State School Voucher Program – August 15, 2019At oOur August 15th Lunch and Learn, Bonnie Bechard, LWV Dare County member and retired UNC Administrator, presented on tax dollars for private school vouchers and the need for transparency and accountability in evaluating schools that receive funding.
Redistricting What Happens Now? – August 10, 2019Over 140 people crowded the Kaplan Auditorium of the Hendersonville Library to learn about gerrymandering and fair redistricting. Co-sponsored by LWVHC and 8 other nonprofits, “Redistricting: What Happens Now” was a panel discussion featuring Representative Chuck McGrady, Senator Terry Van Duyn, and Asheville-based computational geographer and consultant, Blake Esselstyn. Panelists presented the nuts and bolts of gerrymandering and fair redistricting as well as in-depth information on the current status of proposed bills in the legislature and the impact of the redistricting lawsuit now in the NC courts. In response to audience questions, the panelists agreed that arriving at a policy for fair redistricting in NC will probably occur incrementally and that now is an opportune time for a bill to come forward.
Annual Luncheon Gala – June 21, 2019Annual Luncheon Gala June 21 Grand Ole Hall Highland Lake Flat Rock
Over 90 members, guests, and visitors attended our annual meeting/celebration of the year’s accomplishments. Jane Pinsky, Director, of NC Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform, spoke of the vital need for fair districting. Awards for community and student leadership were presented to Jan King, Asst Superintendent of HCPS, and Taylor Calloway, recent graduate of North High School. Almost $2,500 was raised in our silent auction/raffle fundraiser.
2019 LWVHC Student Leader Award – June 11, 2019Senior and League member Taylor Calloway received the LWVHC Student Leader Award for academic excellence and dedication to LWV Mission at Senior Awards Ceremony at North Henderson High School.
LWVNC Convention May 17th - 19th – May 17, 201912 LWVHC members attended the 37th LWVNC Biennial Convention in Chapel Hill May 17th-19th where we were honored with the Outstanding Local League Award. Mayor Barbara Volk was parliamentarian; Brenda Sherrer presented on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Lee Luebbe and Judy Katz were recognized for their LWVNC contributions as coach and state Board member, respectively. Convention speakers included LWVUS CEO Virginia Kase and Allison Riggs, attorney from Southern Coalition for Social Justice, who represented the LWVNC in front of SCOTUS on gerrymandering.
May Program Planning Meeting – May 16, 2019After reviewing our League mission and process, members brainstormed general direction and specific programs for 2019-2020. Members also ratified the Board’s recommendation to incorporate.
ERA Advocacy – May 6, 2019ERA Team members and NC ERA Alliance speak out for ERA ratification at County Commissioners Meeting on May 6, 2019
Oklawaha Greenway Program – April 18, 2019LWVHC member Suzanne Hale, President of Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway, updated attendees on Henderson County's Greenway Master Plan and led a short walk.
Observer Team Social & Share – March 21, 2019While enjoying the views and tasting at Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider, Observer Team and guests shared experiences and insights on observing local boards in action. The Team is growing, and the barn buzzed with our enthusiasm over the vital role of those who observe. Taking photos totally slipped our minds!
Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know Lunch & Learn – March 14, 2019Observer Team sponsored Angie Newsome, "Carolina Public Press," and Bill Moss, "The Hendersonville Lightning," who led an informative discussion on Open Records Laws in NC and media and individual access to public information.
A Discussion of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – February 21, 2019 Recognizing the dynamic process of DEI, attendees saw the tension between how we define DEI and how we talk, act, and think and how motivation, mindset, methods and measure inform the DEI discussion.
Human Trafficking Lunch & Learn – January 24, 2019Along with facts and figures, FBI presenters provided hands-on advice for addressing Human Trafficking in our community and personally
Program Planning Meeting – January 17, 2019Along with enjoying our “snowed-out” holiday social, delectables, and pre-school book collection, members took the opportunity to learn about and prioritize state positions on issues.
ERA Lunch & Learn – November 15, 2018After watching the recent video, "Legalizing Equality," attendees heard from NC ERA Alliance how we can support the upcoming bill to ratify in NC legislature.
LWVHC Display at the Library – November 1, 2018LWVHC made a display case splash at the Main Library during November.
School Board Candidate Forum – October 16, 2018Candidates provided thoughtful answers to questions on educational issues facing Henderson County.
Open World – October 12, 2018Our 6 Ukrainian guests spent a whirlwind week exploring technology and education with the warmth and guidance of our volunteer host families and local professionals.
Candidate Forum – September 25, 2018Standing Room Only didn’t hinder candidates or attendees from engaging in a lively exchange of ideas on issues critical to NC and Henderson County.
What's on the Ballot – September 20, 2018With co-sponsorship and information provided by DemocracyNC, attendees got the nitty-gritty on the NC Constitutional amendments on the November ballot.
Candidate Meet & Greet – September 13, 2018Every candidate on the ballot was invited to participate, and attendees took the opportunity to speak one to one with candidates.
Apple Festival – September 1, 2018Hundreds of thousands of visitors had the opportunity to stop by, register to vote, and get information at our LWVHC booth staffed by Voter Services Team. Marching in the parade was an additional treat for us!
What's Cooking – August 26, 2018Our August social started off the year with rock painting, apple pie and ice cream, and an opportunity to get engaged.