"After Topics" immediately following Tuesday Topics, monthly—
   Throughout the years, various members of our League have provided information about the League immediately following Tuesday Topics. These presentations have helped inform our members of how the league works and what we are about. These short presentations have been titled "League School." After much thought and discussion, it was decided that there is more time needed beyond our Tuesday topics to provide all members information about the various activities in which our league is involved. Thus the name change to "After Topics."
   This will give members a chance to learn about and discuss various League activities and actions.


Comments by President Maryanna Quilty:
   WIBW's "News at Four" gave the League's message invaluable exposure in the community. Our League can not thank WIBW and Ralph Hipp enough for having us on the show for the past year and a half. (The show terminated its run on June 27, 2014.)


Our League has voted to resume voter registration efforts. People who were registered and have moved within Kansas don't need proof of citizenship. To those who do need to provide proof, we will give an envelope addressed to the Election Office and they will have to send the documents. Alternately, people without proof of citizenship can still use the federal form, but they can then only vote in federal elections.


2014 Legislative Watch:

Our League’s 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.


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. 

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Susan Metzger
July
Susan Metzger:
"Governor's 5-Year Water Management Plan"
Duane Goossen, ormer State Budget Director
June
Duane Goossen:
"What the State Budget means for health care and education"
Kathleen Harvey
MAY
Kathleen Harvey:
"How the current Kansas voter laws are impacting the Leagues ability to register voters."
Doug Anstaett
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
| September | October | November | December |
 
September
2
Tuesday Topics, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka. Meeting starts at Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
Eric Johnson, Airport President/Director of Air Ports (MTAA), “Air Service for Topeka” (+ Read Presentation Wrap-up)
Luncheon menu: Turkey Club Croissant with fruit cup, assorted cakes and iced tea. $8.25 per person.
9
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!
10

Annual Membership Event at the Elective in NOTO, 900 N. Kansas Av., 5:00-7:00 PM. Come mingle and enjoy beverages and light snacks. We celebrate us. Bring a friend or two.

video forumsKTWU program director Val VanDerSluis was our guest speaker. She provided information about the League's cooperative efforts with KTWU on televised candidate forums and interviews planned for this Fall. This was a great opportunity to learn about the process and discuss the upcoming TV programming.
--view wrap-up photos.

12
Deadline for articles for the September VOTER (Peggy Hinck) and web page (Carol Yoho).
18

Special Topics, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, @ 2:00-4:00 PM.
Bill Fiander, AICP Planner, City of Topeka Planning Department, will present the Strategic Development Plan Draft for our city. The League and the public are invited to attend and give input into the plan.

Where are we headed? Planning for the next 25 years.
The City of Topeka is currently updating the Land Use and Growth Management Plan (Comprehensive Plan). The Plan shows how the city will grow over the next 25 years. On Thursday, September 18, from 2-4 PM, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Topeka Shawnee County, Dan Warner, AICP, will present the plan to the public. The City will take commentary from the public after the presentation. This event is at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium. Anyone interested in local government, citizen participation in shaping local decisions and the future of the City should attend this presentation. The League has long supported comprehensive planning to guide sustainable growth of this community. We are proud the City of Topeka has asked the League to help bring the Comprehensive Plan to the public in order to educate citizens and to provide an opportunity for citizens to comment.

24
Joint Economic Development Organization/local government study committee meeting @ TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, at 7 PM. Members are welcome to attend.
25
video forumsKTWU, PBS Channel 11: "Your Voce, Your Vote" — "I've Got Issues" election special, @ 7 PM, with candidates for US Senate inverviewed by host Janet Jackson-Thompson.
October
7
Tuesday Topics, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka. Meeting starts at Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
A representative for Economic Development, Topeka Chamber of Commerce, and Scott Smathers, VP for Government Relations, GO Topeka, will speak on “Why our organizations are important to Topeka.
Luncheon menu: Meat lasagna, garlic bread, tossed salad with assorted dressings, assorted pie and iced tea. $8.25 per person.
After Topics"Why the Election Canvass is Important to the League." This discussion will follow Tuesday Topics meeting. Maryanna Quilty will provide information and lead a discussion about how the Canvass review of provisional ballots works and what our local League's involvement is during this process. Public welcome.
9
VOICE Meeting, McFarland's Restaurant, Gage Center, Topeka, @ 6:00 PM
   Held to respond to questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Kansas’ hydraulic fracturing (fracking) study group. An excellent background paper on fracking prepared by LWVK, and additional reports from Topeka/Shawnee County League’s fracking study group members, will be provided to anyone who is interested in participating. Members will hear conclusions of the state study and come to consensus on whether to adopt a League position on fracking.
   PLEASE plan to eat dinner at McFarland’s, as there is no charge if everyone has a meal.
   Contact Camille Nohe if you want to participate in this important (and interesting) meeting.
14
Deadline to register to vote.

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!
17
Deadline for articles for the September VOTER (Peggy Hinck) and web page (Carol Yoho).
18
Registration deadline for LWV-TSC Fundraising Art Auction. Read details of the cost and event on our November 6 calendar entry.
20
Advanced voting begins.
22
Joint Economic Development Organization/Local Government Study Committee, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, @ 7 PM. Members welcome!
video forumsKTWU, PBS Channel 11: "Your Voce, Your Vote" — "I've Got Issues" election special, @ 7 PM, forum with candidates for Secretary of State. Nick Haines is the moderator. The forum is co-sponsored by Washburn University Political Science Department.
23
video forumsKTWU, PBS Channel 11: "Your Voce, Your Vote" — "I've Got Issues" election special, @ 7:30 PM, with candidates for Governor inverviewed by host Janet Jackson-Thompson.
27
Advanced voting hours extended, 8 AM to 7 PM
29
video forumsKTWU, PBS Channel 11: "Your Voce, Your Vote" — "I've Got Issues," election special, @ 7 PM, forum with candidates for US 2nd Congressional District. Nick Haines is the moderator.
November
4

Election Day: Please VOTE if you have registered!


Tuesday Topics, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka. Meeting starts at Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
Dr. Jerry Farley, President, Washburn University, "Washburn University Initiatives: KBI Forensics Lab, Morgan Hall renovations, and plans for a new Law School.”
Luncheon menu: Build-Your-Own Mexican salad with toppings: chili, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream; chips, brownie and iced tea. $8.25 per person.
6

November 6, Fundraising Art AuctionFundraising Reception, "Art Is an Invitation to Activism," NOTO Arts Center, 1935 N. Kansas Av., Topeka, @ 4:30-6:30 PM. This event is a reception for League members and guests. Meet local artists at an exhibition of their work. Celebrate the postive impact of the arts on social change and community involvement.
Introductory Guest Speaker is Connie Gibbons, director of the Mulvane Art Museum. — This is a fundraiser for the League. Invitations will be mailed to all League members. Tickets are $20 per League member and $5 per guest. Send your check by October 18 to: Topeka-Shawnee County League of Women Voters, c/o Orion Jordan, 134 SW Braodmoor, Topeka, KS 66606.

8
State League Day, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 SW Boswell. Time and details TBA.
11
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
Deadline for articles for the September VOTER (Peggy Hinck) and web page (Carol Yoho).
December
2
Tuesday Topics, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka. Meeting starts at Noon. Optional lunch begins at 11:30 AM. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
"Governmental Issue Lunch” Members of the the City Council & County Commission, "Local Issues" Panel
Luncheon menu: Chicken salad croissant, pasta salad, assorted pie and iced tea. $8.25 per person.

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.

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


September 10, 2014:
2014 Membership Event
Our annual event was held at The Eclective, 900 N. Kansas Av., NOTO Arts District, at 7 PM. This year the League focused on the League's cooperative efforts with KTWU on televised candidate forums and interviews planned for this Fall. Our special guest was KTWU program director Val VanDerSluis. —Select a thumbnail to see the larger photo.
Membership event collage


Sept. 2, 2014:
Air Service for Topeka
Eric Johnson, Airport President/Director of Air Ports (MTAA)
Wrap-up: WE “WILL KEEP WORKING AND GET THE RIGHT AIRLINE HERE”
                                                                                                               By Edith Bronson
   “There is no United air service,” Eric Johnson stated after being introduced as Air Port President/Director of Air Ports (MTAA) at Sept 2 Tuesday Topics. “The lack of air service limits our growth. The 9,000 passengers in the area who fly from Kansas City is a $127 million loss to us.”
   Being too close to Kansas City is not a factor. Johnson came from a successful airport in a small New York town that was close to three other airports. “Changing this areas’ behavior was slow to startup. The early 25% load factor in January was terrible; by May the load factor had grown to 65%. Further growth didn’t happen. What went wrong? There is no answer yet. We don’t want to repeat mistakes.” Economic development money was received from Kansas, the federal government and the Chamber; since May it has been funded out-of-pocket.
   Trying to combine the two airports here would be a huge cost. They provide different services. Billard (Topeka) is for personal planes.  Infrastructure is solid. Forbes (Shawnee Co) is for business, military, and leisure travel.  About half the income is from the military with the air refueling wing, Ft Riley flights and the longest runway in the state accommodating the 747 and the Russian helicopter carrier. Two airlines provide flights to Nevada resorts about every six weeks. 
   League members related personal disappointments in the air service and offered suggestions. Johnson said MTAA had provided better value with non-stop service to a hub city and $5 for unlimited parking. Greatest travel was to the Northeast/Washington D.C.  Signage inside the building has been installed.
   Losing the airline was a huge disappointment. Why did the system not work?  Difficulties included cancellations and delays by United; bad weather, FAA regulations that reduced the number of pilots and flying hours; little signage in Topeka, no public transportation to the airport; finding the right publicity avenue. “The Chamber of Commerce was phenomenal about getting the word out.”
   MTAA also oversees about 70 buildings including Coca-Cola, Fed Ex, and a private fire alarm company that built a $750,000 facility that will belong to MTAA. Properties are being renewed. A newly hired property manager finds tenants.
   Johnson concluded that they would “keep working and get the right airline here.”


July 1, 2014:
Governor's 5-Year Water Management Plan
Susan Metzger, Chief of Planning and Policy with the Kansas Water Office and leader of Governor Sam Brownback’s 50-year water management visioning team. —Read "Kansas Water Office's 500-year plan says Ogallala Aquifer will be 70 percent depleted," by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press, 7-1-2014.
League School followed Tues. Topics meeting
“How the League Studies an Issue” focused 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.
July, Water Resources issues


June 3, 2014:
State Budget impact on healthcare and education
Duane Goossen, VP for Fiscal & Health Policy, KS Health Institute & former State Budget Director —Read front page coverage in The Topeka Capital-Journal: "Expert forecast: Kansas will be in the red within a year without changes," by Andy Marso, and also "Brownback budget director questions Goossen's record," by Andy Marso, 6-5-14.. See also: Analyst: Kansas leaders misrepresented research into cause of state tax revenue drop," by Bryan Lowry, Eagle Topeka bureau, Wichita Eagle, 6-7-2014. Also read: ""Memo: Kansas revenue dip tied to state, federal tax policy Brownback official reject claims state tax cuts at fault," by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, 6-10-14, and "Kansas revenue slips $28M below estimates in June," by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, 6-30-14. "Kansas' Ruinous Tax Cuts," by The Editorial Board, NYTimes, 7-13-14. Goossen on The Kansas Budget blog. "S&P downgrades state bond rating," by Andy Marso, 8-7-2014, The Topeka Capital-Journal. "Kansas Revenue Remains in Critical Condition," by Duane Goossen, on his "The Kansas Budget" blog, 9-8-2014.
June Tuesday Topics, League of Women Voters of Topeka-Shawnee County

League School: Marge Ahrens and Evelyn Davis discuessed how League studies are handled. They focused 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.


May 6, 2014:
Immigration Law
Kathleen Harvey, Attorney and Immigration Specialist
+ League School w/Bernadette Forge: "How the current Kansas voter laws are impacting the Leagues ability to register voters."
Meeting handout: What Part of Illegal Immigration Don't You Understand?

May photo collage


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.



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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