League of Women Voters News - FEBRUARY 15, 2019
UPCOMING EVENTS
Bylaw proposal begins promptly at 9:30 A.M.
followed by speaker presentation.
DON'T FORGET!
WE'RE VOTING ON BYLAW CHANGES
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
FREE AGRICULTURAL TOUR IN THE GLADES, INCLUDING TELLUS!
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019
YOU MUST REGISTER TO SAVE YOUR PLACE!

  • 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.
How is Amendment 4 working out?

Amendment 4 restores the right to vote to Florida citizens with felony convictions.
Amendment 4 was passed by 65% of voters.

There are some complications:
http://www.tampabay.com/breaking-news/unanswered-amendment-4-questions-frustrate-felon-voting-rights-advocates-20190126/
But—we are registering voters!

Great family event tomorrow, Saturday February 16, 10-2 at Riviera Beach Marina to register voters-- https://www.lwvpbc.org

Come to the Voting Rights Coalition meeting Thursday March 7 and hear how this important law is working, and how  you can help.

More info: Nancy Cohen at nancyecohen1@icloud.com

FULL SADOWSKI FUNDING
IN GOVERNOR'S BUDGET


The emails you sent to key staff in the Governor’s office resulted in a meeting for the Sadowski Coalition in the Governor’s office on Thursday, January 31. We filled the conference room with representatives from each of the 30 Sadowski Coalition organizations, from Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Realtors and Florida Home Builders Association to Florida AARP, Volunteers of America, Habitat for Humanity of Florida, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Florida Coalition for the Homeless, and of course, the Florida Housing Coalition.
 
The Result
The Governor’s budget recommends fully restoring the appropriation of Sadowski State and Local housing trust funds for housing—no sweeps! The Governor deserves our gratitude- he listened, he understood, and did the right thing. He has set the stage now for the Legislature to do the right thing and follow his lead. 

Please remember to make appointments to meet with your legislators in their local offices (where you live) the week of February 25—that will be your last opportunity prior to session.

Thank you for all your hard work! 

Membership in the Sadowski Affiliates is free thanks to support from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

CLERK & COMPTROLLER WILL ASSIST FELONS WHO WANT TO REGISTER TO VOTE
The League of Women Voters members all through Florida were successful in the passage of amendment 4 in the November election. This provides many felons with the right to vote. 

County Clerk Sharon R. Bock Esq., Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County, has offered assistance to felons who may be able to register to vote. "I am ready, willing, and able to assist citizens who are working to get their voting rights restored. Although my office does not determine voter eligibility, we can provide citizens with court information, including the status of payment for fines and fees imposed as part of a sentence. For more information on the status of a case, or the payment of fines and fees, please visit our website at  mypalmbeachclerk.com " stated Bock.

There is also a video at this site:  https://youtu.be/lmXmwm-ZNMc
WANT TO JOIN US FOR TRIP TO THE STATE HOUSE?

The LWVPBC will be joining other Florida local league members in traveling to the State House in Tallahassee to meet with legislators. This is a very informative and important two days (April 9 and 10, 2019) and a great opportunity to stress our priorities for action by the legislators and administrators. 

Your PBC league will be arranging carpooling, hotel room sharing, and assignments to maximize the number of members who want to join this event

If you are interested in making this trip with us, please contact Advocacy Chair, Ruth Sabo at  ruths115@gmail.com  as soon as possible. Prior to the trip, there will be a training/orientation for those confirmed for the trip.   


MAXINE CHEESEMAN TO BE ROBED!



All members are encouraged to attend the induction of League member Maxine Cheeseman . The ceremony will take place on March 1, 2019, at 4:00 P.M. in the 15th Judicial Courthouse in West Palm Beach. At this time she will receive her judicial robe.

Maxine is presently serving as President of the LWVPBC Education fund.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEAGUE LEADERSHIP?

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!
LEADERSHIP in Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

If you have read or heard Doris Kearns Goodwin before, you will expect the clarity of prose, incisiveness of observation and brilliance of insight that permeates  LEADERSHIP in Turbulent Times . Here, Goodwin provides a masterclass on Leadership as she revisits the lives and times of the Presidents she has studied and written about for the last four decades—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson—and examines them through a new lens.
Asking the crucial and fundamental questions—“Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Do the times make the leader or the leader shape the times? How can a leader infuse a sense of purpose and meaning into people’s lives? What is the difference between power, title and leadership? Is leadership possible without a purpose larger than personal ambition?” --Goodwin illuminates with telling detail and case study the traits and habits of leadership in development and in action. 

The case studies alone are worth the read. Through the lens of leadership, she analyzes and illumines the thought, the process and the action of each leader as he addresses a monumental challenge: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation (Transformational Leadership), Teddy Roosevelt and the Great Coal Strike of 1902 (Crisis Management), Franklin Roosevelt and the Hundred Days (Turnaround Leadership), and Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights (Visionary Leadership).  

Leaders are not perfect. But Goodwin finds “ a family resemblance of traits and patterns of behavior—among them humility, empathy, resilience, courage; the ability to replenish energy, listen to diverse opinions, control negative impulses, connect with all manner of people, communicate through stories and keep one’s word.” As we become leaders, seek and select leaders and nurture leadership, these characteristics provide fine guidance.
MEET SAMMY ALZOFON
By Emily Rosen

What does one do when one is experiencing "halting retirement” and a “brief hiatus” from work? A no-brainer for Sammy Alzofon  whose inner magnet led her to our League. For many years her work life had prohibited participation in issues and candidates. In May of 2017 she attended the  Palm Beach County Housing Summit, and coincidentally, was sitting with local League members. 
And so began her new volunteer career with our League. To explain Sammy’s worklife would take more space than we have here – but a cameo picture includes her being Reference Librarian/Bibliographer in the Latin American Collection of the University of Florida and Systems Librarian for the St. Petersburg Times, “maven” of full-text electronic libraries in the early- to mid-1980s. In 1993 she came to The Palm Beach Post Editorial Library to bring up their electronic archiving system and do newsroom research. She became Library Director in 1997, and after retiring has worked on and off in Fair Housing at the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, where she coordinated housing discrimination testing programs, worked  in foreclosure defense and elderlaw. All of this more than qualifies her to be Chair of the League’s Affordable Housing Issues Group, advocating and educating for affordable housing in Palm Beach County. And she is always available to register voters!
What might surprise you? Sammy has been an avid sailor most of her adult life, and, with her former husband, lived on her Morgan Out Island in Florida for more than 10 years. And more --- she’s a frequent traveler to Israel, where she retains citizenship, and hikes the Judean and Negev deserts with her "best hiking buddy."

A native Californian, Sammy completed her education in the San Francisco Bay area, at the University of California at Berkeley. She currently lives in Lake Worth.  “I urge anyone,” she says, “even vaguely interested in our League chapter, to attend a new member orientation. It is always a remarkable  eye-opener with regard to the incredible work and people in the League.”
This is not only a good lead-up to encouraging people you know to learn about, and join the League but  it is a valuable testimonial for current members to check out the new and exciting activities that have been put in place or to learn about the statistical success we have logged since  you joined. Thanks you Sammy, for the reminder. 
Please Welcome New League   Members

For contact information, go to the Member Directory at lwvpbc.org .
Ilaycia Castillo , Greenacres; Linda(Lynne) Eisman , Lake Worth; Catherine Emihovich , Delray Beach; Dorothy Gay , Lake Worth; Aviva Kesselman ,    Boynton Beach; Steven Kozak /South Tech School, Boynton Beach; Rhonda Naidich , Lake Worth; Pam Nelson , Jupiter; Steven Perell , Lake Worth; Patricia Shoemaker , Hypoluxo; Gail Siegel , Lake Worth; Judith Wyckoff , Palm Beach Gardens.
LWVPBC Mourns Barbara Katz

League member Barbara Katz of Lake Worth passed away recently. She was especially active in COBWRA and an active member of several of our Palm Beach County committees. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. She will be missed but not forgotten.   
 
Karen Wilkerson, President
LWVPBC
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