In League


The Newsletter of the League of Women Voters of Athens County


Sept 1, 2017






A reception and dessert is planned for all LWVAC members on Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The reception will be held in the Hocking Valley Bank Conference Room, located on Stimson Ave. Come to meet and greet fellow LWVAC members. We have many new members this year and want our new and our long-standing members to have the opportunity to get to know each other. We will share information about some of the events we are planning for the upcoming year and provide an update on the progress of the Fair Districts for Congress petition drive. We welcome prospective as well as current members to this event.


We are happy that new people are continuing to ask about the work of the League of Women Voters and are considering joining. We have a number of new members who have joined since January 2017 and we welcome them to membership in LWVAV. They are:

Jean Andrews; Sara Boyd; Michell Decker and Zack Holl; Berry Dilly; Linsey Edmunds; Laura Fox and Thomas Scanlan; Sara and Todd Grace; Sara Gilfert; Jeanne Haseley; Jeanne and David Heaton; Meg Hummon; Kelley Macek; Nancy Manring; Adriane and Martin Mohlenkamp; Patty Mercer; Terry Murphy; Steve and Connie Patterson; Betty Ranck; Andrea Reik; Ruth Reilly; Charles Rogers; Wanda Rohrbough; Wenda Sheard; Nili Urieli; Kari Whitman.

DUES ARE DUE: Our fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. That means dues are due for
the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Thanks to all members who have already renewed your membership. If you have not already renewed for 2017 -2018, please send a check made out to the LWVAC to:


Treasurer Carol Beale
League of Women Voters
P.O. Box 5788
Athens, 45701

Annual dues have three (3) categories of membership:
Individual ..... $55.00
Household .....$90.00
Student / low income.....$20.00
Any new members who joined after January 1 and paid full dues are paid up for the 2017-2018 year.




Membership: Alex Buckley, Chair; Carol Beale and Lee Gregg.
Program: Mary Costello, Chair; Ellsworth Holden and Tanya Conrath.
Web Site Development: David McCoy
Newsletter: Cecelia Weldon and Mary Costello
Membership Booklet: Beverly Flanigan
Publicity Committee: Judy Roman, Chair; Lynn Graham-Mowery, Beverly Flanigan, and David


Voter Services: Dana Carlson, Chair.
Voter Services is the core of the work of our local league. We produce a voter guide and schedule
Candidate and Issue Forums as needed during the election season. We have reserved the Athens Public Library meeting room for the candidate forums during the month of October. Details for those forums are still being planned. The Voter Guide is in the process of being developed and will be published in hard copy by the Athens Messenger in October. It will also be available electronically on the website.





We are very fortunate to have Adriane Mohlenkamp, our LWVAC Vice President, training and
coordinating volunteers for our local Fair Congressional Districts petition drive effort. Trained
LWVAC members have been in many places around the city and county collecting signatures.
We plan to have a presence at the PawPaw Festival, September 15-17. We need as many people
as possible to volunteer for a few hours during the festival. If you are not trained and want to
collect signatures, contact Adriane Mohlenkamp, If you are available to
volunteer, let Adriane know.

According to information from LWVO, volunteers in Athens County have collected more than
enough signatures to have Athens County count as one of the required 44 counties for the
citizens’ initiative to be on the ballot. We are continuing to collect signatures in Athens
County, since every signature counts towards the more than 305,000 signatures required
statewide, but we want to move into other neighboring counties to collect as well. We are
hoping that there will be many people from surrounding counties at the PawPaw Festival. If
you have suggestions for other venues for collecting signatures, let Adriane know.



LWVAC Around the Community


LWVAC has been receiving requests for participation and presentations by a number of local

Hocking College invited us to have a table at the two community resource fairs they sponsored
for their students. On August 15, Alex Buckley and Mary Costello staffed the table and on
August 24, Wenda Sheard and Mary Costello were present again to interact with the Hocking
Students. We introduced the students to the League of Women Voters (none had ever heard of
the organization), gave out voter information resource cards provided by LWVO, and
registered 37 new voters. We may be invited to return when President Betty Young talks to
the students about the importance of civic engagement.

The Rotary has invited us to do a presentation on the Fair Districts petition drive. We are
scheduled for the noon Rotary Club on September 25 and are in the process of finding a date
for the morning Rotary Club.

Little Fish Brewery has invited us to present at their September 10 community organization
series which they hold the second Sunday of the month. The topic will be the League’s effort
to get Fair Districts for Congress on the 2018 ballot.






September 12 – Membership Reception and Dessert, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Hocking Valley Bank Conference Room, located on Stimson Ave across the street from the Bank.


September 28 – LWVAC Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hocking Valley Bank Conference Room.

September 26– National Voter Registration Day. We will be sending out additional information!

New Newsletter Pending