Monitor governmental bodies for transparency and accountability
Provide members with a newsletter and study publications
Publish a directory of elected officials for our community
Contacts: Penney Van Vleet, president, 360-682-0071; email@example.com Sara Johnson, membership chairwoman, 582-0272; firstname.lastname@example.org Carrol Hull, sustainability, 683-5199, www.LWVCLA.org
The League of Women Voters of Clallam County's rich history spans 40-plus years of progress and decision-making.
"It remains progressive to this day and will stay that way," said Penney Van Vleet, Clallam League president.
Established in 1967, one year later the Clallam League officially became recognized as one of 21 groups in Washington.
The League of Women Voters is a volunteer, member-directed organization at local, state and national levels that is nonpartisan and neutral to political parties or candidates.
Several achievements are marked this month and year for the League and for women.
100th year of amending Washington state's Constitution, allowing women to vote
90th anniversary of passing the 19th Amendment allowing women to vote nationally
90th anniversary of the League of Women Voters
March is Women's History Month
Carrol Hull, sustainability chairwoman for the League, said she joined the local group two years ago because she felt it was the best place to make a difference.
"Citizenship participation is so essential in our democracy," she said.
Taking a stand
The lack of partisanship doesn't mean the League doesn't take action.
The League encourages informed, active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues through education and advocacy.
Van Vleet recently represented the League at a Sequim City Council meeting about its positive stance on impact and mitigation fees.
The state's League consensus on the topic was positive, so Clallam's League spoke in favor of it.
"It's a passion that's tempered," Van Vleet said.
"We don't just go out and speak our minds."
The League sponsors candidate forums for voters without endorsing candidates.
"I've been in the lobby after a candidates' forum, and people are thankful," Van Vleet said.
"It's a lot more personal than what you read in the newspaper or voter's guide.
The League also provides a free directory of elected officials and speakers who can present information about issues. Forum topics have covered Death with Dignity and health care reform - the popular Mad as Hell Doctors event.
League members - men can join, too, as of 1974 - are visible at government meetings. As part of the Observer Corps, they record and report on local happenings to keep League members updated.
They watch city councils, the hospital board, school boards and more.
"I learned more about government just by going to meetings than I did in high school and college," Van Vleet said.
The Sequim Gazette is located at 147 W. Washington Street in Sequim.
Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone 360-683-3311, or toll free at 800-829-5810. FAX 360-683-6670.
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