Capital Chat Looks Toward League's 95th

On 27 January the Dayton Area League hosted an engaging Capital Chat with Representative Fred Strahorn from Dayton’s 39th district. Representative Strahorn offered insightful remarks on current issues, and provided candid responses to audience questions.

The evening ended with a special presentation by League Executive Director Sue Hessellgesser that 2015 is the 95th Anniversary of the League. League members from the audience joined Sue at the podium to read an article from a 1920 edition of the local League Newsletter. The article recognized the great need for a non-partisan organization to help voters cut through the party rhetoric of the times to get balanced and accurate information. This need is just as urgent today. Indeed, the the mission of the League is timeless!

Capital Chat events further the League’s efforts to connect voters with elected officials like Representative Strahorn. We hope this becomes a standard feature of the League’s events calendar. Many thanks Brenda Whitney and the Funding and Development Team for making it possible.

Longtime League Member Honored

Longtime LWVGDA member Vivienne Himmell

Surrounded by family, friends, and generations of those she has supported and served, longtime LWVGDA member Vivienne Himmell was honored on November 13th with the first annual John Pratt Legacy Award. The award is named after John W. Pratt, a founding member of both Choices In Community Living and the Resident Home Association. The award was presented by Partners for Community Living, recognizing Viv for her many years as a social worker and case manager for what was then the Montgomery County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

Since her retirement in 1998, Viv has continued caring for those with developmental disabilities by serving on the Human Services Levy Council and the Resident Home Association’s Board of Trustees, and as a member of Partners Joint Development Committee. As part of her award, Viv received a scrapbook filled with letters from peers and community members thanking her for her dedication, leadership and advocacy. Congratulations, Viv. Your League family is proud of you!

About our League

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area (LWVGDA) is one of the first Leagues established in 1920 after passage of the 19th amendment, making it a proud and direct descendent of the women’s suffrage movement. Over 250 members strong, LWVGDA encompasses both Montgomery and Greene Counties, and is an active partner of the State of Ohio League and the League of Women Voters U.S. The League is nonpartisan, and neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate, but does take action on issues following careful study and member consensus. All women and men eligible to vote are invited to join League. It’s not just about having the right to vote, it’s about what we do with it.