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It’s a wonderful thing when a community comes together in the face of adversity. And that is happening now in Douglas County, Oregon, in the midst of calamity and invisible disease all around.

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Thank you to Oregon Serigraphics owner Stephanie LaFleur, and League of Women Voters member, who is providing a link between the community and the medical community. She has arranged to provide mask materials to sewists — like the Umpqua Sewing Warriors — to produce much needed medical masks for our warriors on the frontlines — doctors, nurses and everyone else working in healthcare to help those in need. Read about this endeavor in The News-Review account published on 3/25/20.

We thank all those who are tackling the coronavirus outbreak daily to help our county, state and nation to get through this. As for the rest of us — STAY HOME — if at all possible! And Sew!

Please sign up with the Oregon Health Authority to get daily updates.

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Garden Tour Flowers

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Thank you to all Gardeners for sharing your amazingly beautiful settings
with the community!

Thank you to all Artists and Musicians for making each garden even more beautiful, melodic and memorable!

The Spring Garden Tour 2019 held on Sat., June 15th and sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley was a great success thanks to all the people who come year after year.

We are seeking gardens for next year right now, too! Let us know if you have a garden you’d like to share or a lead for us. We’re looking at the Hucrest to Del Rio Road area. Please contact us at lwvuv.info@gmail.com.

A few photos from this year’s Tour ~

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NPV

National Popular Vote.

Call your legislators! The following are excerpts from our Legislative Reports that the League of Women Voters of Oregon produces each week and their website.

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Please keep the pressure on legislators to vote yes on SB 870. We are seeing nationwide momentum for election reform, which includes an acknowledgement of the flaws in our Electoral College system. It’s especially important to provide Oregon’s Republican legislators with facts (LINK to Answers to Common Questions about National Popular Vote) to counter the partisan myths about NPV.

Here’s a sampling of NPV news from around the country:

  • Delaware, 3 electoral votes. On March 7, the NPV bill passed the Delaware Senate on a bipartisan vote and is now headed to the House for likely passage. The governor has indicated he will sign it. This just happened.
  • New Mexico, 5 electoral votes. We await news from where the bill sits in the Senate Rules Committee after passage in the House.
  • Maine, 4 electoral votes. There are high hopes for as the legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee recently voted 6-3 to endorse NPV on a party line vote.
  • Colorado, 9 electoral votes. The NPV bill awaits the governor’s signature . Opponents have threatened to put a popular referendum on the ballot to attempt a reversal.

Eleven Democratic-leaning states and the District of Columbia already have voted to enter the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Democrat-controlled Colorado will soon join the list, giving the compact 181 of the 270 electoral college votes needed to elect the president.

In Oregon, SB 870, the Senate version of the National Popular Vote Bill, was introduced on February 25 with an unprecedented 40 sponsors and 8 chief sponsors. This is the same bill that has been blocked by Senate leadership after passage in the House four times in recent sessions. However, we are very hopeful that this year will be different.

NPV supporters have just been told that Senate President Courtney and Senator Ginny Burdick are finally willing to allow a Senate vote on the NPV bill this session. It is important that legislators hear from as many constituents as possible that support for NPV is high. Please call or email your state legislators as soon as possible to urge support for SB 870.

Check the National Popular Vote website for the latest updates.

Call your legislators!

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The League and No LNG

The state League of Women Voters of Oregon, along with four local Leagues, Rogue Valley, Klamath Falls, Coos County, and Umpqua Valley, submitted comments on August 15, 2018 requesting denial of all permitting applications.1532567086475

The League of Women Voters of Oregon —

 “believes that natural resources should be managed as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems. Resources should be conserved and protected to assure their future availability. Pollution of these resources should be controlled in order to preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of ecosystems and to protect public health.” The League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) “. . . opposes degradation of all of Oregon’s surface and ground water. . . .” and declares that climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our generation. 

We must protect the natural resources we have now. We must stand in solidarity!

Please read the League’s complete comments here.

 

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Don’t Miss This Treat!

Spring Garden Tour • Saturday, June 16 • 10AM to 5PM

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There’s just a few days left before the Tour! Get your tickets at one of these locations by Friday, June 15:

Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the Tour at the garden site located at 747 San Souci Drive. Look for the “League of Women Voters” table.

This year’s tour includes five unique landscapes in the Garden Valley area. Highlights include an Asian-themed miniature garden, a rose garden, a Tolkien-themed garden, and a heat sink solar greenhouse.

Here’s a link to our web page.

For more information call 541-643-8113.

 

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Listening to Each Other

Brian Prawitz, Roseburg city councilor, spoke to League members at their annual meeting on May 15 at the Roseburg Country Club.

Brian’s talk is so pertinent to our situation throughout America that we thought we should share this with you. Brian struggles with the violence and division between Americans. He says we need to actually listen to each other and to try to understand each other. Here’s a link to his talk to the League on his business’s website — https://soundcloud.com/brian-prawitz/togetherness-without-tragedy-uvlwv, thanks to BP Media Solutions.Brian-Prawitz-Roseburg

Brian encourages us to find ways to work together for the good of our community, despite our differences. He suggested that we each make an effort to seek out someone who is different than we are and get to know them, offer respect, and prepare to love them even if we disagree with them.  Change starts with one-on-one relationships and good listening skills.

Also, Brian’s TED Talk “Togetherness Without Tragedy” can be viewed online at: http://www.tedxroseburg.com/2017/04/17/brian-prawitz/

Brian participates in the American Leadership Forum (ALF) where he has gotten to know a diverse group of Oregon leaders from urban and rural areas this year. He finds himself in the minority as a white, middle class, conservative man from a rural area and he is gaining new perspective.  He is dismayed that some people in the group have told him they are afraid to come to Roseburg.

Brian mentioned a person who has impressed him with his Kindness Diaries (now on Netflix). The author is Leon Logothetis, and more can be learned about him here: http://www.leonlogothetis.com/. He drove around the world on his motorcycle with no money. When Brian asked him how to lessen division and create more harmony in our communities, he told Brian, “Be the change.”

Brian’s mission is similar to the League’s efforts called the Listening Project which was created in the wake of the October 1st, 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting tragedy. The project will continue this coming fall.

Check out the links above, and contact the League for more information.

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Spring Garden Tour!

Local Gardens, One Home Tour, and Wine-Tasting at June 16 “Spring Garden Tour”

The seventh annual “Spring Garden Tour” sponsored by the Umpqua Valley chapter of the League of Women Voters, will take place on Saturday, June 16, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

This year’s tour includes a home tour, and five unique landscapes in the Garden Valley area, including an Asian-themed garden, a walled tea garden, a rose garden, a wooded garden, and a Tolkein-themed garden. A special feature this year is a vineyard garden and tasting room, with wine-tasting!

Tickets cost $15 (cash and checks only) and include a descriptive guide to each garden, along with a map and driving directions. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the following establishments:

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Roseburg:
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bullet_blue The Bagel Tree Cafe and Bake Shop

Glide:
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Sutherlin:
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Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the Tour at the garden site located at 747 San Souci Drive. Look for the “League of Women Voters” table.

League of Women Voters® Umpqua Valley is a grassroots, nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government in order to build better communities statewide.

 

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Candidates Forum Tomorrow Night

Douglas County Commissioner Candidates Forum Tomorrow Night!

Be sure to attend Tuesday, April 17 at 7PM to 8:30PM a Douglas County Commissioner Candidates Forum to be held at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave, in Roseburg. This forum will host the slate of candidates running for the open seats on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Nine candidates have filed and have been invited to attend.

Bring your questions for the candidates. Find out what they think about your issues.

This event is free of charge, all are welcome. No campaign materials are permitted.

All League candidates forums are nonpartisan and unbiased. All candidates are treated the same and given the same information and opportunity to inform the public.

Be sure to come early!

For more information email lwvuv.info @ gmail.com or call [541]-[672]-[1914].


And the Candidates are . . .

Douglas County, OR – Position 2 – Four-year term
Tim J Freeman
Rita Harris
Ashley Hicks
Victor J Petrucci
Brandy Stone

Douglas County, OR – Position 3 – Four-year term
Chris Boice
James Hoyt
Jason Leeper
Jeremy Salter
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Join Us for A Community Conversation

Join us for a community conversation in response to #MeToo.

Let’s discuss your view of the #MeToo movement and how it affects you and others around a friendly table of community members.   

What positive steps can we take in Douglas County in response to the #MeToo movement?

  • Be part of the change.
  • Make your voice heard.
  • Discuss in a supportive, small group setting, and
  • Contribute to the larger conversation
  • All genders welcome & open to the public. 

Tuesday, March 20
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Umpqua Valley Arts Center
1624 W. Harvard Ave, Roseburg

  • This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley.
  • The meeting is free and open to the public. Light snacks provided.
  • For more information, call 541-672-1914

Download the poster and pass it around!

 

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Upcoming League Events

The League has a great list of events upcoming all open to the public and free of charge.

We hope you will join us on the following dates from 7PM to 8:30PM at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 West Harvard Avenue, Roseburg.

  • On January 23, the League will hold its annual program planning meeting. This is an important League function that is done by Leagues all over the country. Please come see what the League is about even if you’re not a member. All are welcome.
  • On February 20, please come and learn more about the CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocates) from Katherine Elisar. This program is very important to children whose lives intersect the legal system in our county.
  • On March 20, we will hold an interactive forum and ask the question, “How Do We Relate to Each Other Without Offending?” Due to recent controversy around the misconduct allegations and origin the #MeToo movement, we will discuss personal and social boundaries.

All community members are welcome to attend any one or all of the above events.

And don’t forget to Vote! Election Day is Jan. 23! Make Your Voice Heard!

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