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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.

LWVUS Convention Report

Joann Hasse holding up the Delaware sign
Delaware Represents! Joann Hasse holds aloft the Delaware sign at National on June 29, 2018

State League President Joann Hasse and New Castle County League President attended the National League Convention in Chicago, Illinois at the end of June, 2018. Here is Marj's summary of the convention discussion and decisions reached: 2018_LWVUS_CONVENTION_REPORT.pdf

TED Discussion - There's No Such Thing as Not Voting

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 TED Talk October 13 is focused on voting. With the general midterm election right around the corner, Eric Liu, an author, educator and civic entrepreneur shares his views on the importance of voting in his TED Talk, "There's No Such Thing As Not Voting." In this talk Mr. Liu speaks to reviving the joy of voting.

It is a great message for the League of Women Voters as we work to register new voters, support Vote 411 for informed voting, and providing rides to the polls. Along with the other work the organization is doing. In all these efforts we have an opportunity to 'revive the joy of voting'.

Mr. Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of great citizenship through a portfolio of national programs, and the executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He has written several books, including "You're More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen."

Please join us for a lively discussion on Saturday October 13 at 1:00 pm at the Greene Turtle 425 Stanton Christiana Rd, Christiana. Attendees can order food/beverage from the regular menu as desired.

meetup logo script TED - Ideas worth spreading

Great Decisions Discussion Group

The Great Decisions discussion group meets regularly at the Newark public library. In September, Brenda Toomey led the group on "U.S. global engagement and the military." Next up: "South Africa's fragile democracy" on Monday, October 15, at 1:30 pm.

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

Hot Topic - Skipjack Offshore Wind Project

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.

A trawler passing by offshore wind towers On Monday October 22, our speaker will be Joy Weber, Skipjack Project Manager from Deepwater Wind. Deepwater Wind is the off-shore wind energy development group that built the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island, the first in the nation. Skipjack Wind Farm is the name of the wind project 19 miles off the coast of Delaware. Offshore construction is planned to start as early as 2021, with the wind farm coming online in 2022.

$15.00 paid at time of the luncheon covers food, beverage, and tip. Please pay in cash if at all possible, and RSVP to our Office Manager by Saturday, October 20, 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 meal is buffet-style.

Feel free to download the event flyer and distribute it to others who may be interested in this topic.

Delaware VOTE411 is live!

Delaware's VOTE411 online voters guide for the 2018 statewide general election was launched on 9/7/2018. This release of the VOTE411 guide reflects the races that will be on the voters' ballot on Tuesday November 6.

Unleash your Voting Superpowers -

At, enter your home address to see a sample ballot for your location, compare the viewpoints of the candidates for those races, and even text or email yourself your candidate selections for later reference. The website also offers links to general election information such as election dates, registration deadlines, and polling places.

To learn more, watch this 15-minute video tutorial on how to use the voters' guide feature of the Delaware VOTE411.

We've been getting some great publicity! Check out this July WHYY website article on VOTE411, and this August interview on WDEL. LWVDE's Sandy Spence also had a half-hour radio talk-show segment with Lora Lewis at WJBR in mid-September covering a broad range of LWV, voting and VOTE411 topics.

Please join the League in thanking our VOTE411 community partners and supporters.

Volunteer Opportunities

You do not have to be a league member to participate in these volunteer activities.

Voter Registration
Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis to register new voters at schools and community venues. 2018 has been a crazy busy year for voter registration requests! Contact Voter Registration Coordinator Patti Christopher if you'd like to help with voter registration, or to request a voter registration table at your school or event.

New Citizen Ceremonies
The League distributes welcome packets including government and voting information to new citizens at Delaware naturalization ceremonies. These are extraordinarily emotional and rewarding events to witness. See our calendar page for upcoming dates, and contact Lorraine Botticelli if interested in helping out.

VOTE411 Online Voters' Guide
The VOTE411 online voters' guide is a terrific resource that lets voters learn about the candidates for office BEFORE heading to the polls. It speaks to the "knowledge and confidence" part of the LWV vision: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. Contact Kim Wells if you'd like to join the VOTE411 team in creating and promoting Delaware's VOTE411 guide.

Rides to the Polls
LWVNCC provided rides to the polls for a dozen non-driving voters on the Sept 6, 2018 primary election day, in Newark, Middletown, Wilmington, North Wilmington, Prices Corner, and other places around the county. Contact Letty Diswood if you can help provide rides for the Nov 6 general election.

President's Message - Strategic Planning

Marj Johnson
LWVNCC President Marj Johnson

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

"The LWVNCC Board met on Sept. 12, 2018 to determine what direction the League wants to go and how to get there.

There was a consensus that the focus for the League should be voting, with emphasis on voter education when we are at voter registration events. It has become apparent that while many people are registered, they are not informed about absentee voting, being able to vote as a felon, or on their candidates and the issues. We are concerned about getting out the vote for school board elections, as well, and will work to partner with DelCAN regarding this effort.

The other focus for the League should be fundraising, because as you will see below, there are many activities we would like to initiate, but they all require money.

In addition to the current Board Positions, we recommended that we have a Public Relations Chair for getting the word out through multiple medias and to network with other groups, a Student Outreach Chair, to relate to students in high school and college and with the faculties of those schools where we can initiate education regarding voting and issues, and an outreach person to communicate and plan events with members and incorporate new members into activities. We would like to see 4 social events for members throughout the year.

We need to maximize our relationships with other groups in order to be relevant and effective, and it was recommended that we all get out of our comfort zones and attend meetings or events we have never been to before.

We considered the following, without regard to how we are going to pay for them, hence the need for fundraising:

  • Converting LWVNCC to a 501c3 organization.
  • Upgrading our website from LEW to MyLo.
  • Training for the Board and Nominating Committee.
  • Candidate Forums.
  • A computerized system like QuickBooks for our financial records.

      (for more details on the above items, see the President's Message section of the   October Voter newsletter).

We brainstormed about the 100th anniversary of the League and of the 19th Amendment in 2020, and came up with the following ideas. So far, LWVUS has not published any events, and LWVDE is working on ideas.

  (for a dozen anniversary brainstorming ideas, see the President's Message section of the   October Voter newsletter).

We have exciting times coming for the League. Gather your energy and participate, and contribute as you are able so that we can continue our important work."  
-- 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.

Photos of Past Events

Photos of past League events are available on Flickr.

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