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February 2017
Candidate Forums
During February and March, we will be sponsoring five candidate forums for the contested municipal races in Oak Park and River Forest and one presentation on the Oak Park School District 97 proposed referendums. These are important events for our community and our members.  We still need a few volunteers for each forum to work as timers and question gatherers, in addition to setting up for the evening.  You don't have to be on the Voter Service Committee to help at these forums.  Check the League calendar and contact Peggy Kell if you can help on one of the scheduled dates.  This is a great way to become involved with your League.
Second Tuesday
On Tuesday, February 14, Beth Isaacs, founder of  Illinois Birth Justice, will be the presenter for Second Tuesday. Come to the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park, from 9:30-11:00am to learn more about this important issue. Bring a friend along to join you.
Drinks & Dialogue
This month, our Drinks & Dialogue program will be hearing from Oak Park Township Program Coordinator Vicki Scaman on a study of underage drinking in our communities.  Join us on Thursday, February 16, from 5:30-7:00pm, at Skrine Chops House, 7230 W. Madison, Forest Park.  Anyone with teens in the house will benefit from this discussion.
We are growing!
We are overjoyed to welcome twenty new members since our November newsletter! We were able to meet some of them at our Member Coffee in January.  With the numerous events we have scheduled for the next two months, we hope to have a chance to meet everyone and welcome them to League.  They are: Cleraine Camper, Paula Lukancic, Megan Rose, Evalyn Grant, Debbie Noonan, Simone Boutet, Victoria Scaman, Joanna Quargnali-Linsley, Wendy Greenhouse, Kathleen McDonald, Andrea Kovach, Maya Ganguly, Marissa Garza, Julianne Bonwit, Beth Rooney, Fran Sampson, Jeanne Nohalty, Alyssa Ralston, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and Laurie Shapiro.
Some of our new members !
Being Mortal
Renowned "Being Mortal" author Atul Gawande
will present a live webinar presentation on Monday, February 13, at the River Forest Community Center, 8020 Madison Street, River Forest.  Hosted by the Oak Park and River Forest Township Senior Services and the Arbor West Neighbors, this free event will have a meet and greet with registration starting at 3:00pm.  Check out the flyer for the complete schedule.
State of the Villages Update
Invites to our biennial March 11, State of the Villages fundraiser will be coming to you in about a week. Remember that this event helps us fund our operating budget for two years.  The committee has put together a luncheon that will be informative and entertaining. Please make every effort to attend.  If you can't, why not buy a ticket and give it to a prospective member!
Cook County
The LWV Cook County Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 8 and the luncheon speaker will be Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer.  Mark your calendars now with this date.  Read the report of what our sister League has accomplished this year. Information on time, location, and registration will be in next month's newsletter.

League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest | | (708) 342-0803
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P.O. Box 3301
Oak Park, IL 60303-3301