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The League of Women Voters, upcoming events

By Staff | Mar 5, 2021

The League of Womens Voters has a number of upcoming events:

Reserve for Saturday, March 6, Social Justice in Education

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:30-11 a.m.

Social Justice in Education

Register to receive a link to the virtual event.


through eventbrite: registration link

email: reservations@lwvlee.org

call: 239-278-1032

Panel will discuss diversity, safety, school resource officers, mental health, and juvenile justice.

Charlotte Nycklemoe

Co-Chair, Juvenile Justice Action Team

League of Women Voters of Florida

David Newlan

Executive Director, Safety, Security & Emergency Management

School District of Lee County

Tommy Bowens

Principal, Success Academy

School District of Lee County

Studies and resources include The Cost of School Policing The Cost of School Policing Report 2018-19; Juvenile Justice – League of Women Voters of Florida (lwvfl.org), Education – League of Women Voters of Florida (lwvfl.org)

The League of Women Voters has a long history of concern and action to promote social and economic justice, equity, and quality education. The League supports responsible government that is open, effective, efficient, and provides leadership to solve economic and social issues and needed services to all citizens. Effective prevention and intervention are proven to strengthen families and communities, ensure children are healthy, safe, prepared to learn, and to have viable life choices.

The League of Women Voters of Lee County advocates for investment in Lee County’s children and their families with an ongoing system for identifying and addressing human service issues and needs. Lee County needs adequate funding for early learning programs that give children the start they need, sufficient behavioral health resources, alternatives to incarceration, programs that prevent or reduce poverty, promote self-sufficiency, and enhance the quality of life and the well-being of individuals.

About the speakers:

Charlotte Nycklemoe, Co-Chair, Juvenile Justice Action Team, League of Women Voters of Florida is passionate about quality organizational leadership and making sure an organization adheres to its mission statement and strategic plans. This goal was evidenced in her work in a Chamber of Commerce in Minnesota and within the Collier County League of Women Voters. Nycklemoe attended the University of Minnesota and had a 30 year career in Commercial/Industrial Real Estate; with the last seven years as Director of Legislative Affairs for the MN Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. Her observations and experiences as a mother of daughters who were diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness, gave her the impetus to fight for the rights of the mentally ill and at-risk children to provide leadership in the National Association for Mental Illness, Minnesota (NAMI, MN) and League of Women Voters. She was born and raised in Minnesota and now resides in Naples.

David Newlan, Executive Director, Safety, Security & Emergency Management, School District of Lee County retired from the Cape Coral Police Department as Police Chief with 30 years of law enforcement experience in various aspects of public safety. His career included the Patrol Bureau, Investigative Services Bureau, VICE, major crimes and property crimes, and the Professional Standards Bureau. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University and a Master’s degree with a major in Human Resources Development and Administration from Barry University. He is a graduate of the 252nd session of the FBI National Academy, the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University, Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Executive Leadership Seminar, and the 58th session of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police. Chief Newlan is a Certified Assessor (Team Leader) for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), was the Chair for the Region 10 Committee, and on the board of the Lee County Human Services Council, past President for the Southwest Florida Police Chief’s Association and a member of several organizations: FPCA, IACP, FBINAA, SWFPCA, and the South Rotary. Newlan is a Florida native and has lived in Lee County Florida since 1977.

Tommy Bowens, Principal, Success Academy, School District of Lee County

The Success Academy, an alternative school servicing students grade levels 6th through 12th. Bowens is a graduate of the Lee County School District, graduating from Cape Coral High School Class of 1982. Bowens earned his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and has worked as an Administrator at the Elementary, Middle, High, and Special Center level during his twenty five year career in education. He’s a member of the Lee County Administrators Association and enjoys watching football and basketball in his spare time.

Register for Virtual Event, March 15, 2021, 6-7:30 p.m.

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage and Today’s Challenges

Unmasking The Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Through The Pandemic Lenses Of Liberty, Loss, And Leadership

Register to receive a link to the virtual event. Options:

through Eventbrite: registration link

email: reservations@lwvlee.org

call: 239-278-1032

This virtual event will celebrate women’s suffrage, honor the struggle, review changes since 1920, highlight today’s challenges, and encourage participants to make their voices heard.

Featured Speaker, Jamie Abrams Professor of Law, University of Louisville will use the lessons of our history to inform our present and our future: what has it meant for women to vote, to serve as elected officials, changes in the last 100 years and challenges today. Jamie R. Abrams teaches Torts, Family Law, Legislation, and Women and the Law. Her research focuses on reproductive and birthing decision-making, gendered violence, legal protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, and legal education pedagogy. Her most recent publications include The Polarization of Reproductive Decision-Making and Parental Decision-Making forthcoming in the Florida State Law Review and The #MeToo Movement: A Feminist Invitation to Critique the Crisis Framing of Sexual Assault Responses published in the University of Richmond Law Review (2018). More information and her publications are available at Jamie R. Abrams — Louis D. Brandeis School of Law (louisville.edu)

Moderator, Precious Gunter, Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, FGCU will guide the discussion and present questions from attendees.

The League of Women Voters, founded by leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, for more than 100 years, has been a nonpartisan, activist, grassroots organization. The League believes voters play a critical role in democracy and continues the fight to protect the rights of eligible voters and to expand access for those who have been left out of our democratic process. The League works to educate and empower voters, advocates, and when necessary takes legal actions. Challenges that threaten to compromise our democracy include voter suppression and discrimination at the local, state and national level.


League of Women Voters of Lee County

Office of Community Outreach Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)

Institutional Equity and Compliance Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)

Saturday, April 3, 2021, 9:30-11 a.m.

Environmental Issues

A LWVLee Virtual Educational Meeting

Register to receive a link to the virtual event. Options:

through Eventbrite: registration link

email: reservations@lwvlee.org

call: 239-278-1032

Featured Speaker: Nora Demers, Ph.D.

Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management

FGCU The Bradshaw Library’s Archives & Special Collections presents

Fight for the Ballot: Voting Rights in the 20th Century

March 9, 6-7 p.m., Jarrett Eady presents: The Black Experience in Lee County Post 1960

Fight for the Ballot: Voting Rights in the 20th Century (fgcu.edu)


Founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.