Ralph De La Portilla, a Partnership Specialist of the U.S. Census Bureau, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 26 monthly meeting of the Cutler Ridge Woman’s Club.
“Club members were interested in learning about the upcoming 2020 Census count that is only done every 10 years, or years ending with a zero,” said Jean Tong-Noon, a member of the Woman’s Club and director of the Superhero Leadership Academy and Thread of Life International Inc. “Mr. De La Portilla explained how important an accurate count for each person, including children, at every address will be and how it affects us in determining federal funds, grants and support to states.”
She explained that the count directs funds that the South Florida area utilizes for education, for after-school programs, roads, transportation, elections and much more. National Census Day will be Apr. 1, 2020.
A controversial proposed question about citizenship on the 2020 census forms was blocked in January by a federal judge, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, but the matter may ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court, if it can rule quickly enough to let the Census Bureau meet its June deadline for printing the questionnaire. The Supreme Court in February scheduled arguments for late April.
The Cutler Ridge Women’s Club, founded in 1956, meets at 10 a.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month from September through May at Cutler Ridge Park in Cutler Bay. New members always are welcomed.