Mar - Jun 2014  Voter

In This Issue

1 Social & Orientation
Presidents Message
Legislative Session
6  Membership
7  Picture Gallery
8  ContestVote

9  Contacts


New Members Orientation

and Social

General Membership Meeting
Open to All Members!

When:    Thursday, June 26, 5:30 pm

Where:   1725 Athens Ct, Lakeland
Home of Sandra Sheets

The League of Women Voters of Polk County is holding a new member orientation and geveral membership social.  The purpose is to refresh our League Knowledge and Make New Friends.
Refreshments provided.
You're All Invited!

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Jun 18, Wed, 12:30 pm
LWV Board Meeting
United Way, Highland City (bag lunch)
Jun 26, Thur, 5:30 pm
Social & Orientation
General Membership

1725 Athens Court, Lakeland
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Jul 3, Wed, 6 - 9 pm
Red, White, & Kaboom
Lake Mirror, Lakeland

Jul 4, Friday
Independence Day

Jul 28, Monday
Last day to register for Primary Election
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Aug 5, Tues
Candidate Forum
Judicial & School Bd.

County Admin. Bldg.

Aug 6, Wed, 12:30 pm
LWV Board Meeting
United Way, Highland
City  (bag lunch) 
Aug 7, Thurs
Candidate Forum

County Admin. Bldg.

Aug 14, Thurs
Candidate Forum
Florida Representatives

County Admin. Bldg.

Aug 26, Tuesday
Primary Election Day
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Volunteers Needed for Candidate Forums
We need volunteers to serve as greeters, questioners, question gatherers and timekeepers. In addition to the August dates above, the tentative schedules for the General Election Forums are
October 7, 14  16
Help make the LWV of Polk County a thriving and energetic League.
Please call Sue Schultz to volunteer or with any questions at 646-4634.

President's Message


Welcome to another Florida summer.  I hope everyone is ready to get involved again in League activities.  Remember - this is an election year.

We're starting off with a Welcome and New Members' Orientation which is open to everyone.  Come and meet new friends and refresh your League knowledge!

We will again be hosting a League table at this year's Red, White & Kaboom at Lake Mirror sponsored by our very own Paula & Tom Mims.  Stop by and say Hi or, better yet, volunteer to man the table.

The Primary Election is August 26 this year.  We will be sponsoring Candidate Forums to assist voters in learning about the candidates who are running for election in Polk County.  Please consider volunteering to help out.

Thank you to all board members and other volunteers for making our League such a vibrant organization.

Sue Schultz, President


Charter School Study Results

The results of our Consensus Meeting in January were forwarded to the State League.  Our results were mirrored by most of the other Local Leagues.  The result of the Study are reflected in the State league's statement below.

LWV Florida Publishes Groundbreaking Study on School Choice in Florida

In 2012-13, the League initiated a study to better understand the oversight of public moneys that are allocated to charter schools and other private educational institutions. The study on school choice found that twenty percent of the state's charter schools close because of financial mismanagement or poor academic standards.

For more findings, as well as the League’s recommendations for reform, please click here to read the study in full or visit the League’s page on education issues. You can also read the press release announcing the publication of the study by clicking here.


2014 Florida Legislative Session

Bill Summaries

“The 2014 Bill Summaries are reports created by committee staff that give brief explanations of legislation that passed this session in both the House and Senate. These summaries are created by committee staff and do not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.”
See full list of Bill Summaries HERE   or Go to

  •     Click on Reference
  •     On drop down menu click on Publications
  •     On Quick Links click on Committee Publications
Bills must be approved by Gov. Rick Scott.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments
Ballot # 1  Initiative
Water and Land Conservation - Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands

Funds the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands including wetlands and forests; fish and wildlife habitat; lands protecting water resources and drinking water sources, including the Everglades, and the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; beaches and shores; outdoor recreational lands; working farms and ranches; and historic or geologic sites, by dedicating 33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents for 20 years. 
Ballot # 2  Initiative
Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions

Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.
Ballot # 3  Legislature

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution requiring the Governor to prospectively fill vacancies in a judicial office to which election for retention applies resulting from the justice’s or judge’s reaching the mandatory retirement age or failure to qualify for a retention election; and allowing prospective appointments if a justice or judge is not retained at an election. Currently, the Governor may not fill an expected vacancy until the current justice’s or judge’s term expires. 
Filed and passed by the Senate, the bill did not reach the House until 4 Apr 2014, was not vetted by a House committee, and had no public input.
  28 Apr- placed on 29 Special Order Calendar
  29 Apr -read 2nd time, place on 3rd reading
  Apr 30- read 3rd time, passed; YEAS 74  NAYS 45  

Researched by Jean Harden

National League of Women Voters Convention
 June 6-10, 2014 In Dallas
Power:  Our Voices   Power:  Our Votes
It was a great convention with lots of excitement.  Mary Jo Jarrett represented LWV Polk County and was there to participate in MLD - Membership, Leadership Development Activities as program coordinator for LWV Florida.
 Most of you are aware that our State President, Deirdre Macnab also was campaigning for the Presidency of the National League.  Although the membership decided to stay with the current leadership, I think the message she shared was heard: grow the grassroots into an organization that reflects the America of today and tomorrow, and encourage a culture of innovation.
Mary Jo also spent time with Shur Fellow Myra Evans from Alabama who was in Lakeland last summer to train new MLD leagues and Coaches. (Photo)
The MLD Program is a league best practices initiative by National and implemented in the State and local leagues.  Florida will be training more local leagues this August in Lakeland.

 Mary Jo met lots of Florida members (see picture) and lots of leaguers from all the States.  There was a lot of serious voting pro and con as we worked on program positions. PMP and Budget too were voted on.  One position added to Public Policy Positions was on Human Trafficking.

I have posted information on awards to Florida local leagues on our Facebook page.
 Plan to be at the 2016 Convention in Washington DC.
By Mary Jo Jarrett


Submitted by Mary Jo Jarrett

We received a certificate of recognition from LWV US for an 11% increase in membership for the League Year 2013-2014.

We also received LWV Florida recognition for the 11% increase in membership for the Challenge to "Grow your League" which ran from March 31 - June 1st.

We have recently sent out renewal notices to some of our members.  If you have questions please contact Membership Chair, Mary Jo Jarrett .   Annual Membership for Polk LWV is from April 1 through March 31.
Basic dues include dues to National, State, and local league.

Membership Levels

Individual Member                               $60
    Additional Household Member        $30
College Student                                   $40
Susan B. Anthony Membership          $100
Carrie Chapman Catt Membership     $250

If you have not renewed your membership yet, please submit a check to “LWV of Polk County” and mail the check to:

   LWV of Polk County
   PO Box 934
   Lakeland, FL   33802
   Attention: Vanessa Hammill

Thank you to the following for their support:

Susan B. Anthony Memberships
Connie Prince
Helen Sears
Jessie Thrasher
Judith Darby
Lisa Parks Abberger
Ruby Stinson
Sheryl Strang
Sue Schultz
Carrie Chapman Catt Memberships
Barbara Stampfl
Nancy Simmons
Beverly Sidenstick
Suzy Bromwell
Ann and Jerry Weeks
 New Members!

Dr. Lisa Carter
Rachel Cashdollar
Connie Durrence
William Foege
Duane Thrasher
Sharon Masters
Cheryl Marino
Lisa Miller
Dana Moore
Jessica Sanchez-Molina
Theodora Weihe
Kimberly Parker
Dr. Frank & Dr. Phyllis Watson  

Picture Gallery

Charter School Consensus Meeting
(January 22)

Pictures from Voter Registration Committee
(Meeting of January 30)

Photos from Hot Topic on Environmental Issues
Speaker: Paula Dockery at Circle Bar B
(February 27)

Annual Meeting Pictures
(March 27)


Pictures of Prize Presentation to
Tessa Ross of Winter Haven HS
and the cast
(April 29)

Hot Topic: Immigration Reform
Coming out of the Shadows
(May 21)

A well-attended Hot Topics on

Immigration Reform at

Cleveland Heights Golf Club.

Sue Schultz, President

Nancy Simmons, Vice President

Sandy Sheets, VP Programs

Mary Jo Jarrett, Secretary/Membership

Vanessa Hammill, Treasurer

Shannon Allen

Paula Mims

Connie Prince

Jerry Weeks

Jean Harden

Salma Nawlo, Marketing

Ann Weeks

Off-Board Specialists:

Judy Walker, Voter Service

Natural Resources, Beverly Sidenstick,

Fundraising & Government
Paula McKay Mims

Library, Barbara Stampfl

Speakers Bureau, [OPEN]

Voter Editor / Webmaster
Jerry Weeks

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