The Voter Newsletter
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February 2017

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The Prez Says

from JoAnn Marie, LWVWNC President

Well don’t we have our work cut out for us! If nothing else, the times we’re living in cry out for an informed citizenry. I’m sure most of you joined the League to become better informed and more engaged. That’s what we’re here for. We have committees that look into issues and study things of interest to us locally, as well as nationally.

Although unable to march myself, I had a daughter in Sacramento and one in Los Angeles joining those marches. I am so proud of them and the thousands of others who marched regardless of party affiliations, to stand up for what they believe and to draw attention to voices united.

Thanks to all for your participation and/or support.

As I said, we have many avenues for you to become more involved in the League and would welcome your interest and desire to participate. We also are developing new programs and are pretty excited about those. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a member and they will help guide you to the interest of your choice. By all means, if you have a particular interest that you’d like studied further or have suggestions on how our League can better serve you in any way, let us know!

On a lighter note, I wish each and every one of you a happy Valentine’s Day. Love and kindness go a long way to counteract fear and hate. Be good to yourself and each other and find a way to be kind and generous every day.

Thank you for being a League member. We will become stronger in the coming year and look forward to coming together in meaningful ways.

Don’t miss this important meeting!

Let’s Make the Most of the Next Four Years

Saturday, February 11, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W Main St., Grass Valley

Please join us for our program entitled, "Let’s Make the Most of the Next Four Years!" This program will feature an opportunity for small group discussions of our hopes and fears for the next four years, followed by presentations by League leaders regarding exciting League opportunities to act on our feelings and beliefs, e.g., Voter Service, Program Planning, Observer Corps, and Advocacy.
We hope you’ll join us before the meeting begins to enjoy refreshments and socializing with friends, new and old.
From Karen Schwartz, Co-Chair, Program Planning Committee

New! Speakers’ Bureau Committee launched

At a recent meeting the Board of LWVWNC voted unanimously to create a Speakers’ Bureau Committee to complement the host of committees we already have. Our local league has always provided speakers on various subjects, mostly stemming from the Voter Services Committee, and most recently thanks to the efforts of Polly Bacich and Helen Williamson.

Creation of a Speakers’ Bureau Committee is intended to coordinate amongst all committees any requests for speakers. The new committee will also promote our speakers to organizations we think might benefit from a League presentation. Below is the language the Board adopted as a road map for the committee’s work.

Recruit members who would well represent the LWVWNC and who are willing to give their time for speaking engagements.
  • Identify appropriate topics for which the League can and should provide speakers. (In the past topics included “Voting Responsibility and History,” Political Parties and their History,” “Pros and Cons of Issues,” and “Differences Between Candidates” (done with the assistance of party representatives).
  • Identify and provide appropriate materials for preparation on chosen topics.
  • Use committee time to prepare materials and practice speaking with feedback.
  • Schedule speakers when called upon.
  • Promote the Speakers’ Bureau to the greater Nevada County community, including school districts, community groups, and business organizations.
If you are interested in being a speaker, or can lend your skill at helping people speak in front of large groups, please contact Janice Bedayn, who is currently the chair of this committee and Vice President of the Board. Additionally, if you know of organizations that would like a presentation from the League, please let Janice know that as well. Meeting times have not yet been set and will depend upon the participants’ availability.
For information, questions, or thoughts, please contact Janice Bedayn at or 530-388-0147.

Recreation and Parks Study Update:

Presentation to the Board of Supervisors Cancelled

Unexpectedly, the presentation of our League’s Recreation and Parks Study to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors that was scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24th, was cancelled at the request of the Board, which had received a copy of the presentation in advance.
As you may recall, the League had scheduled the brief presentation to the BoS as a courtesy before circulating the report to the rest of the community. Our presentation was to include a brief verbal description and summary of the Study, accompanied by a slideshow similar to what our members saw at our June meeting.
After cancelling our item on the agenda, the BoS requested a copy of the Study report, a request which we respectfully declined. The final version has yet to be completed, and the League Board will be asked to approve it, as well as an action plan related to disseminating the Study results, at their meeting on February 3rd.
Karen Schwartz, Chair, Recreation and Parks Study
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