2016 Events Wrap-up:
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Tuesday Topics, December 6, 2016
Shawnee County Commissioners and Topeka City Council members including County Commissioners Buhler and Cook, as well as City Council members Hiller, Emerson, Schwartz, and Coen spoke about “City & County Governmental Issues, 2017”
Tuesday Topics, November 1, 2016
Jessica Lehnherr and Cyndi Haines of CASA of Shawnee County
“CASA: Life Long Difference”
Legislative Candidate Forum: Shawnee County Legislative Candidates (Senate Candidates include 18th, 19th and 20th Districts. House candidates include 50th, 53rd, 54th and 56th Districts), and + State School Board Candidates. Forum will focus on all contested races. We are not inviting candidates who have uncontested races (House 52nd, 55th, 57th and 58th districts). Mark your calendars and come early!
October 19 @ TSCPL
Co-hosted by LWV-TSC, Topeka Chamber, Kansas Oral Health
"Kansas budget/tax policy, Medicaid expansion & judicial selection process"
Moderated by Zach Ahrens, Editor of Topeka Capital-Journal
2nd Congressional District Candidates Forum -October 17
Shown live on KTWU-TV, Channel 11
Co-hosted by KTWU and LWV of Topeka-Shawnee County
Wide-ranging topics, "Issues important to the United States"
Moderated by Nick Haines
Shawnee County Legislative Candidates Forum -October 11 @ TSCPL
Co-hosted by the ACLU and LWV of Topeka-Shawnee County
Topic was "The Criminal Justice System"
Moderated by Brook Lennington, KSNT-TV
October Voter Education Events:
October 15: Farmers Market
October 8: Topeka High School -education presentation
October 7: NOTO Art Walk
October 6: First Baptist Church -training
State League Fall Day was Sat., October 15, in Manhattan, hosted by League of Women Voters of Manhattan/Riley County. A wrap-up of the meeting, with photos, is available online.
Tuesday Topics, October 4, 2016
Sarah Green, Independent Writer and Consultant,“Stories About Kansas Water”
September Voter Education Events:
September 19: Highland Park High School/Government classes
September 27: Lowman Hill, Counting ballots after student election
September 29: Topeka West High School event planned
September Voter Registration Events:
September 2: Art Walk
September 10: Farmers Market
September 11: Antioch Baptist Church
Tuesday Topics, September 6, 2016
Judge Evelyn Wilson and attorney Pedro Irigonegaray, representing the Informed Voters Project. Each spoke on the “Role of Judges in Government.”
August 29: Third and final billboard supporting Voter Rights is in place, SE 27th St. @ SE California Av., Highland Park.
August 31: KTWU fundraiser phones answered by League member volunteers. Thanks to League members Ruth Dickenson, Mary Gaalligan, Judy Seitz, Vicki Arnett, Marge Ahrens and June Windscheffel for aiding KTWU by answering pledge telephone calls for this KTWU fundraiser.
August Voter Registration Events:
August 4: Alorica
August 6: Back to School Fair, Avondale East
August 11: Topeka Shawnee County Public Library
August 13: Farmers Market
Tuesday Topics, August 2, 2016
Zach Ahrens, Publisher and President, Topeka Capital Journal, “Where's the Butter?” Read about this presentation (plus, watch 36-minutes of the presentation as online video) @ "Publisher speaks about newspaper changes, future at League of Women Voters event, Zach Ahrens explains how newspapers fit into the democratic process at a Tuesday Topics meeting," by Emma Fiander, Topeka Capital-Journal, 8-3-2016
July 25: Second billboard supporting Voter Rights is in place, SE 13th St. @ SE California Av., Highland Park.
Candidate Forum, July 26, 2016, TSCPL, Topeka
Formal questions were presented to legislative candidates for the Kansas House of Representatives and Senate who have contested primary elections. This event was moderated by Zach Ahrens, editor of the Topeka Capital Journal.
This event was co-hosted by our LWV-TSC, the Topeka Chamber, Community Action, Community Resource Council, ERC Resource and Referral, Fast Forward, Heartland Visioning, InterHab, Oral Health Kansas, Topeka Bar Association, United Way of Greater Topeka, and the YWCA of Northeast Kansas. Candidates participating included:
- Senate district #20 - 1 of 4 Democrat candidates, Candace Ayers, and
2 Republican candidates: Joe Patton & Vicki Schmidt
- House district #50 - 2 Democrat candidates: Chris Huntsman & Ross Hutchison
- House district #52 - 1 Republican candidate: Brenda Dietrich
- House district #56 - 2 Republican candidates: Larry Geil & Lane Hemsley
- House district #58 - 3 Democrat candidates: Brett Kell, Vic Miller & Ben Scott
Meet the Candidates, July 22, 2016, TSCPL, Topeka
Iinformal chat with local candidates who have a primary election opponent.
This event was co-hosted by our LWV-TSC, the Topeka Chamber and Fast Forward.
July Voter Registration Events:
July 1: Art Walk
July 12: Topeka Shawnee County Public Library
July 29: Naturalization Ceremony
Tuesday Topics, July 5, 2016
Karl Fundenberger, Metro Bikes Director, spoke on “Liberating Transportation: Making Topeka a More Friendly, Walkable, Bikeable and Human-Scaled City.”
First billboard supporting Voter Rights is in place, SE 6th St. @ SE Lawrence St., East Topeka.
June Voter Registration Events:
June 3: Art Walk
June 11: Farmers Market
June 12: Antioch Baptist Church
June 14:Topeka Shawnee County Public Library
—Events were managed by Bernadette Forge, LWV-TSC Voter Service chair
Books, Bags & Baubles: a fundraiser for LWV-TSC, June 14, 2016
At the home of Judy and Don Moler, this event was hosted for League of Women Voters members and guests.
Purchases were made of gently used purses, books and jewelry at reasonable prices, and refreshments and fun were enjoyed on this late-spring evening.
Tuesday Topics, June 7, 2016
Andrew Howell, Shawnee County Elections Commissioner, speaking on “A Look Under the Hood at Shawnee County's New Election Equipment and Processes.”
...with Blanche Parks and Edie Zarger.
May Voter Registration Events:
May 4: Silver Lake High School
May 16: Topeka Shawnee County Public Library
May 17: AM & PM events, Topeka Metro
Naturalization Ceremony, White Concert Hall, Washburn University [Two photos, below, by Galen Dale]
—Events were managed by Bernadette Forge, LWV-TSC Voter Service chair
Tuesday Topics, May 3, 2016
Dale Dennis, Deputy Commissioner, Kansas State Department of Education, speaking on “Kansas Budget Woes As They Affect Public Education”
Tuesday Topics, April 5, 2016
Randy Peterson, CEO of Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center, spoke on “Health Issues”
LWV-TSC Annual Meeting followed the Tuesday Topics program.
In Memory...Carol Jory
Carol Adele Jory, 83, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Oakley Place in Rossville, Kansas. A long time member of League, Carol he served on the boards of the Historic Ward Meade Park, Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, and Topeka Cemetery. She was awarded Washburn University s Person of the Year in 2004. She contributed anonymously to Washburn University Foundation, Mulvane Art Museum, Baker University, KTWU Public Television, Topeka Rescue Mission, Topeka Zoo, performing arts organizations, and the public libraries in Topeka and Rossville. She contributed to many other groups for historic preservation, conservation, the visual, musical and performing arts, animal welfare, and the senior center. Read Carol's obituary on online.
Tuesday Topics, March 1, 2016
Juanita Ericson, general director of elementary education for USD 501 in Topeka, spoke on: “United Way’s On-Grade Achievement Community Impact Council.”
In Memory...Joe Sargent
Dr. Joseph D. Sargent, M.D., 83, of Topeka, passed away Monday, February 29, 2016. Per his wishes, Joe will be cremated. A memorial service is pending. Dove Cremation & Funeral Service is assisting the family. Joe was a long-time member of League of Women Voters of Topeka and Shawnee County, along with his wife, Nancy Sargent, who survives him. For many years Joe supplied League's Voter newsletter with Observer Reports on the Topeka City Council meetings. Read Joe's obituary on online.
In Memory...Nancy Kindling
Nancy Marie Hendrikx Kindling died peacefully at home on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the age of 81. Born in Rochester, NY, she became a Registered Nurse and formed opinions about health care issues - opinions she would further refine over the years and readily elaborate whenever an opportunity presented. She met and then married Paul Helmut Kindling in 1960. In 1961, the couple moved to Detroit, MI for his internship and surgical residency, then to Topeka, KS in 1967. Nancy decided to further her education at Washburn University, graduating with a BS in Political Science. Nancy s sensitivities about people and commitment to this community were apparent as she devoted much time to local organizations such as Alcohol & Drug Advisory Committee, CASA Citizens Review Board, Crittenden Services, First Presbyterian Church, Judicial Evaluation Commission, Leadership Greater Topeka, League of Women Voters, Mainstream Coalition, Shawnee County Health Board, Stormont-Vail Foundation and Auxiliary, Topeka Symphony League, Topeka Youth Project, United Way Health Care Committee, Washburn Women s Alliance, and YMCA Board of Managers. Nancy is survived by her husband, children grandchildren and a great-grandson. A Celebration of Life will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 817 SW Harrison, Topeka on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 4 pm followed by a gathering for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Nancy s honor to Washburn Women s Alliance, c/o Washburn University Foundation, 1729 SW MacVicar Ave, Topeka, KS 66604, or a charity of the donor s choice. Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel is assisting the family. To leave the family a special message online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com. Search "Nancy Marie Hendrikx Kindling"
Tuesday Topics, February 2, 2016
Beth Clarkson, Ph.D., statistician from Wichita, asked “How Trustworthy are Electronic Voting Systems in Kansas?”
Clarkson is an ASQ-certified quality engineer with a Ph.D. in statistics. She has filed lawsuits asking to review voting records because of questions about electronic voting. In an article in the Wichita Eagle last October, she said, “in a democracy like the U.S., someone like me ought to be able to legally get access to our voting records, determine the accuracy of the official reported results and make those findings public.”
Voice Meeting followed Tuesday Topics, concerning the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) Study. By the end of December, League members will have received via email a number of reports prepared by the JEDO Study Group that details various aspects of the study.
“Wichita State statistician casts vote for regular auditing of Kansas election returns,” by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, 2/2/2016
GOOD CROWD -- GOOD QUESTIONS!
Tuesday Topics, January 5, 2016
John Hunter, Exec. Director, speaks on “Heartland Visioning”
Voice Meeting followed, concerning the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) Study.
In Memory...Barbara Reinert
Barbara F. Reinert died January 2, 2016 in Northport, Michigan, at the age of 92. Barbara and her husband, Ed, lived in Topeka for twenty years, beginning in 1950 when Ed went to work at Menninger Clinic. While in Topeka Barbara joined the local League of Women Voters and remained a local member for the next 20 years. She was also a lobbyist for both Planned Parenthood and the Police Union, was an active member of the Mulvane Art Center Board of Washburn University, developing also her own artistic talents—all while raising her three children. When Ed was appointed Director of the VA Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1970, Barbara left Kansas, but continued her association with League until her passing. Barbara's entire obituary is available at cjonline.
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