October 2015 Morgantown Newsletter


Our first fall meeting will be held Wednesday, October 14, 7-9 p.m. at the Aull Center. We hope to have a big turnout for the evening, as we prepare for the coming election year! All of you know that the Board of Education has its final, non-partisan election during the primary. But do you realize, because of Legislative Action, that all the judicial positions (Judges, Circuit Court, magistrates) at the state and county levels will also be non-partisan, and they will be elected during the primary election? This is a significant change! The Secretary of State is sending a representative from the office of the Election Administrator to tell us about these changes and answer questions so we can inform the public and help ensure a good turnout at the primary in May, 2016! A lot of people will be focused on the presidential race, and rightly so, but we must be sure that the electorate is well aware of the importance of these local races. It will be vital for us to know about these changes as we help educate voters in the spring election.

The first meeting of the fall is always a special time to meet and greet one another. The meeting is open to the public, but a personal invitation is always better. Do try to bring a guest! As always, we will be collecting dues –still $44 individual, $66 household. We have allowed plenty of time for hearing from the Secretary of State’s representative, plus time to hear about items important to the league in our program areas, plus time for refreshments and socializing. We plan to finish up before 9 p.m. so you do not have to worry about your meter running out.

If you do not want to drive to the meeting, we will be happy to find someone to carpool with you. Please call Vicki Conner at (304) 292-2640. Also, the Aull Center has a lift at the back, if you have trouble with stairs. Call Lyndell at (304) 599-0904 and she will watch for you and help with the lift operation.

Voters Service Committee

We will be setting up a table at the Morgantown Farmers Market on Saturday, October 17, 8:30 a.m. to noon. If you can help, please contact Jonathan.

Natural Resources

The Natural Resources Committee is following the Monongalia County Commission as they work with Republic Services on their contract. We are especially interested in what they decide about recycling in the county. A Commission work session which included people from Republic Services, scheduled for Wednesday, September 23, was cancelled because the Republic representatives did not appear. We plan to attend when the meeting is rescheduled.

A meeting for the Natural Resources Committee will be held in October, the date to be announced. Contact Catherine Lozier at (304) 599-8233 or at the contact form if you are interested in working on this committee.

Please read the complete newsletter by clicking on the link below:

LWVMM Newsletter October 2015

Fall VOTER 2015

Take our quiz on the 19th amendment, which opened the democratic process to 23 million women in 1920.

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Wood County Voter September 2015

Membership Meeting Monday, September 28, 2015 7:00 p.m. Parkersburg City Building, Council Chambers Why Pollinators are Important Naturalist and educator (and League member) Emily Grafton will talk about the crisis facing food growers and food consumers as pesticides, Colony Collapse Disorder, a parasite, and other factors are drastically reducing populations of honey bees and other pollinators.

Open to the public. Guests are welcome.

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Source Water Protection Plans for Public Water

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Celebrate the 95th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

Celebrate the 95th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote. August 26, 5 pm at the Pea Ridge United Methodist Church.

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July 2015 Morgantown-Monongalia Guide to Government Officials


LWVMM Guide to Government Officials July 2015

Electronic Voter Registration in WV!

The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles, in cooperation with the Secretary of State, announced Thursday that a statewide electronic voter registration program has been installed at each of the 24 DMV regional office locations. Customers may now electronically register to vote when they visit any DMV regional office for the purpose of issuing or renewing a driver’s license or identification card.

DMV Commissioner Pat Reed said, “I am pleased to partner with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant on a project that will provide convenience for our customers during credential issuance at regional offices, and allow us to meet the National Voter Registration Act requirements.”

Customers that want to take advantage of this new program will simply answer voter registration questions on the signature tablet used during the driver’s licensing/ID card process. DMV locations will continue to offer the paper voter registration applications for customers who do not wish to register electronically.

Data will be securely collected through the electronic process, and provide measurable voter information directly to the Secretary of State’s Office. According to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, “The new system will strengthen the voter registration records in the state and allow for voter registration applications to be processed in a more expedient manner. It is a privilege to collaborate with the DMV. I am proud of the work of the DMV and Secretary of State’s Office. This project is another example of two state agencies that are being accountable, efficient and cooperating to provide convenient services to the people of West Virginia.”

A continuation of this initiative between the two agencies will be unveiled fall 2015 when online voter registration will be available not only at DMV offices but also on a personal device.

For more information regarding DMV services at regional offices, please contact the DMV Call Center at 1-800-642-9066, or visit www.dmv.wv.gov.

LWL Wood County Voter, May-June 2015

LWV Wood County Members and friends, join us for lunch and discussion on Thursday, June 4 at 11:30 a.m. at Colombo’s Restaurant, 1236 7th Street, Parkersburg.

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League of Women Voters Presents Three Democracy in Action Awards

Last year the League of Women Voters launched Democracy in Action Awards. We continued that
tradition at our annual meeting held on May 13, at the Aull Center by presenting three Democracy in
Action Awards to The Community Coalition for Social Justice, Mr. John Sonnenday of the Coordinating
Council on Homelessness, and League member Lyndell Millechia. The meeting began with a very
informative presentation by guest speaker Barb Howe on the “Evolution of the Voting Rights Act (up to

The League recognized the Community Coalition for Social Justice with a Democracy in Action Award.
The CCSJ was represented by Al Anderson, Susan Brown, Nora Sheets and Barb Howe. It was chartered
in 2000 with a mission to promote the principles of social and economic justice, respect all people and
oppose discrimination and hate motivated violence. In addition to individual members the CCSJ is joined
by religious organizations, labor councils and community advocacy groups and most recently by the
League of Women Voters as an organizational member.

The CCSJ has sponsored events such as forums on fair housing and religious diversity and they provide a
wide range of books on social justice themes to local libraries. Their most visible activity is the annual
program to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event educates us about where we have been and
where we are going as a country and as a community in terms of civil rights. The award was accepted by
Al Anderson on behalf of the Coalition for Social Justice.

The second award of the evening was presented to Mr. John Sonnenday for his tireless work on behalf
of the homeless population in Morgantown and Monongalia County. In the spring of 2010, the
Morgantown City Council and the Mon County Commission created a task force to study and develop a
plan to reduce homeless. Mr. Sonnenday was the chair of the task force and since that time, he has
been instrumental in guiding a dedicated group of people who continue to work toward eliminating
homelessness in our area.

The work of the original task force led to the creation of the Coordinating Council on Homelessness,
which was launched in February 2014 with John Sonnenday as the Executive Director. Under his
guidance, 145 people were moved into permanent housing in 2013 and 206 in 2014, including 39
chronically homeless people. The Council has received federal grants and participated in nation-wide
campaigns and under his direction. Our community was chosen as one of 71 communities in the country
to participate in Zero:2016, with the goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and
chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. The League was honored to present Mr. Sonnenday with the
Democracy in Action award.

Last but far from least, the League honored one of our own, Lyndell Millecchia. League President
Jonathan Rosenbaum, presented her with a Democracy in Action award. Lyndell has been a League
member for over 40 years. She is the go-to person of the organization, Board member, past President,
current Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, she maintains our membership list and mailing list, updates our
Guide to Government Officials, she has arranged locations for countless League events including
Candidate Forums. She is always the first person to arrive and the last person to leave League
sponsored events. Her contributions to the League are immeasurable. Lyndell can be described by the
title of the opera that chronicles the life of Susan B. Anthony, “The Mother of Us All.”

LWV Huntington’s May 2015 Bulletin

The Huntington League will sponsor a meeting on the new Explorer School and a Meet the Candidates Forum.

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