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Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.
  • Action/Advocacy: after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

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LWV Wichita Education Fund

We make voting easier through varied voter education programs.

EDUCATING VOTERS

The League of Women Voters Education and Scholarship Fund conducts voter service and citizen education activities. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy educational organization, which:

  • Builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization.The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy as a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.


Action and Advocacy

We are truly a grassroots organization.

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause. Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be national, state, or local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each position occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement — the statement resulting from the consensus questions — that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be pursued.

The League’s adopted positions on local issues can be obtained by e-mailing a request to the LWV Wichita-Metro. Positions of the Kansas LWV may be seen at LWVK Positions. Find positions of National League at LWVUS.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.


Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political membership organization which:

  • acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels
  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process
  • engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy

The League of Women Voters Education Fund is a nonpartisan public policy educational organization which:

  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process
  • studies key community issues at all governmental levels in an unbiased manner
  • enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management

We believe in:

  • respect for individuals
  • the value of diversity
  • the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities

We will:

  • act with trust, integrity and professionalism
  • operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public
  • take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership
  • acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future

Other League Organizations

Our members are also members of:

See other Leagues in Kansas and other state Leagues and local League websites.

History of the League of Women Voters

Read a short history of the League of Women Voters.


Wichita-Metro Board Members

Members are elected to serve on the LWV board of directors for two-year terms. Elections take place in spring of each year.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

 

Co-Presidents

Pat Reinhold

Laura Thompson

Past Co-President

Sharon Ailslieger

Treasurer

Elaine Harvey

Secretary

Pat Purvis

 

Communications

Kayla Vix

 

 

Fundraising

Martha Pint

 

 

Media Relations

Megan Wright-Hagan

 

 

Membership

Sharon Cranford

Pat Purvis

Observer Corps

Sharon Ailslieger

 

Unit Meetings

Megan Wright-Hagan

 

 

Speakers Bureau

Carole Neal

 

 

Tuesday Topics

Megan Wright-Hagan

 

VOTER Newsletter

Julie Sherwood

 

 

Voter Services

Carole Neal

Sharon Ailslieger