League members enjoyed a beautiful week end at Shaker Village, (see photos at State Convention 2015) sharing ideas and learning from one another. Melissa Currence, LWVUS Young People Task Force co-chair, shared insightful information about the younger generations with ideas for engaging them in League work. A panel of experts including Gretchen Hunt, Ky. Association Sexual Assault Programs, Neil Ward, Attorney and Bell County Prosecutor and Senator Whitney Westerfield (R) Christian County; Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee provided very helpful information about House BIll 8, the new expanded protective orders for victims of dating violence. Retha Wilcoxson, Hardin County League member shared their experience with Kids Vote. Nita Smith provided updates on issues around voter registration and voting in Kentucky and around the country. Carolyn Self worked with members on creating and maintaining local leagues and attracting members. Members elected new co-chairs, Terry Naydan and Nita Smith, first vice-president, Bonnie Lynch, second vice-president, Steve Senft and secretary, Fran Wagner.
The League of Women Voters of Kentucky will hold its biennial convention at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill this weekend, April 10-11, 2015. Members will hear about expanding domestic violence protections and House Bill 8, the ‘dating violence’ bill from a panel including Senator Whitney Westerfield, ( R ) Christian County, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gretchen Hunt, Staff Attorney with the KY Association of Sexual Assault Programs and Neil Ward, Bell County Attorney.
Members will also hear from Melissa Currence, League member in Cincinnati and former co-chair of the LWVUS Young People Task Force. Ms. Currence will speak about Building the League of the Future. The panel is scheduled Saturday beginning at 1:15 p.m. (ET) and Ms. Currence will speak at the lunch hour, both at the West Family Wash House at Shakertown.