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Make a Difference in 2020


LWVJoCo 2020 Strategic Planning meeting

Jan. 11 ~ 9-11 a.m.

Atonement Lutheran Church


  • Centennial Celebration Silent Auction – Final Bidding and Results
  • Vote on changing to 501(c)(3) status
  • Planning for 2020

Bring your ideas and suggestions. See you there!


President's Update

No Time for Time Out!

League’s 100th Birthday is nearly here – such an exciting time.

As hard as we’ve worked for this amazing milestone, a break is a tempting prospect. However, this year is no time for complacency. The looming 2020 elections make our work more important than ever.

Our job is empowering voters in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. That means outreach – helping voters register, get informed and cast their ballots. In this hectic era, it also requires using our volunteer time more effectively. That’s why the board has approved:

  • Souls to the Polls, working with Wyandotte County (WyCo) partners and faith-based groups to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) in 2020. It builds on our WyCo legislative coffees and voter registration since 2015. 
  • Club Express, a cloud-based membership management system. Leagues in Colorado, Florida and Tucson have signed on. It handles rosters, dues and much more, freeing our time for more outreach action. Members will be in charge of their own profile and account.  

LWV JoCo is 300+ strong. Yes, we’re all busy, but this is The Year to be an Extra Miler. How?

  • Help Get Out The Vote (GOTV) in Wyandotte and Johnson counties.  
  • Register voters in high schools, senior centers and more.
  • Help spread our message on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.  
  • Greet guests at events, programs and movies.
  • Underwrite costs like Spanish-language translations; venue fees; billboards; and/or paid social media/print ads.

Where to start?  Check out our upcoming “Help Wanted!” requests in LWVJoCo e-blasts and the VOTER. 

Happy New Year to all!

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.

Just a Few Days Left!

Don’t miss the exciting silent auction to support our 100th anniversary celebration. Taking part is simple!

  1. View the 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!



Making Democracy Work Award







Lindsay Behgam, voter engagement director of MainStream Education Foundation, was selected to receive the League of Women Voters of Johnson County “Making Democracy Work Award 2019” for her leadership in the Voter to Voter project. As a result of this program, voters that were contacted cast ballots in substantially higher percentages than voters statewide. The project will build on this success to extend their voter network and increase voter turnout in future elections.

Behgam said she was looking forward to turning out more voters as the program grows. Several organizations, including LWVJoCo and the League of Women Voters of Kansas, are joining Voter to Voter and promoting it among its members to engage more voters in 2020.  

“We salute Lindsay and her team for creating a new path to much higher voter turnout,” President Ellen Miller said.

This award was presented on Dec. 8, 2019 at our annual holiday gathering.

Advocacy: We asked how we could help. You told us.


While 53% of our survey respondents have used kslegislature.org to locate their legislator, only 29% have used kslegislature.org to link to an audio or video stream of house or senate proceedings.


Forty-seven percent want additional training on the kslegislature.org website, and 40% want additional training conducting in-person visits with a politician or legislator.


AND WHAT PERCENT of survey respondents VOTED in the August 2016, August 2018 and November 2018 elections? Find out here: Advocacy Needs Survey results



Help Wanted graphic“What can I do?”

Members, check here for upcoming events that help Make Democracy Work! We need you.


January 20 – KCK ML King, Jr. Celebration.

Highlights from Dr. King’s life work and civil rights legacy.

Reardon Center, 520 Minnesota Ave., KCK, 66101, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Contact Ann Sanders at elizabethannsanders@yahoo.com by Jan. 20.


January 23 – Souls to the Polls, Wyandotte County.

RESCHEDULED to January 30.

Work with faith and other groups to turn out the vote.

Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Pkway, KCK, 66112, 6:30-8 p.m.

Contact Ann Sanders at elizabethannsanders@yahoo.com by Jan. 20.

February 13—Day of Action, Topeka.

Part of LWVUS’ new “Fair Maps” national redistricting initiative.

Get facts, then meet with legislators. Free lunch provided.

Carpool. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Contact Ann Norbury at annknorbury@gmail.com by Feb. 5.

Time to Celebrate100 Years Strong: League of Women Voters 1920-2020

It’s 2020! Don’t forget your 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


Great Decisions

Time to start thinking about Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The topics for 2020 have been announced and are just as relevant and stimulating as they have been in past years.


If you are interested in joining this year, let Nan Wilson know, and send for the 2020 Briefing Book. It can be purchased through the International Relations Council here in Kansas City and is still just $25, including tax and shipping.  (816-423-2632 or at irckc.org/store)


The group will again meet for eight sessions, every other Monday night in the Oak Park Library at 6:30 p.m., starting February 10.


Topics this year:

  • Climate Change
  • India & Pakistan
  • Red Sea Security
  • Human Trafficking
  • Northern Triangle
  • China’s Road into Latin America
  • The Philippines
  • Artificial Intelligence



Legislative Preview – Prairie Village

The city of Prairie Village has organized a forum for county and statehouse officials who represent parts of the city to discuss issues that have implications for local government as the 2020 session in the Kansas statehouse nears.

The Shawnee Mission Post will moderate the forum, which will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Avenue. Prairie Village Mayor Eric Mikkelson will make introductory remarks. Other participating officials will be:

County Chair Ed Eilert
District 1 County Commissioner Becky Fast
Rep. Riu Xu
Rep. Jerry Stogsdill
Rep. Stephanie Clayton

The forum will cover issues including “dark store theory,” the Kansas property tax lid, and the prospect of adding state-level legal protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, among others. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the participants as well.

The event is free and open to the public.

Legislative Town Hall – Wyandotte County

A panel, consisting of the entire Wyandotte State delegation, will discuss their priorities for the 2020 session and answer questions.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 6-7:30 p.m.

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N 82 St, Kansas City, KS 66112, USA (map)




In Memoriam

Our condolences to the family of member Patrick Sullivant. His wife, Sherry, is also a member.

Pat devoted many hours to registering voters and other causes he was passionate about. Here is his family’s tribute.





Member Spotlight: Diana Carney


Techie Bonus Child discovers LWVJoCo. Learn more about Diana.






Mary Coffman
Susan Paolo
Vickie Trott
Linda and Jim Gibson
Mackenzie Schutz
Mike Novak
Sara and Theodore Prince



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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 flu vaccine is available at the Johnson County Health Department to underinsured and uninsured children under age 18.
  • Commissioner comments: County food pantries are in urgent need of feminine hygiene products, which are not covered by any government assistance programs. Site locations are listed in http://joco.gov.
  • The Prairie Village City Council approved the purchase of new in-car video equipment for the police department. This purchase will include body-cams for all patrol officers for the first time.

LWVJoCo registered 1450 new votersBoard and Committee Updates

  • Four judges who preside over naturalization ceremonies in the Kansas City area attended our holiday party on Dec. 8. Judge James thanked the League for the work that we do and our success at registering a high percentage of newly sworn-in citizens. She said, “This is the best part of my job—and I mean that.”
  • Work continues on transitioning LWVJoCo to Club Express, a membership management software. The task force is working with Club Express engineers to set up the tool for our use. The goal is to launch the new website by March 1.
  • The LWV national convention is June 24-28 in Washington, DC. LWVJoCo can send seven voting members. Please contact Amber Stenger at amberstenger@gmail.com if you are interested in going. Former attendees say they find the convention inspiring and find value in sharing ideas with members from other Leagues.
  • LWVJoCo is participating in the nationwide initiative Souls to the Polls, which was organized by a coalition of churches and community organizations to help get voters to the polls on election day. Member Ann Sanders is spearheading the local effort for 2020, Souls to the Polls KCK.  The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Oak Ridge Baptist Church in KCK. Contact Ann Sanders at elizabethannsanders@yahoo.com if you are interested in helping to organize this effort.
  • The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved the expenditure of $50,000 toward the cost of a county-wide study to assess the area’s housing inventory and needs for the future. This is a major step toward developing strategies to address housing affordability. Read LWVJoCo’s position statement on this issue.

Find out more about what the state League is doing.

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