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Holiday Party:

Celebrating Empowered Citizenship

The Event Planning Committee is pleased to announce the upcoming Holiday Party:

Sunday, Dec. 8, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village 

(Members: Please bring a dessert, appetizer or other finger food to share.)

The entrances to the park are off Nall Avenue and Somerset Drive. Accessible parking is available in the east parking lot, closest to the Somerset Drive entrance.

Honorees will include:

  • The winner of our Making Democracy Work award
  • League members who have run for elective office in Johnson County this year
  • U.S. District Judges who have presided over Naturalization Ceremonies in 2019 and in years past
League Members Who Ran for Office Judges
Mo Azeem Hon. Robert D Berger
Lisa Larson-Bunnell Hon. Daniel D. Crabtree
Colleen Cunningham Hon. Teresa J. James
Jodie Dietz Hon. John W. Lungstrum
Courtney Eiterich Hon. Carlos Murguia
Jan Faidley Hon. James P. O’Hara
Bonnie Limbird Hon. Julie A. Robinson
Dawn Rattan Hon. Gerald L. Rushfelt
Paula Schwach Hon. Kathryn Hoefer Vratil
Inga Selders Hon. David J. Waxse
Whitney Wilson


President's Update

Triple Win Coming January 11!

Your vote. Your ideas. And maybe a prize! Don’t miss the jam-packed annual Planning Session on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Act 1. Members vote on whether to convert to IRS 501(c)(3). Over 175 leagues nationally have done so, including Topeka. Why?

  • Donations and dues are tax-deductible.
  • Almost all foundations and corporate donors require applicants to be 501(c)(3).
  • Advocacy and lobbying can continue, within IRS limits.

See the IRS details. IRS requires verbatim language in bylaws and articles of incorporation. You’ll get those proposed amendments in mid-December, so watch your email inbox.

Act 2. At table breakouts, members will brainstorm on:  

  • Our get-out-the-vote efforts in 2020
  • Embedding diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in our League
  • Topics for our monthly meetings

Last year, 83 people generated 12 single-spaced pages of ideas! The result? Movies, compelling Saturday meetings and small-group events that attracted record numbers of members and guests.

Act 3. Learn the lucky winners of the 100th Celebration Silent Auction. See the article below for more information. 

Folks, it’s Action Time for our League. Your vote, your ideas and your support of the silent auction matter! Don’t miss our 2020 Planning Session.

Questions? Concerns? Just let me know.

Ellen Miller, LWVJoCo president

ellen3147@gmail.com; 913-894-5232

pool party auction party

A two-hour indoor pool party is among the many great items up for bid in our silent auction fundraiser.

Shop and Raise Money for Our Centennial Celebration

Take part in an exciting silent auction to support our 100th anniversary celebration. It’s simple!

  1. View the many enticing items here.
  2. Email your bid(s) to Susan Horst at slhorst@swbell.net.
  3. Attend the Jan. 11 planning meeting to update and submit the winning bid.
  4. Take home your item and enjoy!

January Meeting is

Second Saturday

We want to ensure everyone is aware of the date…

Our next meeting is scheduled for January 11, not January 4, so that everyone has time to enjoy the holidays.

Join us for the Annual Planning Session!




Go the Extra Mile

Hitting Her Stride

Kathleen Morrow was recognized as our first Extra-Miler at our November meeting. In addition to her work with the Speakers Bureau and the Communications Committee (including those Member Profiles we all enjoy!), Kathleen is now a member of the Observer Corps.

Way to take on one more hurdle, Kathleen!!

To be an Extra-Miler…

Step up and co-chair with a friend.
Raise your hand; don’t wait to be asked!

Contact Kathy Minges or Eileen Manza



Give the Perfect Gift

This year, give a holiday gift that matters: tickets to our Centennial Celebration. Take your favorite people, especially the women who have made a difference in your life, to Yardley Hall on Feb. 29, 2020 to celebrate strong women.

Our keynote speaker, former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios, “continues her work to empower the next generation of leadership as a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and focuses on evolving our culture one Millennial/post-Millennial at a time.” Read Rosie’s full bio.

Buy tickets


League of Women Voters


Need a compelling (and free!) speaker for an upcoming meeting? 

We are ready! 

We have lots of interesting and civic-minded presentations ready to go.

Contact:  kathleenmorrow66@gmail.com  

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Courageous Conversations and Impactful Exercises

In 2018 the LWVUS published a “Transformation Roadmap” that includes recommended steps for moving forward to remain relevant and strong. Building a more inclusive culture is a step that includes embracing diverse populations by committing to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

The path forward to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive membership organization begins with the LWVJoCo board. At the July Board Retreat, a brief overview of DEI was presented to understand the concepts and to create a foundation for the path forward.  

Subsequent board meetings allowed for impactful exercises, such as a cultural awareness survey and a privilege assessment. The cultural awareness survey allowed each board member to reflect on their self-awareness, knowledge and skills. The privilege assessment highlighted that everyone has some privilege, some more than others. A deeper dive into individual privileges and courageous conversations will guide the board to explore ways to harness our collective privileges, knowledge and skills for equity and inclusion.  

Submitted by Mary Lou Jaramillo


Program Evaluations

Thanks for your feedback!!

We strive to make our programs useful information to empower members to involve themselves in our democracy at all levels. We value your feedback. Thank you for completing the evaluation forms provided at each program. Our program topics this year have been based primarily on input from members who attended last January’s planning meeting. 

Most rate speakers and program topics as relevant and worth their time. There are varied opinions regarding the balance between the length of time panelists speak and time allotted for member’s questions. It’s clear League members want time for interaction with our speakers. 

Members have given useful feedback about the logistics of the presentations. PowerPoints need to be projected high on the screen for easier viewing with print large enough to be seen throughout the room. Also, it’s difficult for speakers to remember to hold the microphone in the optimal location for voice projection, making it difficult to hear. (We agree and are proceeding with plans to purchase lapel mics!) 

A good suggestion was given to list the names along with basic information about our speakers on the screen or in a handout. Others suggested we encourage speakers to summarize how we, as League members, can be involved as advocates for positive change with topics presented. 

Most of you hear about the programs from our newsletter, and others are informed by Facebook, friends and other members. This is a good reminder to invite others to meetings who would be interested in our program topics. All are invited, and who knows? They may end up joining!

Thank you again for taking the time to fill out program evaluations. We tally every rating and read every comment. Your input makes for quality programs. 

Wandra MinorMember Spotlight: Wandra Minor

She applies her energy and managerial background to a variety of civic activities, but the highlight of her day comes in small packages.

Learn more about Wandra.



Lisa Feingold

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Henrietta and Richard Harrison

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Observer Corps iconObserver Corps

Catch up on the actions, decisions and proposals of our local public officials. Read summaries by League members who attend several public meetings in our area. This month, highlights include:

  • The Board of County Commissioners set legislative priorities.
  • The Lenexa City Council will consider a nondiscrimination ordinance presented by the city attorney.
  • The Overland Park City Council approved four resolutions for four public hearings to be held on December 2, so that citizens can make comments and ask questions. 

LWVJoCo registered 1450 new votersBoard and Committee Updates

  • The state League is working diligently to implement the national’s People Powered Fair Maps™. The goal of the initiative is for state districts throughout the country to be apportioned by population, not along racial or partisan lines. The state League is creating a committee consisting of at least one representative from each of the nine local Leagues to direct our efforts statewide. If gerrymandering is your passion, contact Ellen Miller to see how you can get involved!
  • In our efforts to work smarter and not harder, the board approved a task force’s recommendation to use Club Express, a membership management software that integrates the many functions of our organization. Members will be learning more about this platform after the first of the year. Watch this video to get an overview of this exciting tool.
  • Our Naturalization Ceremonies team registered 55 (77%) of the 72 citizens sworn in Nov. 15.
  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel (and catch up on programs you may have missed while you are there!). We can customize our URL if we have at least 50 subscribers.

Find out more about what the state League is doing.

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