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The Voter - January 2018

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Benefit Performance at Circle Arts Theatre
  • How to Tell if News is Real
  • Elections Galore
  • Kudos to the Herald-Zeitung
  • University of County Government

OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

President 

Roxanna Deane
VP-Program
Darlene HIcks
VP - Voters Service
Robin Engel  & Susan Herr
Secretary
Betty Colley
Treasurer
Gloria Suarez Sasser
Director, Publicity
Jerrie Champlin

Director-At-Large

Janyth Frederickson

Membership Chair, Off Board

Bonnie Leitch
Chair, Nominating Committee
Lois Ricci

LWV is a non partisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. LWV never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties, but does take positions on issues based on member study
and consensus.

Impact on Issues

LWV US public policy positions

 

Program Perspectives

LWV Texas public policy positions

 
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Mark your Calendars

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WHAT:  Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training

WHEN:  Tuesday, Jan. 16: 10 to 11

WHERE:   Comal County Elections Center

                396 North Seguin Avenue
                New Braunfels, TX 78130

 

WHAT: "How to tell if the news is real"

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 16: 12 to 1

WHERE: Tye Preston Memorial Library

                 16311 South Access Road

                  Canyon Lake, TX 78133

 

WHAT: Monty Python's Spamalot

            Benefit Performance for LWV-CA

WHEN:  Saturday, Feb. 3: 8 pm

WHERE: Circle Arts Theatre

                124 Elizabeth Avenue, NB 78130

 
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New Members

Dawn Medeiros

2063 Italia

New Braunfels 78132


drmed0717@gmail.com

 

Most people join the League because they are asked. Please share this email with friends by clicking the "Forward to a Friend" button at the bottom of this newsletter and tell them you are a member.

 

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From the President

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First I would like to thank Fran Hargrove for hosting a wonderful holiday brunch and also thank everyone that attended.  It was a nice time to be together and enjoy the season.

 

This is going to be a busy year with elections held in February, March, May, and November.  There will be many opportunities to help with voter registration.  We will use vote411.org to post candidate information and their answers to our questions; there will be printed voter guides for some elections and also candidate forums for contested races.  Again there will be many volunteer opportunities.


The easiest way to know if you are interested in volunteering is by completing the Member Interest Survey. The Interest Survey should be completed each year as your life may have changed and the League may have new priorities.    Non members interested in volunteering for voter registration activities should email Robin Engel, VP for Voter Services at ruth.robin.engel@gmail.com.

 

Fundraising is easy when the event will be so much fun.  Please purchase tickets to the Feb. 3rd Circle Arts Theatre performance of Monty Python's Spamalot and bring your friends. We are very thankful to Circle Arts for hosting an annual benefit performance. 


I hope to see you at the  January 16 membership meeting.  I am proud to say that I have been a librarian for 50 years and am affectionately (I think) called "Reference Queen" by my colleagues.  Finding the answers to questions and citing sources has been a large part of my career.  Now in the face of all the news and information coming across our computer screens, I want to share with you some of the skills I have developed.


 Roxanna Deane

 

 
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Benefit Performance at Circle 
Arts

 
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Monty Python's Spamalot


This hilarious musical comedy (adapted from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail") follows the Knights of the Round Table as they go on an adventure you won't soon forget!


**Appropriate for ages 16 & up**

 

Benefit Night February 3rd: All proceeds this night will go to the League of Women Voters of the Comal Area.  Tickets are $22 and there is no reserved seating, except for those needing handicapped seats.


There are several ways to purchase or reserve tickets: contact any Board member; call or email Jan Estes (830.625.7004 or janestes333@satx.rr.com); or call the theater at 830.837.6172.

 
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How to Tell if News is Real of Fake

 
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Wondering what’s real and what’s fake news? The League of Women Voters of the Comal Area (LWVCA) invites the public to learn how to evaluate print and social media reports on January 16, 2018, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake, TX 78133.


“It may seem overwhelming to check everything but it is important to check anything that you are considering sharing or acting on”, commented Roxanna Deane, President of LWVCA and a librarian with 50 years of experience. Ms. Deane will review how to combat fake news and provide a handout listing online resources for fact checking during the brown bag lunch meeting.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


For an interview with Roxanna go to MyCanyonLake.com

 

Jerrie Champlin

 

 
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 Elections Galore

 
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There are elections this year for positions at all levels of government: school and library districts, cities, counties, state, US House and Senate.  The League will be involved at every step to give voters the tools needed to make informed choices. We will also work to register voters and to be sure voters know when and where to vote and understand the options for mail-in ballots and early voting.

 

Questions will go out to all candidates in the Republican and Democratic primaries and answers will be available on VOTE411 before early voting begins on Feb. 20.  

 

ELECTION SCHEDULE

FEB 17 - New Braunfels Special Election for City Council District 1


MARCH 6 - Primary Election Day


MAY 5 - Local election for cities, library, and school districts


MAY 22 - Primary run-off election


NOVEMBER 6 - State and US Congress and Senate

 
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Kudos to the Herald-Zeitung

 
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Letter to the Editor published on Dec. 31, 2017 

The HZ is providing a great service by creating a “Growth” beat and assigning a reporter, Keri Heath, to cover a variety of topics such as air quality, subdivision growth, transportation, city planning, manufacturing and more. There are many organizations involved with these topics and it is good to know that a reporter is attending their meetings and sharing the information with readers.  

 

The League of Women Voters of Comal Area has been following the impacts of growth in our county for over a decade and we appreciate the work of the Herald-Zeitung to educate the community about the impact of growth and possible future scenarios.

 

Accurate citizen information is the essential first step to citizen involvement in the governmental decision-making process. Thank you for the excellent reports.

Roxanna Deane

League of Women Voters of the Comal Area

 
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University of County Government

 
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Last year I attended the Comal University of County Government.  In these 10 sessions, elected officials and county employees described the functions of their department.  The functions of county government compared to those of a city or the state became very clear. I highly recommend these free sessions.


Find out more information and register here.

 

Roxanna Deane


 

Visit www.lwvcomal.org

 

Contact our President:
Roxanna Deane, 830-935-4635 or roxanna@gvtc.com

 

Send dues of $60 per person or $90 per household to:
LWV-Comal Area, P.O. Box 311324, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1324.
Or pay with a credit card at lwvcomal.org.

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