This issue includes: President's letter, voter registration opportunities, observer corps, social media workshop and more!
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President's letter

This past month has been a time for sharing League’s story.


      Kelsey and I visited with Smile Politely who were eager for information on our upcoming meetings and future activities. The interview included our personal reflections of League and recollections of memorable League moments and people we had met along the journey. Listen to it HERE.
 
      I visited with six students at the Campus Middle School who were having their first experience with developing a podcast. After researching League in the Archives, they had questions about information they found in our newsletters and publications. They too were curious about how I got involved with League and why I’m passionate about its mission today. Listen to it HERE.
 
      Louise Allen was part of a panel of women who have truly been agents of social/political change in our community through their activism. Again, their personal stories revealed so much about them and the culture that prevailed.
 
      Years ago, people reminisced around a campfire or a fireplace providing an evening’s worth of  entertainment. More importantly, family and friends communicated valuable stories and lessons that remain with us today. The tradition of story-telling continues, but with the addition of technology. I-pads, U-tube, podcast, and social media generally do a great job of supplying facts of all kind and enable us to reach beyond an immediate audience. The personal narratives, though, are what we hunger for; they’re what knit the information together, making the facts meaningful. 
 
      League’s story is worth repeating – a peaceful 72 year effort by women to gain the vote for 50% of the population and almost 100 years educating the electorate to make intelligent decisions in our body politic.

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

Upcoming Events

We hope to see you there!

1. Tuesday, April 19thLWVCC monthly meeting @11:30 at Urbana Free Library
                                                      Topic: Observer Corps Reports
2. Tuesday, April 19thLWVCC Social Media Workshop @7:00 @ Clark-Lindsey Village
                                                      Presenters: Kelsey & Katie
3. Thursday, April 21st The Immigration Project Fund Raiser @ 6:00 @ Urbana Civic Center

4. Thursday, April 21stEnvironmental Rally in Springfield@ 11:30

5. Thursday, April 21stVoter Registration @Wesley Food Pantry from 3:30-7:30

6. Tuesday, April 26thLWVCC Board Meeting @ 11:00 @Urbana Free Library

7. Tuesday, May 24thAnnual Meeting @6:30 @Hawthorn Suites
                                                      Desserts/Speaker/Business Meeting

8. Thursday-Sunday, June 16-19 – LWVUS Convention in Washington, D.C.

9. Tuesday, June 21stSummer Solstice Luncheon – time and place TBD
                                                      Convention Report

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“Every time you spend money, (or choose to spend your time)
 you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”
                                                          Anna Lappe’( and Barbara Wysocki)

 
Our annual fund drive is underway!  You all should have received our annual fund raising letter in which we outline the reasons why you should continue to financially support League and its activities.  Finances underpin our free-speech, enabling League to hold public meetings, solicit signatures on petitions, collaborate with other like-minded groups, and continue to communicate with and inform our membership.
 
Equally important is the size of our membership.  League can only speak effectively when it speaks and acts on behalf of a large membership.  To that end, it seems natural to couple our fund-raising effort with a concerted effort to identify and invite prospective members from among our friends and acquaintances.
 

If you’ll provide the names and contact information of family and friends whom you always thought would make good League members, the Board will invite them through a letter to join us at our meetings, meet the officers and members, and participate in upcoming League activities.

The Immigration Project

Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser

On Thursday, April 21, The Immigration Project is holding its first Wine Tasting and Silent Auction fundraiser. Tickets cost $40, with half of the proceeds serving as a donation to the non-profit organization. Each ticket includes two wine tastings and unlimited appetizers. Tickets can be purchased here until April 18th
 
The Immigration Project, with offices in Bloomington and Champaign, IL, is a non-profit organization that offers free consultations and affordable access to legal services to immigrants living in downstate Illinois. Their mission is to help immigrants feel integrated into their new communities, keep families together, and protect victims of crime, along with other types of legal assistance.
 
Help support this commendable organization and learn more about their mission by attending their Wine Tasting and Silent Auction fundraiser. Any questions can be directed to Maya Flores at (309) 829-8703.

ENVIRONMENTAL RALLY

Celebrating Earth Day!


The Illinois Environmental Council, Faith in Place, LWVIL, and others are planning to rally at the statehouse on Thursday, April 21st  @11:00.  Buses to the event are being provided, but you need to reserve space by contacting: http://ilenviro.org/register-environmental-lobby-day or http://www.faithinplace.org/news-events/events/advocacy-day-2016-earth-day-action.  Of course, you can go on your own or carpool. Barbara Schleicher has agreed to help co-ordinate transportation. Please contact her at 217-377-8586 or bschleic1@gmail.com

The League Observer Corps


Currently, there are 13 League members in our Observer Corps. They observe 12 government boards that represent the citizens of Champaign-Urbana and the county as a whole. On April 19th 11:30-1:00 at the Urbana Free Library Auditorium, these observers will be presenting annual reports to the membership. We will hear about the activities of:
 
  • Urbana City Council
  • Urbana Board of Education
  • Urbana Planning Commission
  • Champaign City Council
  • Champaign Planning Commission
  • Champaign Library Board
  • Champaign County Mental Health Board
  • Regional Planning Commission
  • Champaign County Board of Health
  • Champaign County Forest Preserve
  • Parkland College Dst. 505
  • U-C Sanitary Dst.
 
By regularly attending meetings of our governing officials, League Observers serve as the eyes and ears for the League and for the citizens of the county as a whole. They are our ambassadors, strengthening communication with community leaders. By being present at government meetings, Observers learn about community issues and can identify those that may require League action or study.
 
Please consider becoming a League Observer of one of the following boards. Your involvement will be personally rewarding and also play an important part in making democracy work.
 
  • Champaign Unit 4 Board of education
  • Champaign Park Dst.
  • Urbana Park Dst.
  • Urbana Free Library Board
  • C-U Mass Transit Dst.
  • Champaign County Board
 
Volunteer at the April 19th meeting or contact Sue Phillips – Observer Corps Chair ( at 359-8818 or suephillips1018@att.net).  She will match your interests and availability to an Observer opportunity.
 

Voter Registration Opportunities

 


In advance of the November elections, the Wesley Food Pantry on Green St. is eager to offer voter registration at their monthly food pantry.  Each month on the 3rd Thursday, Wesley hosts about 200 households between 3:30 and 7:30.  The first of these is on April 21st
 
At their March meeting, the League Board approved our participation, so now we’re looking for volunteers to woman a table. You can do a two hour shift or the full four hours; we will provide the applications.
 
League will also provide voter registration opportunities at the Farmers’ Market.  Between Sept-Oct, League will offer three chances for registration and/or change of address in advance of the November election. Contact Voter Service Chair Carole Rebeiz (217-377-9148/carolerebeiz@att.net)
 

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.

Copyright © 2016 League of Women Voters of Champaign County, All rights reserved.


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