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June 2018

Thank you to our League's Adopt-a-Poll Volunteers

Our League adopted two precincts for the Primary Election on June 5 – one in Morro Bay and one in Arroyo Grande.  Headed by Lead Inspectors Marilee Hyman and Patti Dale, our League staffed two precincts and our volunteers provided help to voters and to our county in administering this election.  Ensuring that voters have a chance to cast ballots free from intimication and without worry of election fraud is a vital part of making democracy work.  We were also able to raise some funds for the League.  Kudos to those volunteers!  We hope to repeat this for the November General Election. 

Annual Meeting is June 9

The League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 9, from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm in the Garden Room at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.  At the meeting we will adopt the budget and program and elect officers and directors for the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year.  Our speaker will be Stephanie Finucane, Editorial Page Editor of the Tribune. Support the League with your Silent Auction items- be thinking of items you could contribute – wine, ceramics, plants, kitchen items and crafts are all appropriate to donate. 

Help Wanted!  New League Members Need Mentors

Things are going well in the membership department!  We continue to attract high quality, industrious new members who are eager to pitch in and work for the League.  Sometimes they need a little direction and support from an experienced League member.  We’ve initiated a Mentor Program to help guide our many “newbies” into active participation.  We now have ten new members who need mentors.  Can you help?  Mentoring can entail as little as a phone call or two to inquire about their needs and remind them of upcoming events.  Face to face coffee dates or breakfast meetings are optional.  This is a short term (one year) obligation with no strings attached.  Please contact Patti Dale for more information.

Cities and County of San Luis Obispo to Endorse "Civility Initiative" on June 21

Members of the County Board of Supervisors and city mayors and council members will roll-out a countywide "Civility Initiative" on Thursday, June 21 at the San Luis Obispo City County Library at 2:00 pm.  Led by San Luis Obispo City Mayor Heidi Harmon and Paso Robles City Manager Tom Frutchey, the cities are partnering with the Chambers of Commerce throughout our county to present a Code of Civility to advance good governance through regional collaboration and trust amoung the governing bodies in our county. Our League is supporting this initiative.  We are speaking in support of it at public meetings, promoting our Democracy Concierge Service, and writing Letters to the Editor and opinion pieces in support.  We will also be staffing a table at this event and will distribute our Civil Discourse in the Public Arena brochure and other materials on civility and responsible political speech.

Civil Discourse SLO Concierge Service Needs Your Help

League volunteers promote civil participation in public discourse while assisting members of the public who want to make public comments at SLO City Council meetings two Tuesdays a month.  Meetings start at 6:00 pm and meals are catered by various local restaurants.  Help is needed in June, July and August.  If you can be part of this important effort, please contact Sharon Kimball.

Sharon sits at table ready to assist the public

LWVUS National Convention in Chicago June 28 – July 1

League Board members Ann Havlik and Cindy Marie Absey will represent our League as voting delegates to the National Convention in Chicago June 28 to July 1.  The theme this year is “Creating a More Perfect Democracy” with the focus on voting rights and efforts to expand the vote and combat voter suppression.  The California delegation will present a resolution to include action on climate change on the recommended program.  There will be caucuses on water issues and on abolition of the Electoral College.  Our League has been involved in developing the proposed resolution to abolish the Electoral College and, at the caucus, our delegates will present for consideration a change to the proposed resolution on the Electoral College submitted by member Eric Greening.

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