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Weekly Update – February 28, 2019

Weekly Update – February 28, 2019

News Flash!

Saturday Evening: Spaghettioke in Gore Hall!!

Details in Saturday – March 2


Sunday: Leaf Blowing Help Needed Before Service

Details in Sunday – March 3


March 6: Estate Planning Presentation 

Details in Wednesday – March 6


March 7: Equal Justice Initiative Film–“The Yard”–and Discussion with Filmmaker

Details in Thursday – March 7


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Friday – March 1

R&D: Holidays and Holy Days (1st Fridays)  — 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 1 

Mystic Grove and friends helps CUUPS curriculum team develop “Holy Days and Holidays” for UU Ministers. Want to help educate ministers about your Pagan or Earth Centered path? Bring your list of holidays and holy days and contribute to the compilation! The goal is publication for General Assembly in June 2019. Learn more about CUUPS here. Learn more about General Assembly here.  Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/308712389921283/

Saturday – March 2

Seeds of Intention Workshop — 9:30 am-5:00 pm, Enrichment Center Assembly Room 

Marna Rasmussen and Melissa Baker offer a workshop dedicated to manifesting a remarkable year. Sponsored by the 1U Pastoral Associates, this is the first in a year-long series. Participants gather to gain clarity on that which no longer serves us and on what we wish to bring to fruition in our lives.

More information here:  Registration begins at 9:30 am. Lunch is provided (coffee, water, hot tea included). Cost: $65 cash only; 15% of all proceeds donated to 1U General Fund. Only $50 for 1U Active Members. Bring:  items of comfort (for a day of sitting, meditation, and labyrinth walking), favorite beverage, journal for keeping insights. Register by February 28 via email to  programassistant1U@gmail.com and/or FUCO@cfl.rr.com to confirm attendance and to ensure a seat and supply availability (confirmation and further instructions will come via reply from Melissa).

Spaghettioke!! This Evening! — 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join the 1U YUUTH Group in this FUNdraiser – a spaghetti dinner cooked and served by the youth, followed by karaoke. All in Gore Hall tonight starting at 6 pm.  Suggestion Donation – $5.   Everyone welcome! All donations will help the YUUth Group visit the The Mountain this summer.

Sunday – March 3

Can You Help with Cleaning Up Leaves at 1U Today and Future Sundays

The leaves are “raining down” on our campus with each breeze, and we need to move them off of our walk ways. Like we did with the acorns, we can blow them into the landscape beds. The church has an electric blower and plenty of extension cord. The focus is the walkways from the parking lot to the Sanctuary, the labyrinth and the Gore Hall Foyer entryway. Total time from getting equipment out, blowing and putting things away is likely 30-40 minutes. We are looking for volunteers for the Sundays in March. Please email Dan Homblette at LTM@orlandouu.org if you can help this morning or on March 10, 17, 24 or 31.Thanks for helping your church community! The LTME Team

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Instinct and Music, by 1U Music Director Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

All human cultures seem to make music. But why they do so, and how we make sense of musical sound at all are questions that have, until recently, remained mysterious. Ranging from Bach fugues to Javanese gamelan, from nursery rhymes to heavy rock, the concept of the music instinct interweaves philosophy, mathematics, history and neurology to reveal why music moves us in so many ways. And the fact that we may all be hardwired for music, that your brain and Mozart’s brain have essentially the same programming, is as mind blowing as it is reassuring – as grounding as it is spiritual.  The Chalice Choir will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

9:15 am-1:00 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)

10:30 am-10:45 am Children begin in service with their parents

10:45 am-11:45 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s programming

11:45 pm Parents pick up Children in the Enrichment Center

Visitors and Guests: While your children are welcome to stay in service with you, if you would like to take advantage of our Children’s offerings please accompany them to the Enrichment Center and fill in a visitor/guest information form before returning to service. Contact for more information: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here)   

9:30 am in Gore Hall Classroom A – No Offering Today

Plan Ahead:

March 24 – 9:30 am in the Community RoomMovie Talk

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events – in this case, movies. On Sunday March 24 at 9:30 am, join the movie discussion on The Upside. The Best Picture Oscar was awarded to Green Book, the true story of a search for truth via a car trip south. The Upside is a search for truth, but this journey involves a wheelchair, a paralyzed billionaire and a paroled convict. See the movies then join the discussion as we compare Green Book and The Upside through the lens of our UU Principles. The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:00-1:00 pm, Assembly Room in the Enrichment Center

This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Each week our attention is drawn to another event in the public eye around race and justice. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to ourexperience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. You may find readings and resources at:  https://wordpress.com/posts/wrestlingwithrace.wordpress.com.

Mystic Grove First Sunday Monthly Meeting — 12:00-2:00 pm, Gore Hall Room 1

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group that is affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. It was organized in 2001 for the purpose of creating a Pagan community within the framework of Unitarian Universalism. To achieve that purpose, the Mystic Grove focuses on the areas of learning, teaching, worshiping, serving and fellowship. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Facebook RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/271059786909118/

Free Books and Videos — After Service, Gore Hall Foyer

Stop by after church to choose from a lot of free UU-related books and videos that have been made available after some church office cleanup. Questions? Contact the Lofgrens at Bookstore@OrlandoUU.org.

1U Auction Registration Opens Today (Donations due March 11)

So much anticipation is building for the April 6 Hearts and Hands Auction! Put that date on your calendar now! The price to attend is $15/person through March 28 and $20 after that date. Childcare available for the under-13 crowd. Soft drinks and heavy appetizers will be included with your ticket, as well as the joy of bidding on fascinating, and fun items in both the silent and live auction. Adult beverages will be available for a cash or check donation.

Many more wonderful items have hit our auction mailbox!

Imagine spending 7 days at Little Lake Conway in a beautiful AirBnB offered by the Boris family. Mary Ann Bucklan is offering 3 sessions of Math Tutoring in Algebra I, Algebra II or Statistics. There are tickets to the ballet, and two different donations of pairs of tickets to see Anastasia at Dr. Phillips. There are planters galore. Many, many gift cards—restaurants, gas, movies with popcorn and beverages—can keep one very busy and happy. How about enjoying a backyard party with Ann Mount, Rene Stutzman and Cindy Schleier to prepare, serve and cleanup for you and 20 of your invited guests? Make sure you up your credit card limit…there is going to be soooooo much you’ll want to take home!

Lots more offerings are listed here; take a look to get ideas for your own donation(s)!  Have you entered your donation yet? If not, please do so in this easy online form. Donation deadline is March 11. Donation questions? Contact Steph Garber at:  auction@orlandouu.org.

Two raffles are slated for the night of the event:

Total collections from ticket sales for a 50/50 raffle will be split between the raffle winner and 1U.

Then there’s the novel Heads and Tails raffle. Never heard of it? Ask Linnea Nelson. You get the information, along with the pleasure of getting to know her better as she leads us all in this Auction effort. Connect with her one Sunday after church, or contact her via auction@orlandouu.org.

Tickets for both raffles will be sold only that night at $5 each or 5 for $20, cash or check only. (Note: When you check out for auction purchases you will be able to use cash, check or credit card.)

Come to bid, laugh, eat and be merry! But please also come to help out: Volunteers are needed for the Auction! Please register for a job that suits your skills here. Some areas of need include: Decorate, Food Prep, Receive Donations, Welcome, Register, Serve Food, Support the Auctioneer, Clean Up, Childcare Checkin, Purchase Processing, General Helper. The signup form is fast and easy to complete. Please click and signup now!

First Sunday Fellowship — Times and Locations Vary

February flew by quickly. Today is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be gathering in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway) for neighborhood connections.These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Anyone is welcome to attend any group that is of interest to you… get to know more folks in the congregation! Unlike “Dinner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

We would love to bring together a group in the Maitland/Casselberry area (or other northern suburbs). Please contact Kathy (Fellowship@orlandouu.org) if you would like to know more about how you might play a part in expanding this fellowship opportunity into your area.

Monday – March 4

First Monday Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in a wonderful vegan meal, 1U is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending around 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!

Tuesday – March 5

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

The first Tuesday of each month is our business meeting. We will be voting on a charity to receive funds from our treasury. If you have donated goods to the Resale Shop, paid membership dues or given a monetary donation to the Alliance, we will be deciding where your gift will be most needed in the community. The Alliance does not keep any of the monies given it.

Come join in the Alliance activity. Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30. The officers meet at 11:00 and all members meet over a bag lunch at 12:00.  Thank you for any support you have given. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin & EMC practice.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – March 6

Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUS — 8:30-9:00 am, 11648 McCulloch Rd

All are welcome to participate in a lightly guided morning sitting practice to get the day started. Join the University UU folks on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:00 am- ish, at the UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

A Chordia Practice — 6:45 pm, Sanctuary

Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.

Estate Planning Presentation  — 7:00-8:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

Please join us for a presentation on estate planning basics, including topics such as wills, trusts, estate taxes, and probate. For your family’s sake, be prepared–without a will, state of Florida laws will determine what happens to your estate! This free class will be led by Linda Solash-Reed. P.L., Board Certified in Elder Law & Certified Financial Planner. For planning purposes, RSVPs are encouraged, by writing to Endowment@OrlandoUU.org or by signing-up at Gaby’s table on Sundays.

Choir Practice — 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!

Thursday – March 7

RUUM Regular Monthly Meeting, 11:30 am, 1U Assembly Room

RUUM, the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men’s group,  has our next monthly group meeting today. All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings at 11:30 am on the first Thursday of each month in the 1U Assembly Room for BYO Lunch and conversation. For further information or questions contact Craig Alig at RUUM@orlandouu.org.

1U Hosts Equal Justice Initiative Film and Discussion with Filmmaker — 6:30-9:00 pm, Sanctuary

Orlando screening of the 60-minute documentary “The Yard,” followed by a panel discussion that includes the filmmaker. Description: A history professor in Memphis Tennessee discovers that the parking lot of the church he attends used to be a slave yard belonging to a general in the Confederate army. Suggested Donation $10. For more information:  https://3times.org/ and facebook event info. We are looking for hospitality hosts and parking hosts.

RSVP via EventBrite (so we have a headcount) or to peaceandjustice@valenciacollege.edu. Partners in this event include: Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Truth & Justice Project of Orange County, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Peace and Justice Institute (Valencia College), Bridge the Gap Coalition, Global Peace Film Festival, Hannibal Square Heritage Center, League of Women Voters of Orange County, UCF RICHES Program, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. (Orlando Chapter).

Meditation — 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio (West end of the Enrichment Center)

Join us every Thursday for eclectic meditation practice based in, but not limited to, the Mindfulness tradition. After introductions, we have a 20-minute sit followed by discussion. We close with another 10-minute sit. Open to those with and without meditation experience. Drop in friendly.

Other News

Upcoming Worship Schedule (Sunday at 10:30 am unless noted)

March is the month of music for sermons at 1U:

March 10 Rev. Dr. Janet Newman will preach on Music as Meaning in Our Lives.

March 17 – All-Music Sunday. Music Director Aubrey and 1U talent provide musical selections interwoven with readings and commentary on the importance of music.

March 24 – Stewardship

March 31 – Generational Reflections from 1U Members in their 70’s and 60’s.

Sounds like the music is right on key at 1U.  See you in church!

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.

Caring Circle Organization/Communication Meeting March 17

All who are currently part of Caring Circle (CC), have been part in the past, or who just want to know more about Caring Circle, are invited to meet in the Assembly room from noon-1:00 pm on Sunday, March 17.  A light lunch will be served.

We will compile a list of contact persons for each month, enjoy lunch, share ideas for best communication and organization and be finished by 1:00 pm. Please be on time for our noon start so we can end on time. Those of you who have been involved in CC will be welcomed to share your experiences, ideas, and suggestions. It’s helpful to RSVP to CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org, but ok to just show up at the meeting/lunch on March 17! We are a community of folks who care about and for each other and we need your help.

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Those who volunteer to be Monthly Coordinators follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Other Caring Circle members may serve by providing (on occasion) one or more of the following: phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events or medical appointments, and/or help with meals, pet care, etc., during a member’s period of recuperation. Please contact our CC coordinator, Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate in this ministry of our community. CC contact for March is Cindy Schleier who also may be contacted at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

March 23 — Irma Scudder’s 100th Birthday Party at 1U!

Save the Date! Come and join us as we celebrate Irma’s century on the planet! March 23 potluck gathering from Noon-2:00 pm in Gore Hall. All are welcome. Cake and enough cider for a birthday toast will be provided. Potluck signup information/online link, as well as more details, to follow. Some of Irma’s family are coming from out of state to join in the celebrations. Why don’t you come too? This is not something most of us will get to enjoy very often in our lives.

1U Campus Safety Plan Now On-line

 Draft copies of the new First Unitarian Campus Safety Plan, recently presented to the membership, are now available for you to review. Please visit our 1U website here to read or download a copy of the plan. For those who need a paper copy, we will have a limited number available from 1U Central. We encourage you to read the plan. In March, the Safety Team will hold a couple of meetings to help answer your questions and to receive any comments.

Game Night, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Assembly Room

Game night is back!  You knew that already?  Then consider this a simple reminder. (UU’s are always so busy!)  Yes, it’s on March 9. And it’s free.  And you know to bring some good games and good snacks to share too. Game Night provides free soda but it’s OK to bring beer or wine. This event is open to all – bring friends!  This should cover everything you already know but might be just the reminder you need to show up.  Now everyone knows!

Share the Plate Update

This month, we’ll Share the Plate with our longtime friends, Hope CommUnity Center of Apopka, Florida. Hope CommUnity Center is a service-learning organization founded in the early 1970s by three Roman Catholic nuns—Sisters Cathy Gorman, Gail Grimes, and Ann Kendrick—members of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. For more than 4 decades, the project they started has continued to thrive, grow, and serve, always aspiring to be “a center of hope and empowerment for Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities.”

Join the Words for All Ages Production Team

The WFAA Production Team is a 2-level group of people:

First level folks take the sermon topic or theme and conduct a search for Easy Reader/Early Reader books that might fit that theme. The search usually starts online with a straight query of keywords to a search engine (“Easy Reader books about learning from elders”.) The listings that come up are briefly evaluated and sometimes briefly researched further to winnow down the options. Then the options list is researched in the online catalogs of local libraries. If the deadline is short, the books are picked up asap. If not, they are (at least in the case of the Orange County library system) requested to be mailed, or at least held for pickup. The books secured are passed along for processing to the second level folks.

Second level folks review the books and submit the best option or couple of options to the minister. Once approved, each book is photographed in double-page shots. Those pics are imported into slides for a WFAA slide show. The script for the story is typed into the notes section of the slides, or into a script document that is printed out to guide the AV team to use in running the slide show.

If you’d like to play a part in any step of this process, or have further questions, contact Karla Kizzort at eblastmanager@orlandouu.org.

Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry

The need for items at local food pantries is as great as it ever has been. If you are able to share with others, please bring canned and dry goods in their original (unopened) containers and place them in the large blue bin in Gore Hall. We have a regular pick up by Semoran Food Pantry. If the bin is full, place items next to the bin. Thanks for sharing your bounty with others! Examples of donatables are: dried or canned beans, peanut butter, canned fish and meats, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, crackers, etc.

Update Your Contact Information!

Keeping in touch with 1U members and friends is important. You can help keep those communication lines functioning by alerting the office about changes in your contact information: email address, street address, preferred phone numbers. Having current contact information allows 1U to keep you in the loop with all kinds of information about events. It is also vital that current information is available for electronic banking arrangements. Contact Amy Fairweather at churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!

Plan Ahead

March 8 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

March 9 — Ostara Ritual 6:15–9:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in celebrating the Spring Equinox! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: light green, lemon yellow, pale pinks, and similar. “Meet and Greet” with Chip and Toni at 6:15 in Gore Hall Classroom B. Learn about Unitarian Universalism and 1U, Paganism and Mystic Grove, and what to expect in a ritual. Ritual begins at 7:00 in Gore Hall Main. Potluck to follow at 8:00. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients. All welcome. Children under 18 please come with a parent or guardian.  COST:  Free. $5 donation welcome. For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/821746331519517/

March 11 — Donation Deadline for 1U Hearts and Hands: A Service Auction and More 

The auction team is ready to receive written descriptions of what you plan to donate. Note that the team will help out with editing the description and to finalize the pricing. Please complete the online form or a paper form available at Gaby’s table after services. If you have a business that you would like to request a donation from, PLEASE contact Lindsay Stroh first so we don’t all approach the same businesses. Remember that the funds raised support the services and programming of 1U! Auction date is April 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm. Donation descriptions due March 11. Contact the auction team to get a business donation form or with any questions: auction@orlandouu.org.

March 11 — 1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.

March 15 — Teaching Craft Circle: Kitchen Spring Cleaning, 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Crafting and fellowship fun! Are you tired of the “bag of bags” stuck on the kitchen door? This month we embrace Spring with a “spring cleaning” theme for refreshing the kitchen! We will learn how to make spray cleaner, air freshener, and grocery bag holders in various table stations. For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/events/2273121452906964/

March 18 — Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

April 6 — Hearts and Hands Service Auction, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Be part of a great party to raise funds for 1U! Support the programs and services of First Unitarian Church of Orlando by bidding–first at a silent auction, then at a live auction with an entirely different set of items. Finger foods, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available. Will you bid on a future dinner? A tour? Homemade pies for a year? Services, vacations, and one of a kind or limited-edition fine art, dinners, parties, or events all are available! Questions? Contact Linnea Nelson for general questions at auction@orlandouu.org

If you know of a business to approach for a donation, please contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org to coordinate. We don’t want to make multiple requests to businesses.

You can find Auction Frequently Asked questions and a lengthy list of possible donation ideas here. Individual donations can be submitted by filling out the donor form online at:(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRbyfvO4Xnp1YxCWCwSa9E9tQDMoTx8RztHYuBSGDkB4YwYA/viewform?usp=sf_link) or at our auction table at coffee hour. You can also contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org.

April 7 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:30 pm, OneBlood Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives! Shortly you will be able to make an appointment by going to oneblood.org. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org. Additional Blood Drive dates: June 2, July 28.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

March 12 — Want to Know About Solar for Your Home?

Join Green Network Group-Orlando (GNGO), 7:45-8:45 am, when Mary Dipboye shares the story about how homeowners are being empowered by learning about solar and then bundling their buying power to “go solar.”  It’s time that everyone in Florida gets “solar savvy!” Exciting news…Florida’s 44th solar co-op opened today, this one in Seminole County; 3,488 homes have gone solar with Solar United Neighbors’ co-ops. Go to Solarunitedneighbors.org for more info. Green Network Group-Orlando is a group that meets to discuss green/eco-friendly anything. The meeting will be held at Black Bean Deli @ Mills 50, 1835 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. Parking if plentiful, and GNGO provides FREE CUBAN COFFEE along with the beneficial information and contacts.

March 10 — History Center’s Brechner Series Highlights Women as “Warriors for Democracy.” 

This series is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters in support of the League’s celebration of historic events that begins in 2019 and culminates with the centennial of women’s right to vote in 2020. Each presentation is free and takes places 2:00-4:00 pm, Orange County Regional History Center, located at 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Parking available at Library Garage, 112 E. Central. For Brechner Speaker Series and all History Center program details visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500 or 800-965-2030. For more about the League of Women Voters of Orange County, visit lwvoc.org.

March 10 — Mary Adkins of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law will present “Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution.” This program spotlights the League’s eight-decade battle for fair districts (which continues today) and constitutional reform in Florida, covers the revolutionary 1968 Constitution, and some other very important developments in Florida government. Here’s a taste of the talking points:  “In the early-to-middle 20th century, Florida shot from being a frontier state populated mostly in its north, to an urban state populated mostly in its south, even as it was leading America’s race to the moon. Trouble was, its post-Reconstruction, “Old South” constitution locked the legislative districts into their 1885 scheme, keeping a stranglehold of power in the rural north. Dade County, with a half-million residents, had only three representatives, while every tiny county in the Panhandle had at least one. The story of twin fights by reformers who sought a modern constitution and fair districting—with the League of Women Voters playing a leading role—illustrate how Florida modernized its government to match its new face.”

April 14 — Titled “The Story of the Orange County League of Women Voters,” this last 2019 Brechner event will feature a multimedia presentation with League speakers.

This lecture

April 5-7 — 9th Annual Florida UU Women’s Retreat, DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center

Come join us for an enriching and memorable weekend in the company of UU women from all over Florida from 3:00 pm on Friday, April 5 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 7. We gather in the serene setting of DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, 8411 25th St E, Parrish, FL 34219. Tuition is $220 per person and covers expenses for a semi-private room and six meals (8 women share a cozy cottage with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, a screened porch and common area). A limited number of single rooms are available at $292 each. A non-refundable deposit of $20 for semi-private room or $30 for a private room will reserve your place. Final payment is due January 15, 2017. Some scholarships are available. Contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com to register or get the form at https://www.uuwr.org/calendar/eventdetail/70/-/florida-uu-womens-retreat.

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