Meetings are held the first Saturday in September, October, November, February, March, and April at Atonement Lutheran Church (lower level Charter Hall), 9948 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS.
Coffee and snacks are provided. Social time begins at 8:30 a.m.; the meeting starts at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to attend. Programs are recorded and posted to our YouTube channel for later viewing.
Find meeting dates, locations and more on our public Facebook events page.
2018 Meeting Programs and Topics
April 7, 2018: Combat Climate Change in Your Own Backyard
Speaker: David Dods
Learn how to use native plants, pollinators and water conservation as we deal with climate change.
David Dods is an environmental scientist and engineer who works professionally to restore damaged and contaminated landscapes using natural systems. He has 30 years of experience in water pollution control, habitat restoration, and cleanup of hazardous waste sites.
David is known around town as “the rain garden guy” and is the co-author of the book, The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens. In his spare time he teaches homeowners and community groups how to collect rainwater, use native plants, and create more resilient landscapes.
March 3, 2018: Path to Citizenship
Our panelists spoke about the challenges of the journey to citizenship. It is a long process with many requirements and associated costs.Angela Ferguson, immigration attorney, described the different categories and the related laws and paths to citizenship. View her 24-minute presentation.
Hilary Cohen Singer, of Jewish Vocational Services, reviewed the impact of the number of applicants and the actual number who have gained citizenship. She also discussed the resettlement process and programs. Watch her 13-minute presentation.
Catholic Charities Citizenship Program Manager Tracy Fuller Forbush told about their program to assist applicants with applying for citizenship. View her 31-minute presentation.
February 3, 2018: Civility in Public Dialogue
Allan Katz, founder of American Public Square shared tips and techniques of holding a civil conversation.
See the Kansas City Star review of this event.
View this timely discussion on YouTube.
Browse more photos on Facebook.
American Public Square brings together non-like-minded people for fact-based, civil conversations about national, regional, and local issues. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to change the tone and quality of public discourse. It organizes programs about community, health, education, civics, and faith. At its dinners and meetings, panelists with opposing views engage with each other and the audience in civil discussion. If the tone of the conversation veers from civility, audience members ring the “civility bell,” which reminds everyone to take a deep breath and work together toward real, effective solutions to the issues at hand.
January 6, 2018: Planning and Brainstorming
League members engaged in planning for 2018 with a host of new ideas.