February 2017  Ohio League Leader Upd ates


1. Statehouse Day is just around the corner! Tue. March 7th - Register today. Request legislator meetings by March 1st.

2. State League Convention - May 5-7 in Cuyahoga Falls near Akron, OH - registration & hotel information

3. Congressional Redistricting Reform Campaign Update

4. Join the LWV Ohio Lobby Corps!

5. March All-Member Call 

6. Meet the newest members of our team!

7. The 2017 Edith Chase Symposium Weekend: Restoration Through Vegetation - June 2-3, 2017 in Kent

8. Updates from the LWVUS:
* Money in Politics Action Kit Now Available
* League Urges Opposition of Election Assistance Commission Termination Act
* League Calls on U.S. House to Keep Key Elements of the ACA
* March 2017 Guidance: Engagement for Impact, Campaign for Making Democracy Work

1. Statehouse Day is just around the corner! Tue. March 7th - Register today. Request legislator meetings by March 1st.
Join us for LWV Ohio Statehouse Day on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. We are very pleased to announce that our 2017 keynote lunch speaker will be David Daley, author of the book  Rat F**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy . In his book, Daley chronicles the unprecedented effort by political operatives to hack American democracy through an audacious plan to flip state legislatures and redraw state and congressional legislative district lines in their party's favor. Mr. Daley is the former editor-in-chief of  Salon and the Digital Media Fellow for the Wilson Center for Humanities and the Arts at the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia.

Click here to register today!

Click here for the full list of speakers and schedule.

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm -- with registration beginning at 8:30 am.

Where: Sheraton on Capitol Square, 75 East State Street, Columbus, OH 43215

You are welcome to join us for the entire day, a half day, or just for lunch. Meetings with legislators will be scheduled throughout the day upon request. Please note the cut-off date for requesting legislator meetings is March 1.  Don't delay!

Registration Fees:
Registration is $45 for members, $50 for non-members, and $25 for students until March 1. A flat fee of $55 will apply to any walk-ins who sign up after the March 1 registration deadline or at the event. Click here to visit the online registration page.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Sponsorship opportunities are available! Click here to learn more. Please contact the LWVO office at 614-469-1505 if you, your local League, another organization you belong to, or your business is interested in sponsoring this event. Due to our nonpartisan policy we cannot accept sponsorships from political parties, candidates, or campaigns.

Statehouse Day Materials:
Statehouse Day materials - including LWVO lobbyist issue reports, take action sheets, speaker handouts and powerpoints - will be posted on the LWVO website under the Member Area after the event.

2. State League Convention - May 5-7 in Cuyahoga Falls near Akron, OH - registration & hotel information
Join us for LWVO's 62nd State Convention! State Convention is a wonderful 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.

Click here to register today!

When: May 5-7, 2017

Where: Sheraton Suites Akron Cuyahoga Falls, 1989 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Registration Fees: 
Whole Weekend - $150, Saturday only - $100, Sunday only - $50

Meal Tickets: 
Friday Pre- Convention Meet and Greet - $35
Saturday Keynote Luncheon - $30
Saturday Keynote Dinner - $45
Special! $10 off for all 3 - $100

Please note: Registration closes on Friday, April 28.

Hotel Information:
For the Sheraton Suites Cuyahoga Falls, where we are holding convention, there are two types of rooms available - a traditional suite with 2 double beds or one king plus a living room area with a pullout sofa, or a king multi-level suite with a king upstairs and living area with pullout sofa downstairs. The rate for traditional suite is $139 single occupancy, $139 double, $154 triple, and $169 quad. For the king multilevel the rate is $309 single, $309 double, $324 triple, $339 quad.

Please note: The cut-off date for reserving rooms in our room block is Monday, April 17. After that date, it's subject to availability.

Convention attendees must make their own reservations at the hotel. Guests can make reservations by going online here or by calling central reservations at 1-800-325-3535 and asking for League of Women Voters Room Block.

Please watch your email for additional Convention announcements.

3. Congressional Redistricting Reform Campaign Update
We are excited to announce that Fair Districts has begun Speakers' Bureau trainings, open to anyone interested in learning to advocate for redistricting reform in their community. Fair Districts held an inaugural webinar training last week, and in-person trainings are scheduled for Columbus on March 18 th  (already full, waiting list available) and April 8th . Regional trainings are currently being scheduled across the state. In addition, LWVO will  be hosting a training session during Statehouse Day on March 7th !

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If you are interested in joining Fair Districts coalition meetings in person or by phone, please let us know and we'll add you to the email list.

If you haven't already, please like the  Fair Districts = Fair Elections Facebook page, follow  @OhFairDistricts on Twitter, and sign up for email updates in our Google Group.

Text "DISTRICT" to 864237 for text message updates, and let us know how you'd like to get involved with the campaign.

4. Join the LWV Ohio Lobby Corps!
As you have undoubtedly seen, the political climate of the last few months has left many Americans feeling disempowered and frustrated. Luckily, the League offers many opportunities for constructive engagement. LWVO Lobby Corps is a great way to get involved: new and "seasoned" members may be interested in more information!

The LWVO Lobby Corps consists of volunteers from across the state who each pick an area of specialization and work to advance the League's position on that issue. Lobbyists work in issue teams that coordinate mostly by email, allowing for different levels and types of involvement from people in all parts of the state, not just those within driving distance of Columbus. Lobby Corps  always needs new recruits, and training and guidance is available for anyone feeling fired up but unsure how to direct it. Lobby Corps also invites anyone who isn't sure whether they want to take the plunge immediately to listen (or even chime) in on twice-monthly Lobby Lunch coordinating calls (the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 12 - 1pm, dial-in phone number: 712-432-0390, pin: 742886#). This is a great way to get a feel for what's going on in your state government and to get a sense of the Lobby Corps. If you are interested, please contact the state League office at 614-469-1505 or lwvoinfo@lwvohio.org with any questions.

5. March All-Member Call
The LWV Ohio will NOT be holding an all-member conference call on the first Tuesday of March as it coincides with Statehouse Day . We hope to see you in Columbus for Statehouse Day! Click here to register. Our regular monthly calls will resume on the first Tuesday of April.
6. Meet the newest members of our team!
  • Brigid Iverson - LWV Ohio Office and Program Associate 
Brigid joins us after working as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio House of Representatives and on several political campaigns across the country, specializing in voter registration and mobilization. She is passionate about educating and engaging people on the political process and how they can make their voices heard. She hails from Cincinnati, but will always hold a very special place in her heart for Athens. She is proud to be an Ohio University Bobcat, where she majored in Sociology along with specialties in Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies.
  • Lisa Givan - LWV Ohio MLD Coordinator 
As the Associate Director of Pre-College Initiatives and Diversity Training at Kent State University, Lisa is responsible for developing, coordinating and delivering diversity related training for the campus community as well as surrounding areas in northeast Ohio. With almost twenty years combined experience from both Corporate America and Higher Education, Lisa's area of expertise is content development that promotes and sustains cultural competence, leadership, inclusion, equity and respect. An engaging facilitator, Lisa's ability to be transparent with her participants allows them to push through topics that can be of a sensitive nature toward a growth mindset. As a seasoned facilitator, she travels extensively and presents on local, regional and national levels. Lisa is also an licensed Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.

7. The 2017 Edith Chase Symposium Weekend: Restoration Through Vegetation  June 2-3, 2017 in Kent
Water quality impacts every life on earth. Whether you are a tenant or landowner, the way you manage the property on which you live affects water quality for everything living in that watershed! The 2017 Edith Chase Symposium offers several opportunities to learn how to improve water quality with simple land-use strategies.

All events are free. All are welcome to attend.

Friday, June 2:
4:00 PM: Join us to celebrate river environments with selected poetry readings at Kent State University's Wick Poetry Center.

7:00 PM: Meet us at the Cene Lecture Hall at Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Christine Znidarsic, Senior Watershed Manager with the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, presents, 'Restoration Through Vegetation', a talk that will guide us through the watershed process. We will learn specifically about native vegetation and the critical roles it plays in water quality. The information Christina shares will help you make informed decisions about how to better manage your landscape to improve the health of the water within your watershed. Native seed packets will be available on a first-come basis. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Saturday, June 3:
1:00 PM: Biologist Ken Christensen will provide a guided tour of the riparian restoration at Plum Creek, hosted by Kent Parks and Recreation. Ken was the lead ecologist in the creek edge ecosystem restoration following the Plum Creek Dam removal in 2011. Please meet at the #2 Shelter House at Plum Creek. The first fifty registrants for this program will receive free native plant packages. To register for this event contact Marybeth Willett at mwillett@portageswcd.org or call 330-297-7633 x101.

For more information about the 3rd Annual Edith Chase Symposium please visit  http://www.edithchasesymposium.org/ 

8.  Updates from the LWVUS:
  • Money in Politics Action Kit Now Available
We're pleased to announce a new  Money in Politics Action Kit , developed by LWVUS Board member Amy Hjerstedt and MIP co-chair Barbara Zia. The kit provides tools for both seasoned leaders and newcomers, League members and nonmembers alike, to take action related to reforming money in politics. Other issue-related toolkits will be considered in the future and we welcome your feedback.
  • League Urges Opposition of Election Assistance Commission Termination Act 
The League  sent a memo  to members of the U.S. Congressional Committee on House Administration ahead of the markup of HR 634, the Election Assistance Commission Termination Act. The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is the only federal entity devoted exclusively to improving election administration on a bipartisan basis. At this time the League does not believe terminating the EAC is warranted and urges the Committee on House Administration not to report this legislation. LWVUS also joined  a coalition letter  sent to the committee opposing the termination of the EAC and the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.
  • League Calls on U.S. House to Keep Key Elements of the ACA 
The League  sent an action alert  urging members of the grassroots lobby corps to contact their Representatives regarding the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Please contact your Representatives or call 866-426-2631 to be connected via phone. You can also use this page to contact your Senators. Tell your member of Congress:
    • Don't repeal the Affordable Care Act without an effective plan that will assure we have affordable, quality health insurance.
    • Now is not the time to take away health care protections and coverage without an effective plan that will assure we have affordable, quality health insurance.
    • Stop rushing to make major changes that will harm millions of Americans while throwing the U.S. health care system into disarray.
  • March 2017 Guidance:  Engagement for Impact, Campaign for Making Democracy Work 
This document  contains a message from LWVUS President, Chris Carson, addressing the Campaign for Making Democracy Work, followed by information on  practical ways to engage individuals more easily (prospective members, new members and longtime members) with guidance on how to keep them interested and involved in our work. There are links within the document to reference additional information.

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