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The Voter - March 2018

IN THIS ISSUE

  • High School Voter Registration
  • Enchanted Evening with Kara Bliss
  • Women's History Month Program with Justice Patricia Alvarez
  • LWV -Texas Convention
  • Maternal Mortality in Texas
  • Comal County Conservation Alliance

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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          March 2   Last Day of Early Voting (Locations)

          March 6 -  Primary Election Day (Locations)

VOTE411.org

 

WHAT:      Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training

WHEN:     Tuesday, March 20: 10 to 11

WHERE:  Comal County Elections Center

                 396 North Seguin Avenue
                 New Braunfels, TX 78130
 

 

WHAT:      Karen Bliss Band in concert
WHEN:     Saturday, March 24: 7 pm
WHERE:  Unitarian Universalists of New Braunfels

                  135 Alves Lane, NB 78130

 

WHAT:     Justice Patricia Alvarez - Women's History Month.

WHEN:    Thursday, March 29: 7 pm

WHERE:  New Braunfels Public Library

                  700 E Common, NB 78130 

 
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New Members

 

Katherine Jinks & Robert J Haskin

7101 Old Spring Branch RD

Spring Branch, TX 78070

 

979-285-5834 (Katherine's)

979-285-5833 (Robert's)

kathiej13@icloud.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 is clear that when there is an election, voters turn to the League.  There were over 9000 visits to the website in February; Voters Guides distributed to area libraries were gone within a week; and I had lots of phone calls asking about voting and candidates.

 

You are receiving this email as a member, or supporter, or have expressed interest in the League.  As you read this newsletter, I hope all of you will be  proud of the work being done and thank all those involved.  In addition to providing voter information you will see that there will be voter registration for students in the Comal ISD High Schools; that a very informative program on the maternal mortality crisis in Texas was held; and that working with many partners, the Comal County Conservation Alliance was formed.

 

There are many opportunities for everyone reading this email to become involved and to support the League. 

 

  • For the March 24 concert we are asking members to provide savory or sweet finger foods. Please contact Janyth Fredrickson to tell her what you will bring. janyth68@gmail.com or 830.214.0198.

 

  • Help spread information about League activities by liking us on Facebook and by sharing the posts on your page.   Sharing posts really increases the number of people that have the opportunity to find out about the League.

 

  • Become trained as a Deputy Voter Registrar and volunteer to register students or to participate in other voter registration activities.

 

  • Look around your house to find some hidden treasures that could be donated to the LWV-Texas Silent Auction.

 

  • Purchase a ticket and have a wonderful time at the Kara Bliss Concert

 

  • Join in the excitement of  the  Big Give Day - March 22 - to raise money for our League's Education Fund which supports voter guides, candidate forums, and other  public information activities.


 Roxanna Deane 

 
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High School Voter Registration 

 
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We have been invited to register new voters during the Spring Voter Registration Drive in the  high schools of the Comal Independent School District.

 

  • Canyon Lake on Tuesday, March 20 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

  • Memorial Early College HS on Tuesday, March 20 from 12 to 12:50
  • Smithson Valley on Tuesday, March 20 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

  • Canyon on Wednesday, March 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

 

The last opportunity to get Deputy Voter Registration Training before the drive is 10 a.m., Thursday, March 15. Call the Election Office at 830-221-1352 to reserve a space. You must have up-to-date training to register voters in 2018.


Email Robin Engel at robin.ruth.engel@gmail.com if you can work. It takes about 90 minutes over the lunch hour. We try to pair new DVR with the more experienced. It is fun to be back in high school and a great opportunity to visit with your fellow Leaguers.

 

 
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Enchanted Evening with

the  Kara Bliss Band

 
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WHAT:      Karen Bliss Band in concert
WHEN:     Saturday, March 24: 7 pm
WHERE:  Unitarian Universalists of New Braunfels

                  135 Alves Lane, NB 78130

WHY:        Raise money to Make Democracy Work

                             AND  have a great time

 

Enjoy an enchanted evening of music, complimentary wine, coffee, other beverages, and sweet and savory finger foods to benefit the League of Women Voters of the Comal Area Tickets are $25 (cash and checks only at the door) Call (830)832-6548 to reserve a seat.  Purchase tickets online for $25 plus a $1.00 service fee.

 

The Kara Bliss Band members are all lifetime musicians and have been reviewed as "a touch of old school with modern sass”.  Kara, Austin Haller (piano), Andy Beaudoin (drums), and Pat Harris (bass) reinvent jazz standards and other finds from the American songbook to offer an enchanting mix of nostalgia and surprise.

  

Kara Bliss has played and sung in varied genres including opera, jazz, musical theater and rock-and-roll and won numerous awards for music and theater performance in her hometown of Austin, Texas.  She comes from a family of musicians and was recently elected to the Lockhart City Council. Visit Kara’s music page.

 

Austin Haller anchors the band with his stunning piano playing.  He is a full-time musician, playing, orchestrating and music directing for many local theaters and institutions, including Conspirare, Texas State University, Austin Cabaret Theatre, and Austin Shakespeare.

 

Pat Harris is an accomplished bassist, composer, and teacher with an active touring and performance schedule with some of the most innovative bands in Texas.  See more about his music @www.gpatharris.com.

 

Andy Beaudoin is a versatile percussionist who stays busy performing with groups across many genres, as well as working as a studio musician and instructor.  Learn more about Andy @www.andybeaudoin.com. 

 
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Women's History Month

 
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WHAT:     Justice Patricia Alvarez - Women's History Month.

WHEN:    Thursday, March 29: 7 pm

WHERE:  New Braunfels Public Library

                  700 E Common, NB 78130 


Celebrate Women’s History Month with the New Braunfels Public Library and the League of Women Voters of the Comal Area March 29, 2018 at  7p.m.  Justice Patricia O. Alvarez of the Texas Fourth District Court of Appeals will discuss women in politics and her journey to elected office at NBPL, 700 E. Common St., New Braunfels, TX 78130.

 

Justice Patricia O’Connell Alvarez from Laredo, Texas, was elected to Place 3 on the Fourth Court of Appeals in 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1982, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 1987. Before joining the court, Justice Alvarez was in private practice for 25 years. She primarily practiced in state and federal courts in South Texas and is a frequent lecturer at international, national, and statewide forums on various areas of civil law. She is past president of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas and chair of the Hispanic Issues Section of the Texas State Bar.

 
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LWV-Texas Convention Silent Auction

 
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The LWVTX Convention will be April 26-29th in Kerrville. There are twenty-two leagues in the state of Texas and each league will be sending delegates to represent their League and non-delegates are welcomed as well.

 

The State League has fundraisers and one of the major fundraisers is the Silent Auction at the convention. Every League is asked to donate items for the Silent Auction. So, while you are doing your spring cleaning, now is the time to think twice about those items you no longer have a need for.

 

Items that are popular for bidding include:

              Jewelry items (costume, vintage, necklaces, special earrings you purchased on a trip),

 

            Clothing items, (unique shawls, scarves) 

 

            Gift baskets, (wine, special TX snacks, themed baskets native to your area)

 

            Unique arts and crafts or hand-crafted items

 

             Merchandise (gardening, traveling, clothing accessories, personal care products)

 

             Hardbook or paperbacks(minimum use), on any topic but especially politics, leadership,  suffragette history, self-help, humor

 

             Political memorabilia (posters, unique buttons, especially past League pins or jewelry)

 

Please download and complete a Donation Form. Email roxanna@gvtc.com for arrangements to pickup your items with the form.

 

Thank you.

Connie Born

LWV-TX Board Director

 
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Maternal Mortality in Texas

 
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Senior Policy Associate Adriana Kohler from Texans Care for Children presented a comprehensive review of the latest studies on the alarming increase in maternal mortality in our state. The mortality rate is based on causes of death related to pregnancy and childbirth for the year following the birth. An engaging discussion followed as Ms. Kohler answered questions and offered insights into what’s needed to address the crisis and what voters can do.

 

We learned that access to health care before, during and after pregnancy and the opioid crisis are factors as well as flaws in some of the data.  It’s undisputed that a disturbing increase has occurred, and it may even be higher than originally reported.  Communicating to our legislators that continued funding for Texas’ women’s health programs and expanding access to preventative care are critical to improving this situation.

 

See the entire presentation here.

 

KUT series on the crisis provides additional information.


Part 1 – Like Texas, California Once Had A Maternal Mortality Crisis. Here's How The State Solved It.


Part 2 – Here's How Texas Can Follow California's Lead In Reducing Maternal Deaths


Part 3 – There's No Success Story Texas Can Follow To Stop Black Mothers From Dying


Final Note - California's Maternal Deaths Dropped Without Health Care Expansion – A Tough Prospect In Texas

 

 
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Comal County Conservation Alliance

 
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Residents from all over Comal County have been meeting in recent months to discuss ways to preserve natural areas as growth continues to bring development at a rapid pace. At their February meeting, the group adopted the name “Comal County Conservation Alliance.” Their mission statement is “Advocating for land, water, and wildlife conservation in Comal County.”

 

LWV-CA, along with the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (GEAA) and the Hill Country Alliance (HCA), has been facilitating meetings as the group establishes itself. Some of the suggestions for activities of the group include:


  • Promoting public awareness and education about public and private land preservation opportunities;
  •  Encouraging county-wide planning efforts to identify areas of natural beauty, cultural importance, and environmental significance in order to protect them for future generations, and;
  • Providing a platform for individuals and organizations to share resources, knowledge, and skills in a coordinated effort for land preservation.

 

The alliance hopes to be an umbrella organization for the many organizations that already exist for the protection of particular parks, preserves, or neighborhood areas in Comal County. Together with individual members, the alliance can help coordinate efforts to protect already-existing preserves and hopes to identify new areas to conserve.

 

The alliance is still in formation phase, and invites anyone with an interest in learning more to attend its next meeting: Wed, Mar 21, 2:00-4:00 pm, McKenna Event Center, 801 West San Antonio Street, New Braunfels.  Contact Jensie Madden with questions, J-DMadden@att.net, 830-935-3360.

 

 
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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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