League of Women Voters NEWS -- December 1, 2017
UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, December 6, 6 to 8 PM
Registration @ 5:30 PM
Topic: How and When to Make End of Life Decisions
Panelists: Michael Ravitsky, D.O.; Brent Schillinger, M.D.; John Pastore
NO CHARGE FOR COOL TOPIC DISCUSSION but RSVP TO RESERVE SEAT
January 8 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Atlantis Country Club
Topic: Home Rule
Speaker: PBC Commissioner Dave Kerner  
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT KAREN WILKERSON

We have all just celebrated Thanksgiving. How fortunate we have been for our lives. As we enter the holiday season, let us remember all people...including those who may not have had the advantages many of us were fortunate enough to have received. 

Please view the attached video and ask yourself whether you would have run the race from your privileged position or waited for your fellow racers. Equality for all is a wonderful thing.
SUZANNE CABRERA SPEAKS ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING
By Marsha Vinson

The November Hot Topics Luncheon speaker, Suzanne Cabrera, President/CEO of the Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County, shared her wealth of knowledge in the area of Workforce/Affordable Housing with League members. 

Suzanne, pictured right, stressed that the crisis affects not only the homeless, but also service and minimum wage workers, as well as teachers and county employees. 
Many people who League members do business with are living paycheck to paycheck or have no place to live in the county despite holding a steady job.      
SIERRA CLUB RECYCLED MATERIALS FASHION SHOW
By Christene Campbell-Gabor
The Loxahatchee Group of the Sierra Club, the nation's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization, held their annual fundraiser, the Thanks & Giving Celebration and Silent Auction, on Saturday, November 11th.  Pam Maldonado , who heads the LWV PBC Voter Services committee, chaired the event and served as mistress of ceremonies.

The featured portion of the evening was a Trash Fashion Show by Argentine designer Aidana Baldasarre, who crafted outfits using old inner tubes, discarded highway banners and even old issues of the Sierra Club Magazine.

LWBPBC intern Dayalis Zamora was one of the models. She is shown right wearing a red tutu style skirt with a top made from inner tubes.  
WHO MAKES DECISIONS FOR
PALM BEACH COUNTY?

The Florida Constitutional Review Commission is considering putting a blanket amendment on the 2018 ballot to limit the power of a county, municipality or special district to regulate commerce, trade, or labor.
Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, Esq. will discuss what happens when a higher level of government takes regulatory power from a lower level and thwarts the rule of the people.

Wednesday, January 17 2018
This luncheon event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Atlantis Country Club
190 Atlantis Boulevard, Lake Worth
Topic: Who Makes Decisions for Palm Beach County
Speaker: County Commissioner Dave Kerner, Esq.
The cost to attend is $25 if reserved before January 10, and $35 afterwards.
FLORIDA CITRUS GETS GUT-PUNCH FROM IRMA
By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues 

Hurricane Irma blew through Florida’s citrus crops on September 10th, littering the ground with the precious fruit and flooding the fields for days. Irma arrived just weeks before the start of the grapefruit and orange harvests. It may not be until the end of the season – March for grapefruits and May for oranges – before citrus farmers know the full impact of Irma’s destruction. While most of us in Palm Beach County are getting back to normalcy, it’s a new normal for Florida’s agricultural industry.
LAKE OKEECHOBEE DIKE REPAIR
By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

Lake Okeechobee is the second-largest natural freshwater lake in the continental United States, covering 730 square miles. But it is in desperate need of repair.

For the thousands of Floridians who live in the shadow of the 80-year old dike, there is always a fear that the earthen barrier might fail.The Army Corps of Engineers is halfway through a $1.9 billion renovation program, scheduled for completion in 2025, but Governor Rick Scott has pressed for the project to be completed by 2022.
LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
by Debra Chandler

Debra Chandler , League Vice President, attended her first comprehensive session of Leadership’s “Engage” Program on public safety on October 11, 2017. 
The morning began at 7:45 a.m. by boarding a bus to Palm Beach State College. Over breakfast, State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Sheriff Rick Bradshaw addressed the 55-member class of future community leaders on public safety issues facing the county. 
A tour of the Police Academy gun range and the Fire Academy followed, including a demonstration of fire extinguisher use.


JUST A LITTLE FUN!

Our fundraiser this year was great fun and entertaining.

Here are some pictures of the event:

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NEWS EDITORIAL STAFF
Carol Stender, Managing Editor
Ken Horkavy, IT
Marsha Vinson, Carol Hershey, Karen Corbin
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