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Girls in Goverment Recap

The “Girls in Government” was held at South Seminole Middle School (SSMS) this past week.  The Leadership Hall was the site breakfast with 50 SSMS students, teachers and administrators, as well as the speakers.

Zelda Ladan, President, League of Women Voters, Seminole County and DeDe  Schaffner of the League’s Action Team on Education were two of the League Members who spoke at the event along with these local leaders:

Karen Almond, Member, Seminole County Public School Board
​Charlene Glancy, Mayor, City of Casselberry
​Jean Hovey, Member, City of Winter Springs Council
​Sandra Solomon, Member, City of Casselberry Council

The students broke into work groups where the speakers could circulate and answer their prepared questions.   The attendees also shared lunch.

A trip to the courthouse has been planned for the future.

Thanks to all who made this event a success.  If you are interested in visit the League’s website at http://www.lwvseminole.com to contact us.

Details provided by Cindy Huggins


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Leadership Conference Reminder

Don’t forget to register for the Leadership Conference to be held at the Sheraton Orlando North on October 20th and 21st.  You can register using the link below:


This Leadership Conference is for all members, because we are all leaders in our community and state! Whether you’ve been a member for 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 years, or even 50 years! Our goal is to have you walk away with a skill set that you can immediately put to use to effect change in your communities!   What makes a good press release? How do I mobilize my local League’s members? How can I get more involved in a leadership role with my local League?

If you’ve found yourself asking these types of questions, our leadership training is for you! Join us in Orlando on October 20 and 21 to learn best practices from League pros on how to use your volunteer power, improve communications, utilize technology, and more! League ‘super members’ and outside professionals will give presentations and make sure that you are prepared to meet the challenges of leadership head on.

Register today for our special Early Bird price of $149 ONLY UNTIL OCTOBER 13! This price includes dinner, breakfast and lunch as well as entry to all of our workshops and take home materials!

You can also find out more on how to become a Red, White, and Blue sponsor! This exclusive sponsorship covers your $149 registration fee, a private VIP reception with keynote speakers and the state board, and a seat at the President’s Table with Pamela Goodman, State Board members and our other keynote speakers!

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Things to do this week with the League


EDUCATION ACTION TEAM – Girls in Government


HOT TOPICS LUNCHEON at a new location, Bonefish Grill in Longwood.  Guest speaker is Grant Maloy, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller of Seminole County.  Please  bring school supplies for A GIFT FOR TEACHING!  Event starts at 11:30 am

Join the National Resources Action Team for FL Sun Webinar:  1 year and 14 Solar Co-Op’s Later, What’s Next?  1-2 PM



Check out the League Website http://www.lwvseminole.org to RSVP and get additional information.


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Travel back in time with the League to Seneca Falls!

You are invited to join the LWV Florida as we explore the connections of the twin civil rights struggles in America — Gender and Race November 1-5, 2017.

Join us as we walk in the halls of Susan B. Anthony’s home where she penned her many fiery letters and planned her assault on both slavery and the fight for women’s rights.

We will also gaze out of the windows of Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the trees her boys climbed while she wrote her eloquent speeches and we will walk in the hallowed place of the first Women’s Convention in Seneca Falls.

Join us as we stand under the apple trees of Harriet Tubman on her homestead sold to her by the Sewards who also provided protection to runaway slaves. Its all so powerful and interconnected! You won’t want to miss paying your respects to the gravesite of Fredrick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. It is awe-inspiring what a person can do with their lives.

Early Bird Pricing:
Single occupancy: $2,499
Double occupancy: $2,099

This is the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in New York! It seems fitting to spend your days walking the paths of so many New York women leaders in Rochester, Auburn, and Seneca Falls. This will be a trip that you won’t forget. You will come home inspired, educated, and with a more profound understanding of the powerful and difficult fight for civil rights that has made our nation the beacon of democracy in the world.

Register by using the link provided below:


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LWV Leadership Conference (October 20-21)

The time is NOW to sign up for our exclusive leadership training! Signing up for this event will give you access to train, network, and invigorate your skills as leaders and future leaders!

League Leaders: We ask that you speak to your League members collectively and one-on-one to make sure they join each of you in taking advantage of this opportunity. Whether it is a Vice-President, Voter Services Chair, or a member you know is filled with potential, it is our duty as leaders to give them the chance to learn with us!

We will be spending the event at the fabulous Sheraton Orlando North, located at 600 North Lake Destiny Road, Maitland, FL, 32751.

Our LWV Florida block grants you the following prices:

Single: $115 per night
Double: $125 per night
Triple: $135 per night

Bring your family and make it an adventure! These special room rates will be valid from 3 days prior to the event, to three days after. Take a few days to Orlando before and after our conference!

Reserve your room here or call (407) 660-9000 and book your room before October 6 to be included in our room block.

Cut and Paste this link in your browser to register:


We have put together a program that you will not want to miss, including our two keynote speakers:

Myrna Pérez is Deputy Director of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program and leader of the Center’s Voting Rights and Elections project. She also serves as the LWV Florida pro bono counsel on all election and voting rights issues and litigation. An expert on voting rights and election administration, she is the author of several nationally recognized reports and articles, including Election Day Long Lines: Resource Allocation (Sept. 2014) and If Section 5 Falls: New Voting Implications (June 2013). Her work has been featured in media outlets across the country, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and others. She has testified before several state legislatures on a variety of voting rights related issues. She is a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School and has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law.

Kate Kennedy, MBA, CFRE serves as the Chief Development Officer of the League of Women Voters of the United States. Kate brings more than 14 years of experience as a nonprofit executive in fundraising, community organizing, volunteer development, and membership recruitment. Prior to joining the League, she served as the Director of Development for the Washington School for Girls, a tuition-free private school serving girls from Anacostia, DC. Previously she served as Major Gifts Officer at Women for Women International. Kate also spent eight years at The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital where she worked in membership, annual giving, major gifts and was on the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting team.