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The Official Newsletter of LWVHC

April 17, 2022
"Education, if it means anything, should not take people away from the land, but instill in them even more respect for it, because educated people are in a position to understand what is being lost. The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. As I told the foresters, and the women, you don't need a diploma to plant a tree.”
 Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and author of Unbowed
  LWVHC Program:
Climate Change, Resiliency and
Conserving Carolina
Wednesday, April 20th, 5 pm

The speaker will be attorney Amos Dawson, who has been practicing environmental law in North and South Carolina for the last 47 years. Amos is a former assistant attorney general of the Environmental Protection Section of the North Carolina Department of Justice; served as the first staff attorney to the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission; and served as a mediator in State and Federal courts. 

HERE in advance to attend this event. After registration you will receive an email with a link to attend the program.
long-time LWV member, Education Team Chair, & our Grand Dame of Students Voting for Democracy--
is moving to California

Please stop by to wish Linda well on her way
Monday, April 25th
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Hendersonville Co-op

To help us plan, your RSVP is appreciated.
LWVHC Program:
Child Advocates in Henderson County
Tuesday, May 10th
4:30 PM social time; 5 PM program
Meeting Room, Hendersonville Co-op 60 South Charleston Lane, Hendersonville NC

Melani Lainhart, Henderson County Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program Supervisor, along with two volunteer child advocates, will explain the challenges and rewards of their involvement in the GAL program. Established by statute in 1983, the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program has been serving abused and neglected children for more than 30 years. GAL volunteers are adults who come from diverse communities, cultures, and life and work experiences. While no particular experience is required, all GALs share a sincere concern for the well-being of children.


Join us as we begin a discussion on Money in Politics & the Role & Influence of Non-Profits and Foundations

The Alice Group engages in conversation around an article or topic of interest. Board member Paul Goebel facilitates our group. 
May 12, 3:00 - 4:30 PM via Zoom

Register for this program 
After registering, you will receive a Zoom link to attend the meeting.

Read this provocative article:
 "The End of Progressive Intellectual Life" HERE.  
and the following brief article on philanthropic transparency HERE.
(and please let us know if you have an article to share on this topic for us to include in our next Update.)


Green Drinks "Good Growth Makes Good Sense" presents:
State of the River: How Land Use Planning Can Make or Break Water Quality
Thursday, May 12th 6:00-7:00 PM
Part 4 of a 4-part series

(This series is a collaboration between MountainTrue and Conserving Carolina)

 The guest speakers will be MountainTrue's Central Region Director and former Green Riverkeeper, Gray Jernigan, joined by the French Broad Riverkeeper, Hartwell Carson.The presentation is in direct response to public input, as reflected in the results of the early phases of Henderson County’s 2045 Comprehensive Planning process.  In order to attend the webinar, please register MT TRUE HERE
May 22, 2022 1:00-3:00 pm
LWV Asheville-Buncombe Celebrates
Installation of Roadside Marker Honoring Helen Morris Lewis
Patton Parker House, 95 Charlotte Street, Asheville

Helen Morris Lewis was the President of the first women’s suffrage association in North Carolina founded at the Patton home in 1894. The marker is the result of a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s “Votes for Women National Trail” in honor of the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States. Jo Nicholas, President of the LWVNC and Katherine Cutshall, Pack Memorial Library Manager of Buncombe County Special Collections, will speak at the event. 
A brief ceremony and marker dedication will begin at 1:30 pm. The Patton Parker House (an Asheville Historic Landmark) will be open with informational displays.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 11 am
Via Zoom

Celebrating Our Influence


Mark your calendar and plan to attend our Flag Day Annual Meeting.
We need your vote in order to conduct important League business.
Detailed information on our business Agenda will be mailed to all members in mid-May. 

Registration is required in advance of this meeting
After registering you will receive a link to join the meeting,


Help Us Spread the Word!

The Immigration Team invites your attendance at our monthly meetings.

We welcome team members who are interested in keeping up with local, state, and national immigration issues. We want to spread the word to LWV members and to the public by highlighting important issues about immigration through public programs and in the Immigration Advocacy section of the LWVHC website.

Our meetings include community partners working in the Immigrant and Migrant Communities who share the news about what is happening at such agencies as El Centro, True Ridge, Blue Ridge Literacy Council, and Blue Ridge Health Services.

We are currently meeting through Zoom; see meeting times in calendar below.

Important Primary Election Information

April 22 is the deadline to submit a voter registration form.  If you need to register, or if you need to change your name, address, or party affiliation, your registration form must be submitted by April 22.

VOTE411 is scheduled to be "live" on April 22. Go to and enter your address to check your voter registration, to get information on when and where to vote, and to read responses from the candidates.

Because of redistricting, NC district lines have changed for Districts 113 and 117. If you are uncertain which district is yours, you can check at NC STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS to use the Voter Search. Once you enter your information, your name will appear. Click on your name and go to the Jurisdiction section.  You can also use this interactive map located at INTERACTIVE MAP HERE. 

One Stop Early Voting starts on April 28. During One Stop, you can register to vote and vote on the same day. You can vote at ANY of the polling places during One Stop. For a full schedule of the times and locations for One Stop, go to ONE STOP SCHEDULE HERE.

LWVNC State Council Recap

LWV-NC Council meeting was held in Morehead City on April 1 and 2. About 60 people from 14 NC Leagues participated. Our thanks to LWV Henderson members Sandra and Ernie Mowell (that's Ernie taking notes above) for representing us.

The state awarded LWVHC a $200 “We Did It” award for the work done by our Voter Services team in the past year, continuing to register voters and to provide voting information in spite of Covid restrictions.

State League President Jo Nicholas challenged Council attendees to invite people to join the mission; urge Leaguers to “think outside the box” while maintaining the League’s style in creating events to bring visibility to our work; lean upon the LWVNC Board to help as needs arise; and hold our heads up high and be proud to be a member of LWVNC. You may want to take a look at the Power Point from the meeting for more information. LWVNC also has a new brochure promoting state Leagues.


More opportunities to Learn and Engage 

Apr 24-30, 2022 

National Week of Conversation 2022. Join Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs who want to come together to create solutions. During National Week of Conversation, you can choose from over 100 events where you can find your tribe and make a difference.View events and sign up here. 

Senior Tar Heels Legislature Delegates Needed

Are you over 55 with these qualifications?

  1. Genuine interest and concern for the aging population of NC
  2. Willingness to get to know public officials in North Carolina
  3. Willingness to talk with public officials about needs/issues/concerns effecting senior adults in North Carolina
  4. Commitment and time to represent your county about these issues.

You may want to become a Senior Tar Heels Legislature Delegate or Alternate. 

STHL advises and informs the North Carolina General Assembly regarding issues impacting the lives of persons aged sixty and over in North Carolina. Henderson County is seeking an Alternate Delegate; Transylvania County is seeing a Representative and a Delegate.

Contact LeeAnne Tucker, Land of Sky Regional Council, 828.251.7436 for more information.

Longtime member Martha Sachs passed away on April 7, a few days shy of her 95th birthday.  Member Sharon Burlingame reflected that, "Martha brought a national spirit of activism and had a valiant warrior's heart."  Our condolences to her family.
Read the Times-News obituary HERE.
All meetings held virtually unless otherwise noted. Email to register as indicated.


18 - Immigration Team Meeting- 1:30 pm via Zoom. Register in advance for the Immigration Team meeting.

20 - Climate Change Program 5:00 - 6:00 pm via Zoom.  Register in advance for the climate Change Program. 

21 - Education Team  - 1 pm - Two Guys Pizza, in-person meeting.

22 - EARTH DAY: Stay Tuned as our Student Video Contest Winners are Announced

28 - Home & Observer Team, 10:00 am. Register in advance for the Home & Observer Team. 

4- Voter Services Team, 1:00 pm. To register send an email to

5 - Board Meeting, 10:00 - Noon, Register in advance for  the Board meeting. 

10 - 4:30 pm social, 5 pm program. Child Advocates in Henderson County, Hendersonville Co-Op Meeting room. Details above.

12 - Education Team - 1-2 pm via Zoom.
Register in advance for the Education Team meeting.

12 - Alice Group - 3- 4:30 pm via Zoom. Register in advance for the Alice Group meeting.

16 - Immigration Team Meeting- 1:30 pm via Zoom. Register in advance for the Immigration Team meeting.

25 - Voter Services Team, 1:00 pm. To register send an email to

26 - Home & Observer Team, 10:00 am. Register in advance for the Home & Observer Team meeting.

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 2238
Hendersonville, NC 28793

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