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As we march toward 2020 and LWV’s 100th anniversary, volunteers continue to give their time and energy to ensure that League has a great future. When you join with smart, dedicated, and effective League volunteers, your contribution is multiplied because you are joining a nationwide network. Volunteer today and power our impact!


LWV is a nonpartisan political organization. Our work encourages informed and active participation in government, increases understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

 


Naturalization Committee
The Naturalization Committee staffs a voter registration table at monthly naturalization ceremonies for new citizens. The ceremonies at held at the Federal Building, 500 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. (Entrance on Nebraska Ave.) The ceremony is generally held on the last Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Photos of the March 15, 2017 ceremony that was held at JCCC.

    

Scheduled dates for 2017:  November 17 and December 15.  Photos of this inspiring event.


Natural Resources committee

The Natural Resource Committee goals for 2017 include educating LWVJoCo members on the various environmental positions taken by LWVUS, the other Kansas Leagues, and various League chapters around the country.

We meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Resource Library at 87th Street and Farley. Three ideas for environmental topics were discussed at the January 7, 2017 general meeting: 1) Banning or reducing use of plastic bags; 2) Reducing food waste; 3) Using native plants in home gardens and around public buildings.

In 2016, the committee finalized a PowerPoint presentation on protecting our waterways by educating on best practices that effect stormwater runoff. Please contact the Speakers Bureau to request a speaker for any group

Doing a study and taking a position on plastic bag use is a natural extension of the stormwater management work done in 2016. Plastic bags end up clogging the equipment at the various local waste water treatment facilities and do not degrade in the environment. Please contact us for more information or to discuss becoming a member of this committee.



In 2015, LWVJoCo participated in a LWVK study “Fracking, Water, and our Future.” See LWVK Position Statement, page 24.


Observer Corps

An observer regularly attends governmental meetings as the eyes and ears of League. Wearing your League pin, you act as a visible representative of LWVJoCo. Observers remain neutral on all issues and refrain from public comment. You take brief notes of the major actions taken at the meeting and share the high points in the monthly newsletter The VOTER.

Currently, LWVJoCo observers cover the Board of County Commissioners, JCCC Board of Trustees, Johnson County Mental Health Board, Johnson County Library Board, Johnson County Parks and Rec, Johnson County Committee on Aging, Shawnee Mission School Board, WaterOne, and city councils for Leawood, Lenexa, Overland Park, Roeland Park and Shawnee.

We seek volunteers to attend these meetings:

  • School Board Meetings: Blue Valley, (2nd Monday, 7 p.m.) Olathe (1st Thursday, 6 p.m.)
  • Wyandotte County Unified Government Board of Commissioners (three Thursdays per month)
  • City Council meetings: Merriam, Mission, Prairie Village, and Olathe

Being an observer is a great way to learn about local government and to share that information with League members. Can’t commit to every meeting? Sign up with a friend and share the responsibility.


Speakers Bureau
The League of Women Voters of Johnson County, with decades of study and involvement in many different issues affecting Johnson County, has gained knowledge and experience it believes would benefit all concerned citizens. In order to share the information with other citizens, the League formed a Speakers Bureau to provide speakers on a range of topics. Details.

Currently, the League of Women Voters of Johnson County has speakers available to discuss:

  • Make democracy work: Be an informed voter. Preserve voting rights. Five ways to advocate
  • Take a close look at hot topics: ABCs of protecting education. LWVJoCo issues. 2017 elections
  • Keep Johnson County healthy: Stormwater management. Fracking.

All programs are available without charge. Any honoraria will support our Speakers Bureau. Arrange a speaker for your next event: ContactUs@lwvjoco.org.

 


Three Members Ready for New Voters

Above: Voter Registration at Women’s Equality Day

Voter Services

Volunteers staff voter registration tables at high schools, colleges, retirement homes, civic events, businesses, and food pantries. The League encourages voters who have moved since the last election to update their voter registration with their new address.
Until further notice, LWVK recommends using the Federal Voter Application Form for new voter registrants. This form does not require proof of citizenship. Send the form to your Johnson County Election Office.
If you would like the League to hold a voter registration drive at your location, please contact us.


Social Policy

This committee’s scope covers education. childcare, eldercare, mental health, health services, emergency services, poverty, and transit. They recommend social action items. This year the committee will focus on educating ourselves and the public about mental illness and advocating on behalf of the mentally ill in our community..