The Fluker Award honors a Kansas resident who shows leadership in promoting citizen participation to government. The 2018 honoree is Laura Bauer.
In his nomination letter, Dave Ranney said:
"In November 2017, the Kansas City Star published a series of front-page articles that, according to a subsequent editorial, revealed "...a concerted and disturbing effort by officials at all levels of Kansas government to keep the public's business secret.
The articles were extremely well-done and, my opinion, are Pulitzer-worthy. In the aftermath of their publication, several legislators have said they'll support legislation -- assuming a bill makes it all the way the House and/or Senate floors meant to increase transparency.
It now appears that transparency also will be an issue in the 2018 elections. Newspapers across the state will be asking candidates which they prefer: Sunshine or darkness?
I am nominating Laura Bauer for the Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award because in my opinion, she wrote the story http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article128058569.html that led to The Star to committing the resources that led to the series."
Press release for 2017 Helen Fluker Award.
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.