League of Women Voters of Seminole County

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Opportunity for Travel

Dear World Travelers & Crafts Enthusiasts,

Gwen Erwood and Serious Traveler Cultural Tours invite you to tour the Crafts & Culture of Ecuador with members of the League during October 1-12, 2015.

The New York Times has listed Ecuador as #7 in the list of the Top 52 Places to Visit in 2014. Mr. Mauricio Baus will show you his colorful country with crafts of all sorts from the highlands in Quito, to the Amazon region, and all the way to the Pacific Coast ending in Guayaquil. Allow Travel Concepts International to assist with your flight arrangements, whether a non-stop flight from Miami, or choose from one of the many other gateways all over the U.S.

If 2015 doesn’t fit your schedule, a tour is already in the works for September 29-October 10, 2016 in Ecuador, too, which may be combined with the Colombia tour. Brochures are available upon request via the Serious Traveler website.

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“Legislators deny the peoples’ will”

League member, Mary Elizabeth McIlvane, wrote a Letter to the Editor titled “Lawmakers’ Self-Addiction” regarding Florida’s state legislators misappropriating funds intended to buy and protect wilderness. The letter appeared in the Orlando Sentinel Friday, June 19th.

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A feature at the end of each LWV convention and each LWV council is the “Directions to the Board” in which local Leagues ask the state Board to take action on a current issue or current event.

At the just completed 2015 LWV Florida Conference, LWVSC President, LaVonne Grayson, and Director, Pat Southward, submitted this letter to the LWVF Board on behalf of Seminole League,state conferene asking the state Board to write to each member of the 2015 Legislature in support of full funding of Amendment One.

Other directions included asking the Board to submit an amicus brief in the lawsuit that Governor Scott recently filed against the federal government regarding LIP funding and a technical question regarding the timeliness of state notifications to local Leagues.

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Last year’s statewide support for the preservation of our water and land  was overwhelming; the Results By House District released by Florida’s Water and Land Legacy classifies support, district by district.  We, in Seminole County, can pride ourselves for being one of the top boosters, but the work is not jet done; now’s the time to prove our commitment by monitoring the money trail.


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Natural Resources Update

LWVS NATURAL RESOURCES REPORT FOR MAY On 4/30/15, Sharon Lynn and Pat Southward attended a Green Chamber of Commerce meeting at the First Green Bank in Winter Park. Featured Speakers included Michelle Thatcher and Bill Weinaug (Wekiva Island). Speakers thanked the League for their participation in the event. Following the reception in the bank lobby, the LWVF/LWVOC held their regular monthly meeting in a conference room provided by the bank. Chuck O’Neal is stepping down as the LWVOC Natural Resources Chair, but will remain the State Chair. Marty Sullivan is the new Natural Resources Chair for LWVOC. Both Marty and Chuck consider the local committee to be a regional committee to include Seminole County, and at some future point, Osceola County. Marty asked Sharon to continue as the Secretary. Aliki Moncrief spoke to the committee about visiting their State Reps about Amendment 1 spending before they go back to Tallahassee for a special session. Pat Southward helped Desta Horner man a CCL (Citizen’s Climate Lobby) table at Lake Eola, for an Earth Day event. Part of the goal was to get more area participation in CCL.

Sharon Lynn,
LWVS Natural Resources Chair

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All who attended the “All Aboard” luncheon in Winter Park got a great preview of Central Florida’s  transportation plans IMG_2089presented by Commissioner Bob Dallari and FDOT’s chief SunRail engineer, Tawny Olore.  In addition, they enjoyed an excursion on SunRail, shopped in tony Winter Park, and spent quality time with fellow leaguers from Orange County.

Flood did a phenomenal job of planning the day, and even wrangled some discounts from local merchants!   We hope you will join us for our next field trip.


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