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Chapter Bylaws | How we run the chapter

Article I Name 1. The name of this organization shall be the Lower Keys League of Women Voters, hereafter referred to as the League. Article II Vision, Mission, and Policy 1. Vision: The Lower Keys League of Women Voters is dedicated to fostering an informed, engaged...

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About our board


2020-21 New Board

From left: Marge Holtz, Kathy Shackle, Anne Barnett, Dave Arnold, Joan Wallin

The Board meets the monthly, at least nine times annually. Members are always welcome to attend and Board members welcome suggestions on issues and programs you would like us to pursue. Please contact Marge Holtz for information about our organization. Officers include:

  • Marge Holtz, President
  • Sue Sullivan, Secretary
  • Kathy Shackle, Treasurer
  • Dave Arnold, At-Large
  • Caroline Horn, At-Large
  • Anne Barnett, At-Large
  • Donna Windle, At-Large
  • Joan Wallin, At-Large

Committee Chairs include:

  • Donna Windle, Membership Chair
  • Anne Barnett, Communications Chair
  • Joan Wallin, Voter Service Chair
  • Caroline Horn: Program Chair

Vision and Mission

Vision Statement

The Lower Keys League of Women Voters is dedicated to fostering an informed, engaged electorate and to defending voters’ rights.

Mission Statement

We adopted the Florida League of Women Voters mission statement:

“The Lower Keys League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.”

Our Priorities | 2019-2020


  • Natural resources
  • Government – Election Law
  • Gun safety
  • Health care
  • Education

Our chapter priorities are aligned with the Florida state League of Women Voters. You can explore the 2020 detailed priorities here.

Nonpartisan statement

1. Elected Office. No member of the Board shall run for or hold, any elective office. Board members shall be considered candidates upon establishing campaign accounts.

2. Political Party Office. No member of the Board shall serve in any position in a political party.

3. Campaign Contributions. The President and Voter Service Chair may not attend fundraising events or make campaign contributions for candidates. Other board members may attend fundraising events and make campaign contributions for candidates at any level as individuals but never as representatives of the League.

4. Political Campaigns. No member of the Board shall chair or administer fundraising or political campaigns, chair a campaign event or work in a significant way in the campaign of a candidate for office at any level.

5. Additional Clarification. Board members shall present questions about specific situations to the Board where the foregoing policies do not resolve the question. This policy shall be reviewed and readopted by the Board at the beginning of each new biennium.

Adopted February 9, 2013

Meet our Board of Directors, officers and committee chairs

Marge Holtz

Marge Holtz


Marge moved to Key West in 2016 after spending more than 35 years in the Washington, DC, area where she worked for the Department of the Navy as a public affairs director until retirement in 2005.  She is a graduate of George Mason University with a BS in business administration and American University with an MS in public relations management, and she completed post graduate work at Harvard University and the Naval War College.  Marge also taught in the under graduate and graduate school of Communications at American University and in the graduate school at Johns Hopkins University.

Marge is involved in multiple volunteer organizations in Key West and is active in arts programs in the Lower Keys.  The League of Women Voters is her #1 priority project for the foreseeable future.

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Sue Sullivan

Sue Sullivan


I moved to Key West full time in 2001 after retiring from the health care field in Massachusetts.

I was president of the Key West Garden Club for four years and completed the Master Gardener Program. I served on the Board for the Trophia Butterfly Foundation for three years and am a graduate of the Leadership Success Academy and the Key West Ambassador Program.

I served as a Tree Commissioner for six years. I am looking forward to an active role in the Lower Keys League of Women Voters.

Kathy Shackle

Kathy Shackle



Kathy graduated from Arizona State University in 1978 with a BS in nursing and began a 23 year career in the US Army Nurse Corps.  She graduated from State University of New York/Buffalo/US Army Medical Department School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1985 with an MSN.  Kathy later taught in the graduate school of the University of Texas/USAMEDD School of Nurse Anesthesia.  She retired in Germany as the Chief of Nurse Anesthesia at US Army Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and a consultant to the Army Surgeon General in her specialty.  After retirement from the military Kathy pursued hobbies such as travel, hiking and skiing until 2006 when she moved to Big Pine Key.  Following a life on the water and volunteerism there, she moved to Key West in 2012.  There she began volunteering for various organizations such as the Tropic Cinema, Southernmost Coconut Castaways, and Old Island Restoration Foundation.
These activities fueled an interest in the effect of local, state, and national governance on the life and welfare of the community at large.  Kathy subsequently joined the Lower Keys League of Women Voters and completed the Key West Ambassador Class.  As Treasurer of the Lower Keys LWV, she hopes to make a greater contribution to advance the participation of Americans in this experiment in democracy.

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Caroline Horn

Caroline Horn

At Large | Program Chair

Caroline joined the Board of the LKLWV in 2019 and serves as the Program Chair. She is originally from Frankfort, Kentucky–the state capital–where civic and government involvement were an important aspect of community life. Caroline is currently the Manager for Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM), a grassroots organization fighting for fair windstorm and flood insurance for residents of Monroe County. Some of her previous employment has also focused on advocacy for organizations including the State YMCA of Kentucky, Downtown Frankfort, Inc., and the Kentucky Highway Industries. She has been a volunteer for the Alzheimers’ Association, Woodford County Humane Society, the American Cancer Society, the Florida Keys SPCA, Cooking with Love, and the Citizens Climate Lobby. Caroline is a graduate of Leadership Monroe Class XXVII (the best class), a member of Hometown!, and currently serves on the Monroe County Climate Change Action Committee.

Dave Arnold

Dave Arnold

At Large

Dave grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, attended Michigan State University and received a degree in accounting. Upon graduation, he worked for a Certified Public Accounting firm for 2 years before he joined the Air Force. In the Air Force he was stationed at 8 bases including 3 overseas assignments and one school assignment from which he received a Masters Degree in Logistics Management. He served a total of 21 years in inventory management in the Air Force.
After the Air Force, he worked for Computer Sciences Corp. for 14 years and then as a contractor for several years working on Army training management contracts before retiring.
Dave enjoys sailing and has sailed extensively in the US and the Caribbean among other locations. He is on the board of Key West Community Sailing Center as well as that of One Island Family Church.

Joan Wallin

Joan Wallin

At Large | Voter Services Chair

Joan is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and her husband Joe retired to Big Pine Key in 2003. They moved to the Key West in 2015. She began her career as a school library media specialist. Then she became the State Supervisor for School Libraries and Technology at the Minnesota Department of Education. After the Department of Education she worked for Apple Computer as a Director in Education Marketing. She has bachelor’s degrees in sociology and social studies education. She received her master’s degree in media and technology and did doctoral studies in education leadership.

She is a founding member of the Lower Keys League of Women Voters and served as its president for six years. She is a graduate of the Key West Ambassadors program class 22. She is also active in the Key West Sail and Power Squadron and serves as the organization’s web master and newsletter editor. She plays viola with the Key West Community Orchestra. She is also an avid genealogist.

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Donna Windle

Donna Windle

At Large | Membership Chair

Donna Newman Windle, originally from Michiana (Niles, MI and South Bend, IN), moved to Fort Myers in 1977 then to Key West in 1993. I began selling real estate in Indiana, then Michigan, and Florida. I have been a member of five associations of Realtors and have served on each one’s Education Committees. I chaired the Key West Association’s Ed Committee in 2010. I was a member of the Key West Affordable Housing Committee, the Monroe County Affordable Housing Committee, The Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board and served as a Monroe County Planning Commissioner from 2006-09. I am on the BOD of the local ACLU.

Being the oldest daughter of a WWll veteran who served in Nazi Germany, I was raised to believe that voting is a responsibility not merely a right. Our members understand that engaged citizens are the engine that drives the democracy.

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Anne Barnett

Anne Barnett

Communications Chair

Anne grew up in Orchard Park, New York (outside of Buffalo) and attended Kent State University in Ohio. Upon graduation, she came to Key West. She and her husband purchased the Pampered Pet pet store and later went on to purchase the “Old DePoo” hospital on Southard Street and converted it into 18 condominiums now known as Southard Square. Anne has been active in real estate since 1984. She currently owns a real estate company in Key West, Southernmost Island Realty. Anne also works with the homeless in Key West assisting with food delivery and counseling.

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