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President Vicki Arnett


President’s Perspective

April 2020

The LWV has an amazing history and heritage. This history began 72 years before we gained the right to vote. Determination and a steadfast belief that women’s rights are human rights powered the women who paved the way. They stood up for many of the same things we continue to strive for 100 years later. All the more reason to stay strong and move forward.

One foundation of our strength is our annual business meeting. LWVTSC 95th annual business meeting, which will be conducted virtually due to the Shawnee County stay at home order. Please check your email for directions on how to participate by email and phone to provide your input and VOTE on our proposed budget, bylaw change proposal and board of directors. We will recognize departing board member Jan Martens. We will also welcome our new board members. The board approved a $2 increase in the price of lunch to $12 effective May 5, 2020. The current lunch vendor is passing on the cost of paper goods and sales tax. The previous vendor absorbed the cost in our charge. This amounted to a 14% increase in the cost of lunch. The new charge for lunch reflects a 10% increase.  

Our volunteers are another pillar of our strength. Our volunteers, lead by voter services, have taken up the reigns of our March to the Polls. As a board, we have discussed how to reach under represented populations to promote civic engagement within our community. February, as African American History Month and March, as Women’s History Month have presented multiple opportunities for voter registration and education. A core league committee continues to meet to map out events to reach our goal of increasing voter turn- out in low turn- out areas of our community. See how you can help as Women Power the Vote 2020.

Our dear Peggy Hinck, publisher of the Voter, will retire with this April issue. We wish Peggy all the best and thank her for dedicated and invaluable service. As a result, the Voter will be in new hands and will look differently. Please check email notices and our website www.lwvtsc.org frequently for updates. Your league is constantly on the move to improve our community.

LWVK Council will meet in Emporia Sat. April 25. Our league board has selected three voting delegates. Any league member may attend by registering.