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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.

Carrie Chapman Catt Awards - April 11

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

Reserve now - Last day to purchase tickets is Tuesday March 27.

The 2018 Carrie Chapman Catt Awards Reception will 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 on Wednesday, April 11, from 5:45 to 8pm.

This is a great chance to mingle with League friends and prominent Delawareans, while celebrating those who've made profound impacts on our community.

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. Last day to reserve or sponsor is Tuesday March 27.

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

"Speed Dating with the Candidates" - New Date April 3

*** Please note: the "Speed Dating with the Candidates" for Newark City Council event originally scheduled for Tuesday, 3/20/2018, has been rescheduled for Tuesday April 3 due to weather conditions. The location for the new date is still TBD.***

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, April 3, 2018, 7pm at a to-be-determined location. The public is invited to attend.


We are trying a new, roundtable format this year called, "Speed Dating With the Candidates" (It's not your grandmother's forum!). All five candidates from contested council districts 3 and 5 have indicated that they plan to participate, while the incumbent candidate for city council district 6 is unopposed.

Come and meet the candidates, and get your questions answered! Doors open at 6:30pm.

Great Decisions Discussion Group

The Great Decisions discussion group meets regularly at the Newark public library. Judy Taggart led the group on "Russia's Foreign Policy," on Monday March 19. Next up: Sherry Wenger will lead "China and America: the new geopolitical equation" on Monday, April 9, at 1:30pm.

Contact Flo Waibel 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

April TED Discussion - Shocking Events, Positive Change

Naomi Klein at Occupy Wall Street.
Naomi Klein on Thursday, Day 21, of Occupy Wall Street. Photo credit: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons

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 for more information or to RSVP.

The April TED will be held at The Greene Turtle restaurant in Christiana on Saturday, April 14, at 1pm. Order food/beverage from the regular menu as desired.

This month's viewing and discussion will be based on the TED Talk by Naomi Klein entitled "How shocking events can spark positive change." In the recent months there have been some what feels like shocking events. This talks about the drivers for people to take action or to not take action. One example would be the legislative response to shocking events that are the result of gun violence. Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker. She is known for her political analyses and criticism in the areas of capitalism and corporate globalization. The talk was filmed September 2017 at TED Global in New York City.

meetup logo script TED - Ideas worth spreading

April Hot Topic - American Promise

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.

Please note that there is no Hot Topic lunch scheduled for the usual fourth Saturday in March, because League Day in Dover was originally scheduled close to that date on March 21, 2018.

Money in Ballot Box On Monday April 23, League members Judy Butler and Sharon Kwiatkowski will speak about American Promise, an umbrella organization trying to coordinate and encourage the many groups working toward a Consitutional Amendment to reduce the influence of money in politics.

The American Promise website states "The goal of American Promise is to win the 28th Amendment to The Constitution to restore American democracy in which we citizens - not money, not corporations, not special interests - govern ourselves."

More details on this Hot Topic will be available in early April.

League Day in Dover - New Date May 9, 2018

*** Please note: the 2018 League Day in Dover was rescheduled from its original Wed 3/21/2018 date due to weather conditions.*** The new date is Wednesday, May 9, 2018, same place, same time, same program.

2018 League Day Speakers Click for details: LEAGUE DAY 2018 (May 9th)

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 - 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 Voter Registration Coordinator Patti Christopher if you'd like to help with voter registration drives.

Voter registration training sessions have been scheduled for Monday March 19th or Thursday March 29th at PureBread Deli in Christiana. See the calendar page for location details. This is a casual drop in training on the Universal form. Please stop by to become familiar with it.

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 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 help promote to the voting public.

If you are interested please contact VOTE411 Coordinator Kim Wells.   You do not have to be a league member to participate.

President's Message - League Day / Stand Up for Students

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

Marj Johnson
LWVNCC President Marj Johnson

"Wednesday, March 21 will be League Day in Dover. Some of you are regular attendees at this event and wouldn't miss it. Others of you (like me, I confess) have never been to this event and really have no idea what goes on or what would be required. At the Advocacy Corps meetings I am surrounded by people who have regularly attended this event in Dover and talk with high regard about the morning program and speakers, the lunch (which gets the highest praise!) and the opportunity to meet your legislator or attend a committee meeting in the afternoon. Some of you may be a little nervous about that last part, perhaps not knowing exactly what to say to your legislator or what happens at a committee hearing, but all the experienced League people will be there to shepherd you and guide you through the day, and to make you aware of your options. I am looking forward to it as a learning experience, as well as a way to emphasize the League's influence and positions. So, I hope you will consider joining us this year to see what it is all about. If you would like to carpool, email Letty or leave a message on the office phone and we will try and arrange to get everyone there.

In addition, in response to the recent mass shooting in Florida, this is a perfect time to contact your legislators about Gun Safety Regulations. Let him or her know what your thoughts are, how important it is to you, and what you think should be done in Delaware as well as at the National level. We cannot continue to lose our most precious resource; nor can we allow our children and grandchildren to go to school every day in fear. As we get more details, we will send you alerts as to plans for March 24th events here and in surrounding areas. Join the students and stand up for their lives."   -- 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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