This Week with the League, February 9-16, 2020

Union Women in Labor Day Parade

There is much to tell you about this week!

Committee Meetings:
Local Government Committee: Terri Schierer, Chairman will meet on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Katie’s Cup 502 Seventh Street. As the primary season heats up, this committee is working diligently to bring candidates before voters.

Census Committee will host another Community Meeting with AAUW and the City of Rockford on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Rockford Police District 2, 1410 Broadway from 10:00 AM to noon. This meeting is with the Asian Community to remind them of the importance of a Complete Count in the 2020 Census. Presenters will be Sheila Hill, our regional Census partner, Wester Wuori, Chief of Staff for the City of Rockford, Gina Meeks representing United Way and Kristina Reuber, Director of the Welcome Center.

Voter Services Committee Susan Janson, Chair, continues to be everywhere registering voters before the March 17th Primary. They have been at every Census Presentation, at Rockford and area Public Schools and special requests from community groups.

Healthcare Committee Co-Chairs, Wanda Hoover and Lynn Liston, will host a panel presentation on the status of Health Care Services and the ability of the public to access Health Services on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the University of Illinois School of Medicine Auditorium, 1600 Parkview Avenue, Rockford. 6:00 – 8:00 PM. You will not want to miss this educational and enlightening presentation by medical leaders from our community. This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Other Events:
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Local Government presents a Candidate Meet N Greet with candidates for County Offices. You will not want to miss a chance to hear from the candidates what their views and concerns are and how they will be effective leaders. After a short presentation from candidates and a chance to answer questuions, attendees will be able to meet directly with and talk to candidates over light refreshments. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM North Suburban Library 6340 North Second Street, Loves Park.

Reminder: The 2020 Centennial Committee, a coalition partner of LWVGR is hosting a fun-filled evening and fundraiser, at the University Club of Rockford 945 North Main Street Rockford. Come meet Susan B. Anthony and her friends and enjoy Suffrage libations. The event is free but you may want to donate for the commissioned sculpture to be presented to the Community in August to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

LWVGR has been invited to assist students at Lincoln Middle School on Friday, February 14, 2020 as they learn about the importance of voting and how a single vote can change an election. We will also share a sneak preview of our Suffrage Project.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Saturday, March 7, 2:00-4:00PM, the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford will present an art exhibition opening at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Turner Avenue in Rockford. The exhibit will feature “Heroes of American Women’s Right to Vote.” Our talented resident artist, Janie Wilson-Cook has created a stand-alone exhibit of portraits of women responsible for enacting the 19th Amendment 100 years ago. These portraits feature a “Who’s Who” of local women who attained national celebrity through their work: Jane Addams and Julia Lathrop stand in solidarity with the other pioneers of the 19th Amendment and Women’s Right to Vote movement.

Have a great week and stay warm!
Jo

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