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LWVLPC mission, structure, statements, policies and current activities

Upcoming Events - 2018

meetings Great Decisions 2019

*The 2019 Great Decisions discussion group will begin Tuesday, January 29 and conclude May 7.
Sessions will be held bi-weekly (every two weeks) from 11:45am to 1:45pm in Program Rooms 1 & 2 at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave in Durango, CO.
Checks for $25 for each briefing book should be made out to "LWVLPC" and mailed to Susan McGinness, 756 E. 6th Ave, Durango, CO. 81301.

Click 2019 Great Decisions flyer for detailed info on each session.

For more information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association, or to order a briefing book if we have sold out, click on Foreign Policy Association.

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 *LWVCO Board Briefs from 11/14/18 Board Meeting
As part of the communication efforts to inform League members about the LWVCO's Board of Directors decisions and proposals, following each board meeting we will provide an overview of any significant agenda items discussed and the action taken.

* LWVCO 11/1/18:
Hi League Member, Interested in learning how the League lobbies our General Assembly? Want to be a member of the team that influences legislation?

The LWVCO Legislative Action Committee (LAC) will host an Orientation / Training session on Thursday, November 29th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1370 Grant St in Denver and you are invited to attend.

*Click Legislative Action Workshop for more info.

*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.


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* Click LWVUS League Update to read the Dec 6, 2018 LWV League Update.

The new year is nearly here and now is the time to put action plans in place for 2019--and more importantly, 2020--when millions of first-time voters will need us most.

We hope you'll use 2019 as an opportunity to pilot new initiatives, forge new partnerships, and get your volunteer base excited and experienced. And for those of you with elections next year, imagine the HUGE impact your efforts could have on turnout in your area! Please take a look at our grant opportunities to help Leagues with this effort in the sections below.

*LAST CHANCE: Please Complete our 2018 Election Activities Survey.

*Join VOTE411 in 2019!

VOTE411 had an amazing 2018 Election Cycle with over 5.5 million views of the candidate info! Let's keep the momentum going into the off-year election and provide the voters with the candidate information they expect on this League-branded website! If your community has an election in 2019 and you want to participate in the ever-growing VOTE411 online voters' guide program, sign up now to provide voters in your area with the information they desperately need and turn to the League to find.

*2019 Women's March

The 2019 Women's March is scheduled for January 19. As in 2017, the main march will occur in Washington, DC with sister marches happening in many cities around the country. As of early December, LWVUS does not have enough information to determine if we will participate as an official partner. Organizers for the 2019 Women's March have not unveiled the platform and until we see that, we cannot define our national role.

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

* LWVCO 11/1/18:
Hi League Member, Interested in learning how the League lobbies our General Assembly? Want to be a member of the team that influences legislation?

The LWVCO Legislative Action Committee (LAC) will host an Orientation / Training session on Thursday, November 29th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1370 Grant St in Denver and you are invited to attend.

*Click Legislative Action Workshop for more info.

  • *This year it has been our pleasure at LWV LPC to partner with the Political Science Dept. at Ft. Lewis College in presenting several events relating to the November election. The students did research, studied the appropriate way to frame their research in non-partisan language, and prepared short videos of their projects. The videos, which cover 11 of the issues, were then shown at a October 16 League Forum on the ballot, held at Ft. Lewis, with the students presenting to an appreciative audience almost equally comprised of community members and students. These short videos are available on this website through the Ft. Lewis You Tube channel

*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.

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