Join Us for Our Open House & New Member Orientation April 9

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The boxes are empty, so come check out our new digs!

The AIM Building
1905 Harney St., Room 401J
Omaha, NE 68102

We will have two opportunities to see the new office, and to get to know more about LWVGO and the work that we do.

We’re hosting two open houses and new-member orientation sessions, one during the day and one in the evening.

On Tuesday, April 9, join us either from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

We will be meeting in the common are on the 4th floor.

Each open house time will include a new member orientation too – so new members come on down!

Street metered parking is available for the daytime open house or you can park in the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center parking garage across the street on Harney (1901 Harney St.). The AIM building lot is available after 5 p.m. Enter building on second-level parking; see the map below for more information. Please call MaryLee Moulton at 520-990-5944 if you have any problem entering the building after 6 p.m.

Join Us for the LWVGO & LWVNE Annual Meeting on April 27

LWVGO’s 2019 annual meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the AIM Exchange Trading Floor, 7th Floor, 1905 Harney Street.

Annual Meeting Schedule of Events

Immediately following the LWVGO annual meeting will be a taco-bar luncheon, featuring a talk by LWV national board member Melissa Currence. Following the luncheon, LWVNE will have its annual meeting in the same space.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Check-in
  • 9 a.m.: LWVGO annual meeting begins
  • 11 a.m.: Lunch begins
  • 11:30 a.m.: Speaker begins
  • 1 p.m.: LWVNE annual meeting begins
  • 3 p.m.: Day concludes

Register for the LWVGO annual meeting (and pay for the lunch) by no later than 5 p.m. on April 19 to guarantee entry. Register using the form below or by sending a note and check to LWVGO.

To attend the afternoon LWVNE meeting, send a check for $10 to LWVNE at 4600 Valley Road, Suite 306, Lincoln, NE 68510. (This additional fee covers the cost of workbook printing.)

Please send any questions to vicepresident@lwvgo.org.

Featured Speaker: Melissa Currence

Melissa Currence has served as a Ruth S. Shur Fellow for the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) since 2015, serving the states of Illinois and New York. She also co-Chaired the Young People Task Force for two years. Melissa joined LWV when she was 18 and has served on LWV Cincinnati Area board in several capacities including president, vice president of voter service, and is currently vice president of development.

She served on the LWV Ohio for two years on membership engagement committee and starting the state’s social media presence.  In addition, she serves as vice president of the Cincinnatus Association, a membership organization providing civic leadership and improving the long-term vitality of the Cincinnati region.  Melissa has a B.A. in Political Science from Xavier University (2001) and a Master’s of Arts in Journalism from The Ohio State University (2004). She has worked in the nonprofit public relations/marketing field for 14 years, and is the Community Impact Marketing Director at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. She has several writing projects at melissacurrence.com and stubbycurrence.com. 

Parking at Our New Office in the AIM Institute Building

Parking is available on the garage roof, leading into a second-floor entrance to the building. Overflow parking is available across the street at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center garage.

Register for the Annual Meeting

Register for the annual meeting, and pay for taco lunch, by filling out and submitting the form below. Once you submit, you’ll see our PayPal gateway appear in your browser. Use this to pay for your lunch(es). (You do not need to have a PayPal account to complete payment.)

Join Us for Dine & Discuss On the Road: First Ladies First Performance on March 26

Dine & Discuss is Going on the Road to the Durham Museum for a performance of FIRST LADIES FIRST!

More about this live performance: The lives of America’s two First Ladies ranged from tedious, to amusing, to very exciting, each adding her personal style into the character of the nation. Join the first, First Ladies as they show how they carved the identity of the new United States. Martha Dandridge Custis Washington and Abigail Smith Adams grew up in very different circumstances. This historical re-enactment is in conjunction with the American Democracy Exhibit.

When: March 26, 2019 (Note this is a Tuesday)

Dinner: 5:15 p.m. – Box Dinner cost $11 (please pay in advance via the registration form below)

Performance: 6:30 p.m. – Performance is included with your admission (Adults $11, Seniors $8) that you will pay separately from the dinner fee. (The performance is also included if you are a member of the Durham.)

We have 20 tickets reserved but you must RSVP by 9 a.m. on March 15, 2019. For more information or questions, contact MaryLee Moulton at mmoulton@lwvgo.org.

Please feel free to arrive early to tour the American Democracy exhibit.

To attend, fill out and submit the form below. You must register before 9 a.m. on March 15 to participate. You do not have to purchase a box lunch, but you can by selecting the option below and paying the $11 fee.

Celebrate Women at International Women’s Day on March 9 and Omaha Women’s Day March on March 10

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

International Women’s Day Omaha is celebrating with a variety of events, including a health fair, food, dance, and speakers, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at UNO Community Engagement Center. Find out more on International Women’s Day Omaha’s Facebook page.

The 2019 Omaha Women’s Day March, formerly known as the Omaha Women’s March, will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, starting from Omaha City Hall, 1819 Farnam St. Find out more on OWDM’s Facebook page.

 

Books After Dark: Join Us to Discuss ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama on April 2

“There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others.”

Michelle Obama in ‘Becoming’

Join us in discussion of Michelle Obama’s Becoming. The book club discussion will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at the new LWVGO office on the fourth floor of the AIM Institute building.

Becoming is the autobiographical memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.

This event is open and free to the public. You can optionally RSVP on Facebook.

Where do I park at AIM?

You can park behind the AIM Institute building at 1905 Harney St. Enter via Howard St. to 19th Ave., parking on the garage roof and then entering onto the second floor of the building. Take the elevator to the fourth floor, then turn left to find the office.

Participate in Women and Policy Week March 4-11

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host its annual Women and Public Policy Week on March 5 – 11, 2019.

Women and Public Policy Week will bring together the voices and expertise of UNO faculty, staff, students, community partners, and policymakers to discuss issues related to women and public policy across the city, state, nation and world.

Find details on all the events held in honor of Women and Public Policy Week at cpacs.unomaha.edu/policyweek.

Join Us to Celebrate a Resolution Declaring August 2019 ‘Nebraska Woman’s Suffrage Month’

Join the League of Women Voters of Nebraska (LWVNE) and the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha (LWVGO) at the Nebraska Legislature to be present when Senator Lynne Walz presents a resolution declaring August 2019 as Nebraska Woman’s Suffrage Month!

The resolution will be read at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 in the chamber. Members of the League of Women Voters of Nebraska will be recognized as part of the reading.

This is the kickoff to the Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment and the 100th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters.

Please meet us at 10:30 a.m. at the doors to the legislative chamber. We will walk up to the gallery to be recognized when Sen. Walz recognizes LWV members and marks the passing of the resolution presented.

RSVP using the form below, or, for more information, contact MaryLee Moulton at mmoulton@lwvgo.org.

Books After Dark: Join Us to Discuss ‘Sister Citizen’ by Melissa V. Harris-Perry on Feb. 27

Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing.

Yale University Press description of the book

Join us in discussion of Melissa V. Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen. The book club discussion will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Corkscrew Wine & Cheese, 10924 Prairie Brook Rd.

This event is open and free to the public. You can optionally RSVP on Facebook.

Dine & Discuss — Winning the Vote: The 72-Year Campaign for the 19th Amendment

Join us for a special Dine & Discuss event with Dianne Bystrom.

This presentation will trace the history of the 72-year campaign for women’s right to vote in the United States, including the contributions of such leading suffragists as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Mary Church Terrell, Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt. 

Dr. Dianne Bystrom is director emerita of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. She directed the center for 22 years before retiring in August 2018. She also founded Iowa State’s Leadership Studies Program and served as its director for 10 years. Dr. Bystrom has contributed to 25 books—including An Unprecedented Election: Media, Communication, and the Electorate in the 2016 Campaign (2018); Gender and Elections (2018, 2014, 2009 and 2006); and Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders (2018)—as a as a co-author, co-editor or chapter author. She also has written journal articles on women and politics, youth voters and the Iowa caucus. Dr. Bystrom continues to serve as a speaker and commentator about political and women’s issues for community groups, professional organizations and the media. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kearney (NE) State College and a master’s degree in journalism and Ph.D. in communication, both from the University of Oklahoma.

Join us for Dine & Discuss from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at Valentino’s, 5022 S 108th St.

Join LWVNE for Legislative Day on Feb. 19

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha participates in the yearly League of Women Voters of Nebraska legislative/lobby day and encourages all interested folks — members and nonmembers — to join as well.

The goal of LWVNE Legislative Day is to learn about how to effectively lobby state legislators as well as to put theory into practice. The day finishes with a “lunch and learn” presentation.

Read more about the 2019 priority bills that LWVNE members will lobby for.

This year’s Legislative Day takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Lincoln. The full schedule is listed below.

The featured luncheon speaker is Danielle Conrad, former state senator and current executive director of the ACLU of Nebraska, speaking on the topic of Criminal Justice Reform.

For more info and to register (registration is required and the deadline to register is Feb. 8), go to lwv-ne.org.

8:30 to 9 — Nebraska State Education Association Meeting Room

Registration and Refreshments. Note that parking is NOT available.

9 to 10:15 — Nebraska State Education Association Meeting Room

The Legislative process; LWVNE Priorities presented by LWVNE Action Directors: Lynne Elwood, Government; Phyllis Salyards, Health Care; John Else, Social Policy.

10:15 to 11:50 — State Capitol

Visit with senators, observe Unicameral in session, tour Capitol.

11:50 to 1 — Governor’s Mansion

Luncheon (Salmon with a Quinoa & Asparagus Salad) + speaker.