In League

 

Newsletter of Athens County League of Women Voters

March 2010

 

 

From Our Co-Presidents

 

Dear Members,

 

     Like so many groups LWVAC wants to GO GREENER and save $$$ by moving to email for the "In League" newsletter and membership notices.  When you receive our e-mail message about electronic or paper “In League”, please hit  "REPLY" and respond with either "Send my 'In League' by email", or "Please send my 'In League' as a hard copy (US Mail)  The Board members have already agreed to email.  It would be great to get most of our membership using electronic communications.

 

      The next board meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Hocking Valley Bank Conference Room on March 2.

Ellsworth Holden has been developing an approach to issues based upon an Alternative-Assessment Array.  He has used Social Security Reform as a development vehicle and has previously presented this procedure to the League Board in a preliminary form.  Thus, the program for the March 2 Members’ Meeting will be OPTIONS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM.  We hope you will join us for this interesting approach to a decision making process as applied to the difficult question of Social Security.

 

                                                                           Sincerely,

                                                                                    Ellsworth Holden and Carol Patterson

 

 

 

2009-2010 Officers

 

Co-Presidents:   Ellsworth Holden  and  Carol Patterson

Co-Vice Presidents:  Dana Carlson  and  Sarah Watling

Secretary:  Mary Wryst

Treasurer:  Mary Costello

 

Board Members:   Tim Foran,  Katherine Jellison,  Debbie Schmieding,  Karen Harvey,  Muriel Grim

 

Calendar for 2010

 

January 5 ==== Consensus Process

January 26 === Town Hall Meeting

February 2 === LWVAC and LWVUS Program Planning Meeting

March 2 ===== Social Security Reform

April 6 ====== Taxation and Finances

April 8 ====== Town Hall Meeting

May     ====== Annual Meeting

 

For questions about anything you see in the newsletter or for meeting information, email athensleagueofwomenvoters@gmail.com

 

 

Meetings and Events

 

SUMMARY OF LWVAC, MEMBERS’ MEETING, FEBRUARY 2, 2010

The purpose of the Members’ Meeting on February 2, 2010, was to review LWVUS position statements on five national issues:  Apportionment, Citizen’s Right to vote, Campaign Finance, Energy, and Health Care.  For each LWVUS position statement, teams of two members read the current position statements and the comments from LWVOhio; then they identified the Stakeholders, the Primary Stakeholders and the Key Success Factors for the process embodying the issue.  Then each team rated how well the current national position statement fulfills the Key Success Factors, redrafted the LWVUS position statement and reported their deliberations to the whole group. 

The LWVAC teams were:

                Tim Foran and Ann Fox                                                  Apportionment

                Mary Lee Powell and Katherine Jellison                        Campaign Finance

                Muriel Grim and Jeanne Wells                                           Energy

                Chris Knisely and Elaine Mather                                    Health Care

                Carol Patterson and Lois Whealey                                  Apportionment.

 

LOOKING AHEAD…

LWVAC, MEMBERS’ MEETING, MARCH 2, 2010

                                    at 7:00 P.M. in the Hocking Valley Bank Conference Room

                                         TOPIC: SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM OPTIONS

 

LWVAC, MEMBERS’ MEETING, APRIL 6, 2010

                          TOPIC: CONSENSUS MEETING ON STATE TAXATION AND FINANCE

      We are hoping to have as Guest Speaker for this meeting, Matthew Martin, who is Senior Budget Analyst for the State of Ohio.  Martin is a graduate of Athens High School and Ohio University.  He has a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration. 

     This Consensus Meeting will be concerned with a revised LWVOhio position statement on State Taxation and Finance.  This was to have been considered at our February meeting a year ago, but the LWVOhio decided that its statement needed more work before going to the local Leagues.

 

                   TOWN HALL MEETING IN CONJUNCTION WITH ATHENS CITY, APRIL 8, 2010

                                                 at 6:30 P.M. at Athens Community Center.

         ATHENS’ THIRD CENTURY- PROGRAMS AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS    

     Topics were selected from concerns expressed on January 26 and include noise, signage, trash, building codes, disorderly conduct and fights, community vitality and integration. 

 

                                         LWVAC ANNUAL MEETING, MAY 13, 2010

 This is your opportunity to vote on officers and the annual budget.  We will also look ahead to 2010- 2011 League year.  The evening promises time to mingle with our fellow leaguers and hear an inspiring speaker.  

                                      

                                      NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR WISEMAN AWARD

      Please spread the word that all citizens of Athens County are invited to submit nominations for the recipient of the 2010 Barb Wiseman Honorary Membership Award.

     In 2006 The League of Women Votes of Athens County established the Barb Wiseman Honorary Membership Award in memory of Barb’s commitment to the League and her dedication to citizen engagement at all levels of government.  Annually, the LWVAC Board of Directors, in response to nominations from Athens County citizens, awards an honorary membership to an individual who mirrors Barb’s commitment to children, psychology, and/or non-partisan good government.  Through this award the Board also seeks to expand the League membership’s age, gender, and geographic diversity.  Past Recipients of the Wiseman Award are Anita Mondo, Allene Kilgore, Marty Zinn, and Milt Greek.

      To nominate someone for the Wiseman Award, before March 31 please e-mail a message with the nominee’s name and qualifications for the award to athensleagueofwomenvoters@gmail.com or contact any officer or member of the LWVAC Board.