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This is an official communication from the
League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland Shaker Heights Chapter
SHAKER HEIGHTS CHAPTER

THE VOTER - SEPTEMBER 2016

 
In our excitement to inform you of all the latest news and events, there were two items that we did not have the most up-to-date information on - please see the two highlighted areas below. Thank you.

Shaker Chapter Chair's Message


Dear Shaker League Members,

We will remember the summer of 2016 and the excitement of the Republican National Convention being held here in Cleveland. The League didn’t take much of a break this summer, but the Board didn’t meet in June and some of us relaxed for a bit.  However, no more! With the 2016 Election approaching, we are gearing up for an exciting Fall. As a prelude to what you can get more details on as you read through this Voter, I want to highlight (a few drum rolls/shout outs to our Committees) what the League has planned in the lead up to the election.
  • Our Voter Service Committee will be registering voters at the September 17 Football Game at Shaker Heights High School. We will also be at the final beer garden in the Van Aken District on September 9 after being at every beer garden this entire summer!  Additionally, we will be in the dining halls of Case Western Reserve University in the run up to the voter registration deadline (October 11).
  • The Legacy Committee has selected our 2016-2017 Legacy Fellow, Ose Arheghan, who is a rising junior at Shaker Heights High School. Ose will be helping the League with programming aimed at engaging students in the civic process by holding forums, mock elections and serving as a liaison between the high school, the League and the community at large. We are very happy to have her on board! If you would like to learn more about her, take a look at her web page.
  • Observer Corps – this is a group that helps us make sense of all the issues facing Shaker Heights and the region.  Members have volunteered to attend and report on various City Boards and Committee meetings (check out the links and find out what’s been going on). There is much happening with the schools and the library, and the League is vested in learning about the proposals that will be coming this year. We can always use more help, so if you’re interested let me know!
  • The Forum Committee will be hosting a Candidates Forum on September 22 at Brush High School with candidates for Ohio House Districts 6, 8 and 9;  Senate District 24 and the Ohio Board of Education, District 11. We are also co-sponsoring a forum at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women on October 4, “Represent: What Are You Doing on Nov. 8th?”, which will be a discussion on what’s important to young adults in this coming election. This is in addition to the Northeast Ohio Policy Series forums that will highlight topics such as the water quality of Lake Erie, Sports Stadium financing, marijuana legalization and the relationship between Cleveland Police and the community.
This is what we do for our members and our community. If we want to make democracy work, we all need to participate. Please come and join us at these events and forums as well as volunteer your skills and learn with us.

Yours in League,

Audrey Morris,  Shaker Chapter Chair
ajamorris@gmail.com 
216.283.8032 or 216.780.7317
 

In Memoriam

We are very sorry to share the sad news of the loss of Kim Diemert, a beloved friend, colleague and member of the League's Shaker Chapter.
Voter Registration

There are lots of opportunities this Fall to help voters register in time to vote on November 8. The last day to register is October 11. The League is staffing voter registration tables at many events. If you'd like to help, contact Audrey Morris at ajamorris@gmail.com.
Fall 2016 Candidates Forum

With the assistance of the LWVGC and several other local leagues, we are hosting a Candidates Forum.

September 22, 7:00 p.m.
Brush High School
4875 Glenlyn Road, Lyndhurst, OH


Candidates for Ohio House Districts 6, 8 and 9
Ohio Senate District 24
Ohio Board of Education, District 11
Moderated by: League Member Wendy Deuring

Shop Heinen's & Support our Chapter

Last year we raised more than $600 for LWVGC-SH from Heinen's Teaming Up for Education Program - and it's time to sign up again this year - then up to 1% of your qualified purchases from September through April can be donated to our chapter.

Log into your Tasteful Rewards account at www.heinensrewards.com.

Click on "My Profile" just below the top of the page.
Scroll down to the bottom and select LWV-SH, then Save the Changes.

You may also register by going to the service counter at any Heinen's.
It's a great, easy way to raise money for our League Chapter!

LVWGC & NE Ohio Public Policy Series

Water Quality of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga RIver

The panel will address the vital water issues in Northeast Ohio, specifically Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River and other creeks, streams and rivers that empty into the lake.


September 15, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Fairview Park Branch
Cuyahoga County Library
21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park

Panelists:
Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Deputy Director of Watershed Programs, NEORSD
Jane Goodman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga RIver Restoration
Jim White, Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Prog., Port of Cleveland
Moderated by: Jim McCarty, Metro Reporter, The Plain Dealer

Flora Stone Mather Center Program

Represent: What are you doing November 8th?

October 4, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center
Case Western Reserve University
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland

LWV Ohio Monthly All-Member Call

LWV Ohio has an All-Member Conference Call on the first Tuesday of each month. All League members are invited!
Date:  Tuesday, September 6

Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Topic: Hear about the Ohio Voting Rights Coalition's voter engagement plan to address voter purge, Election Protection Observers, and GOTV efforts from now thru Election Day. The call will also provide an opportunity to the local Leagues to discuss their voter service plans, and publicize any opportunities available for volunteers to sign up.

 Call-In Number:  866-740-1260
PIN Number:  4691505#

The recording of the all-member call will be available following the call until the end of each month. Please note that the podcast is intended for LWV members and guests (just like the calls) and, therefore, should not be shared with anyone outside the League family. To listen to the recording, click here and enter passcode: lwvohio.

General Election Debates

September 26      Presidential
October 4             Vice Presidential
October 9             Presidential
October 19           Presidential
November 8         Presidential Election    
 
League of Women Voters Mission

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisian political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Dedicated volunteers at a summer Van Aken District Beer Garden. Thank you to everyone who has helped!


Observer
Reports


August 2, 2016
Shaker Board of Zoning Appeals & Planning Commission

August 5, 2016
Shaker Safety & Public Works Committee


August 8, 2016
Shaker City Council Work Session


We can always use more observers and substitutes!  
Please contact Marcia Goldberg if you are interested in serving on the observer corps. No experience needed - just a willingness to serve the League by attending a meeting periodically and writing up minutes. Marcia will train new volunteers. 

Upcoming Dates


Friday, Sept 9, 9:30 a.m. 
Shaker League Cabinet meeting
Home of Dorothy Greenslade
23700 South Woodland Road


Saturday, Sept 17, 9:15 a.m.
LWVGC Board Meeting
Daily Legal News Building
2935 Prospect Avenue


Friday, Sept 30, 9:30 a.m. 
Shaker League Board meeting
Shaker Public Main Library
2nd floor meeting room

 
If you want one of these signs for your yard, contact Audrey!

YOUR VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT IS NEEDED by NOVA

According to Secretary of State Jon Husted, between 1.5 million and 2.3 million Ohioans are eligible but can't vote because they are not registered.  Over 360,000 Ohioans need to update their address.   Let's get started with simple moments of connection with others at our registration locations.

All training sessions last l l/2 hours.  Our non-partisan sessions are easy, sociable and a great way to pick up materials, meet registration partners, and sign up for registration locations.  Given the results of our turnout research, we've made some changes in training content. 

Contact Susan Alcorn for more information.  Register online .

League of Women Voters Greater Cleveland
50 Public Square, Suite 938
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-781-8375
lwvgreatercleveland.org

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