Making Democracy Work

League Activities

Current Initiatives and Activities of the Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters

Please see the Calendar for more information about upcoming events.

See below for the following LWVGL activities:

Public Forums


Membership Committee Activities

Constitution Day at Purdue


2013 Transitional Meeting

LWVGL 2013 Annual Meeting

LWVIN Convention

Diversity Roundtable Summit VI


Women's Studies and International Women's Day

Annual Legislative Coffee


Print: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

CityBus signs


Voting in 2012: How and Why of It

Candidate Forum for State Legislature

LWVIN Regional Workshop  

Annual Summer Picnic


Presidents Day Workshop

League Link Lunches

Legislative Breakfast


Observer Corps

Voter Registration

PUBLIC FORUMS

Redistricting in Indiana

LWVGL co-sponsored a public meeting with the West Lafayette Public Library on February 19, 2014 on the ongoing issue of Redistricting in the State of Indiana. Guest speakers included Julia Vaughn, Policy Director and Lobbyist of Common Cause Indiana and James McCann, political science professor at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Our guests reminded us that redistricting in Indiana is done by current legislators who have in invested interest in how the districts are aligned and who will be at an advantage to retain the seat they hold in the state legislature or which party stays in control in U.S. Congressional Districts.

A push is being made to have the state legislature create an independent, non-partisan redistricting commission before the next census in 2020. Some progress is being made in the 2014 General Assembly.

Patsy Hoyer, president of LWVGL welcomes guests and audience to the Redistricting Forum

Sherry McLauchlan, moderator, presents a question from the audience to the guests

West Lafayette Annexation

LWVGL co-sponsored a public meeting with the West Lafayette Public Library on November 12, 2013. City officials were available to present a status of the annexation process and answer questions from the public.

Patsy Hoyer president of LWVGL welcomes city officials and community.

Nick Schenkel, WLPL Director thanks all who participated.










Viewing a map of the annexation proposal


Membership Committee Activity
The membership committee is active this 2013-2014 year to increase membership and revitalized the League.

Membership workshop with state MLD coordinator Gail Pebworth

Committee chair Teena Flook led a group of non League members in discussion to inquire about their knowledge and interest in the League.

Constitution Day at Purdue

The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship has as its mission to assume a national leadership role in preparing new generations of American citizens. The focus is to provide programs, institutes, activities and resources for educators to implement more powerful citizenship programs and opportunities that result in active student involvement in schools and communities. Each year the Ackerman Center sponsors Constitution Day details can be located at http://www.purdue.edu/constitution-day/

Why do we celebrate the US Constitution? Because thirty-nine of the 55 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The Congress, by joint resolution, has designated September 17th as "Citizenship Day" and the week beginning September 17th and ending September 23rd of each year as "Constitution Week". Public Law 108-477 contained in the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 states that "each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.

The League of Greater Lafayette has been part of this celebration for many years and hopes to continue. We provide information on the League and offer voter registration to all who are eligible.




2013 Transitional Meeting
The LWVGL Board of Directors' transitional meeting was held at the home of Donna Giroux on June 11 2013. Outgoing and incoming members set the calendar for meeting s and events. Also the elected board members appointed Patsy Hoyer as president for the year. Congratulations to all! Thanks to those who are leaving the board for their service and commitment to LWVGL including Betty Doversberger, Sherry McLauchlan and Joanne Evers. See pictures below.

A great dinner, good company and excellent discussion for LWVGL plans in the coming year.

Margaret Brender (treasurer), Deb Schwarte (secretary), Michael Oxenrider (director), Patsy Hoyer (president), Jean Andres (director), Donna Giroux (director), Rae Schnapp (director). Missing from photo is Sarah Kelly (director)

Members at the meeting: sitting, Margaret Brender, Donna Giroux, Betty Doversberger; standing, Joanne Evers, Sherry McLauchlan, Deb Schwarte, Michael Oxenrider, Patsy Hoyer Debby Sherman, Winnie Adler, Rae Schnapp. Missing from the photo is Karen Griggs who is taking the picture.

Outgoing president Joanne Evers and incoming president Patsy Hoyer.

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LWVGL 2013 ANNUAL MEETING
The LWVGL 2013 Annual Meeting was held at the Lilly Nature Center in West Lafayette and dinner was catered by Panera's. Congratulations to Joan Goldstein, Evelyn Modrey and Chris Brewster for serving the League for 50 years. Certificates from LWVUS were awarded.

Christa Coffey, Tippecanoe County Clerk, provided the membership with an update on the new election laws from the 2013 General Assembly signed into law by the Governor.

Thanks to all who attended and participated.

Margaret Brender taking registrations

Joanne Evers and Donna Giroux, a little pre-meeting consultation

Award to Joan Goldstein for 50 year membership in the League of Women Voters; other recipients not present

Recognition to board members for their service (Ginny Webb not in attendance)
Margaret Brender

Deb Schwarte

Betty Doversberger

Donna Giroux

Sherry McLauchlan

Joanne Evers, outgoing president, receiving appreciation for service

Karen Griggs presenting the election slate for 2013-14

Donna Giroux, presenting program planning to the membership

Beth Goodman, presenting the results of the Women Leaders Committee

Christa Coffey-Tippecanoe County Clerk presenting new election law


Betty Doversberger, outgoing secretary

Sherry McLauchlan, outgoing treasurer, presenting the proposed 2013-14 budget

Pictures of members in attendance







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LWVIN CONVENTION
LWVGL attended the 2013 LWVIN Convention on April 27-28 held at Turkey Run State Park with four delegates; Betty Doversberger, state board member, Corrina Than, new League member and first time convention attendee, Karen Griggs, newly appointed to the LWVIN Board and Joanne Evers, outgoing president of LWVGL. Guest speakers covered a recap of the 2013 Legislative Session from Julia Vaughn, Common Cause; the Value of Civility by Robert Steele, ethics professor from DePauw University; review of the Hoosier Survey from Raymond Scheele and Joe Lasko from the Bowen Center at Ball state University and a greeting and explanation of how LWVUS assists the Local Leagues from Pat Donath, LWVUS liaison to LWVIN.

Over 50 delegates from across the state participated and learned from each other sharing ideas and information in workshops that included the topics of Voter Service, Visibility in an electronic age, Fundraising ideas, and Membership and Leadership Development. The Silent Auction was a great success. Of course the business items were completed with efficiency and agreement. Below are some highlights from the weekend.

Julia Vaughn, Common Cause

Workshop on Voter Service

Local League Display

Local League Display

Gail presenting award to Hamilton County for most increased membership

Fundraising Workshop

A sample of auction items

LWVGL delegates with display, Joanne Evers, Karen Griggs, Betty Doversberger and Corrina Than



Board member, Kimber Sorenson-Brugh, introducing Raymond Scheele from the Bowen Center, Ball State University



Karen Kay Leonard receiving a gift from the State Board for her service and leadership

Robert Steele, DePauw University
Pat Donath, LWVUS Liaison to LWVIN

Gail Pebworth, Pat Donath and Karen Kay Leonard, outgoing LWVIN president

Local League Display

Susanne Gaudin, incoming state president with outgoing board member Albrecht Holschuh

Workshop on League Visibility

Sample of auction items

Outgoing treasurer, Lorraine Jensen, presenting the proposed budget to convention

Raymond Scheele and Joe Lasko answering questions on the 2012 Hoosier Survey completed by the Bowen Center

Karen Kay passing the gavel to Susanne Gaudin

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DIVERSITY ROUNDTABLE SUMMIT VI
LWVGL co-sponsored the Diversity Roundtable Summit VI held on April 11, 2013. It was a day of learning, sharing and planning on how to make `Greater Lafayette a Community of Choice'. Gloria Thomas, director of U of M's Center for the Education of Women from Ann Arbor, Michigan shared the successes they have had in growing Ann Arbor into a great community to live, work and play in. Panels of Young Professionals, International Students, and the Latino Community discussed the pros and cons of living in the Greater Lafayette Community. Work continues on improving the quality of life for all residents of Greater Lafayette.

Note the LWVGL new table cloth!

Registration table with Jean Andres and friend (Jean is a long time member of the Diversity Roundtable).

Jean is also a long time League member.

Additional vendors at the summit

Gloria Thomas from Ann Arbor



Young Professionals



International Center Representatives, Purdue University

Latino professionals and students

WOMEN'S STUDIES AND
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

LWVGL participated in the Purdue Women's Studies celebration of International Women's Day On March 7, 2014 at the Cordova Co-Recreational Gymnasium on Purdue's campus. The evening went well and the League was well represented and shared information on the importance of voting and how to register to vote.

Thanks to Patsy for the suffragette table display and t-shirts

Patsy Hoyer, Corrina Than and Donna Giroux

Margaret Brender, Donna Giroux, two prospective members, Patsy Hoyer and Joanne Evers

Purdue Archives participated in IWD with this item to share-Notice of the Annual Conference of LWVIN 1922

Purdue archivist, Stephanie Schmitz, with her IWD display highlighting Women at Purdue and the League

Patsy Hoyer, Ron Brender, Margaret Brender, Corrina Than

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LEGISLATIVE COFFEE

2013 Annual Legislative Coffee held on Dec 6 was a great success. The League invites members and legislators representing voters in Tippecanoe County to discuss League issues. This year's hot topics included support for Medicaid Expansion and an Indiana Redistricting Commission both of which may surface in the upcoming 2014 General Assembly. The League presents timely positions and individuals may ask important questions of the Legislators. Patsy Hoyer hosts our gathering in her festive home and all share a social and informative evening. Thanks to all and especially the four legislators who attended, Don Lehe, Ron Alting, Randy Truitt and Shelia Klinker.



LWVIN placemat printYESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
Prints were distributed at the LWVGL Annual Meeting entitled, `Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow'. The print by Carol Wantz was reprinted and used as a fundraiser for LWVIN in the early 1990's. An explanation of the print was also available. A few copies are still available if you would like one to frame for yourself or as a gift.
                                          Contact president@leaguelafayette.org.

CITYBUS SIGNS

Four CityBus signs are traveling around Greater Lafayette during March 2014 to encourage individuals to register and vote. Give a cheer when you see one!




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PUBLIC FORUM: VOTING IN 2012: THE HOW AND WHY OF IT

Joanne Evers reviewing voter registration and the voting process in Tippecanoe County
    
Sherry McLauchlan demonstrating VOTE 411 to locate candidate information

Dr. Andrew Downs, IUP Ft. Wayne discussing, 'To Enfranchise, or to Disenfranchise, That is the Question'


CANDIDATE FORUM FOR STATE LEGISLATURE
LWVGL cosponsors a Candidate Forum with Wabash Area Lifelong Learning Association (WALLA) featuring candidates for the state legislature.

The Candidate Forum was well attended at the Morton Community Center on September 5, 2012. Time keepers and question sorters were kept busy and performed with the highest standards. Thanks to Joe Kraus of WALLA and Jean Andres of LWVGL and all the volunteers for making this event possible. Also thanks to Jeff Smith, News Director of WLFI, for moderating the forum. His continued support for this event is appreciated.



    







        































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LWVIN REGIONAL WORKSHOP
The locations of the October 19, 2013 LWVIN Regional Workshops were in Clarksville and West Lafayette, Indiana. LWVGL hosted League friends from the northern region at the Morton Community Center. Discussion and presentation centered on voter registration, redistricting and partisan politics. In addition LWVGL took this opportunity to thank Betty Doversberger for her service to the local and state League since she is leaving the community to be closer to her family in Illinois.

Registration for the Regional Meeting Oct 19 2013 - LWVIN President Susanne Gaudin and Treasurer Carrie Sosbe are ready to sign members into the day's events.

LWVGL president Patsy Hoyer and Christa Coffey at the Regional Meeting.

David Orentlicher of the IU Law School and former State Representative discusses partisan conflict, polarization and gerrymandering in Indiana.

Donna Giroux, LWV of Greater Lafayette, Sandy Grant, LWV of Howard County and Sharon Schafer of LWV Elkhart enjoying the day.

Betty Doversberger at reception in her honor - Thank you, Betty for all your service.

Christa Coffey, Tippecanoe County Clerk explains changes in the revised voter registration form (VRG7)

Dr Kelsey Kauffman of DePauw University shares her research on local redistricting in Indiana.

Mary Boggs of LWV Indianapolis explains their program on `Rethinking Redistricting: Drawing a Line for Democracy'

Discussion of issues over lunch

Representative Sheila Klinker awards Betty a Seal of the State of Indiana for her service to Education and her personal community service.

Annual Summer Picnic.

LWVGL members and guests attended the annual picnic at Happy Hollow Park on August 18, 2012. We enjoyed great food, company and weather while we caught up with friends and made new ones. Since we are in the middle of an election year where health care is a topic of discussion, two members with interest and expertise presented information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Donna Giroux shared the Leagues current position on health care and how the ACA is viewed through the lens of the League. Michael Oxenrider provided valuable information on the Facts and Myths of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Michael's document is available through the home page. Check it out.

Getting set up

Let's Eat!

Always good discussion

Program announcements and agenda

Michael Oxenrider sharing Fact and Myths on
the patient Protection and Affordable Care Act



Anticipating the members' arrival


Donna Giroux explaining the League's Health Care Position

Always something new to learn!

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LWVGL attends Presidents Day Workshop

Saturday, February 15, 2014, the League of Women Voters of Indiana celebrated Presidents Day and the League's 94th birthday with an all day workshop at the Carriage House of the Propylaeum in Indianapolis. Local members, Ginny Webb, Michael Oxenrider, Karen Griggs, Corrina Than and Patsy Hoyer attended the event. Topics of discussion included `The Proposed Elimination of the Business Personal Property Tax' by Purdue Professor Larry DeBoer and environmental legislation currently being debated in the 2014 General Assembly by Jessie Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council. League organizational issues were discussed including best practices for candidate forums, obtaining an intern, using social media, and general outreach. Following the meeting the participants were invited to see the new LWVIN office at 1500 N. Delaware St.

Paulette Vandegriff sharing best practices for candidate forums

League Link Lunch: This is a long standing, informal gathering over lunch to talk and learn about current events, maintain friendships and create new ones. League Lunch is held every second Tuesday of the month at Jane's Gourmet Deli from noon to 1pm. Come and go as your schedule permits.

Members and friends of the League enjoying and learning from each other.


Members and friends at League Link Lunch


Legislative Breakfast: The Legislative Breakfast is held each year in Jan or Feb. This event is open to the public, and is an opportune time to hear from local legislators.

February 8, 2014

The 2014 Legislative Breakfast was held on February 8, 2014 at MCL Restaurant and Bakery in West Lafayette IN. Despite the cold weather and the snow that morning, we still had about 75 people present. Four legislators were in attendance: Rep. Sheila Klinker, Senator Ron Alting, Rep. Don Lehe, and Rep. Tim Brown. We also had a number of elected officials from the Cities and the County. Representatives Sharon Negele and Randy Truitt sent their regrets. The legislators were informative and the crowd was engaged.

Issues included HJR3, a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, Agricultural bills (HB 1143 "no more stringent", SB 101 "ag gag", and SB 186 "right to farm") and business personal property tax (HB 1001 and SB 1). See League in the News for WLFI, Channel 18 coverage.

Patsy Hoyer welcoming the legislators and audience

Liz Solberg, moderator, addressing the legislators

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Observer Corps: The League has been a champion of government transparency since our founding in 1920, and it is one of our core principles and a vital part of our mission. We have an Observer Corps of members who are willing to commit one year to attending all the meetings of one local governmental board or commission and report on the business that was transacted at each meeting. Click on "Observer Corps" at left for more information.

VOTER REGISTRATION
  Hannafest
On September 2, 2013 the League joined the Hanna Community Center for the first time at the annual Hannafest to provide voter registration and the game of VOTE! to all participants. It was a beautiful day and everyone had a great time celebrating the community center and Labor Day. Thanks to League members Patsy Hoyer, Ann Hunt, Corrina Than and Joanne Evers for their time and good spirits at Hannafest.

  CityBus Depot, September 18, 2012
Thanks to CityBus for their cooperation in voter registration and the volunteers who assisted including Sherry McLauchlan, Amy Hockema, Betty Doversberger, Cynthy Scruggs, Donna Giroux and Joanne Evers

    

  Purdue University in cooperation with Purdue Student Government, September 25&26, 2012
It was a pleasure working with the Purdue students. It was a busy and successful two days.


  Naturalization Ceremonies
The annual Global Fest in West Lafayette features cultural entertainment, food and art to celebrate the city's diversity. LWVGL provides voter registration following the Naturalization Ceremony where eligible residents become U.S. citizens.

Thanks to Walt Dalsimer, Michael Oxen rider and Debby Sherman for registering new citizens to vote at the 2012 Naturalization Ceremony.
It was a busy and joyful experience for all.

        



Ninety-four individuals became new citizens of the United States on August 30, 2013 in West Lafayette. League members spoke with over a third of these news citizens from all over the state and assisted them in becoming registered voters. Thanks to Sarah Kelly Roberta Schonemann and Joanne Evers for their time and participation in this process.

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Ivy Tech Community College, September 10 and 11, 2012
Volunteers visited Ivy Tech, Lafayette to register students to vote. Thanks to all who assisted: Emma and Walt Dalsimer, Sherry McLauchlan, Sue Render, Sheila Rosenthal, Beth Goodman, Debby Sherman and Keiko Rao.

West Lafayette Farmers' Market

Everyone needs to eat their fruits and vegetables and everyone needs to register to vote.

        
August 22, 2012 - Thanks to Debby Sherman, Beth Goodman and Mary Tilden                          October 3,2012 - Thanks to Dee Tritschler for her service to the League
  Mosey Down Main Street, May 2012
LWVGL members join the festivities in Downtown Lafayette to register voters for the upcoming elections.

Joanne Evers and Karen Griggs, May 2012

Diane Damico, Michael Oxenrider, Joanne Evers with prospective voter, June 2012
First time voter!
July 9, 2011 First time voter!
More first time voters!
August 13, 2011 More first time voters. Let's hear it for the future leaders!

More first time voters!

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Library Services in Tippecanoe County-Study Committee Report

The Local Government Study Committee completed its study of library services in Tippecanoe County December 2011. Read the complete report. Thank you to all the committee members for this study and professional report. Members included Jean Andres, chair; KD Benson, Shelly McLauchlan and Joanne Evers.

Tippecanoe County Township Government Study Report

The Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters formed a Study Committee in the spring of 2009 to study township government in Tippecanoe County. The report is complete as of October 2010 and focuses on transparency, accessibility and accountability of township government. This report will add information and understanding of the process of township government as discussion continues regarding the reform of township government. View Final Report here.

Members of the LWVGL Study Committee are available to present its findings and recommendations to community organizations. To schedule a program contact the League.

Policy Over Politics: A State Forum on Township Reform

Policy Over Politics: A State Forum on Township Reform (a video)

Hosted by the Lacy Leadership Association Civic Leadership Cadre and co-sponsored by a variety of civic organizations including LWVGL, LWVIN, LWVMC. This event was held on January 19, 2011 at the History Center in Indianapolis.