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Photos from recent LWV L-DC events!

Candidates' Potluck. More than 100 people braved the 101-degree temperatures on August 21st and turned out for the Candidates' Potluck at Centennial Park, which League cosponsored with the Lawrence Voter Education Coalition. We enjoyed song stylings of the Alferd J. Packer Memorial String Band (including League member Lauralyn Bodle on the fiddle), dined on pulled pork from Biemer's Barbeque and more deserts than you shake a candidate at, listened to two-minute stump speeches from 16 candidates for office (or their representatives), and then had a chance to grill them ourselves during an hour of so of "speed dating," with several candidates at different tables.

Margaret Arnold and Marjorie Cole at the welcome table.

The Alferd J. Packer Memorial String Band serenades the crowd.

LWV L-DC President Cille King offers introductory remarks.

Hungry folks in the food line.

Bob Lichtwardt and Austin Turney help themselves.

VEC Co-President Patrick Wilbur gives the ground rules for candidates' stump speeches.

The crowd listens to stump speeches as evening draws on.

Candidate for US Senate Chad Taylor (Dem) addresses the crowd.

Candidates for US House of Representatives, Kansas 2nd District: Chris Clemmons (Lib, l) and a representative for Margie Wakefield (Dem, r).

Candidates for Governor: a representative for Paul Davis (Dem, l) and Keen Umbehr (Lib, r).

Candidates for Kansas Insurance Commissioner: Dennis Anderson (Dem, l) and a representative for Ken Selzer (Rep, r).

Candidates for Kansas Secretary of State: a representative for Kris Kobach (Rep, l) and Jean Schodorf (Dem, r).

Janet Waugh (Dem), candidate for Kansas State Board of Education, 1st District.

Candidates for Kansas House of Representatives, 10th District: Nich VanWyhe (Rep, above) and John Wilson (Dem, below).

Candidates for Kansas House of Representatives, 45th District: Dennis "Boog" Highberger (Dem, l) and J. Douglas Robinson (Rep, r).

Connie O'Brien (Rep), candidate for Kansas House of Representatives, 42nd District.

Ann Mah (Dem), candidate for Kansas House of Representives, 53rd District.

Laura D. Routh, 2014 Recipient of the Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award by the LWV L-DC. The Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters selected Laura D. Routh to receive the 2014 Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award.

2014 Fluker Award recipient Laura Routh (L) with LWV LDC Co-President Cille King (R)

2014 Fluker Award recipient Laura Routh (L) with LWV L-DC Co-President Cille King (R)

Read an announcement in the Lawrence Journal-World here.

Celebration of the 93rd Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, August 24, 2013.

More than forty League members joined co-sponsors and guests on Saturday, August 24, 2013, 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


Lawrence, Kansas

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

League members at the Education Study Consensus Meeting on November 5th. L-R: Hilda Enoch, Study Committee member Marjorie Cole, and Committee chair David Burress.
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Lawrence City Manager David Corliss speaks to League members at a Brown Bag Lunch held at the Lawrence Carnegie Library on October 12th.
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League members in attendance at the Brown Bag Lunch on October 12th.
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League members enjoying the 2011 Annual Meeting luncheon.
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2011 Annual Meeting speaker, Paul Johnson, LWVK Legislative Observer.
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Newly elected Board at 2011 Annual Meeting. L-R: David Burress, Milton Scott (Vice President), Bob Duver, Kay Hale (Presient), Marjorie Cole (Treasurer), Chris Lempa, Ruth Lichtwardt, and James Dunn. (Not pictured: Carrie Lindsey, Bonnie Dunham, Carol Jacobson, and Caleb Morse.)
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