Hot Topic Luncheons 2017 Update

Luncheon Information:

Our popular monthly luncheons continue in 2017!

Rita Thrasher

Rita Thrasher

March 15 – Updates on Mental Health Issues in Palm Beach County
Speaker: Rita Thrasher, Chairman of PBC Action Alliance for Mental Health

Rita has emerged as an impassioned, bold and brave community leader with a “loud voice” in advocating and rallying for increased awareness, understanding, acceptance and education to assist agencies and schools in Palm Beach County in breaking the deafening silence that keeps those in need of help from asking for or pursuing it.
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Coming up:

April 19 – Annual Meeting Followed by Luncheon, Kevin Wagner, Speaker on Today’s Politics    Learn more…

Cost Increase:
We are happy to report that our luncheons will continue at the Atlantis Country Club which provides us …

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You Be the Judge

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we need nineKeeping a court seat vacant for political reasons should not become the norm!

As a follow up to our Why Courts Matter series, we invite you to participate in
You Be the Judge

Tuesday, February 21, 1:30 pm -4:00 pm
Compass, 201 North Dixie, Lake Worth

No charge but Attendance limited
Reservations required- contact Nancy Cohen,

An interactive activity that helps you understand that courts matter now more than ever.
NY Opinion, Sunday- What the Chief Justice Should Have Said


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John Englander

In cased you missed it, here is John Englander’s talk with the LWVPBC:

John Englander graphicENVIRONMENTAL GROUP


DATE: September 22, 2016

TIME: 5:30–7:30 PM

PLACE: Summit Library, 3650 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL 33406




Renowned climate expert and internationally acclaimed speaker and author presents

Climate Change Involves 4 Different Issues:
The Policy Implications

Does the type of energy we use really affect the environment?
Will sea level rise really affect my residence or business?
Is my water really safe?

Issues concerning climate change, energy, sea level rise, recycling, the Everglades, fresh water, ecosystem, algae and more may all appear to be similar. Noted climate expert John Englander will  explain where they overlap and where

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Navy blues and daffodil yellows greeted us at the Atlantis Country Club!  Raffle gifts, door prizes, and beautiful bouquets encircled the room and elicited the feeling of fun and celebration.


An Abundance of Prizes

Keeter Martinson and her team of dedicated workers offered a variety of raffle options that included beach chairs and cooler, a basket of white orchids, yummy chocolate treats, a foursome for golf and dinner, an assortment of books, and many other choices. Flower centerpieces graced the tables and the Atlantis staff provided delightful food and service.

Fashion Show
Chico’s provided a cruise fare fashion show with some of our League members and county political VIPs (School board member Karen Brill and Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher as

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Tell The Florida Legislature To Stop Undermining Our Courts

Republican leaders in the Florida Legislature have set their sights on attacking the independence of Florida’s courts. HJR 121 would put a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that, if passed, would allow the Florida Legislature to override state court decisions they don’t like with a two-thirds vote. It doesn’t take a degree in civics to understand how this undermines our democracy.

Sign the petition to the Florida Legislature today:

Stop trying to undermine our courts and our democracy. Vote No on HJR 121.

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FAU Ocean Harbor Speakers Calendar

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FAU Ocean Science Lecture Series 2017

The Ocean Science Lecture Series provides a forum for the community at large to learn about Harbor Branch’s most recent discoveries directly from the scientists who made them. The invited speakers from other institutions are colleagues who work on topics relevant to our Harbor Branch research themes.

Ocean Science Lecture Series 2017

Lectures are held in the Johnson Education Center auditorium on the Harbor Branch campus, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce. “In-Season” weekly lectures (January 11 through April 5) will be held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., followed by a meet-the-speaker reception. There is no charge to attend.


Click here to see the Lecture Schedule, watch Live Streaming and more!

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Young Leaguers Event-January 2017


Young Leaguers Event-Networking
When: Monday, January 30, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Dorrian’s West Palm Beach, 215 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

League Members and Friends (16 to 45), are invited to mix and mingle with the Young Leaguers for an evening of networking and fun!

Contact person: Darlene Kostrub, 561-507-0598
For adults ages 16-45.

Young Leaguers Jan 30 flyer

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Toxic Lake- The Weather Channel video

A huge lake in Florida has been producing toxic algae.

The Weather Channel coverage of toxic algae caused by fertilizer runoff on the Treasure Coast in Florida, Summer 2016.

Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee

A huge lake in Florida has been producing toxic algae. We explain why:

Posted by The Weather Channel on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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Article: Expanding gun rights and more mass shootings

Expanding gun rights won’t save us from more mass shootings | Opinion


  • By Thomas Gabor, Tampa Bay Times (re-printed)

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Monday, January 9, 2017 4:16pm

As Florida experiences its second public mass shooting since last June — this time at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport — state legislators have introduced bills that would substantially expand the rights of gun owners. The most comprehensive bill (SB 140) has been filed by Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota). His bill would allow concealed weapon license holders to carry handguns, openly if desired, into colleges and universities, public schools, airport terminals, government meetings, and career centers.

Following the airport shooting, Steube doubled down on his view that license holders ought to bring guns into venues like airports, claiming that gun-free …

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Column: Florida should not loosen gun laws

Column: Florida should not loosen gun laws

  • By Thomas Gabor and Patricia Brigham, special to the Tampa Bay Times (re-printed)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 3:46pm

As Florida experiences another mass shooting — this time at Fort Lauderdale’s airport — state legislators have introduced bills that would allow concealed weapon license-holders to carry handguns, both openly and concealed, into colleges and universities, public schools, local government meetings, airport terminals and legislative chambers. Supporters of these bills explain that these expansions of gun rights will be limited to individuals trained and licensed to carry firearms, and that the measures will enhance public safety.

We should not be reassured.

The evidence is growing that expanding the right to carry will compromise rather than enhance public safety. Stanford University …

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