LWV Today: April 2012 newsletter of the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri

LWV Today: April 2012 newsletter of the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri

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LWV Today ~ Newsletter of League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri ~ April 2012

Voice your opinion on privatization of government services at April unit meetings

It’s now time to take consensus on the national League study on the privatization of government services. The purpose of this study is to identify policies and parameters that should be considered when any governmental entity is planning to undertake some type of privatization process.

Choose a unit that best fits your schedule.

–Monday, April 16, 5:30 p.m. at Cafe Roswitha, 2640 S. Glenstone (north end of Brentwood Center).   Order dinner if you wish. RSVP to unit leader Lois Woods: llw1903@yahoo.com

–Tuesday, April 17, noon, Freeman Panhellenic Hall, Drury University. Panhellenic Hall is located just east of Findlay Student Center. Park just across Summit Street. Purchase lunch if you wish at Findlay Student Center cafeteria next door. RSVP to unit co-leader Ilga Vise: ivise@drury.edu

Before the meeting, review the consensus questions found here:


Our most important meeting of the year

 Annual Meeting of the League of Southwest Missouri

Monday, May 14

5:30 pm social time

6 pm dinner

Trustees’ Science Center, Drury University

$15 per person

(Payable to your unit leader in April, or mail to

PO Box 3036, Springfield MO 65808-3036)

$20 per person after May 9

Make check to LWV

Here’s what’s on the agenda for Annual Meeting:

  • Discussion of proposed new study: petition initiative process
  • Election of officers
  • Adoption of 2012-13 budget
  • Report from LWV  State Council by LWVMO President Lois Detrick, and Cindy Stephens, LWVMO secretary, both members of LWV of Southwest Missouri
  • Committee sign-up for new and established League projects
  • Updates: Summer Sounding Board, Women Changing Government (and more)

Bring a potential League member, spouse or friend!


  • Artichoke grilled chicken
  • Oven-roasted potatoes
  • Fresh grilled vegetables
  • Tossed green salad
  • Dinner rolls
  • Selection of pies

Proposed Slate of Officer and Directors

President         Allison Cash, term ends 5/13

VP                   Jean Bardy, term ends 5/13

Secretary         Mary Martin, term ends 5/13

Treasurer          Sharon Matti, term ends 5/14

Directors, terms ending 5/14

Maggie Castrey

Ilga Vise

Joye Norris

Directors elected in 2011, terms ending 5/13

Marcia Bonwell

Gail Melgren

Dot Powell

Nominating Committee for 2013-14

Lois Detrick, Chair, Diane Davidson, Ann Elwell, plus one member appointed by Board

A sincere Thank You to directors whose terms are expiring:  Diane Davidson,  Cassie Duckett, Fran Harris and Susan Rubino.

–Submitted by 2012 Nominating Committee: Diane Davidson, Lois Detrick, Gail Melgren and Cindy Stephens

Board recommends local study on initiative petition process

At Annual Meeting, League members will consider a study of the initiative petition process recommended by the Board of Directors. The suggestion for the study was submitted by members during program planning at February unit meetings.

Springfield City Council members and city leaders are examining stricter guidelines for the initiative petition on the heels of February’s e-verify vote and a second vote coming in June dealing with a repeal of Springfield’s smoking ban. The latter is to do away with a ban approved just a year ago by the petition process. In 2011, two petitions made it to Springfield ballots.

To be considered:

  • How many signatures should be required to place a measure on the ballot?
  • Should sponsors of an initiative petition drive be required to be citizens of the city, county or region affected by the petition?
  • What about local petitions that conflict with state or federal law or contain provisions that are illegal?
  • Should the individuals and groups funding the petition drive be required to be identified?
  • How does the cost of the election impact the process?

As reporter Amos Bridges explained in the Springfield News-Leader (April 3, 2012), “Currently, a petition must be signed by a number of registered Springfield voters equal to 10 percent of the number that voted in the most recent municipal election. Low voter turnout in recent years has allowed petitions to succeed with as few as 1,181 signatures.” Some have suggested increasing the requirement to 10 percent of all registered voters, or about 11,000 people.

Non-recommended study topics

During February’s program planning, members also suggested these topics for local study: payday loans, discrimination in the hiring of felons, and county home rule. The board did not recommend these topics.

Treasurer presents budget for new League year                  

League treasurer Sharon Swanson has developed the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. It is a balanced budget fir $12,902 in anticipated income and the same amount in expenses. The budget will be voted on at Annual Meeting. Please see details, attached.League Budget 2012-13

State Council offers opportunities for League members

Broaden your League experience by attending State Council, to be held Saturday, May 5 at St. Charles Community College in St. Peters, Mo., near St. Louis.

A planning committee, headed by former National League board member Linda McDaniel, is preparing sessions on topics such as voter suppression, the League’s election information website Vote411.org and membership development. Council is also a place to purchase League wares, including a new Vote! lapel pin, and the League’s classic Suffragist pin. View these and other items at http://lwvmissouri.org/shop_online.html

Planners are now soliciting items for the silent auction; members may donate collectibles, political memorabilia or other items. All proceeds benefit the State League.

Want to go? Register using the form in the latest LWVMO newsletter, found at http://lwvmissouri.org/publications.html  For more information, contact local League member Cindy Stephens, stephenc@otc.edu  Cindy also serves on the state League board of directors.

 Women Changing Government: Programs planned for October, November

A “photovoice” project, a keynote speaker from The White House Project and a training workshop called “Go Run” are in the works as a League committee plans our third program to encourage women to become engaged in public service.

More information will be coming, but mark Oct. 4 on your calendars for a community wide reception for the unveiling of a photo contest themed, “Women in Public Life.” The evening’s program includes an address by Tiffany Dufu, president of The White House Project, a nonprofit based in Brooklyn, N.Y., that advances the leadership of women in business and politics.

Then on Nov. 10, The White House Project will send facilitators to conduct a training workshop for women interested in running for elective office at any level.

Both programs will be marketed to the region, including both Missouri, Northwest Arkansas , and Northeast Oklahoma.

Planning committee members are Teresa Bledsoe, Allison Cash, Leslie Carrier, Maggie Castrey, Susan Kirby, Lisa Langley, Kelly Wood and Ann Elwell, chair.

Stay tuned for more.

A busy March for the League

League president Allison Cash was one of five panelists for “Missing Representation,”a March 29 discussion of how and why women are underrepresented in public life and misrepresented in movies, advertisements and more. “You can’t be what you can’t see” was the theme of the program, attended by many students as well as community members and League members. It was held at Missouri State University.

Women leaders discuss ‘Missing Representation’

The League was a major sponsor of a film screening of Miss Representation, a documentary that explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. It was held March 13 at Missouri State. Drury University’s Gender Studies program also screened the documentary on March 29.

League board member Susan Rubino chaired a project to bring the responsibilities of citizenshipto Springfield high school students. Working with Central High School faculty who teach Liberty and Law classes, Susan and her committee enlisted Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff, Missouri State University sociology professor Michael Stout and League president Allison Cash who talked to the students about being active participants in our democracy.

Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff speaks to students at Central High School.

Susan was assisted by Mary Martin, Diane Davidson and Dot Powell. The Leaguers also registered 38 high school students to vote.

League team registered 38 Central High School students to vote.

The League sponsored an informational meeting March 27 on the 1/8 cent sales tax proposal  earmarked for Greene County’s public safety. League board member Gail Melgren put together a panel that included County Commissioner Roseann Bentley, Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson,  Sheriff Jim Arnott and Circuit Clerk Steve Helms. The issue passed April 3 by a 2-to1 margin.

League vice president and membership chair Jean Bardy spearheaded a display at Brentwood Library commemorating the League’s contributions to the fight for women’s suffrage, and to local issues as well. The display was part of Women’s History Month.

President Allison Cash spoke to a faculty/staff groupat Ozarks Technical Community College about how to conduct a letter writing campaign to elected officials.

League display at Brentwood Library during Women’s History Month

State League president Lois Detrick attends international forum

Lois Detrick, state League president and member of the League of SWMO, was asked to attend Oxfam’s recent International Women’s Day Summit in Washington D.C.  It was the roll-out of a new campaign by Oxfam.  Read more in your state League newsletter. http://lwvmissouri.org/publications.html


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