League of Women Voters News - December 15, 2017
  UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, January 17 2018, 11:30 a.m. 
Atlantis Country Club
    Speaker: County Commissioner Dave Kerner, Esq.
   Topic: Who Makes the Decisions for Palm Beach County

LWVPBC AT WEST PALM BEACH GREEN MARKET
By Pam Maldonado
On Saturday, Dec. 2, our voter registration season started at the Green Market in West Palm Beach. Amid swarms of people enjoying the sunshine and gourmet offerings of local vendors, Polly Maier, Pam Maldonado, Marc Bruner, and Kelly Domnick (pictured right l. to r.) manned the tent, registering voters and circulating the Former Felons Rights Restoration petition.
The highlight of the day was "capturing" several new teenage voters who will automatically receive their Voter Registration Cards upon their 18th birthday.
FIESTA DE PUEBLO
By Pam Maldonado

For the second year in a row, LWVPBC Voter Services will be participating in the "Fiesta de Pueblo,” the traditional Puerto Rican celebration of Three Kings Day (“El Día de los Reyes Magos").  This annual event is sponsored by the Puerto Rican-Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the City of Greenacres.
Saturday, January 6th, from 3-10 pm
Community Park of Greenacres
2905 Jog Rd, Greenacres, FL 33467
Vote
VOTER SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING TIME CHANGE
The Voter Services Committee meets monthly.
As of December 7th, our meeting time is permanently changed to 9:30 to 11:30 am.

We welcome anyone interested in working to register voters as we head Into the upcoming election year!
Please call or e-mail to RSVP if you will be attending for the first time.
Registration Contact: Pam Maldonado
305-873-4239
PALM BEACH COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION
by Christene Campbell-Gabor, LWVPBC Civics Education Committee Chair
LWVPBC Interns Faith Maniti and Dayalis Zamora presented at the PBC Legislative delegation public hearing on December 1st, 2017 at Palm Beach State College Belle Glade Campus. 

Our Civics Education team is asking for the Legislators support and/or sponsorship of a bill that would ensure that Civics Education is taught to all students from kindergarten through college.

Pictured right are (l. to r.) Faith Maniti, Rep. Lori Berman, Rep. Matt Willhite, and Dayalis Zamora.

CIVICS EDUCATION
By Christene Campbell-Gabor
The message at the Sunday November 26 Celebration of America at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton was clear. Civics Education, Civility and Voting are of the utmost importance to our democracy.

Pictured here are LWVPBC Civics Education Committee members (l. to r.) Elayne Goodman , Nikki Descoteaux , and Tom Gabor , who took heart at the important message shared.
School Board
OBSERVER CORPS REPORT: PBC SCHOOL BOARD
by Cynthia Sheehan-Hartwell

Read a report that covers the November 15, 2017 regularly scheduled meeting of the PBC School Board. The meeting was held at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center and commenced at 5 PM.

If interested in helping the Observer Corps cover future meetings of the PBC School Board, please contact Joyce Smookler-- joycesmookler@gmail.com .
TREASURY NOTES
by Joan Karp

LAST CHANCE TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

As of the end of December, those who haven’t sent in dues that will be valid until October 1, 2018, will be dropped from our Active roster.
Our League has grown exponentially in the past two years and, as a result, we have been able to take on more projects and more events to serve our members and the community at large. We are very visible and respected in our county and in the state.
We need you to continue to be part of our organization.
Individual membership is still only $60 and can be paid by credit card on our website, LWVPBC.org , or by sending a check to PO BOX 6208, Delray Beach FL, 33482-6208.
If you have any questions, call Joan Karp at 561-995-5631.
ORIENTATION INVITATION

NEW MEMBERS AND OTHERS WANTING TO LEARN HOW TO BE ENGAGED IN OUR LOCAL LEAGUE ARE INVITED TO COME:

Saturday, February 10
Registration and Coffee 9 a.m.
Orientation starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m.
Palm Beach State College
Lake Worth Center for Bachelor’s Programs Building
Room CBP-103

RSVP Darlene Kostrub at dkostrub@aol.com or leave a message at 561-852-0496.
We look forward to having you with us!
 
MEMBERSHIP MUSINGS
by Darlene Kostrub, Membership Chair



WELCOME TO OUR NEW LEAGUE MEMBERS!
Suzanne Cabrera -- West Palm Beach
Maryanne Conlin -- Palm Beach Gardens
Jo-Ann Golden(reinstated) -- Lake Worth
Nancy Hesford -- Hobe Sound
JoAnne Hopkins -- Wellington
Rubina Hossain -- Palm Beach Gardens
Marsha Jackson -- North Palm Beach
Kimberly Jones -- West Palm Beach
Jean Kanders (reinstated) -- Palm Beach
Lindsay Zabik Krutz -- Royal Palm Beach
Timothy Krutz -- Royal Palm Beach
Laura Lustig -- Palm Beach Gardens
Mary Martz -- West Palm Beach
Diane Myerson -- Delray Beach
Irene Ostroff (reinstated) -- Palm Beach
Amanda & David St. John -- West Palm Beach
Julie Walker -- West Palm Beach
Betty Wolpert -- Jupiter
Bernadette Wright -- Boynton Beach

For contact information, see the Member Directory at  lwvpbc.org .
 For password, contact Darlene Kostrub, Membership Chair,  dkostrub@aol.com /561-852-0496.
THE SECRET IS OUT . . .

The LWVPBC MINIS are Mini Crossword Puzzles created for everyone interested in Civics Education and in the U.S. Government. A fun, fascinating, and interesting way to see how much you know about American History and American Laws.

The first booklet of Eight Minis includes the 100 questions from the U.S. Citizenship Test.
The MINIS will be available
  • on our website
  • in the LWVPBC NEWS
  • in a booklet
Watch for them!

Contact Christene Campbell-Gabor, Civics Education Chair, at cgabor5@gmail.com if you have any questions.
NEWS EDITORIAL STAFF
Carol Stender, Managing Editor
Ken Horkavy, IT
Marsha Vinson, Karen Corbin, Carol Hershey

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