First Regular Session: January 17, 2017 -
LWVTV partnered with SWEET to offer the public an opportunity to hear the latest State of Alaska budget updates from Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney. Even though it was late afternoon on Valentine's Day about 85 attended the presentation and question-and-answer session held at Schaible Auditorium. Director Pitney presented facts, figures and a plea to advocate for balancing the budget. She brought the budget to "human" terms by comparing Alaska's to an average family budget.
The event also offered us the opportunity to acknowledge League's 97th birthday and remember Elizabeth Peratrovich for her courageous, unceasing efforts to eliminate discrimination and bring about equal rights in Alaska. Special thanks to UAF economics professors Sherri Wall and Chris Wright and League members Sue Sherif and Mary Lee Guthrie.
The purpose of Program Planning is to discuss where League should put its energies. The basic flow is:
Sat., March 25, 2017
10:00 AM - Noon
Raven Landing 4L
NW Corner of Airport Way and Cowles Street
Please review documents listed below prior to the meeting
We held our annual Program Planning meeting to formulate our recommendations to the LWVAK Board on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Noel Wien Library Auditorium. About 35 members and prospective new members turned out for a lively discussion of state positions and to recommend retaining, revieiwing or revising each of the current positions. We also recommended that the LWVAK take on re-districting for study in the coming year.
Following the meeting, LWVTV offered an online poll to all members to gather addtional ideas and guidance. The LWVTV Board met om February 13 and forwarded the final recommendations on February 17. See the February Voter for LWVTV recommendations.
Full version of the positions can be read online or downloaded.
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Mark your calendar for the upcoming LWV Alaska Annual Convention. League members from across Alaska will be gathering. The State Board is working on the agenda. Our local League is working on the logistics. Business, workshops, talks, evening social and auction, activism, strategies will all be on the agenda.
The position will need to be affirmed at the LWVAK State Convention in April. Please review prior to the convention.
League members assisted voters at the Pioneer Home and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Shirley Gordon, Meg Green, Mary Lee Guthrie, Rebecca Heaton, Dianne Hermann, Clare Hill, Ann Swift and Phyllis Tugman-Alexander worked with the Division of Elections and staff at both facilities to ensure all were able to cast their ballots.
TCC held a candidate mixer at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall on November 4. Candidates from across the Borough area attended and were available for one-on-one discussions. League joined with this Get Out the Native Vote opportunity.
The LWVTV joined with Get Out the Native Vote supporters to register voters and provide information at the Elders and Youth Conference hosted by the First Alaskans Institute and at the Alaska Federation of Natives 50th Annual Convention. Both conferences were held at the Carlson Center.
This was a wonderful chance to meet young people and encourage them to be lifelong participants in voting. It also let us show our support for the Get Out the Native Vote project.
Thanks to Linda Witt, Jean James, Caroline Wolf, Phyllis Tugman-Alexander, Ann Swift, Karen Parr, Mary Lee Guthrie, Donna Dinsmore and Shari George.
Following the forum, the public had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the candidates. Here, League member Mary Lee Guthrie discusses issues with candidates Matt Cooper and Shaun Tacke.
League members also made sure voters at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center were able to cast their ballots.
We sponsored a candidates forum on August 11 from 6:00 - 8:45 pm.
Candidates for House Districts 1,2,5 and 6 and candidates for Senate District B and House Districts 3 and 4 were asked a series of League-prepared questions.
The forum was webcast and recorded. Links were provided for folks who were unable to attend.
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On Wednesday, Feb. 17th
Alaska Native Education presented a marvelous Elizabeth Peratrovich program at Denali Elementary featuring a composite video of local students reciting Ms Peratrovich's famous speech to the Alaska Territorial Legislature urging passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act in Alaska in 1944.
ANE Coordinator Yatibaey Evans encouraged the crowd of over 100 Native families and students to take an active role in government by informing themselves on the issues and to VOTE at each and every election.
George Freese was the guest speaker who eloquently conveyed how his 18 years of unjust incarceration was only recently ended through the overwhelming commitment and perseverance of activist community members and legal battles waged by the Alaska Innocence Project. In a very moving speech Mr. Freese thanked those who fought for his freedom for all those years and committed himself to continue their activism to improve representation and justice in Alaska.
Past president Jennifer Schmidt coordinated assisted voting at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and the Pioneers Home. She was joined by Clare Hill, Ginny McDowell and Mary Lee Guthrie On Tuesday, Oct. 6th for our Borough Election. Many thanks to these Volunteers in helping to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to vote. Well done!
League members volunteered at the Naturalization Ceremony, September 17, at the Federal Building, and were thrilled to welcome 21 of our newest citizens and register 16 to vote. Thanks to Carol Ann Varner for continuing to coordinate these heartwarming events, and to Clare Hill and Sue Sheriff for volunteering their time.
The next Naturalization Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for March 11, 2016.
The Last Forum of the Five part series "Forging Alaska's Fiscal Future" continued to impart important financial information in a very palatable format.
Please continue your involvement in fiscal planning by contacting legislators, writing Letters to the Editor, and opening discussions with friends and family.
You can continue gathering fiscal information by accessing Governor Walker's proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund, Revenue and Expenditure Model and Challenge at:
The League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to encourage active and informed citizen participation in government. We provide factual information on the structure and function of government, voting procedures and election issues.
We DO NOT support or oppose candidates or political parties, but DO take positions on issues which we have studied and discussed.
Our purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government.
President: Shari George ( 2016 - 2017)
Vice President: Sue Sherif (2016 - 2017)
Secretary: Jenifer Cameron (2015-2017)
Treasurer: Jean James (2016 - 2018)
Past-President: Phyllis Tugman-Alexander (2016 -2017)
Donna Dinsmore (2015-2017)
Mary Lee Guthrie (2015-2017)
Clare Hill (2015-2017)
Emma Marcucci (2015-2017)
Joan Soutar (2016 - 2018)
Karen Parr (2016 -2018)
Matthew Putnam (2016 - 2018)
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Pat L. Redmond, President
Judy Andree, Vice-President
Gail Knobf, Secretary
(Central Peninsula) 2018
Carol Dickason, Treasurer
Marianne Mills, Past-President
(Tanana Valley) 2018
(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2017
(President, LWV of Central Peninsula) 2017
(President, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2017
President, LWV of Juneau) 2017
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