July 4th is a day to celebrate our democracy. To be effective democracies require an informed electorate, open and fair elections, and a free press. We have much to be thankful for but must always remain on guard to ensure that our democracy survives, in fact, that it thrives. The 2018 primary election date is August 28 (with early voting from August 18 to 22 in addition to voting by mail), when there will be primaries for parties that have multiple candidates for an office plus elections for offices that are non-partisan. There are federal, state, and county elements to the August 28 elections, so it’s important to participate. If you wish to participate in a party primary, you must be registered in that party no later than July 30. One way to stay informed is to attend candidate forums, such as the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Popcorn & Politics event on July 18 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Hyatt Place St. Petersburg. Watch for more upcoming programs related to elections.
BPW/SPP has much to celebrate about the BPW/FL Conference held June 14-17. An amazing 50% of our members attended some or all of the conference, as attendees, sponsors and vendors. The five Equity Panel discussions on June 15 were moderated by BPW/SPP members and two of the panelists were BPW/SPP members. We received 10 awards for the work we did last BPW year; thanks to all who undertook the work and to those who wrote up the award submissions. We have seven members in leadership roles in BPW/FL and five members in leadership roles in the BPW/FL Education Foundation for the 2018-2019 BPW year. We are a strong and engaged local BPW organization.
Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July!
Sheila Barry-Oliver, Ed.D.
BPW/SPP President 2018-2019