2018 Annual Meeting -- Agenda and Reports
Saturday | Feb. 17, 2018 | 10 a.m. -- Noon | Denny's on North Roosevelt (upstairs room)
Meeting Need to Know
Photos from our 2018 Annual Meeting
President Joan Wallin's Report | Full text
I think the best way to describe the past year is it was an “Awakening”. After the election results came in and our new president was sworn in, we started paying closer attention and became more vocal. Our membership soared to over fifty people.
We continued to cover topics of community concern that affect the quality of our lives at our meetings:
The highlight of our program for me was the building of consensus statewide on Open Primaries. We held our own consensus meeting to examine the research and send our recommendations. At the June Florida League convention, six of us from the Lower Keys participated in the final adoption of the Open Primary report. You can expect to see action on open primaries in Florida in the future.
Three important upcoming events:
The panel discussion including questions from the audience will be moderated by Dr. William Hettinger who is president and founder of Prosperous Communities, a housing and economic development consultancy.
Hettinger has spoken nationwide on the housing market failure affecting resort communities, developed training to provide community development professionals with the skills needed to address a housing crisis, and coached community leaders through the development of strategies and implementation of solutions.
Other long-time workforce housing advocates on the panel include:
* Claude Gardner of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Knight & Gardner Realty;
* Manuel Castillo, executive director of the Key West Housing Authority;
* Debbie Swift Batty, HTA director of property development specializing in workforce housing and president of the board of Habitat for Humanity.
Monday, March 5th 4:30 to 6:00, One Island Family
The Populist Explosion by John Judis
Short book. It’s not too late to get involved
One of the best things that happened this past year is coalition building. We worked together with Women’s March, NOW, and ACLU on restoration of ex-felons voting rights. Our next endeavor together is
My next comments are bittersweet. I want to recognize our outgoing Board member Sandy Bergin. Sandy is our treasurer and a founding member. In 2011 Sandy called to tell me that she had read that President Deirdre McNabb was coming to Key West to start a local League chapter and suggested we go to the organizing meeting. The rest is history. She has established all our accounting procedures and worked with the State and National League organizations on financial issues. Her attention to detail is amazing. We have been very fortunate to have Sandy’s strong, steady leadership as our treasurer. Thank you Sandy
Three initiatives we support
Now that our business is done I want to highlight three important initiatives that need your support. You’ve joined, you’ve marched, Now we need you to work.
My comments today are based on three assumptions.
Here are three initiatives that you can help with:
70 % support nationwide and the League surveyed Florida and found similar support especially among millennials.
It’s time to fix the Electoral College!
The League U.S. reached consensus on the Electoral College in 1970. 47 years ago!
The League of Women Voters believes the Electoral College is inequitable and undemocratic: it is inconsistent with the one-person one-vote bedrock principle of our democracy.
Your Florida vote is worth less than 1/3 a Wyoming vote. This is not a partisan problem: a Texas vote is worth less than 1/3 a Vermont vote.
The League added the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact as a legislative priority. There is now a pending House Bill (HB 367) sponsored by Representative Geller and Senator Victor Torres who has agreed to sponsor a bill in the Senate. HB 367 and SB 1374. Contact your legislators and tell them you support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
The League encourages you to participate in shaping public policy. We seek to ensure a fair and impartial electoral process. As citizens of the United States, we are the troops protecting our republic. So let’s get to work.
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