Welcome to the home page of the League of Women Voters of Volusia County(LWVVC)


Deadlines for two upcoming events: LWVVC's Marine Discovery Boat Tour, Monday, August 21, 2017, 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - August 15th is the deadline for your $20 check (made payable to LWVVC) to reach Rosemary Davies, 301 Mission Avenue,#1175, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.
Setting Legislative Priorities, Saturday, August 19, 2017, Port Orange Library, 1005 City Center, Port Orange, FL. Check in 9:45 a.m., Meeting 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Please email jeanne622lwvvc@cfl.rr.com Jeanne Tanke by August 16th if you plan to attend. No cost.

LWVVC Plans Year:
LWVVC President Nicki Junkins led LWVVC Board's annual planning retreat on July 8th. During the meeting, participants heard an update on progress made on last year's goals and discussed priorities for the coming year. After much discussion, the team agreed on two over-arching goals that will drive our program for the coming year. Those goals are:
    1. Develop and Implement a plan to teach the skill set for formal and informal advocacy.

    2. Identify priority topics for in-depth education in the following areas:
        *Solar (short term focus during the solar coop initiative)
        *Constitutional Review Commission
        *Election Law including Voter Suppression

The group also endorsed the ongoing strategies of marketing the League to our community and developing partnerships with diverse, like-minded organizations. These goals and strategies combined with input from our members will be the driving force behind the hot topics and monthly meeting events offered throughout the year. An ambitious, exciting calendar is in the works and will be released as soon as finalized.
Retreat(2)Retreat(3) Retreat(4) Thanks to Gwen Azama-Edwards for photos of some participants.

League of Women Voters of Florida just established the state-wide League Program for the next two years.

Solar Cooperatives are starting in Florida with the leadership of LWVF. Save the date for LWVVC's Volusia County launch September 20th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., when we will hold our first information session in Volusia County. Stetson University has agreed for us to meet at the Lynn Business Center auditorium (345 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand). More information will be forthcoming, but for now, check out http://www.flsun.org. This date was first announced at a very successful Mix and Mingle for LWVVC members June 22nd. While members enjoyed refreshments and talking with other members, conversations often turned to our league issues.

LWVVC Voter - Summer 2017 Issue now available. See reports from our delegates to the LWVVC Legislative Summit, news of our upcoming "Mix and Mingle" event, and find informative reports from our Observer Corps team on the county and city meetings they attended.

LWVVC Education Committee Visits Campbell Middle School: Read Pat Drago's letter in the May 22nd News-Journal describing the Education Committee's visit to Campbell Middle School in Daytona Beach. They found a dedicated staff and administration who are working with their students to improve results.

Read the Summary of What Happened in Tallahassee: Legislative Capitol Report from Tallahassee - the May 19, 2017 Legislative Wrapup from LWVF's Legislative Advocate Kelly Quintero is now available.

LWVVC's 2017 Annual Business Meeting was held April 22nd at the Halifax River Yacht Club. To see the program of business conducted and list of officers elected, click here. AnnualMeetingShown are Board members Suzi Peace, President Claudia Roth, and Nancy Vaughn. here. AnnualMeetingFollowing a brief and humorous skit introducing our League's Solar Coop Initiative, the Solar Coop Action Team Co-Chairs awarded Solar T-Shirts to winners of a Solar Quiz. Pictured left to right, Suze Peace, Co-Chair; Nancy Vaughn, Co-Chair; Linda Cuthbert, T-Shirt Winner; Sharon Leboffe, Co-Chair. Our speaker, Dinah Voyles Pulver, Environmental Writer at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, followed the business meeting with an update on environmental issues in Volusia County.

Legislative Summit 2017: LWVVC was well represented in Tallahassee as members attended LWVF Legislative Summit to meet with our representatives and lay out League priorities. Pictured here: Legislative Summit 2017standing: Fred Peace, Pat Drago, Nicki Junkins, and Jeanne Tanke; sitting: Nancy Vaughn, Gwen Azama-Edwards, and Suze Peace. For notes on the meetings, see Gwen Azama-Edwards' notes here.

The Constitutional Revision Commission is beginning to meet to consider revisions to our state constitution. We have here these current documents: Chairman Beruff's letter; overview of the process with information on the members; and CRC Viewpoint

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 person, age 16 and over, male or female, may become a voting member of the LWV. Associate membership is available to younger people. 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.
  • Voter Service: Join the Voter Service team – call Carla Christianson 386-677-1176 or email Carla at reclaim4all@gmail.com. You can:
    • volunteer to help register voters ·
    • join our Voter Service Speakers Bureau and help with presentations on proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution and other public policy issues that impact the community ·
    • assist with League monitored candidate forums
  • 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. If you wish to learn more or to volunteer, contact Observer Corps Team Leader Jack McConnell mcc1685@gmail.com
  • 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.
  • 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 mail@lwvvc.org to request a printed form. To find out how to pay by credit card through LWVVC's secured PayPal account link, click here.