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

Wednesday, March 21 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Atlantis Country Club
    Speaker: John Englander
   Topic: Reality of Sea Level Rise

COOL TOPIC    
Wednesday, September 28 2017, 6-8 p.m. 
STEM Educational Center (across from the So FL Science Museum)
Speaker: Christene Campbell-Gabor
Topic: Civics Education in PBC & the State

YOUNG LEAGUERS
For Adults 16-45
Raisin' Cane: A Sugar Harvest Tour
Saturday, March 10
Registration by March 3 is essential.
To register, email: Amy Murphy at amonagan@gmail.com
or call 561-276-4898.


Wednesday, April 18 2018, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Following Annual Meeting, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
Atlantis Country Club


BOARD BRIEFS

At the February board meeting, the group reviewed proposed bylaw changes, proposed budget, and the report of the nominating committee that will be presented to the membership at the April 18, 2018, Annual Meeting. In advance of the meeting, members will be emailed a copy of the proposals, as well as a summary of the committee reports on activities.

After a complex study, a decision was made to invest in new data management that will permit us to interface with our financial system. This will save time by eliminating duplication. In addition, our communications will be also be integrated with the new system.

Because of the success of our streaming of meetings, funds were allocated to upgrade our video equipment.
PBC WINS TWO AWARDS AT LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT

At the recent summit session in Tallahassee, our Palm Beach County League received two awards: one for advocacy and another for working on the restoration of voting rights for felons.

Felon Rights Restoration
Leaders: Nancy Cohen, Linda Geller-Schwartz, Mary Jane Range, Mark Schneider
This grassroots effort started in 2013 by the PBC League Voting Rights committee. Through the committee’s dogged efforts, this issue grew from the focus of a county-wide coalition to a ballot initiative in November to add as a state Constitutional amendment. 

Observer Corps
Leader: Debra Chandler
By covering meetings of the county school board and commission and key municipal meetings, the Observer Corp keeps us abreast of areas of local interest (fracking, charter schools, climate change, DACA, etc.). 
We are confident that our expansion of this program to more cities will enable us to be more active on local issues and to achieve appointments to important committees and boards.  
GUN SAFETY NOW!

CALLING ALL PALM BEACH COUNTY
LEAGUE MEMBERS! 

Now is the time for action! Please attend our post-Parkland PBC LWV Gun Safety Committee meeting. 

When is the best time and place for meetings? We need your input.
Please contact:Marsha Vinson, Chair -  mlvmmi@gmail.com  
and/or call/text - 516.655.1327.
HOT TOPIC: CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
February 21, 2018
Guest Speaker: Rick Christie, Palm Beach Post Editor of Editorial Page

The very personable and intelligent Rick Christie focused on a very timely subject – The History of Black Voting in Florida and the League’s role in election protection.
Christie reminded us of the disgraceful leadership Florida played in promoting Jim Crow laws that prevented minority people from exercising their right to vote. Florida also implanted a poll tax.
He recognized the League of Women Voters for its leadership in the Restoration of Felon Voting Rights.
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY FOR
PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
By Christene Campbell-Gabor

On February 16th at Park Vista High School, members of the Civics Education Committee team, including ( pictured left to right ) Phyllis Goldenberg , Christene Campbell-Gabor, Cindy Sheehan-Hartwell and LWVPBC Intern Faith Maniti ( missing from photo ), volunteered to judge 185 students from 15 different middle school and high schools in Palm Beach County for National History Day.
ANNUAL GOVERNMENT BEE
By Christene Campbell-Gabor

The LWVPBC is delighted to sponsor the Palm Beach County School District’s 3rd Annual Government Bee again this year. This year’s event will be held on April 7, 2018 at Seminole Ridge High School.
There will be many interesting volunteer opportunities available for those who want to participate. Contact Christene Campbell-Gabor, Civics Education Chair at cgabor5@gmail.com if you have questions or are interested in participating.
JOHN ENGLANDER: THE REALITY OF SEA LEVEL RISE

"Adapting to rising sea level is not optional. We must rise with the tide."

Wednesday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Atlantis Country Club

$25 before March 14--$35 after March 14
Register below or call Estelle Friedman at 561-968-4123
John Englander, Oceanographer, will offer a practical, positive approach to a big problem
YOUNG LEAGUERS

Young Leaguers(ages 16-45) are invited to participate in:

Raisin’ Cain: A Sugar Harvest Tour            
Saturday, March 10

Space is limited. 
Registration by March 3 is essential.
To register, email: Amy Murphy at amonagan@gmail.com or call 561-276-4898.
OBSERVER CORPS
Palm Beach School Board
by Cynthia Sheehan-Hartwell

  • A bill has been passed to limit school board members’ terms to no more than eight consecutive years. This is retroactive to 2014.
  • GL Homes has donated $10,000.00 to John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach.
  • The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County recently awarded $1000.00 scholarships to students in grades 2-4 who will receive this money plus interest when they enter college.
VOTING RESTORATION AMENDMENT
by Nancy Cohen
Our amendment to restore voting rights for former felons will be on the ballot!
Say YES to Amendment #4
Come to the Voting Rights Coalition meeting
Thursday March 1 at 2 pm
Compass Community Center
Learn how you can help.
Nancyecohen1@icloud.com
STATE LEAGUE MODIFIES ACCESS PROCESS FOR VOTER REGISTRATION CERTIFICATION QUIZ
By Pam Maldonado

All League members who want to participate in voter registration events must obtain State certification by passing a quiz. However, some members have had difficulty accessing the Voter Registration Certification Quiz on the LWVFL.org website. We have just learned that the League recently modified the address. 

For those who need to obtain State registration credentials, click below for instructions:
BAD WEATHER IS NO REASON FOR CLIMATE ALARM
By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group
Year 2017 was filled with bad weather, much of it tragic, with whole communities struggling to recover. Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Hurricane Irma struck Florida and Puerto Rico after devastating other Caribbean Islands. Wildfires torched Napa and Ventura counties in California and Australia experienced extreme heat waves. However, by looking at the world as a whole and long-term trends (climate) rather than short-term events (weather), we can challenge the claims that 2017 was an unusual weather year and that weather is getting more extreme as the world warms.
TREASURY NOTES
by Joan Karp


Members who renewed or joined as SBA MEMBERS
Mary Dunn
Dorothy Einstein
Marian Katherine Smith
Robert Weinroth

Thank you to our generous Donors
Education Fund
Kathleen Crampton
Mr. & Mrs Feldstein
Dan Goldstein

Operating Fund
Vally Flint
Helen Laurence
Erika Steffen
CONDOLENCES

Our sympathies to Rebecca Cohen on the passing of her husband. 
NEWS EDITORIAL STAFF
Carol Stender, Managing Editor
Ken Horkavy, IT
Carol Hershey, Karen Corbin, Marsha Vinson
Email questions and comments to info@lwvpbc.org
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