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Book Group
2023 - 2024


  • AUG - No Meeting
  • SEPT - The Train to Cyrstal City by Jan Jarboe Russell
  • OCT - Profiles in Ignorance:  How American Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber by Andy Borowitz
  • NOV - The Big Myth:  How Americam Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
  • DEC - No Meeting
  • JAN - The Women They Could Not Silence by
    Kate Moore
  • FEB - Dark Money:  The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by
    Jane Meyer
  • MAR - Eisenhower:  The White House Years by
    Jim Newton
  • APR - Being Heumann:  An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by
    Judith Heumann
  • MAY - Factfulness:  Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World-and Why Things are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling AND Let American Be America Again by Langston Hughes
  • JUNE - Select Books
  • JULY - Freakonomics:  A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Check out what's happened over the past few months

Members and friends gathered at the IBEW Multipurpose room for great food, conversation, and a banned book quiz and trivia fun.  Fall decorations, a baked potato bar with fixings, and a host of potluck appetizers, salads, and desserts made for a special afternoon with our friends and fans of League. Special thanks to Phyllis Darrah and Diane Lyon for all the prep work, gathering books, activities, and organization.

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KUAC Fall Fundraiser Phone Bank

October 22, 2023


LWVTV has a close connection with KUAC as we sponsor the broadcast of the Borough Assembly meetings and they cosponsor our candidate forums and some of our Hot Topic events. We had a full house of volunteers for the Fall Fundraiser event. It was a fun and easy way to spend a couple of hours with other League members for a good cause. 

Citizenship Celebration

October 20, 2023


LWVTV has a long-standing tradition of signing up newly naturalized U.S. citizens.  For years we did this at the official national Immigration Service ceremony in Fairbanks.  Beginning with the pandemic and with continued federal budget constraints, the Immigration Service no longer conducts naturalization ceremonies in Fairbanks. To fill the gap for the last three years, the Literacy Council has scheduled a citizenship celebration for newly naturalized Fairbanks residents.  These are smaller but no less meaningful occasions.  The Literacy Council invites us each year to offer the new citizens an opportunity to register to vote,



FNSB Assembly

FNSB School Board


Friday, SEPT. 22     7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


In-person at FNSB Assembly Chambers

Broadcast live on KUAC-FM 89.9


CLICK HERE to listen to a RECORDING of the FORUM

Brought to you by the League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and KUAC-FM 89.9. Thanks to the FNSB for room and technical support.

See the Official Candidate List


Review BOTH sides of the Sample Ballot


Study the Candidate Pamphlet


Visit the FNSB Clerk's Office Election Information website for even more information 

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LWVTV Registers Young Voters at West Valley HS
September 21, 2023


Several LWVTV members were on hand at West Valley High School on the day that students held their candidate forum featuring FNSB School District School Board candidates. This is a nice opportunity to meet young people who are dipping their toes into civic engagement and support Vote Local.

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LWVTV Helps with FEA Tally

August 31, 2023

LWVTV Helps with ESSA Tally

September 9, 2023


LWVTV members supported the Fairbanks Education Association and the Education Support Staff Association with their recent contract ratification tallies. Members were on hand to count ballots and provide nonpartisan support for the Associations' votes.



LWVTV On-Hand to Register Voters at Teacher Professional Development Days

Aug. 11 & Sept. 1, 2023     Lathrop HS


New registrations, changing addresses, upcoming election day information, Division of Elections info - LWVTV members provided current and new educators with what they need to keep voting.


First Summer Social

The grill was hot, the side dishes were delicious, the weather was great, and there were no mosquitoes. About a third of our membership showed up to socialize and just have fun. It was great!!  Thanks to Mary and Ramon Galvan for spearheading this event.  If you missed it this year, don't miss it next year. We even got a new member!



A Fairbanks tradition since 1952, we jumped in to host an informational tent with all-things-voting. We want to support our community and showcase the League's nonpartisan support of our democracy at all levels. LWVTV volunteers staffed the tent from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and shared information all day.


June 22, 2023

Downtown Fairbanks


About 30,000 folks enjoy the Midnight Sun Festival and LWVTV was there, too. It was our first time hosting a tent at this event and we got a lot of traffic with our info on registering to vote, help changing addresses, how ranked choice voting works and dates on upcoming elections.

A gorgeous day celebrating Juneteenth. Members Shari George, Bernardo Hernandez, Ellen Mannion and Linda Witt were there enjoying the community support, music, food and fun. We talked to participants, registered voters and provided information on running for office and voting in Alaska. 


   Hot Topics Forum:  Mining in Our Backyard 

   March 3, 2023    Schaible Aud. UAF  and broadcast live by KUAC-FM 89.9

Fairbanks has long been a mining center of the Interior from the days of the original gold panners to our large-scale modern, mechanized operations. What is the impact of mining on our local economy and our daily lives? Join us for a discussion of the role of modern mining exploration and operations in our borough.


Speakers included representatives from the Alaska Mining Association, the Institute of Social and Economic Research, UAA, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Department, Save Our Domes, and Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways. 


Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, and KUAC-FM.


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2023 LWV Program Planning and Annual Meetings

LWVTV Program Planning

     January 13 & February 8


Program Planning recommendations to the LWV of Alaska for 2023 - 24 were decided during the January gathering and forwarded to the LWVAK. In February we focused on priorities for the Tanana Valley local League that would be discussed and voted on at the LWVTV Annual Meeting in May.


LWVAK Annual Convention

 April 22-23               

The Convention was held in-person at sites in each local area and online. We heard from Dr. Turner (LWVUS),
Leah Edwards (AK's liaison to LWVUS), Anton McParland (Mary Pertola staff member), and Sen. Murkowski. We hosted a panel on overcoming obstacles for voting in Alaska. Durng the business sessions, the group retained all current Alaska positions, but voted to revise/update campaign finance, election processes and energy. We adopted a state study on civics education and endorsed a study on gun safety. LWVAK's empasis areas are: election policy and procedures, ranked choice voting, reproductive rights, gun safety and judicial selection and retention. We updated bylaws, adopted per member payment  and the proposed 2023-24 budget. Officers for the coming year were elected .


LWVTV Annual Meeting

                    May 20


We held our Annual Meeting at the IBEW Meeting Room and on Zoom. We reviewed our local positions, updated bylaws, set priorities for the coming year, adopted a budget and elected officers for the new year. We were also treated to a fascinating and humerous presentation by James Brooks of the Alaska Beacon. 

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Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. --Section 1 of the Equal Rights Amendment.


Visit the LWV Alaska site here to learn more.


See the LWVUS ERA Toolkit

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John Lewis VRA

The US House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, on December 6, 2019, by a bi-partisan vote. A full victory will come when the US Senate passes the John Lewis VRA and we can have free and fair elections that build the representative democracy America deserves. 


Visit the LWV Alaska site to learn more.


Follow the LWVUS Blog on the John Lewis VRAA with words from LWVAK president, Judy Andree.

If these issues are important to you, write to your Senators, talk to your friends, write letters to the editors, post Facebook posts, and Tweet your support!

For the ERA (S.J.Res 6) and VRAA (S. 561), please write to Senator Lisa Murkowski and thank her for her support of these bills.  And, specifically — write, call or email  Senator Dan Sullivan to encourage him to support both of these. 


League of Women Voters of the United States Calls for Immediate Removal of President Donald Trump



WASHINGTON – Thursday night, the League of Women Voters board of directors met and voted unanimously to call for the immediate removal of Donald J. Trump from the office of the President of the United States of America via any legal means, including and in order  of preference: impeachment with disqualification, the invocation of the 25th amendment, or resignation. Today, the League of Women Voters board of directors issued the following statement: 


“Donald Trump must be immediately removed as President of the United States of America and banned from running for federal office ever again. 


“The sitting president was the instigator of Wednesday’s domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five Americans dead and many more injured. He commanded an army of insurrectionists to forcefully overturn our free and fair elections in an effort to maintain power. These are the actions of a tyrannical despot, and they are in direct opposition to American democracy. President Trump continues to present a clear threat to national security as well as the safety and security of the American public.


“For violating his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, Donald Trump must immediately resign or be removed from office by any measure possible in accordance with the law. Removing President Trump from the office of the president and swearing in Vice President Mike Pence to fulfill the duration of this presidential term will ensure our Constitution is maintained and upheld. 


“The League of Women Voters calls on both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to immediately impeach President Trump with disqualification and remove him from office. Should Congress fail to impeach him, we call on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office immediately.”


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League Condemns Domestic Terrorist Attack on U.S. Capitol



  Today the League of Women Voters of the United States president Dr. Deborah Turner, CCEO Virginia Kase, and the full board of directors issued the following statement in response to the violent demonstrations at the U.S. Capitol:

“This is a dark day in the history of the United States of America. Today’s activity on Capitol Hill should have been a procedural exercise to finalize the 2020 election. Instead, our nation's Capitol was attacked by domestic terrorists seeking to invalidate the will of the people.   

“The actions by these terrorists have no impact on the results of the election. This violent mob was encouraged by an outgoing president who lost re-election in a free and fair election.   

“Donald Trump has emboldened and empowered violent agitators, perpetuated dangerous conspiracy theories, and dishonored the office of the President. Furthermore, the members of Congress who continuously lie to the American people about the proven legitimacy of this election are also responsible for today’s horrific events. There is blood on their hands.   

“The League of Women Voters of the United States calls on President Donald Trump to concede the election immediately. We call on all members of Congress to respect the certification process, condemn the actions of these terrorists, and support a peaceful inauguration on January 20th."

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State Board Members

Alex Koplin, President

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2024

Marianne Mills, Vice-President

(Juneau) 2024

Sandy Garrity, Secretary (Central Kenai Peninsula) 2024

Shirley Pittz, Treasurer

(Anchorage) 2025
Sue Sherif, Past President

(Tanana Valley) 2024


Judy Andree

(Juneau) 2024

Gayle Garrigues

(Tanana Valley) 2025

Shari George

(Tanana Valley) 2024

Gail Knobf

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2025

Therese Lewandowski

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2024

Pat Redmond

(Anchorage) 2024

Local League Presidents

Shirley Pittz

LWV of Anchorage 2024


Cathleen Rolph
Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters 2024


Marna Sanford & Sue Sherif
LWV of Tanana Valley 2024


Sarah Moore

LWV of Juneau 2024

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