The Voter: April 2014

Notes from President Bart Henshaw:


What a nice turnout for the Human Trafficking program in February. This important and difficult topic will be a part of our “continuing conversation series” in the spring. Julie Oates is willing to provide information and hopefully our own Ronda Pauley will soon be able to participate. April 3 at 4:30 at Schlegel's Coffee House we will continue the local discussion about awareness and action on this crucial problem.

Five representatives from the Chillicothe-Ross League will travel to Columbus on April 9th for Statehouse Day. Not only will our representatives learn about resources,new topics and what other League are doing, but we will also attend the caucus where state business is conducted when there is not state convention. Talking about Conventions, for the first time in many years we have two member representatives attending the National Convention in Dallas, Texas in June. Portia Boulger and Ruth Tootle will travel to Texas and dive into three days of 9am to 9pm meetings and discussions. Thanks to them for volunteering time from their busy schedules. This will give our League two votes on major developments, new information and connections for our own programs.

Please take time to read the information about the upcoming March program, This takes place on WEDNESDAY. We usually meet on Tuesday but due to unforeseen circumstances we will meet on Wednesday March 26th at 7pm at the Northside Library. More information is included, see below.


This year there are two board positions up for election.

  • Vice President of Programming has been filled by Ruth Tootle and Portia Boulger as Co- Chairs of this important League position. Portia is willing to continue if elected.

  • Secretary: Cheryl Richards is our current secretary and is willing to continue in that position.

Anyone interested in running for either Vice President of Programming or for Secretary should contact our Nominating Committee:

Sarah Skinner at 779-0804 or email her at, or

Dawn Zarbakhsh at 642-3366 or email at

Elections will take place at our annual meeting on May 6th at the Adena Mansion.

Important dates

  • Wednesday March 26th 7pm in the Northside Library

  • April 22 Rescheduled Women's Reproductive Issues 7pm Bennett Hall OUC

  • May 6th Annual Dinner, Adena Mansion ($15.00)

From Portia Boulger, Program Chair...

On Tuesday April 22nd at OUC Bennett Hall at 7pm


You aren’t as equal as you think...

· Reproductive Rights are not guaranteed

· The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is not ratified

· Voting Rights are under attack for men & women

So where do we go from here?


Guest Speakers:

Stephanie Kight, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

Tammy Simkins, ERA Action

Ruth Tootle, Local & State LWV Board Member


From Cheryl Richards: Program Chair for our Human Trafficking Committee

February Meeting

Our February meeting dealt with Human Trafficking, a follow up from

last year’s meeting. Melinda Sykes Haggerty, Director of Children’s

Initiatives for the Ohio Attorney General’s office gave an overview of the efforts at

the state and local levels to bring harsher punishments against the traffickers. House Bill

262 raised the penalty for Human trafficking to a first-degree felony with a mandatory

minimum sentence of 10 years. Also speaking was Julie Oates of the Ross County

Coalition to End Human Trafficking. She stated the coalition will formalize a set of

protocols on how to handle future human trafficking cases in Ross County by educating

and enlisting the help of Other agencies.