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Due to weather, the venue for this forum was closed on October 11. We are now pleased to announce that all three candidates will be able to join us on Tuesday, October 30, at 7:00 pm. The location is pending, but we'll post it as soon as it's finalized. Be sure to reserve this evening on your calendar!
The Spartanburg League invites you to join us for brunch. Get to know the League as you chat with members and hear reports about completed and upcoming projects as well as opportunities to volunteer for League activities. The Brunch menu includes breakfast casseroles, fruits, pastries/breads, juice and coffee provided by our members.
The League of Women Voters and the Breakfast Business and Professional Women of Spartanburg are partnering to commemorate Women’s Equality Day on Sunday, August 26, 2018, from 4-6 pm at SMC Studio inside the Aug. W. Smith Building at 174 E. Main Street, Spartanburg. This day marks the ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.
Kathryn Smith, author of The Gatekeeper, will portray Missy LeHand, Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Secretary, during the event. Books will be available for purchase. Her presentation is made possible by a grant from South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.
Additionally, there will be tributes to former Congresswoman Liz Patterson and to Dr. Alice Henderson, daughter of the founders of Hatcher Gardens. There will also be acknowledgement of the 100th birthday of Katherine Johnson, the NASA scientist/mathematician depicted in the movie Hidden Figures.
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please RSVP via EventBrite by Monday, August 20. Don't let the event and presenter names fool you, men are welcome and encouraged to attend!
This program is sponsored in part by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage. Other contributors include the Epsilon Beta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Cyndi Waters, Mary Black Health System, Spark Space at the Spartanburg County Public Libraries, Sam’s Club, Debra Robinson, and John Claggett.
During the 53rd LWV National Convention in Chicago, Virginia Kase, the next Chief Executive Officer of the League of Women Voters of the United States, was introduced. With more than 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector, she is a passionate activist and advocate for social justice. Virginia will start in her new role with the League on July 25th.
Virginia is currently the Chief Operating Officer of CASA, an organization at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement representing nearly 100,000 members. In her position as COO, she has driven the strategic growth, direction, and operations of the organization fighting for Latino and immigrant rights. Virginia started her career in nonprofit at the age of 23 when she co-founded the Hartford Youth Peace Initiative in an effort to help reduce gang violence in her hometown of Hartford, CT.
Read more about Virginia in her recent interview with Glamour magazine.
Although it's free, please RSVP though EventBrite so we'll know how many to expect.
Come chat with your fellow citizens over supper!
Last night, the League heard from Dr. Jennifer Parker and Ms. Stacey Olson about the Child Protection Training Center at USC Upstate's The George. They shared the negative impact that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have on individuals during childhood and throughout adulthood. We also learned that engaged, caring people can moderate or even reverse these negative outcomes. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The research on ACEs has resulted in evidence-based techniques and training. Learn more about ACEs and USC Upstate's programs here. The Center is one of only four in the country! Some training is open to non-students and there's a degree program if you want to go even deeper.
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.