Sunday, May 6 –  The emails from League member Barbara Knapp kept coming and the numbers kept mounting — 59, 70, 89, 105, 130, 150. …

As the reservation numbers hit the three-digit mark Hot topics Chair Andrea Kobrin pondered what the cutoff mark should be for Wednesday’s lunch forum with the four candidates for Orange-Osceola State Attorney. The forum will be moderated by former judge and public defender Joseph Durocher. The Sorosis Club has a limited capacity.

The decision was made to call a halt when reservations hit around 170. Barbara, who handles all Hot Topics reservations, would still have her work cut out to get all the names printed on labels in time for the 11:30 a.m. start.  Membership Committee Co-Chair Sarah Goodwin asked for volunteers to help with the check in and has set-up an impressive work schedule. A speedy check-in is vital if we are to start the program at 11:45 a.m. sharp.

Remember: Get there early and after choosing a seat head to the food line.

Monday, Voter Services Chair Carol Davis has called a 9:30 a.m. meeting at the downtown library so members of her committee can polish plans for the Voter Guide.  Tuesday, Membership Committee Co-Chair Sandra Powers will meet with members at 11 a.m. at the Rollins Philanthropy Center in Winter Park. The committee is planning some exciting social events.

On Thursday, members of Local Government’s Observer Corps will be at the Charter Review Commission hearing, which starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange County Commission Chambers. The commission is expected to begin polishing the wording for three proposed amendments to be placed on the November ballot. They involve:  A possible ban on Internet cafes within Orange County cities; allowing unincorporated communities like Pine Hills to set up a Village Advisory Board, to make recommendations to elected leaders and thirdly, how to keep replacement power in local hands rather than Tallahassee when mayoral or commission vacancies occur.

Friday, several of us head to Tampa for the two-day state Council of Leaders where, among other things, we will get a detailed briefing on the 11 proposed state amendments that will be on the November ballot.  It is safe to say that League members are going to be spending a lot of time in the next few months explaining to voters the pros and cons for the amendments. They range from a taxpayer bill of rights to an attempt to rewrite the “religious freedom” section in the state bill of rights.

Laurie Wack, our industrious Adopt-a-Precinct chair, board member and web wizard, has agreed to be co-chair of the Communications Committee, sharing the leadership role with board member Sara Isaac.

And finally, congratulations to LWVOC members Sandra Powers, Cathy Kerns and Sister Ann Kendrick, who had letters (Sandra and Cathy) and a My Word (Sister Ann)  published in last week’s Orlando Sentinel.

I will  keep you posted with updates throughout the week on facebook and the blog.

Ann Hellmuth, LWVOC President

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