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.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
WHERE: James White's Fort, 205 E. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, 37915
WHY: Wine and Cheese and League Networking
Traditionally this annual event has been an opportunity to introduce prospective members to the League leadership team and the programs, activities and events underway within the organization. With more active volunteers, we can accomplish so much more. So this year officers and committee chairs will be available to talk about their work and will actively recruit committee members from new prospects as well as renewing members.
The event is free. Come for the wine, the good food, and the great conversation about the League, its work and its plans. And please take a moment to invite some friends who would make good ACTIVE League members.
For more information, contact Events Chair, Debbie Sharp at 951-8804 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
LWV members, you can invite your friends to the Fall Gathering on our Facebook page.
"Knoxville is one of more than 1000 partners across the country that will be registering voters. We will be working in at least nine locations", said Kim Lauth, League of Women Voters President. The League has become the single-largest-on-the-ground partner of NVRD and plans to outpace previous years' participation with more than 350 Leagues registering voters across the county in September. Local sites include:
Pelllissippi State College campuses (Blount County, Division Street, Magnolia, Strawberry Plans, and Hardin Valley), September 23-25, 9:00 am- 6:00 pm.
University of Tennessee University Center, outside food court and along pedestrian walkway. September 23, hours TBD.
Outside WJBE Radio, 2340 Martin Luther King Avenue, September 23, 11:00 am - 3:00
Outside Walgreens, 2400 Broadway, September 23, hours TBD.
First, the League of Women Voters wants to express its appreciation to the several men and women who placed themselves in contention for the District 2 board of education interim position. All but two of the eight people who volunteered to be considered were women, and in a region where we do not enjoy many female political leaders, that alone was remarkable.
Then at the forum co-sponsored by the League and KCEA at Gresham Middle School on August 14, all but one woman attended and showed themselves to be passionate about our schools, either as parents or retired educators; to be well-informed about many of the problems facing our school district; and to be open to learning about matters to come before the board, but without a particular political agenda.
We are dismayed that not one of the women who was interested in the position was given serious consideration by our county commissioners. As well, we regret that the wishes of the only female commissioner, Amy Broyles, who knows the district the best and had worked hard to determine the choice of many constituents, were completely ignored by the majority.
While we respect the rights of each commissioner to vote his own conscience, we are concerned about the appearance of an old-boy-network that looks after their own rather than thinking of what is best for our schools. Surely our students, their parents, and our teachers deserve better than this.