Serving the people of Comal and Guadalupe Counties

 

OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

 

PRESIDENT

Roxanna Deane

 

VP-PROGRAM

Kathie Jinks

 

VP-ORGANIZATIONS

Dawn Medeiros

 

VP- VOTERS SERVICE
Robin Engel & Susan Herr

 

SECRETARY

Vacant

 

TREASURER

Gloria Suarez-Sasser

 

DIRECTOR, MEMBERSHIP

Jenny Ayala

 

DIRECTOR, PUBLICITY

Jerrie Champlin

 

DIRECTOR, YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

Janyth Fredrickson

 

CHAIR, NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Fran Hargrove

 
Image

Calendar

 

What:  Last Day to Register to Vote

When: Tuesday, Oct. 9

What:   Candidate Forum

When:  Wednesday, Oct. 17: 6 to 8:00 pm

Where: Tye Preston Memorial Library

16311 South Access Road, Canyon Lake.

What:   Early Voting

When:  Oct. 22 through Nov. 2

Where: Comal County Locations

              Guadalupe County Locations

 

What:   Election Day

When:  Tuesday, Nov. 6

Where:  Comal County Locations

              Guadalupe County Locations

 

 

 

New Members

Current Membership is 66

 

 

Madison Cox

12011 Drought Pass

Helotes  78023

210.834.4402

maddiccx13@gmail.com

 

Helena MacCrossan

5975 Wegner Road

NB 78132

hrmduck@gvtc.com 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Directory Corrections

 

Jane Finneran  713.924.7317

Burnham Jones  cojoben@gmail.com

Monique Thaden  865.250.1076  

 

 

From the President

"The Texas voter rolls have grown to 15.6 million people, a new record, and a jump of 1.6 million since the last time Texas held a midterm election in 2014", said Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos.  In the 2014 election only 30.7% of registered voters actually voted.  Can we do better this year?  Our League is working hard to Get Out the Vote through Facebook and in a series of reminders to be published in the Herald-Zeitung.  The Herald-Zeitung will also publish the Voters Guide on October 16 and provide us with copies to distribute at area libraries.

 

We are always happy to welcome new members but the two new members listed above are very special.  They are our first Student members.  Madison is a student at UTSA and Helena attends Canyon High School.  There are no fees for student membership and the application is online.  If  you have a son or daughter or grandchild interested in becoming involved please give them this information.

 

Thanks to all the League members who have been working all across the area to register voters.  This is a great service to our community.  I appreciate all the efforts of Robin Engel to coordinate activities and to Susan Herr for putting together the information for Vote411 and for the Voter Guide.  The goal for having all the information available on VOTE411 is October 10.

 

Candidates for five offices on the ballot in Comal County have been invited to participate in the October 17 candidate forum.  The offices are County Clerk, Commissioner for Precinct 2, Commissioner for Precinct 4, State Representative for District 73, and State Senator for District 25.  I am pleased to report that eight out of the ten candidates have agreed to participate.  We have had no response from Rep. Kyle Biedermann or Sen. Donna Campbell.  Please call or email their offices to encourage them to participate.  Their constituents in Comal County deserve to hear from them.

Email Senator Donna Campbell

NB Office  (830) 626-0065

Email Representative Kyle Biedermann

 

Planning for growth and managing water resources have always been priority issues for the Comal Area League.  I recently attended the Hill Counry Alliance Leadership Summit and learned that there are over 250 groups working on land, water, and other conservation issues across Texas. The mission of HCA is to bring together an alliance of groups across the Hill Country to protect the beauty and natural resources.  The newly formed Comal County Conservation Alliance has the same mission for organizations in Comal County.  They are doing good work and we are happy to be one of their partners. 

 

 

 
Image

National Voter Registration Day

 

A Smithson Valley High School student turned 18 on Tuesday, Sept. 25, National Voter Registration Day, and celebrated by registering to vote. “So can I vote in November?” she asked, then danced in place when the answer was “yes.” “She was definitely the most excited applicant I’ve had the pleasure of registering,” said Jerrie Champlin, a volunteer with the League of Women Voters-Comal Area working on Tuesday.

 

She wasn’t alone. Dozens of new voters registering on Tuesday also expressed their eagerness to vote in the up-coming mid-term elections. “It’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm,” said Jenny Ayala who registered new voters at Canyon Lake High School.  Over the brief lunch, she and fellow Leaguer Betty Colley helped almost two dozen new voters with registration materials.

“It’s important we teach these young people the responsibility of voting,” one teacher told them – and that is just what the League is working to do.

 

In addition to helping 75 citizens residing in four counties, Leaguers also answered scores of questions about voting, ranging from how to access a sample ballot, when to vote, where to vote, how to compare and contrast the candidates using the League’s Voters Guide, and how to get voting reminders texted to their phones. “The ballot will be long,” said Roxanna Deanne, president of LWV-CA. “Be an informed voter.” By going to VOTE411.org citizens can get a sample ballot, poll locations, and an online Voters Guide with questions and answers from all the candidates.

 

Nineteen League volunteers, all trained and certified by the Comal County Election Center, fanned out across the county in high schools, libraries and the election center to answer questions about voting and to help citizens register. In all, they donated 40 hours collectively on Tuesday alone. “Kudos to the behind-the-scenes citizens working to defend this crazy, wonderful democracy and make it work,” said Robin Engel, voting services co-chair. 

Robin Engel

 

 
Image

LWV-CA is proud to announce our partnership with CCCA, to exchange information and encourage participation in each other’s activities. The CCCA mission to advocate for conservation of land, water and wildlife in Comal County is a perfect match with LWV-CA’s Land Use position. League members, to learn more about CCCA, read about conservation success stories, and get the details for upcoming CCCA Community Meetings go to: www.comalconservation.org.

 

Welcome Message from Helen Ballew, Vice President of Comal County Conservation Alliance:

There’s a new game in town and all are encouraged to play! Created in response to the costs of rapid growth, the Comal County Conservation Alliance gives voice to the needs of land, water and wildlife in Comal County. These are ultimately the needs of people, too, as we gain material and spiritual sustenance from these life-sustaining gifts of nature. Comal County is now among the fastest growing counties in the entire country. Word got out it’s a great place to live. But the pressures that rapid population growth put on natural resources are enormous, even scary. Without care and foresight, we risk “killing the goose that laid the golden egg.” So, the good people of Comal County Conservation Alliance are, like Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, “speaking for the trees.” The alliance wants to affiliate with – to play and join voices with - any and all businesses, government entities, individuals and other civic organizations who care about preserving the natural beauty and unique ecology of our common Hill Country home. Though only four months old, CCCA’s existing partners bring a depth and breadth of experience that will serve our county well. The hour is late and the need is great. CCCA is a force for good: positive, passionate, respectful, advocates for long-term solutions to the costs of growth. 

 

 
Image

Youth Empowerment

The CISD superintendent has enthusiastically endorsed LWV members' visiting select class rooms in the spring to register eligible students and motivate them to vote.  Superintendent Kim and members of his staff met with Roxanna Deane, Robin Engel, and Janyth Fredrickson in late summer to discuss the visits, and Janyth followed up  by providing links to League materials about increasing voter turnout plus she attended Kim's Student Advisory Council meeting to get student feedback about voting. 

 

New LWV member Joyce Doyle, a former high school history teacher, has volunteered to work with Janyth to develop a short presentation for classroom visits.  The visits will be in the spring when more seniors become eligible to register to vote.

If you would like to work to educate and inform high school students, email Janyth at janyth68@gmail.com

Janyth Fredrickson

  

 
Image

Alamo Drafthouse

League members helped dozens of movie goers register to vote and provided information on voting.  We appreciate the invitation from Alamo Drafthouse in New Braunfels to have a table in the theater for the four weekends before voter registration closed.  The management, staff, and the movie goers were kind, helpful, and engaged.  This was a wonderful experience for League volunteers.

 

 

 
Image

One Water - One Texas

 

"One Water promotes the management of all water within a specific geography—e.g.,
drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, greywater—as a single resource, a resource that must be managed holistically, viably, and sustainably."

 

One Water FAQ

 

Read the One Water in Texas Report

 

photo of the Blue Hole in Wimberley was taken by  Robert Thigpen

 

League of Women Voters ® of The Comal Area

P.O. Box 311324 | New Braunfels, TX 78131

(830) 935-4635 | lwvcomaltx@gmail.com