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League of Women Voters Henderson County
March 10, 2019


“The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.”

Niels Bohr- was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr was also a philosopher and a promoter of scientific research. Wikipedia


League of Women Voters of Henderson County
Lunch and Learn

Thursday, March 14 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Hendersonville Community Co-op meeting room 
60 South Charleston Lane Hendersonville, NC

Sunshine Week was first celebrated in 2005 and was started by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public on the importance of open government.  Sunshine Week continues to celebrate access to public information and inform on the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy by our various governmental entities.  In honor of this year’s Sunshine Week, LWVHC Observer Team invites you to a lunch and learn for League members and the general public on open records laws. We’ll get a little background on the topic and hear from a panel of journalists on their experiences and perspectives on obtaining information using these sources today.The panel will include Bill Moss, Editor of Hendersonville Lightning and Angie Newsome, Founder and Executive Director of Carolina Public Press, who is a media sponsor of this event.

 Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and an inquiring mind!  

Listen to the Carolina Public Press interview with Co-president, Rachel Poller and Observer Team Chair, Sandra Mowell regarding this program and the League HERE.  There are 3 interviews in this recording ours is second at about 11 1/2 minutes.

Additional parking is available behind the Self-Help Credit Union next door.  The event is free and open to the public. LWVHC celebrates Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by welcoming all members of our community.

is a Co-Sponsor of this Event 

Renee Kumor

Former LWVHC President, Honored

Renee Kumor Receives Inaugural Dot Marlow Award

Article in Hendersonville "Times-News" March 6, 2019

Read Article Here

The proposed Voter ID law (SB 824) to implement the Constitutional Amendment passed last November is now available for review and comment. Public comments can be submitted until March 15.  Now is the time to advocate for fair guidelines for student IDs, adequate funding for county Boards of Elections to issue photo IDs, clarification on ambiguous wording in the law, and anything else that concerns you. Even though a recent court ruling declared that this amendment is unconstitutional, it is important to comment on the details of the proposed law.Comments can be submitted through email to Public Comment Portal (also available at the short link:

They can also be emailed directly to the State BOE at
Or you can mail your comments directly to Katelyn Love, Deputy General Counsel, PO Box 27255, Raleigh NC 27611-7255.
The basic details of the law are HERE. Additional information on the law and how to submit public comments can be found at
The National Institute on Civil Discourse invites LWV members to join in a video call with Pearce Godwin, Executive Director of National Conversation Project, as he talks about engaging conservatives in conversation on Thursday March 14th at 3 pm.  Please register here  to join the call (which will also be recorded).  A copy of Godwin's “Field Playbook on Engaging Conservatives” will be sent to those who register.  He’ll share some insights from his nationwide organizing across divides, engage in questions and share more about National Week of Conversation (NWOC - April 5-13th). 
Observer Team report to
League Membership and Social

Thursday, March 21 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider
749 Chestnut Gap Rd.

The Observer Team will meet with any interested members on the deck at Appalachian Ridge for cider tastings and to hear about team members’ experiences this past year in observing government meetings. If the weather is cold or rainy, we will move down the road to the meeting room at St. Paul Vineyards which operates both facilities.  Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

LWVHC Membership List

A link to the 2019 LWVHC Membership List is below. if you would like a copy please download this document now as it will not be sent in future Updates.

Click HERE for the Membership List

In order to protect the privacy of our members, this list is for your LWV and personal use and not to be shared with any other groups.  Thank you for your cooperation.  
Annual Gala Luncheon
June 21, 2019
11:00 am 
Grand Ole Hall - Highland Lake Inn

The LWVHC annual meeting, scheduled for Friday, June 21, will include a silent auction and raffle fundraiser.  We’re hoping to get donations that will thrill our members and provide us with additional, vital operating funds to support the League’s advocacy and educational programming.  Will you help?  We’ll need everyone’s support to make this event the success we know it can be.
What you can do: Think about your favorite people and service workers.  Maybe one or more would be willing to donate a service or product.  Consider your favorite salon, massage therapist, theater company, florist, artist, restaurant, country club, winery, art gallery, . . . consider a weekend get-away at your vacation home, or teaching a cooking or art class . . . almost any personal service or gift certificate will do.  We believe if you ask folks you have a personal relationship with, they might be more than willing to contribute something to our cause.
All donors will be recognized in print.

Here’s a form for your use: Donation Form
1) Download, save, and complete on your desktop
2) Hit blue “send” button to send to LWVHC.  If this doesn’t work/open, please attach to an email to
If it’s more convenient for you, print and snail mail to: PO Box 2238 Hendersonville, NC 28793 or simply call Susan at 828-891-8087
if you have questions about what can be donated, or if you would be willing to be part of our auction/raffle team, please contact Susan Senko at  or leave a message at 828-891-8087. 


Join a LWVHC Team or Committee….

For information on the many opportunities available to you, please check out  (then links: About Us and Committees)

Order a Name Badge

LWV - Henderson County members may order a personalized name badge for $15.00. The plastic badge is printed with your name, has a magnetic fastener, and comes with a velvet storage pouch. Use this link LWVHC Name Badge Form for instructions on ordering.


7 - Board Meeting, 10:00 am-12:00, WCCA
14 - Program, 11:30 - 1:00, Observing "Sunshine Week"

15 -  Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform, 5:00 pm
21 - Social and update from Observer Team, 4 - 6:00 pm, Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider
25 - Education Team, 10:30 am, Hendersonville Co-op
27 - Voter Services Mtg., 1:00 pm, FCC

4 - Board Meeting, 10:00 am-12:00, WCCA
18 - Program, Greenways Update, Details TBD
19 -  Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform, 5:00 pm
22 - Education Team, 10:30 am, Hendersonville Co-op
24 - Voter Services Mtg., 1:00 pm, FCC

2 - Board Meeting, 10:00 am-12:00, WCCA
16 - Program,  Local Program Planning, 11:30 am, Hendersonville Co-op
May 17 - 19, LWVNC Convention
17 -  Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform, 5:00 pm
20 - Education Team, 10:30 am, Hendersonville Co-op
22 - Voter Services Mtg., 1:00 pm, FCC

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

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