The 19th Congressional Candidates Respond – Read it here

The Collier County Forum Coalition* has questioned the candidates for Florida’s 19th Congressional District on a set of important issues.  Candidates from both parties were asked to respond by email.  Their written responses have been compiled by Sally Tiffany (Naples Better Government)  and Joyce Fletcher (LWVCC Member and Coalition Chair):  19th Congressional Race – Candidate Responses

*The Collier County League of Women Voters, Greater Naples Leadership, Collier Citizens Council, Press Club of Southwest Florida, Naples Better Government, Leadership Coalition on Aging and the Collier County Presidents Council.

Florida League Issues Covid-19 Guidelines

The League of Women Voters of Florida requests all volunteers to work within the digital, texting/calling and direct mail procedures that it has devised. The League does not presently sanction person to person contact doing League volunteer work as it is concerned about COVID-19 transmission to its largely older volunteers and members of the larger public.

If any person wishes to volunteer and/or protest, they are doing so as individuals as the state League cannot guarantee a volunteer’s safety. Of course, every League member has her/his First Amendment rights to freely associate as they choose and if they do so we urge them to follow CDC, local, state and national public health guidelines that originate from medical experts. The complete guidance from LWVFL is here.

The Impact of Sea Level Rise on Collier County – LWVCC Conducts Interviews

In May of 2017 the University of Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University were awarded a three-year nearly $1million grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to develop tools and strategies to help Collier County’s business and government leaders plan for the impact of sea level rise.

To fulfill the grant’s community engagement commitment, the League of Women Voters of Collier County (LWVCC) conducted confidential and private interviews with business and community leaders.    League Members Judy Hushon and Sally Woliver led a team of 10 volunteers who conducted the interview and focus sessions in 2019.
NOAA SLR Grant Final Report Business & Community Interviews FINAL

COVID Update

Hello LWVCC Members,

I know you all are monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and advice from the CDC and other public health sources. I met with our Board and Chair health professionals, Paul Kardon and Ron Ferguson (physicians) and Ann Campbell (RN) along with Charlotte Nycklemoe (Governance Chair) Thursday afternoon to decide how LWVCC should proceed during the COV-19 outbreak. Their input and expertise is very much appreciated. Given the circumstances, our April General Meeting and Annual Meeting both scheduled for April 13 are canceled.

Many of our committees meet at the Community Foundation, and as the Foundation has closed for the next 3 weeks, those committee meetings have also been canceled.  Similarly, the Wine & Wisdom scheduled for March 19 and League 101 scheduled for March 24 have been postponed.

In lieu of our usual in-person Annual Meeting, we’ll be asking you to vote on the budget, slate of officers and program plans electronically, in early April. Stay tuned to receive the necessary information to be able to vote.

We’ll be using the Weekly Update, our monthly newsletter the VOTER, and our website to keep you informed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Diana Walsh
LWVCollierCounty, President

Centennial Celebration – 100 Years of Women Voting, 100 Year of The League of Women Voters

woemn dressed up like suffragettes
Patti Forkan, Centennial Celebration Co-Chair, Carrie Chapman Catt aka Joanne Huskey, and Marilyn Smith, creator of “Votes For Women” sashes.

On February 20th over 150 people gathered to celebrate 100 Years of Women Voting and the founding of the League of Women Voters. The venue, Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, offered a fabulous view of Naples Bay. We mingled and had an opportunity to look through Collier County League scrap books from 1975 – 2010. It was fun to recognize many of our longtime members in the photos and newspaper clippings, and reminisce about the League.


Eileen and Paul Arsenault, artist
Eileen and Paul Arsenault, artist

During the evening we received a very generous offer from artist Paul Arsenault to auction the painting he created to honor the League’s anniversary and the work we do for the community. (Our commemorative scarves were designed based on the painting.) This produced quite a lot of excitement and when the auction closed we had a wonderful donation of $3,000 and a lucky member gained a beautiful painting. Many, many thanks to Paul Arsenault.


Claudine Schneider at podium speaking
Claudine Schneider, former U.S. Congresswoman and Climate Change activist who addressed the audience.

We were entertained by an inspiring performance of Carrie Chapman Catt, our founder, by League member Joanne Huskey. We highlighted some of the League’s accomplishments over 100 years, recognized past presidents and heard from guest speaker Claudine Schneider who spoke about her experiences in Congress and her current focus on Climate Change. She had suggestions for what we all can do to make a difference – from reviewing our investments, to speaking up about lightbulbs, paper straws or packaging at the supermarket, to calling our legislators.

Now we can start planning for the next 100 years!