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LWVHC Calendar

February

Board Meeting
February 3, 5:30 P.M.
League Office
434 7th St. Eureka
Humboldt History Day
February 7
Humboldt State University
Founders Hall
Program Planning II
February 8, 2 P.M.
League Office
434 7th St. Eureka

March

Board Meeting
March 3, 5:30 P.M.
League Office
434 7th St. Eureka
Mony Bauer Reception
March 13, 6-8 P.M.
Rita's Mexican Grill
1111 5th Street, Eureka
Sunshine Week
March 15-21
A nationwide effort to create dialogue on the importance of transparency in government and freedom of information.
Open Government is good government!

April

Board Meeting
April 7, 5:30 P.M.
League Office
434 7th St. Eureka
State of the Community Luncheon
April 17
Adorni Center, Eureka
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The League of Women Voters
of Humboldt County

Our Mission: The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Mark your calendars for the 2015 State of the Community Luncheon on Friday, April 17. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of this year's Civic Contribution Award winners!

Our speakers this year: Estelle Fennell, Chair, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. Keynote Speaker – Merv George, Jr., Forest Supervisor, Six Rivers National Forest.

Meet Our Individual Recipients of the 2015 Civic Contribution Award

Two Amazing Nonagenarians

Ruth Mountaingrove has been described as an activist, feminist, artist, writer, musician, photographer, poet, mentor, and icon. Locally she is known as a founder of the KHSU program Through the Eyes of Women, a book reviewer for the L-Word, a contributor to the Senior News, and a volunteer with the Ink People. She also served on the Humboldt County Grand Jury.

Ruth put her artistic skills and educational training to use in the first heady days of feminism in the late nineteen seventies. She moved from Pennsylvania to Oregon, where she joined an intentional community of women. There, she conducted week-long workshops for feminist photographers over a period of six years and published a nationally distributed magazine, Womanspirit for ten years. Her photographs have appeared in shows all over the U.S. Having earned two masters degrees at HSU after the age of 80, she continues at 92 to take photos, paint, and maintain her connections with fellow poets.

At the age of 97, Helen Person is astonishingly bright-eyed and energetic. After she retired from her career that started with teaching in a one-room school in Willow Creek in 1939 and went on to include administration with the Humboldt County Office of Education, she began serving dinner weekly at St. Vincent de Paul, where she continues today, over 30 years later. About the time she turned 90 she also began helping with food preparation for the homeless with Betty Chinn's program. Her volunteer activities have included service with the Humboldt County Retired Teachers and serving on the organizing committee for the Author Festival that brings well known writers of children's literature to Humboldt County every two years. She continues to be active with her church, drives her own car, and tries to get in two good walks each day.

Next month we will introduce the organization being honored: Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods.

Guest from the LWVC

The LWVHC Welcomes Mony Flores-Bauer

In March we are pleased to be hosting a LWVC Board member, Mony Flores-Bauer, at a reception on Friday evening (6 to 8 P.M.) March 13, 2015 in the meeting room at Rita's Mexican Grill, 5th Street in Eureka. This will be in place of our Thursday evening member meeting in March.

Mony is bilingual in Spanish and English, and works throughout the state helping League members reach out to the Spanish-speaking community. She will speak at the LatinoNet General Meeting at noon on Friday, March 13, at the Community Wellness Center, 908 Seventh Street in Eureka, and members of the League are welcome to attend that meeting, too.

We will have the chance to talk with Mony on Friday evening and pick her brain about how we can interact most effectively with Spanish speakers, the fastest growing group in Humboldt County. More details about the reception will be in the March VOTER, but be sure to save the date.

President's Greeting - February

Can you believe we are halfway through the League year? Our fall months were very busy with elections and the beginning of a new study. Now we turn our attention to our program, action and advocacy, looking at Program Planning I and our positions on Adult and Juvenile Detention Facilities and Programs in Humboldt County. We had wonderful attendance at our meeting on January 15; at least twenty-three League members attended. Thanks to Krista Miller, Becky Simpson, Anne Hartline and Paula Blackshear for all the arrangements, and to Kathy Johanson for the delicious light supper.

I think everyone in attendance enjoyed the presentations and conversations about Juvenile Detention Facilities and Programs, and we all loved the chance to socialize with other members when we had extra time during the agenda. We have several recommendations to make to the Board to place in the Annual Meeting Kit for the membership to approve in May. Thanks to everyone who participated!

~LWVHC Co-President Byrd Lochtie