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.
CONGRATULATIONS! TO OUR Newly Elected MAYOR, Gloria Hines, of Darlington, SC.
Gloria Hines was formerly a Darlington City Councilwoman moving forward. We are very pride of her accomplishments.
Joyce Franklin, Special Projects and Sheila Haney, President.
Carolyn Johnson registering a student.
The State LWV Leadership Meeting;
One third of our membership of 18 (6) attended yesterday's Columbia LWVSC LEAD Day: Dyan Cohen, Joyce Franklin, Pecolia Grove, Sheila Haney, Sheri Misner, and Dorothy Quist joined a good attendance in all. Breakfast and lunch were appetizing and healthful; we discussed in small groups formed according to last name initial about our membership experiences - personal and in recruiting, then took a later break before lunch to write those population groups within our community to target for member invitations on post-it notes which were categorized for multiple wall chart posting.
Our speakers were informative and engaging; the program format included participant feedback twice plus the Q/As following each presentation. The theme was "Reach Out to Reach In" which focused us on communication.
Inimitable 90+ year old Sarah Leverette spoke first reminding us that we are responsible and equipped with information to help educate the public and to encourage their informed participation. She reminded us of League's member stories and that we do not operate in a vacuum, that we are a connectional organization, and need to learn the skill of "push back", then closed with the adage - "load your gun with knowledge, aim, and shoot".
Second to speak was Sumter's President and recent state board member Dee Woodward, also a co-sponsor of February's Healthcare Conversation in Bishopville (be planning to attend this and carpool). Dee's topic was "Speaking about Faith" which recounted her military experiences as the wife of a serviceman and herself as part of the military as well. Becoming a LWV (Sumter) member four years ago, she realized again that blacks were not always welcome or accepted as she had learned in the military too. Her plea to the audience was to consider her heart not other "non-significant" features and welcome others different from yourself. Dee gave an hispanic young woman she had recruited to League an opportunity briefly to tell her story, and offered certain activities she found beneficial in attracting, then mentoring newcomers.
Alan Wilson, SC Attorney General, spoke about his role to advise the state Solicitor giving his "best guess" from doing legal research. He used many examples from his experiences as an attorney, House Representative, and state elected officer to explain his points about the difficulty of an ethics law's passage which assured it addresses many unexpected situations, such as legislator conflict of interests, and about a diverse judiciary (both key issues for the League too). He felt government's business to the public is to be responsible, visible, predictable, and accountable, to follow the chain of command, engage the public, while providing stability.
After lunch, Representative Kirkman Findlay has been challenged by state antiquated laws as well as the legislative typical behavior of "majoring on the minor" issues. In his agreement with state League, supporting the ethics and Money in Politics initiatives require searching for the cash flow and why it is so, lobby repeatedly, use visuals to explain your position, and work together with fellow advocates for a "better public" outcome.
Lynn Teague, state League's official volunteer lobbyist presented her experiences of learning what and how the LWVSC issue specialists are critical members of its advocacy team. Most importantly, she reviewed state League issue priorities: education, healthcare, women's health, "Base Load Revenue Act" ( the practice of charging citizens with payment of sub-prime utilities/services interest vs the service providers paying the cost of operation), nuclear waste, violence and guns, criminal justice and juvenile justice (a topic we studied locally for several years in our local's beginning), "automatic stay" - as with lifetime terms for justices, and always voter rights (recently being "whittled" away by national courts).
This all made for a stimulating day and I'm sorry every one of our members couldn't attend!
Sheila Haney, Reporter
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. .
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