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May 2019
President's Letter
Happy May,

We have a full schedule for May. I hope to see you at some of these events.

During the month of May, Mothers and Others for Peace will  explore the history and commitment of women working for peace in "Mothers' Day: Back to Our Roots," an exhibit at the Oak Park Public Library in the Community Room. Learn the story of Mother's Day. Share your favorite books about peace and peacemakers. Make a flower, give a flower. 

Please join the Second Tuesday gathering on May 14 at 9:30 at the 19th Century C.A. to meet our new co-chair, discuss the programs that were presented this past year and brainstorm ideas for next year. Do you have a speaker or a topic you would like the group to explore? This is your opportunity to help develop next year's program.

Do you know about the "Plastic Free July" project? If you attended the Earth Fest at the Oak Park Public Works Center you may have taken part in the discussion with the Environment Committee regarding the project. To learn more and participate, please attend the committee meeting at 6:30pm, May 20 at Beverly Graham's house.

Our Annual meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30pm at the Oak Park Township Senior Center. We need all of you to attend to vote on the 2019-20 Budget, Bylaws, Program, and Slate of Officers and Committee Chairs.  We will be recognizing Fran Sullivan for her 50-year membership. Bonnie Cox, President of LWVIL, will be our keynote speaker. A light dinner will be served. 

The League of Women Voters of Illinois State Convention will be in Champaign, Illinois, June 8-9 with pre-convention workshops on Friday, June 7. Please contact me if you are interested in being a delegate.

We will have a table at the Oak Park Day in Our Village on Sunday, June 2. Please see item below for the link to volunteer.

The Centennial Committee of LWVIL will be promoting June 10, 1919, the day the Illinois legislators were the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment. Please read the article about this event and the road to passage.

Marge Massarello
Second Tuesday
Tuesday, May 14, will be our last Second Tuesday program of the year . We will wrap up the program year with your ideas and requests for next year. Join the conversation and welcome our new chairs
at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park, from 9:30-11:00am.
Shop and Share
Beautify your landscape and help our League at the same time! On May 17, 18, and 19, if you purchase plants and/or garden decorations at Good Earth Greenhouse, 7900 Madison Street, River Forest, our League will receive a percentage of the total bill. Please print this coupon and take it with you when you visit the greenhouse. Share it with your friends and neighbors!
Mothers and Others for Peace
Throughout the month of May, Mothers and Others for Peace explores the history and commitment of women working for peace in "Mothers' Day: Back to Our Roots," an exhibit at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, in the Community Room (behind the main floor checkout counter). Mothers' Day is a great day to show appreciation for our mothers. But many people don't know that Mothers' Day was founded to honor women for their role as active, civic-minded peacemakers, working to improve their communities and the world. Stop by the Library to enjoy some of the participatory programs planned for the month.  See what you can do here. Thanks to Mary Rose Lambke, Mary Ellen Munley, Marilyn Myles, Kathleen Perry, Sue Piha, Cynthia Robinson and Diane Scott for their commitment to this cause.
The Annual Meeting is Coming!
Our League's Annual Meeting will be Tuesday, May 28, with the business meeting starting at 5:30pm at the Oak Park Township Sr. Room, 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. This will be followed by a light supper. Please RSVP your attendance here by Monday, May 20, to make sure we have a name tag ready for you and enough food for everyone. After dinner, our keynote speaker will be Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President. All member materials, Bylaws, Slate, Program, and Budget will be sent via email on Monday, May 13, in the Week in Preview and also posted on our website. Please take the time to review these documents so you can make an informed vote that evening. 
Day in Our Village
As an organization, we need to continually work to increase our membership and visibility in our communities. On Sunday, June 2, we will once again be staffing a booth at "Day in Our Village" a community festival in Scoville Park, Oak Park. We will need volunteers to talk to visitors to our booth about the importance of our organization. This will be a great opportunity to educate the community about the upcoming 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment where women fought for and won the vote. On June 10, 1919, Illinois was the first state to ratify the amendment after Congress sent it to the states for ratification. Wisconsin ratified the amendment 1 hour later. The 19th Amendment was officially ratified on August 26, 1920, after 3/4 of the states ratified it. Can you spare 2 hours to talk about our hard fought victory and how we continue the good work of educating citizens about local, state, and national issues? Use this link to fill in a volunteer time slot.

League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest | | (708) 342-0803
  lwvoprf1924@gmail.com | http://lwvoprf.org
P.O. Box 3301
Oak Park, IL 60303-3301