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The VOTER

Newsletter of the LWV of Johnson County, Kansas
Vol. 69 Number 11

Combat Climate Change in Your Own Backyard

Create more resilient landscapes in the face of climate change to maintain both a healthy environment and healthy communities. Environmental scientist David Dods will share simple ways we each can make a difference in our own backyards. He will also discuss land-use planning, urban sprawl, climate change and other important environmental issues so we can make more informed decisions at the polls.

In this issue
  • Upcoming events
  • Ways to get involved
  • Welcome to new members
  • Committee Reports

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Saturday, April 7
Join us at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and yummy treats. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m.
Atonement Lutheran Church


Annual Breakfast and Meeting


Please join us for our annual breakfast and meeting Saturday, May 5, at Atonement Lutheran Church. Immediately following the breakfast, members will vote on a budget and board members for 2018-2019.
8:30 a.m. Coffee
9:00 a.m. Breakfast buffet provided by Taylor Made Catering
9:30 a.m. Program
Register now


2018-2019 LWVJoCo Slate of Officers

  • President: Ellen Miller (2018-2019)
  • Co-vice presidents: Marcia Manter and Marty Birch (2018-2019)
  • Treasurer: Anita Kaiser (2018-2020)
  • Directors: Communications, Amber Stenger (2018-2020); Voter Services, Julie Lester and Becky White (2018-2020)
    Nominating Committee for 2018-2019: Kathy Minges and Eileen Manza, co-chairs; Lorene Miller

Thanks to the nominating committee: Chair Ellen Miller, Christine Hutchins, Karin Leacox, Christine Caseras and Diane Kuhn


Register New Voters

We’ll be out registering new voters at local high schools this spring.

  • Friday, Apr. 13 at Shawnee Mission Northwest
  • Tuesday, Apr. 17 at Shawnee Mission South
  • Friday, Apr. 20 at Olathe Northwest

Want to help? Contact Mary Estrada or Cathy Nix to sign up.


Legislative Coffees


Find our what’s percolating in the Kansas Legislature
Have coffee with your elected state officials and hear what’s happening in the Legislature. LWVJoCo and area libraries will host informal coffees at 10 a.m. on the following Saturdays (check our calendar for updates):

April 14 at Gardner Library
Featured legislators: Sen. Molly Baumgardner and Reps. Willie Dove, Bill Sutton and John Resman

April 28 at Lenexa City Hall
Featured legislators: Sen. Dinah Sykes and Reps. Shelee Brim, Tom Cox and Linda Gallagher


For Sale: League Yard Signs, T-shirts, Car Magnets

We have lots of ways for you to show your League spirit. Yard signs and shirts are $10 each; car magnets are $5. Look for the merchandise table at the April 7 meeting or contact Ann Norbury.


Personalized, magnetic name tags are also available for $10 each. To order, contact Karin Leacox or sign up at the April 7 meeting.


Welcome, New Members

Sixteen people joined LWVJoCo during March: Sherri Crawford, Mary Dixon, Amy Franklin, Mary Ann Gelina, Ruaa Hassaballa, Jennifer Jarrell, Nikki L McDonald, Janet Milkovich, Fatima Rahman, Julie Rainen, Brenna Sandefur-Farrar, Chet Unruh, Peggy Unruh, Ellice Vittor, Erica Voell and Beth Seberger.

That makes 90 new members since July 1, bringing our total active membership to 268 people.

Not a member yet? Become one today. Everyone (including men!) age 16 and older can join.


Committee Reports

  • Natural Resources
    Christine Caseres, chair
    Area environmentalists and League members submitted more than 25 comments to the EPA during our “how-to” workshop in March to provide fact-based arguments for protecting the Clean Power Plan. This is a great example of how LWVJoCo can facilitate effective, collaborative efforts on issues that matter.
  • Naturalization
    Christine Hutchins, chair
    League members registered more than 200 newly naturalized citizens at the naturalization ceremony at Johnson County Community College on March 14.
  • Voter Services
    Mary Estrada and Cathy Nix, co-chairs
    The Voter Services committee registered about 150 high school students in March. Plus, several League members walked through the crowd registering people who attended the March for Our Lives rally to support efforts to reduce gun violence. Check out our photos from the rally.
  • Housing Study
    Karen Wulfkuhle and Lee Rowe, co-chairs
    The next meeting of the committee studying the availability of affordable housing in Johnson County is Wednesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. at the Central Resource Library.
  • Phone Tree
    Following the sudden passing of Saralynn Pace, we were asked to gather information about the Phone Tree Committee to recommend how to move forward in the future. We solicited input at the January meeting and through an article in The VOTER, and we talked to a number of members. Given the widespread use of technology and clear preference of most members to communicate by email, we have decided, with the Board’s approval, to discontinue the practice of contacting all members by telephone.We WILL continue serving our members who currently receive The VOTER at their home mailing address and appreciate a personal call. Johnella Newton and Marilyn Bynum have kindly agreed to continue making these calls. If you would like to be added to that list (or aren’t sure if you’re on the list), please contact either Judy McNish (913-620-0602) or Eileen Manza (913-88-7425).

Observer Corps

School safety in Olathe, a shortage of police officers in Lenexa and the end of JCCC’s track program are among the many issues public officials discussed in meetings this month. Read summaries created by several League members who attend these public meetings regularly.


WANTED: Editor for the Newsletter

Do you have ideas on how to make this publication better? If so, we need you. To help with The VOTER newsletter, please contact Amber Stenger.


In Case You Missed It

Find out more about what the state League is doing.
Fish/League of Women Voters of Kansas v. Kobach is just the latest battle in the League’s ongoing fight to protect Kansans’ right to vote.


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