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The Voter
March 2020 Newsletter
UPCOMING EVENTS

FIRST WEDNESDAY SPEAKER SERIES LUNCHEON
 

Wednesday, March 4


Dawn Lockhart: The 2020 Census and How it Affects Our Jacksonville Community


Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

In her current position, Dawn works collaboratively with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities in an effort to better serve Jacksonville citizens. She served Family Foundations, a nationally accredited and HUD-certified counseling agency, for more than 30 years in various roles, most recently as president and CEO.

Her professional affiliations include the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Board of Directors, City of Jacksonville’s Economic Development Committee, JAX Chamber Board of Governors, National Foundation for Credit Counseling Board of Trustees, United Way, and the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida.

WhereSeason's 52 at the St. Johns Town Center, 5096 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246

When: Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

* RSVP Required no later than February 26 to Nora Manahan,
dnmanahan@comcast.net or (904) 476-6443. Due to the popularity of some of our topics and speakers, we make every effort to accommodate our members and guests so we ask that you confirm your attendance to ensure you have a seat.

Cost: $20 cash or check only, please

Reserve your seat today, and please forward this newsletter to friends.  

April First-Wednesday Speaker: Emily Bloch, Florida Times-Union Education Reporter
 


City Resiliency Committee Meetings


In November, Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson announced that Councilman Matt Carlucci would chair a new committee to work on the city's resilience to flooding, sea level rise, and severe weather. Members of the new committee are Council members Michael Boylan, Aaron Bowman, Randy DeFoor, Garrett Dennis, Joyce Morgan and Wilson. City officials and members of the nonprofit and business communities will be advising the committee, and all are tasked with developing a resiliency strategy for the county.
 
The committee's first meeting was in January. The theme was “Setting the Scene of Climate Change and Sea-level Rise” with Glenn Landers of the Army Corps of Engineers and Whitney Gray of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as guest speakers.
 
The second meeting, set for February 27, will review “City Efforts to Date,” with speakers Bill Killingsworth, City director of Planning and Development and John Pappas, director of Public Works.
 
We encourage all League members and friends to join us at this meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2:00–4:15 pm, in the Lynwood Roberts Room at City Hall, 117 W. Duval St., Jacksonville
 
The committee will meet monthly.
  •  March (date and time to be announced); “Problems and Solutions”; speakers Dr. Adam Rosenblatt from the University of North Florida, Dr. A. Quinton White, of Jacksonville University, and a presentation by the St. Johns Riverkeeper.
  •  April: Florida’s Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. Julia Nesheiwat.
  •  May: a community discussion facilitated by Steve Halverson, president and CEO of Haskell Company.
 


Upcoming Voter Registration Events


At USCIS, (near JTB & I-95):
March dates to be announced

Every month, we work with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to help register new voters as soon as they become citizens. 

If you’re interested in becoming certified or want to learn more, please contact Dianne Main at dmm4053@gmail.com.
IMPACTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS



Voters Registered in 2020:

 

251

Our league works continuously to:
  • engage local citizens in registering to vote,
  • ensure their voter information is current, and
  • create awareness about the registration requirements for returning citizens.
For more information about voter registration, contact Dianne Main.


League members Rhona DiCamillo and Gail Chisholm register students at FSCJ-Kent Campus.

Health Care Committee Report


In attendance at our committee’s January meeting were 6 members, including 2 potential League members. We reviewed the December LWVFL Health Care Committee conference call minutes and will be focusing on any bills that support access to care and affordable medical coverage.

The LWVFL Health Care Committee Chair has again asked the LWVFL President to join other organizations in co-sponsoring Medicaid Matters and has forwarded information to all the committee members about how to join as an individual. It was then forwarded to members of the LWVJFC Health Care Committee members.

Gale Chisholm updated us on Duval County’s Program to Save Lives, which will provide extended rehab support for opioid addicts. It now is well on its way to being implemented and has sufficient support within the community. Although Duval County's interest in funding the recently passed SB366/HB17 Infectious Disease Elimination Programs (Needle Exchange Bill) is still lacking. 

Our next meeting will be immediately following the March 4 LWVJFC general luncheon meeting. If you would like more information about the Health Care Committee or the initiatives it supports, contact the chair, Mary McLaughlin, mclaum2001@yahoo.com.

FALL 2019 FUNDRAISER


Thank you to Louise Nelson, who made a contribution since our last newsletter.
 
—Sandy Martin, Treasurer
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

LEAGUE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION LUNCHEON

 

Our Centennial Celebration luncheon was a sold-out event! It was great to see members and friends of the League and spend time enjoying conversation, food and learning about our League’s rich and rewarding history.

Guest speaker Cecile Scoon gave us a sobering look back at the challenges faced by suffragists in the work to see the 19th Amendment ratified. She also gave us some great tools and inspiration to work with others in our local community.

The League will continue to highlight events taking place throughout Jacksonville where we might participate and learn more about our community and the cultures that exists within it.

Lifetime Achievement Awardees Dr. Patricia Gill and Dr. Joan Carver were recognized for over 60 years of membership in the League, their contributions to their professions, the local community and work abroad. Both members were recognized with a crystal Lifetime Achievement Award and certificate signed by our League Chapter President Ashish Bajaj.

Our League has many members who have made such a positive impact in our community and the lives of individuals they touch. If you know of someone you’d like to see highlighted in a future newsletter, please let us know at lwvjaxfc@gmail.com.

We would like to thank Floriade the Florist and owner Tiffany Turner for the yellow roses donated for each table. Yellow became the symbolic color of the national women’s suffrage movement as suffragists wore yellow sashes with the slogan “Votes for Women” in the early 1900s.

 
 

Our League in the News


The Jacksonville/First Coast League was on the front page of The Florida Times-Union Friday, February 14. The article by Sara Albertelli details the League's history, our Centennial Celebration, our two honorees, Joan S. Carver and Patricia Gill, and our event speaker, Cecile Scoon. View the article online at https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20200213/commemorating-100-years-of-womenrsquos-political-freedom
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES



Annual Meeting and Elections Preparations


As we prepare for our annual meeting and election, we are in need of League members to serve on the Nominating Committee. This committee is entrusted with contacting League members regarding their interest in becoming board members or officers. They develop the slate of candidates for a vote by members during the annual meeting. The majority of this committee’s work is done via phone and email. If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee, send an email to lwvjaxfc@gmail.com.
 
 

Interested in Planning a Candidate Forum?


Our League will hold a planning meeting in the near future to determine if there is interest in sponsoring a candidate forum for upcoming elections. If you are interested in being part of the Candidate Forum Planning Committee, send an email to lwvjaxfc@gmail.com. You will be included in future correspondence to attend the planning meeting. 
 
 

Docents Needed for 19th Amendment Exhibit

 
The American Bar Association's traveling exhibit, “100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future,” will be in Jacksonville March 22 through April 4. 

Our League has been asked to act as docents and educators for this event when school groups come to see the exhibit. 

Please consider volunteering for a 2-hour shift as a docent. We will be highlighting important facts about the 19th Amendment and engaging the school groups to share what they know about ratification and America before 1920. To volunteer, contact Sandy Martin, smartin92@comcast.net.
 
 

Help Returning Citizens Get Their Voting Rights Back


The League has produced a Florida Bar-approved webinar, eligible for up to 2 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. The webinar discusses the history of Florida felony disenfranchisement, the impact of Amendment 4 that allowed returning citizens to register to vote, and the subsequent effect of SB 7066, legislation that specifies returning citizen voting eligibility. The League hopes that volunteer attorneys and other advocates will use the information provided by this free CLE webinar to offer their services pro bono to assist returning citizens.

The CLE webinar is presented by Cecile M. Scoon, Esq, First Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Florida and Action Chair on Amendment 4 matters. She is a practicing attorney who specializes in civil rights and employment discrimination cases representing employees.

To register for the webinar, go to https://www.lwvfl.org/cle/.
 
 

Suffrage and 19th Amendment Speakers Bureau for 2020


We will be conducting suffrage and 19th Amendment speaking engagements throughout the year. These events offer us an opportunity to create awareness about suffrage, the League of Women Voters and conduct voter registration. If you would like to serve as a member of our local speaker’s bureau and represent the League, contact Lanelle Phillmon at 904-382-4478 or at CLPhillmon@yahoo.com.
 
 

Volunteers Needed to Keep Your League Informed 


Quite often, our League needs volunteers to help with small tasks that are not time consuming but vital to our leadership and membership. 
  • Do you have an hour or two once a month to help us make phone calls to members about upcoming events? 
  • Do you have an hour each month to help deliver flyers to your local library or college student union?   
  • Would you be interested in attending a city council meeting or committee hearing once or twice a month? 
  • Do you have time to listen in on state webinars or conference calls and provide feedback to the board?  
  • Can you develop questions to be published the Vote411 Voter Guide for upcoming election candidates? This will be conducted via conference call and email over a period of weeks.
 
If you are willing to volunteer for any of these opportunities, contact Lanelle at CLPHillmon@yahoo.com to discuss topics and abilities.  
 

 

Standing Monthly Committee Calls by LWV of Florida


LWVFL Health Care Committee: 1st Monday of month, 6:30 p.m.
Mary McLaughlin, mclaum2001@yahoo.com
Dial-in Number: (712) 770-4856 
Access Code: 815787#

Statewide Gun Safety Committee Line: 2nd Monday of month, 6:30 p.m.
Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7031 
Access Code: 412735

Reproductive Health and Justice: 2nd Monday of month, 12:00 p.m.
Jo Shim, shimjo2001@gmail.com 
Dial-in Number: (641) 715-0700
Access Code: 815787

Solar: 1st Tuesday of month, 5:30 p.m.
Deirdre Macnab, didimacnab@earthlink.net
Dial-in Number: (515) 604-9000
Access Code: 770913#

Natural Resources Committee: Every other Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
Marty Sullivan, martysullivan.league@gmail.com 
Dial-in Number: (605) 472-5474
Access Code: 627516#

Voter Services: 1st Thursday of month, 6:00 p.m.
Maggie Lawrence, maggie.lawrence@forchange.agency
Dial-in Number: (515) 604-9000
Access Code: 153337#

Juvenile/Criminal Justice: 3rd Thursday of month, 4:30 p.m.
Charlotte Nycklemoe, drchargar@gmail.com
Dial-in Number: (563) 999-2090
Access Code: 413734#

Immigration: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
Kyrstina Francios and Eve Barbour 
Dial-in number: (786) 655-9822

Membership Committee: 2nd Thursday of month, 3:30 p.m.
Betty Haynes, lwvsc.bettyhaynes@gmail.com 
Dial-in Number: (712) 451-0921
Access Code: 774267
 
 

Calling the League to Action


Our members and readers sometimes request that we send out alerts for action. We welcome these requests, but must ensure that the proposed actions align with our Legislative Priorities.

To make the process quick and efficient, we have developed an Action Alert Request Form. This helps us gather the information we need to inform all our readers and members. 

If you know of an issue in need of action, please download and complete the form (a Microsoft Word file), then submit it to the parties listed on the form. 
 
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

We can't do it without you! Please join in recognizing our new and returning members from February.
 

New Members—Welcome aboard!


Denise Slavin
Nancy Anderson
Harriet Tower
Linda Martin
Victoria Bryant-Riggins 
 

Returning Members—Thank you so much for choosing to renew!


Anne Tomson
Pam Korn
Carol Hamilton
Kevin Clair   
Tracye Polson

Please email parish63@gmail.com if your name was missed.
 
STAY CONNECTED

Local

Stay up-to-date on all local Upcoming Events on the League of Women Voters Jacksonville / First Coast website.
 

State

For statewide news and action items, visit the LWV Florida Blog
 

Regional

The Regional Facebook Group, LWV Florida North Region Leagues, includes Alachua, Bay, Jacksonville/First Coast, Okaloosa & Walton, Pensacola Bay Area, and Tallahassee.
 
 

WANT TO CONTACT US?


We look forward to hearing from you!

Phone: 904-355-8683

Email:  LWVJAXFC@gmail.com

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Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
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