Making Democracy Work

Past Activities 2014-2015

2015 Annual Legislative Coffee held on Dec 10 was a great success with over 30 members attending the event. The League invites members and legislators representing voters in Tippecanoe County to discuss League issues and upcoming expectations for the General Assembly. Patsy Hoyer discussed the Interim Redistricting Study Commission appointed by the State Legislature in 2015 and its importance to changes in the redistricting process of Indiana. Donna Giroux explained that the LWVGL was embarking on preliminary research as to mental health services in Tippecanoe County to decide if a League Study is in order. The Q&A with the legislators included topics on education accountability, Wabash River Development, civil rights 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 two legislators who attended, Ron Alting, and Shelia Klinker.

A great way to start the evening with treats from the members. Go for it Liz!

Linda Ron, JoAnn and Linda. So many choices.

Donna sharing information on upcoming research on mental health services in Tippecanoe County

Patsy discussing redistricting.

Karen and Linda. The greatest greeters in town.

Linda and Sue catching up.

Attentive listeners.

  National Voter Registration Day

For three years LWVGL has been partnering with the Purdue Student Government to offer voter registration to Purdue Students on National Voter Registration Day. One again it was a great success on September 22, 2015.

Always a lot of fun with voter registration
Purdue PSG team in action

Linda Harris, Sarah Weaver, Ken Jones, Corrina Than, Sarah Kelly and Joanne Evers (not pictured)

Naturalization Ceremony

The annual naturalization ceremony held in West Lafayette was on September 4, 2015 at Burtsfield Gym at Salisbury and Lindberg. One hundred new citizens were provided with instructions and a voter registration from to complete and register to vote. League volunteers were available after the ceremony to answer questions and accept completed forms. Thanks to all the volunteers including Jean Andres, Mary Jo Pflum, Teena Flook, Donna Giroux and Joanne Evers.

League Team (standing) Joanne Evers, Mary Jo Pflum, Donna Giroux, (sitting) Teena Flook, Jean Andres

Purduettes also registering to vote

Prospective new citizens waiting for the ceremony to begin

Swearing in of new citizens

Immigration and Naturalization Representative reading the oath of citizenship

Swearing in of new citizens

Mayor Dennis congratulating the prospective new citizens

August 22, 2015 saw the unfolding of the LWVGL Annual Summer Picnic on a beautiful summer day. In spite of the traffic flow and construction Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #4 burst at the seams with League members, guests, great food and stimulating conversation. Members and guests were updated with League plans for the coming year especially the 95th Anniversary Celebrations in Lafayette and Indianapolis in September. Barb Clark, co-director of the Diversity Roundtable, spoke to the group providing a long list of resources in the community of organizations and groups who are focused on increasing diversity education and awareness in the Greater Lafayette community.

Donna Giroux and Mary Jo Maslin discussing the great spread before them and other happy picnickers

Clark, co-director of the Diversity Round Table

Finishing dessert and listening to Patsy Hoyer share League Plans for the coming year.

The LWVGL Board of Directors' meeting was held on June 20, 2015 at the Tippecanoe County Library Downtown. Retiring and newly elected board members and additional leadership of the League attended a workshop and a meeting to lay the ground work for the upcoming year's plans. Teena Flook led a leadership workshop on TEAM-Together Each Achieves More. Learning about teammates, their skills and communication techniques will go a long way in the success of LWVGL. Following the workshop a board meeting was held begin the year. Thanks to all who organized and attended the event.

Teena Flook leading workshop

Discussing Leadership and Team Work

Sarah Kelly

Mary Jo Maslin

Mary Jo Pflum

Jean Andres

What does a leader look like? Drawings and individuals give us great examples.

Gretchen Bertolet captures the characteristics of a good leader with help from the team.

Board meeting and planning for the year

Teena with Erica Karrfalt demonstrating how positive reinforcement and support strengthens the team.

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

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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



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

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 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.

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

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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

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


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

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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.

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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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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 - 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 - 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

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

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


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

2014 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

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.