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Helen Fluker Award Luncheon

The Fluker Award honors a Douglas County resident who shows leadership in promoting citizen participation to government. The 2017 recipient is Dr. Alan Cowles.

Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award

The League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County (LWVL-DC) has selected Dr. Alan Cowles, MD., Ph.D to receive the 2017 Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award. The Fluker Award honors a Douglas County resident who shows leadership in promoting citizen participation to government. Dr. Cowles is being recognized for his community leadership in promoting transparent, open government. The award was presented at the annual Helen Fluker Award Luncheon held on March 18, 2017.

Press release for 2017 Helen Fluker Award.

Previous Recipients of the Helen Fluker Award

2016
The Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters selected Ruthi Rapp to receive the 2016 Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award. The Fluker Award honors a Douglas County resident who shows leadership in promoting citizen participation in government. Ms. Rapp is recognized for her community leadership in promoting improvement in government through her work with the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence encouraging and facilitating Kids Voting Kansas. She was honored at the Fluker Award Luncheon on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Ms. Rapp has volunteered for Kids Voting Kansas for many years, acting as the sole liaison to bring the education program into all 14 Boys & Girls Club locations in Lawrence. She has increased youth participation in Kids Voting Kansas to 6,723 by exposing youth to the experience of participating in the democratic process.

Ms. Rapp worked with the Boys & Girls Club staff to implement citizenship curriculum and activities leading up to voting day. She put together age-appropriate activity notebooks for each site that can be used for many years. As a result of her efforts, more youth in Lawrence are growing up as informed citizens who will now have the tools needed to participate actively in local and national government upon reaching adulthood. Mr. Rapp's impact on future citizen participation is immeasurable.