Our annual meeting, held May 4, 2019, was a reflection on our successes of this League year. Our president, Ellen Miller, recognized the many components and members that contributed to our efforts.
Our featured speaker,
Davis Hammet, inspired us to continue our activism for Kansas voters. Hammet is the founder of Loud Light, a non-profit focused on increasing civic engagement of millennials and combating voter suppression. His presentation can be viewed here.
We presented Making Democracy Work Awards to Mike Kelly and Lindsey Constance for their leadership in addressing climate change at the local level. Together, they created Metro KC Climate Action Coalition, which includes elected officials from many area municipalities and 14 partner organizations, including LWVJoCo.
Additional Making Democracy Work Awards went to Meghan Spalding, Lauren Langhofer and Rachel Serna for creating curriculum for third-grade students to foster civic engagement. Students learned how local government works.The students discuss what makes a good citizen and ways to make their community better. Rachel and Lauren received award plaques at the breakfast meeting.
Our board was recognized for their work this year that resulted in many successes.
President Ellen Miller expressed special thanks by giving the President’s Above and Beyond Award to Candy Birch.
At our annual business meeting, we voted on updated bylaws, elected new officers, approved our position on affordable housing and the 2019-2020 budget.
Who We Are
LWVJoCo serves Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, which are located in the greater Kansas City metro area. We are a community-based organization focused on engaging citizens in the voting process. The League does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties.
We believe hands-on work safeguards democracy, which leads to civic improvement. Members gain knowledge and experience, discover new interests through the study and discussion of timely issues and topics. Through participation in League activities, members contribute valuable services to the community.
What does the League do?
- We educate citizens about issues, legislation and candidates.
- We encourage individual participation in the political process.
- We inform through in-depth, objective study.
- We monitor local, state and national government bodies and activities.
- We register voters.
- We sponsor candidate forums and public issue forums.
Join us to Make Democracy Work!
You can make a difference! Join LWVJoCo and start making a difference in our community. League membership is open to all women and men from age 16.