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LWV annual report-check out what we've done this past year!

06 Apr 2017 8:10 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

League of Women Voters of Lexington, Kentucky

2016-2017 President/League’s

Annual Report

The League of Women Voters of Lexington, KY members attended a naturalization ceremony and registered many new citizens.  (The courthouse has been under renovation so there have not been many ceremonies during this timeframe.)


We held 4 candidate forums for the fall elections.  These forums included KY Supreme Court, school board and state representative candidate forums.  The forums were televised, published on YouTube and noted in the Lexington Herald Leader.  Several  more candidate forums were scheduled but one or more candidates cancelled so their forum could not be held.


We updated and distributed blue sheets.


We maintain a member on the Lexington Ethics Commission as well as the Community Action Council.


We held a membership wine tasting event.  This gives current League members a chance to socialize and is also an opportunity to obtain new members.

We participated in Vote411.org voter guide for local Lexington races. We plan to participate in Vote 411 next year but may not include the federal race candidate due to the high cost.


We started a book club for League members which meets once a month on Tuesdays. Some of the books that have been read and discussed by the book club are Alexander Hamilton, LaFayette in the Somewhat United States, Give Us the Ballot, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, Hillbilly Elegy, Never Enough, and Chester Alan Arthur.


We worked with the local Girls Scouts Council to help the scouts with their Promise to Vote badge campaign.  We help the Girls Scouts obtain locations to have tables to get people to sign up and promise to vote.  We also helped them register voters.

We joined the Kentucky Non-Profit Network and had a member attend their annual conference to obtain information helpful to non-profit organizations.  We also participated in their annual day of giving in May as a fundraiser.


In November, we held an informational forum for members and the public about immigration.  Isabel Taylor, the Multicultural Affairs Coordinator in Lexington, spoke to the audience, answered questions, and led a lively discussion.


In January we announced the winners of our annual high school student essay contest which takes place in the Fall of the year.  This year, students were asked to tell their stories as voters and potential voters who had just lived through a divisive election season.  Top honors and $250 went to Hanae Yoshida, a freshman, for “The Election 2016: Do You See What I See?” Sahar Mohammadzadeh was runner-up ($150), and Jons Theodore  Ehrenborg took third place ($100). Special recognition went to ELL student Samwele John of $100.  A $50 honorarium went to the teachers of these students.

 

On March 15th the League hosted a group during the On the Table conversations.  Our group discussed food deserts, infill and growth as well as tolerance.  League members as well as non-League members attended our discussion group.

We published nine Voter newsletters to keep our members informed about the issues and advised of the League’s activities. 


We established a committee who will work on increasing voter participation in the upcoming election.


We had members attend the League Lobby day at the Capital on February 7th to lobby the legislators regarding our positions.


We developed a promotional video for our League that is on our website and social media.


Respectfully Submitted,

Tamara Fagley

President

League of Women Voters of Lexington, KY


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