January 2020 Newsletter
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League in the News

Local Politics

Vote 411

LoWV Social Media

Meeting Minutes

October 2019 Minutes
Co-President's Message 
by Fran Kapinos and Judy Lotas

Co-Presidents' Message
Fran Kapinos and Judy Lotas

Happy New Year To One and All!

We have much to look forward to in 2020 and so much and so many to be grateful to for a successful 2019.

The highlight of our holiday lunch and silent auction in December was Tess Judge's presentation on "Resilience", as she shared her personal experiences in the loss of her dear husband, Warren, who was her partner in our community, as well as their family. We thank her for her inspirational message. We raised $1100 in our silent auction and thank all who participated in purchasing and donating gifts from businesses and gently used articles from home.

Thanks to Vice President James Cofield, those who attended were gifted with a copy of "The Suffragists and the League of Women Voters- A Brief History", authored by Dr. Lin Logan, Ed. D., in celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the League of Women Voters. Lin is a member of our Dare LWV, has made many presentations on this subject in the past few years, and plans are being formulated to share with our area high school students in 2020. Copies of this History will be available to members and guests who attend any of our Hot Topic
events or forums throughout the year. We hope to obtain funds for printing expenses through grants that we apply for in the near future.

Executive Director of Outer Banks Hotline, Michael Lewis, will be our speaker on Friday, Jan. 10, Noon, at Roosters Southern Kitchen. He will speak on the services Hotline offers to our community, and their new vision for 2020. We hope many of you can attend.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 PM at KDH Town Hall, member Teuta Shabani Towler, owner of Mitro Digital Marketing, will teach a workshop about different ways you can browse online while protecting your personal information. The second part of the presentation will be about ways to protect your computer from viruses as well as possible hacking. This is open to the general public.


Mark your calendars!

Jan. 10 - Hot Topic Lunch at Roosters at Noon
Presenter: Michael Lewis, Director of Hotline

Jan. 29 - "How to Keep Your Computers Clean"
Presenter: Teuta Towler, KDH Town Hall at 7 PM

February 6, 2020
7 pm to 9 pm
Public Schools First NC is partnering with the NC Parent Teacher Association, Public School Forum of North Carolina, and the NC League of Women Voters to host a Candidate's Forum for the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction on Thursday, February 6. This event will be moderated by David Crabtree, WRAL anchor/reporter and the forum will be LIVE  streamed. 

No tickets necessary - just go to wral.com and watch!

Feb. 16th - LWV 100th Anniversary Gala at DWCC

Mar. 3- Primary Election for contested party races

Mar. 15 - Participation in Kelly's St Patty's Day Parade,
celebrating LWV's 100th Anniversary

April 22 - "Coastal Resilience" at Pine Island Audubon
Reserve in Corolla by Director, Robbie Fearns

May 5 - Frederick Douglas presentation by Nathan
Richardson, in cooperation with Bryant Cultural Series

Citizen's Guide 2020
by Carol Butscher

It's that time of year again! This is my annual call for volunteers to help with the Citizens Guide 2020.
We distribute 7000 copies so it "takes a village" to complete the project. Please email me at
cab313@yahoo.com if you are available. Time frame this year will be the last week of January and the first week of February. 

I will need the following:

Two proofreaders - turn around time will be 2 - 3 days.

Bundlers: Approximately 1 ½ hours on a specified day. Boxes are prepared for the distributors.

Distributors: 1 day to distribute guides to various businesses etc (All towns including Hatteras Island, Stumpy Point, Mainland Dare, Roanoke Island) Please specify your preference.

Presenters: Volunteers needed to present guides to the towns during one of their council meetings. Northern Beaches only.

Many of you who volunteered last year indicated that you would be willing to do it again. Please send me an email to verify you are still available. This project is a great opportunity for our newer members to become involved. It doesn't take a lot of time and you get to meet some of our dedicated members!!
100 Years and Still Making A Difference
by James E. Cofield, Jr., Chairman, Centennial Committee
   The League: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

As one of the foremost organizations committed to the assurance of the freedom for all citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote and participate in self governance, the League of Women Voters is planning a year of celebratory and educational programs around the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and its formation as the League of Women Voters. 

On June 4, 1919, the 19th Amendment was passed by Congress and on August 26, 1920 the amendment was ratified by the requisite number of states to become a part of the US Constitution. Clearly, it was an important plank in changing the trajectory of women's history in our United Stated of America.

The Centennial Year

  To mark this important year in the League's history, the LWV Dare set out to meet  certain objectives as it plans and builds a year of educational and celebratory activities. These celebratory activities are designed to meet two objectives: to raise the League's public profile and to increase the League's membership. These objectives are in keeping with the League's mission and will assist the League in carrying out its programs. The list of events and activities below updates the list of planned activities outlined several months ago:

· At its Annual Kickoff Dinner in September, League member Lin Logan, Ed. D., set the stage for the upcoming year by presenting the League through historical lens and bringing it forward to its current engagements. This led to wonderful table discussions about the League.

· In December, the League held its Annual Holiday Dinner at he Duck Woods Country Club. This occasion provide the League an opportunity to share the significance of this Centennial year with  members and guests.

· The League appreciates the outstanding, historical, document that Lin Logan wrote,
The Suffragists And The League Of Women Voters, A Brief History . We plan to use this document at a  number of our events and programs throughout the year.

· Several months ago, Susan Merrill, Chair of the League's Membership Committee,

communicated with League members asking them to identify and to forward the names of friends  and family members who might be candidates for League membership. League members  responded in good fashion. Our co-presidents will correspond with these individuals, forwarding  them a package of information about the League and requesting that they consider joining the  League.

· Under Judy Lotas' leadership, the League is planning a 100th Anniversary Gala. We are still in 
the planning phase for the gala and we request your ideas and help on this fun committee.

· Under the leadership of Marion Midgett, the League is planning a series of educational events at 
Dare County schools. While this remains a work in progress, several schools have signaled their  interest in the program. The program will include lectures by our "Professor in Residence", Lin  Logan, to high school students. We are also working on a program to sponsor one or more essay  contests.

· We are working on a program to have visual displays at several venues, likely to include the Dare  County Public Library.

· The League is planning an informative and entertaining film series, films selected to help in  telling the woman's story -- likely serious and funny films. We are in discussion with First Flight  High School as the venue, perhaps to involve students. It is too early to give more details at this  time.

· We are in the planning stage of contracting for a Frederick Douglass event on May 5 and May 6  in joint sponsorship with the Don and Catherine Bryan Cultural Series. A Frederick Douglass  impersonator will give a public presentation on May 5. On May 6 we are planning a presentation  for high school students, likely at the First Flight High School.

· The League is planning a program to celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding women in 
Dare County. Our current thinking is to initiate a program whereby the League joins other Dare  County organizations in implementing this program. We plan to ask a few organizations to  celebrate women that they identify. Dare County has signaled its interest in working with the  League on this program. We encourage you to come forward with your ideas and to work with us  in implementing this program to celebrate outstanding, trail-blazing, women.

· The League is working on a program to generate media exposure for this exciting year of 
education and celebration.

· The League will continue to seek opportunities to work with the League of Women Voters of  Northeast North Carolina (Elizabeth City).

Please join us with your ideas, your talent, and your efforts. We will continue to update you in this space.
Membership Renewal
by Susan Merrill
Reminder - Membership Renewal

Membership renewals are trickling in for the new year.  If you haven't rejoined for the year that began July 1, 2019, this would be a good time to do so. You can use the renewal form and mail in your check or renew with a credit card.  Both the renewal form and the link to Paypal (where you may pay via credit card or paypal) can be found by clicking  HERE

Looking forward to seeing everyone at all of the exciting events we have planned for our 100th Anniversary!

ERA News
by Judy Lotas

  The new date for the Raleigh Women's March, Women Protecting the Future, is Sunday, January 26.  Our state League president, Jo Nicholas will be one of a dozen prominent women leaders to speak at the rally.  We'll gather at Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh.  The League will have tables where we can register voters.  At 1pm, the March steps off.  


If enough are interested, I'll look into hiring a van so we can all go together and not worry about parking.  Reply to  judylotas@gmail.com if you're game to go.  We'd leave early, be back the same day.



On January 8 of this historic new year, legislators will return to the Richmond capitol and ERA supporters will be there to welcome them.  Because of last year's election results, Virginia is more likely than ever to ratify ERA and in so doing, will become the 38th, final state needed for ratification.

Be there!  Details can be found by clicking HERE. There will be a pep rally, observation of the opening session and a Party for Parity at Sam Miller's Warehouse in the afternoon.

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