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June 2018
Vol. 69 No. 1

In this issue:

Summer picnic

Get-out-the-vote initiative

Spotlight on member Christine Caseres

Small group discussion

No Summer Break for LWVJoCo

Who said LWVJoCo takes the summer off?  Not anymore!  Your new board has been running hard since being elected on May 5. Events include:

  • Voter registration in new places—Lenexa Public Market, Crosslines and Downtown Overland Park’s Third Friday, to name a few.
  • Inspiring friends and family to vote and dialogue sessions at members’ homes. (RSVP for the gathering at Harry and Mary Bognich’s home on June 14.)
  • Summer indoor picnic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on June 26 at the Matt Ross Community Center.
  • “Lessons from the Local Campaign Trail” at 7 p.m. on July 19 at the Matt Ross Community Center. (Watch for more information in upcoming eblasts and on our website.)
  • Annual preview party at 7 p.m. on August 23 at the Olathe Community Center.
Remember to renew your membership.

It’s time to rejoin. Memberships expire June 30. Renew online—it’s fast and easy.

Less visible but essential are infrastructure changes:

  • The communications team now has its 2018-2019 board-approved communications strategy.
  • The 2020 committee organized to plan the centennial celebration of the League and the 19th Amendment held its first meeting (Donna Lauffer, chair; Susan Horst, Candy Birch).
  • The board now meets every second Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Members are always welcome!

Best of all, we now have 282 members—welcome!

Reminder: It’s time to rejoin. Memberships expire June 30. Renew online—it’s fast and easy.

Questions, concerns? Just let me know. We are on the move!!

Ellen Miller

ellen3147@gmail.com; 913-894-5232

Join us for our annual picnic June 26 at Matt Ross Community Center.Picnic with Us

No bugs, no heat, no wind. Just good food and conversation (and a great time to renew your membership!).

What to bring: An entree, veggies, fruit or dessert to share (we’ve got drinks covered)
Plus, enjoy our short presentation:
4 Must-Knows About League
4 Must-Do Actions Before Nov. 6

RSVP so we know how many to expect.


New LWVJoCo Officers Hit the Ground Running

During the May annual meeting, members elected the following people to lead our efforts in the coming year:

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

Board Briefs

The new officers have already developed a communications strategy and established priorities leading up to the primary and general elections. Other actions from the May board meeting:

  • The board approved the one-year appointment of Barbara Adamson as co-chair of the natural resources committee.
  • The board is still looking for volunteers to help with event planning, hospitality and the speakers bureau. If you are interested, please email Karin Leacox.
  • Voter Services Co-chairs, Julie Lester and Becky White reported meeting with various community organizations to coordinate and conduct election-related events. The voter services team has been registering voters at numerous summer events.
  • LWVJoCo is once again participating in Women’s Equality Week in August. Paula Scwhach, Leslie Sullivan, Stephanie Revels and Ellen Miller are helping to plan the events in the Kansas City area.
  • The board discussed the possibility of hosting a candidate forum. Potential partners are PTAs, the Olathe Public Library and NAACP.
  • Treasurer Anita Kaiser reported that 99 people paid $2,120 to eat at the annual breakfast in May. Expenses for the breakfast totaled $1,700. The silent auction raised $195.

In MemoriamLongtime League member Ed Rowe

League members are mourning the loss of longtime member Ed Rowe, who died unexpectedly on May 14. Ed’s involvement with the League started while he was still teaching at Emporia State University. He used LWV water materials in a freshman biology class. After retiring, he served on the human relations committee and recycling and election boards in Emporia. He also served as LWV Emporia’s representative on an LWV Kansas water position update and later as a member of the LWVK lobby corps, following water and voting issues in the Kansas Legislature.

After Ed and his wife Leonore moved to Johnson County, they joined LWVJoCo. For many years, they served as observers at the weekly meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. Their reports were a regular part of our VOTER newsletters. 

In 2013, LWVJoCo honored Ed Rowe and five other men for their involvement with League. They received “League Not for Women Only” buttons.  

Ed was also active in Kansas Sierra Club, and he was a faithful volunteer at the Central Resource Library.

Read Ed’s obituary in the Kansas City Star.

LWVJoCo Joins Get-Out-the-Vote Initiative

MainStream Coalition is spearheading a get-out-the-vote initiative for the Kansas City area.

LWVJoCo is partnering with MainStream Coalition on a new get-out-the-vote effort called Voter to Voter. The concept is simple. The most effective way to get someone to vote is for someone they know to ask them.  

Using that principle, League is asking you to become an “ambassador” willing to shepherd 10 people to the polls. As an ambassador, you will identify 10 potential Kansas voters. Ideally, you’ll pick those who either don’t usually vote, don’t vote in primary elections or are new voters. 

Then you will send each of the 10 potential voters a series of emails before the primary and again before the general election. MainStream will compose the emails, providing information on why, when and how to vote, and you’ll have the opportunity to personalize them before sending.

These emails and this effort is entirely non-partisan and will not include information about specific candidates.

MainStream will offer optional informational gatherings to provide tips for recruiting potential voters and help with using the computer program to enter the names of your potential voters. Jill Quigley, the League’s Voter to Voter coordinator, will also be available to support our members. 

Voting and voter registration is League’s mainstay. Join us in getting voters to the polls. 

To sign up to become an ambassador, contact Jill Quigley at 913-541-9645 or jill.j.quigley@gmail.com.


League members out registering voters.

Erica Voell is one of the many League members working festivals and fairs to register new voters.

Jump on This Bandwagon!

The voter services team has been out in force, registering more than 200 people at more than 20 events in May. Contact Becky White if you would like to help us reach more voters. See the schedule.

Remember to remind family and friends that they can register online with a smartphone at ksvotes.org.



At Home with LWVJoCo:

Inspiring Friends and Family to Vote

Take a seat on the couch and explore ways to encourage friends and family to vote in the upcoming 2018 primary election. Come away with creative ideas of how to start the conversation about voting.

Thursday, June 14

7-8:30 p.m.

Harry & Mary Bognich’s home

Spots are limited. RSVP now.

Conventions Updates

LWVJoCo was among eight local Leagues that attended the state’s council meeting in Great Bend in May. Our voting delegates were Marty Birch, Ellen Miller, Donna Lauffer, Julie Lester and Anita Kaiser. Candy Birch also attended. The council elected new board members, approved the Water Update position and voted to begin a one-year update of LWVK’s social policy positions, specifically: Health: Medical Indigence, Meeting Basic Human Needs and Privatization of Child Welfare Services. Visit the LWVK Facebook page for some photos from the event and read the highlights.

Later this month, five members will attend the national convention in Chicago: Marcia Manter, Becky White, Anita Kaiser, Marty Birch and Amber Stenger.

Welcome, New Members

Six people joined LWVJoCo during May: Margaret Boomer, Janeé Hanzlick, Patty Modig, Anne Stroud, Tom Stroud and Holly Venn.

That makes 101 new members since July 1, bringing our total active membership to 282 people.

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

Member Spotlight


For Christine Caseres, women in politics is a proud family tradition. Given that her great-grandmother was a 1918 suffragette activist and her grandmother and mother served as presidents of NOW chapters, her leadership in the LWVJoCo seems inevitable.  

Read more about Christine and her vision for our chapter.

Observer Corps

Train noise, bus routes, new voting equipment and budgets 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.

Voting in JoCo: What You Need to Know

Important dates:

July 17: Deadline for voter registration

July 18: Advance voting by mail begins

July 23: Advance voting in person begins (six locations)

August 6: Advance voting ends

August 7: Primary Election

Useful links:

Confirm your voter registration

Information about your voter registration (change of name or address)

Update your voter registration information by completing a new application

Apply for an advance ballot

Explanation of primary election

Election Help Needed!

Johnson County has 398,711 registered voters. Thousands vote in person on election day, requiring
over 2000 election workers.

Our Johnson County Election Office needs new workers for the August 7 primary and for the November 6 General Election. There is a training session, and you get paid for the days you work.

Democracy isn’t a spectator sport!

Contact the Johnson County Election Office for more information.

Find out more about what the state League is doing.

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