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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) - Upcoming LWVUS webinars

Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to LWV's current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communites and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.


Register to attend LWV webinars on DEI


June 27, 2019: Register

July 25, 2019: Register

August 29, 2019: Register

September 26, 2019: Register


Check out other League resources on DEI


Image attribution:  Equity, diversity inclusion by quinn.anya licensed under CC BY-SA-20

Candidate Open House & How to Run for Public Office

~~~ June 29, 2019  ~~~  FNSB Assembly Chambers ~~~ 9:00 AM - Noon

 Presented by FNSB, City of Fairbanks, City of North Pole & League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley

Juneteenth Celebration - June 15, 2019

Come celebrate Freedom Day from Noon - 5:00 PM.


Freedom Day commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas.


LWVTV registered voters and answered questions about our right to vote.


Bernice Allridge Park is located at 2250 Wilson Street.







February 18, 2019

JPJones Community Center
2400 Rickert St.


The League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley and the Fairbanks Branch of the American Association of University Women are working to schedule a public presentation on this troubling topic. Fairbanks and Alaska have not escaped this serious affront to human rights. 

A Conversation on Redistricting with Michael Walleri


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

6:00 PM

IBEW Multipurpose Room


About thirty members and guests gathered to learn about the purpose of redistricing and reapportionment and the history and process of redistricting in Alaska. Redistricting will follow the 2020 census and Mr. Walleri spoke on the importance of the census and census challenges in Alaska.  Prior to the "line drawing" led by a Redistricting Board, there will be a Redistricting Planning Committee that works to compile and prepare information necessary for the work, secure office space/staff and technology/software to aid in the redistricting process. Mr. Walleri talked about the difficulties facing the Board given Alaska's unevenly distributed population, cultural landscape and varied socio-economic foundations. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Opportunities on Jan. 18, 19 and 21


The King Holiday Bill was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Nov. 2, 1983. It took until 2000 for the last state to sign a bill recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday. 

Several LWVTV members attended the Community Celebration.



In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, the Alaska  Bar Association answered legal questions for free on MLK Day (1/21/19) in communities across Alaska. These clinics were for low income Alaskans with civil legal needs that include family,  landlord-tenant, and public benefits issues. This clinic is a public service project of the Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Court System, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and Alaska Public Media in partnership with local bar associations.

JP Jones Community Development Center
2400 Rickert St.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Election 2018 Results


Election:  Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Division of Elections


LWVTV members offered voting opportunities for folks at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Pioneer Home.

LWVTV assisted voters at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and the Pioneer Home during the Oct. 2 Municipal Election

LWVTV part of Naturalization Ceremony


We registered 23 new citizens on Sept. 28 at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center following the always moving Naturalizaion Ceremony.


Linda Witt led our group along with Shari George, Sue McHenry and Janna Miller. Thanks to Carol Ann Varner for organizing our participation.



Municipal Candidates Forum


Elections impact every aspect of our lives, and we all need to weigh in. We are all equal at the ballot box, but only if we vote. LWVTV engages our community every year ensuring we offer information that voters need to participate in elections that determine the future of our community.


Join the conversation on:


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

7:00 - 9:00 PM at the

FNSB Assembly Chambers


Book Club ~ Sept. 8, 2018 - July 13, 2019

  • September 8, 2018 – The Soul of America: the battle for our better angels by Jon Meacham
  • October 13, 2018 – The Road to Character by David Brooks
  • November 10, 2018 – The Woman Who Smashed Codes: a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America’s enemies by Jason Fagone
  • January 12, 2019 – In the Garden of Beasts: love, terror, and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
  • February 9, 2019 – The Hidden Brain: how our unconscious minds elect presidents, control markets, wage wars, and save our lives by Shankar Vedantan
  • March 9, 2019 – Educated: a memoir by Tara Westover
  • April 13, 2019 – How to Think: a survival guide for a world at odds by Alan Jacobs
  • May 11, 2019 – Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: a story about women and economics by Katrine Marcal
  • June 8, 2019 – selection of titles for September 2019 – July 2020
  • July 13, 2019 – A Cool and Lonely Courage: the untold story of sister spies in occupied France by Susan Ottaway

Primary Candidate Forum

August 17, 2018 ~~ 6:30 - 9:00 PM

FNSB Assembly Chambers


The League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley hosted a candidate forum at 6:30PM on Friday, August 17th in the FNSB Assembly Chambers for the upcoming Alaska Primary Races. Candidates from the US representative race, state house districts 1-6 and state senate seat A were represented.


For more than 50 years, local voters have looked to our League for unbiased, straightforward information about the election. Many voters rely on our forums to learn more about candidates and candidates have come to rely on our forums to get their message out to the electorate.


LWVTV was at the Tanana Valley State Fair.

August 3 - 11, 2018.


Open House ~~ Running for Local Public Office

July 7, 2018 ~~ 10am - Noon ~~ FNSB Assembly Chambers


Thinking of running for FNSB Assemby, FNSB Mayor, North Pole Assembly, North Pole Mayor, School Board, IGU Board?


LWVTV supported the Clerks from FNSB, City of Fairbanks and City of North Pole who were available to answer questions from prospective candidates. 

Juneteenth Citywide Celebration

June 16, 2018

10:00am - 7:00pm

Bernice Allridge Park

2250 Wilson St.


LWVTV registered voters and let participants know about the League's work making democracy work.


Juneteenth or Freedom Day, commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas. Congress recognized the day through Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56 in 1997.


/\/\/\ LWVUS 53rd National Convention /\/\/\ June 28 - July 1     Hilton Chicago

LWVTV Annual Meeting - May 19, 2018


President - Rebecca Heaton

Vice President - Sue Sherif

Treasurer - Jean James

Secretary - Clare Hill

Past President - Shari George



Board of Directors

Mary Lee Guthrie

Helenmarie Matesi

Gael Murakami

Sylvia Slotnick

A Workshop on How to Run for Public Office was offered on May 16, 2018, at the Fairbanks City Council Chambers. The workshop was a collaboration with the FNSB, City of Fairbanks and City of North Pole clerks and took advantage of material created by the LWV of Juneau. LWVTV members Mary Lee Guthrie, Rebecca Heaton, Sue Sherif and Phyllis Tugman-Alexander led the charge on this event which was well-received and well-attended.

See the FNSB Mayor's presentation and the results of the realtime polling done at the Sandbox 2.0 group meetings held February 12 at Pioneer Park. See the results of the Hays Research poll of FNSB residents during January 25 - 28, 2018.


Study Gunnar Knapp's Reflections on Alaska Fiscal Facts and Choices

30th Alaska Legislature


Second Regular Session

January 16, 2018 - May 13, 2018



First Regular Session:  January 17, 2017 - May 17, 2017

First Special Session:  May 18, 2017 - June 16, 2017

Second Special Session:  June 16, 2017 - July 15. 2017

Third Special Session:  July 27, 2017 - July 27, 2017

Fourth Special Session:  Oct. 23 - Nov. 21, 2017

Second Regular Session:  January 16, 2018 - May 13, 2018


LWVAK Annual Convention ~ April 28-29, 2018

Tanana Valley members Shari George, Mary Lee Guthrie, Rebecca Heaton, Helenmarie Matesi and Phyllis Tugman-Alexander joined others from Anchorage, Juneau and the Kenai Peninsula. Members conducted League business, enjoyed an excellent presentation by the Division of Elections and  learned about climate change on the Kenai. There was also time for reconnecting with League members from across the state at a pre-convention dinner and social evening.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk - April 25, 2018


Several League members joined in the walk that started at Fairbanks Native Association Community Services and ended at Golden Heart Plaza. Outreach tables and community information were at the end of the walk.

March for Our Lives Alaska


A rally at Golden Heart Plaza on March 24, 2018, highlighted the theme:  How Gun Violence affects Our Marginalized Communities. A number of LWVTV members attended the March and Teach-In.


 February 14, 2018


League's 98th Anniversary


“Ninety-eight years after the League’s founding, members of the League in the Tanana Valley are proud of the great progress it has made empowering voters and defending our democracy,” said Rebecca George Heaton president of the League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley “The League in Fairbanks has involved thousands of voters in electing government decision makers for our state government and in holding them accountable for their actions.”

Enjoy the complete press release prepared by our president, Rebecca George Heaton.
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LWVTV is a Golden Heart Meeting Ambassador

Along with 28 other local groups that led events during 2017, LWVTV was honored by Explore Fairbanks as a Golden Heart Meeting Ambassador for hosting last year's LWVAK Annual Convention.  Explore Fairbanks estimates that the Convention brought in more than $10,000 to Fairbanks! Shari George and Mary Lee Guthrie were on-hand to receive the award at a reception and dinner held at Raven Landing on February 7, 2018.

Women's March January 20, 2018 Golden Heart Plaza

About 450 women, men, children and pets marched for an hour in downtown Fairbanks. It was cold and breezy but the crowd kept up their enthusiasm with clever signs, chants and camaraderie. We were treated to Native drummers and protest music from the past. This year's event focussed on continuing to inspire the momentum we've seen in the past year here in Fairbanks politically. The March was followed by a short rally at Golden Heart Plaza at which our local president, Rebecca Heaton, gave an impassioned talk urging us to address the perils to our country of gerrymandering and bolster our democracy by voting.


LWVTV and other groups gathered to educate voters and encourage them to wake up, speak up and get involved. The Hub hosted tables for local nonprofits like ours including AAUW and FAF to share our work and provide participants a place to warm up.  

Empowering Women - Experiences in Burkina Faso
with Marilyn Russell and Joy Morrison


November 13, 2017  ~  6:00 PM  ~  Noel Wien Library Auditorium

Image in Cour Royale a Tiebele by Rita Willaert (Creative Commons, Flickr)

The American Association of University Women and LWVTV hosted a public meeting highlighting Marilyn's and Joy's immersion and work in the West African culture.

Peace Corps volunteer, Marilyn Russell, and dissertation researcher, Joy Morrison, both spent time in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Marilyn in 2013 - 15 and  Joy in 1988 - 89.  They are both feminists who focused on strengthening rights of Burkinbe women. They also focused on some family/health issues, and gender equity…. Marilyn - through the US Peace Corps and Joy through the Academy of Education Development. Russell and Morrison shared their experiences in West Africa using an interactive presentation, slides, regalia/materials  …

If you want more information, contact Marilyn Russell at (907) 750-4566 and/or Joy Morrison at (907) 687-4493.

DC Statehood

Statehood by Aaron Brazell is licensed under CreativeCommons BY 2.0

Caroline Pettit gave a fascinating and informative presentation on, "DC  Statehood - Fixing the Hole in Our Democracy," at the IBEW Conference Room on October 28, 2017. Supported by a grant to LWVUS, Ms. Pettit has been visiting Alaska (Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks) providing history and progress and building a nationwide infrastructure in preparation for a positive time to push for DC statehood in Congress. Ms. Petitt and others active in this effort will be visiting many other states over the next months. Special thanks to Phyllis Tugman-Alexander for  spearheading this opportunity.



The League of Women Voters believes that citizens of the District of Columbia should be afforded the same rights of self-government and full voting representation in Congress as are all other citizens of the United States. The LWVUS supports restoration of an annual, predictable federal payment to the District to compensate for revenues denied and expenses incurred because of the federal presence.

October 3, 2017 Election Results

October 2017 Election Results
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FNSB Assembly Candidates Forum

LWVTV hosted an FNSB Assembly candidates forum on Friday, September 29, 2017, at the FNSB Assembly Chambers. League posed questions covering borough economics, education, air quality and marijuana. A wide range of questions offered by the audience rounded out the 90-minute question-and-answer session. Each candidate was also given the opportunity to explain why citizens should vote for them.


The forum was open to the public and free. Thanks to KUAC for providing online streaming of the forum for those unable to attend in person.

School Board Candidates Forum

LWVTV joined with the Young Professionals Council to present a "Get to Know Your Candidates" forum at the FNSB Assembly Chambers on September 26, 2017. Jennifer Imus, supported by LWVTV's Rebecca Heaton and Jennifer Schmidt, posed questions developed by the Young Professionals Council and League to candidates for Seats E, F and G. Questions from the audience were also put to the candidates. KUAC live streamed the forum for those not able to make it in person.


Special thanks to Jennifer Schmidt (once again), Becca Brado (Young Professionals Council) and KUAC.

A good crowd attended the forum to hear ALL of the candidates running for these important seats.



         Book Club \/ \/ July 2017 - July 2018

July 8 - Abundance:  The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamondis and Steven Kotler


Aug. - No Meeting


Sept. 9 - Thanks for Being Late by Thomas Friedman


Oct. 14 - Dark Money by Jane Mayer


Nov. 11 - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance or Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie R. Hochschild (Reader's Choice)


Dec.- No Meeting


Jan. 13 - Molly Hootch:  I Remember When:  Growing Up in Alaska on the Kwiguk Pass of the Lower Yukon River by Molly Hootch Hymes and/or Coming into the City by Elise Patkotak (Reader's Choice)


© Krimzoya | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

Feb. 10 - The Fix:  How Nations Thrive in a World in Decline by Jonathan Tepperman


Mar. 10 - Viking Economics:  How the Scandinavians Got It Right and We Can Too by George Lakey


Apr. 14 - Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson


May 12 - Alaska's First Millionaire:  The Life and Times of Cap Lathrop by Elizabeth A. Tower


June 9 - Book Selection Meeting


July 14 - Elephant Company:  The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives During World War II by Vicki C. Croke

LWVTV Annual Meeting -  May 20, 2017


President - Rebecca Heaton

Vice President - Sue Sherif

Secretary - Jenifer Cameron

Treasurer - Jean James

Past-President - Shari George

Board of Directors:


Elise Alexander

Mary Lee Guthrie

Clare Hill

Helenmarie Matesi

Karen Parr

Joan Soutar

A great group of members gathered together at Raven Landing to review what the LWVTV has been doing this year, adopt a program and budget for the coming year and hold elections. Members were actively engaged and there were spirited discussions throughout the meeting. We were also lucky to enjoy a lively presentation by Marna Sanford (Tanana Chiefs Conference) discussing their progress, learning experiences and a look forward for the Get Out the Native Vote initiative.


Special thanks to outgoing Board members:  Donna Dinsmore, Emma Marcucci and Matthew Putnam, and, Past-President Phyllis Tugman-Alexander.


Note that Phyllis Tugman-Alexander was elected earlier this year as Vice President of the State League and Mary Lee Guthrie as a State Director; Tanana Valley is well-represented at the State LWVAK.


Recommended 2017 Program Plan
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State Board Members

Judy Andree, President
(Juneau) 2020

Sue Sherif, Vice-President
(Tanana Valley) 2020

Carol Dickason, Secretary
(Anchorage) 2020

Shirley Pittz, Treasurer
(Anchorage) 2021
Pat Redmond, Past-President
(Anchorage) 2020


Hetty Barthel
(Juneau) 2020

Mary Lee Guthrie
(Tanana Valley) 2021

Diane Mathisen

(Anchorage) 2020

Marianne Mills

(Juneau) 2020

Cathleen Rolph

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2021

Local League Presidents

Margaret McDonagh

(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2020

Lois Pillifant
(President,  Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters) 2020

Sue Sherif & Mary Lee Guthrie
(Co-Presidents, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2020

Karen Crane

(President, LWV of Juneau) 2020

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