STATE LEAGUE PHOTOS
State League Photos
LWVUS 2010 Convetion, June 11-15, Atlanta, GA. Kansas was represented by ten delegates.
The League of Women Voters of the United States received a two-year grant from the Office of Citizen Exchanges, U.S. Department of State, to host civil leaders from the countries of Brazil and Colombia. The goals of the program are (1) to strengthen the participants' understanding of the legislative processes in the United States and their home countries, and (2) to deepen their understanding of the role civil society plays in this process.
The Johnson County League of Women Voters was selected to host two women from Colombia from April 9 through May 1, 2010.
Ximena Poveda , f rom Bogotá, is an economist working on issues of transparency as it relates to access to justice. She wanted to be exposed to the judiciary system in the U.S. , particularly how it treats vulnerable populations (women, Afro-Americans, Latinos). Other interests include administration, finance, project development and the role of women in politics.
Paulina Estela Guerra , from Sandoná in Nariño, is an elected municipal official. Her primary interests are: (1) how to educate citizens about the damage that we are doing to the planet, and (2) how we can work with children for their betterment. Other interests include the role of women in politics, improving the lives of vulnerable populations and combating injustice.
Candy Birch hosted a Welcome Reception on April 11.
Nan Wilson is coordinating the project and is hosting the women during their three weeks in Kansas . Committee members Diane Kuhn, Elaine Mann, Virginia Johnson, Kim McHenry, Polly Swafford, Pat Lanser, Frank Neff, Karin Winn, and Paula Schwach have helped plan an extensive itinerary for our visitors.
Week One focused on Johnson County government. After meeting Commissioner Annabeth Surbaugh, they met department heads and toured Johnson County parks, library, public health, courts, corrections, election office, emergency communications, multi-service centers, as well as a County Commission meeting.
Week Two featured Overland Park city government. They had the opportunity to meet Mayor Carl Gerlach and attend a city council meeting. They also met the city manager and toured city departments such as finance, planning and development, city court, parks, public works, recreation facilities and community centers.
Week Three will include visits to U.S. District Court and the EPA as well as several social service agencies.
A round-table discussion with local Kansas legislators provided time to learn about state government. They also spent a Day at the Capitol with Rep. Dolores Furtado.
A visit to Kansas City would not be complete without a taste of cultural events. Their schedule featured various per formances including the Heartland Men's Chorus, 5 Browns concert, “Rent” at Washburn Theater, a jazz club, and Lyric Opera. Other highlights included the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival, Prairie Village Earth Fair, Nelson Art Museum , and a ride on the KC Trolley.
The final event will be our LWV brunch and Making Democracy Work award on May 1. —Ann Norbury
LWVK celebrates the 90th birthday of LWV at the State Capitol. League leaders from across Kansas helped celebrate the 90th birthday of League at the Kansas State Capitol on Wed., February 17, 2010. Celebration included a visit with Mark Parkinson, Governor of Kansas.
2009 LWVK Convention, Great Bend, May 2nd
Annual Meeting, LWV-Topeka/Shawnee County, April 7, 2009
First 2009 LWV-Lawrence Issues Meeting: Kansas Energy Policy
LWV-Lawrence Inaugural launch of Drinking League-ally
LWV-Emporia Various Events, 2008:
Emporia Open Forum, with Kay Calvert leading on the Electoral College.
Political Forums for local elections, hosted by LWV-Emporia and Empria Chamber of Commerce. League members were the timers for the event.
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