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

Sandi Parks

 

TREASURER

Gloria Suarez-Sasser

 

DIRECTOR, MEMBERSHIP

Jenny Ayala

 

DIRECTOR, PUBLICITY

Jerrie Champlin

 

DIRECTOR, YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

Janyth Fredrickson

 

CHAIR, NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Fran Hargrove

 
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Calendar

 

What:   Election Day

When:  Tuesday, Nov. 6

Where:  Comal County Locations

              Guadalupe County Locations

 

What:    Civility at the Table

When:    Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 to 2:30 pm

Where:  Unitarian Universalist of New Braunfels

               135 Alves Lane, NB

 

What:    Comal County Conservation Alliance Community                     Meeting

When:   Tuesday,  Nov. 13, 6 to 8 pm

Where:  McKenna Events Center

              801 West San Antonio St., NB

 

What:    Civility at the Texas State Capitol

When:    Saturday, Nov. 17, 1 to 2:30 pm

Where:  Unitarian Universalist of New Braunfels

               135 Alves Lane, NB

 

 

New Members

Current Membership is 67 

 

Diane Gibson

9611 Wilke Rd.

Kingsbury, TX 78638

dagibson33@yahoo.com 

 

 

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November 6 General Election

As of Friday, Nov. 2, the end of early voting, 48.07% (48,483) of registered voters in Comal County had cast their ballot by mail or at early voting and 39.56% (39,782) of  voters in Guadalupe County had voted.  This made Comal County the third highest for voter turnout among Texas counties.  Collin County at 49.39% and Williamson County at 48.97% were just slightly ahead.  In contrast four years ago the total turnout for Comal County in the general election was 42.45%

 

As great as these numbers are this means that there are still many people who can vote on Tuesday.  Please share any links from this newsletter that you think will help someone vote.

 

People who do not know where to vote but have their voter registration card can find their precinct polling location for Comal here or Guadalupe here.

 

For anyone who doesn't know their precinct they can go to Vote411.org or the Texas Secretary of State website.  Of course candidate information is also available on Vote411.org.

 

There have been reports of problems with the voting machines.  This article from the Texas Tribune explains that this is the result of older machines that move more slowly.  The remedy is for the voter to take their time and review their ballot before pressing vote.

 

Here is an instructional video for anyone who would like to walk through the steps before going to the polls.

 

 

 
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Civility Workshops

 

Change begins with each of us taking time to really listen to people with different perspectives and trying to understand their viewpoints.  Change happens when we can check our biases and see each other as individuals with experiences and stories as valuable as our own.

 

Discussions don't have to be arguments.  We can disagree without being disagreeable and who knows we might even find some common ground.

 

"Civility is claiming and caring for one's own identity, needs, and beliefs without degrading someone else's in the process."  Cassandra Dahnke and Tomas Spath

 

The workshops on Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 will provide reminders of the skills required for civility and opportunities to practice.  On Nov. 10 we will concentrate on civility with family, friends, and other individuals we meet.  On Nov. 17 we will learn how to use those skills to be articulate advocates for League positions at the Texas State Legislature.

 

 
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Comal County Regional Habitat Conservation Plan

Tuesday, November 13th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Tom Hornseth, Comal County Engineer

"A Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is a tool by which a non-federal entity may obtain
authorization under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to conduct activities such as land development that might otherwise cause the unlawful “take” of species listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA. An HCP (or in this case a regional, or countywide, HCP) specifies conservation measures that will be implemented in exchange for a section 10(a)(1)(B) permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) that allows a specified level of incidental take of listed species."  Final Draft of Comal County RHCP

 

CCCA Flyer for Nov. 13th program

 

 
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Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training for 2019- 2020

Hey VDRs and those interested in becoming Volunteer Deputy Registrars in 2019, all of our certifications are going to expire Dec. 31, 2018, and a group of us are interested in adding some fun to the certification process and increasing the number of counties we cover.  Would you like to join VDR outings starting with getting certified at the  Comal County Elections Office Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. to be followed by a group lunch in New Braunfels? 

 

A few weeks later (date and time TBD), we’re thinking  breakfast or lunch at the Guenther House in the historic King William neighborhood in San Antonio followed by a brief group certification (an oath is all that’s required) at the Bexar County Elections Office a short distance from the Guenther House.  Then in weeks/months following, it’s on to Sequin and the Guadalupe County Elections Office,  Boerne and the Kendall County Elections Office, San Marcos and the Hays County Elections Office…

 

Email Jerrie Champlin at jbaralin@gvtc.com or text to 830-643-4657 to add your name to the Interested VDR Group.

 

Help Spread the Word in Your Online Neighborhood

Have you joined Next Door or another neighborhood blog online? An easy way to inform and empower voters is to post LWV events and resources like VOTE411.org and/or our Voters Guide on these blogs. Here’s an example of an event we posted on Next Door: 

 

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and a post regarding the Voters Guide:

 

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If you’re interested in helping us spread the word, please contact Jerrie Champlin, jbaralin@gvtc.com or 830-643-4657 (send text identifying yourself as LWV member).  We will provide the text and pictures to be posted and Jerrie can provide step-by-step instructions as needed.

 
 
 

League of Women Voters ® of The Comal Area

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

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