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The Voter Newsletter  |  October 2021  |  Vol. 26, Issue 3
Editor's Note: October is “Spooky Season,” and it may seem like an apt metaphor for the state of our civic affairs at times. But never fear, the League is here! As the days shorten and the air grows crisp, we’re gathering to share stories … not ghost tales, but hearty anecdotes that shine a bright light and uplift us. You’ll find this storytelling theme throughout the newsletter, and we hope it speaks to you – and that you’ll speak up, too, sharing your League story with us and with your community.
In This Issue
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> A Note From Our President
> Sign Up for the LWVOR Fall Workshop
> Redistricting Continues at Local Levels
> SHARE: Our Unique Civic Ed Event
> Membership Matters: Time to Renew!
> Meet One of Our Life Members
> Newsletter Raffle Winner
> Share Stories at Oct. Discussion Units
> Continued Advocacy for Police Reform
> Charter Group Wants to Hear from You
> Transparency in Our City Government
> Attend the Action Committee Meeting
> Hear from a Housing Land Trust
> Save the Date: Giving Tuesday
> Volunteer Roundup
> Calendar at a Glance
> Contact Us

  PRESIDENT'S COLUMN  

We’re Sharing Stories, Advocating for a Better Democracy, and Always Learning ... Join Us!

By Debbie Kaye, LWVPDX President
 

A Storytelling Retreat

Board and off-board leaders had an excellent virtual retreat on Sept. 18. The planning committee included Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey, Linda Mantel, Marion McNamara, Chris Cobey, and me. We were pleased to work with a professional facilitator, Sandra Jackson, who also helped with planning and then ran the retreat and provided a report. Linda also shared detailed notes.

As many attendees had not met in person due to the pandemic, we started the day with each of us showing an object of significance to become better acquainted. Our retreat focus was “storytelling” in several segments. First, we told our personal League story, then the League’s own story (what we do as an organization and why), and then discussed how we believe the community at large views the League (the stories told about us).

This presented a great opportunity for further conversation in the October Discussion Units and a way to get to know each other better in that setting. All of us have opportunities as League representatives and ambassadors, which means we each need a short “elevator pitch” about what our organization does and why we choose to volunteer here. Considering these stories about the League also helps us develop a strong case statement for fundraising. Thanks for your help in developing our story!
LWVPDX leaders share a laugh after sharing our stories during a retreat on Sept. 18.

Education & Action Activity

Our Voter Service Chair Chris Cobey has been very active along with member Norman Turrill in the redistricting arena. Oregon is the first state in the country to have maps approved by the state legislature.

The LWVOR pesticides study was the Civic Education panel discussion focus in September. Thanks to those who participated in the consensus process to develop a position on this topic. We were very glad to make our resources available to Leagues throughout Oregon so they would not have to put on their own programs. If you missed it, a recording of our panel discussion is available here. You can also watch a different panel being presented via Zoom by the Corvallis League on Oct. 12 (tomorrow night).

We have continued to monitor the City of Portland’s Charter Review Commission’s work on city government thanks especially to Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey. Our 2019 report on this topic has been shared with all the charter commissioners, and we have given testimony twice so far: first on transparency and access and recently on elections. We are sending a more detailed letter to the commission on this topic and another on form of government. Both follow the position that resulted from our study.

The Justice Interest Group continues its work concerning police accountability, relying on our 2021 study and position. The Education and Housing Interest Groups are also active in their areas. Please contact the office if you would like to become involved with any of these groups.

The Action Committee, chaired by Debbie Aiona, continues to monitor climate, air, and water quality issues. We have recently joined with other organizations in sending letters about specific issues. In summary, our League is working hard and having an important impact in our community based on our positions. Many thanks to our effective and focused volunteers.
 

League Business

Our state League is presenting the annual Fall Workshop virtually this year, with some timely and relevant webinars. I hope our members will take advantage of these learning opportunities. Saturday’s program with Garrett Epps is particularly special. Invite your friends and family to join you! See the box for the webinar descriptions and registration information. The webinars are free; more information is available here and in the LWVOR newsletter.

If you have not already done so, please take the opportunity today to renew your League membership. We want you to benefit from all that the League does, and also help us reach out to our Multnomah County community to share our excellent resources. Renewing is easy online! And while you’re on the website, look around! It is a terrific source of information.
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  LWVOR NEWS  

Join Us at the State League’s (Virtual) Fall Workshop

Learn more and sign up for these all-virtual sessions online.

Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 3pm

  • Speaker: Cheryl Graeve, Director of National Programs for the National Institute for Civil Discourse at University of Arizona, and formerly with LWVUS
  • Topic: Constructive and civil conversations to combat rancor and polarization threatening our democracy
Thursday, Oct. 14 at 5pm
  • Speaker: Terry Busch, Braver Angels
  • Topic: Defusing heated rhetoric and broadening the perspectives of others
Friday, Oct. 15 at 5pm
  • Speaker: Katie Parker, Volunteer Development Co-Chair and Secretary and Stacey Smith, Volunteer Development Co-Chair, LWV Oakland
  • Topic: Building capacity to recruit, engage, train, and retain volunteers
Saturday, Oct. 16 at 11am
  • Keynote Speaker: Garrett Epps, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Baltimore, legal affairs editor of the Washington Monthly, and author of American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution
  • Topic: As we begin a new Supreme Court Term, Americans have every right to ask, “What are the prospects for the survival of our democracy? What will happen to the right to vote, the right to choose, the right to peaceable assembly for redress of grievance? Are there any guardrails left?”
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  VOTER SERVICE  

Just When You Thought Redistricting Was Done ...

By Chris Cobey (he/him), Voter Service Chair
 

Local Governments Update Their Districts, Too!

On close-to party-line votes and on the last possible day (Sept. 27), the Oregon Legislature hurriedly finished its job of drawing new state legislative and federal congressional lines (available here). However, local entities are just beginning their own redistricting processes.
  • Multnomah County’s (annual budget $1.3B) Auditor, who is charged with redistricting county commissioner districts, will have a three-question questionnaire available until Oct. 15 for you to provide opinions on your commission district. The auditor hopes to have draft maps out by the end of the month on a new website, and final maps to the Commissioners for final action by the end of the year.
  • Metro (annual budget $2.8B) is considering its redistricting process at its Oct. 14 meeting. Metro is planning two hearings in November for public testimony, a website to be available by the end of the month, and has developed draft criteria for the redistricting process. The Metro board must adopt new districts by mid-December.
  • Portland Public Schools (annual budget $2B) is gearing up for district line-drawing, too. Further details forthcoming.
Other local governments and special districts (such as community colleges) will also be trying to finish their governing boards' redistricting process by early 2022.
 
Take the County Survey by 10/15

In-Person Voter Service

We will have LWVPDX’s first voter registration/confirmation/voter and redistricting information “tabling” since at least March 2020 on Sunday, Oct. 24, 1:30-3 pm, at our interactive program on the Harvard Case Method at the Laurelhurst Club (details here). Your assistance would be welcomed! Notify voterservice@lwvpdx.org if you’d like to join the tablers. Masking and proof of vaccination will be required.
 

November Election

For any of those 12,000 Multnomah County residents who live within the boundaries of the cities of Fairview or Lake Oswego, the Lake Oswego School District, or the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District, you have an election ending Tuesday, Nov. 2, and should receive your ballot soon. Your voter registration deadline is TOMORROW, Oct. 12. Information on the Fairview election can be found here.
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  CIVIC EDUCATION  

October Civics Education Event: A New Way to Teach U.S. History in School


By Margaret Noel, Communications Chair

It is finally happening! Less than two weeks from now, we will host an event for teachers, students, and League members on teaching with the Harvard Case Method. Learn more here. You are invited. Please also tell high school students and teachers you know.
When: Sunday, Oct. 24 | 1:30-3pm | Check-in starts at 1pm

Where: The Laurelhurst Club, 3721 SE Ankeny St. in Portland

What: “Engaging Students in Civics and U.S. History” – A Community Case Discussion

Registration is requiredFor everyone’s safety, all participants will be required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination.

Share this flyer created by LWVPDX student member Callan Soraghan.
The case will be “Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Black Voting Rights.” Centennial High School teacher Philip Clarke will lead the audience in a discussion of the history of Black voting, suppression, and protests from 1867 through 1965 — and implications for today.
 
We have been working hard to invite teachers from both public and private schools. Eventually we also will create a short video, using scenes from this discussion and participants’ comments. We’ll send the final video to schools throughout Oregon. We are grateful to the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation for giving us a grant to produce this program and video.
 
Many thanks to the League volunteers who have helped spread the word about this event: Nancy Boudreau, Beth Burczak, Nancy Donovan, Judy Froemke, Lorraine Griffey, Debbie Kaye, and Callan Soraghan. You can help, too, by sending this information to teachers you know. Thank you for helping us make this event a success!
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More Information: Watch this 2-minute video invitation featuring teacher Philip Clarke, or visit our event webpage.

  MEMBERSHIP MATTERS  

Renew Your Membership Before the End of the Year!


By Mary McWilliams, Membership Chair
 

Membership Renewals

Currently, LWVPDX has 207 members for the 2021-22 year. Members from the 2020-21 year who have not yet renewed have a grace period until late December to renew.
 
Membership renewals are easy to forget because our membership year begins July 1 of each year. A personal email is now being sent as a reminder. Your membership helps us in our mission: “Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.” Thank you for renewing!
 

Welcome New Members

Anna Youel, rejoin
Mara Faust
Jean Johnson
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Geoff and Susan Gilbert in 2012.

  MEMBER NEWS  

Honoring A Life Member: Susan Gilbert


By Judy Froemke, Discussion Units Coordinator

Susan Gilbert joined the League in 1969 when she and then-new husband, Geoff, moved to the Chicago suburb of Evanston, a very activist city and home of Northwestern University. Joining the League was what you did if you had any interest in your community. There were more than 400 members in Evanston then, the second largest League in Illinois after Chicago. Susan jumped right in, held a few board positions and then became co-president with Eleanor Revelle, who became a well-known national League board member. Between them, they had four young children who formed a play group and got along well, allowing Susan and Eleanor to meet frequently.
 
When her youngest child was 4, Susan went back to work as a residential property manager in the greater Evanston/North Shore area of Chicago. In 1989, she moved to a law firm in downtown Chicago, one of the 10 largest at that time, to manage their facilities and with time became the manager of the human resources department.
 
Upon retirement, the Gilberts moved to SW Michigan and joined the League of Berrien and Cass Counties, an interesting mixture of urban and rural people, culture, and interests. About a year later, Susan was elected president of LWVBCC, started a campaign to increase membership, and saw it grow from 35 members to 175 – making LWVBCC one of the largest Leagues in Michigan!
 
In 2011, Susan was given the Michigan League’s “Leadership in Civic Empowerment” award. She was elected to the Board of LWVMI and served on it for four years. After moving to Portland to be somewhat nearer to family, Susan joined the board of their condo association at American Plaza Towers, served as board chair for two years, and is now the treasurer. She is also a member of the LWVPDX Endowment Committee.
 
Geoff Gilbert – that “new” husband from 50 years ago – has also been a League member for many years. He was a litigation attorney in Chicago and the principal moderator of the LWVBCC candidate forums in SW Michigan. Geoff is one of more than 50 male members of LWVPDX. Together, Susan and Geoff attend the Action Committee programs and are members of Discussion Unit 6.
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  UNITS UPDATE  

Discussion Units Want to Know You and Your League Story


By Judy Froemke, Discussion Units Coordinator

During October, we will listen to each other’s stories about joining the League of Women Voters – when, where, and why.
  • What do you see as the League’s mission and its reputation?
  • Is anything missing, are there changes you would like to see?
  • How do you see yourself – as a supporter/bystander, a participant, or activist?
The League is interested in listening to members in order to learn what directions you want to take and what issues you want to learn about, discuss, and study. All members are encouraged to attend a Discussion Unit at a convenient time. See the calendar for full meeting details.
  • Saturday, Oct. 16 at 10am at Terwilliger Plaza
  • Monday, Oct. 18 at 1pm via Zoom
  • Thursday, Oct. 21 at 1pm via Zoom
  • Monday, Oct. 25 at 10am via Zoom
  • Monday, Oct. 25 at 7pm via Zoom
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 9:30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7pm via Zoom
You can prepare for the discussion by reviewing the information at these links: Our MissionOur History and LWV 101- League Basics (all under About on our website). If you are not already participating in a Discussion Unit, contact the unit leader to receive the link to join the meeting or to get more information. More information is also available on our website.
 

Pesticides Study Consensus Update

During September, Discussion Units met to discuss the consensus questions for the LWVOR “Pesticides and Other Biocides” study. We were fortunate to have Dr. Amelia Nestler, chair of the study, and Paula Grasafi, co-chair, individually attend these meetings as consultants. Their information and answers to our questions were invaluable.
 
The results of our consensus discussions were given to the LWVPDX Board for its consideration of the results. It will then be sent to the LWVOR Board for its consideration. The opinions, knowledge, and thought-provoking comments of the Discussion Unit participants, combined with those from other Leagues around Oregon, will help the state League form new advocacy positions on the development, regulation, and use of pesticides and other biocides in Oregon. Well done, grassroots activists of the Portland Discussion Units!
 

Did You Know?

There are about 50 members of LWVPDX who are men! We would love for more men to participate in Discussion Units. If you have a partner, a male League member, invite them into the meeting. We welcome their thoughts, their League “stories” during discussions, and appreciate their contributions.
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  INTEREST GROUP  

Justice Interest Group Continues League’s Oversight of Police Reforms


By Barbara Ross, Interest Group Member

Under the direction of Action Chair Debbie Aiona, members of the Justice Interest Group are teaming up to focus on six different aspects of our League’s advocacy position on Portland Police Bureau oversight and accountability.
 
For many years, the League has advocated to change the standard of review used by the Independent Police Review's Citizen Review Committee from “reasonable person” to “preponderance of the evidence.” On Oct. 6, Interest Group Chair James Ofsink and Action Chair Debbie Aiona presented an overview of our police accountability study and new position to the Citizen Review Committee. During the presentation, they reinforced the League’s long-time support for such a change to the committee’s standard of review. They did a great job and were well received.

Our team working on alternatives to armed police officers received approval from the LWVPDX board this month to actively support the expansion of the Portland Street Response and the Public Safety Specialist programs. Team members have met with supervisors of both programs to gather information on budgets and proposals for improving practices. We expect to write letters to the mayor, city commissioners, PPB, and fire bureau leaders prior to Oct. 27, when the city council will vote on midyear budget adjustments.
 
Our team on changing the police bureau culture is holding in-depth interviews with a variety of experts on the culture within the PPB. Members are looking at both positive aspects as well as barriers to change. The challenges are complex, but the possibilities are exciting. The PPB’s wellness program is one bright spot.
 
Another team is monitoring the city’s compliance with the Department of Justice settlement agreement, continuing the work the League has done for nearly 10 years. The DOJ declared the city out of compliance and laid out nine requirements for the city to meet in order to come into compliance; these are mostly focused on reducing inappropriate use of force and training in constructive crowd control methods. The city and the DOJ are in mediation to try to reach an agreement on how to accommodate the DOJ’s expectations. They are to report back to District Court Judge Simon on Nov. 9 about the results of the mediation.
 
We have welcomed two new members to our Justice Interest Group: Deb Wallace and Ellen Simmons. There is plenty of work for everyone to do!
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  ACTION REPORT  

League Shares Studies, Advocates for Changes with City Charter Commission


By Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey, At-Large Board Member

LWVPDX leaders were invited to meet on Sept. 28 with a workgroup of the City of Portland Charter Review Commission that is studying how city commissioners are elected. In our meeting, we shared two League studies as background resources for their research: the LWVPDX city government study (2019) and the LWVOR election methods study update (2016). We are drafting two letters to the commission that address the topics currently under consideration: city council elections and reforms to the city’s form of government.
 
The Coalition of Communities of Color and the charter commission created an online survey to gauge how Portlanders engage with public processes. Take the survey by Oct. 12 (TOMORROW) to help inform their outreach efforts and help make the process more inclusive.
Take the Commission Survey by 10/12
Neighbors West-Northwest – the coalition of 11 westside Portland neighborhood associations – recently shared a blog post about the history and current work of the charter review commission. In their post, they cite the League’s city government study as a source of further information on the pros and cons of a commission form of government and why other major cities have abandoned this system. Read more here. This is an excellent example of how the League’s work continues to serve our communities with thorough, intelligent, and accessible research.
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City of Portland Charter Review Commission Members

  ACTION REPORT  

Action Committee: Charter Review & Transparency in the City of Portland


By Debbie Aiona, Action Chair

Emily Harris, representing Open Oregon, and Margie Sollinger, City of Portland Ombudsman, were our September Action Committee guests. They addressed transparency and public records and how they relate to the Portland Charter Review Commission.
 
Emily Harris is a reporter and producer for Reveal, an investigative news organization whose weekly programs are available on OPB or by podcast. In addition, she serves on Open Oregon’s board of directors. Open Oregon is a nonprofit educational organization that informs the public about their rights to open government, rights and responsibilities under Oregon’s open meetings laws, and their rights under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
 
Open Oregon, Oregon ACLU, the Society for Professional Journalists, and LWVPDX presented a concept to the City Charter Review Commission recommending amendments to the city charter that would declare openness as an important value and create a Transparency Advocate and a Transparency Commission. Ms. Harris shared concerns about current city practices that make it challenging for journalists and others to access public records.
 
City Ombudsman Margie Sollinger provided information about our independently elected City Auditor and the role the ombudsman fills within that office. The ombudsman is the city’s watchdog and serves community members and businesses that feel they have not been treated fairly. Her office investigates complaints and works to resolve them.
 
She agreed with Ms. Harris that there is room for improvement in how the city handles public records requests. Ms. Sollinger deals with complaints by giving advice on how and whom to ask when requesting public records and informing requesters when it would be more effective to go to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office. She also uses her persuasive powers to intervene when necessary. Problems with access to public records go beyond their impact on journalists. As an example, Ms. Sollinger explained that crime victims were subjected to unreasonable fees when requesting copies of police reports. She intervened, and victims are now able to get their reports at no charge.
 
The city charter commission has expressed interest in the transparency proposal and likely will take a closer look after it completes its work on form of government and city elections. The League is also involved in those aspects of the charter work; read more here. Please contact Audrey Zunkel-de Coursey (atlarge4@lwvpdx.org) if you are interested in more information on those issues.
 

Recent Action Committee Activity

 
Cathedral Park Pollution
Cathedral Park in North Portland is part of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The League signed onto a letter to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, along with other organizations, raising concerns about the high level of PCBs in surface soils in areas frequented by the public. The letter requested the DEQ’s immediate attention. A meeting to discuss the concerns with them will take place soon.
 
Oral Testimony at City Council
The League submitted an email to Portland City Council raising objections once again to the mayor’s prohibition on oral testimony on reports. This time the concern related to the Citizen Review Committee’s Crowd Control Report. The report included an analysis and recommendations on the police bureau’s crowd control policies and would have been of great interest to community members, particularly those who engaged in the many protests in 2020.
 

  Join the October Action Committee Meeting  

Topic: Metro Regional Government: Supportive Housing Services Briefing
Speaker: Nui Bezaire, Metro Supportive Housing Services
When: Friday, Oct. 22  |  1:30–3:30pm
All League members are welcome to attend this Zoom meeting. If you are not on the Action Committee email list and would like to attend, please email Debbie Aiona (action@lwvpdx.org) for the Zoom link.
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  INTEREST GROUP  

Housing Interest Group Will Hear from Land Trust Affordable Housing Group


By Donna Cohen, Housing Interest Group Chair

We all know that the lack of affordable housing is not only a problem in Portland but in the nation. A group of LWVPDX members have joined together as a Housing Interest Group, exploring topics of affordable housing and houselessness. Some, acting as individuals, have also voiced their thoughts on housing to governing bodies.
 
This month, on Oct. 18 at 5pm, our meeting will highlight an innovative, affordable homeownership program: Proud Ground. Using a “land trust” model, Proud Ground sells houses at affordable prices to those who qualify, while Proud Ground keeps ownership of the land. Upon resale, the homeowner receives a portion of the profits, the rest stays with Proud Ground, and the home is again sold to a qualifying buyer at an affordable price. Diane Linn is the Director of Proud Ground and a former Multnomah County Commissioner who chaired the commission from 2001-07. She has a long history of service to communities and concern for those most vulnerable.
 
Everyone is welcome to attend. Please email Donna Cohen for the Zoom link.
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  DEVELOPMENT DIRECTIONS  

We All Have a League Story: Share Yours This Giving Tuesday


By Linda H. Mantel, Development Chair

As you may know, the board has recently spent time together talking about how they became involved in the League and what their participation means as part of their lives. We will continue this conversation during October with members in our Discussion Units. It's very clear to all of us: The League is trusted, nonpartisan, working for the promotion of democracy, well-informed, and able to advocate on important issues. And in so many cases, there is personal history as well — a mother, grandmother, aunt, or neighbor who introduced someone to the League. Our job this year is to be able to tell our stories widely in our world, so that we are even more of a known and trustworthy resource for the community. Our goal is to build a case for support: reasons why the community should support us, and how we work with them to “make democracy work.”
 
Do you have a good story about how the League enriches your life? We would love for you to share it. One way to do so will be on Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30 — especially if you can be a social media ambassador and help get our stories out widely via your online networks. Our campaign will run from Nov. 26 through Dec. 19, and we will count on you to help get the word out, especially to your friends who may not be members of the League. We depend on their support every year, as well as yours! All your support makes it possible for us to carry out action, advocacy, civic education, and voter service activities every month.
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Another way to share your story for Giving Tuesday and beyond is to tell us how the League made a difference for you in a particular experience, such as presenting testimony, voting on a complicated issue, or providing information to someone who had a question. We will feature these stories on our website with our Giving Tuesday page. Contact me at development@lwvpdx.org to share your story. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Finally, remember that these opportunities are always available on our giving webpage:
  1. Become a monthly donor — quick and easy, we will be grateful for continuing gifts.
  2. Give a gift membership; memberships will be current until June 2022. And half the amount of the membership gift will be tax-deductible for you.
  3. Give a gift in honor or memory of someone important to you. We will recognize such gifts in our Annual Report.
  4. Give a one-time gift, any time for any amount.
You may give any of these gifts online through our giving webpage, or print out a form to send a check. Remember that gifts to the LWVPDX Education Fund are tax-deductible, while those to our action and advocacy fund are not. Thank you for supporting your League!
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  Volunteer Roundup  

LWVPDX is always looking for volunteers! Volunteer opportunities announced in this issue are listed below; read the linked article and contact the listed League leader for more information.
  • Register for the LWVOR Fall Workshop | Read more
  • Table for Voter Service at the October Civic Education event | Read more
  • Invite a high school teacher or student to our Harvard Case Method civic education event | Read more
  • Join the Justice Interest Group | Read more
  • Join the Housing Interest Group | Read more
  • Join the Action Committee to learn more about supportive housing services | Read more
  • Help share League news on social media | Read more
We do not share personal contact information in this newsletter; if a listed contact does not have a LWVPDX email address, you can look up their contact information in our membership directory, or contact the office at info@lwvpdx.org or (503) 228-1675. If you are looking for a different type of volunteer opportunity than those listed here, contact any member of the board to discuss how you can help us fulfill our mission of "Making Democracy Work." 
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  Calendar at a Glance  


October
  • Oct 12: Last Day for City Charter Review Commission Questionnaire | Take it online here.
  • Oct. 12: Corvallis League Program on LWVOR Pesticides Study | 7-8:30pm via Zoom; more information here.
  • Oct. 12: Voter Registration Deadline for Nov. 2 Election.
  • Oct. 13-16: LWVOR Fall Workshop | Multiple virtual sessions over several days. Register here.
  • Oct. 15: Last Day for County Redistricting Questionnaire | Take it online here.
  • Oct. 16: Discussion Unit 5 | 10am at Terwilliger Plaza; leader Linda Mather
  • Oct. 18: Discussion Unit 7 | 1pm via Zoom; leader Tai Wulff
  • Oct. 18: Housing Interest Group Meeting | 5pm via Zoom. Guest speaker from Proud Ground.
  • Oct. 21: Discussion Unit 4 | 1pm via Zoom; leader Lynn Baker
  • Oct. 22: Action Committee Meeting | 1:30-3:30pm via Zoom. Contact Chair Debbie Aiona for a link.
  • Oct. 24: Civic Education Program on Harvard Case Method | 1:30-3pm at The Laurelhurst Club, 3721 SE Ankeny St. in Portland (in-person event, pre-registration required).
  • Oct. 25: Discussion Unit 2 | 10am via Zoom; leader Barbara Byrd
  • Oct. 25: Discussion Unit 3 | 7pm via Zoom; leader Olivia Smith
  • Oct. 26: Discussion Unit 6 | 9:30am via Zoom; leader Carolyn Buppert
  • Oct. 27: Discussion Unit 1 | 7pm via Zoom; leader Jean Trygstad
November
  • Nov. 2: Election Day | For voters in Fairview, Lake Oswego, and the TVF&R district. Ballots are due by 8pm.
  • Nov. 3: LWVPDX Board Meeting | Noon to 2pm via Zoom.
  • Nov. 8: Next Voter Newsletter Issue | Check your email inbox!
  • Date TBA: Civic Education Program on Immigration | Stay tuned for more information!

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Board of Directors

> Debbie Kaye, President
president@lwvpdx.org
> Marion McNamara, Vice President
vpadmin@lwvpdx.org 
> Chris Cobey, Voter Service Chair

voterservice@lwvpdx.org
> Nancy Donovan, Civic Education Chair, civiced@lwvpdx.org 
> Anne Davidson, Secretary

secretary@lwvpdx.org
> Adrienne Aiona, Treasurer
treasurer@lwvpdx.org 
> Margaret Noel, Communications Chair, 
communications@lwvpdx.org
> Debbie Aiona, Action Chair
action@lwvpdx.org 
> Judy Froemke, Discussion Units Coordinator, units@lwvpdx.org 
> Linda Mantel, Development Chair

development@lwvpdx.org
> Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey, At-Large, atlarge4@lwvpdx.org
> Carolyn Buppert, Twitter
socialmedia@lwvpdx.org
> Amber Nobe, Newsletter Editor
newsletter@lwvpdx.org
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Off-Board Leaders

> Mary McWilliams, Membership Chair, membership@lwvpdx.org 
> Ann Dudley, Nominating Committee Chair
nominating@lwvpdx.org
> Jen Jacobs, Budget Committee Chair, budget@lwvpdx.org
> Phil Thor, Endowment Committee Chair
> Beth Burczak, Speakers Bureau Chair, 
speakers@lwvpdx.org
> Linda Fields & Kathy Casto, Voters' Guide Co-Editors,
votersguide@lwvpdx.org
> VACANT, Video Voters' Guide, 
videovotersguide@lwvpdx.org
> VACANT, Forums Chair, forums@lwvpdx.org
> VACANT, Voter Registration Chair, voterreg@lwvpdx.org
> Elizabeth Davis, Instagram,
lwvpdxinsta@gmail.com
> Katie LeRoux, Facebook
Interest Group Chairs:
> Nancy Donovan, Education
> James Ofsink, Justice
> Donna Cohen, Housing & Homelessness

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