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The League of Women Voters of Spartanburg County
LWV of Spartanburg’s Sales Tax Referendum Forum
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 pm
Barrett Room, Spartanburg County Public Libraries Headquarters
151 S. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC
What does the proposed 1-cent sales tax increase mean?
What is it designed to do?
How will it all affect you?
Be an informed voter on November 7!
This forum will be moderated by former Mayor James E. Talley and panelists will include city and county officials plus Dennis Shreefer, former WSPA anchor, and Allen Smith, President & CEO, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
Free and Open to the Public
Presented by League of Women Voters of Spartanburg County in partnership with Spartanburg Branch of the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
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For the second year, LWVS is participating in a Green Bean Challenge for the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen for World Food Day on October 16. The League was the winner last year, so let's try to hold the title! You may contribute $4.00 or write a check for as much as you want at the Annual Brunch on Saturday, 9/23 at 10:00 am at CC Woodson Community Center or take large cans of green beans to the Soup Kitchen on October 16 at 12:30 pm. Either way, be a part of a community effort to help hunger in Spartanburg. For more information about the Green Bean Challenge contact Mary Deku at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join The League of Women Voters of Spartanburg County and Media Women of South Carolina for:
‘Consider the Source’ Seminar to Address Fake News vs. Actual News Challenge
Media Women of South Carolina and the League of Women Voters of Spartanburg County will present “Consider the Source: Knowing Who to Trust and Why…Learning How to Separate Fake News from Actual News,” a panel discussion on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Spartanburg County Public Library in the Barrett Room from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Panelists for this hour-long discussion include those on the front lines of ensuring that citizens have access to reliable information and news. They are Kirk Varner, vice president of news for WSPA-TV and WYCW; Jen Madden, assistant director of the South Carolina Press Association; Mike McCormick, reporter/anchor at WYFF News 4; Bob Dalton, editor at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Dr. Trevor Rubenzer, political science professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate; and Katherine Wakefield, web developer who runs WebCodeChicks.
This event will address why it’s important to be able to differentiate between “real” news and “fake” news, as well as how this growing distrust of media is impacting our political processes, First Amendment rights and civil society.
Some topics for discussion include the following:
Special Election – Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
There will be a special election for State House District #31 on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Candidates are:
On September 25, we will observe National Voter Registration Day.
This year we will be registering voters at:
Don't forget to share this info with any friends and neighbors who may need assistance registering to vote. We'd love to help them!
Saturday, September 23 - 10:00 am
C.C. Woodson Community Center, 210 Bomar Ave, Spartanburg, SC
The Spartanburg League invites you to join us for brunch and interesting morning learning about communicating with social media. We’ll also have reports about Voter Registration, a preview of upcoming meetings, and opportunities for members to volunteer for League activities.
The Brunch menu includes breakfast casseroles, fruits, pastries/breads, juice and coffee provided by our members.
RSVP by calling Dee Goforth at 585-6791 or email Kathy Ellis at email@example.com. Let us know if you are or not coming to the Brunch, what you want to bring, and if you will bring a guest(s).
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control just reported that Spartanburg County had 18 schools participating in Breathe Better 2, our Natural Resources Committee Air Quality program last year. The next highest county in the state just had 11.
Congratulations to our Natural Resources Committee lead by Mary Deku!!!!!
Pictured: Student participants from Chesnee High School with the Air Quality Indicator Flag for the day. (May 2017)
If you want to connect your school with this program, too, connect with Mary Deku. firstname.lastname@example.org
"Creation Care and a Climate Solution That Could Bring America Together"
Monday, September 18, 6:00 pm
Central United Methodist Church, 233 N. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC
Spartanburg Green Congregations is sponsoring this presentation from former Congressman and current Founder/Executive Director of RepublicEn, Bob Inglis. The event is free and open to the general public. All are welcome!
Thursday, September 14, Noon-1:00pm
First Presbyterian Church, 393 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC
Join Mental Health America of Spartanburg at their September Lunch & Learn when psychologist Peter Moore and private practice counselor Kathy Murphy will talk about “Invisible Disabilities”. Invisible because the outside observer may not be able to see them, e.g., PTSD or anxiety, or understand the difficulties that go along with them. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.
Note that we have a different site this month: the large private dining room on the lower level of the Family Life Center on the First Presbyterian Church campus. This building is located behind and a little west of our usual location, The William Arthur Center.
Registration is not necessary, parking is available and drinks will be provided should you like to bring your lunch. Please plan to come and “spread the word” with friends and family.
Dues for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2017 of $50 (individual) or $75 (two person household) membership are payable now and can be paid at the Brunch or you can mail your check:
Alice Claggett, Treasurer
193 Briarcreek Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29301.
Please consider including an extra amount for local programs. Dues are not tax deductible; however, contributions to the League of Women Voters Education Fund are tax deductible and must be made by a separate check made out to LWV Education Fund.
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. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages.