More details next week.
  • And below that, volunteers Lee and Pat having fun at the OMA Art of the Diva event and of course, an attending diva!