We’re having a very productive Spring, even though it’s still raining buckets! The March for Science on 4/22 was a splendid, though rainy march. Our table was next to the organizer’s table and many people stopped by to tell us how much they appreciate the League! We ran out of handouts about ½ way through. Many thanks to Connie Christie, Peggy Bruton and David Edwards and me for our work….Peggy and David supplied the tent.
We were warmly welcomed at our General Meeting in Yelm on 4/26. The Yelm mayor welcomed us enthusiastically, and the Yelm residents who came appreciated our efforts to come to their part of the county.
The Coffee with League on Tuesdays has been really successful—the move to Phoebe’s Café makes it more accessible and the baked goodies are wonderfully helpful to spur us on to action! Kudos to Paula Holroyde and Ruth Harms for spearheading this work.
You should have received your Annual Meeting packet by the time this VOTER reaches you. I encourage you to attend this year. We’re open for your good ideas. We have much work to do to given the up-coming election season with voter registration events and candidate forums, our Treasure Sale scheduled for July 29th and 30th, and our Education Fund luncheon on October 28th. This is a great time to be a League member!! I’m glad we’re all a part of League. See you soon.
Remember to be persistent!!
Pat Dickason, President
UPCOMING: Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 05:30 PM, Quaker Meeting House at 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia, WA
Don't miss this Pot Luck, where we'll celebrate our accomplishments of the past year and set the stage for a busy and productive 2017-2018 League year. If you have not received your Annual Meeting Packet, e-mail email@example.com
SALUTE TO RETIRING ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS
Three stalwart members are serving out their elected terms and retiring from the Board. You should take the opportunity to thank them during their last Board event, the Annual Meeting – don’t be shy about checking out peoples’ name tags and having a private word.
Karen Tvedt joined LWV-TC in Jul 2009. She has served as Secretary for the last several years. She has also been the moving force behind our most recent, wildly successful fundraising Treasure Sales and Silent Auctions.
Valerie Hammett, who joined our League in Dec 2008, is a person who steps up when someone asks, “Who will volunteer for such and such a job?" Valerie has been particularly active in Voter Services work. For example, she helped produce an innovative video to interest young people in civics and voting.
Those of you who have been around the LWV-TC for any amount of time know what vital roles Dawn Brooks Gibbs has played for us. Dawn joined the League in Apr 2006. Since then she has been elected to, been involved in, and taken on a myriad positions, functions, and jobs. It is not exaggerating to say that it will take several less-seasoned folks to carry on with all of the activities Dawn has done so consistently and successfully.
There are also several Board members who are finishing one-year appointed terms (not to mention having served instrument roles on past Boards) and should be thanked. Allyson Brooks, Peggy Bruton, Paula Holroyde, and Karen Verrill have served us well this last year.
ANNUAL CONVENTION IN SEATTLE, JUNE 2-4, 2017
Full registration, which includes all workshops and plenaries, Friday reception and dinner, Saturday luncheon, Saturday dinner banquet and Sunday breakfast is $249. Other registration and ticket options are available for those not attending entire Convention. www.lwvwa.org
Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend. LWV-TC members eligible to vote at Convention are: President Pat Dickason and Delegates Annie Cubberly, Connie Christy, Darlene Hein, Paula Holroyde, and Elyette Weinstein. Feel free to contact any of these members if you have an interest in bringing business before Convention or are looking for a carpool option.
AN "OLD NEWCOMER" PERSPECTIVE
by Sandra Herndon
I have been a League member since 2005 when I arrived in Washington—I’m past president of the Mason League and current secretary of the LWVWA board. I am now a newcomer to the Thurston League. Here are a few early perceptions of the Thurston League:
- Thurston has a wide variety of informative programs on significant issues, such as the recent meeting in Yelm on county growth management.
- Thurston League has an informative new website and a simpler platform for communication with members.
- Some terminology is confusing—for example, League meetings/programs here are labeled as “Events” on the website.
- The Thurston regular/public meetings seem to have little opportunity for League members to interact before/afterward, hence no way for a newcomer to know who League members are.
- I look forward to a newcomer orientation to learn more.
As my term on the state board concludes, I expect to become more involved here—I have already volunteered to work on Voter Services. I am impressed with the energy and commitment of many people here and am excited about diving in!
2017 WASHINGTON LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Yes, the regular 2017 Legislative Session is over. But, our state legislators need to be encouraged to come up with a well-funded education system. The Tuesday morning Coffee with the League sessions are a great opportunity to learn about what is going on and how you can be involved with League advocacy. New members may want to assure they receive the LWVWA Legislative Newsletter by signing up on the State League website: www.lwvwa.org
County Commissioner Gary Edwards, and County Resource Stewardship Department Senior Planner Jeremy Davis, answered questions and participated in a lively discussion about Growth in Thurston County, on April 26, 2017. For more information about this meeting, held in Yelm, which drew an audience from a more rural part of our county, take a look at: http://www.lwvthurston.org/programs
THANKS FOR THE GRANT
Thurston League applied for a grant from Temple Beth Hatfiloh earlier this year, given from the procees of the Temple’s Blitzapalooza fundraiser. LWV-TC received a $500 grant from the event proceeds. Here you see our President, Pat Dickason, thankfully accepting a check from our Board member, Allyson Brooks, who is also a member of the Temple. The money will go into our Education Fund, earmarked for voter services activities.
LWV-TC Hosted or Co-Sponsored EventsMay 9 – May 30 and every Tuesday through Leg Special Session, Coffee with League, 10 -11 am at Phoebe’s Pastry Café, e-mail Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
May 18 – Annual Meeting, 5:30 pm at the Olympia Friends Meeting House. E-mail email@example.com for information.
June 2-4, 2017 – LWVWA Convention in Seattle, registration coming soon at www.lwvwa.org.
Other Events of Interest
Tuesday, May 9th, 1 pm - Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congretation, STANDING UP TO RACISM
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
We’re pleased to welcome a number of new members:
ARE YOU IN THE LOOP AND ON THE LIST?
Due to the system some liken to a merry-go-round, membership information may go to LWVUS before getting to LWVWA. Therefore some new members may not be receiving all of their communication from State. You don’t want to miss out on the LWVWA Voter, the LWVWA TWIL (aka, This Week in League), or the Legislative newsletter. If you are not getting any or all of these, contact our membership chair, Darlene Hein, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lwvwa.org.