While the entire LWVPBA membership may agree to take action on a local issue at each year's annual meeting, LWVPBA also has several active committees that work from year-to-year to support national, state, and local priorities. Explore the committee descriptions on this page and feel free to contact any committee chair for more information. Members are free to join any committee that interests them.
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Mary Gutierrez, Chair
Clean Energy and TransportationCommittee
Committee Objective: The Clean Energy and Transportation Committee is working to help make Florida # 1 in Solar Energy and Electric Vehicle Initiatives. We have two main areas of focus for clean energy: expansion of rooftop solar and adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Some of our work includes the establishment of solar co-ops in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, engaging local officials about the benefits of the installation of solar and use of EVs, participation in monthly statewide calls, and helping with (virtual) outreach and education on solar energy. In addition, we are currently working on the creation of energy conservation curriculum for the school districts in a four (4) county area.
Monthly Meetings: We currently meet via Zoom on the 2nd Monday of each month at 11:00 AM.
Committee Objective: Everything a League does involves communications: voter services, citizen information, advocacy, membership, fund-raising, etc. The key is making sure that our League's message is focused, that it is heard and understood, and that it will have the maximum impact. It must be built into every activity and project on the League's agenda.
The League’s visibility in the community depends largely on how successful it is in getting stories carried by the print and electronic media. Our most basic tool for communicating with members and the larger community is our newsletter, The Voter. However we also communication via email, social media (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube), and of course, via our website.
Monthly Meetings: We currently meet on Zoom or via email as needed.
Vivian Faircloth, Chair
Gun Safety Committee
Committee Objective: The Gun Safety Committee is involved with making the public aware of gun-related issues such as unsafe storage, gun theft, suicide by gun, Red Flag Laws, and guns used in domestic abuse. This year we hope to partner with other local agencies in this endeavor to expand our effectiveness.
Monthly Meetings: We currently meet on Zoom the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00 PM
Juvenile Justice and Education Committee
Committee Objective: This recently combined committee has as a mission to support schools and students in improved outcomes. We work with both the Escambia and Santa Rosa school districts. We also work with the Department of Juvenile Justice in their efforts to identify causes for kids to get in trouble and unfortunate outcomes. We are closely allied with the Florida League's committees on Juvenile Justice and Education.
Monthly Meetings: We currently meet on Zoom the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM.
Paula Montgomery, Co-Chair
Betsy Werre, Chair
Committee Objective: The Membership Committee supports membership growth by actively recruiting, retaining, and engaging members. Members of the committee identify potential new members, contact lapsed members, and engage current members. Occasionally the membership committee will provide input and feedback regarding membership needs, programs and policies.
Monthly Meetings: We currently meet on Zoom the second Monday of each month at 4:00 PM
Natural Resources Committee
Committee Objective: The NRC supports energy conservation and greater use of renewable resources. Currently, the NRC is working to prevent open pit burning, changes to borrow pit ordinances, decrease single use plastics, preventing clear-cutting by builders and developers, enforcing the Pensacola City Council tree ordinance and promoting the use of native plants in landscaping.
Monthly Meetings: We currently meet on Zoom the third Monday of each month at 12:00 PM.
Enid Sisskin, Chair
Shirley Lewis-Brown, Chair
Social Justice Committee
Committee Objectives: The major goal of this committee is assist in the Restoration of Voting Rights for returning citizens. Many of these citizens do not know that they have the right to vote or how to get help in the legal process necessary to restore them.
Monthly Meetings: This is a new committee being formed in the summer of 2021. Meetings dates and times have not yet been established.
Voters Service Committee
Committee Objectives: In addition to conducting voter registration events and promoting online voter registration via VOTE411.org throughout the year, Voter Services produces and distributes at least 10,000 of the League's "Guide to Elected Officials", focuses on educating the electorate, organizes Candidate Forums and presentations on FL Constitutional Amendments, interviews local legislators, and initiates letter-writing campaigns.
Monthly Meetings: We currently meet on Zoom the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 AM.
Charlyle Parrish, Chair
Cheryl Howard, Chair
Women's Issues Committee
Committee Objective: The WIC is currently developing a new agenda of issues that directly affect women to study and take action on. All LWVPBA members are invited to participate in this process.
Monthly Meetings: We currently meet on Zoom the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM.