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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, open to both women and men, encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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Our League was proud to support a group of Wichita high school and college students who organized a march downtown to Naftzger Park where they held a rally demanding action on the climate crisis on Saturday, July 10. Watch our recap on YouTube.
While the event was hosted by the Kansas Youth Climate Action Coalition, LWV Wichita – Metro and Women for Kansas covered the cost for the rental space.
“We have a very strong position on sustainability and we have to recognize this youth-led group. It’s their future that we’re talking about. We’re the first generation who can feel climate change and we’re the last generation that can do something about it,” said Martha Pint, co-president of League of Women Voters of Wichita and LWV of Kansas, to the Wichita Eagle. “It’s real, it’s there and we have to look to this generation who has their boots on the ground to do something about it.”
The group gathered at 2nd & St. Francis, and then marched to Naftzger Park, where attendees heard youth speakers and visited with organizations and businesses at tables.
We held our High Tea Fundraiser in the Great Room at Cowtown on June 27th. It was wonderful to see so many friends and supporters at our first in-person event since March of 2020. More than 70 tickets were purchased and we were truly fortunate to have 39 donations made to our silent auction by generous benefactors. We raised more than $3,000.
Attendees enjoyed a variety of treats prepared by Carole Neal and the Heminway family as well as entertainment provided by our own Nancy Brown with a reenactment of Susanna Salter, the first female mayor in America. (Watch the recording.) Mrs. Salter presided over Argonia, Kansas just over the border in Sumner County from 1887 to 1888. Nancy’s performance was a taste of our partnership with Cowtown on “Women of the West” – a much anticipated all day event coming up on September 4th. If you’d like to be a re-enactor for the event, contact Carole.
Our gratitude goes to everyone who attended, donated or supported in any way as well as to Becky Weston, Claire Brown, Leanne Chase, Nancy Brown, Carole Neal, Pat Reinhold, Beth Schafers, Sharon Ailslieger, Martha Pint, Elaine Harvey, and the Heminway family who all helped make it possible. And of course, to Cindy Kelly for documenting it.
See all the photos. Watch a recording of co-president Martha Pint honoring recent past presidents Pat Reinhold, Laura Thompson & Jennifer Byers Heminway, and introducing our new co-president Beth Schafers.
Mark your calendars now for our holiday wine tasting party scheduled for December 17th. Ticket information and details to come.
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LWV Wichita-Metro’s dues year is from July 1 to June 30. Renew here.
Every year we have a meeting where our members vote on a proposed budget for the coming 12 months, a slate of board positions, etc. and then we do fun things like honoring our Citizen of the Year. It’s a great way to cap the previous 12 months and form a vision of how the next year will be.
This year we met virtually on Monday, May 24th. Watch the recording of the public meeting which included:
⭐ DEI Moment of Focus
⭐ Greetings from LWVUS CEO Virginia Kase
⭐ Presentation of our scholarship winners
⭐ Recognition followed by a keynote address from the League of Women Voters Wichita – Metro’s Citizen of the Year, Sedgwick County Health Director Adrienne Byrne
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has developed a reading list for members interested in continued learning and appreciation of DEI issues.
This list was compiled based on critic reviews and other online booklists. Although it contains a variety of diverse groups and topics, it is not intended to convey every experience or issue related to this extensive subject matter.
Our DEI team also created a video shared at the February unit meeting. Watch it here. Aleris Charleman introduces the reading list and co-chair Joan Warren shares her take on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 nonfiction book which is on the list.
Lots of U.S. Leagues already are!
Non-partisan Leaguers have been hearing about the ultimate non-partisan issue “climate change,” but what exactly is it? Climate change is THE story everyone needs to understand. Read more here with links curated by LWV-WM board member Jane Byrnes.