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Upcoming and recent events are listed below. Check our Activities and Presentations page under "ABOUT LWV" for presentation notes from older events.

February TED Discussion - Breaking out of our Echo Chambers

The LWVNCC TED viewings are free and open to the public; we'd love to see you there! The format is simple... we watch an inspiring, thought-provoking TED video, and then talk about it afterward. See meetup.com/LWVNCC-TED-Discussion-Group-Bear for more information or to RSVP.

The LWVNCC TED Discussion topic for February is the social polarization caused by social media "echo chambers," and how we can break out of this trap for a more complete world view. This TED Discussion will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm at McGlynns Pub in People's Plaza. The TED video we watch will be chosen by the audience:

  • July 2017, Theo E.J. Wilson - "A black man goes undercover in the alt-right", or
  • Sept 2017, Zeynep Tufekci - "We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads", or
  • ?? - other suggestion from the group

meetup logo script TED - Ideas worth spreading

February Hot Topic - Complete Communities

The public is invited to all Hot Topic meetings to become informed on a wide variety of topics. This is a time to check in with members of LWV, make new friends, invite your neighbors, and colleagues to experience the League in an informal setting, as we enjoy Michaels' terrific buffet lunch.

snowy sidewalk, accessibility scooter and service dog The topic for February is "Prioritizing Investments in Delaware's Complete Communities". At 11:30am on Monday, February 26 at Michaels Restaurant in Christiana, speakers Troy Mix, policy scientist with the University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration, and James Wilson, executive director of Bike Delaware, will speak on the Complete Communities Enterprise District Act... its purpose, and an analysis of how and where it might work to support the development of less car dependent, and more bikeable, walkable and livable communities across Delaware.

James Wilson
James Wilson

Troy Mix
Troy Mix

Cost is $15.00 paid at time of the event. Please pay in cash if at all possible. RSVP to our office manager by Saturday, February 24, so we can let the restaurant know how many to expect. If you need a ride, leave a message on the League Office phone or e-mail when you RSVP. If you have not made a reservation please come anyway; the arrangements are flexible.

See our calendar page for directions to Michaels restaurant.

Great Decisions Discussion Group

The Great Decisions discussion group meets regularly at the Newark public library. Doris Crowley led the first topic for 2018, "The waning of Pax Americana?," on Monday February 12 at 1:30 pm.

Contact Vicky Kleinman for more information about the Great Decision discussion group, and if you are interested in joining group members for lunch at Skipjack prior to the meeting. See our calendar page for directions to the Newark library.

Great Decisions group Nov 2017
Some November 2017 Great Decisions 'Groupies'

The Great Decision discussion topics and schedule for 2018 are as follows:

1. Feb 12 - The waning of Pax Americana?
2. Mar 19 - Russia's foreign policy
3. Apr 9 - China and America: the new geopolitical equation
4. May 21 - Media and foreign policy
5. June 18 - Turkey: a partner in crisis
6. Sept 17 - U.S. global engagement and the military
7. Oct 15 - South Africa's fragile democracy
8. Nov 19 - Global health: progress and challenges

League Day in Dover - March 21

2018 League Day Speakers Click for details: LEAGUE DAY - MARCH 21, 2018

This year's topic is "Financing State Government: Everybody's Business. Let's Stop Kicking the Can Down the Road!"

Spend the day with us in Dover! We'll have morning speakers and luncheon at the Duncan Center, and an (optional) afternoon of meeting legislators and observing committee meetings at Legislative Hall.

  • Budget Director Mike Jackson, State Treasurer Ken Simpler and DEFAC Chair Mike Houghton will address their roles and responsibilities in the creation of a state budget
  • UD's Ed Ratledge will discuss future trends in Delaware
  • Former state senator Karen Peterson will speak on the politics of state finance

The $30 registration fee includes lunch. League members, wear something purple (like a purple scarf or pin) to honor the suffragettes. For more information, contact Sandy Spence, Joann Hasse, or our Office Manager.

Volunteers Needed - Newark Candidate Forum in March

The NCC League along with AAUW Newark and the Newark Senior Center will host a candidate night for Newark City Council Districts 3, 5 and 6 Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:00 To 8:30 P.M. at the Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark, DE 19711. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. The public is invited to attend.

If you are able to assist with welcoming the public or the event itself, please contact Carole Walsh or Letty Diswood. A short meeting will be held early March to discuss and explain assignments. This is great opportunity to learn the inner workings of a Candidate Night.

Volunteers Needed - Voter Registration

LWVNCC is planning to register students at five High Schools and Delaware Technical Colleges. Among the high schools who have requested help are St Mark's, Salesianum, and Padua. Contact Patti Christopher, Voter Service Chair, if you'd like to take Voter Registration training and/or help with voter registration drives.

Volunteers Needed - Resident Council Elections

Every two years the League acts as a third party for the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) and conducts residents council elections. It takes two League members for each of six elections, all in the City. WHA provides the ballots; the League checks residents IDs; asks them to sign their names and apartment numbers and provides a ballot to each resident. We sometimes have to read the ballot to a resident who has sight or hearing problems. Then we count the ballots and announce the results.

Housing Council Elections volunteer Pat Todd has already scheduled two elections, Feb. Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th from 5:30-7pm, with the others coming up shortly. She needs League members to help; Pat will be at each election so you are just providing a helping hand. It is a service that takes two hours of your time and can be a very rewarding experience meeting the residents.

Please contact Pat Todd if you can help, either on these dates or some future date. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed - VOTE411 Online Voters Guide

Vote411.org VOTE411 is an online voters guide website hosted by the League of Women Voters USA. The Delaware leagues will be participating in this program for the 2018 election year.

This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved in a meaningful way in the upcoming 2018 elections. We need volunteers to help frame questions for candidates to answer, to follow up and remind candidates to respond, and to input data into the system.

Volunteer opportunities to serve on the New Castle County Vote411 committee include:

  • Committee members to plan and get organized during the months leading up to the 2018 elections.
  • Volunteers to do follow up calls to candidates during the July/August/September time frame.
  • Volunteers with advertising or PR backgrounds to help us promote the VOTE411 online voter's guide to the voting public.

If you are interested please call or email our Office Manager and leave your name, telephone number and email.   You do not have to be a league member to participate.

Carrie Chapman Catt Awards - April 11

Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long
Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long

Mark your calendar now!

Invitations will be sent at the end of February, and our online promotion of the 2018 Carrie Chapman Catt Awards Reception will begin soon. We'll be At The Rail at White Clay Creek (country club at Delaware Park) overlooking the fairways for hors d'oeuvres and speeches, coffee and dessert.

This is our once-every-two-years chance to mingle with League friends and prominent Delawareans, while celebrating those who've made profound impacts on our community.

A drumroll please... this year's Carrie Chapman Catt honoree and main speaker at the event is our very own longtime League member, Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long.

We'll also be honoring Ms. Connie Georgov for her dedicated service to the League and the community for many years as our New Citizen Ceremonies Chair.

Special guest "Carrie Chapman Catt," portrayed by Pat Jordan of the American Historical Theatre of Philadelphia, will be on hand to greet and mingle with our guests.

2018 Carrie Chapman Catt Awards Social hour, with full cash bar and both stationary and butlered hors d'oeuvres, starts at 5:45pm. We will have special guest greetings at 6pm, assorted mini-dessert offerings at 6:30, and guests will be seated at 7pm for the award presentations.

The public is cordially invited to attend. Tickets can be purchased online using our CCCA 2018 reservation form. The planning committee urges you to book early if at all possible; we must have a final guest count to the venue by Wednesday March 28.

Single ticket price is $75, with couple and group rates available. Financial scholarship may be available upon request.

President's Message - Remembering the Ladies

The League of Women Voters of New Castle County (LWVNCC) President Marjorie Johnson's message to members for February 2018 is included below...

Marj Johnson
LWVNCC President Marj Johnson

"I am sharing with you a recent review of Angela Dodson's book Remembering The Ladies:

'From the birth of our nation to the recent crushing defeat of the first female presidential candidate, this book highlights women's impact on United States politics and government. It documents the fight for women's right to vote, drawing on historic research, biographies of leaders, and such original sources as photos, line art, charts, graphs, documents, posters, ads, and buttons. It presents this often-forgotten struggle in an accessible, conversational, relevant manner for a wide audience. Here are the groundbreaking convention records, speeches, newspaper accounts, letters, photos, and drawings of those who fought for women's right to vote, all in their own words, arranged to convey the inherent historical drama. The accessible almanac style allows this entertaining history speak for itself.'

These ladies lived in extraordinary times and responded with action. We owe them a great debt. The recent #MeToo movement, however, shows us how far we have yet to go and that the struggle for dignity and equality goes on. We, too, live in extraordinary times, in so many ways. As members of the League of Women Voters you have joined in the legacy of these women to ensure that we are informed, that we act responsibly on behalf of our community and our nation, and that everyone has a voice. Make your voice heard at League Day in Dover on March 21."   -- Marj Johnson


Yolanda Schlabach's Second Ted Talk is Available for Viewing

Yolanda Schlabach speaks at TEDx 2017
Yolanda Schlabach
Yolanda Schlabach has been one of the main speakers at each of the four Human Trafficking Forums that LWVNCC has sponsored in the last two years.

Yolanda's new TEDx Talk, Life After Trafficking: The Bridge From Trauma to Triumph was published in Dec 2017. This video addresses the following questions: What happens to survivors after escape from, or arrest of, their traffickers? What do they need? What do we, as a nation, offer?

If you haven't seen Yolanda's original TEDx Talk, Sex Trafficking in the U.S.:Young Lives, Insane Profit, watch that one first.

These gripping Wilmington TEDx videos shine a light on the dark underbelly of the sex trade and human exploitation in Delaware.

LWVDE has actively supported legislation addressing this issue, including a bill enacted last year that gave the state regulatory authority over massage parlors so that those where trafficked women were forced into prostitution could be identified and shut down.

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