League of Women Voters Of Adams County Colorado
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MAY 2018                               

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 the Hawaii Room from 11:30am to 12:30pm. 

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

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

League calendar:


May 14th @ 6:30 pm:

Who Will Save the Denver Post?

Greg Moore, retired Editor-in-Chief of the Denver Post, will be the guest speaker.  He left the Post in 2016.  He will speak about the fate of newspapers and journalists across the nation, the future of journalism as he sees it, the role of a robust newspaper in a democracy, the loss of local newspapers, and the consolidation of TV stations.  He will answer questions.  Greg now works for Deke Digital in Wheatridge.                                                                                      May21st:                                                   Board meetings are open to all members.

Please contact any board member for the monthly board meeting location and time.


TUESDAY May 29th @ 11:30 am:

Legislative Wrap-Up on the

TUESDAY after Memorial Day

League Lobbyist, Andrea Wilkins, will sum up the legislative session.

League Meetings:


Meetings are held from September through May.  All meetings are held at Community Reach Center, 11285 Highline Drive, Northglenn, CO  80233.  On the second Monday of each month we have evening meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room 201 (Bob’s Place).  On the fourth Monday of each month we have morning meetings from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm in the Hawaii Room.  There are no December meetings.


board Meetings:


The dates for Board Meetings are on the calendar.  Members are welcome and invited to attend.

Board meeting times can be changed to accommodate new members.



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.  


Members may receive personal calls asking them to serve on the Board. 


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.






Tuesday, May 29th: Last day to change affiliation or become unaffiliated to receive your desired primary ballot.

Monday, June 4th: First day you might receive your primary ballot in the mail.
Monday, June 18th: Last day to register to vote and still receive a primary ballot in the mail.

Tuesday, June 26th: Primary Election.

Monday, October 15th: First day you might receive your general election ballot in the mail.

Monday, October 29th: Last day to register to vote and still receive a general election ballot in the mail.

Tuesday, November 6th: General Election Day!


People can register to vote or change their party affiliation at govotecolorado.com or by texting “CO” to “2Vote.
Coloradans can also register or change registration information by appearing in person at their county clerk’s offices, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office


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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.





By Pat Lewis

The time is getting closer.  We hope you already have Saturday June 16th, 6:30 pm, at Spero’s Winery, on your calendar.  RSVP by June 9th as we have limited space. 


This is a wonderful way to spend an evening with family and friends and to financially support our local League.  Clyde and June Spero are our hosts.  Clyde pours the wine and June prepares a fabulous buffet.  So bring your appetites. 


The cost is $40.00 ($10.00 goes to our local League for educational activities).  RSVP to Shirley Mrochek at (303) 452-0598 or email kmro1@msn.com.

For more information see the invitations which are attached.  Please share the invitations with family and friends.  See you there!







SATURDAY, June 16, 2018, 6:30 p.m.


3316 W. 64th Ave, Denver

Located 3 blocks west of Federal Blvd. on 64th Ave.


Join us to sample muscat, chardonnay, zinfandel, merlots, cabernet sauvignons, cabernet franc, and syrah wines made at this local winery by vintner Clyde Spero from grapes grown in the only urban vineyard in Colorado.


To accompany the wine, June Spero will prepare a fabulous buffet with multiple antipastos including roasted peppers, stuffed mushrooms, Kalamata olive tapenade, pimento olive/ripe olive tapenade, tomato oregano salad with garlic crostini, celery salad, marinated artichoke hearts, copanata (eggplant), and marinated fresh mozzarella.  The main course includes a tray of various salamis and cheese, meatballs and sauce and sausages with peppers and onions.  A cheese table with various Italian cheeses, soft cheeses with wine jelly and grapes and a dessert table with homemade Italian cookies and fresh strawberries with chocolate and ambrosia dips will further entice you.


Contact Shirley Mrochek, Treasurer, League of Women Voters of Adams County (address below) or email at kmro1@msn.com (by June 9th) for reservations. Cost is $40.00 ($10.00 goes for local educational activities of the League in Adams County).  Space is limited.


If you are unable to attend and wish to make a donation, please mail your check to:

Shirley Mrochek, 10781 Wanda Lane, Northglenn, CO 80234




On July 16th, Marge and Steve Innes will host the annual LWV Adams County Potluck at 6:30 PM at 7831 Stuart Street in Westminster.  Watch for e-mails later.  Everyone will be asked to bring a salad or a dessert.  Drinks and main dish will be provided.




By Michele Kelley

The Adams County League of Women Voters had a booth set up for voter registrations at the 9th Annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5K & Expo held on Sunday, April 8th at the Broomfield Event Center.


Volunteers working our booth were Shirley Mrocheck, Michele Kelley, Dr. David Berman and Susan Clyne (not pictured).  The young man sitting on the left end was registering to vote on the state’s website.



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.


We had a good dinner -- even salad from the Olive Garden!  And good desserts. 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! 



By Marge Innes


Like most Leagues, we need to have fundraisers to support our various activities and financial needs, since most of the dues collected is sent to the State and National Leagues.  We have our wine tasting, which for quite a few years now has been a good source of funds for Adams LWV and also fun!  We also have NITA, which stands for National Institute of Trial Attorneys, and is located in Boulder.  Once or twice a year, NITA holds a week long class for attorneys from all over the US.  At the end of this class, the attorneys spend a Saturday working two mock trials (AM and PM) and they have the need of jurors.  They notify us and others who come from all over the Boulder-Denver area.  NITA pays $25 per trial to all jurors.  It's a very interesting activity, they provide lunch, and they pay us.  And this time the trial had to do with "fracking" and oil and gas extraction, which we are all interested in. 

On Al 14, six of us drove to Boulder:  Jean Fredlund, Marge Innes, Shirley Smith, Beth Vierra, Cathy O'Grady-Melvin and even Stu Melvin (thank you, Stu).  And we made $300!!! 

To those who were able to attend, thank you!



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! 







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From: Stephen Innes

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




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.



From: Gerry
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:12 PM
To: 'Stephen Innes'
Subject: RE: Naturalization Ceremony


WOW! You all had a really fun afternoon. Thank you to all of your troops who covered the ceremony. Getting 13 registrations is a good average.  It is always inspiring no matter how many times I see it and it is fun to sing the Star Spangled Banner and do the Pledge with them. About a year ago, I looked online at the test that they have to take to pass. There are 100 questions. When they do their interview, they are asked 10 of the 100 questions and have to pass six of them.





By 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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By Cathy O’Grady-Melvin


The Mary Ciancio Distinguished Service Awards dinner was held on April 12 at the Stonebrook Manor. This years’ recipient of the award was Nancy McNally, a former mayor of Westminster.  There were six nominees – one of which being Gloria Rudden, an Adams County League member!   


Gloria was nominated for her work with Adams County open space.  Congratulations on your nomination Gloria!  We are all proud of you!!  


The event was sponsored by the Community Reach Center which is the Mental Health & Counseling center for Adams County.  The award ceremony is named in honor of Mary Ciancio and has been given annually since 1980.  Mary Ciancio was a board member of Community Reach who for 70 years advocated on behalf of persons with disabilities & health challenges. 


The event was attended by five LWV Board members plus one additional member.  Community Reach clients are the recipients of the Christmas clothing drive Adams County League does.



  1. There are no meetings in

June, July, or August.


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



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Please contact any board member. (See Sidebar)

Need a ride to a meeting? Just ask!


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 $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
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