The Voter: April 2015

April 21, 2015

Welcome Spring!

Members: This is a must-read document. We will make crucial decisions for our 

2015-16 year at our annual dinner based on the announcements within this newsletter.



Chillicothe-Ross LWV’s President’s Message: Celebration of 2014-2015

This will be the last Voter of the year and full of information that members must have prior to the annual meeting in May. These include minutes from our last annual meeting, program proposals and an opportunity to work with the Gazette on community building, budget proposal, by-laws changes, and nominees for the 2015-16 Board.  Most importantly it is an opportunity to celebrate the many ways that our League is contributing to Ross County.  


You will find new proposed by-laws changes that a very thoughtful and thorough committee worked on in January and February.  Many thanks for Dawn Zarbakhsh, Portia Boulger, Nancy King and Sarah Skinner for hours of studying language and intent.  The intent is to have clarity that any new member can understand.  We will vote on these changes at our May 26 dinner at the new First Capital Enterprises building on Douglas Avenue (see the enclosed map).  This was previously the Knights of Columbus building and is now a very nice restaurant facility.  Look for more information in this Voter.


The April 28 program will be at the Northside Library.  Commissioner Doug Corcoran and Sheriff George Lavender will be presenting information on the Ross County communications and radio systems.  Commissioner Corcoran chaired a committee on the topic after concerns were raised in 2012 and will discuss the conclusions.  This is an important safety issue.  The meeting begins at 7:00 but we will have refreshments available starting at 6:30.


The Natural Resources Committee met with Gary Merkamp of the Ross County Litter Control and discussed information about recycling.  The committee is working to update a flyer entitled “How to Recycle” which we hope to distribute during the April 18th Earth Gathering in Yoctangee Park.  There is also a Scioto River Clean up that day and anyone interested should meet in the soccer complex (annex) to get bags and instructions. You will get dirty so wear old clothes.  This committee is also the umbrella for the third year of our community garden behind the ADAMH Board on Chestnut St.   Anyone interested in planting or weeding please let a board member know.


Annual Dinner

  • When:  May 26 gathering at 5:30, dinner at 6:00

  • Where: First Capital Enterprises on Douglas Avenue (see map)

  • Menu:  Chicken and Beef, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Salad, Rolls, Dessert. Coffee, Tea, and Water

  • Cost:  $15 per person.   

If you bring a guest the cost for that person will be $7.50 and our League will pick up the balance.  

This is a good opportunity to bring someone that you think might be interested in joining the group.


Reservation Deadline:   May 22, 2015  


Please contact either Mary Martin at 740-772-2186 or Bart Henshaw at 740-773-6702 to RSVP



Minutes from the 2014 Annual Meeting


A must read for our upcoming annual meeting. Submitted by our current Secretary Cheryl Richards.


Chillicothe-Ross League of Women Voters

Annual Meeting   5/6/14  Adena Mansion

  • 5:30pm - 6:00 pm Registration and Gathering at the Visitor’s Center

  • 6:00 pm – Welcome by League President Bart Henshaw and the pledge was said.

  • 6:15 pm – Dinner was served by Joe McFadden

  • 6:45 pm - Margaret Planton, League Archivist presented “A Synopsis of Decades of Good Works and Interesting people”.  We followed the years from 1958-59, 1969-70, 1976-77, 1983-84, 1991-92 and 2002-03.  On September 5th, 1978, the league voted to send $100.00 to support the E.R.A.

Business Meeting:


Secretary Report: 

Motion to approved: Nancy King

Seconded by: Fran Brown

Motion carried by unanimous affirmation


Treasurer Report: 

Motion to approved: Sharon Verhoff

Seconded by: Kit Kinnamon

Motion carried by unanimous affirmation


Discussion to raise the membership dues since the economy is not as bad as in the past. It will not go into effect this year but next year.  Discussion on when should we use the charitable fund and where and who decides where the money goes.  Dawn purposed to re-activate the committee who decides where the money should go. 

Motion to approve: Nancy

Seconded by: Fran Brown

Motion carried by unanimous affirmation


Committee Reports:


Membership (Karen Rieder and Sarah Skinner)

Have been to training called MID which means, Membership, Leadership Development.  This helps the leagues to expand their membership and not put too much on new members.


Publicity (Dawn Zarbakhsh and Sarah Skinner):   

We do have a webpage and everyone can get on it and see what is going on in the league.  Also, Dawn is doing the voter and anyone who has anything to put in it let Dawn know.


Community Action (Betsy Moore)

Bert will talk about community action since Betsy is working the polls tonight.  Betsy sits on the board at community action and they have a lot of thing going on.  They have head start, shelter for men, HEAP program and funds seem to be steady.  The shelter for men is only open at night.


Voter Services (Sharon Verhoff and Denise Ruby)

Very productive year.  Candidates night will be September 30, 2014@The Ross County Service Center.


Program Committee (Ruth Tootle and Portia Boulger)

We will not be picking programs this evening.  Ruth and Portia are going to the convention so we are going to wait and see what they bring back.  Some of the topics that are still an interest are: Water Quality, Fracking and Human Trafficking.


Board Nominations for 2014-2015:

  • VP for Programing: Portia Boulger

  • Treasurer: Mary Martin

Motion made to approve: Nancy King

Seconded by:  Dawn Zarbakhsh

Motion carried by unanimous affirmation


Committee Nominations:

  • Voter Services: Sharon Verhoff

  • Natural Resources: Denise Ruby and Liz Gibbons-Camp

  • History and Mystery Tour: Dawn Zarbakhsh, Jan Nusbaum, Sarah Skinner and Bart Henshaw (This will be held on October 12, 2014).


There will be an August social gathering.  Details to follow.

Meeting Adjourned @8:15 pm


Respectfully Submitted,

Cheryl Richards


League of Women Voters



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