2014 Legislative Watch Begins:

Our League’s newly constituted Legislative Watch Group has begun 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.


What is "League School"?
The Topeka/Shawnee County League is holding League School for new and all interested members. Our League School programs will convene right after our upcoming Tuesday Topics meetings (1 PM). See the Calendar (left) for planned League School topics.

If you would like to learn more about the history of the National, State and local league this is an opportunity to increase your knowledge. The school will last around 15 or 20 minutes.

We would like your input. What league training would you like to have covered. Please send your requests to Nancy Wagner.


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 feel we need make a better effort to reach out to these new members. We would like to provide information, answer questions and learn of new members’ experiences and interests.  We also hope that these efforts will make all new members feel comfortable and welcome with our League. The program involves matching an established League member with a new member. 

Upon joining the League a new member will be asked if they are interested in the Mentor Program. Those interested would be paired with a League Member who is willing to help.  The time commitment would depend on the matched pair. You would most likely work with only one new member per year. To make this program a success we need your help.  Please contact Teresa Stambaugh or Grace Wilson to volunteer your time and talents to this new program 

A sign-up sheet will also be distributed at Tuesday Topics.

Only with your help can we make this a success.  Thank you. 

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

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.


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2014 Events:

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APR.
David Steward:
"The Ogallala Aquifer and Water Resources"
Doug Anstaett
MAR-
Doug Anstaett: "Kansas Open Meetings Act/Kansas Open Records Act"
FEB-
Meeting canceled because of winter storm.
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JAN-
Don Rankin: "Protecting Topeka's River and Streams"

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Calendar 2014
| April | May | June | July | August |
April
1

Annual Meeting @ McCrite Plaza Retirement Community 1608 SW 37th St., Topeka. (TSCPL unavailable that date.) Lunch was provided.
David Steward, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Kansas State University, “The Ogallala aquifer and water resources”
Business Meeting to follow. Public welcome.

Water resources and a declining Ogallala Aquifer may define the future economic development of Kansas, and the March Tuesday Topics speaker, KSU’s Professor David Steward, is an expert on these topics who spoke at noon.

8
Board Meeting, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, @ Noon.
You may bring your lunch on a tray from the Millenium Café. Our room is open at noon.
All members are welcome to attend Board Meetings!
9
Membership/Leadership Development conference call, 4 PM
11
VOTER Content Deadline. Send to Peggy Hinck for print and Carol Yoho for web publishing.
21
Voters Rights Hearing, Kansas City, April 21
26
LWVK State Council Meeting Wichita. Visit LWVK Calendar page for Schedule and Registration materials.
29
JUMP Rally. Kick-off for the JUMP project is Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00 PM at the Ramada Inn Downtown. Please plan to join this assembly of citizens who have set out on their first project to bring justice to our children.
JUMP is a justice ministry that is in several states. Fifteen churches in Topeka are participating to research an issue that would make a difference for at-risk groups. Marge Ahrens has details on the issue and the rally on April 29, planned to show support for their project.
May
6
Tuesday Topics, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka. Meeting starts at Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
Kathleen Harvey, Attorney and Immigration Specialist, “Immigration Law”
Luncheon menu: Quiche with tossed salad, rolls, butter and iced tea. $8.25 per person

League School to follow Tues. Topics meeting—
“How the current Kansas voter laws are impacting the Leagues ability to register voters.”
Bernadette Forge will give a PowerPoint presentation that will help all of us understand what the Kansas voter law is and what it means for the Leagues voter registration efforts. Because this is such an important topic everyone needs to here this information. We hope to start around 12:45 PM.
13
Board Meeting, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, @ Noon.
You may bring your lunch on a tray from the Millenium Café. Our room is open at noon.
All members are welcome to attend Board Meetings!
14
Membership/Leaders/Sustainability Conference Call @ 4 PM.
16
VOTER Content Deadline. Send to Peggy Hinck for print and Carol Yoho for web publishing.
June
3
Tuesday Topics, McCrite Plaza, 1609 SW 37th St., Topeka. Meeting starts at Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
Duane Goossen, VP for Fiscal & Health Policy, KS Health Institute & former State Budget Director, “What the State Budget Means for Healthcare and Education”
Luncheon menu: Asian chicken salad and wonton plum shortcakes, coffee and iced tea. $7.50 per person
League School to follow Tues. Topics meeting
Marge Arhens and Evelyn Davis will discuss “How the League Studies an Issue.” They will focus 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. It will be conducted immediately following Tuesday Topics meeting. All members are encouraged to attend.
6-10
League of Women Voters U.S. Convention, Dallas, TX
10
Board Meeting, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, @ Noon.
You may bring your lunch on a tray from the Millenium Café. Our room is open at noon.
All members are welcome to attend Board Meetings!
14
Annual League Garage Sale at Marge Ahrens's home, 1238 Mulvane.
July
1
Tuesday Topics, McCrite Plaza, 1609 SW 37th St., Topeka. Meeting starts at Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
Susan Metzger, Chief of Planning and Policy, Kansas Water Office and Leader of the governor's 50 Year Water Management Visioning Team, “Governor's 5-Year Water Management Plan”
Luncheon menu: Ham salad sandwiches, potato salad, tomato and cucumber salad, blond brownies, coffee and iced tea. $7.50 per person
League School to follow Tues. Topics meeting
8
Board Meeting, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, @ Noon.
You may bring your lunch on a tray from the Millenium Café. Our room is open at noon.
All members are welcome to attend Board Meetings!
August
5
Tuesday Topics, McCrite Plaza, 1609 SW 37th St., Topeka. Meeting starts at Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
Miriam Krehbiel, United Way CEO, or Kent Townsend, United Way Chairman of the Board, “United Way Funding”
Luncheon menu: Curried chicken salad sandwiches; garbanzo, kidney and green bean salad; fruit parfait; chocolate chip cookies; coffee and iced tea. $7.50 per person
League School to follow Tues. Topics meeting
12
Board Meeting, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, @ Noon.
You may bring your lunch on a tray from the Millenium Café. Our room is open at noon.
All members are welcome to attend Board Meetings!

Tuesday Topics are held in room JCM 101B, across from the Millennium Cafe
at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, unless otherwise indicated.
Meals are available to the first twenty-five arriving, @ $8.25/ea.
Checks payable to the Millennium Café.
If you need a ride to any League event, contact Betsy Rohleder.

Also coming in 2014!!
Watch for these Tuesday Topics speakers and topics:
Sept. 2: Eric Johnson, Airport President/Director of Airports (MTAA), topic title to be determined
Oct. 7: Christy Caldwell, Vice President for Government Relations, Topeka Chamber of Commerce, and Scott Smathers, Vice President for Government Relations, GoTopeka, "How Various Entitities Work Together for Topeka:"
Nov. 4: Dr. Jerry Farley, President, Washburn University, "Washburn University Initiatives:" KBI Forensics Lab, new law school, and Morgan Hall renovations.
Dec. 2: Governmental Issues Lunch: Members of the the City Council & County Commission, "Local Issues" Panel


Helpful links to City/County/State/National governmental info


April 1, 2014:
The Ogallala aquifer and water resources
David Steward, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Kansas State University
+ Annual Meeting 2014
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"
March meeting collage


League Day at the Capitol. See photos of this state-level event, held Thurs. Feb. 13, 2014.
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

January meeting collage

 

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