Thanks for Attending LWVOR Council!

The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley thank community members who came out for the LWVOR Council presentations on May 16 at the Holiday Inn Express in Roseburg.

Council was informative. Membership adopted a budget for 2014-2015, elected state leaders, and learned from a number of elegant speakers.

Dr. Patty Scott of the Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay presented a fascinating set of slides about “When Generations Collide,” all about the characteristics of different generations and how they think.

Tom Bowerman, Project Director of PolicyInteractive Climate & Public Policy Research Project, addressed the third Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey results, the common vision of Oregonians, and the role of the individual in influencing social change in “We’re Closer Than We Think”.

Both speakers’ Powerpoint Presentations are available on this page.



The Cooks! Debbie of Dino's Catering took great care of us.
The Cooks! Debbie of Dino’s Catering took great care of us.
Climate Change discussion
Climate Change discussion
Tom Bowerman,
Tom Bowerman,
Dr. Patty Scott, SWOCC
Dr. Patty Scott, SWOCC
Children at Risk Study huddle
Children at Risk Study huddle


LWVOR Council in Roseburg May 16 & 17

The Public is Invited To Attend The League of Women Voters of Oregon’s Council 2014

At the Holiday Inn Express in Roseburg, OR. 375 West Harvard Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon.

On Friday, May 16 at 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM, Dr. Patty M. Scott, Ed.D., President, Southwestern Oregon Community College will speak on “WHEN GENERATIONS COLLIDE”.

Every generation is different, but why does it seem hard to connect with young people of high school and college age? Dr. Scott will relate how Southwestern Oregon Community College makes education relevant to the students and explores ways that generations can learn to appreciate and benefit from the other’s view of the world.

Also on Friday, May 16, that evening at 7:30 PM, the Banquet Speaker will be Tom Bowerman, Project Director, of PolicyInteractive Climate & Public Policy Research Project.

Conventional wisdom portrays citizens as deeply divided over major policy issues. This view is reinforced by media stories and political rhetoric. The third Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey results call into question that the culture is so deeply polarized, based on results from 198 questions asked of thousands of randomly selected citizens. Results show a majority of the population share a common vision of engagement on major issues. The study methodology and findings will be presented by Tom Bowerman, along with a brief examination of the role of the individual in influencing social change. This talk will cover some highlights from the range of topics but will give more focus to environmental topics, PolicyInteractive’s primary focus.

Buffet Dinner catered by Debbie of Dino’s Ristorante Italiano in Roseburg
Reserve in Advance by May 12, 2014 – $25 per Person – Pay at the door

Please let us know your choice of meal:

  • Butternut Squash Lasagna (Veggie) or
  • Stuffed Pork Tenderloin or
  • Chicken Tetrazzini

All served with salad greens, dressing & rolls
Strawberry Panna Cotta for dessert
Coffee and Tea

Please call the League office, 503-581-5722, to reserve dinner or for more information. Please respond by May 12, 2014. Payment for dinner accepted at the door. Guests for speakers only are welcome to attend at no cost.

Download invitation here.

The League and the ACLU Meet on April 1 in Roseburg


Join the League in welcoming the ACLU to speak on “Unequal Justice: Discrimination in the War on Drugs” on April 1 at the Douglas County Library from 6 to 8PM.

Members and Friends, help us spread the word by clicking here, and then printing the poster and posting it around town. This would help with public relations greatly. Thank you!

This meeting is free and open to the public.

What happened at the meeting:





Agriculture Study Consensus Meeting for Members

Please come and see how the League works. Open to the public.

Tuesday Feb. 25 at Noon

Elmer’s Restaurant in Roseburg

League members will answer consensus questions regarding the national League’s study on Agriculture.

Here is an important link on the national League’s website for you to use to become informed on the subject before the meeting:

3/9/14: Here are photos from this vibrant meeting of over 20 League members.



Tech Meeting for Members 10/22/13

To LWVUV Members:

I hope you will come to the October 22 – Tuesday meeting. It will be at 1:00 – 3:00p at the Oregon State University Extension Service Roseburg Office in the kitchen meeting room (lower floor) at 1143 SE Douglas St, Roseburg. Please park in the County visitor parking.

This meeting is to review the new web pages for the League, and learn some helpful hints about finding documents/studies and the new Forums. It will be with Mary Sinclair, from Rogue Valley League on a big screen in real time WiFi. You may bring your own laptops, if you wish, but this is not required. The pages have changed and the state League and national League look very much the same. You should register as a member prior to this meeting. Each member can sign on and create their own password now, if you have not already done so.

There are also some new web sites which we should know about. I hope this will be a benefit to members who like to use the internet. I know it may not be for everyone, but we have room for about 20 at this location.

If you are coming, I will send you some documents ahead to look at. SO RSVP BY OCTOBER 18!

If you did not attend the League Forum–Cradle to Career–but are still interested to work on one of the new studies, please let me know.

Thank you for your continued support. Please contact me if you have questions.


Sally McKain
LWV Umpqua Valley, President

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:





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!






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.