The VoterJanuary 2017
 
 
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
 
 
 
 
President 
Roxanna Deane
VP-Organization
Darlene Hicks
VP-Program
Connie Born
VP - Voters Service
Robin Engel & Susan Herr
Secretary
Charlsie Hays
Treasurer
Gloria Suarez-Sasser
Director, Publicity
Jensie Madden
 Membership Chair
Bonnie Leitch
Chair, Nominating Committee
Fran Hargrove
 
 
 
 
LWV NON-PARTISAN POSITION
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
Performance Benefiting the League  Feb. 4, 2017
 
Mark your Calendars
 
 
 
WHAT: Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan.17-  10 a.m.
WHEREComal County Elections Office
178 E. Mill Street, Suite 100, New Braunfels, TX 78130

WHAT: School Finance -  Working Well?
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 19,  7 p.m.
WHERE: New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St.

WHAT: League Lobby Days
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 30, 12:30 - 5 pm
            Tuesday, Jan. 31, 9 am Light breakfast and meeting to gather materials and prepare for visits with legislators to discuss League priority issues. 
WHERE: The Capitol in Austin: Jan. 30:  Room E1.026 and Jan. 31:  Room E2.1002

WHAT: "Planning for Growth in Comal County" Conference
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 2. 1-6 pm Social Hour 6-7 pm
             Friday, Feb. 3, 1-5 pm 
WHERE: McKenna Events Center, 801 W. San Antonio Street, New Braunfels

WHAT: LWV-CA Benefit at Circle Arts Theatre: “The Drowsy Chaperone”
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 pm
WHERE: Circle Arts Theater, 124 Elizabeth Ave, New Braunfels

Click CALENDAR in the bar above for a complete list of activities for 2016-2017 and mark your calendars now. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The new year has begun and you can see from this newsletter that the League has a jammed packed schedule planned for the next 30 days. In writing this article, I was struck about how purposeful we are in creating opportunities for people to be informed and then to take action. The purpose of the public forum on school financing is to provide information that people can act on by contacting their state legislators.  The Planning for Growth Conference will give residents information they need to develop strategies for addressing issues created by rapid growth.

Lobby Days in Austin brings league members from all over the state to learn about key issues facing the legislature and how they relate to positions taken by the League. Members then meet with the legislators or staff members to advocate for those positions. This will be my third time to participate in Lobby Days and I recommend that all members participate and feel democracy in action.

We also kick off the year with our annual fundraiser at the Circle Arts Theatre.  Please buy a ticket for yourself and a friend an support the work of our League.

I would like to look at last year just a moment and thank Fran Hargrove for such a lovely Holiday brunch.  Almost 30 people enjoyed Fran's hospitality and spend time getting to know each other better.

I look forward to seeing you at all the events throughout the coming month as we purposefully work to make a positive difference in our community.

Happy New Year
Roxanna Deane
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jerrie Champlin & Bob Baranowski
201 Yucca Canyon
Spring Branch, TX 78070
830-643-4657 (c)
jbaralin@gvtc.com

Most people join the League because they are asked.
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WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 19,  7 p.m.
WHERE: New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St.

At this public forum sponsored by LWV-CA and the New Braunfels Public Library, Chandra Villanueva, Policy Analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), will be presenting an overview of current financing of public schools in Texas, and possible alternatives being considered during the Texas 85th Legislative Session, which begins January 10.

Ms. Villanueva will explain the current role of property taxes in the school finance system and the impact of Homestead Exemptions on local school property tax collections. She will also describe the role of the Foundation School Program and the recapture process known as “Robin Hood” funding.

Looking at prospective bills in the upcoming legislative session, Ms. Villanueva will describe a proposal for funding “school choice” through “educational savings accounts.” She will explain the possible impacts of the “tax credit scholarship.” She will compare the pros and cons of school choice for private schools, charter schools, and home schools. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT:"Planning for Growth in Comal County" Conference
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 2. 1-6 pm Social Hour 6-7 pm
             Friday, Feb. 3, 1-5 pm 
WHERE: McKenna Events Center, 801 W. San Antonio Street, New Braunfels

Thanks to funding from sponsors, this event is free, but please register in advance.
 (Available after Jan. 6}

Population growth in Comal County is affecting us all. Street widenings create traffic delays, heavy rains create flooding where flooding hasn’t occurred before, and we all wonder what changes are around the corner.

We are familiar with the challenges of growth, but what about possible remedies? Come to the “Planning for Growth in Comal County” Conference, to be held two afternoons on Feb 2 & 3.

LWV-Comal Area is proud to be co-sponsoring this important conference with the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (GEAA) and the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) with funding from the McKenna Foundation.

We are expecting an attendance of 200 participants from all over Comal County to hear presentations about ways to preserve natural areas, ways to protect watersheds, and how county government and city governments can work together in planning for continued growth. Beyond hearing presentations, participants will be led in break-out sessions to formulate action plans that can lead to growth without sacrificing the natural beauty and lifestyle that brought us here. 

Please plan to attend both afternoons in order to hear all the presentations and participate in action-planning groups. A Social Hour, 6 – 7 pm on Feb 2, will allow participants to talk informally with presenters and provide time for networking. H-E-B is generously providing refreshments and libations.

Help us get the word out about this unique gathering. See you there!

Can You Assist at the Conference?

League members are invited as participants, but also, for those of you interested, League members will be needed to help:
  • Fri, Feb 3: As recorders and facilitators in the small groups. Training will be provided.
  • Thurs, Feb 2, at Noon: Someone with a van who can pick-up and transport food trays from H-E-B Plus to the McKenna Center.
  • Both afternoons: Watch refreshment areas & replenish as needed.
If you can help, please contact Jensie Madden,
 J-DMadden@att.net

By Jensie Madden
 
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT: LWV-CA Benefit at Circle Arts Theatre: “The Drowsy Chaperone”
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 pm
WHERE: Circle Arts Theatre, 124 Elizabeth Ave, New Braunfels

We are grateful for the support of the Circle Arts Theatre which is once again allowing the LWV-CA to host a benefit performance.

The Drowsy Chaperone is billed as 'a musical within a comedy'. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s and concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theater fan.  As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. The Drowsy Chaperone won 5 Tonys and 7 Drama Desk awards during its Broadway run and is proudly brought to you by the talented actors and crew at Circle Arts Theatre in New Braunfels.

Tickets are all $22, no passes or season tickets accepted on the night of the production. Contact Jan Estes at 830.625.7004  for tickets.  Tickets will be available  for sale online on the  Circle Arts Theatre website.
 
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT: League Lobby Days
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 30, 12:30 - 5 pm
          Tuesday, Jan. 31, 9 am Light breakfast and meeting to gather materials and prepare for visits with legislators to discuss League priority issues. 
WHERE: The Capitol in Austin: Jan. 30:  Room E1.026 and Jan. 31:  Room E2.1002

Grace Chimene,  LWV-TX Advocacy Vice President, writes, "It is that time again! Time for the League of Women Voters to get ready for the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature. Bill filing opened November 14! More than 700 bills have already been filed. We have a lot of work before us for the session that opens on January 10th." 

Roxanna Deane, Darlene Hicks, Jensie Madden, and Gloria Suarez Sasser are the official LWV-CA representatives to lobby days.

But all members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration is just $10.00.  LWV-Texas has the full agenda and online registration.

As part of League Lobby Days in Austin, you are also invited to attend LWV-Texas Benefit, Making Democracy Work Dinner on Monday, Jan. 30 at 6 pm. More information and tickets.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Voter Registration events were very successful this year. But the work always continues.  People move into the county, young adults turn 18, and others decide it is time to register.  Deputy Voter Registrars are vital to this effort. All current DVR certificates expired on Dec. 31.  Everyone must attend training and receive a new certificate which is good for two years.  Classes are offered on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 am at the Comal County Elections Office.  Please notice that the date is a change from previous years.
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can support Family Promise by donating household items at the Habitat ReStore at 1269 Industrial Drive. There is a voucher agreement whereby Family Promise graduates may shop for items for their new home. When you donate, tell the Habitat personnel that you are giving items in the name of Family Promise.  Your donated items price will be added to a credit account for Family Promise families. This helps both organizations!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, January 26, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Quail Creek Country Club
2701 Airport Hwy 21, San Marcos, Texas
Tickets $20.00 
Purchase tickets at lwvhaysco.com or at the door
 
 
 
 
Contact our President:
Roxanna Deane, 830-935-4635 or roxanna@gvtc.com

Send dues of $50 per person or $75 per household to:
LWV-Comal Area, P.O. Box 311324, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1324.
Or pay with a credit card at lwvcomal.org.
 
 
 
 
League of Women Voters of the Comal Area | PO Box 311324 | New Braunfels| Texas | 78131
 
 
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