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Date: 6/2/2022
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins



"This month (and every month), we're uplifting our LGBTQIA heroes who continue to fight for a more inclusive and equitable democracy."  League of Women Voters US

Shown above, Leaguer Rachel Deming installed solar panels on her home several years ago when the co-op launched.
 
ORANGE COUNTY SOLAR 2022 CO-OP LAUNCHED!
Once again, the LWVOC is a partner of the Orange County Solar Co-op 2022 which is sponsored by two local governments: City of Orlando and Orange County.   League members are invited to join this Co-op if they own homes or other property in Orange County and/or to help spread the word.
For more info visit Co-op's webpage here

Literally, just a FEW seats left.  We knew it was going to be sell-out!  Lunch provided by Cuisiniers caterer is a tasty plant-centric meal with fish/meat options.
We’re giving the mic to Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell to talk about none other than it’s a HOT MESS: THE STATE OF POLITICS AND JOURNALISM IN FLORIDA.
 
Register NOW for June 8 Hot Topics 11:30 AM – 1 PM, Doors open at 11.Winter Park Events Center,  $30 members, $35 guests. 


Diane Knudson
Patricia Burke
TaCara Clark
Maija Judelson – A Susan B. Anthony Donor
 
A hearty welcome to our newest members!
 
 
THANK YOU for your generous donation to the LWVOC Fund.
 
Barbara Shell
 
Visit our Donations page.  2022 is queued up to be a politically challenging year and your donations help us fight for #Votes4All
Donations can also be made "To honor, In memory, In tribute or recognition" etc. for a special someone.

Mark your calendars for the next Chat with the LWVOC Co-Presidents, Barbara Lanning and Nicolette Springer.
JUNE 9th, 12:00PM
Second Thursday Monthly
Members, visit Board of Directors page to view the last chat.  And watch your in-box for upcoming messages from your Co-Presidents.
As the sign says-coming soon! You may have noticed some changes at lwvoc.org lately. The digital branding and marketing experts at LaunchThat! are currently putting the finishing touches on our new face to the world. We have studied pages from leagues across the country and combined that with LaunchThat! expertise to come up with something completely new.  Continue reading HERE.

MEMBERS ONLY Register HERE
 

This week's webinar will feature a presentation centered around League leadership. The League of Women Voters Collier County has completed three years of a successful League Leadership Program, designed to recruit and develop future leaders. 

Pat Plummer and Diane Preston Moore of LWV of Collier County will join our Lunch & Learn on Friday, June 3 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) to share the design, implementation, evaluation and outcomes of the program with League members across the state.


Volunteer ~ Support ~ Speak Up

Visit LWVFL Gun Reform and learn about our statewide efforts, links to resources, and proposed steps forward to combat the scourge of gun fatalities.  And if you're ready to reach out to your representatives, find their contact info HERE.
Email LWVOC member Eugene Stoccardo if you're interested in our League's committee.  Carol Wonsavage, who has served as our interim Chair, has put together this useful list of links: Gun Safety Resources
Feel the urge to do something NOW and want to join like-minded individuals?  Consider this local event:
Moms Demand Action, often a partner with the LWVOC, has planned an event on June 5 at Hammered Lamb to write postcards to legislators and voters: https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/44938/signup/ 

Board Member Opening
We have regretfully accepted the resignation of Shan Rose as Treasurer effective immediately who has filed to run for HD41 and as you all know from your close reading of the Bylaws and Policies & Procedures, she is no longer eligible to serve as a result.
Share your financial expertise as our new Treasurer.  We have experienced former Treasurers who are ready to help you transition into that role.
LWVOC is starting a podcast.  We're first starting with interviews of members and non-members related to voting. Some of the questions will be related to the first time you voted, thoughts about voting, why you vote, etc.  Our hope is to launch the first episode by the end of June. 
The podcast will move on to other topics of interest to the club as we progress through the year.
 
Any questions, or if you want to volunteer to be interviewed, please reach out to Susan Baxter at baxtersc@gmail.com


Volunteers Needed--VOTE411 is the League’s online Voter Guide that will be available at the end of June.  We are working on our local version right now.  We would like to have the candidate descriptions and questions in Spanish as well as English. We need a couple of volunteers with proficiency in writing Spanish to translate for us.  If you have such skills and would like to volunteer, please let us know.  Contact Kathy Sheerin kathysheerin.lwvoc@yahoo.com
or Terry Gillam tsgillam42@gmail.com
Teachers Wanted!
The Education Committee is looking for local educators who would like to participate in this year's Harvard Case Method Civics Workshop, AUG 20.  All training, case materials, and ongoing teacher support is FREE.  Learn more HERE about nominating a local teacher.  Nomination deadline is JULY 10.

The Adopt-A-Precinct (AAP) program is a community partnership initiated by the Supervisor of Elections.   Participating organizations “adopt” a precinct, or several precincts, during an election by providing the people to staff the polling place for that precinct. The Supervisor of Elections then writes a check to the organization, rather than paying the individual workers. The AAP program funnels tax dollars to AAP groups and back into the community through their efforts.
Continue reading HERE. Interested in volunteering?  Email: Mary Montanus

Newsletter Checklist:
  • May was a banner month for new members.  WELCOME!
  • Thank you to all our MAY donors!  Now let's get that June goal.
  • Lots of LWVOC advocacy opportunities this month including a Board position available.

A reminder from our DEIA Committee:

MAY is Mental Health Month.  Visit NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Health 
to find resources, activities, and events.