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President Vicki Arnett

 

President’s Perspective

February 2020

As we ring in the new year, we greet the centennial year of the League of Women Voters and the 19th amendment. While celebrating the accomplishments of the past, we will meet our current challenges and look to build our future.  Please visit our website, and the state league website, frequently to stay in the know about events. Please consider volunteering additional time with LWVTSC to be a part of this historic time. 

In February, we celebrate the 100th birthday of LWV.  Although Kansas had the first local league, established in Wichita in August 1919, LWV was formed nation wide February 14, 2020. Our league will celebrate with voter registration events and a panel presentation, in collaboration with Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, featuring speakers on the census and redistricting, currently scheduled for February 19, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the library. More details will follow.

Your board has been hard at work drafting a revised non-partisan policy, in preparation for our annual meeting, suitable to lead us into the 2020 election cycle. Our league will be called upon to participate in more voter registration activities, partnering in new ways, while always remaining non-partisan. 

The board has also drafted a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy.  Although we celebrate the accomplishments of the past, we also acknowledge that 1920 did not assure the right to vote for everyone.  As we look to the future, we recognize, our strength lies in welcoming all. Any proposed bylaw changes will be voted on in April at our annual meeting. 

Please join in the LWVK birthday celebration on Feb. 13, 2020 by participating in a Day of Action at the state Capitol. Leagues statewide will participate in educating legislators about the importance of non-partisan redistricting and the upcoming census. LWVK has launched a website devoted to providing information about redistricting. Our own Mary Galligan was a major contributor to this effort.  Thank you, Mary!  Please contact me to register for the Day of Action vickiarnett@sbcglobal.net.