League of Women Voters Of Adams County Colorado
League of Women VotersOfAdams County Colorado

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF ADAMS COUNTY

Meeting Location: Community Reach Center

11285 High Line Dr, Northglenn

 

Meetings are held from September thru May.  

On the second Monday of each month we have evening meetings in Room 201(Bob's Place) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.  Arrive at 6:15 for coffee.

On the fourth Monday of each month we have morning meetings in Room 201 from 11:30am to 12:30pm. 

Board Meetings: The dates are noted on the calendar. Members are invited to attend.

www.lwvadamscounty.org 

   

  www.facebook.com/lwvadamscountyco/            

 

Please be alert to possible changes in meeting times or places and to special events.  Changes will appear on this calendar and/or on the website.  An attempt also will be made to contact all members 

 

Board of County Commissioners Study Session
 When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019  Following the Public Hearing, which will be at 9:30 a.m.
 Where:  Adams County Government Center 4430 South Adams County Parkway 5th Floor Study Session Room Brighton, CO 80601
 Public study sessions are information gathering meetings for the Board of County Commissioners and are open to the public.

 
 
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Public Outreach Progress Meeting
 Friday, January 18, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 PM  
 Please join us for an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) public outreach progress meeting on Friday, Jan. 18, 3-4 p.m., at the Adams County Human Services Center, 11860 N. Pecos St., Westminster. The county will provide progress updates on the ADA Transition Plan Program as well as highlight several active projects. For more information, visit adcogov.org/adaplan.   
 If you are unable to attend but wish to send feedback, please contact Russell Nelson at 720.523.6966 or rnelson@adcogov.org.  Persons who would like to request an accommodation because of a special need or condition should also contact Russell Nelson as soon as possible, but no later than
five working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate accommodations can be made.
 

Lisa Culpepper Sworn in as New Treasurer
Lisa Culpepper was sworn in as the new Adams County Treasurer Friday, Dec. 14. Culpepper officially took office Jan. 1, 2019, but was sworn in early due to prearranged travel. “I’m very much looking forward to helping Adams County, the third fastest growing county in the nation, and the fastest growing county in Colorado, become everything that it’s residents wish and need for it to be,” said Culpepper. Culpepper is well-suited for the position. She is an attorney and has practiced for the last 20 years, with experience in real estate and business. Previously she worked in Tax Auditing and Compliance and criminal investigations for the Colorado Department of Revenue for nearly 15 years. The previous Treasurer, Brigitte Grimm, and Culpepper have been working together for the past few weeks to ensure a smooth transition of office operations and no disruption of service to Adams County residents. Culpepper plans to retain Grimm as part of staff.

 

Martin Luther King Day 2019

Monday, January 21st
Monday, January 21, 2019 Join fellow marchers and parade fans in this year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Marade. Participants will congregate at the Dr. King memorial site in City Park at 9 a.m. The Marade begins at 10 a.m. with participants marching together to Civic Center Park, where cake will be served. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. yearbook will be signed again this year at the Colorado State Capitol Building, and program festivities are expected to end at 1 p.m.
 
Monday, January 21, 2019 Coinciding with the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, the Martin Luther King Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo of Champions at the Historic Denver Coliseum aims to show how black cowboys
and cowgirls impacted the West throughout history. The Rodeo begins at 6 p.m.

 
 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 This free community concert of the Colorado Symphony will feature several special guest performers and honor recipients of the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. Tickets will be available two weeks before the concert at the Colorado Symphony Box Office.
 
Friday–Sunday, January 18–20, 2019 Three prominent composers — Aaron Copland, Joseph Schwantner and Antonín Dvorák — reflect their observations of America from the Civil War to the civil rights movement.  Actor Damon Gupton accompanies the Colorado Symphony as he brings the words of Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to life.
 
Wednesday–Thursday, January 23–24, 2019 In this performance at the Lone Tree Arts Center, recording artist and motivational speaker Shaun Boothe looks at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., along with fellow activists Muhammad Ali and Malala Yousafzai, through hip hop, rhyme and spoken word.

 

Submit any articles, announcements, or recommendations for Voter articles to the Voter Editor.  There are no June, July, or August Voters.

 

Help keep our Facebook page as active and informative as possible.  Email Laura Harris at lauraharris@outlook.com with any information you think should be on our Facebook page and it will be reviewed for relevance and accuracy.  Thanks for participating.

 

Marge Innes 1st Vice President

Acting Secretary/Voter Service

T303-427-3235

margeandsteve@msn.com

 

Pat Lewis 2nd Vice President

Membership

303-452-3030

pcmc1943@msn.com

 

Shirley Mrochek – Treasurer

303-452-0598

kmro1@msn.com

 

Cathy O’Grady-Melvin

Public Relations and Health Care Issues 303-451-0375

cathyogrady13@gmail.com

 

Judy Nicholaisen

303-469-4002

judynich05@aol.com

 

Lisa Forbes

Director at Large and Voter Editor

720-282-9449

info@lisaforbesinc.com

 

For information about League or directions to a meeting:

Please contact any board member.

www.facebook.com/lwvadamscountyco/

Like our page and keep up with League news, events, legislative actions, and helpful resources.

If you need a ride to a meeting, just ask!

Serving in Off-Board Positions:

Laura Harris Social Media Manager

Michele Kelley Website Manager

Peggy Gonder Membership & Leadership Development and LWV-Adams County Public Relations Specialist

 

Hospitality Team

Pat Lewis and Shirley Mrochek

 

Serving in Off-Board Positions: Laura Harris – Social Media Manager

Michele Kelley – Website Manager

Peggy Gonder – Membership & Leadership Development and LWV-Adams County Public Relations Specialist Hospitality Team

Pat Lewis and Shirley Mrochek Mission Statement

 

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Become a Member Dues are $60 per year, pro-rated after January 1st to September 15th.

This covers the cost of our local League’s pledge to the National LWVUS and its publication “The Voter” issued 4 times a year plus the state League and its publication “Colorado Voter” (published quarterly). The financial support of our local league activities, including the newsletter and other publications, registration for workshops and special projects, comes from member donations above the level of $60.00. We appreciate any donations in excess of the dues. Thank you for your consideration. Dues levels are as follows Basic Dues $60.00 Sustaining $75.00 Advocate $100.00 Checks may be made payable to LWV of Adams County and mailed to: SHIRLEY MROCHEK, TREASURER, 10781 WANDA LANE, NORTHGLENN, CO 80234

 

SEPTEMBER 2018  NEWSLETTER                              

Please be aware of possible changes in meeting times or places and special events. Changes will appear on this calendar and/or on the website. An attempt will be made to contact all members.

 

For information, directions or a ride:

Please call one of the Members of the Board of Directors

(See sidebar)

 

League Calendar

Board meeting times can be changed to accommodate new members.

   HELP        

 

We need other members to step up and fill positions or be assistants on the Board so that those members who have been on the Board for many years can have the opportunity to step down. 

 

We need a Secretary.  We have not had one in a long time and Marge Innes has been filling multiple positions on the Board, including Acting Secretary.  

 

We need assistants in all positions, including voter registration and hospitality.

 

Please help our Adams County League to continue to function by relieving those Board members who have served for many consecutive years. Board meeting times can be changed to accommodate new members.

 

         

 

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LWV of Adams County is on Facebook!  Laura Harris is our new Facebook page manager (thank you, Laura!).  

 

Like our page and keep up with League news, events, legislative actions, and helpful resources. www.facebook.com/lwvadamscountyco/

 

Please help to keep our Facebook page as active and informative as possible.  Send Laura Harris any information that you think should be on our Facebook Page and it will be reviewed for relevance and accuracy.  Thanks for participating in keeping our Facebook page interesting.

 

 

 

 

APRIL 9TH ANNUAL MEETING

By Marge Innes

 On April 9, 2018, we had a really good 61st Annual Meeting!  We had 15 members and even had a new member that night - Maddie Scott - well above a quorum!  Still we missed all of you who did not attend.

 

Marge Innes presided over the meeting and Beth Vierra offered to take minutes (in the absence of a secretary).  Shirley Mrochek in her efficient way explained the 2018 budget and it passed.  We passed out copies of the newly improved by-laws.  There were no new program items brought to the floor.  However, we had no new board members nominated.  The current Board would love to have even some visitors to see how we do things and to see how we could be improved upon.  We loved having Laura (Laura Harris served on the Board for this past year and undertook Voter Registration and Facebook.  She will continue with Facebook.) and we love having Lisa, our tireless Voter Editor - What would we do without her! 

 

APRIL 28 NATURALIZATION CEREMONY & VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

By Marge Innes

 

LWVCO asked our League to conduct a voter registration drive for the naturalization ceremony which was held Saturday, April 28, 2018, hosted by the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) at the Westminster Recreation Center at 104th Ave. and Sheridan Blvd.  So we made this our end of April regular meeting.  None of us had ever attended one of these ceremonies.  The ceremony was very stirring, patriotic, and emotional.  Forty two people became new citizens.  Twenty-one countries were represented - the most coming from Mexico.  We sang the national anthem, and then elected officials from the City of Westminster, Adams County, and the State of Colorado spoke and welcomed them.  There was a video from Pres. Trump also welcoming them.  Then they took their naturalization oath and we all recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  Then there was much applauding as they received their certificates of citizenship and had their pictures taken with their certificates.  Some elementary students from Westminster Public Schools sang, This Land Is Your Land.  Then we were mobbed with people who wanted to register to vote.  We had our table in the back of the room near the door, and clipboards and tables were crowded with people registering. 

 

We had 13 registrations filled out (three done on line), and more who just took our cards with voting information.  Those league members in attendance were Marge Innes, Kaaren Hardy, Kathleen Costlow, Michele Kelley, Margaret Cepeda, Beth Vierra, and Dr. Marilyn Flachman, and Kathleen's friend from Broomfield, Jill Nelson. 

 

All in all, a very valuable experience! 

 

COMMENTS ON THE

NATURALIZATION CEREMONY

FROM MARGE INNES AND

GERRY CUMMINS,

LWVCO VOTER SERVICES

(shared with permission)

 

From: Stephen Innes

Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 5:46 PM
To: Gerry
Subject: Re: Naturalization Ceremony

 

Gerry,

 

We had a wonderful afternoon at the Naturalization Ceremony.  They had 42 citizens.  We registered 13 and 3 on line.  Westminster had state, county, and city officials present and speaking.  There were 21 countries represented.  

 

Westminster had little potted plants to take home and plant.  We had red, white and blue necklaces and bracelets for the kids and they loved that!  Anyway, we had a great time!!!  I'm going to one of the citizen classes soon.  I want to see what they teach them.

 

Marge

 


2018 ANNUAL MARY CIANCIO MEMORIAL DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD DINNER HELD ON APRIL 12TH

We had six members attend the Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award Dinner on Thursday April 12th, Cathy O’Grady-Melvin (previous award winner), Pat Lewis, Lisa Forbes, Marge Innes and Shirley Mrochek, and Senator Beth Martinez Humenik (who was seated separately).


This year the nominees were: Beverly Benzel, Reba & Gary Drotar, Loretta Garcia, Matthew Haviland, Sharon E. Maybee, C. Patricia McGinnis, Nancy McNally, Gloria Rudden, and Nicholas J. Stone.


Nancy McNally was awarded the Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award. Nancy has been part of the Westminster Citizen Police Alumni since 2003 and volunteers for many activities at the police department.  The alumni raised funds for items the police department needs, and it gives $3,000 a year for Santa Cops to supply gifts to needy children.  She is a trustee of the Westminster Historical Society and volunteers to help with all activities, including the Vintage Baseball Event.  She opens her house every Sunday to teach knitting and crochet at no charge.  She donates the crochet hats to chemo patients and one year teamed with friends to make 165 hats that went to a church group in Ethiopia.  She was named Small Business Person of the year by the Metro North Chamber of Commerce last year.  Nancy was also two-term mayor of Westminster.


This event was established in 1979 in honor of the late Mary Ciancio.  Mary advocated and volunteered for nearly 70 years on behalf of people with disabilities and health challenges.  Mary had a special place in her heart for people living with severe and persistent mental illness so much that she became known as the “Mother of Mental Health” in Adams County.

 

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The Voter is not published in June, July, or August.

 

Submit any questions, comments, concerns, program ideas or event requests to Marge Innes.  This is your League.  If you have a program idea, help us to make it happen.

 

Submit any suggestions or recommenda-tions for Voter articles to the Voter Editor.  

 

 

  For information or directions:

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Please contact any board member. (See Sidebar)

Need a ride to a meeting? Just ask!

MISSION STATEMENT

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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 Become a Member
Dues are $60 per year, pro-rated after January 1st to September 15th. This covers the cost of our local League’s pledge to the National LWVUS and its publication “The Voter” issued 4 times a year plus the state League and its publication “Colorado Voter” (published quarterly). The financial support of our local league activities, including the newsletter and other publications, registration for workshops and special projects, comes from member donations above the $60.00 level. We appreciate any donations in excess of the dues. Thank you for your consideration. Dues levels are as follows:

Friend $60.00 (basic dues)

Sustaining $75.00
Advocate $100.00
.Checks may be made payable to LWV of Adams County and mailed to:

SHIRLEY MROCHEK, TREASURER, 10781 WANDA LANE, NORTHGLENN, CO 80234

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lisa Forbes, Voter Editor
LWV of Adams County

Marge Innes – 1st Vice President  Acting Secretary/Voter Service Telephone Contact  303-427-3235 margeandsteve@msn.com
 
Pat Lewis – 2nd Vice President Membership 303-452-3030 pcmc1943@msn.com
 
Shirley Mrochek – Treasurer  303-452-0598 kmro1@msn.com
 
Cathy O’Grady-Melvin Public Relations and Health Care Issues 303-451-0375 cathyogrady13@gmail.com
 
Judy Nicholaisen E-mail and Telephone Contact 303-469-4002 judynich05@aol.com
 
Lisa Forbes Director at Large and Voter Editor 720-282-9449 info@lisaforbesinc.com

 

 

 

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