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2018 Florida NOW State Conference

posted Apr 15, 2018, 3:18 PM by Pasco County National Organization for Women

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Florida NOW State Conference, June 1 -3, 2018.  Our location this year is the Tampa Marriott Westshore Hotel.  

The theme for this year's conference is "Women Up!  The Time for Action is NOW".  We have an exciting lineup, with our Keynote Speaker, Anna I. Rodriguez, founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking.  We're also happy to let you know that Toni Van Pelt, President-National NOW will be at the conference and will be giving us an update on what's going on at National.

Please see the agenda to see the lineup of workshops available at the conference at Conference Tab.

The registration fee is $100 for NOW members and $125 for non-members which covers the entire conference, a "Meet & Greet the Candidates" social Friday night, evening entertainment, and a luncheon where we will be greeted by Senator Bill Nelson, followed by Ursula Knox Odom who will give us a celebration of Mary McLeod Bethune whose statue will be placed in the Statuary Hall, Washington, D.C.  A $45 "Lunch Minimum" payment is also accepted.  You can go to this page to register: 

Florida NOW PAC endorses Dr. Linda Jack

posted Mar 18, 2018, 12:04 PM by Pasco County National Organization for Women

Dr. Linda Jack

We are proud to announce that our member Dr. Linda Jack has been endorsed by the Florida NOW PAC. Linda is the founder and past leader of Indivisible Pasco.

Linda is running for State Representative District 36, a position held until 2016 by another one of our members, Amanda Murphy. Linda has earned Amanda’s endorsement.

A Florida native and Veterinarian, Linda is a professional with heart. She will be a strong advocate for the people in her district as well as a leader in the State House. She will bring common sense and positive change for Pasco. We are pleased the Florida NOW PAC has agreed with our recommendation.

We request that Pasco NOW Members support Linda with contributions and/or helping on her campaign. Please visit

Florida NOW PAC Endorses Brandi Geoit

posted Feb 14, 2018, 6:29 PM by Pasco County National Organization for Women

Brandi Geoit

We are proud to announce that our Vice President Membership Brandi Geoit has been endorsed by the Florida NOW PAC. Brandi has been instrumental in doubling our chapter membership and is a Lifetime Member of NOW.

Brandi is running for Pasco County Commission District 4 and recently put Pasco on the map on the cover of New York Magazine where her face was pictured as one of the many women running for office in Florida.

The Executive Director of a small non-profit, Brandi is known for working hard for her clients and her daughter. Having the honor of Brandi on our Chapter Board, I can vouch for her work ethic and her feminist values. She will be a Commissioner who listens to people and takes quality of life issues into consideration.

We are pleased the Florida NOW PAC agreed with our recommendation.

We request that Pasco NOW Members support Brandi with contributions and/or helping on her campaign. Please visit  

NOW Members Attend 2017 Peace Breakfast

posted Jan 9, 2018, 3:23 PM by Pasco County National Organization for Women

NOW Members attending Peace Breakfast

2017 Peace Breakfast

Thank you to the following NOW Members who attended the Sunrise Peace Breakfast on December 7 at St. Leo University:

Josie Hernandez

Beverly Ledbetter

Linda Morris

Pam Oakes

Elaine Togneri


The keynote speaker was Melissa Dohme-Hill whose story you may have seen on 48 Hours. A teenage romance turned violent when they broke up. Unaware this is the most dangerous time for violence, Melissa agreed to meet her ex for a final hug. He used the opportunity to stab her multiple times. She only survived because of bystanders who called the police. Melissa has turned her tragedy into a calling as she educates teens on domestic violence.


The Breakfast had an empty table dressed in white with two chairs for those lost in Pasco in 2017. This event is always moving, and I highly recommend supporting the Sunrise Domestic & Sexual Violence Center even if you are unable to attend. Donate online or send your tax-deductible contribution to: 

Sunrise of Pasco, Inc. 
P.O. Box 928 
Dade City, FL 33525



Sunrise Peace Breakfast

posted Nov 9, 2017, 6:06 PM by Elaine Togneri

Sunrise of Pasco's 

14th Annual Peace Breakfast 

Thursday, December 7 2017 

Saint Leo University 

33701 State Road 52, St Leo 

Registration/Networking/Breakfast at 7:00 am 

Program begins at 7:30 am 

Program ends at 8:30 am 

A Hot Buffet Breakfast will be served 

Your contribution or pledge will be requested and gladly accepted 

Start your day in the most peaceful and inspired way. Our keynote speaker, Melissa Dohme Hill, shared her story on the CBS 48 Hours program and now will share with us.

We currently have 5 people going. If you would like to join us, please register here:


Film: Feminist Stories From Women's Liberation

posted Aug 6, 2017, 12:33 PM by Elaine Togneri

Interviews with Betty Friedan, Frances M. Beal, Ti-Grace Atkinson, Vivian Rothstein, Byllye Avery, Kathie Sarachild, Sonia Pressman Fuentes, Richard Graham, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ellie Smeal, Himilce Novas, Robin Morgan and many more.

Presented in honor of Women’s Equality Day

August 19, 1:00 p.m.

Land O’Lakes Library Meeting Room,

2818 Collier Pkwy

Free and open to the public.

How to Submit a Revision to the Florida Constitution

posted Jun 6, 2017, 6:33 PM by Elaine Togneri

So maybe you want to suggest a change to the Florida State Constitution while the Revision Commission is in the process of public hearings. But CRC meetings are scheduled at the last minute, are far away, or you don’t want to speak in front of a crowd. You can still have a voice.

At you can submit a public proposal to the CRC, just click on “Proposals” in the header, then select “submit a proposal” and follow the prompts. You can view the constitution and the proposals others have submitted at this same website.

Suggested topics of interest:

· In Section 2: No person shall be deprived of any right because of race, religion, national origin, or physical disability. (Lots of categories missing from this section.)

· Automatic Restoration of voting rights to non-violent felons.

· Section 27 Marriage Defined (Needs updating for Same Sex Marriage.)

· Minimum Wage

· Independent Redistricting Commission

· Fracking

· Write-in Candidates closing primaries

· Changing Supervisor of Elections to a non-partisan position

It’s a democracy. Have at it!

Links to press on Meeting to Urge Senator Nelson to Oppose Jeff Sessions as AG

posted Jan 6, 2017, 11:45 AM by Elaine Togneri

Pasco NOW members at event

In Celebration of Reproductive Justice

posted Jan 22, 2016, 12:10 PM by Elaine Togneri

On this 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, hear our voices.  We are thankful for safe and legal abortion.  It saves the lives of approximately five thousand women who would die each year from unsafe abortions.  As we learned in the 1960s when women do not want to be pregnant, they will take extreme measures, including risking their lives to have abortions.  Making the procedure illegal or difficult to obtain will not stop them.

In a perfect world, unintended pregnancies would not occur.  Birth control would be more effective, inexpensive, and widely available.  Everyone engaging in sexual intercourse would be knowledgeable about health and pregnancy risks.  Unfortunately, we don’t have a perfect world.  All our current birth control methods have failure rates.  In addition, not all intercourse is consensual.  Rape and incest happen as do mal-formed and non-viable fetuses.

For women to have autonomy, reproductive justice demands the right to make decisions about one’s own life and body.  We cannot support mandatory pregnancy.  We have the upmost respect for women making the right decisions for their lives.

Pasco NOW Votes for Frances Perkins on $10

posted Jan 13, 2016, 10:03 AM by Pasco County National Organization for Women

Pasco County NOW has voted to recommend placing Frances Perkins on the $10 bill.  The organization made the decision after considering sixteen prominent US women.

The first female cabinet member, Perkins was also the first Secretary of Labor.  She served in FDR’s administration and was the force behind much New Deal legislation.  She authored the Social Security Act and established the minimum wage, Federal child labor laws, and unemployment insurance.

Pasco County NOW President Elaine Togneri noted, “Frances Perkins truly demonstrated what a difference women can make when they are included in the political process.  We encourage women to run for office and ensure that our government represents all its citizens.”

Treasury Secretary Lew is asking the public to weigh in on which woman should be honored on the $10 bill and the results of the discussion were tweeted to #theNew10.

In addition, Pasco NOW voted to support the womenon20’s effort to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman. 

Pasco County NOW is a local chapter of the National Organization for Women.  The chapter celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.  Its goal is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.  Visit our website




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