First Regular Session: January 17, 2017 -
A nice group of members gathered together at Raven Landing to find out 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 Get Out the Native Vote.
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.
Officers and Board for the LWVTV for 2017 - 2018 year are:
President - Rebecca Heaton
Vice President - Sue Sherif
Secretary - Jenifer Cameron
Treasurer - Jean James
Past-President - Shari George
Board of Directors:
Mary Lee Guthrie
Saturday evening the convention enjoyed the traditional auction and dinner at Pike's Waterfront Lodge. We were treated to a very interesting and thought-provoking talk by Adam Tanner on his in-depth research into privacy concerns and the selling of medical data to private companies. His latest book, Our Bodies, Our Data - How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records, gives one plenty to think about.
League members from across Alaska gathered at the IBEW for the state's annual convention. The convention was opened by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Ralph Beistline. Following Judge Beistline's remarks, the convention began the formal business meeting. As part of the proceedings, League members were encouraged to participate in the March for Science. Pat Watt (Juneau League) then worked with the group in developing a How to Run for Local Office workshop based on material developed by the Juneau League in collaboration with the Juneau City Clerk's Office, the Juneau Public Libraries and the Juneau School District. LWVTV organized a panel made up of Nadine Winters offering a candidate's perspective, Linda Schandelmeier speaking on the impacts to family and Lachlan Gillespie who has been a campaign manager and legislative staffer.
Sunday the convention concluded with formal business including program adoption and elections.
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.
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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.
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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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Judy Andree, President
Phyllis Tugman-Alexander, Vice-President
(Tanana Valley) 2018
Gail Knobf, Secretary
(Central Peninsula) 2018
Cheryl Jebe, Treasurer
Pat Redmond, Past-President
(Central Peninsula) 2019
Mary Lee Guthrie
(Tanana Valley) 2019
(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2018
(President, LWV of Central Peninsula) 2017
(President, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2018
President, LWV of Juneau) 2018
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