Understanding how our local governments work is BASIC to League effectiveness. A local League observer is the eyes and ears of the League. Observers learn how the governing bodies work and about issues that are, or may become, items for local study and action. Consistent League presence at these meetings adds to the League’s visibility and credibility.
The objective of the Observer Corps is to monitor governmental bodies for information of importance to the League and the community/state.
Being an observer can be interesting and fun. It puts the League on the inside, hearing decisions that will affect the community/state and the League.
Observer Corps members (left to right) Carol Stender, Arlene Ustin, Nancy Ballen, Joyce Smookler, and Patty Whitehill pause for a photo op before observing the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners meeting.
The Observer Corps continues to monitor meetings throughout the county. Our ranks have grown to a healthy size, but the need for Observers is never satisfied. A few members have stepped up to coordinate coverage of some cities. Clare Miller has agreed to coordinate coverage of Lake Worth, Sheila Jaffe will coordinate Boca Raton, and Cindy Sheehan-Hartwell will coordinate the city of West Palm Beach.
Two League members received recognition at the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners Meeting in March.
Allocations of funds, environmental concerns, traffic control, expenses imposed by presidential visits.
These topics–and more–were discussed at various municipal and county meetings. Members of the LWVPBC Observer Corps were in attendance. We are becoming a consistently visible presence throughout the county.
Join us and help “make a difference” at the grassroots level!
Members reported the following activity from the past month’s meetings:
PBC School Board Regular Meeting, February 15, 2017
Concern over new Social Studies textbooks as they focus primarily on slavery, rather than achievements, as the significance of Black History. Teachers were reminded to supplement textbook curriculum.
Concern expressed that teachers must attend too many meetings. They need more time for classroom preparation.
The Observer Corps has been busy attending commissioners meetings throughout the county and taking notes! We are pleased that the Corps has grown from four to sixteen members in just a few short months.
The larger the Observer Corps becomes, the more influence we have on elected officials. We are always looking for new Observer Corps members who want to attend local meetings. Coverage is still needed in Wellington, Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens.
Next Observer Corps Members Meeting:
Thursday, February 23rd, 1:00 PM
Compass Community Center
201 N Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, FL
Hope to see you there!
Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners
Developers continue to chip away at the AgReserves.
The Legislative delegation met with the school board to discuss priorities from the schools. The meeting was opened by this 1st grader who stole the show leading us in the pledge. Karen, Elayne Goodman & I attended. We did a lot of networking there.