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LWVLPC mission, structure, statements, policies and current activities

Upcoming Events - 2018


*Tuesday, October 16, 5:30PM - Statewide Ballot Issues Forum -Student Presentations, Fort Lewis College, Center of Southwest Studies, Lyceum - Room 120. (Adjacent to the Community Concert Hall).
LWV of La Plata is partnering with the FLC Political Science Department to present these Candidates and Issues forums on Oct 9 and 16. Both sessions are open to local attendance.

Please join us for our final election event TONIGHT. Video presentations by Students joined by League Panel for Q&A.

LWVLPC News-18

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September, 29, 2018

La Plata County Leaguer,

*September is membership renewal time. Our national reporting deadline is January 31. The sooner you are able to renew the better. That saves both of us a series of reminders. Just send a check for your renewal dues ($55 for regular members and $35 for each additional household member) payable to LWVLPC, and mail to Buck Skillen, Treasurer, 776 Animas View Dr. Durango, CO 81301. For this year, student memberships are free, so welcome any students you know to join us in League. If there are changes in your contact information notify Kathleen Adams, Interim Membership Chair, at the address below.

*If you are becoming a new member of the LWVLPC, Please fill out a 2018-2019 LWVLPC Membership Form and include a copy to Buck Skillen at the address above. WELCOME and THANKS.

Only a very small amount of local dues remains with the local league - $6. If you can add an additional amount as a donation to LWVLPC, that would help significantly to continue our work. Please note that donations to the general fund are not tax-deductible; BUT donations to the Education Fund are deductible. Donations are greatly appreciated and we promise will be used wisely. Instructions are below and on the membership form and the web site.

Upcoming League events of interest, please join us for these:

  • * October 9 - State Legislative Candidate Forum - 5:30-Center of Southwest Studies, Lyceum,Rm 120.
  • * October 16 - Statewide Ballot Issues Forum - 5:30p at the Center of Southwest Studies, Lyceum - Room 120.
  • * December + our Holiday party
  • * January - program planning
  • * February + Legislative Lowdown
  • * March - continuing the popular Great Decisions programs

We need your support, so please

Mail your renewal check, payable to LWVLPC, (($55 for regular members and $35 for each additional household member) to Buck Skillen, Treasurer, 776 Animas View Dr., Durango, Co 81301.

Consider joining and/or helping with the leadership core. We have vacant board positions + Our monthly board meetings involve an equal amount of fun and work.

Consider including a tax deductible donation to the LWVLPC. Include a separate check payable to "LWVCO Education Fund " write "La Plata County" on the memo line. This donation will be used locally for voter education activities.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments and especially offers to join the leadership core. We are looking forward to another year with you in the LWVLPC.

Kathleen Adams
LWVLPC Membership Chair


LWVCO *Sept 30, 2018: To read the LWV Colorado 2018 Ballot issues and explanations please click the following:

*Sept 20, 2018, 2018 LWVCO Ballot Positions:
To all Colorado League Members,
Here are the ballot issue positions adopted by the LWVCO Board of Directors at their September 19 board meeting. It contains the major provisions of each ballot issue, and the reasons why the board adopted their positions.

Click 2018 Ballot Positions to read more.

*Sept 21, 2018, Letter from LWVCO President:
To All Colorado League members:
The League of Women Voters of Colorado Board of Directors met Wednesday, September 19 for their regular board meeting. One of the items on the agenda was to decide our positions on the various ballot proposals. As one ballot issue, Amendment 73, Funding for Public Schools, generated considerable discussion and debate, it merits a special explanation.
Click Amendment 73 to read more.


LWV logo *Click League Update to read the LWVUS news as of Sept 13, 2018 IVOTEBECAUSE

*Sept 30, 2018, LWVUS September Highlights Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

Our Mission and Roles

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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

    To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of Colorado Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization.

    Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

History of the League of Women Voters

Read a short history of the League of Women Voters.
Click La Plata League history to access our archives maintained at Fort Lewis College.

Policies, Bylaws and Job Descriptions for LWVLPC

Past Events-18

Monday, Sept 17, County Candidate Forum (County Commissioner, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, 5:30 PM, La Plata County Administration Bldg Board Room
Click updated press release for more info.

*FALL LEAGUE MEETING, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018
5:00 pm, Cantera Restaurant, back patio, 1150 Main Ave, Happy Hour meeting, cash bar, chips and dips. All members, spouses and friends are cordially invited to come and mingle, enjoy, and learn about Amendments Y & Z

Hope you all had a wonderful summer and are ready to get busy with a full schedule of election activities. We will tell you all about the plans--forums, Issues events, voter registration and lots of other valuable voter education and advocacy--- at our opening fall meeting on Thursday, Sept 7.

Our speaker is Jean Fredlund, from LWV CO, who represented the League working with other groups to draft Amendments Y & Z and shepherd them through the Legislature, ultimately getting unanimous approval to put them on the ballot. These amendments will be a significant improvement to the re-districting process in CO, and LWV is a strong supporter of their passage.

Come to Cantera Restaurant on Sept. 7 and bring spouses and friends to learn about Y & Z
Trish Pegram