Making Democracy Work

A Letter from the Board

2014 Letter from the Board

2013-14 was a very busy year for the League, so many thanks and kudos to all of our board members and members for their hard work and accomplishments for the League and our community. This year, as an election year, will be especially busy with forums, Vote 411, voter registrations, voter education, League participation in community events, and working with our legislators. I encourage members to participate in activities, as many as possible or even just a few. We need your varied talents and enthusiasm. You are encouraged to bring a friend. Social media anyone?

Our membership has grown, but so have issues that need League attention and action. This year in addition to Gay Marriage, Reproductive Justice, Wabash River Enhancement, and Health Care, we will be looking into the safety and threats to our water supply and rivers and streams as well as other issues that will be discussed in the upcoming months. Remember 2014 is an election year so help get new voters registered or update their voter registration through www.indianavoters.com. Let's get out the vote. Carrie Chapman Catt said it best, "Democracy is not a spectator sport!"

Watch your e-mails for activities and invitations. Contact me with your thoughts. Join us for the League Link Lunches, (the second Thursday at Jane's Deli at noon, no reservation needed), or come to a Board meeting, (the third Tuesday, West Lafayette Public Library 5:30-7:30).

We hope to see you soon.

Patsy Hoyer for the Board
President
765-497-0103
president@leaguelafayette.org

Board of Directors
League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette
2014-15

Standing: Corrina Than, Sarah Kelly, Deb Schwarte, Patsy Hoyer, Michael Oxenrider; seated: Margaret Brender, Teena Flook, Joanne Evers; not pictured: Rae Schnapp, Debby Sherman.

2013 Letter from the Board

The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette has a long and proud history of helping citizens to participate in our representative government through research, education, and advocacy. The League was organized in Indiana and in Tippecanoe County in 1920, shortly after the national League was founded. We invite you to become part of this group of men and women who work to make a difference in our community, the state of Indiana, our country, and the world.

The League is a non-partisan organization that does not support or endorse any political party or candidate. However, the League researches and develops position statements on issues such as representative government, international relations, natural resources, social policy and more. We believe that democratic government relies on the informed and active participation of its citizens, and seeks to influence public policy through education and advocacy on issues we have studied. A great strength of the League is that these positions are developed through a grassroots process of consensus and concurrence, resulting in agreement by all local Leagues throughout the country. Recent local studies include Township Government and Library Services in Tippecanoe County. Both reports can be found on the website.

Although there are no elections in 2013 the League will continue to engage in voter registration and education. Informing citizens about candidates and issues is a primary goal of the League. Keep informed of local League activities through the online calendar. It was decided with regret that the League Community Events Calendar will not continue for the 2014 calendar year.

Whether you are interested in helping to provide education to the public, advocating for positions on issues, ensuring the integrity of the election process, or facilitating the operation of the organization, there is a place for you in the League. Joining the local League automatically makes you a member of the State and National Leagues. As a League member, you will receive a copy of our local newsletter (The Voter), as well as publications from the State (http://www.lwvin.org) and National Leagues. Please sign up for the national electronic publications at http://www.lwv.org. You may also choose to receive action alerts and other time-sensitive information by e-mail.

"The League of Women Voters is where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. Join LWV where leaders are actively engaged in effecting change at the local, state and national levels."

Board of Directors
League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette
2013-14

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).

2012 Letter from the Board

The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette has a long and proud history of helping citizens to participate in our representative government through research, education, and advocacy. The League was organized in Indiana and in Tippecanoe County in 1920, shortly after the national League was founded. We invite you to become part of this group of men and women who work to make a difference in our community, the state of Indiana, our country, and the world.

The League is a non-partisan organization that does not support or endorse any political party or candidate. However, the League researches and develops position statements on issues such as representative government, international relations, natural resources, social policy and more. We believe that democratic government relies on the informed and active participation of its citizens, and seeks to influence public policy through education and advocacy on issues we have studied. A great strength of the League is that these positions are developed through a grassroots process of consensus and concurrence, resulting in agreement by all local Leagues throughout the country. Recent local studies include Township Government and Library Services in Tippecanoe County. Both reports can be found on the website.

The 2012 election year will engage our members in voter registration and education. Informing citizens about candidates and issues is a primary goal of the League. Keep informed of local League activities through the online calendar. Also on line this year will be our annual Community Events Calendar. It will be easily accessible through our website and no longer in print.

Whether you are interested in helping to provide education to the public, advocating for positions on issues, ensuring the integrity of the election process, or facilitating the operation of the organization, there is a place for you in the League. Joining the local League automatically makes you a member of the State and National Leagues. As a League member, you will receive a copy of our local newsletter (The Voter), as well as publications from the State (http://www.lwvin.org ) and National Leagues. Please sign up for the national electronic publications at http://www.lwv.org . You may also choose to receive action alerts and other time-sensitive information by e-mail.

"The League of Women Voters is where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. Join LWV where leaders are actively engaged in effecting change at the local, state and national levels."

2012-2013 Board Members of the League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette
Seated l to r: Donna Giroux, membership, Betty Doversberger, secretary and finance chair, Ginny Webb, membership committee member and often attends board meetings.
Standing l to r: Sherry McLauchlan, voter service and treasurer, Joanne Evers, president, Deb Schwarte, publicity and calendar.