Monthly Member E-News  -   January 30, 2017
  • Membership renewal deadline - Jan. 31!
  • We have a new office 
  • League archives: what's in your attic?  
  • The Women's March
  • How can you make a difference in the difficult times ahead?
  • League centennial in 2020: planners and worker bees
  • Redistricting 2017: lots of signature collectors 
  • CTU election; ballot counters - March 16

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:
  • Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland - Jan. 31
  • Will Cleveland's Eastside Gentrify? - Feb. 21
  • The Impact of State Budget Cuts on Northeast Ohio Communities - March 21
First Unitarian Church of Cleveland Sunday morning forum:
  • Boundaries That Matter: Redistricting State and Federal Election Districts - Feb 26
LWV of Ohio events:
  • LWVO Statehouse Day - March 7  
  • LWVO Convention - May 5 - 7 


The Annual Meeting date has been pushed back from April 20 to June 3 because of difficulty in finding a suitable, reasonably priced location. The meeting will be at the CanalWay Center, where we have met the past few years. 

The speaker will be Rep. Stephanie Howse (D), Ohio House District 11. First elected to the statehouse in 2014, she previously served on Cleveland City Council from 2008 to 2014. 

Mark your calendars now. Details on registration and membership materials to come later
LWVGC 3rd Annual Meeting 
Saturday, June 3, 9:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
9:15 a.m.; meeting begins 9:30 a.m. 
CanalWay Center 
4524 E. 49th St, Cleveland, OH 44125

Membership: be sure you have renewed ASAP!

If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so ASAP. All renewals must be received and recorded by midnight on January 31 (next Tuesday!) to be included in the official 2017 roster. To renew by credit card online click here

Note: You are not up for renewal if you joined the League since January 31, 2016, or if you are a 50-year Lifetime member

We have a new office at 2800 Euclid...

... near Cleveland State University and a stone's throw from the board of elections. While the office is much smaller, free parking is available, we have access to a small conference room, and the office is less isolated than the Tower City suite. And, we have a window!  Monthly rent is $200, which includes utilities and WiFi. 

The street address is 2800 Euclid Ave., Room 518, Cleveland, 44115, but for security we will use the following mailing address: LWV of Greater Cleveland, P.O. Box 5310, Cleveland, Ohio 44101. We can receive mail at the office address but not to a locked mailbox. 

Our new phone number is 216.694.8108, obtained through Google voice, a free service. Voice messages are accessed online, live calls can be forwarded to any existing phone, and conference calling is available.

League archives: what's in your attic?

Packing up the office for the move has generated a stash of archive files. The Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) will assign someone to help with these and any other records that we may find and consider for archiving at WRHS. If you have League records stashed somewhere in your home, this is a good time to unload those materials. Contact Marcia Goldberg about what you have and how to get them to the right place.

The Women's March

The League of Women Voters was proud to be a strong partner in the Women's March and we are proud that more (perhaps many more) than 25 LWV of Greater Cleveland (LWVGC) members along with friends and family participated in both Washington and Cleveland marches. Go to the LWVGC website to read more (click here)

Becky Thomas and Lynda Mayer shared their experiences. Did you go to either march? If you want to share your experience and/or photos, please send those to Maryann Barnes

The march was a sensational success, but now what? Read a LWVUS blog, "Thanks for Marching - Here's What's Next!" Learn how everyone can become an activist through League and advance the issues we just marched for.

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How can you make a difference in the difficult times ahead?

You're concerned about the health of our democracy. You care about voting rights. Many issues dear to the League - the environment, women's health, gun safety, money in politics - are also dear to you. The nominating committee is currently working to fill board positions for 2017-2018, but our job does not end there. We need to deepen our bench by developing tomorrow's leaders. If you are willing to serve on a board committee or a special project, please send us your name!  Nominate your friend! Prior experience is not required, just dedication and passion for League's critical work of Making Democracy Work. Contact Conda Boyd, nominating chair, by email or phone: 440.899.2987

Candidate and issue forums: train to be a moderator

Odd years, like 2017, are times for local elections: mayors, city councils, school boards, and other races. LWVGC hopes to train additional candidate and issue forum moderators for these upcoming elections. Moderators need intelligence, poise, and the ability to think on their feet in front of a group. If you feel comfortable conducting a meeting, event, or class (for example, you have been a teacher, facilitator, team leader, or an officer of a local League chapter or other group,) we would love to welcome you to our select group of moderators. If interested, please contact Penny Jeffrey

For more detailed information, please see our Voter Service Toolkit. To see moderators in action, you can also view videos of two past candidate forums on our YouTube channel: Sept. 22, 2016 and Sept. 27, 2016

League centennial in 2020: planners and worker bees

The 100-year anniversary is coming up for the founding of both the national League of Women Voters (February 14, 1920) and the Cleveland League of Women Voters (April 1920). We need a strong committee and chairperson to plan and execute a well-organized, vibrant, and effective centennial celebration. Why effective? A centennial celebration is an opportunity for achieving a boost in fundraising, increased membership, improved visibility and, most important, a boost in mission activity. A celebration could include a number of "wish" list items, such as exhibits, special publications, fundraising, events, and special projects. The committee would be responsible for, first, identifying realistic objectives and achievable activities, and then, planning and executing them.  If you are interested in working on the centennial effort please contact Marcia Goldberg or Susan Murnane.

Redistricting 2017: lots of signature collectors

The Fair Districts = Fair Elections coalition, of which LWV of Ohio (LWVO) is a partner, is ready to move forward with a petition drive to reform the drawing of congressional district boundaries. While Governor Kasich has endorsed reform (but not a specific proposal), the Ohio legislature remains opposed. As nothing appears to be forthcoming from our state government, the coalition believes this is the optimum time for a ballot initiative, which will need the support of many local LWV members to collect signatures. Non-member volunteers are also welcome. Signatures could be collected at community events, voter registration drives, or outside popular venues like libraries and supermarkets. You could also carry one with you wherever you go - block parties, book clubs, yoga classes, etc. If you are interested in participating, please contact Penny Jeffrey or Becky Thomas

For more information, news, and a description of the developing proposal, see "Fair Districts for Congress Too" on LWVO's home page  and also on the Fair Districts = Fair Elections website.

CTU election: ballot counters - March 16

Thursday, March 16, 4 - 9 p.m. (approx.)
North Shore AFL-CIO Labor Building 
3250 Euclid Ave, Cleveland 44115 
Free parking 

For over 30 years, League has been managing elections for the Cleveland Teacher's Union (CTU). This is a fundraiser for LWVGC as we are paid for our services. We need about 50 volunteers. Each volunteer will have the option to designate a chapter to receive $10 for every hour that they work. We will start 4 p.m., and continue until we are done, hopefully around 9 p.m. Dinner will be provided. You may come for any period of time that is convenient for you. Bring a friend! You do not need to be a League member to help out. 

To volunteer, please RSVP to Joanne Siegla by email or phone 216.524.7666. When you sign up, please give us a phone number, email address, and tell us what time you are available.

Questions? Contact Meryl Simon by email or phone at 216.932.9252.

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:
All forums are free and open to the public.

The Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland
How could this happen? Should it?
Nick Castele, Ideastream, will moderate. Panelists include:
Jeffrey Johnson, Cleveland councilman 10th ward
Kevin Kelley, Cleveland council president
Nathaniel Martin, East Cleveland council president 
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 - 8:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland 44106
Registration is recommended for this forum: click here.
Will Cleveland's Eastside Gentrify? Can It Be Done Equitably?
Steven Litt, Plain Dealer, will moderate. Panelists include:
Wes Finch, founder and chairman of The Finch Group
Mansfield Frazier, journalist, business owner, and Hough resident
Michael Fleming, executive director, St Clair Superior Development Corporation
Jason Segedy, director of planning and urban development, City of Akron
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 - 8:30 pm
Heights Library, Main
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights 44118
The Impact of State Budget Cuts on Northeast Ohio Communities
Brent Larkin,, will moderate. Panelists include:
Sharon Dumas, director of finance, City of Cleveland
Timothy J. DeGeeter, mayor, City of Parma
Tuesday, Mar. 21, 7 - 8:30 pm
Parma Snow Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
2121 Snow Road, Parma 44134
NEO public policy forums are co-sponsored by the Plain Dealer/, Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, and the library systems of Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Lakewood, and Cuyahoga County. Corporate sponsor is First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

First Unitarian Church of Cleveland Sunday morning forum:
Boundaries That Matter: Redistricting State and Federal Election Districts

Mark Salling, director, CSU's Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS), and Levin College fellow 
Paul Moke, former president, ACLU of Ohio, and professor, political science and criminal justice, Wilmington College. 

Sunday, Feb. 26, 9:30 -10:45 a.m. 
First Unitarian Church of Cleveland 
21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights 44122 
Join us for coffee and conversation. All are invited. 

Presented by the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland; co-sponsored by League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland.

LWV of Ohio events: 

Statehouse Day - March 7

Sign up now for the 2017 LWV Ohio Statehouse Day. Come hear about important public policy issues directly from key policy-makers and experts, and ask them your questions. Any LWVGC member can attend but will not be reimbursed for expenses. Register today - and bring a friend! 

Attendees will have the option of requesting a meeting with their legislator through the LWVO office and, if desired, can be teamed up for the meeting with a member of the LWVO Lobby Corps.

Tuesday, March 7, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square 
Registration: Member $45, Non-member $50, Student $25, 
Walk-In $55 (Walk-in price applies to anyone not registering at least one week in advance.) 
For more information and registration link click here

Prefer to drive in the night before? A discounted room rate is available at the Sheraton, click here
LWVO Convention - May 5 - 7
The 2017 LWV of Ohio Convention, hosted by the Akron League, will be close to home, taking place in Cuyahoga Falls. 

Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7 
Sheraton Suites Akron Cuyahoga Falls 
1989 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 
For information, registration, and hotel reservations click here

State convention is the time to come together in League, participate in dynamic workshops, share ideas and successes, plan for our League's future, catch up with old friends, and make new ones. 

LWVGC will be entitled to nine or ten delegates, depending on our final membership numbers on January 31. If you are interested in being a delegate to represent LWVGC at convention, contact one of our co-presidents, Marcia Goldberg or Susan Murnane. You do not have to be a delegate to attend. Delegates will be partially reimbursed for their expenses. 

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