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Review —2013 Speakers and Activities:

Vicki Schmidt
Joshua Powell Gandi
Annie Tietze

Virgil Weigel
Vicki Schmidt and Ann Mah Josh Svaty
State Legislators:
"2014 Legistlature Governmental Issues."

Vicki Schmidt
& Ann Mah:

"The Mechanics of Passing Bills in the Legislature."

Josh Svaty:
"The Lessons of the
Prairie: New Roads for Agriculture"

Rex Buchanan, Fracking in Kansas Mark Desetti, Director of Governmental Affiars of KS National Education Association Tim Paris, Preservation Planner
Rex Buchanan:
"Fracking in Kansas"

Mark Desetti:
"Education and the Legislature"

Tim Paris:
"Historic Preservation District Organizations"

Don Moler, Executive Director, KS League of Municipalities Vince Frye Jim Colson, Topeka City Manager
Don Moler:
"Wrap-up: 2013 Kansas Legislative Session"

Vince Frye:
"Downtown Redevelopment"

Jim Colson:
"Update on Topeka"

Sandy Praeger Josh Dieker, Kansas Health Consumer Coalition Larry Wolgast takes a turn speaking as Maryanna Quilty looks on
Sandy Praeger: "Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchange--How does it work?"

Josh Kieker: "KanCare: How it works"

Shelley Bulkley: "Kansas Taxes--Who Pays?"


December 3, 2013:
Government Issues Forum
Our annual event was held at The Eclective, League was pleased to have these
guest legislators speak with us [listed left to right]: Sen. Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka;
Rep. Shanti Gandhi, R-Topeka; Rep. Joshua Powell, R-Topeka; Rep. Virgil Weigel,
D-Topeka; Rep. Annie Tietze, D-Topeka. Read about our meeting in a Topeka
article, "Talk of taxes, water, education dominates forum," by
Andy Marso
, published online on 12/3/2013. Collage includes attendees asking
questions of our guests.State legistators panel and questioners

November 5, 2013:
LWV-TSC was honored to have Rev. Ben Scott present a Certificate of ApprciationCertificate of Appreciation from NAACPRev. Scott and Maryanna Quilty to League President Maryanna Quilty on behalf of LWV-TSC in "working to help maintain the voting rights of all people in conjunction with efforts of the Kansas State Conference of NAACP Branches" . The certificate was signed by Kansas State Conference President Glenda Overstreet.

Vicki Schmidt and Ann Mah leveled with League members about various game plans for getting bills passed in the Kansas State Legislature.
November Tuesday Topics meeting and League School

Topeka Mental Health Court (AKA Shawnee County Alternative Sentencing) begins in January. We have selected 5 inmates from the Shawnee County Jail for the beginning docket. Ken Kerle, USD 501 Officer Craig Johnson, and Valeo's Jaylyn Beaty traveled to the International Crisis Intervention Team Conference, in Hartford, CT, in October, 2013, and gave a presentation about Topeka's Mobile Response Unit.

Not for Women OnlySeptember 18, 2013:
2013 Membership Event
Our annual event was held at The Eclective, 900 N. Kansas Av., NOTO Arts District, at 7 PM. This year the League honored its seventeen special male members and included food, facts and fun!
The theme of the event was “Not for Women Only.” The League of Women Voters of Topeka-Shawnee County is a non-partisan political organization with the goal of empowering citizens to actively participate in their government at the local, state and national levels.
    Honorees are Dr. David Beale, Dennis Bosley, Robert Epps, Bill Gannaway, Dr. Robert Harder, Sam Hargis, Barney Heeney, Gregory Inkman, Orion Jordan, Ross Jory, Ken Kerle, Allyn Lockner, Chris Meinhardt, Dr. Joe Sargent, Roger Underwood, Larry Wilson and Dr. Ira Stam. Larry Wislon shared his story with the group about how he was the first male to join local League, in 1974...by winning a coin toss...and has remained a League member for the past 39 years!

Membership Event, Not for Women Only, September 18, 2013

September 3, 2013:
There was a good crowd (close to eighty in attendance) for our Tuesday Topics lecture on "fracking in Kansas" by Rex Buchanan at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
Fracking in Kansas. Speaker is Rex Buchanan

July 27, 2013:
Thirty-five participants from eight local Leagues of Women Voters across Kansas met in Topeka for LWV-TSC members attending Memership Leadership Sustainability Training, Topeka, July, 2013Membership/Leadership Sustainability Training. The League of Women Voters of the United States chose Kansas to pilot the Sustainability project. Participants reviewed membership recruitment, leadership identification and mentoring, plans to increase League visibility and developing strategies for financial viability to support our work. The League of Women Voters must actively plan to ensure its future in order to continue its mission of making democracy work through voter education and encouraging citizens' participation in government.

Grant Stephens, an elementary education student at Washburn University, has received one of two 2013 scholarship grants from the League of Women Voters of Topeka-Shawnee County. The scholarships will help Washburn University elementary education students take government block courses, with the second scholarship to be granted in the fall 2013 semester. Stephens and Donna LaLonde, interim chair of the Washburn University education department, also received free one-year memberships to the League.

Marge Ahrens accepts LWVK awardLWVTSC has won a 2013 Topeka Peace and Justice Award, presented at the first-ever "Peace Party," Apr. 11, 2013.

The League of Women Voters believes that every citizen should be protected in the right to vote, the right to know about governmental actions, and that no person or group should suffer economic or administrative discrimination. The League studies and takes political, non-partisan action to combat discrimination and poverty, and provide equal access to education, employment, health care and housing.

The League works to increase understanding of public policy issues and encourages the active and informed participation of citizens in government to achieve these goals. It supports affordable, quality child care and programs that promote the well-being, development and safety of all children. The League believes in community violence prevention programs and in limiting the accessibility of handguns and semi-automatic weapons.

In order to achieve a just society, the League works for open government, a fair and humane criminal justice system, and management of environmental resources in the public interest.

The League also believes that cooperation with other nations is essential in the search for solutions to world problems and is imperative in the promotion of world peace. It supports policies that reduce the risk of war through arms control measures, and that examine defense spending in the context of total national needs.

For many years, the members of the League or Women of Topeka-Shawnee County have registered voters, written letters, and testified at the city, county, state and national level in order to achieve a more just society. And without justice, there will be no peace.

April 2013, "Update on Topeka"
Speaker: Jim Colson, Topeka City Manager
+ Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of Topeka-Shawnee Co.
Our new League president is Maryanna Quilty. Thanks go to ex-president
Marge Ahrens and outgoing Board members.
Awards were given to Topeka Capital-Journal reporters Tim Carpenter, Statehouse
bureau chief, and Andy Marso, Statehouse reporter for their legislative coverage
within the past year.
Annual Meeting 2013 collage

March 28, 2013:
Candidate Chat—Meet the Candidates
was held at TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, 6:30-9:00PM
The public was invited to attend.
LWV-TSC also co-sponsore Candidates School on Thurs,, Jan. 24, 6:30-9 PM & Thurs., Feb. 28, 2013, 6-9 PM

Member June Windscheffel was honored as a "Woman of Distinction"
by American Business Women's Association, Career Chapter, at a scholarship fundraising
luncheon on Mar. 12, 2012. Read about June in the 2/25/2013 Topeka Capital-Journal.

March 2013, "Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchanges—
How Will They Work?"

Speaker: Sandy Preager, Kansas Insurance Commissioner
This event was co-sponsored by Fast Forward Young Professionals of the Greater Topeka
Chamber of Commerce
| Kansas Health Consumer Coalition | WIBW-TV | Topeka and
Shawnee County Public Library

Note: In March we had record attendance! The talk was videotaped. Watch this space for a link.
March 2013 Tuesday Topics

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FEBRUARY 2013, "KanCare: How it works"
Speaker: Josh Dieker of the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition.
+ Concurrence Vote on Kansas State Finance Tax Study
Again in February we had an excellent turnout of attendees!
February 2013 Tuesday Topics meeting
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LWV-TSC member Camille Nohe is an official LWV lobbyist for the 2013 legislative session

JANUARY 2013, "Kansas Taxes: Who Pays?"
A report on Kansas League State Study.
Report by LWV-TSC study committee member Shelly Bukley.
See also "Group provides alternative tax vision," by Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, 1-8-2013
Note: We had an excellent "First-meeting-of-2013" crowd of 67 attendees!
January 2013 meeting was well-attended

Topeka Capital-Journal reporter Andy Marso captures a digital photo crowd B Grace Wilson and presener, Shelley Bukley Ann Mah crowd A VOICE meeting followed Tuesday Topics meeting Carol Albott Rameriz introduces Josh Grace Wilson speaks Josh Dieker speaks February 2013 attendees Jan Waide asks a question Speaker Sand Praeger Contact info visual WIBW sent videographer Half our crowd
Maryanna and Shelley Rex Buchanan, Kansas Geological Survey Oil and Gas Map Oil rig September crowd Attendees A Treats Man-talk Marge and Barney Heeney Larry Wilson speaks of his League membership experience Attendees B Attendees C Ann Mah and tablet Vicki Schmidt explains November attendees WIBW Channel 13 covered our meeting League School took place directly after the Tuesday Topics meeting Return to Top of Page Kansas State Legislators Discussion was run by Charles Jones A young mom attends League of Women Voters co-sponsored this event League registered voters on site Grace Wilson helped plan this event KU students helped host this meeting Crowds attended Just outside the tent LWV-TSC registers voters League members help register New citizens register to vote Registering Registering 2 Chatting C Chatting B Chatting A Treats Listeners D Listeners E Listerners A Listeners B Listeners C Marge Ahrens, current local League president Georgia Sandlin leads brainstorming session Grace Wilson wins political quiz Board members pull together Gwen Elliott listens to president Marge Ahren's next suggestion

Listners Bob Archer Question B Karen Hiller comments City Council reps and County Comiissioners Question A Larry Walgast comments Library meeting A comment from League memberDiana Siegel

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LWV-TSC tour of Jeffrey Energy Center, St. Marys, KS Georgia receives gift of scarf from Gwen Georgia, Brenda and Gwen read League poem Outgoing president Georgia Sandlin presides at annual meeting Remembering Gwen Elloitt, remembering Joe Sargent, remembering Jan Waide, remembering Pat Stinson, remembering Patty Pressman, remembering Betsy Rohleder, remembering Charlotte Adair, remembering Diana Siegal, remembering Ruth Wilkin, remembering Gwen Elliott, incoming League president listeners chatting afterwards League Board members line up at the front of the room Joan Wagnon, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Joan Wagnon talks about state budget deficits Dottie Harder and Ruth Wilkins earn 50-year pins Donna Schneweis, second speaker Rebecca Woodman, first speaker June Windscheffel in tiara eatting holiday finery Mary Ann brings more plates checking in Vicki Schmidt, Elizabeth Ensley and Laura Kelly discuss campaigning Local League members help with registration, primary and general elections Photo A Photo B Photo C Photo D Photo E