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LWVHC UPDATES
The Official Newsletter of LWVHC

May 15, 2022
"Here's the problem: while some folks are frustrated and tuned out and staying home on election day, trust me other folks are showing up. Democracy continues with or without you."
 

 
LWVUS encourages us to work with our reproductive rights partners and join them in action. Check out Planned Parenthood's actions here.

In addition, do what you can to thwart misinformation and spread the facts from trusted organizations such as Center for Reproductive Rights, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Women's Health Network.
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.

 

 
Join us as we examine an article and evidence suggesting that democratic, liberal societies are threatened worldwide

The Alice Group engages in conversation around an article or topic of interest. Board member Paul Goebel facilitates our group.

June 9th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM via Zoom

Register for this program HERE

After registering, you will receive a Zoom link to attend the meeting.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 11 am
Via Zoom

Celebrating Our Influence
Speaker: Renee Kumor
"Henderson County Knows We Are Here!"


Renee will reflect on how LWVHC's past research and involvement in local government continues to drive positive change in our community.
 

We need YOU and your VOTE to conduct important LWVHC business.  Members received an Agenda and key documents in a separate email.

To attend this meeting registration is required in advance
HERE.
After registering you will receive a link to join the meeting,

                                            

 



 

Our Annual Meeting Has An Exciting Agenda Item!

We will vote to adopt a merger plan that allows us to convert LWVHC to a 501c3 charitable organization under IRS rules. Many other Leagues have already taken this positive step.
 
Among the benefits of converting to a 501c3:
  • Easier to make tax-deductible donations, for those who itemize taxes
  • Easier to deduct membership dues and in-kind donations
  • Grant proposal options increase
  • Fundraising dollars can be more easily matched
The LWVHC Board of Directors urges you to attend the June 14 Annual Meeting to voice your YES vote for this important change.                  

Important Primary Election Information

 

May 17 - Primary Election Day. Voting is from 6:30 am - 7:30 pm. Remember to vote at your assigned polling place.
 
May 17 - the deadline to return absentee ballots in person. They can be returned only by the voter or a near relative, defined by the NC Board of Elections as a spouse, sibling, parent or stepparent, mother/father-in-law, child or stepchild, son/daughter-in-law, or grandparent/grandchild.
 
May 20 - the deadline for a mailed absentee ballot to reach the Board of Elections. The absentee ballot must be postmarked by May 17.
 

VOTE411 went live on April 22. Go to VOTE411.org and enter your address 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. 

 

More opportunities to Learn and Engage 
 

May 17, 12:00 pm (Eastern) - Bridging Divides in America. Sponsored by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences | An Our Common Purpose Event.  70% of Americans think that we’ve become so polarized we can’t solve major issues. You are invited to join members of Congress, leaders in national security and experts in bringing people together to discuss what’s at stake and to share promising solutions. 
Click here to register for this event.  

May 18, 3:00pm (Eastern) - LWVUS SCOTUS Review. Learn what the Supreme Court has been up to and what is upcoming on their docket.  Click here to register for this event.

May 18, 6:30pm (Eastern) - The Constitution as Amended: Article V and a walking tour of America’s 27 Constitutional Amendments. Sponsored by the National Constitution Center | Educator Series, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education. This session will explore the amendment process, as outlined in Article V of the U.S. Constitution – why it was included; what’s been amended; and the circumstances necessary to add a new amendment. Click here to register for this event. 

May 18, 7:00pm (Eastern) - Saving Grace: Speak Your Truth, Stay Centered, and Learn to Coexist with People Who Drive You Nuts. Braver Angels book discussion with author Kirsten Powers, whose book focuses on engaging with people who hold opposing views without sacrificing our values/beliefs important to us. Click here to register for this event.

May 19, 4:00pm (Pacific) - Making Democracy Work: Tools for Finding the Facts. Sponsored by the LWV of Diablo Valley, LWV of West Contra Costa County, Contra Costa County Library, and CCTV (CA.) There are so many news/social media outlets filling our air waves with information every day, it’s hard to keep up. When casting a ballot, it’s important for voters to have the tools they need to make their decisions based on facts. Featuring an expert panel to help sort it out: Joel Breakstone, Stanford History Education Group; Tommy Gong, Contra Costa Deputy County Clerk; and Erik Berman, Alameda County Library, Coordinator of Services for Young Adults; moderated by Susan Hildreth, librarian, educator and administrator. 
Click here to register for this event. 
 
LWVHC sponsored an informative program on Tuesday, May 10th at the Co-op with GAL Director, Melani Lainhart, and two volunteers---including our own Becky Poplin--- telling us about the work they do supporting children who are in the court system and how vital volunteers are. While no particular experience is required, all GALs share a sincere concern for the well-being of children.(The days/hours are very flexible.) 

For more info and/or if you know anyone else who may want to volunteer see GAL VOLUNTEERS HERE.  To see photos from the Program, see our PHOTO GALLERY HERE.

 
League of Women Voters Henderson County member Wilma Pomerantz passed away on May 2, 2022.  Our condolences to her family.  Read Wilma's obituary here.
 
 
CALENDAR
 
All meetings held virtually unless otherwise noted. Email to register as indicated.

MAY
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   voterservices@lwvhcnc.org

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

June

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

9Education Team - 1-2 pm via Zoom.
 Register in advance for the Education Team meeting.

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

14 - Annual Meeting, 11:00 am. Register in advance for the Annual Meeting.

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Hendersonville, NC 28793

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