Making Democracy Work

Because democracy is not a spectator sport!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.

WHAT'S NEW?

January 13. League President Cille King and Kansas River Keeper Laura Calwell joined LawrenceHits.com interviewer Jay Wachs for a discussion of the Kansas River and water quality in northewst Kansas. Listen to the full interview here.

December 20. Our December Brown Bag Lunch Meeting, featuring Lawrence City Manager David Corliss, who presented his annual update about 2014 city endeavors and plans for 2015, is up on U-Tube! To view it, click here.

August 18. The Kansas Legislative Research Department 2014 Legislative Highlights was released on July 15. You can download the document as a pdf here.

League seeks nominations for Fluker Award

January 20. The Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters is accepting nominations from individuals or community groups for the 2015 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.

Previous award winners include: Mary Michener, Hilda Enoch, Larry Kipp, Betty Lichtwardt, Allan and Louise Hanson, Mary Davidson, Forrest Swall, Jesse Branson, marci Francisco, Jamie Shew, Margaret Farley, Dave Ranney, Scott Criqui, Mitzi McFatrich, and Laura Routh.

The award is given in honor of the late Helen Fluker, who was a long-time League member serving on its board and twice as its president. Her career included working for Department of Army and the Department of State.

To download a nomination form, click here (for a pdf) or here (for a Word document). Hurry! Nominations will only accepted until Friday, February 20. The recipient will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday, March 7.

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League in the news: Recent articles and letters to the Lawrence Journal-Word from League members

League member Bill Getz, Albatross? (8 January 2015).

League members Lawrence and Lynne Bodle, Bad Idea (2 December 2014).

League member David Burress, Historical Parallel (25 November 2014).

League member George M. Brenner, Disappointed (8 November 2014).

League member J. Mike Pryor, Out of Mideast (7 November 2014).

League member Robert A. Duver, Law of the Land (25 October 2014).

League member Ann Carlin Ozegovic, Women on a Mission (23 October 2014).

League member Lauralyn Bodle was profiled as one of the winners of the 2014 Phoenix Awards in Rise and shine: 2014 Phoenix Award winners promote arts, inclusivity (11 October 2014).

League member David Burress, Smart Business (11 October 2014).

League member Laura Routh, Tax process (21 September 2014).

KU journalism student and League summer volunteer, Kaitlyn Klein, Primary vote (5 July 2014).

League member David Burress, Shared facility (24 June 2014).

League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Student debt (14 June 2014).

League President Cille King, New voters (24 May 2014).

League member David Burress, Bikes, sidewalks (22 May 2014).

League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Immoral action (28 April 2014).

LWVK President Dolores Furtado, Due process (8 April 2014)

League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Suppressed vote (26 March 2014).

League member Midge Grinstead, Animal welfare (14 Mar 2014).

League Co-President David Burress, Patent policy (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).

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!