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Review —2014 Speakers and Activities:

"After Topics" immediately following Tuesday Topics, monthly—
   Throughout the years, various members of our League have provided information about the League immediately following Tuesday Topics. These presentations have helped inform our members of how the league works and what we are about. These short presentations have been titled "League School." After much thought and discussion, it was decided that there is more time needed beyond our Tuesday topics to provide all members information about the various activities in which our league is involved. Thus the name change to "After Topics."
   Members will have a chance to learn about and discuss various League activities and actions.

2014 Legislative Watch:

Our League’s Legislative Watch Group began monitoring bills and observing selected Legislative Committees. The following members are on board:

Shelly Bulkey         Election Administration*
Glennie Buckley     Education*
Jan Seagraves       Education*
Maryanna Quilty    Immigration
Sandra Powell       Death penalty repeal
Bernadette Forge  Voter issues*
Carol Jordan          State employee issues
Camille Nohe         Court/judicial issues*

The * indicates an area of State League priority.

New Member
Mentor Program

The League Board of Directors has supported an initiative to mentor new members.
   We are delighted with our recent membership growth and want to reach out to these new members. We will provide information, answer questions and learn of new members’ experiences and interests.  We hope these efforts will make all new members feel comfortable and welcome within our League. The program involves matching an established League member with a new member.  
   A sign-up sheet was distributed at Tuesday Topics.
   Your help will make this program a success.  Thank you. 

Teresa Stambaugh, Membership Chair: 862-6621
Grace Wilson, Assistant Membership Chair:  235-8452. 

Dr. Jerry Farley Scott Smathers
Government Issues
City Council, County Commission

Dr. Jerry Farley:
"Washburn University Initiatives"

Scott Smathers:
"Impact of Go Topeka & their partnership w/ JEDO"

Eric Johnson United Way logo Susan Metzger
Eric Johnson:
"Air Service for Topeka"

Miriam Krehbiel:
"United Way Funding"

Susan Metzger:
"Governor's 5-Year Water Management Plan"

Duane Goossen, ormer State Budget Director Kathleen Harvey Doug Anstaett
Duane Goossen:
"What the State Budget means for health care and education"

Kathleen Harvey:
"How the current Kansas voter laws are impacting the Leagues ability to register voters."

David Steward:
"The Ogallala Aquifer and Water Resources"

Doug Anstaett   Don Rankin
Doug Anstaett: "Kansas Open Meetings Act/Kansas Open Records Act"

Meeting canceled because of winter storm.

Don Rankin: "Protecting Topeka's River and Streams"


Dec. 2, 2014:
"Governmental Issues Lunch”
Honored guest speakers were the Mayor of Topeka Larry Wolgast, City Council of Topeka members Karen Hiller and Elaine Schwartz and Shawnee County Commissioners Shelly Buhler, Kevin Cook and Bob Archer. Guests briefly stated what they believe will be important issues in local government for 2015. Question and answer session followed.

Teresa Stambaugh Orion JordanMarge Ahrens
Mayor, City Councilpersons and County Commissioners
Mayor Larry WolgastCity Councilwoman Karen HillerCity Councilwoman Elaine Schwartz
County Commissioner Shelly BuhlerCounty Commissioner Kevin CookCounty Commissioner Bob Archer
Attendees, December 2014 A
Attendees, December 2014 B

Presentation of the first "Every Vote Matters" awards occurred on November 20, 2014, as part of the USD 501 Board meeting, at USD #501 board meeting, Burnett Center, 624 SW 24th, Topeka.
   This year's recognitions were awarded to high school government teachers who have encouraged students to register, vote, and become engaged in their communities. Awardees, who received a certificate and a $100 check, were Topeka High's Phillip Wrigley and James Dewell; Highland Park's Tom Rogers and Anthony Hensley; and Topeka West teacher Connie Jacobson.
   Board President Maryanna Quilty and Voter Services Chair Bernadette Forge presened the awards. Registration to vote and participation at the voting box and in the community are at the core mission of the League of Women Voters.

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Every Vote Matters Awards 2014

   In addition to welcoming the League’s presentations on the importance of registering and voting, these teachers have been working in their classrooms to promote citizen participation in government, especially by encouraging their high school students to register and vote. Knowing that school districts do not always have the resources they would like to have for classroom teachers, the League of Women Voters presented, to each government teacher honored, a certificate and a $100 check. As with all classroom teachers, these individuals have had a positive impact on the future of their students and our country as a whole. We whole-heartedly support their efforts in the years to come. Congratulations to all!

State League Day in TopekaNovember 8, 2014Read details at LWVK web site.
Several LWV-TSC members shared important materials with other LWVK members.

November 6, Fundraising Art AuctionFundraising Reception, "Art Is an Invitation to Activism"November 6, 2014
NOTO Arts Center
, 1935 N. Kansas Av., Topeka. This event was a reception for League members and guests. Attendees met local artists at an exhibition of their work. The event celebrated the postive impact of the arts on social change and community involvement. NOTO founder Anita Wolgast greeted guests. Guest Speaker was Connie Gibbons, director of the Mulvane Art Museum. — This was a fundraiser for the League, planned by Orion and Carole Jordan.

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NOTO Arts Center reception
Artwork on Display:
Barbara Waterman-Peters homage to Anita Wolgast and John Hunter
Art is an Invitation to Activism Socializing
Evening Speakers:
Evening speakers

Nov. 4, 2014:
"Washburn University Initiatives: KBI Forensics Lab, Morgan Hall renovations, and plans for a new Law School.”
Dr. Jerry Farley, President, Washburn University

   Dr. Jerry Farley, Washburn University President since 1997, shared Election Day with League members and guests at the library on November 4. He has overseen historic growth in buildings and programs since his arrival. He shared the vision of the university in preserving historic aspects of the campus such as towers and columns while updating the use and design of buildings to better serve the students. He said, “Washburn is in the business of educating students.” Attraction of students is one reason for working to keep up the appearance of the university. “We are creating an ‘image’” he said.
   Morgan Hall is being renovated to become a Welcome Center for student enrollment, a one-stop shop.  With the street enhancements on 17th Street, Washburn will have a new front door for the campus once Morgan Hall renovations are completed. At the same time, transfer procedures are being adjusted to create a friendlier atmosphere for students and for more widely accepted transferred credit hours. The largest numbers of transfers come from KU and KSU with Allen County Community College a distant third.
   When Dr. Farley came to Washburn, two-thirds of the students were non-traditional students, but that changed as more campus housing was added and filled to capacity. Another dormitory is planned to open for the fall of 2016. It will be located on the east side of campus near Stouffer Hall and the Phi Delta Theta house. Only 9% of students live on campus, but those who do, for at least the freshman year, have a retention and graduation rate of over 80% as compared to a general campus rate of about 50%. Other engagements on campus such as fraternities and sororities, athletics, clubs or student government also increase the retention and graduation rates. Programs are in place to help students who would otherwise not qualify for admission to Washburn. With the addition of the Washburn Tech campus, students can also “bridge” from degrees earned at the tech campus to four year degrees from Washburn University.
   New programs or refined programs are developing along with the construction of the new KBI lab on campus. Students can major in CSI in the criminal justice program or participate in the expanded forensics program. The 95,000 square foot building is expected to open in October or November 2015. 
   The new law school building is planned for the south east corner of campus. It will add 150,000 square feet of space. Use of the old law building when vacated has not yet been determined.
Dr. Farley answered questions about how WU is funded: Budget of about $100,000,000 is 9% state funding, 19% sales tax revenue, just below 70% tuition, and 3-5% endowment.  Auditing classes: People over age 60 years of age can now audit classes at Washburn. Hiring and retention of faculty: It is a priority with the stated goal of hiring the first choice of the selection committee in each case. Future models of universities may be more like Washburn with cooperative efforts with tech schools and high schools. Many students of the future may be able to complete degrees started in the last year of high school in three or fewer years. —notes by Charlotte Adair

    Maryanna Quilty, LWV-TSC presidentCarole JordanMarge Ahrens
November Tuesday Topics, with Dr. Jerry Farley
November 1, 2014:
Fannie Mandelbaum honored by the League of Women Voters

Fannie Mandelbaum   
Fannie Mandelbaum, Honorary Life Member of the League of Women Voters, was honored by family and friends November 1, 2014, at a celebration of her 100th birthday. Temple Beth Shalom was the site of the event. She turned 100 year old on November 3rd.
    The League of Women Voters of the United States inducted Fannie as an Honorary Life Member in April 2007. She received her Life Member pin and no longer has to pay membership dues. Until recent years, Fannie was very active in our League. She always attended Tuesday Topics, served on the Board of Directors and on several committees. At her birthday celebration, the League of Women Voter of Topeka Shawnee County presented Fannie with a certificate recognizing her long time commitment to and support of the League.

Honoring Fannie Mandelbaum on her 100th birthday

“Your Voice, Your Vote”

video forumsThe League of Women Voters of Topeka Shawnee County and KTWU Public Television brought voter information programing to your living room. You will note that the League is no longer a sponsor of the Secretary of State forum. We had to withdraw as the League of Women Voters of Kansas is a partner in a law suit over voter identification. KTWU issues programing included:

  • September 25 at 7:30 PM “I’ve Got Issues” election special “Your Voice, Your Vote” with candidates for US Senate interviews, with host Janet Jackson-Thompson.
  • October 22 at 7:00 PM “Your Voice, Your Vote” forum with candidates for Secretary of State. Nick Haines is the moderator. The forum is co-sponsored by Washburn University Political Science Department.
  • October 23 at 7:30 PM “I’ve Got Issues” election special “Your Voice, Your Vote” with candidates for Governor interviews, with host Janet-Jackson Thompson.
  • October 29 at 7:00 PM “Your Voice, Your Vote” forum with candidates for US 2nd Congressional District. Nick Haines is the moderator.

Oct. 7, 2014:
Impact of GoTopeka and their partnership with JEDO
Scott Smathers, VP for Government Relations, GO Topeka.October Tuesday Topics images

LWV-TSC yard sign


The Topeka-Shawnee County League of Women Voters offered yard signs to members and friends. We have taken the idea from the Johnson County League, but had them made in Topeka using our name. The message reads "Your VOTE Matters." An image of the sign is at the top of this column. Our signs are 18" x 24" on "conoplast," a sturdy water resistant material, two-sided, with built in black metal legs. They are recyclable, so they can be used for future elections.

Sept. 10, 2014:
2014 Membership Event
Our annual event was held at The Eclective, 900 N. Kansas Av., NOTO Arts District, at 7 PM. This year the League focused on the League's cooperative efforts with KTWU on televised candidate forums and interviews planned for this Fall. Our special guest was KTWU program director Val VanDerSluis. —Select a thumbnail to see the larger photo.
Membership event collage


Sept. 2, 2014:
Air Service for Topeka
Eric Johnson, Airport President/Director of Air Ports (MTAA)
                                                                                                               By Edith Bronson
   “There is no United air service,” Eric Johnson stated after being introduced as Air Port President/Director of Air Ports (MTAA) at Sept 2 Tuesday Topics. “The lack of air service limits our growth. The 9,000 passengers in the area who fly from Kansas City is a $127 million loss to us.”
   Being too close to Kansas City is not a factor. Johnson came from a successful airport in a small New York town that was close to three other airports. “Changing this areas’ behavior was slow to startup. The early 25% load factor in January was terrible; by May the load factor had grown to 65%. Further growth didn’t happen. What went wrong? There is no answer yet. We don’t want to repeat mistakes.” Economic development money was received from Kansas, the federal government and the Chamber; since May it has been funded out-of-pocket.
   Trying to combine the two airports here would be a huge cost. They provide different services. Billard (Topeka) is for personal planes.  Infrastructure is solid. Forbes (Shawnee Co) is for business, military, and leisure travel.  About half the income is from the military with the air refueling wing, Ft Riley flights and the longest runway in the state accommodating the 747 and the Russian helicopter carrier. Two airlines provide flights to Nevada resorts about every six weeks. 
   League members related personal disappointments in the air service and offered suggestions. Johnson said MTAA had provided better value with non-stop service to a hub city and $5 for unlimited parking. Greatest travel was to the Northeast/Washington D.C.  Signage inside the building has been installed.
   Losing the airline was a huge disappointment. Why did the system not work?  Difficulties included cancellations and delays by United; bad weather, FAA regulations that reduced the number of pilots and flying hours; little signage in Topeka, no public transportation to the airport; finding the right publicity avenue. “The Chamber of Commerce was phenomenal about getting the word out.”
   MTAA also oversees about 70 buildings including Coca-Cola, Fed Ex, and a private fire alarm company that built a $750,000 facility that will belong to MTAA. Properties are being renewed. A newly hired property manager finds tenants.
   Johnson concluded that they would “keep working and get the right airline here.”

July 1, 2014:
Governor's 5-Year Water Management Plan
Susan Metzger, Chief of Planning and Policy with the Kansas Water Office and leader of Governor Sam Brownback’s 50-year water management visioning team. —Read "Kansas Water Office's 500-year plan says Ogallala Aquifer will be 70 percent depleted," by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press, 7-1-2014.
League School followed Tues. Topics meeting
“How the League Studies an Issue” focused on our new local study regarding privatization of economic development including principals of transparency, openness, citizen participation and accountability for the use of public funds.
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July, Water Resources issues

Comments by President Maryanna Quilty:
   WIBW's "News at Four" gave the League's message invaluable exposure in the community. Our League can not thank WIBW and Ralph Hipp enough for having us on the show for the past year and a half. (The show terminated its run on June 27, 2014.)

June 3, 2014:
State Budget impact on healthcare and education
Duane Goossen, VP for Fiscal & Health Policy, KS Health Institute & former State Budget Director —Read front page coverage in The Topeka Capital-Journal: "Expert forecast: Kansas will be in the red within a year without changes," by Andy Marso, and also "Brownback budget director questions Goossen's record," by Andy Marso, 6-5-14.. See also: Analyst: Kansas leaders misrepresented research into cause of state tax revenue drop," by Bryan Lowry, Eagle Topeka bureau, Wichita Eagle, 6-7-2014. Also read: ""Memo: Kansas revenue dip tied to state, federal tax policy Brownback official reject claims state tax cuts at fault," by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, 6-10-14, and "Kansas revenue slips $28M below estimates in June," by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, 6-30-14. "Kansas' Ruinous Tax Cuts," by The Editorial Board, NYTimes, 7-13-14. Goossen on The Kansas Budget blog. "S&P downgrades state bond rating," by Andy Marso, 8-7-2014, The Topeka Capital-Journal. "Kansas Revenue Remains in Critical Condition," by Duane Goossen, on his "The Kansas Budget" blog, 9-8-2014.
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June Tuesday Topics, League of Women Voters of Topeka-Shawnee County

League School: Marge Ahrens and Evelyn Davis discuessed how League studies are handled. They focused on our new local study regarding privatization of economic
development including principals of transparency, openness, citizen participation and accountability for the use of public funds.

Our League has voted to resume voter registration efforts. People who were registered and have moved within Kansas don't need proof of citizenship. To those who do need to provide proof, we will give an envelope addressed to the Election Office and they will have to send the documents. Alternately, people without proof of citizenship can still use the federal form, but they can then only vote in federal elections.

May 6, 2014:
Immigration Law
Kathleen Harvey, Attorney and Immigration Specialist
+ League School w/Bernadette Forge: "How the current Kansas voter laws are impacting the Leagues ability to register voters."
Meeting handout: What Part of Illegal Immigration Don't You Understand?
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May photo collage

Robert C. Harder


In tribute to the memory of Dr. Robert C. Harder, ex-president of LWV-TSC, who passed away on April 12, 2014. Bob has been honored multiple times as an inspiring public servant. He served as Cabinet secretary in the administration of five Kansas governors. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January of this year. He will be greatly missed. An article, "Robert Harder, longest-serving Cabinet secretary in state history, dies at 84," by Eric Smith, was published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on the Monday, April 14, 2014.

April 1, 2014:
The Ogallala aquifer and water resources
David Steward, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Kansas State University
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LWV-TSC 2014 Annual Meeting

March 4, 2014:
Kansas Open Meetings Act/Kansas Open Records Act
Doug Anstaett, Kansas Press Association, Executive Director
+ League School w/ Betsy Rohleder: "What Happens at Annual Meeting" —Select a thumbnail to see the larger photo
March meeting collage

League Day at the Capitol. Photos of this state-level event, held Thurs. Feb. 13, 2014, were once posted on the LWVK web site. They were deleted in an update of the site.
League Day at the Capitol

Sandra Powell addresses public speaking trainees


In January Sandra Powell offered her expertise as a Topeka Toastmaster to our members to become more effective public speakers. The League needs people to speak before civic groups and governmentbodies to promote our positions and educate the public to what we do.
Public speaking workshop, TSCPL

January 7, 2014:
Protecting Topeka's River and Streams
Don Rankin, Superintendent, Topeka Utilities —Select a thumbnail to see the larger photo

January meeting collage

Don explains how rainwater makes its way to the Kansas River January 2014 meeting attendees Don shows us the runoff map Water department employee chimes in Don Rankin, superintendent of Topeka Utilities Betsy Rohleder addresses League School about Annual Meeting function March League School attendees March Tuesday Topics attendees Camille Nohe introduces March speaker Doug Anstaett speaking B Doug Anstaett speaking A Luncheon meeting at McCrite Retirement Plaza Annual Meeting handout Dennis Bosley announcement Dan Brennan announcement Glennie Buckley, Linda Williams and Gwen Elliott honored as outgoing Board members Tuesday Topics speaker, David Steward LWV-TSC President Maryanna Quilty Hallway discussion about Kansas water resources Kathleen Harvey B How to get a Green Card Voter Registration snags Bernadette Forge speaks at League School May attendees Kathleen Harvey A Duane Goossen 2 Duane Goossen 1 LWV-TSC members at lunch, McCrite Plaza Susan Metzger speaks Water resources map League business Brochure and flag July attendees Check-in Val VanDerSluis, guest speaker Linda, Gwen, Val and Maryanna Leaders in their LWV tee-shirts Democract us bit a spectator sport Cash back to LWV for sales at The Eclective Networking A Networking B Networking C Camille Nohe Lea Billinger Overview Teresa Stambaugh Diana Siegel Marge Ahrens Orion and Carole Jordan Scott and PowerPoint image Scott Smathers Georgia Sandlin Glennie Buckley LWV brochure NOTO street lights, pre-dark NOTO Arts Center building Art is an Invitation to Activism Reception table Art E Dolls by Beverly Dodge Radifeld Art D Art B Art C Art A Anita Wolgast chats Young musicians Steve and  ?? ?? Chat B Chat E Chat D Chat C Connie Gibbons League president Maryanna Quilty Host Jim Ogle Anita Wolgast welcomes guests Boys play one last song More chatting About to pack up All five Every Vote Matters award winners Congratulating 2014 award winners Anthony Hensley receives his award from Glennie Buickley and Bernadette Forge Grace Wilson, Glennie Buckley and Bernadette Forge joined LWV-TSC president Maryanna Quilty in presenting awards League president Maryanna Quilty announced names of honorees Award winners with League members and current school board president Janel Johnson Jerry Farley A Jerry Farley C Jerry Farley B Question Luncheon attendees Jerry Farley D Shawnee County Commissioners speak at December Tuesday Topics Mayor, Topeka City Councilpersons and Shawnee County Commissioners


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