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2015 Events:

Michael Kaye
Michael Kaye:
"Restorative Justice"
Joan Graves
Joan Graves:
"Overview of Shawnee County's Solid Waste Dept,arment"
Dean Clark Coco
Dean Clark Coco:
"Washburn Institute of Technology"
Patrick Woods
Patrick Woods:
"Early Childhood Education and Parents as Teachers"
Dr. Mark Peterson, Political Science chair, Washburn University
Dr. Mark Peterson: "Interpreting Political Poles"
Larry Weigel
Larry Weigel: "Health Care Compact"
Tom Vlach
Tom Vlach: "Bridges & Road Work Using the Half-cent Sales Tax"
Tray George, Topeka Housing Authority
Trey George: "Topeka Housing Authority + Aquaponics Program"

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Calendar 2015
| August | September | October | November | December | January '16 |

September Tuesday Topics speaker will be Topeka Police Chief, James Brown. We'll be meeting at the Library.  What a good time to introduce a young(er) friend to the League.  “Young(er)” friend means younger than you.  So think of your friends, and if one of them is younger than you, invite him or her to attend the September Tuesday Topics!


Former Congressman Jim Slattery is going to be on the Shwnee Room, Student Union, Washburn campus. He has events scheduled all day, but there is one in particular event of interest, from 3-4:00 pm.
   Come meet with Slattery and students who are organizing a voter registration campaign and want to form a campus chapter of the League of Women Voters on the Washburn campus. Mr. Slattery will discuss the current state of voting rights and answer questions. Following that discussion the student organizers will discuss organizing the voter effort with the students who attend.
   A group of students and faculty on campus have been working with the Kansas League of Women Voters to organize a major voter registration effort over the next 6 weeks to a month to culminate in mid-October with the public events associated with university’s First Year Experience: IRead program.
   In order to make this voter registration project a success we’re using a portion of Mr. Slattery’s visit to help stimulate student interest in volunteering to help with the project.
   This is a completely non-partisan effort, and students and other people of all political persuasions are desired and welcome to participate.
Tuesday Topics, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th Av., Topeka, @ Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM, catered by the Library. Luncheon Menu: Fruit plate with chicken salad, rolls and butter, pie and Iced tea @ $8.25/meal. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
Speaker will be James Brown, Topeka Chief of Police, speaks on “Issues Facing the Topeka Police Department”
Art is an Invitation to ActivismArt is an Invitation to Activism / Verse Two: Four Women Poets
NOTO Arts Center, 922 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Second annual "Art is an Invitation to Activism" fundraiser.
   Four poets will read their work and answer questions at this wine and cheese event, peartnered with NOTO of Topeka. Poets will include Leah Sewell, Megan Kaminsiki, Denise Low (former Kansas Poet Laureate) and Annette Billings.
   League members and their guests will attend, @ $20 per League member and $5 per guest, for an unlimited number of guests. Share this flyer for our event.
Tuesday Topics, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th Av., Topeka, @ Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM, catered by the Library. Luncheon Menu: Lasagna with meat sauce, garlic bread, tossed salad with assorted dressings, and cookies @ $8.25/meal. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
Speaker will be Dr. Taylor Porter, Valeo Medical Director, speaks on “SC Mental Health Needs

John Lewis, Georgia Congressman and noted civil rights activist, will be speaking at Washburn University as part of the freshman iRead program. The freshman are reading his two volume book, The March. As part of this event, the university wants to partner with the Kansas Leagues to do voter registration drives with a goal of registering 1000 voters. Washburn students will also be registering voters.
  If you are willing to assist in registering voters, contact Bernadette Forge (email and phone number are in our membership directory) and let her know.
   Further information about the time and place of Representative Lewis’ speech will be made available when known.

State League Day in Topeka, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 13th & Boswell, Topeka, 9 AM to 3 PM. Visit LWVK Calendar for Program details, cost, and Registration Form.
Tuesday Topics, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th Av., Topeka, @ Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM, catered by the Library. Luncheon Menu: Build your own Mexican salad with chili, sour cream, lettuce, cheese, tomato, onions, chips, brownies and iced tea @ $8.25/meal. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
Speaker will be Pat Colloton, Asst. Attorney General, speaks on “Human Trafficking,
Tuesday Topics, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th Av., Topeka, @ Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM, catered by the Library. Luncheon Menu: Chicken salad croissant with pasta salad, pie and iced tea. @ $8.25/meal. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
Program will be Panal Discussion as part of our annual “Governmental Issues Lunch”
January 2016
Tuesday Topics, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th Av., Topeka, @ Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM, catered by the Library. Luncheon Menu: Fruit plate with chicken salad, rolls and butter, pie and Iced tea @ $8.25/meal. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
Speaker will be John Hunter, Exec. Director, “Heartland Visioning

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, 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.

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

2015 Events Wrap-up:
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Aug. 4, 2015:
Michael Kaye, Washburn University Law Professor, speaks on “Restorative Justice

August Tuesday Topics collage

Jul. 7, 2015:
Joan Graves, Operations Assistant, Shawnee County Solid Waste Department, spoke on
“Overview of Shawnee County's Solid Waste Department
July, 2015 ollage image

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
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:
Book and Bag Sale for LWV-TSCBooks 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:
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
June photo collage

May 5, 2015:
Recognition of League Service:
Joe Sargent and Georgia Sandlin for their long dedication as observers at City Council and County Commission meetings, respectively.
Joe accepts plaque from League president Camille Nohe Joe Sargent speaksGeorgia Sandlin
League Business Reports: Nancy Wagner, Carrie Landcaster and Glennie Buckley
Nancy Wagner Carrie LancasterGlennie 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
Patrick Woods collage
May Attendees:
May attendees
AfterTopics: Past Presidents Share Insights
from left: Georgia Sandlin, Patricia Pressman, Jan Weide, Maryanna Quilty, Grace Wilson, Nancy Sargent and Gwen Elliott
Past Presidents, LWV-TSC
See List of LWV-TSC Past Presidents
AfterTopics group
Past President Maryanna QuailtyPast President Jan WaidePast President Nancy SargentPast President Georgia SandlinPast President Grace Wilson, with Nancy Wagner (behind) and June Windscheffel

In Memory...Irv Sheffel
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
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:
Dr. Mark Peterson, Chair of the Political Science department, Washburn University, spoke on Interpreting Political Polls.

April 2015 speaker, Mark Peterson
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:
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:
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.

February Tuesday Topics collage
After Topics, Feb. 2015

January 6, 2015:
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.

Maryanna Quilty, LWV-TSC President <empty>Teresa StambaughGlennie Buckley
January meeting collage
Policy Position Update

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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 volunteers A volunteers B studio Maryanna Quilty ran the show 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 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 Second half of crowd Jim Colson, Topeka City Manager Jim Colson, Topeka City Manager B Tim Carpenter and Andy Marso receive recognition from League member Linda Williams Betsy Rohleder introduces new Board Carrie Lancaster clarifies wording change on League policy statement Outgoing President Marge Ahrens introduces Annual Meeting business Tuesday Topics crowd for April Incoming League President Maryanna Quilty Glennie Buckley clarifies League policy statement edit Outgoing Board member Grace Patterson receives a bag in thank-you Nancy Wagner and Shelley Bulkley introducing annual meeting business Discussion of business 2013-14 Board in attendance Maryanna thanks Marge for her leadership of our local League 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 Attendees ask questions Kansas State Legislators 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 Trey George Topeka Housing Authority flyer Aquaponics Program Topeka Housing Authority logo Pine Ridge Partnerships Glennie Buckley Teresa Stambaugh Against the Death Penalty in Kansas Maryanna Quilty and Lea Billinger Willard Bridge rating downgraded recently Wanamaker Rd. reworked Shawnee County 1/2 cent sales tax plans Tom Vlach, February Tuesday Topics speaker Marryanna Quilty Larry Wolgast, mayor Margaret Ahrens Marge Heeney TeresaStambaugh LarryWeigel Glennie Buckley Camille Nohe Dr. Mark Peterson Taking questions and comments from attendees Members stayed for the 2015 Annual Meeting Teresa Stambaugh makes comments from the podium Outgoing president, Maryanna Quilty, accepts "thank-you" from incoming president Camille Nohe Maryanna Quilty Patrick Woods It's All About the Brain Parents as Teachers has a lasting impact Camille with Cap-Journal article Ken Kurle and Dennis Bosley are honored Judy Moler reminds of Purse event Dean Clark Coco of Washburn Tech overview Flowers and newsletters University United Methodist Church A University United Methodist Church B Carrie Lancaster Camille Nohe, President Orion Jordan Glennie Buckley Joan Graves Michael Kaye Case parents A Case parents B Kaye with program title Tuesday Topics August attendees