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If you need a ride to any League event, Betsy Rohleder via email or phone 357-1995, or Anita Epps via email or phone 232-4851 or Bernadette Forge via email or phone 232-9078.
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2017 Events Wrap-up:
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Marjorye Savage “Marge” Heeney, 91, passed away on June 26, 2017 at Homestead Assisted Living, where she lived. Marge was active with the League of Women Voters, the Kansas Democratic Party, the United Way of Greater Topeka and Keep America Beautiful-Topeka and Shawnee County. She was born and raised in Oklahoma, but spent much of her life raising her four children, teaching and giving to the community of Topeka.
Read news of Marge's passing online.
A feature about Marge appeared shortly before her passing. Read "Marge Heeney, Topeka's'Hat Lady,' inspires zeal for education and politics in others," in the Topeka Capital-Journal, by Samantha Foster, 6/20/2017.
Marge's husband, Barney Heeney, who was also a long-time League member, died at age 93 on May 8, 2017, very shortly before Marge. Read his obituary online.
Barney's obit states that the Heeneys, in buying their tombstone in the 1990s, had it inscribed, "Off on another adventure — who can argue with that?"
Tuesday Topics, Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, Pastor of the United Universality Fellowship of Topeka and member of Topekans for Racial Justice, spoke on “Kansas Interfaith Action: Bringing the Moral Voice to the State of Kansas”
June Tuesday Topics was held at the University United Methodist Church. Lunch was catered by Jeff Ferrell. Sarah shared her life stories and experiences and how they influenced her beliefs and passion for justice. She also shared her love for and inclusion of music in her work with individuals and groups. Sarah began her work in Dallas, Texas, moved to Denver, Colorado, and is now an activist in bringing the message of moral and social justice for people of all religions, ethnicities, and race to Topeka and Kansas. Her message was inclusive, powerful,l and a challenge for us all. Sarah strongly suggested that we network with other groups that have the same or similar goals as the League of Women Voters.
Candidate School, Tues., May 9, 2017
LWV-TSC cosponsored a school for potential political candidates in collaboration with the Topeka Chamber, the Community Resources Council and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
The Candidate School was planned to help persons interested in running for local office gain a working knowledge of the local process. Topics included how to file required reports and paperwork, basic election laws, fund raising and marketing. These groups will sponsor a second session for candidates this summer and a candidate forum for the public to meet candidates before the Nov. 7 general election. More information is available from Curtis Sneden at the Topeka Chamber, 785-231-6025
Tuesday Topics, Tuesday, May 3, 2017
Mayor Larry Walgast, Topeka Mayor, spoke on “Topeka: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”
Mayor Larry Wolgast, who has announced he will not seek another term in November, told a large Tuesday Topics audience that Topeka continues to make progress despite occasional frustrations
"I know you join me in wanting Topeka to be a place where young people want to live and wanting us to work together toward the future. It will take individuals rolling up their sleeves and working together to improve Topeka," he said. "Thank you for all you do."
In Memory...Nicki Stein
Lucy Ann "Nickie" Nichols Stein died in Topeka May 3, 2017. Nickie and Joe moved to Topeka in 1953. Nickie and Joe loved living in Topeka, where they raised three children and actively participated in local arts, education, and issues. During her career, Nickie worked in diverse roles as a registered nurse in nearly every hospital in Topeka, including Stormont-Vail, St. Francis and the Menninger Foundation's psychiatric hospital. She was a legislative lobbyist for the Kansas State Nurses Association and the League of Women Voters. In 1972 she completed a Masters in Education Administration degree at Washburn University. Nickie was an avid supporter of arts and culture in Topeka, and she was a panelist for The Panel of American Women, a diverse group of women who fostered open and inclusive discussions about how to acknowledge and resist racial and religious prejudice in the community. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters, and she and Joe worked with local progressive political projects. Read Nicki's complete obituary at the Penwell Gable web site online.
Sat., April 8
Community Legislative Coffee , a Q & A forum with our local senators and representatives at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. League co-hosted this event, with the Topeka Chamber of Commerce. Zach Ahrens, Editor of the Topeka Capital Journal, moderated. Some prepared questions were used. However, note cards and pencils were made available so attendees could write out questions that they wanted answered.
The following quote, and the photo used here, is lifted from "Vicki's Voice," State Senator Vicki Schmidt's on-line newsletter:
"Thank you to the Topeka Chamber, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, League of Women Voters, Heartland Visioning, Forge Young Professionals and The Topeka Capital-Journal for sponsoring the Community Legislative Forum today! From left to right the legislators in attendance were Rep. John Alcala, Rep. Vic Miller, Sen. Vicki Schmidt, Rep. Brenda Dietrich, Rep. Jim Gartner, Sen. Laura Kelly, Rep. Fred Patton, Rep. Virgil Weigel, Sen. Anthony Hensley and Rep. Annie Kuether. Matt Johnson of the Topeka Capital-Journal was the moderator! Thank you to all who attended! I appreciated the opportunity to dialogue with so many of you on issues important to all of us."
Tuesday Topics, Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Speaker was Dennis Tenpenny, of Valeo Behavioral Health Center, speaking on “Long Term Services and Support in Kansas: How Are Seniors Faring?”
Annual Meeting followed the speaker at 1:00 p.m. Topics included proposed changes to our League's bylaws, approved by the Board, were discussed and acted on.
Tuesday Topics, March 7, 2017
Janice DeBoer, Executive Director, Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging & Disabilities, speaking on “K4ad: Making Topeka Liveable for Seniors.”
The Kansas Area Agencies on Aging Association advocates helping older Kansans remain active, independent, and free from abuse and neglect. K4A is a strong voice for seniors in the creation of new and increased resources to meet their needs. K4A monitors legislative activities on the state and federal levels and provides testimony on issues important to Kansas seniors and their caregivers.
Art Is An Invitation to Activism
—Fundraiser was a SUCCESS!
Feb. 18, 2017 7-9 p.m. 935 N. Kansas Ave.
A fundraiser for the Topeka-Shawnee County League of Women Voters. Enjoy the photographs of Carol Yoho and poetry from Dennis Bosley, both League members; poetry from Topekans Annette Billings and Dennis Etzel; the childrens’ book written and illustrated by Leaguer Glennie Buckley and Barbara Waterman Peters, and dancing of Spanish sevillanas—flamenco--by Silvia Bueno Montavez and her daughter, Noa Fernandez Bueno. Support the League’s mission with local art and artists.
—Photos by Orion and Carol Jordan—
Tuesday Topics, February 7, 2017
Angela McHardie, Deputy Director of the Juvenile Detention Center in Shawnee County, spoke on “Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.”
The Women’s March on Kansas was held Saturday, January 21, 2017, with active participation by members from various local Kansas Leagues in attendance. Members of the general public of all genders and ages were invited to gather at the south-steps plaza of the State Capitol Building, with an estimated crowd of 4000 attending. Guest speakers and presenters included Kansas legislators, advocates, and musicians from across the state. Immediately following the main event, attendees joined organizers for a march around the Capitol. A brief advocacy training and networking opportunity was held after the event in the Historic Fire Station No. 2 located at 719 SW Van Buren (north of the Capitol).
Photo essay on event. There is more to do. Visit www.womensmarch.com
In Memory...Ruth Curd Dickinson
Ruth Curd Dickinson, 83, passed away suddenly on January 17, 2017 at her home in Topeka, Kansas. Born April 27, 1933 in Wilmore, Kentucky, she was raised in Evansville, Indiana. In 1959, Ruth moved to Topeka, she raised three children, participated in numerous community groups and activities, and, from 1967, worked in public policy and mental health.
Ruth was lively, engaging, widely traveled, and interested in innumerable subjects. She was an Episcopalian, a staunch Democrat, and involved with numerous groups, including the Topeka Symphony, the Topeka Public Library, and the League of Women Voters. Read Ruth's complete obituary at the Penwell Gable web site online.
Tuesday Topics, January 3, 2017
Speaker was Matt Pivarnik, President and CEO of Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and GO Topeka, speaking on “Destination Topeka”
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