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

2014 Transitional Board Mtg

2014 LWVGL Annual Mtg

LWVIN Convention

Voter Service Committee

Diversity Roundtable Summit VI

Women's Studies and International Women's Day

Annual Legislative Coffee

Print: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

CityBus signs

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

2014 Primary Judicial Candidates Forum

All Tippecanoe County judicial candidates were invited to a public meeting to share their views on campaign issues asked by the audience. The evening was hosted by Citizens for Civil Rights, The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette, and Hanna Community Center. Jeff Smith of WLFI-TV18 moderated the event.

Patsy Hoyer, president of LWVGL welcomes candidates and audience

Question sorters representing all three organizations

Jeff Smith, WLFI, and candidates

An attentive audience

Proud to be League members.



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



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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.

Linda Martin and Sarah Kelly



At Ivy Tech

Our first time at Constitution Day on the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus was a great success. Hopefully it will be a beginning of an annual partnership to bring voter registration to the students of Ivy Tech.

Margaret Brender, Donna Giroux, Kat Stremiecki (Ivy Tech Coordinator), Nancy Clement

2014 Transitional Board Meeting
The LWVGL Board of Directors' transitional meeting was held at the home of Donna Giroux on June 17 2014. Outgoing and incoming members set the calendar for meetings and events for the coming year. Congratulations to all new elected leaders and thanks to those who are leaving the board for their service and commitment to LWVGL including Donna Giroux and Jean Andres. See pictures below.

A good evening of work and play.



LWVGL 2014-15 Board - standing: Corrina Than, Sarah Kelly, Deb Schwarte, Patsy Hoyer, Michael Oxenrider; seated: Margaret Brender, Teena Flook, Joanne Evers; not pictured: Rae Schnapp, Debby Sherman

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LWVGL 2014 ANNUAL MEETING
The LWVGL 2014 Annual Meeting was held at the Mental Health America Tippecanoe Building in Lafayette with dinner catered by Panera's. Congratulations to Eleanor Riggs for serving the League for 50 years. LWVGL celebrated its successes from 2013-14 and launched itself into a new year of action. Thanks to all who made it possible.

Jennifer Flora of Mental Health America provided an update on mental health services and needs across Tippecanoe County. Elections were held and a budget was passed by the membership.

Thanks to all who attended and participated. See pictures below

Congratulations to Eleanor Riggs for her 50 years of service to the League


LWVGL President Patsy Hoyer introduces Jennifer Flora of Mental Health America

Nominations for board and off board positions by Karen Griggs

50 year member Ginny Webb with President Patsy Hoyer


Guest speaker, Jennifer Flora of MHA Tippecanoe

Ginny Webb and Teena Flook work together on membership

Karen Griggs at the registration table

Great attendance and participation




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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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VOTER SERVICE COMMITTEE
The Voter Service committee for 2014-15 includes an active group of members busy with community presentations, voter registration, high school voter registration project and much more. Here we are busy at work in our community office at Panera's at Wabash Landing. Join the committee. We love new ideas!

Jean Andres, Carol Gutridge, Nancy Clement, Mary Jo Pflum, Adelia Sorge and Sarah Kelly (missing from the photo are Laura Penney Bade and Joanne Evers, photographer)

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 traveled around Greater Lafayette during March 2014 and are now on the buses again for Sept 2014 to encourage individuals to register and vote. Give a cheer when you see one!
Downtown Lafayette, September 2014





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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 2014 LWVIN Regional Workshops were in Greencastle and South Bend. Five LWVGL members drove to South Bend on September 20 to join with League members across the northern Indiana for great discussion and good company. Topics covered by our guest speakers included : Summary of the LWVUS Convention in Dallas; Redistricting in Indiana ; Advocacy; Creating an Observer Corps; VOTE411; and Engaging Local Candidates. Thanks to the South Bend Area League for hosting the event.

Early arrival at South Bend: Joanne Evers, Karen Griggs, Margaret Brender, Debby Sherman, Carol Gutridge, Patsy Hoyer

Environmental Team of LWVIN Board: Jeanette Neagu and Karen Griggs

Lots of conversation and sharing of ideas







Meeting new friends: Elizabeth Bennion of South Bend, Debby Sherman of LWVGL, Margaret Brender of LWVGL and Sharon Schafer of Elkhart

Debbie Asberry of Indianapolis LWV sharing information on Redistricting

Barb Anderson of South Central Indiana League sharing information on Advocacy

Elizabeth Bennion of South Bend Area League sharing her program on Candidate Debates


Annual Summer Picnic

What was nearly a disastrous day weather-wise, with several threats of rain and thunder, turned out to be an Indiana August summer day, hot and sticky--but the League had a grand annual picnic on August 23, 2014. Happy Hollow shelter #3 was a bit muddy, but 33 members of the League and guests gathered for a carry-in feast of home-made dishes, conversation and a thought + provoking presentation by Erin Nelson, of the Chamber of Commerce Quality of life Council. She discussed ways in which Greater Lafayette can become more attractive to young professional adults, such as promotion of entertainment and arts venues and experiences, increased diversity, and job creation through young entrepreneur support. Diversity and quality of life are of special interest to the League. The League will explore ways to participate in such initiatives in the future.

Thanks to KD Benson and Carol Gutridge for organizing the picnic and to Karen Griggs for keeping us "green" with linen tablecloths, napkins and recycling silverware.

Always a great picnic lunch


Informative programs and news of the League


Erin Nelson, of Greater Lafayette Commerce on the Good to Great City Initiative

Patsy Hoyer, president

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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

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.

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VOTER REGISTRATION

Hunger Hike 2014

LWVGL joined the fight against hunger in the Greater Lafayette Community with the opportunity to register to vote. The festivities were wild with clowns, walkers and zumba. Two great causes combined.

A great team included Barbara Penney, Dana Smith, Jean Andres, Linda Cohen and Joanne Evers

The clowns were busy painting the League Logo

WL City Councilmen Gerald Thomas stopped by to say hello



Warm-up zumba for all the walkers

Joe Micon, director of LUM, speaks to the crowd


Global Fest

LWVGL joined Global Fest in West Lafayette for the first time for voter registration activities August 30, 2014. Thanks to all the volunteers who assisted throughout the day including: Sarah Kelly, Carol Gutridge, Margaret Brender, Mariellen Neudeck, Adelia Sorge, Patsy Hoyer and Joanne Evers. It was an interesting day with lots of activity.





Latino Fest

Latino Fest on September 13, 2014 was a cold day but families joined the festivities for food, music and fun. LWVGL was there to register voters, share information on the upcoming election and more. Thanks to the hardy volunteers including Joyce Deutelbaum, Linda Martin, Adelia Sorge, Felice Bray and Joanne Evers.






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West Lafayette Farmers Market

August 13, 2014 - A beautiful day to be shopping in the market! Sarah Kelly, Erica Karrfalt and Joanne Evers talked to many individuals about voter registration and joining the League. Eighteen voters verified their voter registration, updated addresses or registered for the first time. It was a great afternoon and the West Lafayette City wifi connection was great.

Sarah Kelly and Erica Karrfalt, ready for voters

Two new citizens from Manchester England registering for the first time on the computer and on the iphone.

Updating an address online with indianavoters.com


OUTFEST 2014

OUTFEST 2014 provided an opportunity for the League to support LGBT equality, register voters, and have a lot of fun. Corrina Than, Erica Karrfalt, Mary Jo Pflum, Patsy Hoyer, and Felice Bray, staffed the League booth. Thirty+eight voters were registered to vote, 11 individuals changed their Tippecanoe addresses and 1 person made a name change. We also used the opportunity to distribute information about the voting process and Vote411.org.

Patsy Hoyer at Outfest 2014

Corrina than and Mary Jo Pflum at Outfest 2014



State Fair 2014

LWVGL assisted with the staffing of the LWVIN Voter Registration booth at the 2014 State Fair August 5, 2014. Corrina Than, Mary Jo Pflum and Joanne Evers had a busy day on $2.00 Tuesday as they talked to a cross section of Indiana residents, registered voters and received praise for the work of the League.

Mary Jo Pflum at the LWVIN table

First time voters registering at the state fair

Joanne Evers and Corrina Than at the LWVIN table

Voters changing addresses at the state fair


  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.

  Naturalization Ceremony

The annual naturalization ceremony held in West Lafayette was on August 29, 2014 at Burtsfield Gym at Salisbury and Lindberg. After the ceremony, new citizens were greeted by volunteers from the LWVGL to offer assistance in voter registration. Over 60 individuals were eager to register and take on their new responsibilities as citizens. Thanks to all the volunteers including Jean and Ron Andres, Jane Frankenberger, Roberta Schonemann, Linda Martin and Joanne Evers.







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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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.