Reflections on Our Past Year

The 2013-2014 has come to a close and it was indeed a very busy and challenging year. We opened the year with 125 members and, thanks to Membership Director Becky Hines' efforts, we ended the year at 139 members. Fundraising Director Dianne Williamson and her committe of Martha Everman, Mary Vogel and Pam Lubeck once again orchestrated two successful fundraisers, our Wine Tasting Event in December and the Annual Dinner and Silent Auction in April.

Voter Services Directors Jim Keeran and J.E. Myers, along with Carol Baker, organized several voter registration drives. Laurie Bergner brought us another enlightening year of programs and persuaded Rita Garman, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, to be the featured speaker at our Annual Dinner in April. New Voter Editor Susan Alford provided a fresh face to our newsletter while new Board member Judy Valente made sure our programs, studies, and events were well-publicized in the media throughout the year.

Action Director Sally Rudolph and President Emeritus Phylis VerSteegh each led critical studies this year, Sally on mental health services in McLean County and Phylis on the Modified Ward System proposed for Bloomington via a March 2014 referendum. Sally and Phylis each guided study groups of two dozen or more League members and they provided thorough and timely work on these critical initiatives. And a big thank you to those who’ve been active in organizing or speaking in public forums on our League’s studies or advocacy efforts, especially: Camille Taylor, Alexis Kalish, J.E. Myers, Phylis VerSteegh, Jan Hood, Judy Valente, Julie Prandi, Judie Bey, Judy Buchanan, Anne Nadakavukaren, Carol Straka, Julie Sullivan, and Glen Ludwig.

We are very grateful that here in McLean County we’ve seen ample evidence of a committed and active membership. And already our members are planning and working on activites and projects for the 2014-2015 year. So stay tuned and, if you see a project that interests you, don't hestitate to let us know.

Save the Date

LWV Kickoff Membership Event

Tuesday, September 9
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Moses Montefiore Temple, Social Hall
102 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington

Social hour and buffet at 5:30 with a speaker scheduled for later. More information to follow about the speaker.   In addition, information will be presented on the planned activities for the year and this will be a good time to sign up for whatever interests you.   Stay tuned for more details.

We were fortunate that Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice agreed to speak to our group at our Annual Dinner and Silent Auction. She described the importance of diversity and equality in the judicial system. She quoted one of her favorite American attorneys, "There is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution... is a court... in our courts all men are created equal," Atticus Finch (Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird)