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President Vicki Arnett

 

President’s Perspective

July, 2019

Vicki Arnett, Chapter President

By the time you read this, our 19th Amendment Kansas ratification centennial event will be in the history books. I hope you were able to attend the Her Flag
commemoration and purchase souvenirs. The next statewide event will be the Wichita League of Women Voters Centennial luncheon, Aug. 24, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
at the WSU Hughes Metroplex. Celebrating the country’s first state League with a luncheon featuring a panel of high-profile speakers and the unveiling of a
traveling educational exhibit. This event will also mark the Aug. 24, 2019, launch of the Centennial Celebration page on the LWVK website with merchandise
available for purchase and education materials available. Seats are going quickly. Individual tickets may be purchased at lwvWichita.org, or by check to LWVWM sent to P.O. Box 2411, Wichita, KS. 67201 or call 316-573-5583.

A favorite activity returns on Sept.10, 2019, our annual Books, Bags and
Beyond fundraiser.

Voter services has been hard at work preparing to register young voters in the schools. Our league has also selected teachers to attend the Harvard Case Study Method of Teaching Civics. The teachers will attend the Harvard workshop in August taught by
David Moss. The community presentations resulting from this workshop will create a renewed partnership with our high schools, promote non-partisan discussion of issues and enhance the quality of civics education. The league sponsorship of this initiative will also enhance league goals of registering young voters and promoting democracy.

Our league is also preparing for a statewide initiative, March to the Polls, in August 2020. March to the Polls will target low income, high minority and young
people, hold voter registration rallies and events to increase voter registration prior to the 2020 November election.

By the time you read this issue of the Voter, the 2019 election cycle will be in full swing. Our league will continue voter registration events, candidate forums
and vote411.org to educate voters. Many of our members serve as poll workers. I encourage you to volunteer to work at the polls on election day. It is a long
day but very educational and rewarding.

At the statewide league convention in April, members voted to review the league position on medical indigence and criminal justice reform. As the third largest
league in the state, we are in need of a study chair and/ or member to serve on these study committees. Please consider serving your league.

If you are concerned about transparency in government, please consider volunteering to serve in the observer corps.