Makes presentations to local civic clubs, colleges, community organizations and residential groups, educating the public on state and local issues.  Training and materials are provided.

The Speakers Bureau offers presentations on The Electoral College; Restore the Vote  Your Florida Government, Your County Government, Constitution Revision Commission and Gun Safety.

Chair: Marcia Herman, marciavotes@gmail.com(719)482-6559

Geoff Kashdan discussed how to handle disruptive audience members and how to structure question and answer sessions. Link to Document

League of Women Voters Speakers Bureau Announces Presentations
July 2018

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County is pleased to announce topics offered by our Speakers Bureau. To schedule speakers for your organization, please contact the Chair of the Speakers Bureau: Marcia Herman, (719)482-6559,  marciavotes@gmail.com.

The November 2018 Ballot Proposals
The 2018 November Ballot Proposals November 6, 2018, is Election Day across the country. Florida ballots will contain at least 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution as well as county referendums. The proposed Constitutional amendments and county referendums will affect Florida residents on both personal and public levels. They range from proposals about offshore drilling, voting rights for felons who’ve completed their sentences and term limits for district school board members to abolishing local control of charter schools and more. Too often such amendments are written in confusing language, and a very large percentage of Floridians never vote on all of them. The 2018 proposed amendments will likely result in a similar situation: confusion and a resultant low voter turnout. This one-time presentation will provide a detailed explanation of each of the proposed amendments, affording attendees an opportunity to understand exactly what they are voting for or against. The PowerPoint and speaker will encourage discussion. Attendees will receive a handout describing all proposed amendments and capsulizing the content of the lecture.

This presentation is being offered during the months of September and October, only. Call early to schedule a speaker for this one. Our bookings for the Ballot Proposals presentation are filling up quickly.

Affordable Housing
This presentation is being offered as Palm Beach County declares a housing crisis to be their top priority. Our county’s economic success, family stability, and quality of life are dependent on all residents having adequate housing. While this may be obvious, the reality is that there is a serious housing problem in our county. This presentation offers a perspective on what constitutes affordable housing: what is the county’s housing problem and who is affected by it. We describe the impediments and discuss some solutions.

Balance of Powers: 3 Branches of the U.S. Government
The Constitution of the United States divides the federal government into three branches to ensure a central government in which no individual or group gains too much control. This presentation describes the powers of the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of the federal government and how they relate to one another.

Florida Voting Rights Restoration Constitutional Amendment
Florida is one of only 4 states that permanently disenfranchise every citizen who is convicted of a felony. This presentation examines why more than 10% of Florida’s voting age population cannot vote and explains the Florida 2018 ballot proposal to automatically restore voting rights to most citizens after they fulfill all of the terms of their sentences.

Florida Charter Schools: What Is and What Ought to Be
The promise of charters was to permit charter schools that offered innovative methods or provided courses that were not provided by the public school system. Have charters fulfilled their promise?

The Electoral College and the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
This presentation explains the origin and function of the Electoral College and what some states are doing to change how we elect the President and Vice President of the United States to reflect the popular vote.

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program
Private schools in Florida are funded directly by the legislature through vouchers for students with disabilities and indirectly through corporate tax credit rebates scholarships. This presentation explains how the operation and regulation of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program differ from public school programs.

Fracking in Florida
What is fracking? This presentation explains fracking, the status of fracking in Florida and the effects of fracking of our environment.

Gun Safety in Florida: Laws, Issues and Challenges
This presentation reviews Florida’s current gun laws and legislative proposals in the search to balance, as nearly as possible, individual constitutional rights with the welfare of the community.

Healthcare in America
What do Medicare (Parts A, B, C, and/or D), Medicaid, and other health insurance options mean for me? How do I make the right choice when it comes to my healthcare and my vote on healthcare issues? This presentation explains how the American healthcare system works, demystifies some of its vocabulary, and looks at what Americans get for their healthcare dollar compared to other countries.

Plastic Bags Florida – A Different Story
Pollution should be prevented or reduced at the source whenever feasible. The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act sets the order of preference for managing materials as: source reduction, reuse, recycling, and disposal. A number of communities are initiating bans of plastic bags that are intended for single use, such as those commonly provided in grocery stores. This presentation looks at what is happening in Florida.

Saving Futures: Juvenile Civil Citations
The League of Women Voters supports juvenile justice actions that emphasize civil citations, rehabilitation, and other alternatives to incarceration. Our mission is to improve outcomes for at-risk youth in Florida. The League believes that preventative measures are effective in helping at-risk kids reach their full potential. This slide presentation shows the positive effects of implementing civil citations in our communities.

Your Voice. Your Power. Your Vote!
In 1776, only 10% of Americans had the right to vote. Learn about how voting rights were expanded and the important benefits for citizens who turn out and vote. This presentation also walks you through the ways you can register and vote, including how to register online, Vote-By-Mail, Early Voting and more.


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    At a recent Speakers Bureau committee meeting, the members were introduced to 3 issue-related presentations, at Chair Marcia Herman’s home. 1st Vice President Christene Campbell Gabor showed the members two presentations related to Civics Education; Your Voice, Your Power, Your Vote, and The Three Branches of Government. Pat Doman, demonstrated the presentation on the 2020 Census. Committee meetings for the...
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