League of Women Voters News - July 1, 2018
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UPCOMING EVENTS

"SAVING THE CENSUS"
by Nancy Cohen

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 11:00 a.m.
Atlantis Country Club
Mayor Melissa McKinlay,
Lisa De La Rionda, and
Patricia Behn
Topic: The Importance of the 2020 Census

The 2020 census is only two years away. The Census Bureau is dealing with budget cutbacks, lack of leadership, failed field tests, and more. These problems  alone have the potential to seriously hurt the success of the census, but the introduction of the citizenship question to the document raises many problems that will have long lasting, negative effects. 
 
Palm Beach County Mayor McKinlay and members of the County Administration staff will be talking about the importance of the Census and how Palm Beach County is working to preserve the census at our  Saving the Census Hot Topic lunch on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Atlantis Country Club.  Doors open at 11:00 am. You can register at  lwvpbc.org
 
The census touches every aspect of our lives. Don’t miss out on learning how to help it succeed in representing EVERYONE. 
 
Linked below is an informational video that discusses the many issues plaguing the success of the census including the citizenship question. 
JUDICIAL CANDIDATES FORUMS
There are two!

FOR ALL PBC CIRCUIT AND COUNTY COURT JUDICIAL CANDIDATES

WHEN: MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: So. Palm Bch. County Civic Center , 16700 Jog Rd., Delray Beach

and

WHEN : WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE : Palm Beach County Vista Center , 2300 Jog Rd., West Palm Beach


It is often said, “I don’t know anything about the candidates running for judge, how should I vote?” Well, here is the chance to learn about the judicial candidates running in the August Non-Partisan Election. Come join the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County as we hear from the candidates for these important seats. For details, contact Ken Thomas (561) 487-7940 or  k.thomasSR@comcast.net
REMEMBER: For Democracy to work, we must vote. Be an informed voter!
"In Your Backyard"
WPB Mayor Jeri Muoio addresses Municipal Issues

Join LWVPBC for our August Hot Topic on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 11:00 a.m. As always, it will be at Atlantis Country Club in Atlantis, Florida.

Mayor Jeri Muoio will discuss issues facing municipalities in Palm Beach County. As the mayor of West Palm Beach, the largest city in the county, she will address
topics including affordable housing, homelessness, climate change, and the environment.

Speaking of her city, Mayor Muoio said, “We are committed to enhancing the viability of West Palm Beach as a modern model of healthy, environmentally progressive, ecologically sustainable and resilient urban living.”
For a complete listing of events,
click the "Calendar of Events" button below to go to our webpage!
Hot Topic streaming begins at 12:10 p.m.
Cool Topic streaming begins at 9:10 a.m.
You can view streamed events on LWVPBC Facebook Live.
Protecting Our Drinking Water from Rising Seas
By Kathy Panko

Over seawalls and up through storm drains and even into wells needed to keep faucets flowing, the sea is invading South Florida. Sea level rise isn’t just a flood threat. The invading sea is also seeping underground and coming for your drinking water. Decades of too much pumping and draining to provide both drinking water and flood control leave South Florida susceptible to “saltwater intrusion” - that’s when the ocean moves in and contaminates underground freshwater sources.
June's Cool Topic , Mass Shootings:
Trends & Solutions was Superb.
By Marsha Vinson, PBC LWV Gun Safety Issue Chair

Dr. Tom Gabor, criminologist, sociologist, author and one of our own PBC Leaguers, offered a thought-provoking presentation at our Cool Topic meeting in June. He provided unique insights into "the"   issue of the upcoming midterm elections.  As Tom wrote in his recent article,  It's the Guns, Stupid!,  he characterized Florida as the laboratory for pro-gun laws.  He stressed the importance of being educated on this topic. He asserted that it is up to Floridians to address and adopt the appropriate solutions and referred to his book,  Confronting Gun Violence in America .  

For members not fortunate enough to hear Tom at the recent Cool Topic, don’t miss the video now available on the League’s website, lwvpbc.org , or by clicking the button below.
Dr. Tom Gabor
Dr. Tom Gabor and Marsha Vinson
Speakers Bureau Training is Underway

The Speakers Bureau is busily gearing up its training for the Constitutional Amendments and other issues which will be on the November ballot. The next session is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the STEM Center.

The League has many presentations available. To schedule any of them, please contact Ethelene Jones at ethelenejones@gmail.com . You must have League training before speaking to outside groups on behalf of the League. We are looking for more presenters, especially for the amendments.

If public speaking is not your forte, we also need members to assist the speakers by collecting questions and helping out with other tasks.

Pictured above right are Ethelene Jones and Lorna O'Connell at the last training session.
Another Intern has Joined LWVPCB!
2018 Summer Intern Greta Schultz is a student at the University of Florida. She will be starting her third year at UF in the Fall. Greta is studying for a double major in International Studies with focus on the Middle East and Political Science as well as minoring in TESL ( Teaching English as a Second Language ) and Arabic Language. She is volunteering with the League because of her interest in local political advocacy and civic engagement. She believes that the League will help her gain event organization and execution skills as well as experience in training. 

We are delighted to welcome Greta to our intern team and feel certain that her research and technical skills as well as her unique perspective will be assets to the League. 
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS
JUNE, 2018
By DARLENE KOSTRUB

Millie Albert of Boynton Beach, Summer Barnes of Delray Beach, Sandra Beck of Boynton Beach, Gregory Behun of Palm Beach, Anne Brown of Boynton Beach,
Christine Brown of Boynton Beach, Mary Buck of West Palm Beach, Carol Carnevale   (SBA) of West Palm Beach, Robin Carper of Palm Beach, Sandra Cavanagh of West Palm Beach, Frank Cerabino of West Palm Beach, Linda Chwieroth of Wellington, Marybel Coleman (SBA) of Royal Palm Beach, Jan Courte of Wellington, Mary Crawley of Boynton Beach, Laurie Darman of Boca Raton, Keyanna Diaz of Royal Palm Beach, Judith Fish , Sara Fishkin of Boynton Beach, Marciano Garcia of West Palm Beach, Lisa Gemmell of Delray Beach, Nick Green of Delray Beach, Lois K. Gruen (SBA) of North Palm Beach, Linda K. Honzik of Boca Raton, Susan Jackson (SBA) of Lake Worth, Margery Keller of Royal Palm Beach, Paulette Kenney of Delray Beach, Karen Leader of Boca Raton, Harriet Norden of Boca Raton, Sandra Platzman of Lake Worth, Sara Ridner-Cohen of West Palm Beach, Elizabeth Eames Roebling of Lantana, Eileen Rosenzweig of West Palm Beach, Eleanor Shiffman of West Palm Beach, Harriet Snyder of Boynton Beach, Linda Straus of Delray Beach, Carol-Ann L. Sutton of Palm Beach, and Lynne Van Praag of Wellington
(SBA is Susan B. Anthony member)
Pictured above is Orientation, May 2018.

For contact information, go to the member directory at lwvpbc.org .
BOARD ACTIONS

The June meeting of the Board of Directors was held on June 11, 2018. The following is a summary of Board actions.

Christene Campbell-Gabor, Rebecca Cohen, Ken Horkavy, Keeter Martinson, and Ken Thomas were appointed as Directors for one year terms.

We are nearing the completion of updating to our new Club Express  data management system. 

Several proposed bylaw changes were discussed and approved. The August 1 edition of NEWS will include the proposed changes which will be voted on at the September 8, 2018 Cool Topic meeting.  
NEXT VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING
 
MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Palm Beach Gardens Branch Library
11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

RSVP IS REQUIRED to Pam at 9305)873-4239 or maldonadopbc@gmail.com .
Pictured above (L to R): Pam Maldonado, Voter Services Chair and Sammy Alsofon

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
by Debra Chandler
I want to introduce you to Emilie McKendall, our Co-Editor. She is eagerly learning the system and will be editing one issue per month. We will be available to cover for one another as well.

Emilie is fairly new to the League, but comes to us by way of Chicago where she had her own syndicated show. She is a naturally gifted communicator and we are very lucky to have her.

We are still struggling with the new webpage format. We will transition to the new system as soon as we can.
DEBRA CHANDLER
EMILIE MCKENDALL
Opportunity to Educate Voters!

We still need your assistance for Voter Guide distribution. Please help your league by agreeing to take the Guides to locations near you, like libraries, government offices, and other heavily trafficked places. Contact Joyce Sullivan at jtfsullivan@comcast.net to help.
NEWS EDITORIAL VOLUNTEERS
Debra Chandler, Managing Editor
Emilie McKendall, Editor
Ken Horkavy, IT
Carol Hershey, Marsha Vinson, Karen Corbin, Mary Jane Range,
Cecily Feldman, Kristen Murtaugh, Rita Wachs
Making Democracy Work! The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, political organization encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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