Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cookeville To Host Annual LWV Conference

The League of Women Voters of Tennessee will be having its annual conference in Cookeville this year and will host a community reception open to all citizens on Friday, November 5 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Cookeville office of the Progressive Savings Bank. Refreshments will be served. The group describes itself as "a nonpartisan grassroots organization whose members do the hands-on work to safeguard democracy." Most recently the league partnered with Tennessee Tech University and the Highlands of Tennessee to co-host a gubernatorial debate. The league's annual fall conference at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Cookeville. It's being offered free of charge.

“We are delighted to host a community reception and our statewide meeting in Cookeville this year,” said Faith Trapp, League board member. “This offers us a wonderful opportunity to meet with individuals in the Cookeville area who are interested in learning more about the league and how they can’t get involved in encouraging greater civic participation and healthy debate on the issues that matter most to the Highlands area.”

Among the presentations at the fall conference, Mark Quarles, Consulting Geologist, Global Environmental, will address Fracting and Dr. Lori Maxwell, Professor of Political Science, Tennessee Tech University, will discuss open vs. closed primaries. These presentations will be at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively, on Saturday, November 6. Additional topics will be covered as well. For a full conference schedule, visit their website. Conference participation is offered free to all in the Highlands region, and pre-registration is not required.

"The League of Women Voters of Tennessee believes that the hands-on work of an engaged citizenry can and does lead to civic improvement at all levels of government," says Faith Trapp. "The league is thrilled to come back to Cookeville for this weekend of events immediately following the November elections. The league is a celebration of such a basic part of our democratic process—the right to vote—and the opportunities to channel that power into real, lasting change, starting at the grassroots level."