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Help us build Okaloosa County’s Community Alliance

In 2000 Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) was empowered to establish a community alliance in each county to “provide a focal point for community participation and governance of community-based services.” Accordingly three of the four counties comprising Circuit 1 formed an alliance of community leaders and stakeholders to collaborate on DCF activities within the circuit. Okaloosa County was the missing link, but now we are forming our own County Community Alliance under the aegis of Rick Owen from the United Way. Will you help us get an Alliance going? Call 850-621-4088 or email to volunteer, and attend the next scheduled meeting from 10:00 to noon on Friday, 12 May, at the NWFSC-Chatauqua, Room 103, US Hwy 90 West, DeFuniak Springs.

2017 LWVOC Planning Meeting

What issues would you like League to focus on next year? What topics would you like to see covered during the monthly general meetings? How do you think we can best work together to better our community?

Your League needs your input to make the biggest impact in our county. Bring your ideas to Mary’s house (1562 Glenlake Circle, Niceville), at 2:00 pm on Sunday, 9 July, and let’s spend the afternoon developing a plan for the 2017–18 League year.

We’ll provide the refreshments—you will provide the brainstorming! Email or call (850-621-4088) to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there.

2017 Annual Meeting

Thanks to all who attended our 2017 Annual Meeting, and special thanks to our guest speaker Carita Smith, the Okaloosa-Walton Recruitment Coordinator for the 1st Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program. You can review her presentation here. The State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is a network of professional staff and community advocates who fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family. Volunteer if you can!

Members re-adopted our local program and approved the proposed budget and the board-recommended changes to our Bylaws, which will increase the terms of officers and elected board members from one to two years; and will stagger the terms of office for key leadership positions beginning in 2018. You can find our local program and Bylaws on the positions page. Here are your new officers and board members:

• President: Mary Blackwell • Elected Director: Emily Barber
• 1st Vice President: Wanjiku Jackson • Elected Director: Barbara Smith
• 2nd Vice President: Darlo Kiely • Appointed Director: Amber Sweeney
• Secretary: Jill Barfield • Appointed Director: Odin Toness
• Treasurer: Beth Madrigal  

Here is the approved budget and the President’s Message for 2017.

Your Email Address: Be an informed League member

To effectively and efficiently communicate within the organization, League employs technologies—such as email —that achieve the broadest reach possible. LWVUS does not sell or trade member email addresses! They send national action alerts and weekly “Leaders' Update” to those on the mailing list. Email is easily deleted if you don’t want to read it, but if you don’t receive it, you may miss out on important League information.

Be sure the League has your email address. Individual members can add their own email address to the national database through the national website.

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