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State Attorney Speaks on “Corruption in the Public Sector” The South Florida Chapter’s guest speaker luncheon series continued on November, 30 2005 at Casa Rancho Restaurant in Miami as guest speaker Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade County State Attorney, addressed the Chapter and others in attendance on the topic of “Corruption in the Public Sector.” State Attorney Rundles descriptively outlined her office’s strategies to combat public corruption in MiamiDade County. Members of the Commission on Ethics and the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office were also present for her presentation. Pictured: (L to R) Terry Murphy, Board member; Sarah Ruen, Secretary; Kim Loutzenhiser, Board member; Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney; Bill Solomon, Board member; Roslyn Alic-Batson, Chapter President; Ray de Arrigunaga, President-elect; Angelica de Limas, Part President. Second picture: (L to R) Appreciation plaque presented to our speaker by Terry Murphy, Roslyn Alic-Batson, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Ray de Arrigunaga.
ASPA Delivers Holiday Cheer The South Florida Chapter, in keeping with its annual tradition of collecting toys and delivering them to children in need in the Miami area collected toys at its Chapter Holiday Party hosted by Dr. Allan Rosenbaum, Board Member and Director of the Institute of Public Management and Community Service, College of Urban and Public Affairs at Florida International University. Guests attending the event were asked to bring unwrapped toys. The toys collected were later distributed to a family in the 11th Judicial Circuit’s Guardian ad Litem Program and to children at Miami Children’s Hospital.
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Chapter Helps Hurricane Katrina Family The South Florida Chapter, its officers and board collected $250 which was presented to a fellow Miami-Dade County employee, Selena Williams, to assist her with expenses resulting from Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Williams’ family members came to stay with her in Miami after they lost everything in Louisiana. We are happy to report that her family has all relocated and things are starting to return to normal. These funds helped brighten their holidays. Pictured (l to r, first row): Kim Loutzenhiser (South Florida Chapter Board), Roslyn Alic-Batson (Chapter President), Selena Williams, Anita Gibboney (Chapter Board); (l to r, second row)- Angie de Limas (Past President), Terry Murphy (Board Member), Bill Solomon (Board Member), Steven Bobes (Board Member and Dist. 3 Nat’l Council Member-Elect).
South Florida Chapter Hosts Forum & Discussion The South Florida Chapter hosted a well-attended forum on February 8 2006 to review a historic 1986 federal lawsuit, Meek v Dade County. The panel included retired Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek, as well as the primary counsel in the case, Stephen Cody. Additional members on the panel included Florida International University (FIU) professor Dario Moreno, a contributing witness in the lawsuit; former NAACP chapter president Bradford Brown; attorneys Robert Holland, Reggie Clyne and Judge Peter Adrien. The panel was moderated by author and commentator, now with CBS Channel 4, Jim De Fede. As a result of this successful lawsuit, the political landscape of Miami-Dade County was forever altered. The Miami-Dade County Commission elections were changed from at-large, countywide to single member districts. This enabled minority candidates to be elected from their districts, which was more reflective of the county’s demographics. Panel members discussed their part in the lawsuit and what they felt were the result of the ruling twenty years later. A major result was that citizens were able to more effectively communicate with a Commissioner from their own area of the community and seek improvements for their respective areas. Commissioners elected from single member districts are more accountable to the people that elected them and thus tend to be more proactive. Participants had an opportunity for questions and answers and a box lunch was provided to all attendees. Pictured (l to r) Retired Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek and Claire Mostel, Past South Florida Chapter President –old friends reminiscing.
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Pictured at left (l to r): Panelists Judge Peter Adrien, attorney Robert Holland, former NAACP chapter president Bradford Brown and attorney Stephen Cody listen to opening remarks from South Florida Chapter Board member Terry Murphy.
Pictured at right (l to r): Panelists FIU professor Dario Moreno, Retired Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek and moderator Jim DeFede listen to the discussion.
South Florida Chapter to Receive Presidential Citation of Merit at ASPA Nationalâ€™s 67th Annual Conference in Denver On January 30, 2006, South Florida Chapter President Roslyn Alic-Batson was notified by ASPA National President Don Menzel that the South Florida Chapter will receive a Presidential Citation of Merit at ASPA's 67th Annual Conference in Denver. The citation will read: The South Florida Chapter is recognized for -- Outstanding newsletter, web site development, and support for Hurricane Katrina victims. Past Chapter President Bill Solomon, ASPA District 3 Treasurer Steven Bobes and Allan Rosenbaum, PhD, all members of the South Florida Chapterâ€™s Board of Directors, intend to accept the award on behalf of the Chapter in Denver.
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