Making Democracy Work

Past Activities 2008-2011

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

"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.

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

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

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

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
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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 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.

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

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'

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.

LWVGL display table

Joanne Evers and Donna Giroux greet visitors and register voters

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

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

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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

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

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 to vote at the 2011 Naturalization Ceremony

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