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October 2015
From the President
     As October blows in (hard!), we are busy with various programs we have done in the past and new programs that will shape our League for the future. 
     The Membership Committee is meeting to ensure that new members are welcomed and then want to continue their membership beyond one year.  We are scheduling a focus group to gather more ideas on how to engage more members in future leadership roles.  All this while continuing our role in community education on various issues and registering voters.  But remember, many hands make light work.  Your willingness to help, in whatever way you can, is vital.  When a call goes out, please answer it.  
     Finally, if you need more redistricting petitions, don't hesitate to contact me at  peggykell22@gmail.com 

Peggy Kell

Monthly Programs
Second Tuesday
On Tuesday, October, 13, from 9:30-11:00am, Matt Baron, President of the Library Board will be discussing and answering questions on "How is the intergovernmental cooperation between village units working?".  The Nineteenth Century Club is located at 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.   Please join us for this free presentation.
Read the recap of September's Second Tuesday here: 2nd Tuesday September report

Drinks & Dialogue
On October 21, our program will host Cheryl Munoz from the Oak Park Sugar Beet Food Co-op. Please join us at Doc Ryan's, 7432 Madison, Forest Park, to discuss sustainable food choices in our area.  Enjoy a drink and an appetizer while we talk from 5:30-7:00pm.  Members who bring a guest will receive a prize! 

Deputy Registrar Training 

One of the League's most important missions is to educate and register voters. To accomplish the later, one must be a Deputy Registrar.  The training only takes about an hour.  Anyone who is a registered voter can go through the training.  Our League is sponsoring a Deputy Registrar training session on Monday, October 26, from 6:30-7:30pm, in the large Township room at 130 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park.  All you have to do is send your name and address to peggykell22@gmail.com ASAP.  The list of attendees must be submitted to the Cook County Clerk's Office by Thursday, October 22, so they can verify your voter registration.  
The training is easy for such an important League job, registering voters.  Then you can register your neighbors, relatives, community members......the possibilities are endless!  Don't you think every Leaguer should be a Deputy Registrar???

Shine a light
The LWV of Cook County is starting a pilot Observer Corp for this fall.  In addition to observing all Cook County Board meetings, they would like to get volunteers to observe the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District meetings downtown. These meetings are held the first and third Thursday of the month at 10:00am, 111 E. Erie Street, Chicago. A few volunteers are still needed.  If you are interested, check out the Meeting Calendar.  More questions? Contact Nancy Marcus at  

Membership Committee Meeting
At the September Membership Committee meeting, members joined chairs Marilyn Cantisano and  Donald  Ellek in developing some steps to welcome new members and then get them engaged in our League.  A packet of information, an assigned buddy or mentor, and informal new member gatherings every few months are just a few of the ideas discussed.  If you couldn't make the first meeting, you can still join the committee for their next meeting, Tuesday, October 27, at 7:00pm at Marilyn Cantisano's house.  Please contact the chairs for more information.
marilyncantisano@gmail.com  or Donalda 

Moderator Training
H ave you always wanted to moderate a debate or candidate forum but didn't think you had the 
training? Well there are two opportunities coming up this month to get that training. One session will be hosted by LWV Lake County on Saturday, October 17 at the Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St. in Deerfield from 10:30-2:00pm.  Sign up by October 10th.
The second session will be hosted by LWV Wheaton on Saturday, October 24, at the Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard St. in Wheaton from 8:30am-Noon.  Sign up by October 17th.
Please contact Mary Schaafsma at  marys@lwvil.org  to reserve a spot at either session.

Newsletters from other Leagues
Have you wondered what other Leagues are doing? What programs they have or how they engage their members?  From time to time, this newsletter will share a link to other Leagues publications.  Though you can always go online and visit their websites, the following link to the LWV Chicago Voter, may spur your interest in what other locals are doing.  Check it out!
League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest | | lwvoprf@sbcglobal.net | http://lwvoprf.org
P.O. Box 3301
Oak Park, IL 60303-3301