MONTROSE-DELTA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS FOR 2014

Above, former Montrose-Delta LWV Chair Karen Connor works with a volunteer on voter registration. Image courtesy Nancy Ball.

Above, former Montrose-Delta LWV Chair Karen Connor works with a volunteer on voter registration. Image courtesy Nancy Ball.

Special to the Mirror
REGIONAL–(July 1, 2014) Do you still believe that a small, dedicated group of individuals working together can change our nation and our world for the better?
 
The Montrose-Delta League of Women Voters is gearing up for the 2014 election season, and we hope you will join us! League membership is open to all; to learn more visit our web site at http://www.montrose.co.lwvnet.org/. This year, we also welcome youth members free of charge–a one-year membership is open to students in any area high school who wish to take part.
 
On August 18, 1920, Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to suffrage. This year thus marks the 94th anniversary of our nation becoming a true democracy. At the time of its passage, this amendment was considered a most radical change–one for which our mothers and grandmothers, marched, wrote, fought, spoke, suffered and endured many hardships, including imprisonment.
 
Longtime Montrose-Delta League member Nancy Ball, who currently serves as secretary for the local chapter, shared her reasons for being involved today: “Join the League to help make your community a strong, safe and vibrant place to live by helping, through informative programming, to shape the important issues that affect you and your family,” Ball said.
 
“Remember, voting is a learned experience and Democracy is not a spectator sport!”
 
Ball added that a secondary, but very important benefit of League membership is the camaraderie with motivated and most interesting women—and men, too.
 
The League is by no means limited to female participation, but welcomes involvement from all who believe that a non-partisan information and advocacy organization can help promote the spirit of Democracy as it was intended by our founding fathers-and mothers.
 
Among the things the local league hopes to accomplish this year is the restoration, at least in part, of the local Kids Voting program originally established here by Marge Keehfuss and Allen Belt. Kids Voting is a nationwide effort that works to teach kids the importance of an informed and active electorate.
 
The Montrose-Delta League of Women Voters will hold its next board meeting on July 10 at the Westminster Hall Library at Delta Presbyterian Church at 135 East Fourth Street, from Noon to 1 p.m. All who are interested are welcome to join us at the time, and to bring a brown bag lunch. To learn more call League President Caitlin Switzer at 970-275-5791.