Making Democracy Work

Past Activities

Overview of activities the League has held

The 2015 LWVGL Annual Meeting held at the Lafayette Art Museum on May 19, 2015 was well attended by members. The reception for new members was a welcome reception for all and gave us an opportunity to meet and welcome the future of the League and recognize three of our 50 year members as well. The dinner was catered by Arni's and we thank Linda Cohen who has an in with Arni's for organizing this portion of the evening.

Outgoing president Patsy Hoyer highlighted the many successes for the year and led us through the business meeting and toward the coming year.

Nancy Clement and Carol Gutridge with Erica Karrfalt

Great Reception
Winnie Adler, Joyce Fields, Linda Cohen, Ginny Webb

JoAnn Mullen and new member Amy French

Dee Tritchler and Pat Skifstad

Liz Solberg and Judy Rhodes

Anita Phillips and Bill Evers

Judy Rhodes and new member Sally Fahey

Cathy Potter and Mary Tilden with new member Mary Jo Maslin and Patsy Hoyer in the background

Diane Damico and KD Benson

Dinner Even Better

New member Donnie Spencer in tie

Joyce Fields and Ruth Dowden (50 year member)

Jean Andres and Sarah Kelly

Eleanor Riggs (50 year member)

New Member Whitney Williams


Patsy Hoyer leading meeting and Taya Flores from the Journal and Courier live streaming

Ginny Webb presenting Nominating Committee Report

Joanne Evers thanking Patsy Hoyer for her service to the League

Teena Flook, Ginny Webb (50 year member) and Margaret Brender



Delegates from Lafayette included Patsy Hoyer, President, Corrina Than, also a State Board member, and Joyce Sanford and Anita Phillips Sanford.

A number of changes were agreed upon, as well as having the opportunity to hear several informational presentations and socialize. A co-presidency was accepted for Erin Kelly (Indianapolis) and Lisa Plencner (South Bend)--and the bylaws changed accordingly. Both are enthusiastic and eager and reminded us that League of Women Voters was all of us members, not the few individuals of the State Board. Upon acceptance Erin stated "The League (needs to) form a strategy for moving forward in the 21st century. Volunteer-led organizations can be extremely effective, but they must also be extremely organized in order to achieve their vision. Establishing strategic goals, and the objectives needed to achieve those goals, is what I would like to contribute to LWVIN."

Speaker highlights included Lee Hamilton commenting on the social media and the press, and Dr. Rob and Karen Stone speaking for Universal Health Care. See the Summer 2015 LWVGL Voter for highlights on the convention.

Abe Martin Inn Brown County State Park

Local League Displays for education and action

Silent Auction and shoppers

Speaker, Lee Hamilton, former U. S. Congressman

Newly elected LWVIN Board Co-Presidents Erin Kelly, Indianapolis and Lisa Plencner, South Bend

Welcoming smiles of Jan Swigert, Brown County and Katelyn Utley, Indianapolis.

Gail Pebworth, Montgomery County, with Membership, Leadership Development display

Amy Miller, outgoing state president, with Lee Hamilton and Doris Whitenberg


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

Voter Registration 2015 at Food Finders Mobile Pantry

LWVGL worked with Food Finders during March 2015 to visit the Food Finders Mobile Pantry at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds Sheep Barn on five consecutive Tuesdays. Thanks to all the staff and Katie Bunder, director of Food Finders, for their cooperation and support.

Here is the sheep barn
Donna Giroux, Sarah Kelly and Margaret Brender - A chilly day

Talking with patrons

A visit with Katie Bunder

Patty Jischke, Nancy Clement, Donna Giroux on our second visit to the Sheep Barn

Voter Registration 2014 at Outfest

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

Patsy Hoyer at Outfest 2014

Corrina than and Mary Jo Pflum at Outfest 2014

Voter Registration 2014 at 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

Voter Registration 2015 at West Lafayette Public Library

Thanks to the West Lafayette Public Library and League volunteers Nancy Clement, Roberta Schonemann and Joanne Evers for offering voter registration to the community on February 22, 2015.

2014 President's 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

2015 Legislative Breakfast

The Annual LWVGL Legislative Breakfast was held on February 22, 2015. The weather was cold, snowing and blustery but that did not stop the community from coming out to hear from their legislators about bills in the 2015 General Assembly. All seven legislators from Tippecanoe County were invited to attend and one gracefully declined because of other obligations however, only one legislator attended, Sheila Klinker.

Representative Klinker fielded many questions about the legislation currently moving through the two chambers in the State House in Indianapolis and made a point of explaining the thinking from both sides of the aisle. The attendees and the League are most thankful for her devotion to the process and her willingness to share a wide range of opinions.

Thanks to the League members who organized and managed the annual breakfast.

Signing in for a morning of learning

Community members enjoying breakfast and good conversation

President Patsy Hoyer introducing the program

Moderator KD Benson with Patsy Hoyer

Representative Klinker has the floor

Support the Voting Rights Act.
Have your voice heard and help to restore the Voting Rights Act.

Two years ago the Supreme Court essentially invalidated the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act with its ruling in Shelby County v. Holder. In January 2014 the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 was introduced by a bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives. Read more. . .

  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

  Diversity in Voter Engagement, Inclusion and Nurturing = DIVE IN

On April 27, 2015 a group of approximately 30 people gathered at HANNA Center in Lafayette to discuss why there are not more voters representing the youth and minorities of Tippecanoe County. Small groups discussed barriers to participation and how to engage more voters in the process and came together for a summary of thoughts and opinions. This event was co-sponsored by LWVGL, Hanna Center and Citizens of Civil Rights (CCR). The intention is to keep this conversation going and develop action plans to include and nurture these individuals for greater participation in the political process. Thanks to Mike Smith of CCR, Heather Maddox of Hanna Center and Patsy Hoyer of LWVGL for their efforts.

Many ideas shared with thoughtful reflection

2014 Annual Legislative Coffee held on Dec 11 was a great success. The League invites members and legislators representing voters in Tippecanoe County to discuss League issues and upcoming expectations for the General Assembly. Michael Oxenrider discussed creating a nonpartisan independent redistricting commission to have in place for the completion of the 2020 census. Legislators in attendance seemed to think that the process is already non-partisan. The Q&A with the legislators included topics as public school funding and funding for education vouchers; the State Hoosier Amtrack Line, environmental concerns and much more. 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, Tim Brown and Shelia Klinker.

State Representatives Don Lehe (District 25) and Tim Brown (District 41)

Members gather and chat before the event begins

Emma and Walt Dalsimer have a good time with JoAnn Mullen in the background

State Representative Sheila Klinker, District 27

State Representative Tim Brown, District 41

State Senator Ron Alting, District 22

State Representative Don Lehe, District 25

Michael Oxenrider discussing Redistricting with legislators and members

Discussion continues after the event

A good evening was had by all especially former WL Mayor Sonya Margerum, prominent business owner, Linda Cohen and LWVGL President and health professional Patsy Hoyer

Voter Registration - 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

Voter Registration - Hunger Hike

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

Voter Registration - 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.

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.

Voter Registration - 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.

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.

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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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

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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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

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

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.

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.


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'

  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!

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

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.

  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.

  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


2012 Naturalization Ceremony

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 .
It was a busy and joyful experience for all.


2012 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!

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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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.


Buses traveled the Greater Lafayette area during September and October 2012.

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During the months of February and March 2013, LWVGL partnered with four students enrolled in the Introduction of Women's Studies Course at Purdue University to share our history, positions and action. Tayler, Kiley, Emma and Yijie learned about the League, attended board and member meetings, attended public governmental meetings, interviewed current and former elected officials and viewed the film "Ironed Jawed Angels". They prepared a power point on the League and participated in a campus and community wide symposium for all the Women's Studies service learning projects. Through the grant received by the students from the Purdue Service Learning Grant Program, LWVGL was able to obtain a new logo `studded' table cloth to use at League events. Thank you!

The two month experience culminated in a campus wide march on March 22, 2013 and involved the service learning partners, Purdue organizations and academic departments. Over 400 individuals participated in the march ending in a Rally at the Cordóva Recreational Center. The keynote speaker was Zoe Nicholson, longtime social justice activist, who gave a talk on the actions of Alice Paul which helped lead to the 19th Amendment for Women's Suffrage.

On April 12, 2013 the students presented a symposium on their learning process and actions to promote academic knowledge and communication as a bridge to social activism.

Check out the video and article from the march and the pictures taken of LWVGL at the march. It was a great experience for all. Let's hope it leads to more of the same.


LWVGL attends Presidents Day Workshop hosted by LWV of Indiana on February 18, 2012 in Indianapolis!: Betty Doversberger, Donna Giroux, Ginny Webb and Michael Oxenrider represented LWVGL and attended workshops on voter suppression, education funds and maintaining local League status. Tim Berry, Auditor, State of Indiana, spoke on 'Transparency in Government'. A review of the State and National websites was presented and LWV South Bend Area described their success with the High School Voter Registration Project. Of course we sang Happy Birthday to LWV!

President's Day attendees
Betty Doversberger (also servers on state board), Michael Oxenrider,
Donna Giroux, Ginny Webb
Tim Berry,State Auditor
Tim Berry, Indiana State Auditor
Gail Pebworth,State Liaison
Gail Pebworth, State Liaison to LWVGL
Ginny Web
Ginny attending a workshop

Maps of State House and Senate Districts with League information

Legislators and community
Joanne Evers, president, welcoming legislators and community
Liz Solberg, moderator
Senator Ron Alting with introductory statement

Representative Sharon Negele responding to a question
Representative Don Lehe sharing his thoughts

Representative Sheila Klinker commenting on an issue
Representative Randy Truitt with his perspective

An attentive audience

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The 2012 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 Health Care and Public School Education including Kindergarten both of which may surface in the upcoming 2013 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.

President Joanne Evers welcomes the members and Legislators and shares information on the LWVUS position on Public Education; recently approved March 2012.

Membership Chairperson Donna Giroux shares information on the national Health Care Position

An opportunity to talk with members and legislators over tasty treats

Attendance increased this year with a full house to listen and talk with legislators

Legislators in attendance included: Sheila Klinker, Tim Brown, Randy Truitt and Ron Alting. Legislators unable to attend included: Brandt Hershman, Senate District 7, Sharon Negele, House District 13 and Don Lehe, House District 25

Representative Sheila Klinker, House District 27

Representative Randy Truitt, State House District 26

Representative Tim Brown, State House District 41

Senator Ron Alting, State Senate, District 22

LWVIN REGIONAL WORKSHOP, "Power the Vote", was held in Muncie, September 8, 2012. League members from across the state discussed and learned more about how to engage members and community members in exercising the franchise. Dr. Losco, professor and chair of the Political Science Dept. at Ball State University, discussed the Citizens United ruling from the US Supreme Court and how it directly effects voting. Read the presentation.

Greater Lafayette attendees: Joanne Evers, Donna Giroux, Betty Doversberger, Ginny Webb and Deb Schwarte

An attentive audience

Dr. Losco presents

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.

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2012 TRANSITIONAL MEETING was held at the home of Donna Giroux on June 12. Ten Leaguers met to set the calendar for the year and plan for membership, voter service, Voter dates and more. Thanks to our host Donna and all who attended.

Great meal, great ideas and great company

Cathy Potter making a point

Good conversation before working

2012 LWVIN COUNCIL MEETING was hosted by LWV of Howard County Kokomo, Indiana and welcomed by Paul Wyman, a Howard County Commissioner. The presentations and workshops were well received by the membership and included such topics as 'the Mechanics of Voting', 'LWVUS Convention', and 'Protecting Indiana Waters'. The keynote address was presented by Andrew Downs, Assistant professor of Political Science at IPFW where he directs the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. Dr. Downs provided a history of Indiana Law in relation to disenfranchising the voter as well as enfranchising the voter. We discussed questions such as Who should encourage people to vote?, Why don't election officials encourage more voting?

Of course we had times of laughter and good cheer at the welcome reception at the home of Sandy Grant and a great tour of the Sieberling Mansion in Kokomo.

Jeanette Neagu
Jeannette Neagu on the Protecting Indiana Waters
Enjoying the Sieberling Mansion
Enjoying the Sieberling Mansion
Lorraine Jensen, Betty Doversberger
Lorraine Jensen, state treasurer, and Betty Doversberger,
state and local board Member at the Sieberling Mansion
Welcome reception at Sandy Grant's
Welcome reception at the home of Sandy Grant
Karen Kay Leonard, Gail Pebworth
Karen Kay Leonard, state president, foreground and Gail Pebworth
state board member at welcome reception
Geni Pawleski
Geri Pawleski explaining the South Bend High
School Voter Registration Project
Always something to learn
Always something to learn
Mary Jo Gorman, Calument Area
Mary Jo Gorman, Calumet Area, on monthly voter
registration at Naturalization Ceremonies
Silent Auction in background
'Mechanics of Voting' break out session (silent auction in background)
Gail Pebworth and Lorraine Jensen
Thanks to Gail Pebworth and Lorraine Jensen
Thanks to the LWVIN Board

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LWVGL 2012 ANNUAL MEETING was held at the Lilly Nature Center and dinner was catered by Panera's. A discussion of the future of the League led to plans for the 2012-13 organizational structure.

Betty Doversberger, Joanne Evers
Betty Doversberger, secretary, and Joanne Evers, president
Donna Giroux
Donna Giroux, coordinated meeting
Sherry McLaughlin, Donna Giroux
McLauchlan, coordinated future planning meeting and Donna Giroux
LWVGL members
LWVGL members

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 11, 2012 - LWVGL Legislative Breakfast

Legislators and members at breakfast
Standing: Liz Solberg, Ron Alting, Tim Brown Randy Truit during breakfast.
Representative Tim Brown
Representative Brown addressing the audience.
LWVGL question sorters
Question sorters JoAnn Mullen and Betty Doversberger and moderator Liz Solberg.

Representative Klinker
Representative Klinker addressing the audience.
Representative Truitt
Representative Andy Truitt.
Representative Tim Brown
Representative Tim Brown.
Senator Ron Alting
Senator Ron Alting.

Representative Klinker
Representative Klinker.

Conversation after breakfast
Crowd shot at the end of the program.

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Naturalization Ceremony at Global Fest: 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.

Registering new citizens!
Registering new citizens to vote at the 2011 Naturalization Ceremony
at Morton Community Center
Registering new citizens!

Annual Summer Picnic. LWVGL members and guests attended annual picnic at Happy Hollow Park on August 27, 2011. We enjoyed great food, company and weather while we caught up with friends and made new ones. Since LWVGL is in the process of updating two position statements, Solid Waste Management and Domestic Violence, we had the opportunity to hear from Sonya Margerum who played an important role in our original study and as Mayor of West Lafayette. Jasmine Dowd, educator and outreach director of the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, shared her insight on needs of the community today in regards to Domestic Violence.
Picnic begins
The picnic begins
Joanne Evers
A word from the president
Sonya Margerum - speaker
Sonya Margerum on Solid Waste Management
Jasmine Dowd - speaker
Jasmine Dowd on outreach for the prevention of domestic violence
Jean Andres
Jean Andres promoting the 'This is Your Community Brown Bag Lunch'

LWVGL attends the Reality, Rights and Reason Reception sponsored by the Health Access and Privacy Alliance on March 24 in Indianapolis: Joanne Evers represented LWVGL. Other League members attending were Paulette Vandegriff, LWVIN Lobbyist and Erin Kelly, LWVIN state Representative to HAPA and president of LWV of Indianapolis. The gathering was a great success with conversation and good food. We heard from two prochoice advocates Kate Michelman, former president of NARAL-Prochoice America (1985-2004) and Dawn Johnson, professor of law at IU Law School, who formerly worked for Kate when she served as president for NARAL. For more information: Dawn Johnsen Bio; Kate Michelman Bio

Check out the attendees:

Kate Michelman
Kate Michelman
Dawn Johnson
Dawn Johnson
Betty Cockrum, Crystal Struben, PP Young Leaders rep
Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of PPIN,
Crystal Struben, PPIN, and Rep from
PP Young Leaders
David Sklar, Erin Kelly and Reba Boyd
David Sklar, president of HAPA and lobbyist,
Erin Kelly, LWVIN Rep to HAPA, and Reba Boyd Wooden
Paulette Vandegriff, Lea Ellingwood, Judie Doebrman and Jill Chambers
Paulette Vandegriff, LWVIN lobbyist, Lea Ellingwood,
Judie Doebrman,and Jill Chambers, Center for Inquiry
Robin Parker-Honig
Robin Parker-Honig, vice president of HAPA

LWVGL Attends PPIN March 8 Protect Our Patients Rally, at the Indiana Statehouse!: Over 600 people from around the state rallied to object to the defunding of Planned Parenthood. The funds in question are federal funds that are distributed by the state to medical facilities. The loss of these funds would force PPIN to close needed clinics denying men, women and teens preventative care, education, screenings for HIV, cancer, STDs and more. See the excitement below.

PPIN rally
Crowds during rally
PPIN rally
Crowds during rally
PPIN rally
Crowds during rally

PPIN rally
Speaker, Betty Cockrum, CEO PPIN, and the back of
Albrecht Holschuh, LWV Bloomington and Joanne Evers, LWVGL
PPIN rally
After rally waiting to enter the Statehouse
PPIN rally
After rally in Statehouse; South Bend LWV members

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Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission visited Lafayette and was hosted by LWVGL. Approximately 40 people from the Lafayette area attended the program to learn more about gerrymandering and ways to remove partisan politics from the redistricting process in Indiana. The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission is a joint project of AARP Indiana, Common Cause/Indiana and the League of Women Voters of Indiana. Composed of 11 members from across Indiana, the ICRC is diverse, inclusive and representative of voters in our state. The ICRC held public meetings to examine the new congressional and state legislative maps proposed by the 2011 Indiana General Assembly and encourage a public dialogue on how well the new maps fulfill public interest criteria like compactness, preserving communities of interest, protecting minority voting rights and encouraging competitive races. Comments from the public meetings will be compiled and submitted to the legislature. See participants in action below and link to the J&C article.

Julia Vaughn
Julia Vaughn, Common Cause Indiana
Paulette Vandegriff
Paulette Vandegriff, LWVIN lobbyist
Bill Ruppel Bill Ruppel
Bill Ruppel and other Commission members discuss newly released districts from the State Senate

Constitution Day at Purdue. LWVGL celebrated Constitution Day, September 19, 2011 at Purdue joining the J. F Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship. This annual event usually held at the Purdue Memorial Union provides information, quizzes and competition on knowledge of the Constitution of the United States, adopted September 17, 1787. The League provides voter registration and its official's directory for the public while sharing its vision for citizen participation in government. Join us next year!

The Ackerman Center located at the Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education, Room 4115 is a resource for all ages. Check it out.

Registering voters at Purdue
LWVGL display table
Registering voters at Purdue
Joanne Evers and Donna Giroux greet visitors and register voters

This Is Your Community Lunch Series: This Is Your Community brown bag lunches are held monthly from noon to 1pm on the third Thursday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette. Informative presentations on a variety of topics are given by community leaders. This is a great opportunity to meet League members.

April 2011, KD Benson, Vice President of LWVGL introducing Marty Sennett, General Manger of the Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation, AKA, City Bus
KD Benson with Marty Sennett of GLPTC, aka City Bus

Membership/Leadership Training Workshop. LWVIN under the direction of LWVUS held a training workshop in the Greater Lafayette Area for surrounding local Leagues. Those in attendance included representatives from Muncie-Delaware County, Cass County, South Bend Area, Montgomery County and Greater Lafayette. The Workshop focused on membership and leadership development to maintain the strength and commitment of the League. Trainers included Gail Pebworth and Kimber Sorenson-Brugh, LWVIN board members. Thanks to all and especially to the West Lafayette Public Library for having us.

Leadership Workshop
Getting to know each other
Leadership Workshop
Learning new strategies
Leadership Workshop
Left to right sitting - Joanne Evers, Greater Lafayette; Kimber Sorenson-Brugh, South Bend Area; Gail Pebworth, Montgomery County
Left to right standing - Barb Reed, Cass County; Bea Sousa, Muncie-Delaware County; Dee Naylor, Muncie-Delaware County; Kathy Anthrop-Bowman, Greater Lafayette; Betty Doversberger, Greater Lafayette; KD Benson, Greater Lafayette; Elizabeth McQuinn, Cass County

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Meet and Greet the Candidates.LWVGL held its first Meet and Greet the Candidates for the municipal elections for Lafayette and West Lafayette on Oct. 5 and 6, 2011 respectively. The Candidates were all present to meet the voters and address questions and concerns. Voters had an opportunity to speak directly to the candidates to assist them in making an informed decision on Election Day. Thanks to all the candidates and the voters for making these events successful.

Lafayette Municipal Candidates and Voters at Ivy Tech Lafayette, Creasy Lane, Oct. 5, 2011

Meet and Greet Lafayette
Meet and Greet Lafayette
Meet and Greet Lafayette
Meet and Greet Lafayette
Meet and Greet Lafayette
Meet and Greet Lafayette

West Lafayette Municipal Candidates and Voters at Morton Community Center, Oct. 6. 2011

Meet and Greet West Lafayette
Meet and Greet West Lafayette
Meet and Greet West Lafayette
Meet and Greet West Lafayette
Meet and Greet West Lafayette
Meet and Greet West Lafayette
Meet and Greet West Lafayette
Meet and Greet West Lafayette
Meet and Greet West Lafayette
Meet and Greet West Lafayette

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2011 LWVIN Northern Regional Workshop. LWVGL members attended the 2011 Regional Workshop on August 20th at the new Ivy Tech facility in Logansport, IN. The LWV of Cass County welcomed us in style and our own Linda Cohen won the door prize of a tea set celebrating women's right to vote. Way to go Linda! Topics at the workshop included: using social media, candidate forum planning tips, and membership and leadership development. The guest speaker was Dr. Victor Smith, retired educator currently working for the Indiana Coalition for Public Education. The group also discussed some long range planning for the LWVIN board. The future is bright and beat goes on. (Apologies for the poor quality of pictures - there were technical difficulties with the developing.)

Members with Stat Liaison
LWVGL members with State Liaison
Standing + Betty Doversberger, Gail Pebworth, Linda Cohen, KD Benson
Sitting - Joanne Evers, Donna Giroux
Members at work
Busy at work
Sharon Schafer, Elkhart Area; Donna Giroux, LWVGL; Janet Ingram, Cass County
Social Media Session
Social Media Session
Kathy Brown, Montgomery County; KD Benson, LWVGL; Ruby Palmer, Cass County; Patty Weitzel, Howard County
Long time friends
Long time friends
Linda Cohen, LWVGL and Gail Pebworth, Montgomery County

LWVGL 2011 Annual meeting. The LWVGL Annual meeting was held at Jane's Deli. Good food and good company was shared by all. (See pictures below). Last year's Management Team was given a big thank you for their service and efforts in making 2010-2011 a successful year. Our Fifty year members were recognized and congratulations was bestowed upon those leaders stepping forward for service in the 2011-12 year.

Work was accomplished on revising the bylaws and approving the program for 2011-12. The members agreed that the waste management and the domestic violence positions need to be updated and rewritten. Committees are forming to work on these issues. Let us hear from you, we need volunteers to make these updates. Be sure to check the members only page for updated copies of the bylaws and the program planning.

Getting settled
Dinner at Jane's Deli; members getting settled
Betty Doversberger
Betty Doversberger reviews LWVIN Activities
Sue Scholer and Donna Giroux
Sue Scholer, convener and Donna Giroux, parliamentarian
KD Benson
KD Benson, reviews the past years events and accomplishments
Sandy Grant, LWVIN Liaison to LWVGL
Sandy Grant, LWVIN Liaison to LWVGL, praises our progress
Sherry McLauchlan
Sherry McLauchlan reviews the financial status of LWVGL
Jean Andres
Jean Andres reports on the local government study and observer corps
2010-2011 LWVGL Board members
Sue Scholer, Betty Doversberger, KD Benson, Linda Cohen praised for their service in 2010-11. Missing include Kathy Dale, Peg Dunkle, Melanie Lucroy, Mida Grover, JoAnn Mullen
LWVGL 50 year members
Congratulations to our 50 year members! Ginny Webb, Joan Lohmann, Lillian Cote, and Ruth Dowden with convener Sue Scholer; missing from the photo is Sonya Margerum

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LWVIN 2011 State Convention May 14 and 15. League members from all over the state including three LWVGL members (Betty Doversberger, Deb Schwarte, and Joanne Evers) attended the convention held in South Bend Indiana. It was an exciting convention with members learning from each other and volunteering for work on state positions including Redistricting, General Assistance and School Finance. Guest speakers included Elizabeth Bennion, professor of political science at IUSB. Dr. Bennion reminded us of our roots in the suffrage movement and how the challenges have grown from voter rights to equal rights. Pat Donath, LWVUS board member and national liaison to LWVIN, spoke on Non-Partisan and Elections in a new Era. Judge Jenny Manier (St. Joseph County Superior Court) illustrated the relationship between voting, democracy and community. Sarah Stewart, RN, MSN is president and executive director of Unity Gardens, Inc. in South Bend. The Unity Gardens include multiple gardens across the South Bend area where vegetables are grown for common use by the public. Workshops provided discussion on health care, fundraising, voter centers, advocacy, managing the Leagues finances and more.

Below are a few hightlights.

Elizabeth Bennion, Political Science Professor, IUSB
Elizabeth Bennion, Political Science Professor, IUSB
Gail Pebworth, LWV Montgomery County and LWVIN board member and Pat Donath, LWVIN National Liaison
Gail Pebworth, LWV Montgomery County and LWVIN board member and Pat Donath, LWVIN National Liaison
Sara Stewart, Unity Gardens President
Sara Stewart, Unity Gardens President
Lorraine Jensen, LWV Hamilton County and LWVIN Treasurer
Lorraine Jensen, LWV Hamilton County and LWVIN Treasurer
2011-2012 LWVIN Board
2011-2012 LWVIN Board from left to right; Kimber Sorenson-Brugh, LWV South Bend Area; Gail Pebworth, LWV Montgomery County; Betty Doversberger LWV of Greater Lafayette; Sandy Grant, LWV Howard County; Dee Naylor, LWV Muncie; Linda Shanks, LWV Bloomington-Monroe County; Carrie Sosbe, LWV Montgomery County; Albrecht Holschuh, LWV Bloomington-Monroe County; Lorraine Jensen, LWV Hamilton County; Susanne Gaudin, LWV Brown County; Karen Kay Leonard, LWV Indianapolis and president of state board. Missing from the picture include Amy Olson, LWV Indianapolis; Shannon O'Toole, Knox County; Barb Phelps, LWV South Bend Area.

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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.

April 21, 2011 - LWVGL Legislative Breakfast
LWVGL members oversee breakfast
Left to right: Jean Andres and Betty Doversberger, question sorters; Sue Scholer with introductions and Liz Solberg, moderator.
Representative Tim Brown
Representative Tim Brown, District 27
Representative Sheila Klinker
Representative Shelia Klinker, District 27

Rae Schnapp talking with Sheila Klinker
Constituent Rae Schnapp talking with Representative Klinker.
Peg Dunkle talking with Tim Brown
Constituent Peg Dunkle talking with Representative Brown

LWVGL attends Presidents Day Workshop hosted by LWV of Indiana on February 19, 2011 in Indianapolis!: Betty Doversberger, KD Benson and Joanne Evers represented LWVGL, attended workshops on membership development, finance drives and sponsoring candidate debates. State Senator Tallian, District 4, enlightened the participants on the process of redistricting. Paulette Vandegriff reviewed the action in the State Legislature and advocacy strategies. Betty shared results from the vote center survey she coordinated in Tippecanoe County and Joanne shared a legislative update on reproductive rights in the General Assembly. Of course we sang Happy Birthday to LWV!

President's Day
Gail Pebworth LWVIN VP and
Senator Tallian
President's Day
Paulette Vandegriff, LWVIN
Legislative Coordinator
President's Day
Betty Doversberger, LWVGL
Voter Center Survey review
President's Day
KD Benson, Betty Doversberger, Sandy
Grant (LWVIN liaison LWVGL), Joanne Evers

"Making Democracy Work" Award: On September 17, 2008, the League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette honored Annette Goben with the inaugural Making Democracy Work Award. More than 45 people attended the event, which celebrated Goben's efforts in establishing Imagination Station.

Candidate Forum for State Legislature: On Monday, Sept 15,2008 the League partnered with WALLA to present a Candidate Forum at Morton Community Center in West Lafayette. Approximately 150 people attended this highly successful event, which generated interesting discussions from our local candidates about important issues. The event was standing room only, with many attendees in the balcony. and even the balcony (from which the photo below was taken).

Candidates Forum Sept 2008
Packed State Legislature Forum on Sept 16, 2008

Non-Partisan Voter Information: The League helps citizens make democracy work by becoming informed about candidates and issues, and by casting their vote. The League is also active in election reform to make sure that the process is transparent, fair, and accessible to all citizens.

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