THE VOTER NEWSLETTER

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 MISSION: The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

 

THE VOTER                                              






 
Sept 2014

The League of Women Voters is a local, state, and national nonpartisan organization.

            Please go to our LWV-Texas, state website, www.lwvtexas.org.  There you will find more voter information and the League positions.

           Our national League, LWVUS, www.lwvus.org, is actively working to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Go to this website and see the range of issues from voter rights, voter turnout, reforming money in politics, and defending the environment.

News from the League of Women Voters – Hill Country                                 LWVHillCountryTexas.org

 

MISSION: The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


THE VOTER  October 2015  (to download your copy, scroll down)
News from the League of Women Voters – Hill Country LWVHillCountryTexas.org
 MISSION: The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
League Members and Friends,
Join us in becoming informed about the seven Proposed State Constitutional Amendments on the November 3 Ballot. Our League is hosting an Issues Forum with State Representative Andrew Murr and Chief Appraiser of the Kerr Central Appraisal District, Fourth Coates, to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed amendments.
The Issue Forum will be held Monday, October 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Dietert Center in Kerrville.
The public is invited to bring a brown bag lunch as the Dietert Center kitchen is being remodeled.
The League of Women Voters of Texas VOTERS GUIDE on the
Constitutional Amendments is attached with this newsletter. The VOTERS
GUIDES in English and in Spanish are also on our website,
LWVHillCountryTexas.org, and on the state League website, lwvtexas.org.

See more details under Events.
The League of Women Voters of Texas, a nonpartisan political organization, was formed on October 19, 1919, at San Antonio, when the Texas Equal Suffrage Association was dissolved to reorganize for a new purpose. Earlier the same year Carrie Chapman Catt, head of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, had urged the formation of the League of Women Voters as the successor to NAWSA and as the official support organization for newly enfranchised American women. Under the forceful leadership of its first president, Jessie Daniel Ames of Georgetown, who served from 1919 to 1923, the LWV-TX focused its efforts on educating the newly enfranchised women voters of the state. To this end it published a monthly newspaper, the New Citizen.

In early years the group urged women to pay poll taxes, conducted citizenship schools, held "Get Out the Vote" campaigns, issued a "Voter's Calendar," queried political candidates and published the results, and printed a booklet entitled Know Your County. The League was active in the Joint Legislative Council, a consortium that lobbied for women's welfare, and in the 1920s it lobbied for legislation to establish a minimum
wage for women, provide maternity and infant care, prohibit child labor, allow jury service for women, reform the state prison system, improve rural education, and give women equal representation in delegations to national party conventions.

More of the history of LWV-Texas is on the LWV-Texas website, lwvtexas.org.
Voter turnout is continues to be a concern in our state. If you have a catchy positive phrase to encourage voter turnout, do send it to all your friends. Your League would also like to hear form you about your phrase and your thoughts to encourage voter turnout for the November 3 Election.
Thanks to our members for your time and energy as we get the word out - Your Vote Matters.

Respectfully,
Meg Scott-Johnson, President LWV-HC
President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org.

JOIN US - League Membership
If you are not a member of the League, we invite you to join us. A membership application is on our website or you may contact Mary Ellen Summerlin, Membership. Our dues are prorated from January. So in October an individual membership is $15 for new memberships; and for two or more adults in a household, $22. Make your check to LWV-Hill Country; mail to LWV-HC, PO Box 290303, Kerrville, TX 78029-0303.

MORE LEAGUE NEWS
Your League of Women Voters-Hill Country registered forty-one voters and handed out many voter registration application mail-in cards on National Voter Registration Day, September 22.
Our current League State Study in Texas is Payday and Title Loans. League members and
interested persons are invited to our two-hour study of these issues on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 1-3 p.m. at Fuddruckers private dining room in Kerrville. Then we will conduct our Consensus Meeting on the Study
Questions, Tuesday, November 10, noon to 2 p.m., same location. See the Facts and Issues Study Guide on the state website.
Our fall fundraiser is Belk Charity Day, November 7, 2015, 6-10 a.m. Tickets are $5. Contact President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org for your tickets.

STAY CONNECTED
Visit our website: LWVHillCountryTexas.org
Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/League-of-Women-Voters-Hill-
Country-Texas/339618902798405

EVENTS
The League’s Issue Forum to discuss the pros and cons of the seven Proposed State Constitutional Amendments on the November 3 Ballot will be held Monday, October 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Dietert Center, Room J, 451 Guadalupe Street in Kerrville. The public is invited to this free forum to ask questions about the proposed amendments. Do bring a brown bag lunch as the Dietert Center kitchen is being remodeled.
Payday and Title Loans Study, Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 1-3 p.m. at Fuddruckers private dining room in Kerrville. Then we will conduct our Consensus Meeting on the Study Questions, Tuesday, November 10, noon to 2 p.m., same location.

The League of Women Voters is a local, state, and national nonpartisan organization.

Please go to our LWV-Texas, state website, www.lwvtexas.org. There you will find more voter information and the League positions. The League develops our positions after study and consensus.
The most recent LWV-Texas position is on the issue of human trafficking in Texas. Our position: The League of Women Voters of Texas is opposed to all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking. We consider human trafficking to be a form of modern day slavery and support measures to prevent the use of force, fraud or coercion to exploit a person for sexual or labor purposes, to prosecute traffickers and to protect victims. Go to http://lwvedu.org for the free, four-hour TEA continuing credit course on issues of human trafficking.

Our current League State Study in Texas is Payday and Title Loans. Focus: Explore the current regulations on payday and auto-title lenders in Texas and the accessibility and impact of these loans in the community. Scope: Define a payday loan, an auto-title loan, and the typical borrower. Research the history of the payday/auto-title industry in Texas over the past decade and describe the impact of regulations on the industry. Determine the current demand for loans in Texas and the economic impact of these loans on
communities. Determine the typical interest rate charged and the usual length of time that it takes to pay loans.

Our study will be Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 1-3 p.m. at Fuddruckers private dining room in Kerrville.
Our national League, LWVUS, www.lwvus.org, is actively working to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Go to this website and see the range of issues from voter rights, voter turnout, reforming money in politics, and defending the environment.

OUR LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS-HILL COUNTRY LEADERSHIP TEAM

President/Spokesperson: Meg Scott-Johnson, President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org
Treasurer: Janice Zitelman
Membership: Mary Ellen Summerlin
Webmaster: Maggie Marsh-Nation
Member-at-large: Vicki Kelly, Jennifer Pinson, and Melinda Wasson

JOIN US - League Membership

If you are not a member of the League, we invite you to join us. A membership application is on our website or you may contact Mary Ellen Summerlin, Membership.  Our dues are prorated from January. So in September an individual membership is $20 for new memberships; and for two or more adults in a household, $28.  Please make your check to LWV-Hill Country and mail to LWV-HC, PO Box 290303, Kerrville, TX 78029-0303.

 

STAY CONNECTED

            Visit our website: LWVHillCountryTexas.org

            Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/League-of-Women-Voters-Hill-Country-Texas/339618902798405                 

The League of Women Voters is a local, state, and national nonpartisan organization. 

            Please go to our LWV-Texas, state website, www.lwvtexas.org.  There you will find more voter information and the League positions.  The League develops our positions after study and consensus.

The most recent League position is on the issue of human trafficking is Texas. Our position:

The League of Women Voters of Texas is opposed to all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking. We consider human trafficking to be a form of modern-day slavery and support measures to prevent the use of force, fraud or coercion to exploit a person for sexual or labor purposes, to prosecute traffickers and to protect victims.

Because human trafficking in and through Texas is a major issue our local League created an online learning portal for educators and the public to be more informed.  Go to https://lwvedu.expertlearning.net/.  TEA has now approved our learning portal for teacher continuing education credits. Please share this information with all teachers, as this is free continuing education credits.

The upcoming study for Leagues in Texas is Payday and Title Loans.  More information about this League study will be in the next newsletter, THE VOTER. 

There will be eleven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution on the November 3, 2015 Ballot.  LWV-Texas will issue a VOTERS GUIDE for this election.  Our League of Women Voters-Hill Country will purchase and send electronic copies of THE VOTERS GUIDE for the NOVEMBER 3, 2015 ELECTION to all newspapers in the Texas Hill Country.  The VOTERS GUIDE will also be available on our website in English and in Spanish.

Our national League, LWVUS, www.lwvus.org, is actively working to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  Go to this website and see the range of issues from voter rights, voter turnout, reforming money in politics, and defending the environment.

 

OUR LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS-HILL COUNTRY LEADERSHIP TEAM

President/Spokesperson: Meg Scott-Johnson, President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org

Treasurer: Janice Zitelman

Membership: Mary Ellen Summerlin

Webmaster: Maggie Marsh-Nation  

Member-at-large: Vicki Kelly, Jennifer Pinson, and Melinda Wasson

           

IMPORTANT LINKS ON OUR WEBSITE: LWVHillCountryTexas.org

            Register to vote: Registration information

           

PLEASE CONSIDER:

            Helping fund our State League, LWV-TX.

            Do you purchase from Amazon?  Please donate 0.5% of your purchase to LWV-Texas.

            Instructions can be found on our web site, www.lwvtexas.org. Scroll down - it's way down there.

            Or - just save these instructions:

On your Amazon account:

            Search out Amazon Smile; select League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund as your charity

Thereafter, for your purchase to count for the donation, log into http://smile.amazon.com

The program will send you an email to install buttons into your browser to make this step easier.

Questions? Email lwvtexas@lwvtexas.org

            Thank you for your donation! 

 


  LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS-KERRVILLE AREA LEADERSHIP TEAM

President/Spokesperson: Meg Scott-Johnson, President@lwv-kerrvillearea.org          

Treasurer: Janice Zitelman

Membership: Mary Ellen Summerlin

Webmaster: Maggie Marsh-Nation  

Member-at-large: Vicki Kelly, Jennifer Pinson, and Melinda Wasson

       

IMPORTANT LINKS ON OUR WEBSITE 

            Sign up to volunteer with LWV: On-line Volunteer Form

            Enroll in Women’s Talent Bank: Women's Talent Bank online application

            Register to vote: Registration information

            Join the League of Women Voters: Membership information

            eLearning portal:  www.lwvedu.org


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