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The Voter -  July 2018

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Member Interest Survey
  • National Voter Registration Day
  • LWV Regional Workshop on County Authority
  • LWV-CA 25th Anniversary
  • Gun Safety
  • Local Control Forum

OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

President 

Roxanna Deane
VP - Organization
Dawn Medeiros

VP - Program
Kathie Jinks
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

Jenny Ayala
Chair, Nominating Committee
Fran Hargrove

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.

mpact 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:      August 21, 10 am (Third Tuesday of each month at 10 am) 

WHERE:    Comal County Election Office, 396 N. Seguin Avenue 

 

WHAT:     LWV Regional Workshop on County Authority

WHEN:     Saturday, Aug. 4: 11 - 3 pm

WHERE:   Tye Preston Memorial Library,

                16311 South Access Road, Canyon Lake

                 League Members ONLY

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Welcome New Members

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 Joyce and Jim Doyle

joycedtx@gmail.com 

 

Tonya Faris

tfaris60@gmail.com

 

Jane Finneran

finneran.jane@gmail.com

 

Linda Geyer

lgeyer1@satx.rr.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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It was a wonderful experience to attend the National Conference of the League of Women Voters in Chicago last month.  The energy in the hotel from 900 delegates committed to  "Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy" was thrilling.  I am proud to be a member of an organization that has been working to educate and empower voters for 99 years.

Our local Board met and we are planning a busy year.  It will begin in September with a celebration of the 25th anniversary of our League.  As soon as a venue has been secured and we have a firm date, you will receive an email with complete details.  A full calendar of events will be posted on our website.  At the September meeting, members will receive a directory with a listing of all members and a full calendar.


The capacity of an organization is determined by the commitment of its members.  Please complete the online Member Interest Survey so we can determine what are the priorities of the members and what work we will be able to get done this year.


I look forward to seeing everyone in September.  

Roxanna Deane

 
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** Member Interest Survey**

 
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We have an ambitious schedule planned for this year with voter registrations, candidate forums, issue meetings, and fundraisers.  Each member can find a role in making this a successful year.  Please complete the online survey by clicking the link below to let the Board know where you would like to be involved. 

 

ONLINE MEMBER INTEREST SURVEY

 
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New voters in the spotlights on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 25

 
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The League of Women Voters-Comal County will be joining thousands of partners across the country on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, Sept. 25, to register voters. Planners anticipate a banner year.


“If you are interested in registering voters, we need you,” said Robin Engel, LWV-CA voter registration co-chair.  Contact Robin by email at robin.ruth.engel@gmail.com.


Training to become a deputy voter registrar is held at 10 a.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the Comal County Election Center. Call first to reserve a space.


In 2017, National Voter Registration Day surpassed expectations both locally and nationally. Without presidential or congressional elections, and despite rain, LWV-CA registered or updated registrations for 90 citizens, most of them students registering to vote for the first time. Nationally, close to 3,000 partners participated, registering or updating registrations for 125,000 citizens.


“Shining the spotlight on voter registration on a single day is an effective way to engage the community,” said Roxanna Deane, LWV-CA president. Last year four high schools and two libraries joined the effort at the Comal County Election Office. Twenty volunteers donated 42 hours in addition to getting their DVR training and certification.


Launched in 2012, NVRD is endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors. The Comal County Election Center has participated since its inception.


 
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LWV Regional Workshop

on County Authority

MEMBERS ONLY

 
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WHEN:     Saturday, Aug. 4: 11 - 3 pm

WHERE:   Tye Preston Memorial Library,

                16311 South Access Road, Canyon Lake

 

Our League has invited members of LWV-Hill Country, LWV-Austin Area, LWV-Hays County, and LWV-San Antonio to a workshop to explore introducing legislation in the 2019 Legislative Session regarding additional county authority for fast-growing counties.  All interested members are urged to attend. Please email roxanna@gvtc.com if you plan to attend.   READ MORE

 

 
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LWV - CA  "Happy 25th Anniversary"

 
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In January 1993, a group of six women met for lunch and to discuss what they could do to ensure all candidates were treated fairly when it came to candidate forums and meet and greets.  These six women decided that Comal County needed the League of Women Voters.   Darlene Hicks agreed to check into it and would be the coordinator for the group. 

 

By spring, the group had held an organizational meeting at the Herb Schneider Building (now the Seele Building).  Approximately eighty people showed up to see what this new group was all about and that night they voted to form a League; out of that group sixty-five joined to form the new Provisional League of Women Voters – Comal Area, Darlene Hicks, was elected interim-President and a board.   We worked hard to get the full league status for our new League and achieved it in eighteen months which at the time was a record!  READ MORE

 

Gloria Suarez Sasser

 
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Gun Safety

 
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"Texas’ State Department of Health Services has shown that death by firearm was the leading cause of suicide in both Texas and the United States in 2014. The rate of firearm suicide was 6.75 per 100,000 in Texas vs. 6.37 per 100,000 in the United States.iv Though guns are not the most common method by which people attempt suicide, they are the most lethal. About 85 percent of suicide attempts with a firearm end in death.

The statistics I’ve just given are based on facts and their sources are cited in the endnotes of my testimony. Before the League of Women Voters of Texas takes a position, a committee extensively studies evidence based facts for one to two years and consults with experts on the topic. The League of Women Voters of Texas urges this committee to exercise the same diligence before making its recommendations."

READ ALL

 
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Local Control for Hill Country Counties

Generates Much Interest 

 
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About 150 people packed into GVTC auditorium on June 5 to hear about the need for county governments in the Hill Country to have more authority for land use decisions to help manage unprecedented growth.

 

The forum was co-sponsored by LWV-Comal Area, the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (GEAA), and Preserve Our Hill Country Environment (DBA: Stop3009VulcanQuarry).

 

Carter Casteel, former Comal County Judge and former State Representative for District 73, explained her own efforts in 2005 sponsoring legislation which ultimately did not pass. She urged those in attendance to keep working with county commissioners and state legislators to address the issue.  READ MORE about the Meeting


MORE INFORMATION on county authority including PowerPoint presentation at forum.

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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