THE VOTER
February 2019
Message from the Leadership Team
The 86th Texas Legislature is in full swing, and the League is working diligently to make democracy work in Texas. In addition to the League's priority issues for this session - Voting Rights, Women's Health, and Public Education - "the League of Women Voters of Texas joined a lawsuit against the Texas Secretary of State’s office after false claims of widespread voter fraud were reported last month. On Thursday, [Feb. 7] Cinde Weatherby, Voting Rights and Election Law Issue Chair, presented the League's concerns about the nomination of Gregory David Whitley to the position of Secretary of State at the Senate Committee on Nominations’ hearings. Stay tuned!" ( https://my.lwv.org/texas/league-advocacy)

T he Nominating Committee for LWV-Hill Country is beginning work on a slate of nominees for the Leadership Team for 2019-2020 that will be elected at our annual meeting in May. The Leadership Team consists of the President, Treasurer, Webmaster,
Member Coordinator, Voters Service Chair, and three Members-at-Large, who are elected for one-year terms. If any of you are interested in serving - or are willing to serve - in one of these positions, please contact one of the Nominating Committee members: Janice Zitelman (janzit09@gmail.com), Bonnie Powers (powersbonnie@yahoo.com), or Julie Sentell (julie.sentell@me.com).
Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training, February 28
For those who are interested in being appointed - or reappointed - as a Volunteer Deputy Registrar, LWV-Hill Country will again sponsor VDR training on Thursday, February 28th at 12:00 noon in the Conference Room of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, 1700 Sidney Baker Street. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please contact Bunny Bond by phone at 830-377-9940, or by email addressed to mmbond@ktc.com.
General Membership Meeting, March 26
The general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 26, at 6:00 p.m. in the River Room in the Cailloux Campus Activity Center (CCAC) at Schreiner University. Spouses and guests are welcome. Charlie McCormick, president of Schreiner University will present an overview of Schreiner's long-range plans.

Prior to the meeting, join us for Dutch-treat dinner in the Schreiner Diner at 5:00 p.m.
LWV Texas State Convention, April 17-19
The State Convention will be held in Austin Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. Details and registration information will be included in next month's newsletter.
Spring Elections, May 4
Saturday, May 4, is Uniform Election Day in Texas, and the following entities in Kerr County will be conducting elections: Ingram City Council, Ingram ISD, Kerrville City Council, and Kerrville ISD.

In addition, the following entities in Gillespie County will be conducting elections: Fredericksburg City Council and Fredericksburg ISD. 

The last day to register to vote in these elections is Thursday, April 4.

Early voting begins on Monday, April 22.

Early voting ends on Tuesday, April 30.
Mark Your Calendars

February 28 - Volunteer Deputy Registrar training, 12:00 noon
March 26 - General membership meeting
 April 17-19 - LWV Texas State Convention
Thursday, May 9 - Annual membership meeting
Saturday, October 19 - LWV Texas 100th Anniversary luncheon
Join Us!
Be a member of the League; we invite you to join us!  A membership form can be found on our website or you may contact Julie Sentell, Membership Coordinator, at julie.sentell@me.com.  

Our League’s annual dues are $60 for an individual or $85 for two in a household, and $5 for student memberships.  Dues are prorated from January. Please include your name(s), address, email address, and phone number. Make your check payable to LWV-Hill Country and mail to LWV-HC, PO Box 290303, Kerrville, TX 78029-0303.  Join the League and help make democracy work.
 
And consider giving a membership to a student, as they need only be 16 years of age to join.
League of Women Voters-Hill Country - Leadership Team
Treasurer : Mary Ellen Summerlin
Membership Coordinator: Julie Sentell
Facebook Administrator: Twanda Brown
Voters Service:  Jeanette Ruark
Webmaster : Debby Berry
Members-at-large : Bunny Bond, Gillian Davidson, Maggie Megee
President’s email (presidentlwvhc@gmail.com) :  Debby Berry
Stay Connected

The LWV-Hill Country welcomes your questions! Post to our Facebook page or submit questions via e-mail to  presidentlwvhc@gmail.com
About the League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a local, state, and national nonpartisan organization.  

Please visit the LWV-Texas state website,  my.lwv.org/texas There you will find more voter information and the League positions on a variety of issues.  The League develops its positions after study and consensus.

The LWV-Texas position on the issue of human trafficking in Texas: The League of Women Voters of Texas is opposed to all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking.  We consider human trafficking to be a form of modern-day slavery and support measures to prevent the use of force, fraud or coercion to exploit a person for sexual or labor purposes, to prosecute traffickers and to protect victims. 
 
Go to  http://lwvedu.org for the free, four-hour TEA continuing credit course on issues of human trafficking. Teachers, take note of this!   This is the online course for which we received the state award.

 The national League, LWVUS,  http://www.lwvus.org is actively working to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  Go to this website and see the range of issues from voter rights, voter turnout, reforming money in politics, and defending the environment.
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League of Women Voters - Hill Country, Texas
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