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July 2018

Judy Moler, Chapter President

Summertime…Vacation…Time to Slow Down….butnot for the Topeka Shawnee County League of Women Voters. We have 3 months of work and events thatdo not allow for much of a respite.

By the time this is published, the Shawnee CountyPlanning Commission will have held a public hearing on their revised comprehensive plan on June 20. The plan will then be formalized and presented to the Shawnee County Commission by July 3. The County Commission will then set a public hearing date to hear testimony before voting to approve or disapprove the plan. Members of the League have testified in favor of the plan and will attend both hearings to testify. Thanks in particular to Marge Ahrens, Evelyn Davis and Leslie Prentice.

In addition, the League has joined with the YWCA Advocacy Committee to promote an Integrated Voter Engagement Project to increase voter turnout. Joan Wagnon and I appeared before the Shawnee County Commission to propose a satellite voting location be established in Central Topeka for weekend voting. Several community members including Mayor De La Isla and USD 501 Superintendent Tiffany Anderson have signed letters of support. Research has shown that Integrated Voting Engagement is among the most effective ways to increase voter turnout.

President Elect Vicki Arnett and Marge Ahrens will be attending the National League of Women Voters meeting in Chicago representing our League. Voter Services and the Observer Corps fulfill their duties as usual with no down time.

Tuesday Topics continue as usual throughout the summer months. The speakers have been and will continue to be excellent. Please try to attend and remember in July we will once again meet at the Faith Lutheran Church, 17th and Gage with a catered lunch at 11:30.

Barely squeaking in before the official end of summer is the Books, Bags and Beyond fundraiser at our

home, 401 SW Danbury Lane on September 20, 5:00 to 7:00. Once again, it will be the low price of $10.00 for fun, food, and great finds. Please save your gently used books and handbags for this event. We can receive any of your treasures at our house between now and the sale.

Stay and cool and stay involved this summer. And please vote in the August 7 Primary. Tuesday Topics will return to the Library on August 7.