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Observer Corps February Report

Observer Corps

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.

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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


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

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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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Voter Services

Young Leaguers

Focus: Participate and organize voter registration and education activities at various sites in Palm Beach County. Work with speakers bureau and other committees to provide voter registration services.

Chair: Harriet Diamond (, 772-696-2514)

Meetings:  First Thursday of the Month, at Children’s Services Council, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton, Beach, Fl.…

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Special Events

Focus: Plan events for the membership and coordinate Hot Topic Luncheons.

Chair: Keeter Martinson (561-844-3713)

Meetings: As needed.…

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Candidate Forums

Focus: Conduct, moderate and assist with candidate forums for local positions. . Training is provided.

Chair: Kenneth Thomas (, 561-487-7940)…

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Speakers Bureau


Makes presentations to local civic clubs, colleges, community organizations and residential groups, educating the public on state and local issues.  Training and materials are provided.
The Speakers Bureau offers presentations on The Electoral College; Restore the Vote  Your Florida Government, Your County Government, Constitution Revision Commission and Gun Safety.
Chair: Ethelene Jones (, 561-444-8693)…

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