More Thanks!!

The  2013 Garden Committee met last week to evaluate our recent Garden Tour held on Saturday, June 15th in the Roseburg area and to make recommendations for 2014.

Although we realized Individual words of thanks were extended to the musicians, artists and those who helped to make the 2013 Country Garden Tour a very special event, we realized it was important for the members of the LWVUV to know who was involved in this production.  Individually, you may want to extend your personal thanks and appreciation for their participation when you see any of the following:

Linda  Smith, representing the Audubon Society, led informative bird walks at Sunshine Park  during a 4-hour period.

Artists who participated  were:

Victoria Carnate, John & Judy Waller, Peter Alsen, Paul Zegers, Dan Rockholt, Susan Commerford and Claudia Lapham & Friends.

Musicians who participated were:

Steve Erickson, Dan Bedford, Rebecca Moore, Frank Elst, Cindy Ferguson, Wanda Eddy, Joe Ross & Friends, Ray  Wanamaker and Jeff Haverner.

We know may of you participated in the tour, so you may already know who was instrumental in making this event a success.  We also know some of you were not available and wanted you to know the extent of community involvement.

Nancy Farris is the chair for 2014.  Please contact her if you wish to participate in the planning of our 3rd annual garden tour.

Thanks from the committee: Beverly Paulson, Nancy Farris, Penny Reed, Rina Bengstrom, Anna Willman and Jean Oswald

Country Garden Tour

Visit lovely off-the-beaten path country gardens right here in Douglas County, Oregon, on Saturday, June 15th from 10AM to 4PM.

See and Tour 6 gardens with live music and working artists. 

Tickets are available for $12.00 each after May 15 at While-a-way Books, Hansen’s Jewelry, and Photo Frogg in Roseburg, at the Illahee Restaurant in Glide (exact change only at this location), at Sutherlin Water Garden and Supply in Sutherlin, at Hall’s Ace Hardware in Myrtle Creek, and at the Conis Company Store in Winston.

Tickets available for $15.00 on day of tour at CH Bailey House Bed & Breakfast, 121 Melton Road, in Dixonville.

Download the Country Garden Tour Flyer here.

Questions? Contact Penny Reed at 541-637-7091.

A few photos from last year’s very successful Garden Tour:





National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Meeting May 6th


The public is invited to attend an informative meeting to be held by the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley on May 6th at the Douglas County Library between 6 and 7:30PM.The Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Chris Bouneff, will speak on “Confronting Mental Illness in our Communities”, a timely topic to discuss.

Please attend. Refreshments will be served. 

Download the flyer here.

Dinner & Annual Business Meeting

Reserve your space now for the Dinner and the League’s Annual Business Meeting at Dino’s Ristorante, 404 SE Jackson St Roseburg, OR 97470 on April 23rd at 5PM.

The guest speaker will be Linda Mullins, CEO of Umpqua Health Community Center. She will address “The New Form of the CCO’s, Community Health Organizations”, which are part of the healthcare reform that begins next year.

There’s only room for 15 so reserve quickly. The cost is $20 for the meal, which includes bread, soup or salad, entree choice of either eggplant, chicken, or beef, dessert, coffee or tea, and gratuity. Drinks are separate.

Members, please bring your agenda with you that was mailed recently.

RSVP here or call 541-672-1914.

Lots of Interest in Healthcare For All!

It’s no surprise. There’s great interest in Health Care For All in Douglas County. The local League of Women Voters meeting held on March 19th in Roseburg attracted lots of attention. Joe Yetter presented “The Healthcare Movie” and the group of about 50 discussed medical insurance coverage in the United States as compared to healthcare coverage in Canada. In Canada everyone is covered for all medical treatment.

And there’s lots going on regarding healthcare legislation right now at our state Capitol. Check those bills out here.

And check out these photos from the meeting. Maybe you’re in one!






Healthcare for All Public Meeting

You are invited to view “The Healthcare Movie” on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 PM at the Douglas County Library, 1409 Diamond Lake Blvd., in Roseburg, Oregon.

“The Healthcare Movie” explains how health care systems in the U.S. and Canada compare. Discussion to follow will focus on ways that Oregonians can work to improve access to health care for all.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley and Health Care for All Oregon (

Help spread the word about the meeting and the movie by printing out and posting this flyer around town, where ever you are inspired. Click here to download the flyer.

This is an educational forum free to the public.
For more information, call 541‐672‐1914.

Death Penalty Meeting Held on 2/12/13

LWVUV’s ‘Dialogue on the Death Penalty’ meeting was held on Tuesday, 2/12/13. Ron Steiner of OADP informed an audience of about 60 at the First United Methodist Church.

The first public hearing on HJR 1, a proposed amendment to the constitution, will be heard at the Legislature on 2/26/13. You can learn more here.

Thank you for attending this 2/12/12 educational meeting.

Dialogue on the Death Penalty — February 12, 2013 at 6:30PM


The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley (LWV-UV) is joining with the First United Methodist Church in Roseburg to sponsor a Dialogue on the Death Penalty on Tuesday, Feb 12th at 6:30 pm at the Methodist Church. The featured speaker will be Ron Steiner, Director of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

In the upcoming 77th Session of the Oregon Legislature, Representative Mitch Greenlick plans to submit HJR 1 which would refer to the voters a constitutional amendment to replace the death penalty in Oregon. This Dialogue on the Death Penalty is designed to educate Oregon voters about the basics of the issue and allow them to ask any questions they have, as well as to express their own opinions.

This event is free and open to the entire community. The Roseburg Methodist Church is located at 1771 W Harvard Ave and the event will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30PM. For questions, contact Tina Arredondo at 541-637-0899.