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.
The 2014 Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County will take place on Thursday, May 22 at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. We are honored to welcome as our keynote speaker The Honorable Pamela L. Reeves, U. S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
The evening will begin at 5:30 pm with an opportunity to register and mingle. Dinner will follow at 6:00 (Cornish hen or vegetarian option) and then the address by Judge Reeves.
The business meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00. The agenda will include reports, nominations and election of officers and directors, member program input and budget discussion and adoption.
In order to adjourn at a reasonable hour, members are encouraged to review the biographies of board nominees, the current budget, the proposed budget and the current local public policy positions in advance. The proposed budget, financial report and slate of nominees are attached. The current policy positions are on this website. These items will also be provided for your reference in the program that evening.
Dinner reservations (includes wine) must be made not later than Monday, May 19, 5:00 pm.
This is our most important meeting of the year and we look forward to introducing new leadership, new ideas, and the promise of an engaging year for our local League.
A recent comment by Commissioner Larry Smith challenging Commissioner Amy Broyles' attendance at the Tennessee Economic Summit for Women, hosted by the Governor's Economic Council for Women, was more than surprising. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Commissioner Smith characterized the meeting as a "women's conference," and questioned how women's issues will improve government decision-making.
The Economic Council includes state senators and representatives and members of the Governor's cabinet, presented research at the Summit demonstrating that Tennessee spends more than $885M annually as a result of violence against women -- a significant impact on taxpayers. The Council released the report following public hearings held around the state, which Commissioner Broyles attended along with District Attorney Randy Nichols, the TBI, local law enforcement, and others.
The League strongly disagrees with Commissioner Smith's implication that having the lone woman on Commission attend a State-sponsored Summit on women's economic issues would have no bearing on county government decision making. With women representing 51.3% of the County's population, we believe that the information Commissioner Broyles was able to obtain to be highly relevant to decision making in Knox county government.
The League stands on the principle of good government. We believe that we only have good government if we have well informed officials who continue to educate themselves on important issues throughout their terms of office.
Follow your interest and observe our elected and appointed officials in action. We will train and support you. For more information, contact Barbara Nicodemus at 805-1091 or Jamey Dobbs at 548-0818. Learn more.
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