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Rhonda Rogers- Young Leaguers


On October 11, Young Leaguers gathered at Bru’s Room in Boynton Beach to hear Rhonda Rogers, Executive Director of Lake Worth West Community Center/ Bridges.  Rhonda explained the many ways her center is impacting the local community. She then divided the audience into three groups to discuss how they could be  helpful in their own spheres of influence.

Young Leaguers- Oct Meetup 1

Pictured left is presenter Rhonda Rogers on the left with Darlene Kostrub.

  • One group discussed what they are passionate about that included volunteering in the local area, mentoring refugees, nature and civics education among others.  
  • When asked what pieces of legislation the second group would want to create, their answers focused on gun safety and mental health issues.  
  • The third group talked about how to
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Online Voter Registration: Susan Bucher

Susan Bucher, Online Voter RegistrationPalm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher will speak at the Voting Rights Coalition meeting on Thursday November 2 at 2 pm at Compass, 201 North Dixie, Lake Worth.

Susan will discuss the rollout of Florida Online Voter Registration and answer your questions about third party agents such as LWV using the system to register new voters, the necessity to supply full social security number, and rollout status. She will bring us up to date with her and Florida SOEs’ legislative priorities for the upcoming 2018 session.

Read the PDF: Palm Beach County Safe and Secure Elections.

We will also talk about some important of voting rights issues:

  • Russian meddling in our elections
  • 2nd chance: Voting Restoration Amendment campaign
  • National Popular Vote campaign

No need to register,

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Hot Topics-Workforce Housing in PBC

Read Suzanne Cabrera’s Bio

Register online HERE or by calling Estelle Friedman 561-968-4123.

5.5×8.5 affordable housing (5)


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Concert Across America


The following is the text of a speech made by Thomas Gabor, Ph.D., at the Concert Across America event on September 24 in Lake Worth.

Some people say that the high level of gun violence in the US is the price we pay for living in a free society. Let’s look at other free societies.

  • We have about 11,000 gun homicides each year.
  • By contrast, the United Kingdom has about 40 gun homicides a year, Australia has 35, Germany about 60, Japan about 10.  When we combine other advanced countries and adjust for population differences, the US has 25 times the gun homicide rate as other advanced democracies
  • There is now more than one mass shooting per day in the US. A third of all the civilian mass
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Legislative Preview


Legislative PreviewBy Marsha Vinson

On Tuesday, October 3rd, the Palm Beach County League presented its annual Legislative Preview at the Palm Beach Post featuring a panel of  Florida Legislators. Panelists included:

  • Senator Jeff Clemens (District 31)
  • Representative Bobby Powell (District 88)
  • Representative Joseph Abruzzo (District 81)
  • Representative Lori Berman (District 90)
  • Representative Emily Slosberg (District 91)
  • Representative Matt Willhite (District 86)


LWVPBC member Ken Thomas expertly moderated the panel.

The two-hour preview covered a discussion of legislative priorities, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), privatization of public schools, ACLU lawsuit challenging the Florida Abortion Law, medical marijuana, the Sadowski Affordable Housing Act, and the Florida Water and Land Conservation Act.

Legislative priorities included gun safety,  felon voting rights restoration, mental illness, texting while driving, nursing home hurricane …

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Member Profile: Dorothy Jacks

Dorothy JacksLeague Member and Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks, CFA, AAS, was recently sworn in as President of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) in front of a crowd of 1,500 of her peers, during ceremonies at the IAAO’s 83rd Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ms. Jacks is only the 7th female to fill this role in IAAO’s 84-year history. Her 1-year term begins on January 1, 2018.

As President, Ms. Jacks will serve as Chair of the Executive Board. In 2017, she served as IAAO President-Elect, Vice President in 2016 and was past President of the Florida Chapter of IAAO.

IAAO is the leading nonprofit, educational and research association for individuals in the assessment profession and others with an interest …

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Membership News- September


membership news- SeptPlease welcome our new and reinstating members. 

For contact info, go to the Member Directory at

For the member password, contact Darlene Kostrub, Membership Chair, at 561-852-0496 or


Nancy Albano(reinstated)         Highland Beach

Barbara Ashley(reinstated)       Boynton Beach

Andrea Brice                                 Lake Worth

Sandra Caruso(reinstated)        Palm Beach Gardens

Carlton Moody                             West Palm Beach

Ava L. Parker                                Wellington

Rabbi Amy Rader                         Delray Beach

Senator Kevin Rader                   Delray Beach

Marie Seide                                   Boca Raton

Lenore Wachtel(reinstated)     Boca Raton  


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Treasury Notes- September

treasurer report

By Joan Karp

Thank you to Members who joined or renewed at the Susan B. Anthony level:

Kim Ardila-Morgan
Debra Chandler
Harriet Diamond
Caela Farren
Nancy Flinn
Nancy Gau
Susan Goldfein
Pamela Goodman
Elayne Goodman
Ken Horkavy
Dan Isaacson
Christina Ivaldi
Judith Teller Kaye
Diane Kessler
Diane Marks
Millington McCoy
Ava Parker
Mccall Credle Rosenthal
Jess Santanaria
Linda Sorenson
Ana Maria Villaneuva
Joan Williams
Ted Winsberg
Trudy Winsberg

Thank you to those who included a donation with their dues:

Caela Farren
Cecily Feldman
Joan Moody
Lois Morse
Kevin Rader
Ya-Ning Rifflard
Emily Rosen (Education Fund)
Lenore Wachtel (Education Fund)
Elinor Williams
Bongsoon Zubay
Elinor Zwerling…

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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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Brown Vegetation After Hurricane Irma

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

Burned leaves- Hurricane Irma

Florida is recovering from Hurricane Irma.  However, many plants and trees now have brown leaves on the sides where Irma blew the strongest – east and south.  Some look like they were scorched with a blowtorch because the hurricane winds lasted so long.  Gradually, leaves will turn from dark green to dull green to brown because of wind damage, known as wind burn.  Even hearty plants such as the sea grape, which survive on the oceanfront, have been affected.

Dead tree tops- Hurricane Irma

More damage could emerge in upcoming weeks as plants continue to react to the climactic change.  Some recovery results may take years.   When plants are stressed, they shut down and try to save energy.  The extremities, such as leaves, die and fall off.   …

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