The Voter: May 2017 Annual Meeting

President’s Message

Does the world seem more complicated today? A friend commented to me last week that she has decided to stop participating in Facebook, watching television or reading the newspaper. Indeed we all need refuge from the craziness, and relaxation is key to mental and physical health, but turning off is not an option for most people. Suddenly aware citizens are asking about our candidates, what news sources to trust, why do primaries often not yield desirable candidates, how did big money get to be such an integral part of elections???? League members know the answers to some of those questions and they know sources to find other information, there’s never been a better time to belong to League.


Annual Dinner

When: Tuesday May 23. Gathering at 5:15, dinner at 6:00

Where: 17 East the Restaurant

Cost: $17 per person

Menu: Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Bread

If you bring a guest the cost for that person will be $8.50 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 15, 2016 RSVP to Bart Henshaw at 740-773-6702


Membership Dues for 2016-17

Many members choose to pay their dues in May at the annual dinner. Our membership is open from May until the end of September. In addition to the Annual Dinner, dues can be also paid online with a credit card through our website, or via mailed check to the Vice President of Membership whose address will be posted in the Members area of the website once that position is filled.


League Business

Minutes from the 2016 Annual Meeting - May 24, 2016

A must read for our upcoming annual meeting. Submitted by our former Secretary Sharon Steinhoff. Bart introduced guests in attendance and welcomed everyone to the meeting. Mike Throne, Guest Speaker, gave a presentation/recap of the Chillicothe Gazette’s Five to Thrive program. He said the Gazette asked various people and organizations in the community, “What can we do to help our community get better?,” with regard to drug problems in the community. That is how they came up with five key areas for the program:

  • Closing skills gap

  • Creating drug free workplaces

  • How do we get Chillicothe to believe?

  • Develop the next generation of leaders

  • Increasing education as a priority

March 2015 began the Five to Thrive program, it’s #1 priority the community chose being education. He discussed stories the Gazette has run since the program began. He also discussed the drug free workplace program the Gazette and other organizations put together to help those in need. Adena Health System’s CEO has now begun a committee to establish the next Five to Thrive initiatives as an ongoing program. He discussed the Gazette’s future story series which will focus on new challenges the downtown area faces. Mike answered various questions related to the program, after which Bart thanked him for his presentation.

Business Meeting

Secretary’s Minutes from 2015 Annual Meeting – Cheryl Richards. Motion to approve minutes was made by Betsy Moore and seconded by Kit Kinnamon. All were in favor. Treasurer’s Report: Proposed 2016 – 2017 Budget – Mary Martin. Mary went over the proposed budget and stated the fundraising idea is not in place yet, therefore some funds were moved to estimated income to balance the budget. Fran Brown made motion to accept the treasurer’s report and Karen Reeders seconded. All were in favor. Community Action: League Representative Betsy Moore – Betsy has been the representative for some time now and the League appreciates her doing this. She said there are many things going and she is very happy with the Head Start program. The Action board is very involved in programs and is happy with their progress. Membership: Cheryl Richards – She reported that National has changed the data base this year. She also stated yearly membership is $55, with a ½ off discount for students and spouses, the deadline for paying being December 30, 2016. League currently has 34 paid members for 2016. She mentioned that there is help with the membership fee if needed. Payments may be made on-line at the League website or through Cheryl. History and Mystery Report: Dawn Zarbakhsh – Dawn discussed the upcoming event in October at the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library that will be celebrating nine years of History and Mystery. She is putting together a committee for this. If anyone has anything to display or wants to be on the committee please let her know. Publicity Report: Dawn Zarbakhsh – Dawn stated publicity gets bigger and bigger each year, especially with social media. She said it would be nice to have younger members contribute. With Dawn’s persistence we now have a fully functioning website. Human Trafficking / Heroine Partnership / Domestic Violence: Cheryl and Rhonda – Julie Oats and the Family Violence Coalition has asked for a League representative. Samantha Rearley would like to be the representative. All were in favor of this. Samantha has attended their meetings and said representatives from various social service entities come together on this coalition. Tammy Simkins discussed U.S. of Women, which is put together by the White House. She said they are having a summit on June 14 and would like to host a local dinner, “Take Women Off the Menu and Put Us On the Constitution.” She would like to get statistics together and bring in different groups to talk about the ERA in Ohio (it’s history, current legislation). Election of Officers: Nominations were made for the following positions:

  • Second Vice President – Cheryl Richards

  • Treasurer – Liz Gibbons-Camp

  • Secretary – Sharon Steinhoff

  • Publicity – Heather Hansford

  • Voter Services – Dawn Zarbakhsh (one year)

Nancy King made motion to accept the slate of officers as proposed and Mary Martin seconded. All were in favor. Programs for the 2016/2017 Year: Sarah Skinner – Sarah discussed possible programming. She stated we have three “large” programs each year. She would like to see the local drug epidemic on the program agenda again for the year. She also talked about each other possible program listed. She asked that each member rank the possibilities in order of interest (from 1 – 8) so she knows what members would like to see as programs. She asked that the information be left on the table so it may be collected at the end of the dinner and votes tallied. President’s Comments/Closing: Bart Henshaw – Bart hopes that everyone will take away thoughts, goals, and accomplishments from this meeting. She stated we need to be proud of what we are doing as an organization. She thanked everyone for attending the dinner meeting and wished them well.


Budget Proposal July 2017 - June 2018

Total projected income: $2700

Total projected expenses: $2665