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League Events in the News

in the news

Making the News with two April events: April 19th Hot Topic Luncheon featuring Professor Kevin Wagner, Ph.D. speaking on “Today’s  Politics” and April 23rd with Justice Barbara J. Pariente speaking on “Current and Future Challenges facing Florida’s Judiciary”.

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Annual Business Meeting

hot topics


April 19, 2017   

9:00 a.m. Registration

9:30 -11:00 a.m. Business Meeting

Atlantis Country Club, Atlantis, Florida

The agenda will include:

  • Committee Reports
  • Financial Reports
  • Proposed Bylaw Amendments
  • Proposed Budget
  • Elections to the Board of Directors

Kevin WagnerFollowing the business meeting there will be a Hot Topic Luncheon featuring Professor Kevin Wagner, Ph.D. speaking on “Today’s  Politics.”

To attend the luncheon you should reserve online or call Estelle at 561-968-4123


Next Month:

May 17 – Deirdre McNab speaking on ‘Solar for Florida’

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Guns and Kids: Preventing Tragedies

gun control

Please come and learn how kids from toddlers to young adults are impacted by the abundance of guns in our society. The LWVPBC is presenting and event with panelists, Dr. Tom Gabor, author of CONFRONTING GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, County Commissioner Dave Kerner, Dr. Debra Robinson, PBC school board member, and Captain Michael Wallace representing the PBC Sheriff’s office.

Saturday, MAY 13, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00
Hagen Ranch Road Library
14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach

Contact: Geoff Kashdan at
(please put “LWVPBC Gun Safety’ in subject box)


Dr. Tom Gabor: Criminologist, author, Confronting Gun Violence in America

PBC Commissioner Dave Kerner: Former state legislator, prosecutor, police officer

PBC School Board Member Dr. Debra Robinson: Retired physician, community activist


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Florida Constitutional Revision (CRC) Hearing


Florida Constitutional Revision (CRC) Hearing


On April 7, thirty-one League members attended the Florida Constitutional Revision (CRC) Hearing. Twenty-two of them testified at this important public hearing. The Boca Raton CRC hearing is one of several hearings that are being held across the state by the Commission.

Issues brought forth were:

Restoration of Voting Rights for Former Felons
Abortion Rights
Civic Education
Preservation of Judicial Powers
Climate Change
Health Care
Work Permit Verification
Education (funding, vouchers, charters)
Right to Die Decisions
National Popular Vote
Lobby Disclosure
Death Penalty
Election Write in Candidates
Candidate Majority Voting
Juvenile Justice
Aquifer Protection Act
Carbon Fuel Tax
Fishing Net Bans
Separation of State and Religion
Sanctuary Cities

LWBPBC President Karen Wilkerson testified on behalf of the

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Observer Corps March Reports

By Joyce Smookler and Carol Stender, CoChairs

Observer Corps

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.

  • Debra Chandler was appointed to the Citizens
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PBC BOCC Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

PowerPoint Presentation:

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Over 30 League members testified at the CRC

Over 30 League members showed up and spoke at the CRC on 4/7/16. You can watch the entire event on the archive link below.

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LWVPBC Lobbies in Tallahassee

By Carol Stender

March 28-29, 2017 was the Legislative Summit for the League of Women Voters of Florida. Fifteen members of the Palm Beach County League traveled to Tallahassee for two days of learning and lobbying.

Our time at the Summit gave us opportunities to explore the Capitol, to sit in on committee meetings, to meet with our legislators, to track the bills, and even to attend a press conference.

A few attendees from left to right, top row: Mindy Koch, Keeter Martinsen, Debra Chandler
Bottom row: Christene Campbell-Gabor, Karen Wilkerson

Traveling to Tallahassee, a lovely city of hills and trees in the northwest corner of the state, provided time for sharing and bonding. Once decamped in our rooms at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel, LWVF lobbyist …

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Member Profile: Dr. Tom Gabor

By Emily Rosen

Dr. Tom Gabor

Dr. Tom Gabor, author of best selling Confronting Gun Violence in America

Are you aware that, in the United States, almost 100 people die from gunshot wounds every day? For 27 years the League has been proactive in its stated position to control the proliferation of handguns and semiautomatic assault weapons in the United States. The LWVUS has joined the multitudes urging Congress and State Legislatures to enact common sense legislation to combat gun violence.


The LWVPBC is uniquely fortunate to have among our members an expert in the field.  Dr. Thomas Gabor is a noted Criminologist, Sociologist, and author of the recently published Confronting Gun Violence in America (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), in which he examines the link between gun ownership and homicide, suicide, …

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LWVPBC President Karen Wilkerson Speaks at CRC

Below is a transcript of President Wilkerson’s speech to the Constitution Revision Commission hearing at FAU in Boca Raton this past April 7.

President Karen WilkersonI am Karen Wilkerson from North Palm Beach. As President of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, I am speaking on their behalf.

A twenty year revision of the state constitution is an important occasion. Therefore, we strongly feel that the Commission should abide by the Florida Sunshine Laws. The progress of this important review must be transparent, open to the public, and reflect the public views. Otherwise, its work will not be accepted at the polling booth.
This present round of hearings did not permit most legislators to participate. Short notice, selection of days and times did not make it possible

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