LWVVC was at the DeLand Fall Art Festival November 21-22 to register voters or to help voters change address or political party. We shared a tent with the group seeking signatures for the Solar Choice Amendment. The Solar Choice Amendment is also being supported by our State League (see http://thefloridavoter.org/issues/solar-choice-amendment/), and we appreciated the chance to share the tent of the Floridians for Solar Choice group. Shown here are LWVVC members Suze Peace, Judy Provost, and Ann Smith.
Hot Topics: "Money in Politics Study - What Does Personhood Mean?": Carla Christianson and LWVVC Committee will present the results of their study on Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015, 5:15 p.m., at the DeLand Public Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand. Please CLICK HERE to contact Jeanne Tanke.
Your RSVP by Nov. 28 is requested for setup and any handouts.
Elections: The local elections in Holly Hill and Lake Helen are now over. While it seems early to be thinking about the 2016 national elections, the primary races are already in full swing. The Republicans have already held three presidential primary debates (a fourth will be November 10th), and a number more are scheduled between now and mid-March 2016. The Democrats have held one debate out of six scheduled. We urge everyone to watch both series of debates to learn more about these candidates seeking their party's nomination. For information on the primary debate schedules, see:
November/December Voter now available: Read about upcoming programs, find reports from the Observer Corps on various govenment meetings around the county, and much more. This issue includes a special report from President Claudia Roth on the Annual Volusia County Legislative Delegation Meeting, held October 16, 2015.
On October 17th, LWVVC and AAUW members met for a joint lunch and program on "Money in Politics" at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Many thanks to Carla Christianson and LWVVC's Money in Politics committee for organizing the informative panel discussion Saturday. Special thanks to our panelists: Dottie Lewis, Senator Evelyn Lynn, and County Chair Frank Bruno. We increased our membership at this meeting, and we helped guests to update voter registration addresses. Finally, thanks to our friends at AAUW for coordinating with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to provide the venue at their beautiful new Welcome Center and the delicious lunch.
Voter Registration at Port Orange Family Days - Voter Service Chair Carla Christianson organized a LWVVC voter registration event at Port Orange Family Days October 2015. Pictured here are Carla and Suze Peace on Saturday October 3rd. Thanks to all of the volunteers who gave up their weekends to help staff this booth and promote voter registration.
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On August 26th, LWVVC held its first Wine Night / Networking Event at Total Wine as an opportunity for members and possible new members to meet and to learn more about volunteer opportunities with LWVVC. It was a great year to start off our new year.
Shown on the right are Lynda Mays, Jeanne Tanke, and Libby Hildebrandt. In addition to learning about American wines, attendees heard about how they could become more active in supporting LWVVC positions. For more photos from the event, see http://www.lwvvc.org/Archives/Photo-list.html.
In Memorium: LWVVC recently lost two members who had dedicated their lives to making Volusia County a better place to live. Rosemarie Gore in her last years of service was LWVVC Environmental Chair and faithfully attended many meetings of the St. Johns Water Management District and meetings and workshops of the multitude of other organizations dealing with our water and environment over the years. Her monthly reports to the LWVVC Board kept us aware of these important issues so LWVVC could act and react. Our second loss was Donna Jordan whose latest service to us was as Chair of the 2014 Politicos Luncheon and Fundraiser. Her organizational and design skills served us so well, and she also was important for years in organizing the big Daytona Beach Art Festival. Two mighty women have left us, but their influence remains.
Read LWVF Governmental Consultant Debbie Harrison Rumberger's "Rundown on the Florida Legislature's 2015 Record" in her June 19th Capital Report.
Want to know more about a U.S. Senator's or Congressman's votes on a topic such as gun control, abortion, or other topic? Check out this database compiled by the Washington Post. It lists those who voted No, Yes, or did not vote for each bill in Congress (party affiliation not noted, but you can sort by name or by state). Select "Explore" to find out about each Congressman and Senator and his/her voting record.
The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan organization to encourage the
involvement of all citizens in government and the electoral process through education
and advocacy. Please note that while the League of Women Voters may advocate for
carefully studied issues, the League never supports or opposes candidates for office,
or political parties, and any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign
advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League. In addition to using
the links on the left, members of the public are invited to view the positions and
issues studied by the LWVVC as listed on the right and below.
We hope you will consider joining the League. Any citizen over 18, male or female,
may become a voting member of the LWV. Associate membership is available to younger
people and non-citizens. When you join the League of Women Voters of Volusia County,
you automatically become a member of the Florida and U.S. Leagues.
What can you do as a League member?
- Attend our monthly meetings. Enjoy a meal while hearing a speaker on a timely
topic or discuss an issue in a small group setting.
- Meet other interested citizens from around the county as you become informed
about important issues.
- Read League publications that keep you up to date on questions of national,
state, and local interest.
- Volunteer for the LWVVC Observer Corps and attend local governmental meetings to observe and report happenings to the League. See LWVVC Observer Corps Code and the LWVUS Resource Guide.
- Join a study committee to focus on an issue that especially concerns you.
- Volunteer to help other community organizations learn about issues and election laws.
- Assist with fundraisers such as the Politicos on Parade, held in election years, with local public officials serving as our models in a fashion show. Funds raised are used to help support the LWVVC's educational efforts. To see a list of the elected officials who modeled in our 2012 fashion show and the generous sponsors who help make our work possible, see our 2012 Politicos on Parade program which was distributed to all attendees.
For a membership brochure and application, click here. Mail your application with your check to the LWVVC address listed. Or, you may contact the LWVVC by phone
(386-238-7361) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a printed form. To find out how to pay by credit card through LWVVC's secured PayPal account link, click here>.