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Photo of Judy MolerThe President’s Perspective

May 2018
Judy Moler, Chapter President

The shift from winter to spring and back again is being termed Sprinter by some. Using that term….I think that Sprinter describes our launch into Spring by the League of Women Voters Topeka- Shawnee County. A fast start was evidenced by the Annual Meeting with an attendance of 52 members and 3 guests. It was a weighty meeting that dealt with issues including by-law changes to make way for our League to pursue a 501(c)(3) designation. We learned at the meeting that we are blazing the trail for the state League and other local Leagues on this issue.

We were sad to lose Carrie Lancaster from our Board but wish her well in her work for the State League. Maryanna
Quilty who has been League Studies Chair for several years is stepping away from that portfolio. Her steady hand
will be missed. If anyone is interested in serving as Study Chair, please let me know.

The Annual Meeting ended with a spectacular roll out by Voter Services Co-Chairs Jan Martens and Ethel Edwards of “ I Vote. Do You ?”. This voter effort to encourage voter registration and voter engagement is amazing. The power point that accompanied the roll out was excellent. The LWVTSC Board voted at their April meeting to share the idea with other Leagues with attribution to our League.

Later in that week, the League hosted the Art as an Invitation to Activism at the local Electrical Workers Union Hall. It was a great collaboration and brought together union members, our members, local elected officials and talent. The rap by Mayor De La Isla of My One Shot from Hamilton was worth the price of admission. Thanks so much to Carole and Orion Jordan as well as Camille Nohe for making this fundraiser so memorable.

As we keep up our “Sprinter” status, please join us as we move toward the 2018 primary and general elections.
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