League of Women Voters NEWS -- January 1, 2018
UPCOMING EVENTS


Wednesday, January 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Atlantis Country Club
190 Atlantic Blvd
Lake Worth, FL 33462
  Topic: Who Makes the Decisions for Palm Beach County
    Speaker: PBC Commissioner Dave Kerner, Esq.
  

Saturday, February 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
2751 S Dixie Hwy, WPB 33405
Topic: Education in Palm Beach County--Issues and Ideas
Speakers: Four members of the School Board of Palm Beach County:
Marcia Andrews, Karen Brill, Chuck Shaw and Erica Whitfield
and two LWVPBC members Christene Campbell-Gabor and Kimberley Spire-Oh
NO CHARGE FOR COOL TOPIC DISCUSSION  
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.
Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, Esq.
will speak at the January Hot Topic Luncheon.
HOW AND WHEN TO MAKE END OF LIFE DECISIONS
Reviewed by Marsha Vinson


League members who attended, watched the live streaming, or have been fortunate enough to have viewed the Cool Topic video available on the League website, now know how to Start The Conversation! 
President Karen Wilkerson presides over panel discussion on End of Life Decisions

The speakers stressed that utilizing the correct tools to Start The Conversation alleviates the discomfort of talking about death. A copy of YOUR CONVERSATION STARTER KIT was made available to the audience and is available online at conversationproject@ihi.org .
Environmental Day for Leadership 2018
By Debra Chandler
Learning about the Lake Worth Lagoon

A presentation at the Manatee Lagoon in West Palm Beach was followed by a history of water management in Florida by Tommy Strowd of the Lake Worth Drainage District. Water management began in 1905 and has continued. Currently, the Lake Worth Drainage District has 2,700 miles of canals, designed to prevent flooding. Some were formerly used to bring produce from the Glades to the Port of Palm Beach.
VOTING RIGHTS COALITION

Ever hear of REDMAP: The Redistricting Majority Program?
Read about it HERE --it’s scary!
And it all came true.
Come to the Voting Rights Coalition and learn about voter suppression.
Next Voting Rights Coalition meeting:
Thursday, January 4, 2-4 pm
Compass
201 North Dixie, Lake Worth.
For more info contact Nancy Cohen at nancyecohen1@icloud.com
 
OBSERVER CORPS REPORTS
by Kathryn Gettinger
 
Below are two Observer highlights.
Click the link to read additional observations.

  • Jupiter is considering an additional homestead exemption for seniors who are 65 years old or older, whose income is less than $28,400, and who own their home. The additional homestead exemption would reduce the ad valorem tax funds by less than $25,000 for the town.
  • Lake Worth City Commissioners discussed the Sadowski fund. This is a fund made from real estate transactions that is supposed to go into state and local affordable housing programs. However, much of the money collected has been emptied into the general revenue fund.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Several Director positions on next year's LWV Board are opening up. The League Nominating Committee, under the direction of Beryl Blecher, is seeking nominations for the slate which will be presented for a vote at the Annual Meeting. If you or another member is interested in serving, please let us know. Contact Beryl at berylblecher@hotmail.com to share your interest and skill sets.
OUR WEBSITE KEEPS GETTING BETTER!
by Ken Horkavy

 
Why should you visit lwvpbc.org

Below are three ways to use the site:


1. Our calendar is updated frequently with events in the league and
community

2. Our newsletter is archived on the site so you can view it again and share it with friends

3. For our beloved members, there is all kinds of info in the members only section

Email kenhorkavy@gmail.com for the Members Only password.

UNABLE TO ATTEND AN EVENT? 

Visit our Facebook video page to view our latest hot and cool topic discussions:   
SPEAKERS BUREAU
By Ethelene Jones

Currently, our Speakers Bureau offers community groups a selection of 9 PowerPoint presentations, including 5 (in bold print) that were created entirely or in part by LWV-PBC issue committees and groups:
  1. Constitution Revision Commission 2017-2018
  2. Electoral College and NPVIC 201701003
  3. Florida Charter Schools 20171025
  4. Florida Voting Rights Restoration Constitutional Amendment
  5. Fracking in Florida 20171105
  6. Gun Safety in Florida 20171113
  7. Healthcare in America 20171018 and Health Care Terms Glossary
  8. Speak Easy: How to Get Your Message Across
  9. Your Florida Government, Your County Government
  SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE LEAGUE

Only the president or president’s designee speaks on behalf of the League. Individual members may not put forth League positions in public testimony or letters-to-the-editor but may suggest that the president do so. Members are encouraged to speak or write as informed individual citizens.
NEWS EDITORIAL STAFF
Carol Stender, Managing Editor
Ken Horkavy, IT
Carol Hershey, Marsha Vinson, Karen Corbin
Email kenhorkavy@gmail.com with your opinions and feedback. 
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