The League of Women Voters
of Humboldt County
Our Mission: The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The May VOTER Is Now Available
June 3, 2013
Thank you to everyone who helped us make our quorum at the Annual Meeting on May 22. The meeting, ably planned by Nancy Quintrell, was a success, and your VOTER Editor is now addicted to Rita's spinach enchiladas.
In this issue: It's official, young people prefer the League to Zumba! Read about the League's presentation at the Youth Leadership Summit, also about the candidate forum held in Hoopa for their upcoming tribal election. Speaking of tribal elections, don't forget to volunteer with Byrd Lochtie for the Bear River Band special election coming up. We will be preparing a mailing on June 11 and the election is on June 29. Call Byrd at 442-7187 or send an email to volunteer.
June 3, 2013
The State of the Community Luncheon is our annual opportunity to honor the caring and generous spirit of our community. Springtime brings thoughts of baseball, and Yogi Berra was credited with saying: "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is." With the SOCL, we take the opportunity of recognizing those who know the difference... and who put good ideas to work.
This year, LWVHC honored with Civic Contribution Awards Sylvia Noel Douglas and David Douglas, whose volunteer labors beautify Sequoia Park Gardens, and also Food for People, whose staff and volunteers nourish many in the county. We also had the opportunity to learn from keynote speaker David Hoffman, founder of Internews, an international nonprofit based in Arcata. The mission of Internews is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. He also spoke about the value of the League of Women Voters in promoting a civil society.
It is a pleasure to acknowledge again the members of the SOCL Luncheon Committee: Chair Maggie Fleming, Helen Andrews, Judy Bennett, Kay Escarda, Nancy Frost, Debbe Hartridge, Sharolyn Hutton, Lorey Keele, Byrd Lochtie, Carolyn Otis and the many League members who have worked so diligently throughout the year to make our major fundraiser a success. I encourage you to thank them personally the next time you talk with them. If you weren't able to attend this year, do put it on your calendar for April 2014.
At the SOCL, we also presented the print copy of the Citizen's Guide to County Government, updated by Amanda Windsor for 2013. This valuable resource is also available for download at lwvhc.org. The Facts for Voters (and Roster of Government Officials) brochure has also been updated and is available now.
Nan Nieboer, LWVHC President