October 2019 Newsletter
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League in the News

Local Politics

Vote 411

LoWV Social Media

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

Co-Presidents' Message
Fran Kapinos and Judy Lotas

This is a very busy time of year for so many of us all working together to promote voter services.  Thank you to Jessica Loose, coordinator for voter registration week, and to volunteers Susan Merrill and Judy Lotas at Front Porch Cafes, Audrey Esposito and Andrea Schollaert at Nags Head Hotline, Marion Midgett at Food a Rama in Nags Head,  Glenda Keel at Ashley's Coffee Shop, Carol Kimmel at Montessori Preschools, Laura Singletary at Wave Riders and Headstart. Jessica and Peggy Privott will be at First Flight High School in October, and Kathryn Fagan at Manteo High, to engage our seniors in pre-registering to vote, particularly for the 2020 election.  

Lorelei DiBernardo and Sunny Shea have been contacting all of the candidates running for town councils, coordinating all of the town forums, and getting the information prepared for the Vote411 site.  It is a huge undertaking and we thank them and all of our members involved for their commitment.  

We hope that you will be attending your respective town forums and help spread the word to voters in your communities.  

Our First Hot Topic Lunch has been re-scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1 at Roosters Southern Kitchen in KDH at noon.  Our member Gail Sonnesso, Director of GEM Day Services, will inform us on Elder Care Issues, Programs and Services in Dare County.  

Stay tuned for a variety of activities and programs throughout this year!  Plans are in the works for the 100 th Anniversary Celebrations, Natural Resources, Health, Education, Redistricting Updates, etc.  We welcome and encourage every member to become involved in their area of interest. Please e mail Co-presidents Fran and Judy with your suggestions and interests at fkapinos@aol.com and judylotas@gmail.com  


Mark your calendars!

Oct. 1-14th  - Voter Forums for 6 Town Elections Hosted by the League. See below for details

Oct 16-Nov 1 - Early Voting at BOE/Manteo and KDH Town Hall

Nov. 1 st - Hot Topic Lunch with Gail Sonnesso on Elder Care Issues, programs and services in Dare Co. at Roosters at Noon

Nov. 5 th - Municipal Election Day at Town Precincts

Dec. 6 th - Holiday Lunch with Silent Auction 11:30 DWCC

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

League Candidate Forums

Duck Candidate Forum
by Judy Lotas

The 2019 Candidate Forum held in Duck's Town Hall was extremely well attended.  This year there are 9 people running for 5 seats on the Duck Town Council.

Subjects ranged from beach access to bike safety to beach nourishment.  But the main theme was definitely 'how do we keep this beautiful place just as wonderful as it is today'.  Duck citizens are very town-proud! 

The Duck forum was the first in a series of Candidate Forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Dare County. 

John Addison_ LWV Board_ served as Greeter

Mary Jane Slesinski was Moderator

Forum was very well attended and residents had lots of questions.

League Kickoff Dinner
by Fran Kapinos

The highlight of our kick-off dinner was member, Dr Lin Logan's historical presentation of Women's Suffrage, ratification of 19th Amendment, and need for passage of the ERA. We raised our glasses to cheer for that to happen soon. It was a wonderful Sunday evening, enjoyed by over 40 members and guests at Duck Woods Country Club.  

Thank you Lin for refreshing us once again on this relevant and inspiring subject. 

Membership Renewal
by Susan Merrill
Reminder - Membership Renewal

Membership renewals are trickling in for the 2019-2020 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!

GEM Presentation
by Gail E. Sonnesso

Gail Sonnesso, MS, is the  Geriatric Care Manager,  Consultant and  Engagement Leader with GEM ( G entle  E xpert  M emorycare).   Mary Pendill is a member of  The Dare County Older Adult Services Advisory Board and is actively involved in Senior Issues. Together they will discuss the challenges facing seniors as they age in Dare County including dementia, transportation, affordable housing and other Seniors Issues. 

The presentation will take place at Rooster's Southern Kitchen in Kill Devil Hills on November 1st, 2019 at noon. 

Voting and Forum Information
Voting FAQ
by Fran Kapinos

ERA News
by Judy Lotas

Kamala Lopez, creator of the film EQUAL MEANS EQUAL, invites you to visit he EME House and  help Virginia elect people who will make Virginia the final, 38th state to ratify the ERA,  and put women in the Constitution at last.

Kamal a rented the EME House in Suffolk, VA.  Volunteers are invited for free room and board to write letters, make calls,  and best of all-ride in the ERA Ice Cream truck, give out free ice cream, and talk to people about ERA.

I spent two days at the EME house last week and loved it. Volunteers are needed now through election day, November 5.  If you're interested, click HERE

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