January ’22 Board Meeting

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022, 6:30–8 pm

The LWVL-DC board meets at 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Until further notice, the meetings are via Zoom. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The January agenda includes orientation and new-member training, constitutional amendment, community partnerships and reports from the following committees: DEI, Voter Services and Hot Topics / Education. For a detailed agenda, please request from the chair (below).

Greetings from President Emily Riner

October 2021

Even though the days are shorter, it gets dark earlier, and the weather is cooling, this is my favorite time of year. It is election season, it’s socially acceptable for me to hibernate at home with a hot cup of tea and a good book, it’s chili/soup/stew time, and there are a variety of holidays to look forward to. When our environment becomes more bleak, let us look to the beauty, serenity, and hope of this time. 

I attended Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s talk at KU on 10/7/21 and it was wonderful to see so many of you there! I was viscerally impacted when he said “hope is the fuel” for making the world a better place. The most improbable things are possible, and history gives us multiple examples of this happening. If impossible things have happened, why can’t we fix racism? We can. If impossible things have happened, why can’t we overcome voter suppression? We can. If impossible things have happened, why can’t we defeat next summer’s constitutional amendment to eliminate our constitutional right to an abortion? We can.

As Dr. Kendi said, cynics will not change the world. Those who are fueled by hope and possibility change the world. Friends, we are the fuel and we are the hope. We can make impossible things happen. I believe in us. We are the ones we have been waiting for. 

We need you. We will need your continued volunteerism, activism, and we need you out there educating our fellow Kansans. There will be upcoming information regarding what we can do to defeat the constitutional amendment and what we will be advocating for during this upcoming legislative session. For now, I hope you will join us on November 1 as we once again meet with Crystal Bennett to discuss the future of LWVL-DC and our commitment to weaving diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do. Sign up here.

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.

DEI gathering
DEI committee members at presentation by Ibram X. Kendi, historian and anti-racist activist on Oct 7, 2021.
From left, Tracy Matthews, Kay Johnson, Karen Lassman, Tamara Cole and Emily Riner

Fluker Award Presentation 2021

Fluker Award Presentation Oct 23, 2021, 11:30 am, CST

Molly M. Wood, board president of the Kansas Advocates for Better Care, is the winner of the 22nd annual Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award. The 2021 winner is announced by James Fluker, chair of the Fluker Award Committee.

The award was established in 1998  in memory of Helen Fluker, a longtime League member who served both the League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County and the League of Women Voters of Kansas in many capacities. LWVL-DC confers this award each year on a Kansas resident whose efforts have promoted a significant improvement in governmental transparency. More about the Helen Fluker Award.

Due to continuing concerns about Covid-19, this year’s ceremony will be held online via Zoom and last about 45 minutes. There will be a few remarks of welcome, introduction of Ms. Woods, and the presentation of the award. A reminder of the link will be sent out a day before the event to League members.

Hot Topic: Local Climate Action Plan

Oct 21, 2021

Jasmin Moore, sustainability director for Lawrence and Douglas County, will discuss the area’s Climate Action Plan. A part of Plan 2040, the Climate Action Plan is now in the “Public Input and Community Conversation” phase. Join us to learn how you can help shape this important plan. 

For more information:
Denise Pettengill, 785-3319276, pettengilldenise@gmail.com