Cool Topics

Cool Topics

Cool Topics
  • These were formerly our membership meetings.
  • They are traditionally held in the evening so that a broader range of our members can attend after work.
  • We offer light refreshments and a topic related to our internal mission and organization.
  • Light refreshments are offered for $3 donation.
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Cool Topic- Gun Control

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June Cool Topic

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Photos- Civics Education in PBC & Florida

Photo Highlights from Cool Topic- Civics Education in PBC & Florida


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Cool Topic- Civics Education in PBC & Florida

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March Cool Topic

Map of Dreher Park

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Cool Topic: Education in Palm Beach County

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Noteworthy comments by LWVPBC President:

Reviewed by Marsha Vinson

The Palm Beach Post Auditorium was a packed house on Saturday morning, February 3. League members, local educators, county residents and families listened attentively to the panel comprised of Palm Beach County School Board members and our own committee chairs: Christine Campbell Gabor, Civics Education, and Kimberly Spire-Oh, Education.  Attendees received insights regarding pending legislation in Tallahassee and issues facing the Palm Beach County schools–with emphasis on charter/private schools.


Moderator Debra Chandler stands on left with panelists ( r.) Marcia Andrews, Karen Brill, Chuck Shaw, Christene Campbell-Gabor, Kimberley Spire-Oh, and Erica Whitfield.

Pending Legislation: Florida House Education Bills & Public Education

  • HB 7055: An Education Omnibus/School Choice Bill including private school vouchers to students
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Education In Palm Beach Country Issues and Ideas

A live feed of an education discussion with board members, education board members, advocates and more! Watch here:

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Cool Topic- Education in Palm Beach County

Cool Topics


Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:00 – 11:00 am
The Palm Beach Post, 2751 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

FEB 2018 Cool Topic- education in pb county


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How & When To Make Life End Decisions

Reviewed by Marsha Vinson

end of life decisions

President Karen Wilkerson presides over panel discussion on End of Life Decisions

League members who attended, watched the live streaming, or have been fortunate enough to have viewed the Cool Topic video available on the League website, now know how to Start The Conversation!


The evening presentation at The Palm Beach Post auditorium commenced with our President Karen Wilkerson’s introductions of the featured speakers:

  • Drs. Brent Schillinger and Michael Ravitsky
  • John Pastore, Financial Planner
  • John Peterson, Esq.
  • David Levy, Esq./gerontologist


The panel members stressed the importance of planning, decision-making, and being a good listener.  John Pastore’s revelation that his vibrant 71-year-old wife’s passing away unexpectedly this past November brought home the importance of being prepared, to have a sense of peace, and to

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Sugar Tour

Sugar Tour to Florida Crystals – Wednesday, January 24th.

Tour is limited to 40 people.

Sign up by clicking HERE – deadline January 14th. 

Please contact Keeter Martinson with questions,

Lunch and transportation from the Palm Beach Outlets provided. We will be picking up from the Palm Beach Outlet Mall at 7:30 and will leave no later than 7:45 am.

Attire for the day is suggested to be socks, sneakers or rubber sole shoes. Khakis or denim pants and shirts with sleeves. No boat sh amoes or slippers.

Here is a tentative itinerary of the day:

8:30 am- Arrive at the ACE

8:45 am- Environmental overview by Sharon Trost

9:15 am- Overview of Research & Development

9:45 am- Precision Agriculture

10:15 am- Visit greenhouse

10:45 am- …

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Cool Topic: End of Life Decisions


6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Registration is at 5:30 p.m.

At The Palm Beach Post Auditorium

2751 So. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, Fl 33405 (SW Corner of Belvedere Road) • No Charge • RSVP HERE

 HOW AND WHEN TO MAKE life end decisions. 

Featured Panel:

  • Brent Schillinger, MD, past president of the Medical Society will discuss how to start the conversation with your parents or children about your wishes for care.
  • Michael Ravitsky, O.D., -Cardiologist will share his experiences when end of life decisions have, or have not, been decided and discussed ahead of time.
  • John Pastore, Financial Planner, will review the documents that should be drawn and how to make those documents accessible when needed and your wishes for financial
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Cool Topic: Constitutional Crises

Irving Labovitz, J.D.By Marsha Vinson

Despite stormy skies, on September 27, Attorney Irving Labovitz presented a menu of legal issues which confront all of us. With insight and humor, Labovitz discussed many topics including: Gerrymandering, the travel ban, impeachment requirements, honoring the American flag, collusion vs. conspiring, sanctuary cities, executive order, and executive privilege.

Labovitz’s discussion of Gerrymandering included the history of the term and the pivotal role that the League of Women Voters in Arizona in the case of Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the independent redistricting commission could be set by the voters to establish fair districts. The commission in that state was created by popular vote through a ballot initiative.

Just a few years ago the Florida League …

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