Making Democracy Work

Helen Fluker Award Luncheon

The Fluker Award honors a Kansas resident who shows leadership in promoting citizen participation to government. Nominations are open for the 2018 Fluker Award.

Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award

Since 1999, the League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County has honored a fellow citizen with the Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award. In 2018, the recipient will be honored at a luncheon in Lawrence on Saturday, March 24.  

The League invites you to nominate a person worthy of recognition for contributions to your community. If you represent an organization, your nominee does not need to be a member. Feel free to submit an updated form for a previous nominee.  

We have somewhat modified our guidelines. This year, the nominee should be a Kansas resident over age 18 whose efforts have promoted transparency in government. The activities for which he or she is nominated may be volunteer work or an extension of a regular job position. Some accomplishments worthy of consideration include:
  • Attempting to increase citizen participation in government
  • Educating the public about an issue of importance
  • Working toward more "open" government
  • Being involved in the community in ways that lead to better political decision-making

Please feel free to attach up to three additional sheets of text to the nomination form with as much detail as possible regarding the activities of your nominee.
The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 5, 2018. For questions or additional information, call Janice Friedman at 785-842-5188 or email inquiries to FlukerAwardLWV@gmail.com.

Thank you for participating in this opportunity to recognize those who help make our government better for all of us.

Previous Recipients of the Helen Fluker Award

2017
The League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County (LWVL-DC) 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 was 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.
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.