Sep - Oct 2012 Voter

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LWV of Polk County

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Sat, Sep 25
National Voter Registration Day

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Thu, Oct 4, 6:00 pm
Politics in the Park

Tue, October 9
Last Day to Register for General Election

Wed, Oct 10, 8:30 am:
Sunshine Seminar
 Lakeland Ledger,
300 W Lime St, Lakeland

Wed, Oct 17, 12:30 pm:
LWV POLK County Board
, United Way,
Highlands City
(bag lunch)

Mon, Oct 22, 7:00 pm:
County Comm & Circuit Judge Candidate Forum
County Admin Bldg, 330 W Church St, Bartow City

Tue, Oct 23, 7:00 pm:
State Senate & House Candidate Forum
County Admin Bldg, 330 W Church St, Bartow City
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Tues, Nov 6
    General Election

From the Treasurer


Thanks to the following for their generous donations made in July to Sept 16:

Susan B. Anthony *
Sheryll Strang
Debra Wright

Other Contributions *
Terry Stetson

*These are not tax deductible

Polk Educational Fund

Tax deductible contributions made out to “LWV of FL educational fund” and on memo “Polk Education Fund”. These funds can be used by Polk County for Educational purposes and for part of our State and National dues.  Currently this fund has $590.44. 

We could use some donations to the Educational Fund! 

We are using money from this fund to pay for a Table at Politics in the Park on Oct. 4 from 6-8 pm in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland.  Our table will have non-partisan information provided by the State League. These funds can also be used for things like local voter guides.

All donations to the local League benefit our programs and are greatly appreciated. They can be mailed to the address above.

Thank you

New Members 

We currently have 58 members!  Please welcome the following new members who joined the League in the past few months:
  • Lillian Blessing
  • Victoria Lowe
  • Debra Wright

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Speakers Bureau

  We will have 11 amendments on the ballot this year! In order to prepare voters for these we are making presentations to area organizations.  So far we have made presentations to 7 organizations and received very positive feedback of how well done and informative they were! We have 10 more scheduled, the following of these are open to the public and we hope you will attend one of them (please wear a League button if you have one).

Sept. 25, 7:00 pm, Greater Winter Haven Democratic Club, Southwest Complex area, 201 Cypress Blvd, Winter Haven
Sept. 27, 7:00 pm, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lakeland, 3140 Troy Ave., Lakeland
Sept. 29,  NAACP will be doing Voter Registration in Lake Wales from 10-3. Our presentation time will probably be at 10 or 10:30. Email Janet below  for time.  Held at B. St Community Center, 230 B St., Lake Wales
Oct. 9, 7:00 pm, Lake Wales Democrats, B. St Community Center, 230 B St., Lake Wales
If you know of an organization that might like a speaker, please contact Janet Stevens,  or 863-510-5184.


2012 General Election

Forum crowd

 The League of Women Voters of Polk County will sponsor two nights of Candidate Forums this year to assist voters in learning about local candidates for Polk County elective offices.  Anyone interested in assisting with the forums, please contact Sue Schultz at or 646-4634. 
General Election Forums are scheduled as follows

 CountyAdministration Building
Commission Chambers

330 West Church Street, Bartow

(PGTV Broadcasts on Brighthouse Ch 622, Comcast Ch 5, Verizon Ch 20
Also available for viewing on )

 Monday, October 22, 2012, 7 p.m.
County Commission & Circuit Judge Candidates:

Ricky Shirah, John Hall, Richard Castret, George Lindsey
Christine Thornhill, William Sites 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 7 p.m.
State Senate & House Candidates:

Stego Blue, Kelli Stargel, Denise Grimsley, Stacy McCland
Carol Castagnero, Neil Combee, Lillian Lima, Seth McKeel
Karen Welzel, John Wood, Eileen Game, Mike Horner


President's Message

The League has an active Speaker's Bureau going out into the communities of Polk County and talking about the 11 Ballot Amendments to the Florida Constitution. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to each member who is involved in doing these presentations. They are providing an essential nonpartisan opportunity for citizens to become informed voters for Election Day, November 6th.
An opportunity for our membership to attend a presentation on the ballot amendments in the Lakeland Area will be on Sept. 27th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lakeland . (See the Article). Janet Stevens is doing scheduling of the speaker bureau events; if you have an organization or club interested in learning more before the election please contact her.
We also would like to encourage our membership to attend the First Amendment Foundation Event on Oct. 10th at The Ledger.(See Sunshine Seminar article below.)  Learn about the Government in the Sunshine Law.
The League of Florida Voter Guides are available at all the Polk public libraries in both English and Spanish. Information on State Candidates, Amendments, and Judicial Retention and Florida Facts can be found within.This information and more is also available at where a full electronic copy of the LWVFlorida Voter Guide is found under the 2nd top tab labeled Be Informed. A great portal for election information.
Jerry Weeks is preparing a local candidate voter guide to accompany our Candidate Forums which will be held on Oct. 22nd and 23rd. Speaker Bureau Presenters are also doing a PG-TV show on the amendments. All PG-TV Activities will be available to the general public for viewing. Don't miss Politics in the Park on Oct. 4th, where many materials will be available to pick up and an opportunity to ask questions of League Members.
September 25th is National Voter Registration Day and our members will be out joining with other organizations around the nation registering voters.

We have also been informing voters through radio programs. See pictures of "On the Radio" which included call ins from our Florida LWV President Deirdre Macnab and LWVFLVoter Registration Coordinator Ciara Taylor.  Be sure to Like the League of Women Voters on Facebook and sign up to follow us on Twitter @lwvpolk. Check our webpage often for the latest schedule of information and activities.
As you can tell, The League is involved in a variety of non-partisan efforts to inform our members and voters for the election season. Check our webpage often for the latest schedule of information and activities. The Board is looking forward to seeing our members and future members at many of these League activities.
In League,
Mary Jo


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Sunshine Seminar

Working with the First Amendment Foundation, LWV Florida is to co-sponsor a series of Sunshine Law seminars to be held throughout Florida. During these seminars, the public will be aided in understanding the requirements and exemptions to Florida's open government laws. Below is the date and location for the event in Lakeland:

October 10, 2012 - Lakeland Sunshine Seminar

Host: The Lakeland Ledger
Location: The Lakeland Ledger
Address: 300 W. Lime Street, Lakeland, FL
Building/Room: Employee Break Room
Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm

 The League of Women Voters of Polk County board met July 11 and agreed we will help promote the event to our League members and others in the area. We are happy to assist. Several of us have attended in the past and know this is a quality informative event. 

There is a special rate of $15 for League members to attend.
Joan Verret and Mary Jo Jarrett attended the Seminar held at the Orlando Sentinel that was co-sponsored by the Orlando LWV League.
It was a very informative seminar. The Lakeland area Seminar will be held at the Ledger. This is a wonderful opportunity.
For more information, please visit: .

 On the Radio

 LWV of Polk County hosted UPDATE radio show on August 5!

On Sunday, August 5, the LWV of Polk County hosted the radio show, Update, on WLKF radio (1430 am).  We covered a range of topics including our upcoming forums, health care reform and the Constitutional Amendments. Here's some pictures.

 Picture Gallery

Photos from some of the 2012 Constitutional Amendments presentations the Speakers Bureau has been conducting before the Novermber election. 

                                                 Ann Weeks in action
   Title slide       Ann in ballroom
Paula Mims with our banner
2012 Amendments crowd
Paula + banner           

  Mary Jo in the crowd.
Mary Jo in crowd 

Pictures from various LWV Polk meetings.

Mary Thomas                                Sue Schultz
Mary Thomas            Sue with gold medal

Lynn Mawhinney
Lynn with flower stem 

Ann Weeks, Nancy Simmons, Mary Jo, Paula
Ann, Nancy, Mary Jo, Paula

Janet Stevens & Lynn 
  Janet & Lynn acting up

Wanda Howard concentrates
                                                         Jerry Weeks
Wanda concentrates            Jerry with headband

Transportation Update

 On September 10th, Joan Verret and Ann Weeks attended the Florida Department of Transportation's meeting on CSX's options for rerouting trains. 
There has not been much change since the last meeting.  Still asking of the ten options which would you prefer.  Of course, CSX will have the final say.  In fact it was said they only like five of the options.
New option presented was a sixty-foot deep tunnel under the city of Lakeland. To that sixty feet add forty feet for Amtrak.  The cost was prohibitive.  Also, this was below the water table and the train station would be relocated.
Some positives were also stated.  There is minimal intrusion into the Green Swamp.  Also, a signage system that would let a driver know if there was a train on the track.  This would alert drivers to use an alternate route.
On the issue of "quiet zones," there was some disagreement.  Quiet zones allow the train engineer not to blow the whistle.  Instead an audio signal is permanently located at the crossing.  The signal is activated as the train approaches.  There was concern, by a retired railroad worker, that the audio signal had limited coverage.
For more information go to  This is FDOT's web site.  For your input on the subject, go to  Note there is no www in the address.

Ann Weeks, Transportation Observer

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Super Leaguer Tee-shirts Order Form 

(for members only)

Tee Shirts are $18 each and will be shipped to one location. We will distribute to those who order via our events, a central pick-up location and home delivery if needed. Payment is due when you receive the shirt! Please order by October 8, 2012

Please circle the cut you want and your size. The Ladies cuts are more tailored and run one size small!

Ladies’s sizes – XS, S, M, L, XL

General sizes – S, M, L, XL, XXL, (XXXL –can be special ordered)

Your Name: ______________________________________

e-mail:      _______________________________________

Phone #    ________________________________________

Please send the above to Treasurer, LWV of Polk, PO Box 934, Lakeland, Fl 33802-0934 or email this information to


Thanks to the many of you who renewed your membership!  If you have not submitted dues yet, we hope to receive them shortly!

Our fiscal year and your membership is from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.
Please submit your dues to:
Treasurer, LWV Polk County, PO Box 934, Lakeland, FL   33802


Individual                                                         $60

2ndmember of household                                    $30

Susan B. Anthony level            
 (individual dues, $60, plus $40 or more)           ______

Total:    (payable to LWV of Polk County)          $_______

Contact Us

      BOARD OF DIRECTORS                             OFF-BOARD SPECIALISTS
Mary Jo Jarrett, President               Lynn Mawhinney            Membership, Lynn Mawhinney  
               644-8527                              668-5555                                668-5555           

Paula Mims, Vice President        Nancy Simmons            Judy Walker, Voter Service Guide
686-0356                                       291-3734                                     299-9285       

Ann Weeks, Secretary               Jerry Weeks                          Fundraising & Government
648-4127                                      948-4127                              Paula McKay Mims  

Janet Stevens, Treasurer                                                      Library, Barbara Stampfl
510-5184                                                                                   687-2787                                                 

Sandra Sheets                                                                Speakers Bureau, Janet Stevens

Sue Schultz, Voter Service Elections                           Voter Editor / Webmaster         
646-4634                                                                          Jerry Weeks                             


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