The League of Women Voters Billings serves the people of south-central Montana.
Hazel Hunkins from Billings was one of the many young woman who picketed the White House in support of women getting the right to vote. In August of 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed in Congress, 51 years after the women first organized to do exactly that. The provisional League of Women Voters of Billings was organized December 6, 1951. Full League status was reached in April, 1953 when bylaws were approved. In April 1954, Mrs. Dale (Joan Harwood) Galles went as the delegate to the national biennial convention in Denver where she received the charter for the Billings League.
The Billings League today
A consensus process is used to form positions which include: local government, alternate sources of revenue, consolidation, incarceration, public education, land use planning, and transportation. These positions can be read at www.lwvbillings.org. Annually, the League of Women Voters Billings registers voters at naturalization of citizens ceremonies and on September 24 National Voter Registration Day, encourages younger and maligned citizens to register, and helps voters know where to vote.
Education of the 60 members and the public continues with monthly presentations the first Thursdays at the Elks Club with lunch at 11:30 and program at noon. When needed, candidate forums and voter guides are formed. The League hosts Sunshine Week panel discussions addressing the need for transparency in government. League members are observers at city and county meetings. The League of Women Voters of Billings participates with the national and state League advocacy programs.
In 2014, the League of Women Voters of Billings established the “Joan Harwood Galles Making Democracy Work” award. An idea from the national League of Women Voters, the award recognizes a citizen who volunteers to safeguard democracy, create positive changes in the community, and improve our systems of government. Together, we can all make democracy work, building a more equitable, healthy, safe, and vibrant place to live.
For information on upcoming events for the Billings League, go to the calendar link below and look for Billings events:
More information on the League of Women Voters Billings can be found at: http://lwvbillings.org/
To join the Billings League online, click the "Join" link on the Montana League homepage. Alternately, go to the Billings League homepage at the link above and click on the "Join" button to print out a form and send in a check.
To Contact the Billings League, go to: http://lwvbillings.org/sendcomment.cgi?To=League+of+Women+Voters+of+Bill...