Congrats to our 2016 Martha B. Taft Award Winner, RSVP for our Summer Tour, Hearing set for Children's Services Levy Surplus
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June 9, 2016

Congrats to Margaret Standriff, 2016 Martha B. Taft Award Winner

Margaret StandriffWe thank you for joining the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 19! We were honored to recognize Margaret Standriff with the 2016 Martha B. Taft Award!

The Martha B. Taft Award is named after our first president, who served from 1920-22 and again in 1932-34. We honor her example of leadership by presenting our highest award to a League member in her name. The criteria are simple: be a long-time member of the League; be a contributor to the League; and be a leader in the general community.

Well deserved, Margaret!

At Annual Meeting, we had a great opportunity to get fired up about the 2016 Election Year and ways we can make democracy work in our community.

Be on the lookout for more info from Annual Meeting in our next Voter! 
RSVP Today for our Summer Tour of MSD's Lick Run Project

Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater CincinnatiLWVCA's Program Development Committee invites you to join us at the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) Lick Run Project Tour on Wednesday, June 29 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Cincinnati's South Fairmount neighborhood.

The Project is working to reduce sewer overflows during rain storms and includes storm sewers, stormwater detention basins, bioswale, wetland and stream restoration.

We will be meeting at the MSD Administration Building, 1085 Woodrow St. Cincinnati 45204 (Lower Price Hill area of Gest Street) to board vans for the tour.

Directions: Turn from Gest Street onto Woodrow. Pass the MSD Engineering Building and drive to the end of Woodrow Street. There is parking to the right across from Administration building.

RSVP is required. Contact us today at 513-281-8683 or email

Learn more about MSD by reviewing our March 2016 Study Pages.

Children's Services Levy: Citizen Advocacy Opportunities for June

Hamilton County SealThe Hamilton County Commissioners set two public hearings for the Children’s Services Levy which will allow the residents of Hamilton County an opportunity to provide public commentary on the use of the levy dollars not spent from the last tax levy. The hearings will convene in Room 605, 138 East Court Street on the following dates and times: 
  • Monday, June 27, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 29, at 11:30 a.m.
On Monday, June 27, the Tax Levy Review Committee (TLRC) will provide their recommendations to the Commissioners for the 2016 Children’s Services Levy. View the TLRC’s final report here after June 27. 

Let's Increase this Number!

556,714 Registered Voters as of 6/8/2016.
Check your voter registration or update your address
at the Hamilton County Board of Elections
Tickets now on sale for Gourmet Grub for Good on Saturday, August 13

Gourmet Grub for GoodTickets are now on sale for Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati's annual fundraiser "Gourmet Grub for Good" to be held on Saturday August 13, 2016 at the NEW Kennedy Heights Cultural Arts Center Campus Annex from 7pm-10pm at 6546 Montgomery Rd. 

Regular Tickets are $45 each in advance. All Access Tickets are $75 in advance and include unlimited beer and wine. Host tickets are $100 each.

We invite you to attend, and bring friends and colleagues to celebrate 20 years of total choice in Workplace Giving . If you haven't personally experienced Gourmet Grub for Good, it is an amateur chef cook-off with over 50 amateur chefs competing in various categories. Guests sample the dishes and vote for their favorite. 
The funds raised at this event provides critical support to Community Shares. LWVCA Education Fund is a member of Community Shares. We thank these donors for their support of our work!
Purchase your tickets today!
You are needed as a Poll Worker in November! 
I heart voting 
Members of the League of Women Voters are particularly qualified to become poll workers with their interest in and knowledge of election procedures. Poll workers get paid, as well.

A new website is available that provides detailed information about the job, as well as an application to complete.  
Sign up to be a Hamilton County Poll Worker
Youth At the Booth: Hamilton County Precinct Election Official Program
By Pinky Kocoshis, Board of Elections Liaison

Youth at the BoothThe Youth at the Booth program of the Hamilton County Board of Elections (BOE) offers high school seniors an opportunity to experience a real- life civics lesson while participating in the voting process and undertaking a meaningful community service activity.

This program is open to 17 year-old and older high school seniors who must be registered to vote. They will be have a 4-hour training class in advance of Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, and will earn $181.50 for their work on Election Day.

LWVCA supports the program and is looking for members who are willing to promote this program by making a personal contact with a high school in their neighborhood to recruit students. The BOE will send out an information packet the third week of August, and we will follow up on that mailing.

With the advent of electronic poll books, the high school students have already proven to be valuable at trouble shooting problems on election day. The goal of the BOE is to have a high school student working in each of the 361 voting locations in Hamilton County.

Please contact LWVCA office at 281-8683 or at or Pinky Kocoshis (contact info in your membership directory) if you can help with this.
A Glance at our 2016-2017 Program
By Elizabeth Brown, VP Program
2016-2017 LWVCA Programs By Elizabeth Brown

LWVCA's Program Development Committee and the Board have developed a schedule of interesting events for the 2016-2017 program year that includes a combination of topics for discussion unit meetings, tours, and general forums with speakers. 

These programs are in addition to a busy schedule of Voter Service events leading up to the November election. The program committees are seeking interested members to help with specific events and topics. Please contact Elizabeth Brown, Vice President, if you are able to help with any of the following programs.
  • Summer Tour – MSD’s Lick Run Project (Wednesday, June 29)
  • September – “Encouraging Voting in a Time of Challenges to Voter Rights” (discussion units)
  • October – Ballot Issues (forum and unit discussions)
  • November – Urban League’s report on the State of Black Cincinnati (discussion units)
  • December – Ride the Streetcar Holiday Event & Public Transit Issues 
  • January – LWV Ohio Program Planning (Saturday general meeting with speaker)
  • February – Consensus meeting on Ohio Primary Election Systems Study
  • March – Poverty & Housing, based on the book Evicted by Matt Desmond (discussion units)
  • March - Forum on MSD with a panel of speakers 
  • April – Aging Infrastructure & Funding Challenges (discussion units)
Artists and Web Volunteers Wanted

Let Ohio Women Vote. We didn't vote because it won't make a difference.Cartoonists and/or poster designers
LWVCA is planning to develop a library of cartoons, posters, and PowerPoint presentations that we can share throughout the community to encourage currently unengaged citizens to find a reason to vote in November.

We’d love to have you join a group of like-mined folks to build our supply. Of course you can put your signature on your artwork. As with most LWVCA positions, this is volunteer, not paid.

Web Volunteer
Do you enjoy keeping a website current and interesting? Or do you want to learn about websites? We will be training a small group of people to manage the pages of our website. 

Interested? Contact LWVCA at or by phone at 513-281-8683. 
Time again to Renew your Kroger Community Rewards Card!
By Melissa Currence, VP Development

Kroger Community Reards supports us. And you can help!
Help us reach voters while buying groceries by supporting the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area's Education Fund through Kroger Community Rewards! 

You will need to re-enroll your card for LWVCA so that we will receive a portion of your Kroger purchases. Your participation is at no cost to you! And you get to keep your fuel points too! 

Steps to enroll or re-enroll online
  1. Visit
  2. Sign in or create an account 
  3. Click Enroll Now 
  4. Search for League of Women Voters or the account number 80874 
  5. Select League of Women Voters/Cincinnati Education Fund 
  6. For assistance call the Kroger Community Rewards Support team at 1-866-221-4141 or the LWVCA office at (513) 281-VOTE (8683).
Steps to enroll or re-enroll by phone
  1. Call 1-800-576-4377. Press option 3 when the recording starts to list options. Alternative number: 1-866-221-4141 (Hours: 8 a.m. – noon Monday – Friday; 8am – 9p.m Saturday and Sunday).
  2. Tell the agent, “I want to register/renew for the Kroger Community Rewards Program.”
  3. Info you will need:
  • Kroger Plus Card number (the 12 digit number from the back of the card) or your alternate ID (phone number)
  • Your name
  • Your telephone
  • Your address
  • Your email
  • Name or organization number: League of Women Voters/Cincinnati Education Fund or Organization # 80874 
Steps to enroll or re-enroll in person
  1. Go to the customer service desk at your local Kroger store.
  2. Tell the agent, “I want to register/renew for the Kroger Community Rewards Program.”
  3. Info you will need:
  • Kroger Plus Card number (the 12 digit number from the back of the card) or your alternate ID (phone number)
  • Your name
  • Your telephone
  • Your address
  • Your email
  • Name or organization number: League of Women Voters/Cincinnati Education Fund or Organization # 80874 
Celebrate at Juneteenth Cincinnati

2016 Juneteenth Festival is being held Saturday - Sunday, June 18-19, at Eden Park. On Saturday, the "Father and Family Peace March" will be held 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Mirror Lake followed by the 2016 Juneteenth Festival celebrating the end of slavery. Enjoy a full day of activities, food, marching band, local entertainers and many others with a Saturday evening tribute to Prince!

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June 2016 Calendar
  • No standard unit meetings this month
  • 9:30 am., Saturday, June 11 - LWVCA Board Retreat
  • 6 p.m., Monday, June 13 - Northeast Evening Unit Dinner, Truva Café Mediterranean
  • 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 - Education Committee, LWVCA Conference Room
  • June 16 - June 19 - National Convention for League of Women Voters, Washington DC
  • June 18 - June 19 - Juneteenth Celebration Cincinnati, Eden Park
  • 2 p.m., Friday, June 24 Naturalization Ceremony, U.S. District Courthouse, Room 842
  • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, June 25 - LWVCA Communications Committee Retreat, Mt. Auburn Pres. Church
  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 29 - LWVCA Summer Tour of Metropolitan Sewer District Lick Run Project
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