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Date: 3/24/2022
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.

Last week, LWVFL President Cecile Scoon met with League members as well as grassroots partners.  She shared valuable insight about recent happenings in Tallahassee as well as her own story on the path of advocacy.  Much appreciation goes to League volunteers, Pat Grierson and Darlyn Jimenez for organizing the morning's coffee and Saudi Ellis, Nancy Nix and Joan Erwin for their help in the evening.  
The TOTS team has assembled an impressive list of grassroots partners and this helped solidify their relationships.  Our hope is that working together with these groups will multiply our efforts to carry out our missions of voter registration and turnout as well as education on the candidates (through VOTE411) and other community issues.  Event Photo Album
Shown above, Cecile with Leaguer Tiffany Hughes.  Shown below left, Barbara Lanning introduces Cecile.  Shown below right, Cecile speaking with League members

There's still time to take advantage of this opportunity to add a Harvard Case Study to your professional experience or personal development.
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 28


We're thankful for these very generous donors!
 
Caroline Emmons-Schramm
Martin Rosenthal
Debra Materson
Kimberly Mould
Lee-Alyse Perry
Randall Summer
Kathleen Russell
 
Leaguers are on the move in the community!
 
Christine Bramuchi, LWVOC First Vice President and Education Committee Co-Chair, has been appointed to the Orange County Superintendent Search Committee.
 
Learn more about the Superintendent search HERE including the schedule of Community Forums where you can make your voice heard.

This week's webinar will feature our annual legislative session wrap-up. The program will feature feature Dr. Jeff Sharkey and Lauren Gallo of the Capitol Alliance Group alongside LWVFL Lobby Corps Chair Trish Neely!
Agenda:
Discussion: 2022 Legislative Session Overview: Wins for the League + Reflections on Our Hardest Fought Battles
Q&A Session with Dr. Jeffery Sharkey, Lauren Gallo, Trish Neely and Cecile Scoon
LWVFL Updates & News

Celebrating New Members and our Special Membership Categories
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're featuring 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 Susan B. Anthony, shown below.
 
Briana Fosah
Miranda Smith
Anne Lott
 
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.
 
Consider upgrading your membership to one of the "special" categories we offer, honoring those who have been trailblazers in the fight for democracy for all.
 

Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), namesake of one of the Orange County League’s special membership categories, was a visionary suffragist who created the national League of Women Voters on Valentine’s Day 1920, shortly before women won the vote in August that year.

Catt envisioned a grassroots organization dedicated to the belief that educating citizens plays a critical role in democracy; she saw the League of Women Voters as a path to help women use their new power to help shape public policy. This League would empower voters and defend democracy. It would advocate for legislation and educate for citizenship. Carrie Catt was determined that the League of Women Voters would always be above partisan divisions, “a semi-political body, . . . nonpartisan and all-partisan.”

 

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HOT NEWS—HOT TOPICS LUNCHEONS ARE BACK! 

Each 2nd Wednesday beginning May 11, 11:30 AM – 1 PM, we will bring you 10 Hot Topics Luncheons May-November 2022 and January-March 2023 at the new Winter Park Events Center with our favorite caterer Cuisiniers. The May 11 program features Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles bringing us up to date about the new election laws and redistricting followed by Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell on June 8 talking about threats to our democracy and the free press. Register here: HOT TOPICS~A Conversation with Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections. Watch this space for more details


Newsletter Checklist:
  • Interested in learning via Harvard University?  Join us for a special case study MAR 30.
  • Check out the photos from last week's LWVFL President visit.
  • We appreciate our generous donors.
  • Register for next month's Annual Meeting!

 
 
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 lwvoc.org
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


TAKE ACTION!!  Click to learn more and join our Voter Services Committee ensuring #Votes4All