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May 2019
Vol. 69 No. 12

In this issue:

State Convention Roundup

Member Spotlight on Laurel and Bill Mace

2019 Local Elections


League Network Nets Scholarships

Leaguers help each other. That’s how LWVJoCo recently received two tuition-free scholarships from the renowned Kansas Leadership Center (KLC).

Three-year member Mary Lou Jaramillo sits on the KLC board. Discussions with her about our proposed Reorganization for Agility and Action included the need for board training. Why? To find out how other nonprofit groups manage growth and outreach.

Since 2007, KLC has offered professional leadership training to Kansas communities and organizations. However, the $595-per-person tuition was not in our League budget.

Mary Lou acted. She got KLC to approve two scholarships for our League. As a result, Tom Stroud (nominated as co-vice president) and Amber Stenger (communications coordinator) will attend KLC’s October “Leadership Edge” training.at the Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Please join me in sharing our hearty thanks to Mary Lou for obtaining KLC’s support for these scholarships. This educational opportunity will help the board address its many tasks as we head into the critically important 2020 election season.

Ellen Miller, LWVJoCo president

ellen3147@gmail.com; 913-894-5232


Rios Named Keynote Speaker for Centennial Celebration

LWVJoCo has found the ideal speaker to help us celebrate a century of women breaking barriers and shaping our democracy: Former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios.

Rios, who calls herself an accidental feminist, is currently leading Empowerment 2020, a movement that focuses on the recognition of historic American women and provides a collective voice advocating for women in senior leadership positions and investment programs for both women and girls.

Stay tuned for more information about our grand birthday celebration Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at Johnson County Community College. Please consider donating to help us  make this a celebration to remember!


Get Ready for the Annual Meeting May 4checkmark

Our business meeting will start at 10 a.m., after Davis Hammet speaks and after we present our Making Democracy Work Awards.
Here’s what you’ll be voting on:

LWV of Kansas Convention Roundup

Fifty-four League members from throughout the state gathered April 27 to set the League’s direction  for the next two years. Members voted to convert LWVK’s federal IRS designation from a 501(c)(4) to a 501(c)(3) organization. The change will allow for LWVK to qualify for more grants and large donations. Several state and local Leagues throughout the country are making this conversion.

See more convention highlights.


Consider Running for Local Office

Local voters will decide several important races in 2019, and it’s not too late to throw your hat in the ring!

The filing deadline for candidates in Johnson and Wyandotte counties is June 3. The primary is August 6 and the general election is November 5. (Note: All local races are nonpartisan.)

In Johnson County, elections will be held in:

  • All cities: mayor and/or council
  • All school boards (Blue Valley, DeSoto, Eudora, Gardner Edgerton, Olathe, Shawnee Mission, Spring Hill and Wellsville)
  • Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees
  • WaterOne Board

In Wyandotte County, voters will elect representatives for:

  • Unified Government
  • Board of Public Utilities
  • School boards (Districts 202, 203, 204 and 500)
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees
  • Mayor and/or city council (Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, Lake Quivira)
  • WaterOne Board

Find more information about voting on our website.


2019 Voter REgistration Statistics

A Closer Look at How We Register New Citizens to Vote

Registering new citizens at naturalization ceremonies fulfills one of LWVJoCo’s Since former League member Betty Swiontek started this effort, It has become a formal committee with more than 40 League members who have expressed interest in registering new citizens at this important moment in their lives.

Read more about the committee’s history, operation and success in this report by Chair Christine Noel Hutchins.


Welcome, New Members

Eight people joined LWVJoCo during the past month: Dona Corben, Michele Lockwood, Pamela Berry, Marsha Ratzel, Patrick Sullivant, Mary Grimes, Paul Snider and Emily Wilkinson.


Member Spotlight

Laurel and Bill Mace

You know those yummy treats and all-important coffee we enjoy at every Saturday meeting? Meet the people responsible for that and so much more.


Observer Corps

Prairie Village’s discussion of a drones ordinance and the progress of a new ozone water purification facility at the Hansen water treatment plant were among the many issues public officials discussed in meetings this month. Read summaries created by several League members who attend these public meetings regularly.


Summer Indoor Picnic

Board and Committee Updates

  • As an official partner of Metro KC Climate Action Coalition, LWVJoCo pledges to support the nonpartisan organization in its efforts to draft and implement a regional climate action plan through the donation of our volunteers’ time. LWVJoCo board members Amber Stenger and Christine Caseres are currently volunteering to help MKCCAC organize its Climate Action Summit at JCCC on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. LWVJoCo has agreed to register voters at the event as well. Learn more.
  • The Voter Services team has several voter registration events planned for May. If you are interested in registering voters, email Becky White. 
  • Is your organization or group looking for a speaker this summer? Consider inviting our Speakers Bureau to give a presentation and lead a discussion about an array of important issues, like voting rights, voter suppression and women’s suffrage. Contact Kathleen Morrow for more information.

Find out more about what the state League is doing.

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