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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...
About our board
Former president and board member emeritus Joan Wallin, right: Marge Holtz, president.
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
Miriam Novotny, Treasurer
Caroline Horn, At-Large
Donna Windle, At-Large
Joy Brown-Taylor, At-Large
Committee Chairs include:
- Donna Windle, Membership Chair
Linda Grist Cunningham, Communications Chair
Joy Brown-Taylor, Voter Service Chair
Vision and Mission
The Lower Keys League of Women Voters is dedicated to fostering an informed, engaged electorate and to defending voters’ rights.
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
Our chapter priorities are aligned with the Florida state League of Women Voters. You can explore the 2020 detailed priorities here.
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 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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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.
Treasurer Miriam Novotny is a real estate broker with Vacasa Real Estate. She was born in Solovakia and became an American citizen while working with the Lower Keys chapter.
She has been a resident of Key West since 1998 and is, she says, “the proud mamma” of her 10-year-old son.
Her hobbies include boating, marketing, reading, spiritual life and personal growth, spreading love and helping those in need.
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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.
Joy Brown Taylor
At Large | Voter Services Chair
Joy has been a full time resident of Key West since January, 2004. Her professional and personal involvements demonstrate the skills she brings to Board commitments.
Her professional background encompassed both teaching and human resources management. Joy holds a BA from Duke University and did graduate work at Karl Franzens Universitat in Graz, Austria. She also holds certification in early childhood education.
Volunteerism has played a major role throughout Joy’s life. In the Keys, she has continue that public service through Take Stock in Children mentoring; the Equality Florida Host Committee; the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden board; her faith community and, of course, the league.
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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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Linda Grist Cunningham
Linda Grist Cunningham was among the charter members of the Lower Keys chapter when it formed in 2012. She has served as board vice president and at large. Although no longer on the board, she continues as communications chair.
She is editor and proprietor of KeyWestWatch Media and Key West Island News. She is a board member of Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe; the Monroe County Land Use Authority Advisory Committee; a member of the host committee of Equality Florida; an elder at Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church; a member of the Publisher’s Advisory Board for Stars and Stripes.
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