This issue includes: President's letter, Holiday 50 year member celebration, Hot Topics and more!
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President's letter

Suffragette

 I’ve thought much about SUFFRAGETTE over the last month.

Hosting the film and panel discussion was definitely so appropriate for LWVCC to do, even with the last minute switch in dates. Associating ourselves with a historical piece was a great opportunity to be out in public, promoting our heritage and having a reason to talk about the programs League does in any given year. 

180 movie tickets sold that night and the crowd who stayed for the panel discussion was greater than the 20 that normally stay for this added feature. Thanks to Trina, Kat, and Kristine for their thoughtful contributions that informed us about how far women’s equality has come in 95 years in our community. There’s much more to do in terms of pay, promotions, and impact but do not fear: women are stubborn and persistent!
 
As a student and beneficiary of the women’s right movement, I’m still in awe about the sacrifices American and English women made to obtain the right to vote. I expected scenes of physical violence: beatings, forced feedings, time in filthy jails. I was not as attentive to the emotional violence:  families  fragmented, the cold shoulders of tenement neighbors, and the inner turmoil of female workers caught between leaving their friends on a work floor to join up with strangers bound only by their anger against the status quo and a desire to make things better. I suspect they did not anticipate that level of sacrifice either.

I will remember those images each time I vote.

--Barbara Wysocki, League of Women Voters of Champaign County President

Upcoming Events

We hope to see you there!

Calendar:
 
12/15/15 --- Wine & Cheese Party @Milo’s 5-7p.m.
12/18/15 – Reports from Study Groups due to the LWVCC Board
1/18/16 – MLK Community Celebration – 4:00 @Hilton Garden
1/19/16 – HOT TOPICS @ 11:30 @Urbana Free Library
1/26/16 – LWVCC Brd. Mtg. @11:00 @ UFL

To stay updated on these events and more, connect with us on FaceBook or Twitter. 

You're Invited

50 year member celebration

You are invited to attend a special LWVCC Wine & Cheese Social
to celebrate the 50 year membership milestone of

 
Ruth Fisher
Maureen McCord
Nancy Morse
Margaret Stewart

 
and those who have provided beyond 50 years of membership and service
to the League of Women Voters  and the local community including Champaign County

 
Guest Speaker: Priscilla Joyner
League of Women Voters of Illinois
 
 Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at Milo’s  5:00 – 7:00

Start the Holidays off early!  Come join League at Milo’s on Tuesday, December 15th to celebrate our newest members achieving the 50 year milestone.  AND… since we thought new inductees were a reason to celebrate, we’re also recognizing our members who have been League members beyond 50 years!
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Bring a friend!                   Bring a spouse or family member!                 Plan on dinner at Urbana’s finest!
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As an added incentives:   RSVP  (217-367-5014) by 12/10 and the cost is $10.00;  if you bring a guest who is not yet a LWVCC member, 2/$10.00; if it’s a straight cover charge, it’s $12.00.
 

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New Feature: Member High Lights! 
This month, Helen Sattherthwaite

Helen Satterthwaite

 

It was probably1954 when I first joined the League of Women Voters in Pittsburgh, PA. I credit the early years of My League membership for saving my sanity while raising a bevy of young children. Studying racial discrimination in housing took my mind off the usual young mother discussions of teething problems and diaper rash.


Of course, upon coming to Urbana in 1961, one of my first contacts was with the local League. It was a great way of making new friends among civic minded women while learning about local issues. At that time, we still held local unit meetings where the same subject matter would be presented at several locations and times convenient to members, a luxury that soon disappeared as many more women became employed outside the home.

In 1975, serving in my first term in the Illinois legislature, my LWV membership was responsible for one of my committee assignments. The Speaker of the House named another freshman woman and me to serve on a committee that he  thought needed to be reformed. He told us he knew we were League members and would “start asking questions” about the issues before the committee. True to League tradition, we served his purpose well.

It has truly been a good experience to be associated with the League all these years. In addition to whatever services it may have provided for the communities involved, it has also been a personal pleasure in gaining friends and acquaintances whom I cherish.

Helen Satterthwaite

Hot Topics

Upcoming Meetings

We’re nearing the end of our study groups!  Throughout the fall, about 25 League members met on a  regular basis to sort through issues relating to Human Resources, Natural Resources, Criminal Justice, and Local Government. They read through state and national League positions, invited guest speakers, and shared their own vast knowledge before editing the current local positions to make the statements relevant for the times. The goal: to review and update LWVCC’s Local Program.

Each study group has a revised draft and is about to forward their statements to the LWVCC Board. The Board will review each section and establish a common order to put before the full membership for their approval at the Annual Meeting in May.
Starting in January, we will again resume our regular monthly meeting schedule (3rd Tuesdays). We will meet in the Lewis Auditorium at the Urbana Free Library from 11:30 – 1:30. The dates are: January 19th, February 16th, and March 15th.
 
Each month’s topic will feature a “Hot Topic” from one of our four study groups.  “Hot Topic” means: 

1) a topic that provoked a lot of discussion among the study group members
2) a topic already on the Local Program but one many would like to know more about
3) a topic where someone knows local speakers who could communicate latest findings

A schedule of topics and speakers will be forthcoming soon, so watch the newsletter, the website, and the president’s e-mails for details.  Hopefully all of us will be that much more prepared to evaluate the entire document when it comes to us for a vote in May!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The LWCC influences public policy through education and advocacy, working on various issues at local and national levels. League members come from all walks of life – united by our shared understanding of the importance of political literacy, we celebrate being non-partisan and diverse in our identities, affiliations, and experiences.

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