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Board Activities

By Karen Wilkerson, President

Your LWVPBC Board continues to work in structuring our organization to accommodate our growing membership. We plan to acquire new software to better our membership data management and financial reporting. Both will provide more efficient use of volunteer time and increase our ability to respond and service members.

We anticipate moving to six board meetings a year and increasing our meetings with working committees. The quality and focus of our committees is expanding and building respect in the community.

We also hope to continue upgrading our technology in order to stream more meetings to those unable to attend and to increase our production of these services.

We encourage members to attend committee, Hot Topic, and Cool Topic meetings to learn about all the programs

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One Planet Summit

one planet summitBy Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

Two years after the historic Paris Agreement on climate, more than 50 heads of state, as well as environment ministers, regional leaders, and bank and finance executives met in Paris on December 12, 2017, to finance global efforts to meet the goals of the agreement.

Melting Polar Ice Caps

Temperatures below freezing (0 degrees Celsius/32 degrees Fahrenheit) are required to curtail further melting of the Polar Ice Caps.  Current global temperatures are rising at an alarming accelerated rate above freezing.  The Paris Agreement’s main goal is to keep a global temperature rise this century to less than 2 degrees C (35.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels and to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C (34.7 degrees F), if possible.  France,

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The League of Women Voters of Florida believes that the President of the United States should be elected as is every other local, state and national public official—by popular vote.  Enacting the bipartisan National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will ensure that every Floridian’s vote counts—and counts equally—in national elections.  States that enact the Compact pledge to award their Electoral votes to the candidate that wins the national popular vote.

We oppose the “winner-take-all rule” and the inequities in the Electoral College formula that make the votes of millions of Americans—and Floridians—meaningless.  We advocate for using the provisions of the U.S. Constitution that gives states exclusive control over instructing their electors and that encourages states to enter into interstate compacts. Electing the president by popular vote has received support …

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Florida’s 1.5 Million Missing Voters

Florida’s 1.5 Million Missing VotersBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD

JAN. 2, 2018

Everyone remembers that the 2000 presidential election was decided by 537 votes in Florida. Far fewer remember another important number from the state that year – 620,000, the Floridians who were barred from voting because state records showed, correctly or not, they had been convicted of a felony.


Continue reading the NY Times article…

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Pictured above at the MLK, Jr Celebration at Palm Beach State on January 10, 2018 are (l. to r.) Christene Campbell-Gabor, Debra Chandler, Karen Wilkerson, and Pam Maldonado.

Remarks by Karen Wilkerson, President, on LWVPBC receiving the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service:

“Thank you for this recognition. For 98 years, the League has persevered in promoting and protecting voting rights. We will continue this important focus. We hope you will join us in making sure more voters go to the polls because their participation is vital to democracy.

In honor of those of us that marched with Dr. King, please use today to recommit ourselves to the goal of true equality.

Please support us in having Florida join the growing number of states wanting to

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Cool Topic- Education in Palm Beach County

Cool Topic- Education in Palm Beach County


Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:00 – 11:00 am
The Palm Beach Post, 2751 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

FEB 2018 Cool Topic- education in pb county


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Observer Corps- November Monthly Reports

Observer Corps- November Monthly Reports

by Katie Gettinger

The purpose of the Observer Corps is two-fold:

  • to observe public meetings and report important issues to the LWV
  • to be seen by elected officials because “We matter and we are watching you.”

If you don’t see your area listed, please consider reporting on your meeting for the Observer Corps.

Jupiter Town Council Meeting was reported on by Katie Gettinger.

  • Jupiter is considering an additional homestead exemption for seniors who are 65 years old or older, whose income is less than $28,400, and who own their home. The additional homestead exemption would reduce the ad valorem tax funds by less than $25,000 for the town.
  • The councilors held a roundtable discussion about generator setbacks and noise following the power outages from Hurricane Irma.
  • A
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Environmental Day for Leadership 2018

By Debra Chandler

The 2108 Leadership Class spent the day discovering the vital contributions of environmental and natural resources to Palm Beach County on December 13, 2017.  The day began at the Manatee Lagoon in West Palm Beach.  Dozens of the beautiful creatures were huddled together as it was a very chilly day.  While eating breakfast, we learned about FPL’s efforts to minimize climate change through the use of solar and wind.  Per the utility company, they cannot provide the necessary power to their customers in a cost effective manner without using natural gas and oil plants.

Environmental Day for Leadership 2018

Learning about the Lake Worth Lagoon


That presentation was followed by a history of water management in Florida by Tommy Strowd of the Lake Worth Drainage District.  Water management began

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Speakers Bureau

By Ethelene Jones

2017 Calendar Year-End Activity Summary

In non-election years like 2017, the Speakers Bureau receives fewer requests for presentations than in election years. This is because the League’s presentations on ballot proposals generate high demand. For this reason, 2017 (and 2015) were not nearly as busy as 2016.

Calendar Year 2017

Non-Election Year

2016 General Election Year 2015

Non-Election Year

Presentations 36 70 26
Total Audience Served 971 2843 810

Next year, the November ballot promises to be very long because it will include proposals for amendments to the Florida Constitution from the Constitution Revision Commission. We expect that the Speakers Bureau will be very busy fulfilling requests for presentations to help voters understand the ballot proposals.

The Speakers Bureau has 20 members. We thank the

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Housing: The New Issue Group

Housing: The New Issue Group
LWV HIG report 122017
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