In League

 

The Newsletter of the League of Women Voters of Athens County

 

February 15, 2018

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FEBRUARY 27, 2018

ANNUAL PROGRAM PLANNING MEETING

 

Our next all-member meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., at the Athens Community Center, Room C. Every year, our membership meets to consider some of the League of Women Voters positions. We consider LWVO positions on odd numbered years and LWVUS positions on even numbered years.


This year our focus is on the LWVUS positions. We are asked, as a local League, to respond to the recommendation of LWVUS to continue the “Making Democracy Work” campaign. This campaign has been promoted in recent years and our responses are due to the League by March 1.
In addition to discussing the positions supporting the “Making Democracy Work” campaign, we also plan to offer the opportunity to members to participate in small group discussions about our local priority topics. These local priority topics emerged at our program planning meeting last year. Our goal is to come up with plans/proposals for addressing these issues. The topics include environmental concerns, school funding, and redistricting / voter access. If you have a topic you would like us to include at this meeting, please let us know by emailing Mary Costello (mbcostello@hotmail.com).

 

NEW INITIATIVES BY THE LEAGUE:


LWVAC Observer Corps: An initial meeting was held recently to talk about forming an
Observer Corps consisting of LWVAC member volunteers. The purpose of the Observer
Corps is to provide an opportunity for LWVAC member(s) to learn how the public body he/she
is observing functions and to offer support if LWVAC can be of help. Currently four members
have signed up to participate. If you are interested in learning more about this program,
contact David McCoy (domccoy@gmail.com).


Women’s Voices – Next Gen of Women Leaders: Becca Trate and Mary Costello are
planning an event at Alexander High School that will introduce women in public office to
students. This event will provide students with the opportunity to talk with women in public
office about their experiences participating in the political process, running for office, and
serving. A number of local women political figures have enthusiastically agreed to participate.
The goal of this LWVO initiative is to plant the seed in young women’s minds that they can
think about the possibility of running for public office in the future.

 

Registering Voters at Hocking College: This is another LWVO initiative. We are currently in
discussion with Hocking College about the possibility of making voter registration an automatic part of student registration/orientation. We, also, will participate in Hocking College Resource Fair on March 28, 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m., registering students to vote. If you would like to help with voter registration at Hocking College, please contact Mary Costello (mbcostello@hotmail.com).


JANUARY MEMBERSHIP GATHERING RE-CAP


About 30 members and guests attended the January 27 all-member gathering at the First Presbyterian Church on Court St. It was an enjoyable social event and also an opportunity to hear about LWVAC programs and projects. OU journalism students were present, interviewing and videotaping some of the event. LWVAC members took the opportunity to sign up for activities in which they were interested and we gained three new members.

 

Welcome to new members: Corinne and Allen White, and Pam Harvey.


Thank you to all who helped to make this event a success!


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FUND DRIVE UNDERWAY DURING FEBRUARY!

 

LWVAC will be soliciting donations from our members and from the community at large this month. Because all our dues go to pay the Per Members Payment assessed by LWVO and LWVUS, we need to raise money for our local activities and programs another way. Our LWVAC membership and Athens community members have proven to be very supportive and generous when we have held a fund drive every few years. Their donations have helped make up the shortfall caused by our dues money going to the state and national Leagues. Because of this generosity, we have been able to keep our dues at the same level for years. It has also allowed us to create a new lower-cost membership category, student/low income, so we can be a more inclusive organization.


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Fair Districts For Congress Petition Drive Update

 

The efforts of the members of the League to collect signatures for the Fair Districts for
Congress Petition and place it on the ballot in November have pushed the Ohio State
Legislature to craft a proposal themselves that creates a fairer method of redrawing
Congressional districts. The proposed constitutional amendment will be placed on the May
8th primary ballot as Issue 1. Details about the proposed amendment are available at
www.fairdistrictsohio.org. LWVO is recommending that we support this ballot issue but that
members also continue collecting signatures for our petition effort in case the legislative
measure does not pass.


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UPCOMING MEETINGS

February 22-- LWVAC Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hocking Valley Bank Conference Room,
Stimson Ave, Athens.


February 27 – All-member Program Planning Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Athens Community
Center, Room C

 

March 22 – LWVAC Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hocking Valley Bank Conference Room,
Stimson Ave, Athens.

 

March 28 – Hocking College Resource Fair – Student Voter Registration, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.


April 11 – Statehouse Day, Columbus, Ohio.