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Date: 4/21/2022
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.

Have you made your Hot Topics reservation yet?  Seats are limited and you'll want to be there for our inaugural luncheon at the beautiful new Winter Park Events Center shown above. *Photos courtesy Adjaye Associates
Hot Topics Luncheon Programs Are Back!
Voters are confused and asking questions like these…
• Is our voter registration still valid?
• Who needs to re-apply for a by-mail ballot to vote this year?
• Can Florida’s map turn the US Congress from blue to red?

We aren’t so sure about the answers either. So, after a two-year hiatus we are kicking off our first Hot Topics luncheon program on May 11 with a timely program to clear up election law and redistricting confusion. Get the latest facts from the experts while having a delicious lunch in the magnificent and new Winter Park Events Center. Click HERE for more information and to register.


LWVOC member and former LWVFL President Patricia Brigham, has started a new non-profit Prevent Gun Violence Florida in the belief that more coverage of dangerous behavior is critical to stemming the tide of gun violence.  As an example, Patti shares the recent story in Jacksonville of elementary students given the opportunity to hold military style weapons at a "Touch-the-Truck" event. 

“It is really disturbing that it is a sheriff’s office who is allowing children to touch these types of weapons,” Patricia Brigham, President of Prevent Gun Violence Florida said.  Brigham, who lives in Orlando, feels the event wasn’t teaching children about gun safety and says what is really needed is a campaign reminding adults to keep guns locked and unloaded."

 For full Jacksonville story, Click HERE   Also, learn more about LWVFL's Spotlight on Gun Safety in Florida

MEMBERS ONLY This week's webinar will feature two special guests in honor of April being National Minority Health Month. This nationally recognized month is significant as experiences with racism and discrimination can contribute to mistrust of our health care system among racial and ethnic minority groups, leading to mistrust of factual information.

Our featured guests will both address different aspects of minority health disparities in Florida. Join us on Friday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) as we welcome Dr. Jeffery Goldhagen, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida as well as Paula Mimms.



 

Pat Grierson
Anne Packham
Faye Norris
 
Click DONATE and support the League.  Contributions can be made "In honor"  "In Memoriam"  "In Recognition" or however you wish to recognize someone.
 
 
SAVE THE DATE-May 17
For new members or any member who is interested in meeting Committee Chairs as well as learning about the opportunities of being a Leaguer, consider coming to our first in-person Showcase & Orientation in two years.

Orange County Mayor Launches Transportation Initiative Online and In Person 
- April 26 is the date that the Board of County Commissioners will vote whether or not to put the penny sales tax for transportation on the ballot.  The League is urging Commissioners to vote "yes" and put the sales tax on the ballot.
 
 
 
 
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:

MEMBERS:  We hope to see you tonight at the Annual Meeting but if you're unable to make it, make note that we are in the process of updating our online communications (website, email, social media, etc.) to better serve members as well as the general public.  We will be emailing a short SURVEY to you soon to help us better understand your needs and preferences.  Thanks in advance for your time in completing our survey.

Newsletter Checklist:
  • See you tonight at our Annual Meeting.
  • Know a League Leader?  Send us their info to be featured in our newsletter.
  • Hot Topics luncheon seats are the hottest ticket in town.  Make your reservation today!
  • Were you at the Tally Rally on Tuesday with our state prez and LWV members? Pic below courtesy of LWVFL.


Warriors for Democracy
 
Need a gift idea?  Consider our history book for ALL occasions; the compelling stories will resonate with anyone who's interested in Orange County history.
Learn more about our book and view a recent Zoom event: Continue reading HERE.