A broad range of community leaders has joined in welcoming relocating members of the Baby Boom generation from across the nation to America's No. 1 "Boomtown" for Boomer retirement relocation destination, Tallahassee, "for the best of their life."
"In Tallahassee, Southern hospitality is more than a slogan, it's a treasured way of life," said Marjorie Turnbull, a Choose Tallahassee Action Team steering committee member. At this month's Hot Topic dinner Marjorie will show us how Choose Tallahassee came to be and what the plans and aspirations are for Tallahassee's future.
Marjorie Turnbull was elected to the Leon County Commission from 1988--1994 and the Florida House of Representatives from 1994--2000 where she served on the Higher Education, Community Affairs, Tourism and Economic Development and Education Appropriations committees, among others. She was the first woman to be elected to the Florida House of Representatives from Leon County. Prior to her public service she was an appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Planning for the Florida Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services, and an administrative staff member of the Florida House of Representatives.
Currently, she has a passion for working with non-profit organizations to help them thrive and when called upon, she gives advice in the areas of board and staff development and fund-raising.
Another Special Guest
We will have another very special guest this month. Abi Hatcher is a local student who will share her History Fair project with us. The subject is women's suffrage. Her project will be on display before our dinner, so come early and welcome a young future League member!
Date & Time:
March 19, 2014 Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:30pm Hot Topics Dinner
Capital City Country Club 1601 Golf Terrace Drive
Beef bourguignon or mushroom ravioli, salad bar, vegetables, rolls and butter, coffee, tea and a cash bar.
***Because the League must pay for reservations cancelled after Saturday, March 15, those who cancel late should reimburse the League for the cost of their reservations***
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF TALLAHASSEE DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDY Fall & Spring Semesters, 2013-14
The League of Women Voters “strives to ensure that government at every level works as effectively and fairly as possible. This involves continual attention to issues of transparency, a strong and diverse judiciary, appropriate government oversight, and funding” (www.lwv.org/our-work/improving-government). Leagues across the nation are working to ensure the achievement of these values.
In the interest of acquainting a university student to these values, the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee (LWVT) created a directed individual study (DIS) program for a graduate-level student. The program includes one DIS in each of the Fall and Spring semesters. This experience will serve as a beneficial supplement to the knowledge a student attains in an academic setting. CLICK HERE for details.
SEA LEVEL RISE
Satellite observations show that global sea level rise is accelerating. Scientists agree that human caused climate change is a significant contributing factor.
For Florida, sea level rise is one of the most life-‐changing consequences of climate change.
• Sea level is actually rising faster than originally predicted by scientific models.(1)
• By 2100, sea level rise could well exceed 3 feet if human greenhouse gas emmissions continue unabated and a 6 foot rise is possible if the Greenland and West Antarctica ice sheets break up more rapidly.(2) The amount of rise depends a lot "upon how much more heat-trapping pollution humanity puts into the sky." (3)
• Our children could see 10% of Tampa and Miami permanently flooded. Our grandchildren could see one third of the land area in Florida's coastal cities under water, (2)(4) covering entire islands in the Keys, (4)(5) with very costly social, economic and environmental impacts.
• Before higher sea levels cover beaches, wetlands, and mangrove forests, and before critical habitat disappears for quintessential Florida species like the key deer, alligator and panther, humans will suffer increasingly as high tides flood city streets and saltwater intrudes into our drinking water and aquifers. (4)(6)
• Human-caused climate change is expected to make hurricanes more intense and more frequent, too. (7)
• Each one foot of sea level rise makes our coastal communities far more vulnerable to inundation and erosion during high tides and storm surges events like hurricanes. (6) See this effect modeled for North Florida's Apalachicola Bay area online at SeaLevel.ClimateCentral.org.
NOT TOO LATE TO ACT! WHAT WE DO NOW MATTERS GREATLY!
Floridians can produce and use clean, renewable energy that will create sustainable growth. We can personally make changes - small and large - to help preserve Florida.