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PUBLIC SERVICE...GET A ZOSTAVAX VACCINE TO PREVENT SHINGLES!!!!   They have it at Walgreens in Central Florida

Watch this space for Our next meeting

Honoring Courageous Feminist VAL DEMINGS

April 23, 2015

Southern Moon Smokehouse and Brewery at 3000 Curry Ford at Crystal Lake next to the Winn-Dixie 6:30 PM Dinner meeting.

   We will have a prize for the members

who bring a new visitor to the meeting.

 dinner available, menu further down this page

As always, bring a yard sale item to donate if you have something

you don't want any longer.  Or Feminine products for the shelters.




You can Contact our officers (BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE)to come with us on our FLOATING FEMINIST CRUISE

PLEASE forward this to your friends.

Greater Orlando NOW's 1st Annual Floating Feminists Caribbean Cruise Oct. 11, 2015
Departs from Cape Canaveral.
You've been to feminist events before, but never on a luxurious cruise ship! Imagine sailing away on RCLs beautiful 'Freedom of The Seas" cruise ship and at the same time checking a dream item off that bucket list of yours!

Nothing beats the excitement, adventure and new experiences like an all-inclusive cruise! Did we say FUN?! Did we say WOW?! Did we say EXOTIC PLACES?!

Imagine you are on the beautiful "Freedom of The Seas". It's October 11 and you are setting sail for the beautiful island nations of Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico on your 7-night adventure cruise!

There is so much to choose from! There will be theater productions nightly with breathtaking entertainment, all-you-can-eat dinning, rock climbing, ice-skating, surfing, zip-lining! WOW! All as you sail to and from exotic Caribbean islands on a truly magnificent ship!

Oh Yeah!! You can dance the night away in the nightclubs, or learn a new dance step! Check out the live bands, or your own vocals with karaoke. Try your luck at the slots in the Vegas-style casino! Then there's roulette, blackjack, poker!

Did we say FOOD? The main dining room offers sumptuous cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner with spectacular buffets and incredible views. Elsewhere, there is a gourmet deli and Italian-style pizza! Did we say ROOM SERVICE? Did we say FREE? All of the above are free as part of your all-inclusive cruise!

Adventure awaits you at every exotic port! Experience/explore Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica, George Town Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico! Here again, your choices are endless. On land or at sea! Tubing a river, climbing a waterfall, anything and everything you can do on a beach or in the warm Caribbean waters. For nature lovers, there are rain forests, waterfalls, beautiful scenery, nature parks, up close and personal turtles, dolphins and stingrays! Lots of sight seeing, Mayan ruins and other historical sights, culinary adventures and the beat goes on!
Cruising means you can have it all! If only you had more time!! You can even get married on the ship or one of the fabulous beaches (additional fees apply).

A few special feminist events are being scheduled. This truly promises to be an adventure of a lifetime! However, you might get tired and want to just relax! You can choose not to go on shore, visit the library, hang on the deck, people watch or take a nap! No one will tell you otherwise.

A few little additional details; unpack only once, wake up each morning in a new beautiful place and pick your own itinerary!  Doesn't this sound like heaven?! Oh, and by the way, you can go to Hell; Hell, Grand Cayman is a place.Really!!

Prices starting from $745. per person (government fees not included).

Only $100 Deposit per stateroom to "lock-in" this amazing group rate! Place a secure online reservation deposit on our website or if you would like to inquire about staterooms, or anything we can help you with, just fill out the Inquiry Form under the Reservations link and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!
Note: Cabins are limited! All deposits and payments are 100% fully refundable by Royal Caribbean up through June 1, 2015. Cancellation fees only apply after June 2, 2015.

Mark the date and be ready for your WOW experience!

 Our legislators in Tallahassee are in session and we will report the new laws that affect you here. Watch for it.

Click on each name and their phone number is there.   Call and tell them we oppose these bills.   Actual session starts Mar.3 but they are already there conspiring against us

 We support Senate Bill

 SB 114  Minimum Wage $10.10

 SB 724 and  HB 633  24 hr. Mandatory Delay

SB 724 by Senator Flores and HB 633 by Representative Sullivan put women￿s health at risk. State laws, like these bills, that require mandatory delays before a woman can get an abortion do not offer any health benefits. They result in increased expenses, travel difficulties, and medical risks. They unnecessarily postpone the procedure even when a woman has already received state-mandated counseling and made a deliberate and fully informed decision. Learn  more about SB 724 and HB 633.

HB 147 and SB 920- Abortion Admitting Privileges

Before 2015 even began, Florida politicians filed legislation that could make safe, legal abortion harder or impossible to access,  all under the guise of patient safety. HB 147 filed by Rep. Mike Hill would require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital; a bill that medical experts agree would pose serious harm to women's ability to access health care. Learn more about HB 147 and SB 920.

HB 247  Abortion Ban

HB 247 is political interference at its worst. This bill would ban safe, legal abortion in Florida, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Women don't turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or cancer treatments. And politicians should not be involved in a woman's personal medical decision about her pregnancy. Ultimately, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child should be left to a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor. Learn more about HB 247.

Ongoing Issues

Women's Health at Risk

As more Floridians gained access to insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 2013 marked the beginning of many great strides for women's health care. Prior to the opening of the federal health insurance exchange, 1.47 million women in Florida were already receiving expanded preventive services coverage through new insurance protections. Since the federal Marketplace opened, Florida has led the country in enrollment, with more than 360,000 applicants since October 1, 2013. This shows the dire need for affordable health insurance in the state.

Learn more

Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care

Planned Parenthood believes every woman should have access to the full range of reproductive health care services, including access to safe and legal abortion.

Learn more

Health Care Expansion for Florida

In 2013, the Florida Legislature had a historic opportunity to expand health care coverage to up to 1 million uninsured Floridians with funds from the federal government. However, politicians in leadership positions put their political agendas ahead of the health of their constituents and refused to expand health care coverage.

Learn more


Watch this space for Our next meeting

Honoring Courageous Feminist VAL DEMINGS

April 23, 2015

Southern Moon Smokehouse and Brewery at 3000 Curry Ford at Crystal Lake next to the Winn-Dixie 6:30 PM Dinner meeting.

   We will have a prize for the members

who bring a new visitor to the meeting.

 dinner available

As always, bring a yard sale item to donate if you have something

you don't want any longer.  Or Feminine products for the shelters.



Buffalo Chicken Wings $5.99/$8.99 5 or 10 pieces tossed in our house made Buffalo sauce served with our buttermilk dipping sauce.

Pork -Wings  $10.99

Three 3  ounce pork shanks served with a Granny Smith apple demi-demi glace.

Fried Green Tomatoes $5.99

5 cornmeal battered and crispy fried, juicy, green

tomatoes served with our remoulade sauce.

Pork Skin Nachos $8.99 With house cheese sauce, brisket chili, sour cream, cilantro and sliced jalape'  (Corn Chips can be substituted upon Request)

Spinach & Artichoke Dip $7.99 Creamed spinach and chopped artichoke hearts served with tri-colored tortilla chips.

Fried Pickle Spears $4.99 Six pickle spears, battered, fried golden brown and served with remoulade sauce.

Chicken Fingers & Fries $4.99 Three chicken fingers fried golden brown and served with fries.


Served with one fixin'  (add cheese $.99; 2nd fixin', $1.49)

Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich $9.99 Diced, smoked chicken tossed in a cr' fraiche aioli served on our house country loaf with lettuce tomato and onion.

BLFGT $9.99

Fried, house cured pork belly, lettuce, fried green  tomatoes and truffle aioli on our toasted, house made country loaf.

ALFGT $9.99

Avocado, lettuce, fried green tomatoes and truffle aioli on our toasted, house made country loaf.

BLT $8.99

House cured pork belly, lettuce tomato and truffle aioli on our toasted house country loaf.

Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese $9.99 Fried mac & cheese, choice of BBQ meat on our toasted country loaf.

BBQ Meat Sandwich $9.99 Your choice of BBQ meat served on a brioche bun with cole slaw.

Double Decker $10.99


Smokehouse Burger $9.99 Ground chuck, brisket and short rib blend cooked your way, served on a brioche bun with lettuce tomato and onion. Served with fries.

The Half-Nelson Burger $11.99

Our Smokehouse burger topped with housemade pastrami. Served with fries.


Pig in the Garden Salad $9.99

Fowl in the Garden Salad $9.99

Moo in the Garden Salad $10.99 Fresh, seasonal salad greens, diced house cured pork belly, candied pecans, cheddar, cucumber, tomatoes and house made croutons topped with your choice of smoked pulled pork, smoked pulled chicken, or smoked, sliced, beef brisket.

Alone in the Garden Salad $8.99 Fresh, seasonal salad greens, candied pecans, cheddar, cucumber, tomatoes and house made croutons.

Chicken Salad Salad $9.99 Fresh, seasonal salad greens, candied pecans, cheddar, cucumber, tomatoes and house made croutons topped with smoked chicken salad.

Salad dressings:

Catalina, Blue Cheese, Ranch, Creamy Italian, Raspberry

Walnut Vinaigrette.


House Made Brisket Chili

Cup of Chili $2.99

Bowl of Chili $4.99

Soup of the Day

Cup of Soup $2.99

Bowl of Soup $4.99

Soup & Side Salad $8.49 A combination of beef brisket and pulled pork topped

with Cole slaw served on a brioche bun with sauce.


Served with two fixins and Texas toast.

Pulled Chicken or Pork


Beef Brisket or Boneless Short Ribs


Full Rack Baby Back Ribs


Half Rack St. Louis Ribs


NY Strip



Chicken& Ribs Platter  $11.99

Quarter Chicken & 3 St. Louis Ribs served with two small fixins and Texas toast.

(white meat chicken $1.00 upcharge)


Cornbread - Fresh-baked, house made jalape' corn bread served with honey butter. $2.99

Texas Toast  - with buttery, garlic goodness. $2.99

Blackeyed Pea Salad- Citrus marinated blackeyed peas on a bed of baby lettuce. $3.99

Red Cabbage Slaw  - Shredded, fresh red cabbage, tossed in our tangy dill dressing. $2.99

Smoked Corn  - Two ears of Corn on the Cob fresh smoked, served with our herb and spiced, infused butter. $3.99

Collard Greens  - Seasoned and braised in smoked pork belly and onions. $3.99

Baked Beans  - Great White Northern beans twice cooked with our house seasonings and smoked pork belly. $3.99

Mac & Cheese  - Elbow macaroni tossed in our four cheese blend, topped with house seasoning. $3.99 Add brisket or pork belly $2.00

Fries-  Fresh cut Russett potatoes cooked to order $3.99

Potato Salad -  Florida creamer potatoes with a sour cream, scallion dressing $3.99


Smoked on the Bone Half Chicken


Baby Back Ribs, Full Rack


St. Louis Ribs, Half Rack


Smoked and Sliced

Beef Brisket $3.79/ lb

Pork Belly (super bacon) $3.79/ lb

Boneless Beef Short Ribs $3.79/ lb


Smoked and Pulled

Pork Shoulder $2.99/ lb

Chicken $2.79/ lb

Jackfruit (vegetarian BBQ) $2.99/ lb


Texas Q                                                                                             Carolina Gold Q

Ancho-chili based served warm, peppery but not spicy.           Mustard-based sauce.

Bama Q                                                                                              Carolina Hot Q

White, zesty Birmingham-Style mayonnaise based.                    Vinegar-based, spicy hot.

Kansas City Q

Sweet tomato-based.


Open to all


Our next State Conference will be in May 15-17in Venice Fl

Featuring the Fabulous Santita Jackson - Singer, Activist, and Politcal Commentator as Keynote Speaker!


Members only But you can Become a non-voting member at the door

Our next National Conference will be in New Orleans June 20 3 days    

See Link on left NOW Foundation Board Report

Left to right  Mary Wilson (Greater Orlando NOW Pres.),  Patricia Ireland (National NOW Pres. 1991 to 2001),  Terry O'neill (Current National NOW Pres.), Aida Zuniga (Pres. Spanish Speaking NOW)


These are the 4 contraceptives Hobby Lobby doesn't have to provide in their insurance policies

They all use the same hormones as birth control pills and do not cause abortion.  BUT they save Hobby Lobby money in the beginning, but their premiums will  increase with unintended pregnancies.

  1. Plan B ("The Morning After Pill")
  2. Ella (a similar type of "emergency contraception"
  3. Copper Intra-Uterine Device
  4. IUD with progestin


The Florida State Conference was held in Mt Dora on May 30-31-June1      

Left to right Greater Orlando NOW Members Mary Ledkea, Norma Young, Gubernatorial candidate NAN RICH, and Mary Wilson

Steve Schwartz, Mary Wilson and Aida Zuniga

We met great candidates.  Michael McKenna, not in picture, is running against Daniel Webster in our district and Nan Rich is holding right side of NOW sign and George Sheldon, not pictured. is running for Attorney General. Gabriel Rothblatt, first man to the left of the flag, is running against Posey in District 8.

We sponsored a protest against Walmart's low wages, unfair firings, and 24 hour work week so they don't have to give any benefits. 

Our Chicago Protest

Our Orlando Protest  on Semoran in Orlando

Our National Conference

We re-elected Terry O'Neille as NOW President. and picketed Walmart.

We also committed to electing a woman president in the US

Who we elect matters!

Understand what the words life at conception means.


Think about going back to getting permission from a board of men for an abortion to save your life.

Think about going back to getting permission from a board of men for an abortion to take out a dead fetus which is giving you sepsis.

Think about going back to getting permission from a board of men for an abortion to take out a severely deformed fetus.

Think about going back to asking permission from a board of men knowing your 12 year old pregnant daughter will be denied an abortion by them.

Think about the mob￿s back ally abortionists getting ready to set up shop.

Think about the women and girls who will die going to their shops or using a wire to self abort.

Think about how many women and girls will get unintendedly pregnant when this man and his like vote to enact a personhood amendment which denied them birth control.

Who we elect matters.



  We have had several copies of this wonderful book donated by the authors for a fundraiser.  We offer it at $14.95 or more or a little less w/free shipping to anyone.  Just call us at 616-666-2699.

NOW National Conference was in Baltimore June 29th to 31st. 

On Saturday May 12, some of us flew to Raleigh, NC to help re-elect our NOW Southeast Regional Director team of Toni Van Pelt and Donna Slutiac.

Thank you everyone who attended Sandy Adams's listening meeting to argue for an all inclusive version of VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) instead of her version.          Sandy Adams was defeated in the Primary.  She is gone.

We also helped get rid of Judge Antoinette Plogstedt.  She is gone

Also   Thank you everyone for attending.

Mandi Trefcer

Saturday April 28th NOON to 3 PM at Senator Beth Johnson Park, Orlando

Our LAST Domestic Violence Program - FREE and Open to the Public was held
Domestic Violence Power Point  The Court response to Domestic Violence


Event & DATE:   Program on Domestic Violence (Resources available in Orange Co.) was held June 15, 2010
TIME & PLACE: 5:30 PM, Cypress room Downtown Orlando Library
101 E. Central, Orlando...Guest speaker Ruth Patrick from Harbor House
Judge N. James Turner and Leandra Preston from

A disc of this REALLY informative program is available for $3.50

Bring  a friend and your drink. And, as always, bring a garage
 sale item for fund raising, if you can.

RESOURCE: Judge Roger McDonald, has made available, a packet on divorce and parenting law.  Email or call us. A DVD is available Staring Attorney N. Diane Holmes, and on the other side
of the bench, Judge Hon. Roger McDonald.

TOPIC:  Current Law for Divorce and Parenting Plans
(formerly child custody and visitation).  
This info is crucial for so many, so bring
a friend. And, as always, bring a garage
sale item for fund raising, if you can.

Orlando-area meetings are held each month. Contact one of us
for date/time/place.

Leadership Team

Mary Wilson, , President
(616) 666-2699


Judith Kaplan, Vice President

Judy Rickles,Treasurer / Membership
(407) 967-3452
Ellen Walp, Secretary