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  • Member Spotlight

    Charley Turner

    "As a political science professor, I spend a lot of time talking about democracy, thinking about civic participation and debating the actions of decision makers. My students often ask where they can find nonpartisan information on issues about which they are confused, and sometimes I share their confusion.

    My pride in the work of the League really stems from helping to reduce this confusion. We keep voters informed of current election issues from a nonpartisan perspective. I’ve seen the impact the League has on students and other community members when they interact with the broadcast presentations, Pros/Cons, and the League website to find information. These truly are really valuable services.

    The League has given me another outlet to share what I do professionally, and it’s allowed me to meet a lot of neat and interesting people in my community. It’s definitely given me a better sense of local issues and their importance to different constituencies, and has helped me figure out who the main players are in a variety of political issues in this county."

    ~Charley Turner, member of LWV of Butte County, CA since 2006


     

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  • The finalists for the Community Connection Power the Vote Award really stepped up their community involvement efforts by partnering with other groups and reaching out to engage those who are underrepresented in our democracy.  The Leagues took up activities and highlighted issues that directly affect people in these communities in order to engage them and increase their civic participation. 

    We received so many excellent applications this year and we want to thank and commend all Leagues for their outstanding and innovative program work.  The finalists stood out for their efforts in this award area.  Please read about their projects below and use the grid to rank them in order of your favorite project.

    Winners will be announced at the 2012 Convention at the Banquet on June 11, 2012. 

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    Sharon Holdt

    "It’s hard to describe the impact that involvement with the League has had on my life. I know that it has made me a much better citizen - more informed and willing to work to make my community a better place to live. I remember first hearing about the League of Women Voters when I watched the Presidential debates as a teenager. I remember thinking that I am going to be a part of that group someday. 

    Being involved in League has taught me to be able to speak up and share my opinion. When I use League positions, I know that they have are well researched. I also know that here in Orange County, the League garners respect for these reasons.

    My favorite memory is from my first national convention in Miami. A very contentious issue was being debated, and I loved watching the discussion at the pros and con mikes. It made me proud to be part of such a well informed, smart group of women and men.

    I feel that I have set a good example for my children by being a member of League. They know that if they do not vote, I will be very disappointed."

    ~Sharon Holdt, LWV of Capistrano Bay, CA 

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