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
Capital-Journal 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.
November 5, 2013:
LWV-TSC was honored to have Rev. Ben Scott present a Certificate of Apprciation 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.
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.
September 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!
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.
BUILDING OUR FURTURE
July 27, 2013:
Thirty-five participants from eight local Leagues of Women Voters across Kansas met in Topeka for Membership/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.
LWVTSC 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.
Note: 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.
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
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.
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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
Note: Again in February we had an excellent turnout of attendees!
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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.
"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!