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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.

Upcoming Program Dates

February 3, 2018
Civility in Public Dialogue

March 3, 2018
Path to Citizenship and Impact on Immigration

April 7, 2018
Native pollinators

May 5, 2018
Breakfast, awards, and annual meeting

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.


2017-18 Meeting Programs and Topics

 

February 3: Civility in Public Dialogue

Allan Katz, founder of American Public Square will share tips and techniques of holding a civil conversation.

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: Planning and Brainstorming

League members engaged in planning for 2018 with a host of new ideas.

 

    

 

December 2: Annual holiday social.

Our special guests were the candidates on the November ballot.

We recognized their commitment to public service.

View photos

 

November 4, 2017
Gerrymandering: The Beast Who Ate a State
When politicians chose their voters, rather than voters choosing their representatives, does democracy work? How does redistricting happen? Why do district lines matter? Speakers: Joanna Dolan from the Kansas Legislative Research Department, former state Sen.Tim Owens, and KCKCC mathematics professor Dagney Velazquez.

 

Movie poster of Godzilla at Topeka

Co-vice president Paula Schwach introduced the panelists: Joann Dolan, Dagney Velazquez, and former state Sen. Tim Owens

View entire gerrymandering program on YouTube:

View segments:

  • Joann Dolan on the legal process of redistricting Kansas voting boundaries.  (15 minutes)
  • Dagney Velazquez on gerrymandering–the math of manipulation. (17 minutes)
  • Tim Owens on his experience as chair of the legislative committee on redistricting. (19 Minutes)
  • Followed by audience Q and A

Slide show on redistricting from the Legislative Research Department

Slide show on gerrymandering


Record-setting crowd of 135 attended the Nov. 4 program.


Four people: Pettey, Sanchez, Lauffer, Johnson

Co-presidents Sandra Sanchez and Donna Lauffer thank speakers Sen. Pat Pettey and Paul Johnson

September 9, 2017 
“After the 2017 Legislative Session”

Speakers: State Senator Pat Pettey, member of the 2017 Select Committee on Education Finance and Paul Johnson, legislative observer and author of LWVK legislative reports.
Discussion focused on state tax structure and school funding. View program on YouTube

For background on the Kansas budget, watch this video, produced by LoudLight.org:
The Kansas budget crisis explained.

Read Paul Johnson’s wish list of topics for the 2018 Kansas Legislature.
Photo: From left: State Senator Pat Pettey, LWVJoCo co-presidents Sandra Sanchez and Donna Lauffer, and Paul Johnson

October 7, 2017
Media Integrity in an Age of Fake News
Speakers: Sam Zeff, KCUR radio; Derek Donovan, Kansas City Star
View program on YouTube

  

 


LWVJoCo General Meeting Audience

 

Review the Archive of Past LWVJoCo Programs