Happy New Year

President’s Message, January 2022

Greetings all,

Here we find ourselves in the bleak midwinter with rising COVID numbers, cold, and often wearying news. However, I must tell you that every time I meet with fellow members of our League, I cannot help but smile and feel the hope and fire within me rekindled. This is an incredible group of volunteers who are beyond passionate about making Kansas a wonderful place for all of us. I hope you share my optimism as we look forward toward spring and the year ahead.

Rest when you can as there will be much work to do as the sun begins to shine longer each day. 

We will be hosting a strategic planning meeting on Jan 22, and I look forward to meeting with you all to discuss our shared vision for the upcoming year. This is an opportunity for us to come together (virtually, of course!) to rally around our priorities and to create an outline for how to accomplish our goals. As always, I look forward to any opportunity to see you all and hope you can make it for all or part of our meeting. 

Our legislature is beginning their work, and we will be keeping an eye on many pieces of legislation. Please contact Kristin Salmans if you are interested in participating in our Legislative Observers Corps to help keep us apprised of important information as it comes out. You also can join us on January 30 as we meet with our legislators to hear their thoughts on the first weeks of the sessions and their priorities. 

We will soon begin to see what we are up against with the constitutional amendment on the August 2022 ballot. Keep an eye out as there will be many volunteer opportunities with our Voter Services committee as we continue our essential work of advocating for our legislative priorities, educating our fellow Kansans, and providing folks with the resources to register to vote.

Thank you to those of you who chose to make a donation to the League of Women Voters-Lawrence Douglas County at the end of 2021. If you would still like to make a donation, you may do so at lawrenceleague.com or send a check to PO Box 1072 Lawrence KS 66044. 

Speaking of visiting our website, a hearty thank you to Norma Pierce for all of her hard work in moving our website from MyLO to WordPress. Check out our new website (lawrenceleague.com) and continue to check back as it continues to be updated. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at emilyapriner@gmail.com or 605-261-0328 with any questions, comments, or needs. Wash your hands, wear your masks, tell those you love how much they mean to you, and stay well. 

— Emily Riner