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President's UpdateNo Calories, Carbs or Bugs—Just Fun!

Who knew that Leaguers could be so loud! The decibel count soared at the June 20 picnic held at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (take a look at the pictures!). Over 65 people filled their biodegradable plates with scrumptious comestibles, some going back for seconds and even thirds.

LWVJoCo team leaders previewed our packed 2019-2020 year. For details, be sure to check our events page. Here are just a few ways to jump in:

  • GOTV: The week of July 1, one month ahead of the Aug. 6 primary election, put out “Your Vote Matters” yard signs. Don’t have one? Contact Ann Norbury.
  • Social issues: Attend two Thursday films/discussions with popcorn—climate change on July 11 and immigrants in Garden City on Aug. 8.
  • Advocacy: Get tips and training with LWV Kansas’ Carrie Lancaster on Thursday, July 18. The first workshop filled quickly so we added a second. Sign up now.
  • Voting matters: Your Qs answered by the county election commissioners of three of the largest counties in Kansas—Johnson, Sedgwick and Wyandotte—on Saturday, Sept. 7.
  • Centennial birthday: On Leap Day, Feb. 29, 2020, we celebrate LWV’s amazing 100th birthday at Yardley Hall.

A major theme for this year? Grassroots action and advocacy. That means you and me. Commitments made. Hours spent. Results gained. Folks, we can—and must—do this!

Questions? Concerns? Just let me know.

Ellen Miller, LWVJoCo president

ellen3147@gmail.com; 913-894-5232

Youth Voter Registration Efforts 2019National Grant Boosts Youth Voter Registration Efforts

LWVJoCo recently received an $800 grant from the LWV Education Fund to support our efforts to register young voters this spring. One goal of the grant was to reach out to underserved or at-risk students and those with no college experience.

Relying on both previous and new contacts, our dedicated volunteers — Mimi Rainen, Beth Seberger, Beth Rieke, Debbie Kitchin, Sam Dworkin and Mary Dixon — were able to register voters at Kansas City Kansas Community College and Technical Education Campus, Donnelly College, and Schlagle, Turner, Wyandotte, Sumner and JC Harmon high schools in Wyandotte County.

In Johnson County, they registered voters at the Kansas School for the Deaf, SMSD Horizons High School, Johnson County Community College and St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

LWVJoCo also had a presence at two community events targeting young families: Día del Niño and the Rosedale Bike-In. These efforts registered 246 new voters. Our 52 volunteers logged 130 hours and greeted approximately 1,040 additional people. The grant money has been used to purchase a tablet for online registrations and to supplement the supply budget for registration events.

Be an Informed Voter

Several candidate forums are scheduled this month to help prepare voters for the August 6 primary. Check our our website for information on those as well as the breakdown of the primary races in both Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

Keep in mind that the voter registration deadline is July 16 for the primary. Advance voting by mail begins July 17 and advance voting in person starts July 29. Get more details.

In Memoriam: Former Kansas Rep. Jan MeyersIn Memoriam

We pay tribute to former LWVJoCo President Jan Meyers for her work to improve the lives of the people of Kansas. Meyers served our community in several capacities: as president of the Johnson County chapter of LWV (then called the Shawnee Mission LWV) from 1961 to 1965, Overland Park City Council member and Kansas state senator. She went on to represent Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District for 12 years, from 1985 to 1997, including a two-year stint as chair of the House Small Business Committee. Read more about her many accomplishments. 

Renew Now ReminderWelcome, New Members

Ten people joined LWVJoCo during the past month: Debbie Cox, Glenn Carney, Sherry Sullivant, Richard Worker, Courtney Eiterich, Beverly Graves, Irene Walsh, Gary Aron, Martha Hatfield and Laurie Michie. Have you had a chance to renew? Most memberships expired June 30. Renewing is fast and simple. 

ATTENTION NEW MEMBERS: Join us Sunday, July 28 at 3 p.m. for a casual afternoon meet-and-greet. Learn about League opportunities, connect with other members, ask questions, enjoy tasty treats and check out the new Lenexa Library! RSVP to Karin Leacox.

Member Spotlight: Ann SandersMember Spotlight

Ann Sanders

A nationally recognized leader in education, Ann Sanders was inspired to join LWVJoCo by her friends. She has served several terms on the board and is currently co-chairing our new DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) initiative. Learn more about Ann.

Observer Corps

Johnson County’s July 29 public hearing on the proposed 2020 county budget and plans for the new Antioch library were among the many issues recently discussed in public meetings. Read other summaries created by several League members who attend these public meetings regularly.

Board and Committee Update

  • Johnson County Census Committee launched a new website to bring attention to the 2020 Census and convey the importance of people’s participation. Our volunteers will start sharing information about the census at voter registration events. Members Karen Wulfkuhle and Jill Quigley serve as LWVJoCo’s representatives on this committee.
  • Mark your calendars! Our yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and LWV will start with the Centennial Luncheon in Wichita on Aug. 24. Speakers include Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker and LWV U.S. President Chris Carson, with entertainment provided by ARISE Ensemble. Get more info.
  • We are looking for more volunteers to serve on the Speakers Bureau to continue the League’s voter outreach efforts. Volunteers give prepared presentations that LWVJoCo has developed on an array of important issues to church and community organizations. Contact Kathleen Morrow to get more information
  • LWVUS is hosting a series of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) webinars in 2019. Thank you to everyone who participated in our Spring webinars. The new series, scheduled for June through September, will take a deeper look at DEI topics and offer tools every member can use in their League work. Registration, and recordings and resources from our previous webinars, can be found on the League Management Site.

Find out more about what the state League is doing.

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