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League seeks nominations for the Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award. The Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters is accepting nominations from individuals or community groups for the Helen Fluker Award, which is given annually to recognize an individual for promoting open and accessible government at all levels.
The nominee should be a Douglas County resident above the age of 18 whose efforts promote improvement in government, either as a volunteer or as an extension of his or her employment. The nominee could have accomplished this in a variety of ways, such as:
- Attempting to increase government participation
- Educating the public about an issue
- Working toward more open government
- Participation in the community, leading to better political decision-making.
The deadline for submission is Friday, March 7, and the award will be presented at a luncheon on March 22. For more information about the award and how to make reservations for the luncheon, click here
. To download a copy of the nomination form, click here
(for a Word document) or here
(for a pdf).
February 28. Read the latest LWVK Legislative e-Reports for the 2014 session!
December 12. At our November meeting, the LWV L-DC Board approved a new dues structure, lowering dues assessments for many members! See our new dues structure here.
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League in the news: Recent articles and letters to the Lawrence Journal-Word from League members
League Co-President David Burress, "Patent policy" </06/letter-patent-policy/?opinion> (6 Mar 2014)
League member Caroljean Brune, Wasteful spending (21 Feb 2014).
League member Scott Criqui, Disheartening bill (15 Feb 2014).
League member Marilyn Roy, Rental issues (4 Feb 2014).
League Co-President David Burress, Court system (3 Feb 2014).
League Co-President David Burress, Spreading stores (23 Jan 2014).
League member Melinda Henderson, Insurance boon (4 January 2014).
The League's effort to register Douglas County voters in suspense was profiled in Volunteers working with Douglas County to help would-be voters get registered (25 November 2013).
League member Marilyn Roy, Money talks (5 November 2013).
League Co-Presidents David Burress and Cille King, Real insurance (2 November 2013).
Lawrence resident Annie Reed, League lauded (2 October 2013).
League board member Caroljean Brune was profiled in Longtime Lawrence activist recalls 1972 fight for women's rights (29 September 2013).
League Co-Presidents David Burress and Cille King, Voting rights (25 September 2013).
Letter from Cille King, ACA misperceptions (25 June 2013).
Column by Charles Stansifer, Opinion: Retired professor examines foreign policy columns (12 June 2013).
Letter from Sarah Casad, Food stamps vital (10 June 2013).
Letter from Forrest Swall, Sinking state (7 June 2013).
Letter from Patrick Wilbur, Gun fears unfounded (5 June 2013).
Letter from Marilyn Roy, Downtown demise (31 May 2013).
Celebration of the 93rd Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
More than forty League members joined co-sponsors and guests on Saturday, August 24, to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of adding the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Speakers included State Senator Marci Francisco, County Clerk Jamie Shew, MadreLawrence's Leslie Soden, and League co-president David Burress. Their messages honored past achievements in national and Kansas history while emphasizing present-day challenges to voting rights, especially in Kansas.
The program included a dramatic reading of selections from Elizabeth Cady Stanton's "Declaration of Sentiments," adopted in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention. Christine Smith, Lee Ketzel, Laura Routh, and Marjorie Cole participated. In addition, Marlene Merrill and members of the Lawrence Civic Choir, assisted by singer and guitarist Lilly Mason, led group singing of suffrage songs set to familiar tunes.
Co-sponsors with the League were the Douglas County Older Women's League, MadreLawrence, Lawrence NOW, and Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice. Watch for the September Voter's more detailed report.
Read a story about the celebration in the Lawrence Journal-World
League Co-President Cille King reads Lawrence Mayor Michael Dever's proclamation in honor of National Women's Day
Office of the Mayor
WHEREAS: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on August 18, 1920, which granted American women the right to vote; and
WHEREAS: Seventy-two years after the Seneca Falls Convention, the 19th Amendment finalized women's right to vote, one of the last barriers to women's enfranchisement in the United States, and empowered women to allow their voices to be heard through the political process; and
WHEREAS: Today, ninety-three years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, women are making a difference in our local, state, and national elections by ensuring that their votes are cast to effect change at all levels of government;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Michael Dever, Mayor of the City of Lawrence, Kansas, do hereby recognize the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and celebrate the women who worked tirelessly to advance the causes of justice, opportunity, and prosperity for all Americans, regardless of gender.
Michael Dever, Mayor
August 20, 2013
League Membership Chairman Margaret Arnold introduces the event, thanking members of co-sponsoring Older Women's League, MadreLawrence, National Organization for Women, and Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice for their collaboration
League member and Kansas State Senator Marci Francisco addresses the audience, encouraging her listeners to believe they can continue to meet voter needs
The audience listens intently to a featured speaker
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew reminds us of historical gains and setbacks, encouraging energetic voter registration
League board member Marlene Merrill, accompanied by Lilly Mason (right with guitar) and members of the Lawrence Civic Choir, leads group singing of suffrage songs to familiar tunes
League Co-President David
Burress explains men's roles in Kansas suffrage history
Download a copy of David's remarks [pdf].
Leslie Soden of MadreLawrence invites the audience to campaign locally
Download a copy of Leslie's remarks [pdf].
LWV L-DC Voter Service Chair Ruth Gibbs is ready to register voters and share information
Annual Meeting 2013
Fifty-two members and two guests attended our 2013 Annual Meeting, held April 20th at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods. Our featured speaker, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger , told us about the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange) in Kansas, including what is in effect now and what goes into effect in 2014, and other aspects of implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Kansas. (Download Commissioner Praeger's presentation
New officers and directors elected at Annual meeting include David Burress (Co-President), Cille King (Co-President and President Elect), Marci Francisco (Vice President), Marjorie Cole (Treasurer), Caleb Morse (Secretary), Caroljean Brune, Scott Criqui, James Dunn, Ruth Gibbs, and Midge Grinstead, Directors, and Sharon Brow, Bonnie Dunham, and Kay Hale, Nominating Committee. Continuing in the second year of a two-term term as Directors are Margaret Arnold and Marlene Merrill. Photos soon to follow!