League of Women Voters News - MARCH 1, 2019
Bylaw proposal begins promptly at 9:30 A.M.
followed by speaker presentation.
At The March 2nd Cool Topic!

PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND our Cool Topic event on March 2 as we have some very important business to address. We will be voting on bylaw changes, a summary of which appears below.

Discussion begins promptly at 9:30 A.M. at the STEM Center in Dreher Park. There is no charge for this event, but you may register at lwvpbc.org .

Carey Haughwout , Public Defender 15th Judicial Circuit and LWVPBC member, is our guest speaker.

Here is a summary of the changes proposed by the Board of Directors:
  • Changing the term of appointed board members from one to two years.
  • Changing the due date for annual dues to the first day of the anniversary month for the member.
  • Allowing voting by proxy and secure electronic means at annual meetings.

The exact wording of the changes proposed by the Board of Directors can be found by clicking the button below.
For a complete listing of events,
click the button below to go to our Calendar!
Register for events at LWVPBC.org or by contacting Estelle Friedman at efriedman@bellsouth.net or (561) 968-4123.
You can view streamed events on LWVPBC Facebook Live.
The  Young Leaguers(Ages 16-45) will hold a Candidate Reflection Forum. At the meeting, former candidates will share their experiences of what it was like running for office. We are lucky to have Judge Sarah Willis, Edgardo Hernandez, Alcolya St Juste, Samson LeBeau Kpadenou, and Jeremy Zubkoff as our panelists.
Event Details
Date: February 26.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Bru's Room Sports Grill.
Address: 1333 N Congress Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

  • Contact Keeter Martinson at (561) 844-3713 or keetnpb@aol.com to register for this free event (with lunch included).
  • Two pickup locations
  • East at the Airport Hilton (North parking lot) at I-95 and Southern Blvd. at 8:00 A.M.
  • West at So. Florida Fairgrounds (Gate 8, 1st lot off Southern on Fairgrounds Rd.) on Southern Blvd., just east of U.S. 441 at 8:15 A.M.
Hot Off the Presses---It's Here!

You can pick up your copy of the Directory at Cool Topic, tomorrow morning, March 2, at the STEM Center. Vote on proposed Bylaw changes and hear a fabulous speaker, Carrie Haughwout, the Public Defender, too!

You will also be able to get Directories throughout the county, and at other LWVPBC events. Call Elayne Goodman at (561) 455-2822 for additional information.
LWVPBC Was Active on During
Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebrations!

LWVPBC participated in numerous activities throughout the state in honor of MLK Day. Our members and officers took part in parades, ceremonies and festivities around the state.

In Orlando, our members marched with LWVFL League Rising Leadership Conference participants. First Vice President, Debra Chandler was the Keynote speaker at the CAFCI (Caribbean Americans For Civic Involvement) and Cultural Council celebration in Royal Palm Beach. LWVPBC members were also well represented at the county's annual MLK breakfast at the County Civic Center.
Christene Campbell-Gabor (on left) and others in Orlando.
Ethlene Jones (on left) at the MLK breakfast in Orlando.
Stephanie Pearson addressed LWVPBC's Environmental Issues Committee
By Kathy Panko

Stephanie Pearson, Chair, Environmental Issues Committee, Broward County League of Women Voters, addressed the Palm Beach County, Environmental Issues Group, on February 2, 2019. 

Stephanie shared her committee’s activities in support of recycling, reuse and reduction of solid waste. She also looks at Palm Beach County as a model for Broward. 

Stephanie explained that the Broward County LWV started a Recycling Committee in the late 1980’s. Since then, they embarked on a study of the status of recycling. They surveyed local cities and produced a Recycling Report with recommendations. Despite the statewide goal of 75% recycling by 2020, recycling in Broward County is down and landfilling is up. Broward’s Waste Management is in need of a major long-term plan for improvement.

One issue is that Broward County went to a Single Stream Recycling system, which has proven to be problematic. In Single Stream Recycling, you can mix all recyclables together in one container - paper, plastic, metal and glass. In addition, commercial businesses are not required to recycle.

Recycling has always been dependent upon markets for recycled products. Recycling markets fluctuate with some materials worth more than others at any given time. With the price of oil being down, the price for plastics is less. Glass is difficult to recycle, and there are no markets for styrofoam. The need for cardboard is greater now than in the past. However, contamination is a huge problem. About 30% of materials in recycle bins in Broward County is unusable due to contamination. Much of the recyclables in the U.S. and Europe had been sold to China. But last year, China decided to reduce and limit the type of materials they would accept. As a result, contaminated 
recyclables are now being disposed of instead of recycled. Plastic bags are the most prevalent contaminant. Pizza boxes with food stains are also contaminated and cannot be recycled. Contamination must be addressed through smarter recycling procedures, much more public education, and penalties imposed for non-compliance.

A display board was presented with information on three categories:  Plastic Straws , Glass Bottles , and  Plastic Bags . Handouts were also shared, such as “Skip the Straw,” along with other promotional material. Recently, Fort Lauderdale approved an ordinance prohibiting the use of plastic straws within one year, joining nine other cities in the State.  

It was suggested that we model success stories in other countries, such as “The Green Dot” in Germany. The Green Dot is the financing symbol for the organization of recovery, sorting and recycling of sales packaging. When you see The Green Dot on packaging, it means that for such packaging, a financial contribution has been paid to a qualified national packaging recovery organization.

To enhance awareness, a tour of the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority will be scheduled for the environmental groups in both the Broward and Palm Beach County leagues.
State Chairs Meet in Orlando for
National Popular Vote Workshop

By Cynthia Archbold

For the first time ever, National Popular Vote chairs from LWV chapters across Florida gathered in Orlando January 18 for a special statewide workshop organized by LWVFL NPV Chair Kathleen Crampton, her team, and Chair Coordinator Marcia Herman.  More than sixty NPV leaders met to brainstorm strategies to promote the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. This took place in an interactive morning and afternoon session the day before the LWVFL's Leadership Conference, "League Rising."  The ultimate goal is to pass NPVIC legislation in Florida.

The National Popular Vote initiative would guarantee that the President of the United States is the winner of the popular vote in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. It needs to be passed by enough states to represent 270 electoral votes before it becomes the law of the land. One great benefit of  NPVIC  is that will not require a Constitutional amendment since it keeps the electoral system intact and honors states rights to instruct their electors on how to vote. Eleven states and the District of Colombia have joined NPVIC adding 172 electoral votes; only 98 more are needed.

Anyone interested the national popular vote issue and  participating in future  NPV events can join monthly conference calls which take place the first Thursday of every month, 5:30-6:30, chaired by Marcia Herman for the 29 NPV chairs in League chapters throughout Florida.
Kathleen Crampton addresses "League Rising" in Orlando at LWVFL's Leadership Conference
LWVPBC Proudly Participated in
National History Day 2019

By Christene Campbell-Gabor

LWVPBC members were proud to be judges at the year's PBC National History Day competition. This year's subject was Triumph and Tragedy. Seven high schools and four middle schools had students, who had won the competitions in their schools, present their projects. There were five categories; historical papers, exhibits, documentaries, performances and websites. What a great day it was. The presentations were outstanding and working with the schools and students was an honor and a pleasure. Thank you to all of the judges who participated and to Lori Dool for inviting us to participate again this year. You are amazing!
Clockwise from top: Liela Brode, Ken Horkavy, Clair Press, Phyllis Goldenburg, Cindy Sheehan-Hartwell, Christene Campbell-Gabor, Kathy Dull, and Patty Whitehill
l to r: Participating student and Christene Campbell-Gabor

By Emily Rosen
With all due humility, Ken Thomas has acknowledged  his ”strengths” as a Board Member and spokesperson for the League: “as a Public Speaker, project manager, relationship-builder and caring person.” Who could ask for anything more!
With 37 years of experience in air traffic management, he was involved with budgets, union negotiating and solving air traffic and air space problems both foreign and domestic. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 2009.
As a Volunteer with AARP, Ken worked on the Affordable Care Act and Ballot briefings with the Broward County League before joining our Palm Beach League about five years ago. 
Ken is passionate about promoting good government and increasing active citizen participation by providing them with critical information and advocating for the right of all citizens to vote. “For me, it is not only an awareness of the importance of voting that is so essential, but even more important is knowing who and what you are voting for. It is informed voters who are responsible for a successful democracy.” He added his belief that maintaining non-partisanship is the only way “to be a trusted and credible servant to all members of our community.”
Observing some of the basic truths of politics, Ken offered his strategic insight, “All of our “issue” groups are logically aligned around current events and issues.” Without intending to sound “ghoulish,” he elaborated, “We need to strategically use every significant event and crisis to attract and recruit community members who want to be part of the solution to preventing future occurrences, (e.g. Stoneman Douglas shooting and gun control) “
On a much lighter note, Ken is married with 5 adult children. He balances his intense work-volunteer-life by fishing, motor cycle riding and flying radio-controlled craft. This is not to mention his sideline distractions: reading and investing. 
In an attempt to rein in a bit of cynicism about the upcoming and inevitable political skirmishes, Ken “Proudly” concludes, “the League of Women Voters will be a key player in protecting the freedom and rights of all citizens. And I truly value my League membership”

The LWVPBC members, Brett Schillinger and Debra Chandler  once again represented the League of Women Voters as judges in this year's Ethics Bowl on January 26, 2019 at Santaluces Community High School.

Students from Palm Beach County and surrounding areas competed in teams addressing ethical issues. The winning team, Atlantic High School defeated Doral Academy Team B will compete in a virtual bowl to vie for a spot at the National Ethics Bowl this spring.
Judges at the 2019 Ethics Bowl. Debra Chandler and Brent Schillinger on far r.
Faith Maniti
Former LWVPBC Intern's Goal is Studying Abroad in India!  
Faith Maniti would like you to support her goal by making a donation and helping spread the word. "This summer, I will be studying abroad in India & Nepal for six weeks, studying and visiting eighteen non-profit organizations. 
As a first-generation student, in addition to receiving assistance from some family, I rely primarily on scholarships and grants to pay for my undergraduate studies. While it has been great enough to cover my four years, it unfortunately does not cover additional costs, such as studying abroad. 
While I will be taking on jobs and internships when time allows me to, it also won't be able to pay for the program in full. However you can, or even just sharing the link, please help in helping me achieve the best possible standard of education during my time in undergrad."  
What is GoFundMe? GoFundMe is a personal fundraising website that has helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars for the things that matter to them most.

If you have skills, talents and time to invest in League through leadership of an Issue Group, assisting a League leader, possibly serving on the board or helping in another capacity, contact the Membership Committee at  dkostrub@aol.com or 561-852-0496.  Thanks so much!

Are you looking for ways to help the League? There is a need for help in the following areas:

Proofreaders ; The News is looking for proofreaders to preview issues twice per month. It requires careful reading and editing for grammar and punctuation. For information, contact Debra Chandler at dachandler55@gmail.com.

Videogoraphers ; We need people skilled in audio/visual to assist LiveStreaming League events. If you are interested, contact Ken Horkavy at kenhorkavy@gmail.com .

February's Hot Topic was one of year's best!
Debra Chandler, Managing Editor
Ken Horkavy, IT
Faith Schulman, Emily Rosen
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