Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

November and December 2014 Meetings

L-R, Gloria Hines, Darlington City Councilwoman, Belinda Copeland,Darlington County Treasurer; Wilhelmina Johnson, Darlington County Councilwoman; Rosa Hudson, and Darlington County Tax Auditor.

L-R, Sheila Haney, President; Dorothy Quist, VP; Stella Primus, Treasurer; Joan Hicks, Secretary.


Voter registration was conducted at the following schools in Darlington County on:

March 10 Darlington High School 10:50 am- 1:20 pm

March 11 Hartsville High School 10:00am - 1:40pm

March 12 Intervention School 7:40am - 9:00am

March 13 Hartsville High School 10:00am - 1:40pm

We were able to registered over 100 students that will be turning 18 by Election Day. Thanks for all the cooperation.

Joyce Franklin, Special Projects and Sheila Haney, President.

Carolyn Johnson registering a student.

Denny Neilson Reflections on Serving the State

Denny Neilson, a League member, was honored by the League of Women Voters of Darlington County at the organization's regular monthly meeting and reception November 19 for her long and distinguished service in the S. C. House of Representatives.

Group Meeting Photo
as group photo caption:) Lt. to Rt. - Dorothy Quist (not shown), Joan Hicks, Denny Neilson, Ralphine Boston, Marie Parker, Belinda Copeland, Sheila Haney, and Pecolia Groves. Those pictured did not include Joyce Franklin, the photographer.

On another matter, I'll send the special Dec. meeting notice with directions to our home. So glad you were able to do so well getting our Nov. notice in the papers; thank you so much. Sheila

The Darlington County Meeting

Shelia M. Haney, LWVD President

State League has purchased an important documentary, "Pricele$$", which we plan to view next Tues., Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Haney Hartsville home with brief discussion following. If you want a stimulating view of campaign financing's implications through a middle school class's practical research, come and join us for some popcorn too.

Directions: Drive to the center of Hartsville at Carolina Ave. (E-W highway) and 5th Street (Highway 15, N-S) intersection. Go north on 5th St. 2 blocks before turning left on Home Ave. (heading west as though going to Camden). Pass 6th St. (left) after the first block, then continue another block plus passing the Presbyterian Church on the left/Brown Pennington Atkins Funeral Home across the street on your right. Our home is on the right, 5 homes beyond the Funeral Home, at 402 W. Home Ave. (there's a street number at a concrete bench with flower pots) where you will drive into the back yard where parking is more spacious. (We share the front drive with our neighbors, but continue straight past the pillared white house behind a front yard giant oak at the street sidewalk.) You're welcome at either front or back door, but plan to be on time as the DVD program lasts an hour.

Please RSVP to Sheila (e-mail or 332-6468)

Contact: Sheila M. Haney, President League of Women Voters of Darlington County 843-332-6468

League of Women Voters Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Spending With a Purpose

Pledges to Continue Voter Protection

Hartsville + The League of Women Voters of Darlington County has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners--charities, families, businesses and individuals--to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. Taking place December 3, 2013 + the Tuesday after Thanksgiving + #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping. "League members do everything in their power to make democracy work, but the fight requires the help of all community members. #GivingTuesday is propelled by those who believe that passion and commitment can make a difference. On December 3rd, we ask that you think of the League as you reflect on the need to strengthen our community and our great democracy," said Sheila Haney, president of the LWV of Darlington County. . Find the facts about voting in your state at Before an election, find your polling place.

League's Website

Recycling Objectives

League of Women Voters of Darlington County

Program speakers Director David Williamson and Coordinator Renee Howle of the Darlington County Environmental Services were introduced by Belinda with the local League topic of interest being our landfill and recycling program.

The program operates with a budget of $1 million which includes a $40,000 DHEC grant specifically for mattress and box springs disposal. For an individual assessment of $3, household garbage is collected as well as yard debris for recycling. Used oil, food cans, tires are accepted at the large landfill on Rose Community Rd. going toward Society Hill, and electronics go to a General Electric Company. A million and a quarter pounds are collected per year. Although there are 13 recycling sites, there is no provision for hazardous chemicals; building materials and yard waste are taken to Lee County's lined 125-acre landfill. Sonoco waste is co-mingled at one county site, and the plant's new biomass boiler (construction begun in 2012 and currently operational) will manage 365 tons, whereas a ton of waste had cost $29.50 to deliver to Lee County's landfill.
The county's goals are to increase the recycling rate, levy a commercial business charge, and increase revenue sources. County Council unofficially supports House bill 3290 which would affect the New York City trash train deliveries while permitting greater home rule to allow the county to issue bonds. Understandably, the electronic producers are opposed to this proposed bill because they currently charge a fee for disposal - an example of private companies profiting at the risk of overloading our local recycling sites. The county disposal leadership team visits schools to explain our program and to distribute booklets. The speakers brought us green bags containing further information. Several questions were raised about the recycling of energy-saving light bulbs and out-of-area trash being accepted.

Thank you Note

To: Sheri Misner

On behalf of all your colleagues and friends at the League of Women Voters in Darlington County, SC, our unit wanted you to know that you are appreciated for your outstanding work and all that you do for DARCO from organizing our Annual Meeting and your artistic creations and decorations for our fundraisers. Your creative art boxes, shown in photo(above) have been sold from $35.00 to as Much as $50.00 per box. Kudos, to you on your outstanding participation which is financially beneficial in accomplishing our objectives.

l to r: Joyce Franklin, Sheri Misner, Dorothy Quist, Pecolia Grove Carolyn Johnson and Sheila Haney, President (not Shown).

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