League of Women Voters News - APRIL 1, 2019

Our Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019  at the Atlantis Country Club. The business meeting will start at 9:00 A.M . The agenda will include:

  • Committee reports
  • Adoption of our proposed budget
  • State of the League
  • Nominating Committee report
  • Officer elections
  • Board of Directors election
  • Recommendations to the board
  • Education fund report (activity, proposed budget, etc.)

There is no charge for members to attend the Annual Meeting. The business meeting is followed by a Hot Topic luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker is Peter Cruise , director of the new Ethics Academy at FAU. Be sure to make your luncheon reservation 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.

Voter Services Committee Announces
Naturalization Ceremony
Voter Registration Program

It is ‘breaking news’ that the Voter Services Committee received a grant from the National League of Women Voters to attend naturalization ceremonies and register new United States citizens to vote. Thanks to this grant initiative, the LWV created a collaborative partnership with the Supervisor of Elections office to conduct voter registration as part of the celebration for each new American citizen. 

Naturalization ceremonies, under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security, are an awe-inspiring ritual for new Americans. With deep gratitude for our invitation to participate, League of Women Voters PBC volunteers attended our first two naturalization ceremonies on Friday, March 15, one at 9:00 A.M. and the second at 1:30 P.M. In each ceremony, there were new Americans from 24 countries with almost as many languages. All together there were 118 new citizens, and the League registered more than half of these individuals. League volunteers spoke to every new American. Others were given information on becoming a registered voter. 

There are approximately eight naturalization ceremonies each month. If you’d like to volunteer to be a part of this important initiative, please email Pam Maldonado, Voter Services Chair at maldonadopbc@gmail.com.
JM Kaplan Fund Honors LWVPBC with $3,000 Grant
By Rebecca Cohen

We are proud to announce that the JM Kaplan Fund recognized the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County with a $3,000 grant. This grant was recommended by a member of the JM Kaplan Board of Directors. The League was invited to submit a proposal to the Fund because this Board member was aware of the League’s work as America’s most trusted source of nonpartisan voter information. We are grateful to our supporter and to the JM Kaplan Fund for this important award. 

As a nonpartisan grassroots civic-education organization, the League has a major presence in support of America’s democratic institutions. The League publishes the only nonpartisan Voters’ Guide, the Palm Beach County Legislative Guide, registers voters, supports voting rights, and works with a collaborative network of nonprofit, governmental and business partners to focus attention on important public policy issues. All of this is accomplished on a shoestring budget. This makes grant funding and recognition extremely significant. We thank the JM Kaplan Fund.
By Marsha Vinson
Gun Safety members Rosalie Almborg , Arlene Ustin , and Chair, Marsha Vinson , had a wide-ranging conversation with recently promoted Chief  Javaro Sims on March 11, 2019.   Chief Sims reported that there have been 200 gun violence incidents in Delray Beach during the past year.  The Red Flag Law, which authorizes police to remove guns from people who exhibit violence, has successfully been implemented three times this year.  Gun Safety representatives introduced "Lock It Up" , the League's trigger lock program, to the Chief. He has generously agreed to allow an expenditure for trigger locks in next year’s Delray Police Department budget. Chief Sims praised the "Lock It Up" program – describing the campaign as pro-active and non-political. It is a program that promotes safety.  Look for the League's "Lock It Up" initiative as the topic of the Delray Police Department Chief Talks on Facebook posts in the very near future. The Delray Police Department looks forward to promoting the League’s Gun Safety initiative by providing introductions to many Delray associations and organizations including the Delray Chamber of Commerce and local churches.  An invitation was extended to the League to participate in the 2019 Delray Public Safety Day.  A similar meeting is scheduled soon with the Sheriff of Palm Beach County, Ric Bradshaw. For more information on Gun Safety projects and to co-partner with the Delray Police, please contact Marsha Vinson at mlvmmi@gmail.com
Participants learn the art of radish farming in the field.

A radish harvester at work.

The "Daytrippers" and the LWVPBC Environmental Issues Group organized a tour of  Tellus , Palm Beach County’s newest business and the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). Tellus, which is the Latin word for Earth, is based in Belle Glade. The tour was hosted jointly by Caroline Villanueva , External Affairs Manager of Florida Crystals, and Jeff Clemens , Director of Outreach & Community Engagement of the Florida Sugar Cane League.

Tellus is a startup company that recycles leftover sugarcane fiber, called Bagasse, from the sugar-milling process and converts it to biodegradable packaging and foodservice products such as plates, bowls, and take-out containers. These include 6”, 9” & 10” plates and 6x6 and 9x9 clamshells (take-out containers). The manufacturing facility is located adjacent to the sugar mill in Belle Glade. It is jointly owned by Florida Crystals Corporation and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. The cooperative consists of more than 45 mostly family farms, that have cultivated sugarcane and vegetables in South Florida for generations. The farmers not only produce the sugarcane fiber for the eco-friendly products, but also produce sweet corn, lettuce, cabbage, green beans, radishes and rice. 

To read more about our tour of the Glades, please click the button.
Attendees viewed some of the produce, proudly produced in the Glades.
Sharon Trost explained the importance of Lake Okeechobee water levels to all of South Florida.
Gary Nolan from Hundley Farms holds a freshly picked radish.
The tour group in front of TELLUS. (Photos are not permitted inside the building.)
Congratulations Joyce Sullivan, A Leadership Palm Beach County's Excellence Award Nominee.

The Leadership Excellence Awards (LEA) celebrate alumni who are living examples of the vision and mission of Leadership Palm Beach County; nominees demonstrate the need to connect, collaborate and change. Joyce Sullivan , LWVPBC Board member, was nominated by Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks, also a League member, for her fabulous work on the Voter's Guide and League Directory of Elected Officials.
This nomination is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for which only Leadership PBC alumni are permitted to vote.
Joyce Sullivan, League of Women Voters
Leadership Class of 1996

Congratulations Dr. Ethelene Jones, winner of ACLU's Harriet Goldman Award.

LWVPBC member, Dr. Ethelene (Lenny) Jones , has been selected to receive the prestigious Harriet Goldman Award, presented annually by the Palm Beach Chapter of the ACLU. The award honors someone who has contributed to upholding civil rights in Palm Beach County. Dr. Jones is credited with reinvigorating the local organization and working to ensure the passage of Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to disenfranchised felons.

The next Orientation for new members and others interested in the League will be Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 9 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

RSVP: dkostrub@aol.com or call (561) 852-0496

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