Listen to Douglas County Commissioner candidates at the League of Women Voters’ forum.
A video recording of the Douglas County Commissioner Candidates Forum that was held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Express in Roseburg, Oregon is now available for viewing on the League’s YouTube channel.
The video is about 90 minutes long. Enjoy & be informed. Don’t forget to vote! Election Day is Nov. 6, 2018.
Thanks to Frosland Photography for creating the video.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, during the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners Business Meeting, concerning the formation of a county-wide transit district.
The meeting will begin at 9:00 am in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470.
Douglas County Courthouse 1036 SE Douglas Ave, Roseburg Room 216 9AM
The County is proposing the formation of a non-taxing transit district to provide a transportation dedicated entity to manage public transportation funding and public transportation enhancement decisions.
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 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.
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.
Visit 5 gardens, one home, a vineyard, and sip some wine too!
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:
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.
We hope you enjoyed the 2017 Spring Garden Tour as much as we enjoy putting it together. It’s a lot of work but we consider the Tour a highlight of our year. Thank you so much, Community, for coming out for it!
Many thanks to the gardeners of Douglas County for sharing your delightful places with us!
Here’s some photos taken at this year’s Garden Tour to enjoy:
Roseburg Community Bookshelves Grand Opening on Thursday, June 15 at 12:30
A grassroots, volunteer action team has announced the grand opening of Roseburg Community Bookshelves at Cascadian Coffee Co., 732 SE Cass, Roseburg (in the Grand Hotel).
A few speeches and a short ceremony are planned for Thursday. Some light refreshments will be served. All are invited.
Roseburg Community Bookshelves will provide a “grassroots honor-based lending system … because everyone should have something to read.”
In a proactive partnership with Cascadian Coffee Co., Roseburg Community Bookshelves will provide books, DVDs, CDs, magazines and books on CD (or tape) for loan during the business operating hours of 6:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday. There is a suggested limit of three items to be borrowed for up to a three-week timeframe.
Donated books have been categorized as fiction, non-fiction, children’s and other books. They’ll be available for reading on-site or for loan, using an honor system.