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Welcome to New League Members

Welcome to New League Members

WELCOME TO THESE NEW LEAGUE MEMBERS…

 
Miriam Acosta-Castriz Lake Worth
Shelly Albright Wellington (reinstated)
Kira Alvarez Jupiter
Sammy Alzofon Lake Worth
Maria Antuna West Palm Beach
Kevin Baker Palm Beach Gardens
George Barrs Lake Worth
Lee Barberich West Palm Beach
Jennifer Boddicker Lake Worth
Barbara Bjorklund Jupiter
Ashley Cacicedo Delray Beach
Arielle Callender Loxahatchee
Tracy Ciucci Lake Worth
Aaron Clemens Palm Beach Gardens
Courtney Combe Ocean Ridge
Cassondra Corbin-Thaddies Lantana
Stacey DeLooye Boynton Beach
Lois Dermer Boca Raton
Linda Fischer Jupiter
Vally Flint Coconut Creek
Susan Goldfein Palm Beach
Sheldon Hearst Boca Raton
Marjorie Heilweil Boca Raton
Ruth Holmes West Palm Beach
Jeanette Horn North Palm Beach
Marta Isaacson Delray Beach
Caroline Jackson Greenacres
Joanne Kelly Lake Worth
Christopher Kogstrom North Palm Beach
Barbara Lieberman Delray Beach
Sandra
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Guns and Kids

Guns and Kids

By Geoff Kashdan

There are so many gun-related issues that those who support gun “rights” and those who support gun regulations can have understandable disagreements. But one issue, guns and kids, is different. Most of the tropes presented by “gun rights” advocates supporting the reduction of gun regulation laws fall apart when considering the carnage on the young ages 2-24, especially children under 14 years of age. Consider what some experts have stated:

  • “In 2008-2009 the number of preschoolers killed in gun incidents was nearly double the number of police killed in the same time period.” (Children Defense Fund. 2012).
  • “In 2010 gun related injuries accounted for 6,570 deaths of children and young people (1-24 years of age). That includes 7 deaths per day among people
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March Membership Meeting Report

March Membership Meeting Report

LWVPBC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

By Ellen Norman

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County held a General Membership Meeting on March 1, 2017.  The almost 70 attendees heard an informative presentation on the Electoral College.

 Karen Wilkerson, President, welcomed everyone and urged anyone present who was not already a member to join the League and become an active member.

    She introduced Nancy Cohen who spoke about the Electoral College.  Nancy informed the audience that the Presidential candidate who won the popular vote in 2 of the last 5 elections did not become president. She further explained that our electoral vote in Florida is worth 1/3 that of a less populated state. Because of this, in 1970 the LWVUS took a position in opposition to the Electoral …

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The Speakers Bureau 2016 Report

The Speakers Bureau 2016 Report

By Ethelene Jones, M.D., Chairperson

In the 2016 Presidential election year, the referendums and constitutional amendment proposals on the primary election and general election ballots generated a lot of interest and many questions.

Our Speakers Bureau was in great demand to help voters understand the issues. We filled 73 speaking engagements, reaching an audience of 2,893 persons.

Many of the groups who invited our presentations donated honorariums to the League. In 2016, the Speakers Bureau generated donations totaling $2371.00.

The topics we offered were:

  • The August 30 Primary
  • Campus Carry
  • Your Florida Government
  • Your County Government
  • Gun Safety
  • Climate Change
  • Decision 2016

Our speakers were: Rosalie Almborg, Christene Campbell Gabor, Debra Chandler, Barbara Eriv, Ethelene Jones, Geoff Kashdan, Diane Kessler, Marcia Lamel, Corinne Miller, Barbara Phillipi, Mary Jane

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Observer Corps February Report

Observer Corps February Report

By Joyce Smookler and Carol Stender, Co-Chairs

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.

 

PBC School Board PBSCD Workshop,

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Young Leaguers January Report

Young Leaguers January Report

YOUNG LEAGUERS IN THE K(NOW)

By Darlene Kostrub

On January 30, an interested group of Young Leaguer members and friends met at Dorrian’s Red Hand in West Palm Beach for an evening of networking.

  • The group concurred that they were very concerned about immigration issues and hope that LWVPBC will restart an Immigration Issue Group.
  • They joined the General Membership Meeting on March 1, which focused on the Electoral College.

Plan Ahead!

  • On Monday, April 24, they will again meet at Dorrian’s on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach for a meeting with Christene Campbell-Gabor presenting the work of the Civics Education Committee as Young Leaguers have a special interest in this area.
  • Young Leaguers will support the Gun Safety Panel to be held Saturday, May 13, in
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Explanation of March 6 Executive Order

Explanation of March 6 Executive Order

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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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Hot Topics

Hot Topics
  • A series of luncheon meetings with a speaker at each, discussing one of our Key Issues.
  • There is a $25 fee to attend and you must pre-reserve.
  • Held at Atlantis Country Club.
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Thank You to MJ

The Speakers Bureau

In the 2016 Presidential election year, the referendums and constitutional amendment proposals on the primary election and general election ballots generated a lot of interest and many questions. Our Speakers Bureau was in great demand to help voters understand the issues. We filled 73 speaking engagements, reaching an audience of 2,893 persons. Many of the groups who invited our presentations donated honorariums to the League. In 2016, the Speakers Bureau generated donations totaling $2371.00.

The topics we offered were: The August 30 Primary; Campus Carry; Your Florida Government, Your County Government; Gun Safety; Climate Change; and Decision 2016. Our speakers were: Rosalie Almborg, Christene Campbell Gabor, Debra Chandler, Barbara Eriv, Ethelene Jones, Geoff Kashdan, Diane Kessler, Marcia Lamel, Corinne Miller, Barbara Phillipi, Mary Jane …

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