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: firstname.lastname@example.org
–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: email@example.com
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
$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:
Bring a potential League member, spouse or friend!
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
Directors elected in 2011, terms ending 5/13
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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Susan was assisted by Mary Martin, Diane Davidson and Dot Powell. The Leaguers also registered 38 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.
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