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2015 Events:

James Brown
James Brown
"Issues Facing Topeka Police Department"
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
| October | November | December | January '16 |

Help Wanted

The League Board of Directors is looking for a League member who is willing to serve as facilitator for our After Topics program.
  This would involve meeting with newer members of our League following the Tuesday Topics speaker—once a month or, maybe, once every other month. The idea is to informer newer members about the League and what opportunities exist for involvement in League programs, studies and other initiatives.
   Nancy Wagner, who formerly facilitated After Topics, is no longer able to handle this.  However, she has some outlines and notes available for the next facilitator. If you are interested, please contact Camille Nohe.


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.
Dr. Taylor Porter, Valeo Medical Director, speaks on “SC Mental Health Needs”

Protecting the VoteProtecting the Vote: Dialogues on Citizenship, Elections and the Franchise
University of Kansas, LAWRENCE — FREE event!

Panel Discussions: Hall Center for Humanities
Panel One - 1:00 to 2:30 PM
   Pippa Holloway, Middle Tennessee State University
   J. Morgan Kousser, Caltech
   Michael Clemons, Old Dominion University
Panel Two - 3:00 to 4:30 PM
   Dan Smith, University of Florida
   Matt Barreto, University of California, Los Angeles
   Lonna Ateson, University of New Mexico
Keynote Discussion: 5:30 to 7:30 PM, in the Spooner Hall Commons
Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State
Stephen McAlister, University of Kansas

To RSVP go to Hall Center/KU. Click on "Humanities Lecture Series." In upper right is a box regarding this symposium where you can click to RSVP.

LWVTSC Board of Directors meeting @ TSCPL, 7:00 PM. League members are welcome!

John Lewis, Georgia Senator, will speak at Washburn University, October 14John Lewis, Georgia Congressman and noted civil rights activist, will be speaking at Washburn University on Wed., Oct. 14, at Lee Arena, Washburn University, 7 PM, as part of the freshman iRead program. The freshman are reading volumes 1 & 2 of The MThe March, volumes 1 and 2arch, a black and white graphic novel trilogy about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement told from the perspective of Congressman Lewis.
    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. Natasha Martinez, the new intern for the League, will be the coordinator for Washburn and all the local Leagues. Every League will tally the number of people registered at any event between now and October 14 and report their numbers to Natasha.

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.
Pat Colloton, Asst. Attorney General, speaks on “Human Trafficking,
LWVTSC Board of Directors meeting @ TSCPL, 7:00 PM. League members are welcome!
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 Panel Discussion as part of our annual “Governmental Issues Lunch” Shawnee County legislators are invited to speak.
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.
John Hunter, Exec. Director, speaks on “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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Art is an Invitation to Activism / Verse Two: Four Women Poets
NOTO Arts Center, 922 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, on Saturday evening, September 12.
Second annual "Art is an Invitation to Activism" fundraiser.
   Four poets read their work and answered questions at this wine and cheese event, partnered with NOTO of Topeka. Poets included Denise Low (former Kansas Poet Laureate), Annette Billings, Leah Sewell, and Megan Kaminski. League members and their guests attended.

NOTO street signsNOTO Arts BuildingChecking inServing cheese, crackers and beverageAttendees in lineAttendees take seatsPre-event chattingDecorative lightingBetsy and Ron Rohleder

Denise Low
Poet Denise Low
Annette Billings
Poet Annette Billings
Leah Sewell
Poet Leah Sewell
Megan Kaminski
Poet Megan Kaminski
After-event chattingAudience stirsChairs are stacked to storeAttendees chat outdoorsLeaving the event at sunset

Sept. 1, 2015:
James Brown, Topeka Chief of Police, spoke on “Issues Facing the Topeka Police Department”

September Tuesday Topics, James Brown speaker

Aug. 4, 2015:
Michael Kaye, Washburn University Law Professor, spoke 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 Judy Molar Orion Jordan Camille Nohe, LWV-TSC President Captain Brown chats after the meeting with attendees September meeting attendees Topeka Police Captain James Brown Overall Drime 10 Year Perspective Citiznes on Patrol logo Denise Low poses with sunflower Denise Low reading Denise Low books on display Annette Billings poses with sunflower Annette Billings reading Annette Billings books on display Leah Sewell poses with sunflower Leah Sewell reading Leah Sewell books on display Megan Kaminski poses with sunflower Megan Kaminski reading Megan Kaminski books on display