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League of Women Voters of the Space Coast


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Board
Board
OFFICERS:
President     Barbara Williams
1st VP            Susan Webb
2nd VP           Marilynn Collins
Secretary       Audrey Grayson
Treasurer       Brigitte Sinton


Working Group Committee Chairs:
Local Government         Ron Bobay
                 co-chair       Terry LaPlante
Health                          Diane Conaway
                 co-chair      Susan Webb
Natural Resources         Susan Little
Facebook & Recycling    Marcia Booth
FLSUN & IRL                Lorraine Koss
Justice                        Alberta Wilson
                 co-chair    Doreen Archer
International Relations  Joyce Calese
Education                    Linda Scales
                 co-chair     Fran Baer
Women's Issues       Jaqueline Chandler

Supporting Committee Chairs:
Membership     Debra Mischley
Editor              Lucia Watson

Voter Service  served by 1st VP
Publicity          served by 2nd VP
Speaker's Bureau  served by Secretary
  Served by OFF Board Chairs:
Telephone              Martha Bradshaw
Hospitality               Doreen Archer
Nominating             Jo Shim

Consultants to the Board:
Sustainability         Terry Mott
Environmental        Maureen Rupe
CRC POC                Tony Dutton
NPVIC                    Sharon Reynolds-Mixon
Voter Advocacy       Diane Conaway



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Committees
Committees
Programs of Work:
Education
Health
International Relations
Justice
Local Government
-----Observer Corps
Natural Resources
------Recycling
------FL SUN
------Indian River Lagoon
Women's Issues

Our League is committed to Sustainability which is covered by each of the above programs of work.  Sustainability interconnects the work areas and therefore we have a dedicated consultant to coordinate between each of our work groups.

Support Committees/Efforts:
Membership
Voter Services/Voter Advocacy/CRC/NPVIC
Publicity
Speaker's Bureau
Facebook Editing
Website and Newsletter Editing
Telephone
Nominating
Hospitality

By-laws

Activities

Registers and educates voters.
Sponsors and Co-Hosts candidate forums.
Meets with all Brevard County Legislators.
Holds meetings for the public to learn and study international relations subjects.
Publishes a newsletter (The Voter) 9 months of the year.
Maintains a website (lwv-spacecoast.org) and a Facebook account that contains pertinent up-to-date information.
Advocates for Legislative Issues according to Study and Action.
Hosts "Timely Topic" meetings to educate citizens on public affairs issues.
Provides speakers to address issues that appear on the ballot for the General Election.
Monitors and certifies elections for local organizations.
Publishes CONTACT, a directory for elected officials every two years.
Sponsors a recycling Awards Program in cooperation with Brevard Public Schools.

Accomplishments

  • Spoke at the Brevard legislative meeting prior to the opening session

    of the Florida Legislature.

  • Met with all of Brevard County state legislators to explain our

    positions including Medicaid expansion which remains on our agenda.

  • Approved a contribution to support the Save the Lagoon Coalition

    and continue to monitor this issue.

  • Sponsored and Co-Hosted candidate forums for the 2016 Election.
  • Informed the community on education results, foster care, child safety, human trafficking and increased awareness about children in our community without medical insurance.
  • Held meetings for the public to learn and study international relations subjects.
  • Sponsored an Annual School Recycling Awards Program to instill in students an appreciation for the environment and an awareness of the need to conserve natural resources.
  • Held a consensus meeting for Open Primary Study.
  • Hosted a Timely Topic Event: Save Our Indian River Lagoon ½ Cent Sales Tax Referendum
  • Florida Solar United Neighborhoods
  • Celebrate the League Wine and Hors d’oeuvre Parties
  • Hosted a Timely Topic Event: Career and Technical Program Planning for Brevard County Schools – catered by Cocoa High School’s Culinary Arts Program
  • Politicos on Parade Fundraiser
  • Hosted a Timely Topic Event: Importance of Children’s Oral Health
  • Hosted a Timely Topic Event: Bob Graham and Chris Hand “America, the Owner’s Manual: You Can Fight City Hall and Win”
  • Observer Corps initiated
  • Styrofoam Task Force Team initiated
  • Landfill Tour
  • Holiday Luncheon with Astronaut High School Jazz Band and Dr Sally Shinn, homeless liaison for Brevard County Schools – Gift Cards donated
  • Hosted a Timely Topic Event: Clean Energy and Lagoon Restoration - vote NO on 1 and YES on IRL referendums
  • Voter Registration tables to include a couple High School lunch rooms
  • Hosted a Timely Topic Event: Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking
  • Hosted a Timely Topic Event: 4 Generations: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Hosted a Timely Topic Event: Creating Political Will for a Sustainable Climate, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Recognized activism and civic impact in our community by honoring "Women of Action".
  • Promoted stricter fertilizer ordinances throughout Brevard County.
  • Prepared and distributed new 2017-2018 CONTACT, Directory of Elected Officials throughout the county.
  • Worked with many organizations in Brevard County to provide to the community information on a variety of subjects.
  • Arranged speaking engagements at churches, colleges and other facilities for presentations by our Speakers Bureau to encourage active participation and an understanding of our mission of good government and informed voters.
  • Monitored Port activity and the newly appointed CEO after having a Timely Topic on the Canaveral Port/Rail extension.
  • Endorsed and supported the 2017 LWVFL priorities that were tracked throughout the Legislative Session.

Our History


The League of Women Voters (LWV) was founded in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt shortly before the Women's Suffrage Amendment was ratified. After years of hard work and organizing, women across the country suddenly had the right to vote so the LWV next structured itself to help those newly enfranchised women become politically educated and responsible voting citizens. In 1973, the national charter was modified giving men the opportunity to join the League.

 

Over the years the League has opened the door to intellectual activity and involvement in political life. When the political establishment first began seeing women as capable of serving on local boards and holding office, they naturally began seeking their advice and support. The League continues to study many issues and actively promotes reform where necessary. The LWV remains a pertinent citizen voice in local governance and will continue to serve as a training ground for many community leaders to come.

 

The Florida League was formed in 1939 by three local Leagues: St. Petersburg, Winter Haven and Winter Park-Orlando. Currently in Florida there are 29 local leagues statewide. Nationally the LWV is in every state as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and worldwide as far away as Hong Kong with a total of 900 state and local leagues.



Space Coast history goes back to 1948 when the first League in Brevard County, the League of Women Voters of Cocoa, was formed with twenty-one members. When the original charter was granted the League asked to be called the Central Brevard League. This request was denied since county appellations could not be used.

 

In 1953 the request was again made and denied.

 

Since the LWV locally, through membership and activity, truly represented Central Brevard rather than simply Cocoa, in 1960 the request to change the name was finally granted and effective Sept. 1, 1960 the organization became known as the LWV of Central Brevard.

 

In the meantime, a group in the south end of the county formed the South Brevard League in 1958, and the Central Brevard League was pleased to cooperate with its sister League in the south. The 72 mile county received a wider dissemination of information on political issues and local concerns.

 

Ten years later, 1970 came another name change-the Cape Kennedy Area LWV.

 

The Cape LWV program included water pollution, land use and growth under county government, modernization of local government, support of county programs to stregthen health, education and welfare, and support for the Cape's yardstick on charter government.


South Brevard programs covered local government services, organization, land use, finance and taxation policies and procedures governing major political parties in Brevard. A major continued program was a study of the water resources of South Brevard.



Community services included publications, i.e., "Contact", "Election Extra" and "This is Brevard County". The Leagues provided local voter registration drives, staffing of voting machines, candidate forums and studies in areas of general citizen concerns.

 

In May of 1978 a leadership crisis faced the LWV of South Brevard, due to a move out of state by its president. However, the problem was resolved and the League continued to operate. Discussion began about ways of cutting down on duplication of projects by both Leagues. Inevitably this led to talk of combining the Cape Kennedy and South Brevard chapters and on Nov. 19, 1979 those Leagues consolidated to become the LWV of the Space Coast. The first annual meeting was held in April of 1980.