Hot Topic was indeed “HOT”!

March 15, 2017 Hot Topic was indeed “HOT”!

By Ellen Norman and Nancy Gau

Karen Wilkerson, President of the LWV of PBC welcomed a well attended  Hot Topics Luncheon crowd on March 15.  News from the President:

  • A new Spanish-language directory of elected officials will be published.
  • Darlene Kostrub, Membership Chair,  was commended for the increase of 50 members last month and the more than 60 new members who will attend the April 1 New Member Orientation.
  • Debra Chandler has been appointed to the Citizens Review Committee for the Oversight of the Penny Sales Tax in Palm Beach County.
  • Fourteen League members from Palm Beach County are traveling to Tallahassee to lobby.
  • March 15 was designated as “Hear Our Voice Day,”  sponsored by the Women’s March Committee  and many other organizations.
  • March is Women’s History Month and our League will honor the 97 years that the LWV has protected voting rights and for this year a major emphasis  will be to obtain equal pay for equal work.
  • Caela Farren and Carol Stender were commended for the excellent job of updating the newsletter.

Those present had the privilege of listening to guest speaker Rita Thrasher, Chair of PBC Action Alliance for Mental Health.  And many of us were moved to tears.

Rita is a dynamic speaker, and we were humbled by her ability to share her personal (very tragic) stories.  If you missed the event, please take a few minutes to view her  “I AM One” video on our website.  It tells her (and many others) stories and it has motivated several of us to purchase and proudly wear the button-to spread the word that mental health must come to the forefront.  There is so much that we can do for this cause (educate, advocate, get certified in mental health First Aid, make donations, or just talk to one another).  For example, did you know that 211 is the emergency contact number to use if you are involved in or witness someone in a mental health crisis?  This is a great start!

Contact Nancy Gau at 561-439-4522 if you are interested in joining the Healthcare Issue Group or if you would like further information about this cause and this organization.  Join us.  Let’s help to Break the Silence.

March 15, 2017 Hot Topic was indeed “HOT”!