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The Voter: December 2020

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The annual meeting of The Chillicothe Ross County League of Women Voters will take place via Zoom on January 26, 2021 at 7:00. We have discussed moving the annual meeting to the winter for two years to coordinate better with our fiscal year. In that our annual meeting of 2020 was postponed we will have a full agenda electing officers, planning programs, checking our financial plans and committee updates. Our League has something for everyone and the annual meeting will provide more information about ways to be involved.

We have learned to be flexible, determined and successful in 2020. The inability to have our Wine and Wonder fundraising event in March was devastating and we needed a couple of months to make a plan for communication and action, especially in a significant election year. As always, members of League have been creative and have lobbied for legislation that impacts voter access.

This newsletter contains information to help prepare for the meeting. Please keep a copy of this near when you tune in. A member roster will be coming soon so you can better identify other members in the meeting. Never in my lifetime has an organization that protects the process of voting been so important, you are in the right place at the right time. We need everyone to be involved.


Agenda from the 2019 Annual Meeting*

May 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm First Presbyterian Church in Chillicothe, OH

1. Welcome:

Co-Presidents Bart Henshaw

and Sarah Skinner

2. Dinner:

Taco Bar, Drinks, Fruit and Desserts Catered by Sally Rathkamp

3. Business Meeting:

Minutes from 2018;Tammy Simkins ( in the newsletter and on your table)

Budget for 2019-2020 Liz Gibbons-Camp

Report from Community Action: Betsy Moore

Report from Natural Resources: Bart Henshaw, Tammy Simkins

Election of Officers for 2019: Proposed Slate

President: need nomination

VP Program: Tammy Simkins

Secretary: Patrice Hussey

Voter Service Chair: Sarah Skinner

At-Large: Sharon Verhoff

4. Program:

Exploring our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)

Heather Welshimer from Adena Health System has volunteered to lead us through a process that we can use during planning to strengthen the organization.

5. Brainstorming:

Best ideas for 100th Anniversary

*Minutes pending. Will be sent out in advance of the Annual Meeting for 2021


League Business

Election of Officers for 2020-22

Vice President Membership nominees:

  • Dawn Zarbakhsh

Treasurer nominees:

  • Liz Gibbons-Camp

Publicity Chair nominees:

  • Tonia Brown

Election of Officers for 2021-23

President nominees:

  • Open

Vice President Program nominees:

  • Dee Stevenson

Secretary nominees:

  • Patrice Hussey

Voter Service nominees:

  • Open

2022 Nominating Committee

We need a volunteer to chair the Nominating Committee for 2022-24 that is not a Board member. The offices up for 2022 are:

  • Vice President Membership

  • Treasurer

  • Publicity Chair

The nominating committee is responsible for the following tasks:

Observe and identify members who are suitable for leadership positions

Formally ask suitable members if they are willing to run for any of the open positions

Report to the Board with the names of members willing to fill open positions

If you are interested in volunteering for the Nominating Committee Chair, please send an email to no later than January 24, 2021

Budget Proposal Jan. 2021- Dec. 2021


  • PMP: $55 per member (State: $25 per member) (National: $30 per member) (Local: $0 per member) (These are the dues we’ve been collecting for 2020-21. When we collect 2022 dues, they will go back to $75)

  • Fundraising: $1000

  • Auction: $200

  • Donations: $200


  • State and national dues: $55 per member (State: $25 per member) (National: $30 per member)

  • Fundraiser expenses: ???

  • Website: $365 (hosting & maintenance)

  • Voter services: $300 (Candidates’ Night - virtual: $0) (Candidates’ Night: $300)

  • Vote411: $150

  • Publicity/print materials: $175

  • Publications: $50 (for committee support, handouts, flyers, etc.)

  • PO Box: $64

  • Zoom account: $150 (Zoom is the easiest option for our members, and there is a discount for paying for the whole year. Propose that we extend our Zoom subscription for the full year January 1.

  • Membership: $100 (“Scholarship” Fund)

  • Liability insurance: $300

  • Statehouse Day/Convention: $100

  • Charitable Fund: $100 (Contributions to groups that support League positions and are involved in community outreach on voter education)

Total projected income: $1404

Total projected expenses: $1390

Program Proposal Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2021

  • January - Wed. the 27th at 7 pm - Annual Meeting

  • February - Tue. the 23rd at 7 pm - Tonia Brown - Black History Month

  • March - Tue. the 23rd at 7 pm - Tammy Simkins - ERA

  • April - Tue. the 27th at 7 pm - Beth Workman & Shara Scwarze - Conservation Issues

  • May - Tue. the 25th at 7 pm - Cheri Russo, WOUB - “OUR TOWN” (w/hoped for lead in by Margie Planton?)

  • June - no program

  • July - Sat./Sun. the 9th/10th? from 7 pm - 9 pm - Revitalization of ‘WINE ‘N WONDER’- in the park - FEEDBACK REQUESTED

  • August - Tue. the 31st at 7 pm - MEMBERSHIP OUTREACH - Dawn Z. & Cheryl Richards

  • September - Tue. the 28th at 7 pm - Voter Services topic - “Dark Money” ?- Bart H.

  • October - Tue. the 26th at 7 pm - Voter Services topic continued - Bart

  • November - Tue. the 30th at 7 pm - Voter Services - ?Defining political parties’ basic platforms - ? Stacey Brooks?

  • December - Tue. the 14th at 7 pm - Annual Party & Auction - LWV-CRC COOKBOOK*

Final dates and times subject to change


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