The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County is inviting the public to two upcoming Hot Topic Luncheons and one Cool Topic Discussion during May and June. Both of the luncheons will be held at the Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd. in Lake Worth, while the discussion will be held at The Palm Beach Post Auditorium, 2751 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.
Hot Topic Luncheon
Politics & Stuff
Lunch with Frank Cerabino
Palm Beach Post Columnist & Author
Wednesday, May 16 / 11:30 am to 1 pm
The special guest speaker is the frequently humorous, always thought-provoking Metro Columnist at The Palm Beach Post. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he started writing while in the Navy. According to Fabulous Florida Writers, “after earning a Master’s degree in journalism, Cerabino worked at the City News Bureau in Chicago” before joining the Miami Herald. He has been a popular columnist at The Palm Beach Post since 1991, where “his humorous observations on life in Florida have won him numerous journalism awards. Cerabino is the author of several books, including Writing Like a Taller Person and the delightful Shady Palms series.
Tickets for this luncheon at the Atlantis Country Club are $25 per person until May 9, and $35 after that date. RSVPs are requested online at www.lwvpbc.org or by calling 561-968-4123.
Cool Topic Discussion
Mass Shootings: Trends & Solutions
Saturday, June 9 / 9 to 10:30 am
The special guest speaker is Dr. Tom Gabor, Ph.D., a criminologist, sociologist and international consultant now based in Florida, he was formerly a Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. With a doctorate from Ohio State University, Dr. Gabor has published over 150 works, testified in front of Parliamentary committees, and served as a consultant and expert witness on behalf of many international and governmental agencies. His most recent book is Confronting Gun Violence in America.
There is no charge to attend this Cool Topic Discussion in West Palm Beach, but RSVPs are still requested online atwww.lwvpbc.org or by calling 561-968-4123.
Hot Topic Luncheon
State of the County with Verdenia Baker
Wednesday, June 20 / 11:30 am to 1 pm
As Palm Beach County Administrator, Verdenia Baker is responsible for carrying out the policies of Board of County Commissioners. A certified financial manager, she manages the daily operation of county government, which includes more than 6,300 employees and an annual budget of approximately $4.4 billion, serving more than 1.4 million residents. Palm Beach County is one of the few counties in the nation with AAA general obligation bond ratings from all three of the major rating agencies and most recently received an AAA revenue bond rating from Standard & Poor’s.
After starting her career with the County as a budget analyst in 1987, Baker held a number of increasingly important positions before being named County Administrator in 2015. The following year, she led a successful one-cent infrastructure surtax initiative for Palm Beach County that included partnerships with the Palm Beach County School District and the League of Cities. In addition, she was a key partner in the successful 2017 Countywide Housing Summit and served as liaison and lead negotiator on the successful recruitment of The Scripps Research Institute, kick-starting the county’s growing biotechnology industry. Baker also has been instrumental in development and implementation of the Mandatory Inclusionary Workforce Housing Program, the Community Land Trust of Palm Beach County and the growth tiered system.
She is the immediate past-president of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Executive Board, a former board member with the Black Chamber of Commerce, former president of the American Society for Public Administration Treasure Coast Chapter, former board member of the Business Loan Fund of the Palm Beaches, and former vice chair of the St. Mary’s Medical Center Board of Directors.
Tickets for this luncheon at the Atlantis Country Club are $25 per person until June 13, and $35 after that date. RSVPs are requested online at www.lwvpbc.org or by calling 561-968-4123.
About the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County:
The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging informed and active participation in government through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed. For more information, please visit www.lwvpbc.org or www.facebook.com/lwvpbc.