2015 Events Wrap-up:
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December 1, 2015: Tues. Topics
Panel Discussion as part of our annual “Governmental Issues Lunch” with panelists Sen. Laura Kelly, Sen. Vicki Schmidt, Rep. Annie Kuether, Rep. Annie Tietze and Rep. John Alcala.
In Memory...Fannie Mandelbaum
LWV-TSC member Fannie Mandelbaum, who had recently celebrated her 101st birthday, died at home on November 24, 2015. She was born November 3, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York. She worked as a statistician for the New York City Division of Parole, the Department of Defense in New York and Washington D.C., and at National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Her husband, Aurthur, was recruited to work at the Menninger Foundation in 1952, bringing the Bandelbaums to Topeka. Fannie joined our local LWV over 50 years ago. League members were on hand to honor her and recognize her service to our League at her her 100th birthday celebration in November 2014. Fannie's entire obituary is available to read at cjonline.
November 3, 2015: Tues. Topics
Jennifer Rapp, Deputy Director, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit/Public Information Officer for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, spoke on “Human Trafficking”.
Wed. evening, Oct. 14, 2015:
Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Congressman and noted civil rights activist, spoke at Washburn University, White Concert Hall, as part of Washburn's freshmen's iRead program. Freshman read volumes 1 & 2 of The March, a black and white graphic novel trilogy about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement told from the perspective of Congressman Lewis. The books' other contributors, Andrew Aydin (writer) and Nate Powell (illustrator) also spoke at this event. As part of this event, the university partnered with LWV-Kansas to do voter registration drives with a goal of registering 1000 voters. Washburn students also registered voters. Natasha Martinez, new intern for the League, coordinated with Washburn and with other local Leagues. Every League totaled the number of people registered at events prior to October 14 and reported their numbers to Natasha.
October 6, 2015: Tues. Topics
Dr. Taylor Porter, Valeo Medical Director, spoke on “Shawnee County Mental Health Needs”
Sat. evening, Sept. 21, 2015:
Art is an Invitation to Activism / Verse Two: Four Women Poets
NOTO Arts Center, 922 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, on Saturday evening, September 12.
Second annual "Art is an Invitation to Activism" fundraiser.
Four poets read their work and answered questions at this wine and cheese event, partnered with NOTO of Topeka. Poets included Denise Low (former Kansas Poet Laureate), Annette Billings, Leah Sewell, and Megan Kaminski. League members and their guests attended.
Sept. 1, 2015: Tues. Topics
James Brown, Topeka Chief of Police, spoke on “Issues Facing the Topeka Police Department”
Aug. 4, 2015: Tues. Topics
Michael Kaye, Washburn University Law Professor, spoke on
Jul. 7, 2015: Tues. Topics
Joan Graves, Operations Assistant, Shawnee County Solid Waste Department, spoke on
“Overview of Shawnee County's Solid Waste Department”
VIDEO: Paul Johnson, Legislative Liaison for LWVK, spoke in summary of the 2015 Legislative session (46:14), watch on youTube:
This version includes Paul's talk, plus questions & answers (127:02):
In Memory...Ruth Wilkin
Long-time LWV-TSC member Ruth Wilkin, 96, died on July 5, 2015, at Presbyterian Manor in Topeka. This quote is from Ruth's obituary:
"Don and Ruth raised their family in Topeka, Kansas where Don was Plant Extension Engineer for Southwestern Bell Telephone and Ruth engaged in politics and community service. Ruth believed one person could make a difference. ...Ruth strongly supported many feminist causes and worked tirelessly for equal pay for women. In 1972, Ruth was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, the first woman and first Democrat to represent her district.
Memorials may be made to Potwin Presbyterian Church, the American Cancer Society, or the Democratic Party.
June 16, 2015:
Books and Bags Fundraiser was held at Don and Judy Moler's house. A ten dollar donation to the LWVTSC Education Fund was charged as admission to purchase gently used books and handbags.
In addition, attendees enjoyed wine, cheese and mingling with fellow League members. Guests were welcome.
Prior to this event donations of hardback or paperback books (5 years old or newer) or handbags were accepted. This event was coordinated by Judy Moler.
Jun. 3, 2015: Tues. Topics
Recognition of League Service: Ken Kurle and Dennis Bosley. They were honored for their involvement in local criminal justice issues, including the start of our local Alternative (Mental Health) Court.
Dean Clark Coco spoke on
“Washburn Institute of Technology”
May 5, 2015: Tues. Topics
Recognition of League Service: Joe Sargent and Georgia Sandlin for their long dedication as observers at City Council and County Commission meetings, respectively.
League Business Reports: Nancy Wagner, Carrie Landcaster and Glennie Buckley
Patrick Woods, Director of Talent Management and Diversity at Westar Energy and Topeka Pulic Schools Board of Education Member, spoke on
“Early Childhood Education and Parents as Teachers”
AfterTopics: Past Presidents Share Insights
from left: Georgia Sandlin, Patricia Pressman, Jan Weide, Maryanna Quilty, Grace Wilson, Nancy Sargent and Gwen Elliott
See List of LWV-TSC Past Presidents
In Memory...Irv Sheffel
Longtime member, Irv Sheffel, died May 18, 2015. He was assistant to Karl Menninger, co-founder of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, for many years, and was known for his local philanthropy, including $1 million to Topeka Civic Theatre, where the large theater carries his name.
His first wife, Beth, served as President of the Topeka-Shawnee County League of Women Voters. Irv said how much he enjoyed reading a perfect memory of Beth's feistiness in the VOTER after her death in 1995. Beth and Irv lost their only daughter, Anita, to anorexia at age 21.
After Irv joined our local League, he was a regular attendee at Tuesday Topics until just a few years ago. Irv and his second wife, Peggy, continued their League membership. Irv's nephew, Ron Greenberg, said his uncle was a great listener, who cared for others and had a deep connection to people.
In 1949, Irv came to Topeka to be interviewed by Menninger. Karl asked Sheffel what the biggest problem or challenge was facing the institution. "They say you are the biggest problem," Irv replied. "You're paternalistic, dictatorial and intimidating. You don't allow for participation by departmental directors in making important decisions." That night Karl said, "I hope you will come work for me."
Memorial contributions may be made to The Villages, Inc., 7240 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66615.
In Memory...Pat Burton
Patricia Burton passed away May 24, 2015. She was born in Caney, KS and received a Master's degree in Foods and Nutrition at Kansas State University. Pat was employed at Capper's farm magazine, Topeka Inn Management, and retired from Kansas Telecommunications Assoc. in order to assist her husband, Charles, with home dialysis. Charles preceded her in death in June 2008.
Pat taught Sunday School and volunteered for Camp Fire Girls, Topeka Youth Project and Let's Help. As a member of the Topeka-Shawnee County League of Women Voters, she volunteered for a few years to send out all the email notices to the membership about our upcoming meetings. Pat enjoyed learning, the outdoors, cooking, gardening, bridge, quilting, theater, and bookkeeping.
Survivors include two daughters and four grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 SW 21st, Topeka, KS 66604 or the Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr, Ste 100, Arlington, VA 22203.
April 7, 2015: Tues. Topics
Dr. Mark Peterson, Chair of the Political Science department, Washburn University, spoke on “Interpreting Political Polls.”
League's Annual Business Meeting followed Tuesday Topics. League members voted for new board members, annual budget, and minor changes to bylaw changes and Local Housing position. People leaving/remaining on the local board and off-board volunteers were thanked for their services to LWV-TSC.
Election of 2015-17 officers & board: Camille Nohe, a retired attorney from Topeka, has been elected to lead the Topeka-Shawnee County League of Women Voters for a two-year-term.
Other officers elected or appointed for 2015-2016 include Judy Moler, first vice-president/president-elect; Orion Jordan, second vice-president/finance chair; Lea Billinger, secretary; Maryanna Quilty, studies chair; Glennie Buckley, Tuesday Topics speaker chair; Carole Jordan, public relations chair; Carrie Lancaster, membership chair; Grace Wilson, assistant membership chair; Ximena Garcia, voter services chair; Bernadette Forge, assistant voter services chair; Vicki Arnett, action chair; June Windscheffel, observer; and Peggy Hinck, Voter editor.
March 3, 2015: Tues. Topics
Larry Weigel, Medicare expert, discussed “Health Care Compact” —Weigel earned degrees in business administration and education from Kansas State University and is a Medicare coach. Visit his Medicare Coach blog.
Mayor Larry Wolgast also spoke near the end of our meeting to make brief comments on giving the mayor the right to vote when voting in the upcoming city election.
February 3, 2015: Tues. Topics
Tom Vlach, , Director of Public Works/County Engineer. He will speak on “Bridges and Road Work Using the Half-cent Sales Tax.”
After Topic: "What is going on with our Local 'Observer Corp'?" followed Tuesday Topics.
January 6, 2015: Tues. Topics
Trey George, Executive Director, Topeka Housing Authority,"Topeka Housing Authority, Aquaponics Program." E3 Aquaponics is an urban farm that raises fish and produce in a contained system that involves young Topekans as co-owners.
Policy Position Update 2015-2016 followed Tuesday Topics.
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