The 2016 general election is over. Sort of. What's next? In Florida, the new house speaker has proposed a vigorous program to clean house. For another, we have the one hundredth anniversary of women's suffrage to plan for and celebrate in 2020. Before that, there are still goals unmet.
A local chapter planning brunch will be held on Wednesday, December 7. Past president of our chapter Teresa Jenkins, our current board members, and some prospective new members will gather to talk about the new year, new chapter leadership, and upcoming events and meetings. If you want to join us, email Jean Finks for more information. Our venue has limited seating.
On another tack, I was pleased to discover the truth behind a long bragged about tie to history in my spouse's family roots. His great grandfather, Herman P. Faris, ran for President on the Prohibition ticket in 1924. That much we knew. But what I verified is that his running mate was a woman, Marie C. Brehm, Marie was the first legally qualified female candidate to run for vice president. Needless to say, their candidacy did not win. What family stories would you like to share?
Time to join or renew your membership!
Jan. 1 is our official renewal date for League memberships, but you don't have to wait for the new year! Everyone who joins or renews our local League membership will receive a free League of Women Voters button. Your membership dues help us keep our website and Facebook pages current as well as help us advocate in the community for issues of importance to our local members. A portion of your dues also supports the state and national Leagues. Extra contributions, are of course, always welcome, as is your involvement with our group. We have officer positions open too!
Pam Goodman's 2015 visit a big hit
An enthusiastic group of members, guests and potential new members joined us at Visani's for state president Pamela Goodman's visit on October 13, 2015. We ran out of brochures to hand out, which is always a good sign of increased interest in the work of the League. Pam thanked us for the invitation and that we put the event together on short notice. She kept us in rapt attention with her story of seven years fighting for fair districts, and where we stand now. It was heartening to hear from her that the state Senate, anticipating their own humiliation in the courts unless they acquiesced, had signed a consent decree. They are meeting in special session to redraw the state Senate districts as I write. If you missed Pam's talk, we will be glad to fill you in at the November 18 meeting, and with new updates, we hope, on several fronts, including the solar choice initiative campaign and other prospects that need our attention.
Some of the attendees defied the rain to pose with Pam. Picture above, from left, Jean Finks, Avice Sunter, LWV Florida president Pamela Goodman, Donna Whalen, Hugh Havlik and Martha Hoover.