Forty-five members, former members, and guests celebrated the 60th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of Bowling Green recently at the Stone Ridge Golf Club.
|Past presidents of the League of Women Voters of Bowling Green include (from left) Becky Bhaer 1990-1991; Connie Varney, ’83-’85 and ’86-’87; Kay Sergent, ’81-’83 and ’97-’99; Anne Graves, ’95-’97; Joyce Kepke, ’73-’75; Lucy Keil, ’71-’73; Kristin Vessey, 1975-1977 and 2005-2009; Roger Anderson 2009-2011; and Joan Gordon 2011-2013. (Photo by James R. Gordon)
The program included a PowerPoint presentation starting with the 50th anniversary celebration in 1952, which noted some of the founding members such as Ann Baty, Berniece Smith, and Mona Claflin, and ending with events and activities from the current year.
The presentation was produced by Joan and Jim Gordon and researched by Roger Anderson, Kay Sergent, Sharon Hanna, Lee McLaird, and the Gordons.
The historical perspective included highlights of:
• The League's many years of sponsoring a Candidates' Forum each fall.
• Charles Barrell as the first male member of the League and Roger Anderson as the first male president.
• The study and advocacy of the League in city matters like the Charter Commission, subdivision regulations, and the Master Plan.
• The establishment of the Past Presidents' Award.
• Sponsoring of three town hall meetings in 2007, 2008, 2009. Topics were accountability, campaign finance reform, and judicial reform.
• Public meetings currently on fracking, bullying, and education.
• Assistance in founding HURT (Help Us Recycle Trash), a citywide recycling program.
Joan Gordon, president for 2011-2013, reported that all three of her goals were being met-establishment of a League scholarship, the revitalization of the Observer Corps, and increased involvement in events and activities by members.
Meg Flack, Columbus, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, praised the work of the BG League and presented a certificate of appreciation to Joan Gordon, LWVBG president, which recognized her dedication to and leadership of the local league and her commitment to engaging Ohioans in the democratic process.
Mayor Richard Edwards presented a proclamation to the BG League, declaring May 19 as League of Women Voters Day in Bowling Green.
A petition for the reform of Ohio's redistricting process was explained by Joan Callecod, local chairman. She asked attendees to sign the petition.
The planning committee for the anniversary included Sheilah Crowley, Sergent, McLaird, Hanna, Anderson, and Joan Gordon.
At the annual meeting, officers and directors were elected. They include Ellen Dalton, treasurer; Anne Bullerjahn, Sally Kilmer, Judy Knox, Phyllis Oster, directors (two-year terms); Janet DeLong, chairman; Roger Anderson, and Elaine Spreitzer, nominating committee for 2013.
The nominating committee for this year included Kristin Vesey, chairman; Sue Rock, Kay Sergent, Phyllis Oster, and Maria Simon.
The budget for 2012-2013 was adopted as presented by Ellen Dalton, treasurer, and the positions of the League were re-adopted for the coming year. These were presented by Roger Anderson and included Education, Mental Health, Land Use, and Needs of the Elderly. Lee McLaird, secretary, distributed copies of the printed Annual Report.
Marge Miller, Judy Knox, and Sheilah Crowley will review the minutes of the annual meeting.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.