League of Women Voters News - FEBRUARY 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.
L to R: Mark Schneider, PBC President of ACLU; Les Rivkin, Mayor Mack Bernard; Nancy Cohen, and Karen Wilkerson, LWVPBC President.
Big Day for LWVPBC at County Commission

Tuesday, January 15, was a big day for our League at the Palm Beach County County Commission as three of our active projects were recognized.

Mayor Mack Bernard , proclaimed recognition for volunteers who helped pass Florida's Amendment 4, and took a few minutes to tell the large audience about our ongoing efforts to register returning citizens.  This brought an unusual standing ovation. Karen Wilkerson , Nancy Cohen , Mark Schneider , and Les Rivkin represented LWVPBC, ACLU, NCJW, and all of you who collected petitions and advocated the passage of Amendment 4.

Commissioner Melissa McKinlay honored all who worked to raise awareness of sex trafficking in Florida.  Our good friends from National Council of Jewish Women were leaders in this hugely successful project along with Vice Mayor (then Florida Representative) Dave Kerner .

Vice Mayor Kerner then proclaimed April 1, 2020 as Census Day in Palm Beach County.  League has an active and effective committee working with the County Commission on the 2020 Census.  ( Contact Rich Bartholomew  rbwatchnow@gmail.com if you’d like to help).   Vice Mayor Kerner recognized our efforts and cooperation as well as those of the US Census Bureau and our Palm Beach Commission to assure we count all Palm Beach County residents.

Watch for It!
It's Coming Soon!

The League's new and improved 2019-2020 Legislative Directory -  In Print and on our website. There will be live links to each elected official. Watch for it!

We apologize if you are one of our members and have not been receiving THE NEWS (our newsletter) and other emails. As we converted to our new system, some errors were made and some names and addresses were not entered and activated.
Please do not drop your membership. You are important to us. As our “so sorry” gesture, we will extend your membership for the next three months.  I hope you will participate in our important work is and continue your membership.
In the meantime, please go to our site ( lwvpbc.org ) and:
1.      Set up your access to the web site. This will give you immediate information on our meetings. calendar, issue information, etc.
2.      Check your listing in the membership directory (spelling of name, address, email address and phone) . If a correction is needed, please send the correction to our Membership Chair, Darleen Kostrub at  dkostrub@aol.com
Please accept our apologies. We need your experience and skills. 

Karen Wilkerson , President
More than 150 guests danced, swayed, and sang along during the fabulous entertainment at Atlantis Country Club. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
l to r: Kathleen Crampton and Ruth Sabo
By Marsha Vinson

Karen Wilkerson , LWVPBC President, described this year's fundraiser as a fun event. Unlike our monthly Hot Topic luncheons, we were there to enjoy, win prizes, and have fun! More than 150 guests listened as Karen noted the advances made by the League in its 99 years. She recognized the work of the many individuals and committees that made 2018 a banner year, including the passage of Amendment 4 to the Florida Constitution, registration of over 4000 new voters, the speaker bureau presentations, candidate forums and the 2018 Voter's Guide. She encouraged continued participation.

The creators and donors of the 25 beautiful raffle baskets outdid themselves this year. The baskets ranged from games and learning toys for children to a variety of wines, to a beach setup and much, much more. Guests admired the creativity and variety of the baskets. They were also impressed with the numerous door prizes.  Every table had at least one winner, some had many! New members were encouraged to sit with Issue Groups that reserved one or more tables.

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Youth Touring Group's performance was the highlight  of the busy afternoon.  The talented young performers (ranging in age from 11-17) sang and danced to familiar tunes from the 20’s, to the present. This year’s  A Whole New World   fundraiser is an outstanding example of the high quality, not-to-be-missed, events of the Palm Beach County League.

Many more pictures of event can be seen on the League Facebook page. Be sure to check them out by clicking the button below!
The Civics Education Basket with Christene Campbell-Gabor's homemade scones!
A beautiful handcrafted owl box, thanks to Ken Horkavy and a lunch on the Intercoastal.
Special thanks to Linda Leet. Linda staged our baskets to show off their contents and beauty.
Maltz Jupiter Theatre Conservatory Singers rocked the house.
ERM Director Addresses Environmental Issue Group
By Kathy Panko

Deborah Drum, Director, Department of Environmental Resources Management in Palm Beach County, addressed the LWVBPC Environmental Issues Group, on January 5, 2019. 

Deborah began by stating that the mission of ERM is to protect, preserve and enhance Palm Beach County’s land and water resources. She explained ERM’s divisions:

Finance and Support Services

ERM has a staff of 126 full time people with the following budget:

  • $44.5m Operating Budget
  • $32.5m Capital Budget
  • $77m  Total Budget (26% ad valorem funded) 

Environmental Enhancement and Restoration

Reefs and Lagoons:  ERM has deployed over 55 vessels, 100,000 tons of concrete, and 133,000 tons of limestone boulders resulting in approximately 80 acres of artificial reefs or “living shorelines” that are beautiful marine habitat and serve as an alternative to seawalls. 

Lake Worth Lagoon : Palm Beach County’s largest estuary spans 20 miles from North Palm Beach to Ocean Ridge. Since 1992, ERM has created/restored habitat in over 250 acres in the Lake Worth Lagoon. This is the result of 51 projects, costing $21 million. The Lake Worth Lagoon Fest is held annually in early November to celebrate one of the most picturesque waterways and estuaries in the Palm Beaches. It is free and open to the public.

Shoreline Protection Program : ERM protects 46 miles of coastline and they have been studying and protecting sea turtles for 20 years. Approximately 2,000,000 sea turtles hatch on our beaches every year. Palm Beach County’s beaches have more sea turtle nests per mile than anywhere else in the United States.

Natural Resources Stewardship

Natural Areas : ERM manages more than 31,000 acres, representing an investment in excess of $500 million. ERM hosts high school events for the tri-city areas of Belle Glade, Pahokee, and South Bay to get the students involved. Research is being conducted on the mental health benefits and time spent in natural areas. These lands are open sunrise to sunset and are free for all to enjoy activities such as hiking, photography, bird watching, and nature study.

Mosquito Control

Palm Beach County’s warm tropical air and above average rainfall create the perfect environment for insects to multiply. ERM inspected 31,750 catch basins and treated over 1,125 square miles in 2017. More information on mosquito control and an interesting “Fact Sheet” on the Zika Virus can be found on their website.

Resources Protection

ERM works to protect Palm Beach County’s natural resources through environmental assessment, permitting, inspections, and land development review activities to ensure compliance with county codes. ERM is responsible for:

- Protection of 500 drinking water wells in 44 wellfields 
- Monitoring > 2800 petroleum storage tanks (retail gas stations)
- Clean-up of over 1,000 petroleum contamination sites (spills)

Deborah concluded by discussing the opportunities and challenges for 2019, which include funding and public awareness.

For more information on ERM, please visit their website at www.pbcgov.org/erm.
Voter Registration Credentials must be re-Certified with the State League.
AS OF JANUARY 1, 2019.

As of December 31, 2018, the certification of all voter registrars expired. League members who wish to do voter registration for the League will need to re-certify their credentials with the State League  ASAP.   Beginning in 2017 the LWVFL instituted a 2-year cycle whereby the list of approved voter registrars would be wiped clean, requiring members to re-certify. The two-year cycle ended on 12/31/2018.

If you are planning to do any voter registration you must study the PowerPoint and retake the quiz, attaining a perfect score. Once you pass with 100% you will get a notification from LWVFL that you are authorized to do voter registration. 

Get Certified to Register from the State League Website –  LWVFL.org

NOTE: Your certification will be valid through December, 2020. If you have any difficulty, contact Abdelilah Skhir at 850-583-4399 and he will help walk you through the process.

** IN ORDER TO REGISTER VOTERS ON BEHALF OF THE PBC LEAGUE ** it is necessary to take our County training session which covers a broad spectrum or issues regarding registration. We urge members to join the upcoming training session. Please contact our local Voter Service Chair , PAMELA MALDONADO about training at (305) 873-4239 ‬ or via email at maldonadopbc@gmail.com
LWVPBC Mourns Joan Davis

Joan of Boynton Beach, passed away on January 6, 2019. She was a valued member of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County. Her leadership in the area of world affairs was essential to our members. For many years she chaired the committee that studied and discussed important issues facing our country and world.

What a treat it was to have her lead this group. We were always impressed with her knowledge and research. She broadened our horizons and challenged us to learn and work for solutions. She will be sorely missed.

Joan also chaired our scholarship program, and she had input into many of the other issues we study.

Her devotion, sense of humor, and caring for humankind is an inspiration to us all. 
Karen Wilkerson, President
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You can still renew and be reinstated! Those members who missed the deadline, and were removed from our roster can be reinstated. Individual dues are $60, Susan B. Anthony level is $100, Household for 2 people at same address is $90. You are important to our League and we value your membership support. You can renew by logging on to our web site, just click on the "renew" button below and log in to your account. Remember, you can update your member profile while there! If you have questions about your dues, contact Dorneth Weir, Treasurer, at  dornethweir@gmail.com  or  Darlene Kostrub , Membership chair, at dkostrub@aol.com . Thank you!
Debra Chandler, Managing Editor
Ken Horkavy, IT
Carol Hershey, Marsha Vinson, Karen Corbin, Mary Jane Range,
Cecily Feldman, Kristen Murtaugh, Rita Wachs, Mary Mertz, Faith Schulman, Emily Rosen
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