2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elected at Annual Meeting for a Two Year Term
Peggy Murphy, Treasurer
Ruth Harms, Vice President
R Peggy Smith
We live in interesting times! I suspect that many of you, like me, participated in “Debate Team” while in high school. As I remember it, we were assigned “sides” of a question to debate, and we were NEVER to attack the other person. We got points for how well we argued based on the facts we researched. No ”Googling” for us, it was off to the library to find information and research our positions which we noted on index cards. I remember we were required to be courteous to our opponents, rigorous in our research, and possibly quite dull in our presentations. Times have changed, but I don’t think being courteous has really gone out of style.
Pat Dickason, President
THANKS FOR A TERRIFIC TREASURE SALE
The proceeds from semi-annual Treasure Sale fundraiser on July 29 and 30 surpassed previous years, raising $2500 for League voter education and voter services.
“SPOTLIGHT” ON NEW BOARD MEMBER SHELLEY FERER
Shelley has been a member of the Thurston County League for about a year and a half, and joined the board last April. She was born and raised in western Washington. She graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1984 with a concentration in Environmental Studies.
“COFFEE WITH THE LEAGUE”
Coffee with the League started last winter, with a focus on gaining information about and responding to Washington State Legislative issues. It didn’t take long for those attending to start discussing a broader range of issues. It proved so popular that not even the ending of the Legislative Session could stop it.
Every Tuesday, at 10AM, LWVTC members and friends, generally between 4 – 14 individuals, meet at Phoebe's Pastry Cafe, 1800 Cooper Point Road. The facilitator, Paula Holroyde, comes prepared with federal, state, and county issues. Many times others come with issues they are involved with. Over time the number of issues being discussed has widened. Some Tuesdays there are dozens of postcards prepared to remind law makers that League members are watching and care. Some Tuesdays there may just be discussions.
Newcomers are always welcome to this enthusiastic and action oriented gathering. This is a VERY inclusive activity. It is an activity where people can listen and/or participate. Politics matter because of what it does to people. Together we can urge decisions that support and defend ordinary people.
VOTER SERVICES ACTIVITIES ABOUND
On Saturday, September 23, the League is sponsoring the Thurston Community Television General Election Candidate Forum. Candidates will be interviewed by League moderators. We need timers, moderators and a committee of individuals to decide on questions which are appropriate and relevant for the candidates.
Tuesday, September 26, is National Voter Registration Day. The League will be partnering with other like-minded groups to provide the opportunity for every eligible individual to register to vote. Democracy only works when we all participate in the voting process. Without participation there is no representation. National Voter Registration Day reaches out to those groups and individuals who have not participated in the election process and therefore have not been fairly represented.
Further information about these two events, as well as other fall Voter Services activities can be found on the LWVTC website, www.lwvthurston.com. If you are interested in volunteering for either or both of these events please contact Connie Christy, Voter Services Chair, [email protected]
LWV-TC Hosted or Co-Sponsored Events
Other Events of Interest
August 20th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm: Immigrant Support and Cielo Fundraiser Potluck Picnic at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!We’re pleased to welcome a number of new members:
VOTER Questions, Comments, or Content?Contact the Voter Editor, R Peggy Smith [email protected] (360) 754-4305.