League of Women Voters News - July 1, 2017

NEW PARTNERS

We are happy to announce that, beginning with the July issue of NEWS, LWVPBC has two new partners: JFK Medical and Palms West Hospital. As our new partners, they will be sponsoring our bi-monthly newsletter and also our upcoming July 19th Hot Topic presentation on Sober Homes.


Click on their logo in the NEWS  to receive current health information.


Please welcome our new partners, JFK Medical and Palms West Hospital! 

  UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, July 19, 11:30 a.m. 
Atlantis Country Club
Panel Discussion on Sober Homes
     

PBC DELEGATES ATTEND FLORIDA STATE CONVENTION
by President Karen Wilkerson

Our Palm Beach League had a large delegation attend the recent state convention that was held in Fort Lauderdale in June. Our strong presence included twenty-five members and our intern, Faith Maniti. View a list of our delegates. Seek them out to hear about their experience!

Some of the highlights include:

  • Our Civics Education Chair, Christene Campbell-Gabor and our student intern, Faith Maniti conducted a workshop

  • Nancy Cohen and Kathleen Crampton presented on the concept of a national popular voting system for the election of U.S. President. View Photos. Through our Ritter Grant we were able to provide a keynote speech on this issue.

  • Mark Schneider gave a workshop on the restoration of voting rights for former felons
LWVPBC delegation takes a minute to pose at the LWVF State Convention. 
CONVENTION REPORTS

Our delegates to the 2017 LWVF State Convention were busy attending meetings, caucuses, and workshops: networking, learning, and planning. A few even took the time to write up reports on the meetings they attended. A huge thanks goes out to Elayne Goodman, Ethelene Jones, Diane Marks, Linda Prior, Arlene Ustin and Joan Karp for their informative reports. 


Convention reports and photos can be found HERE or click on the titles below.

 

A NEW MEMBER’S CONVENTION EXPERIENCE

by  Nikki Descoteaux


How does a new member discover the breadth of the League’s program? This newbie of four weeks decided to explore by going to the Biennial LWV Florida Convention held in Ft. Lauderdale June 9-10th.  It was exhausting and intense, but intensely rewarding as well. Firstly, it was an excellent opportunity to get to know the delegates from Palm Beach County, my home territory. They were the largest delegation there, twenty-five involved, impressive women, plus one hard-to-keep-up-with intern, Faith Maniti.
HOT TOPIC: HEALTH CARE DISTRICT
by Marsha Vinson

The very personable and entertaining speaker, Rick Roche, from the Health Care District of PBC, explained how the Health Care District closes the gaps in health care and expands access.  As their Primary Care Clinic brochure advertises: all patients served – with or without health insurance! This is accomplished through the support of HRSA and HHS, federal agencies, and 77% is financed by nongovernmental sources.  Mr. Roche captured the attention of an exceptionally large summer Hot Topics crowd.  

 

The July 19  Hot Topics on Sober Homes, featuring State Attorney Dave Aronberg, and the August 12 Fake News Cool Topics at the Palm Beach Post will definitely attract large audiences too!


 

COOL TOPIC: IMMIGRATION

 

On June 13, members and friends met at the Palm Beach Post Building to hear an evening Why Courts Matter presentation on the Role of the Courts in Immigration. Attorney Jackie Delgado provided a history of immigration in the United States and, also, explained the present systems that pertain to family sponsorships, “dreamers,” backlog of citizenship applications, etc.

 

This was the first in our 2017 series of Why Courts Matter. To view the entire presentation, please go to the LWVPBC’s Facebook page at   https://www.facebook.com/pg/LWVPBC/videos

HOUSING IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

By Sammy Alzofon


A key concern in Palm Beach County revolves around housing.  Member Sammy Alzofon will be reporting on housing issues for LWVPBC. Read the first of her reports.




MORE HOUSING IN AG RESERVE??

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group


  Florida homebuilder, GL Homes, wants to increase the number of homes they can build in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and conservation zone west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.  Instead of proceeding with their already approved plan to build 3,900 homes in Indian Trails Grove, a 4,900-acre site west of the Acreage, GL now wants to change the rules.  

LIVE STREAMING

by Ken Horkavy

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We are working hard to bring you content even if you cannot make it to an event!  You can view it, share it and even comment. 

 

To access our live video streaming of events presented by the league, go to our facebook page www.facebook.com/lwvpbc  (please like the page and share it with friends) and click on videos.  All the streamed content will be there to view anytime and it’s easy to share.    

 

For those who want a direct link to the video page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/LWVPBC/videos/

KUDOS TO OUR PBC STAR


Christene Campbell-Gabor, who chairs our local league Civics Education Group, is now the chair of Civics Education for the state league.


We are very proud of the work Christene has done and congratulate her on being selected for this honor.

NEWS EDITORIAL STAFF
Ken Horkavy, IT
Carol Nikov, Marsha Vinson, Kathryn Gettinger

Email kenhorkavy@gmail.com with your opinions and feedback.  
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