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Clackson Newsletter

May 2013

In this Issue:


Saturday, May 11 at 1:30 PM
Oswego Heritage House
398 Tenth Street, Lake Oswego

The Annual Meeting is held for election of officers, to adopt a budget, renew our currently held positions, and adopt new studies that can lead to new positions.   It is also a time to visit with friends, meet new members, and enjoy tasty treats!

This meeting is the heart of League and is especially interesting and educational for new members. You will need to bring your annual meeting booklet to the meeting.

For reservations and to sign up for  a finger food to bring, contact Joan Batten at 503-639-4064 or email joanbatten10@gmail.com

Directions:  The Heritage House is located at 398 Tenth Street in Lake Oswego.  It is easily reached by turning from Highway 43 on to "A” Avenue and going 10 blocks west.  The house is directly in front of you.  Turn left at that intersection.  There is parking at the house and across the street at the   Episcopal Church.



We’re excited to share the news that LWVCC will begin an interesting and innovative project in May, in partnership with Coffee Creek Correctional Facility near Wilsonville.  Our League was approached by Marie Daniels, an occupational skills trainer at Coffee Creek, who came up with the idea of introducing a civic engagement component to her ongoing life skills class.  She believes that, given the mission and reputation of the League, its members exemplify what it takes to be engaged and informed citizens. 

Marge Easley and Sonja Kollias have volunteered to kick off this partnership by meeting each Thursday morning with the dozen inmates in the class to provide basic civics information.  Topics will include the structure of government and political parties, how to effectively interact with government, and how to be informed voters.  If you are interested in helping with this outreach effort, please contact Marge or Sonja.


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Dear fellow league members,
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our hard-working board of directors. These exceptional league members showed their commitment to the principles and goals of league.

Lorie James, first vice president and development chair, oversaw fundraising efforts throughout the past year. She also participates on the development committee and is the nominating committee chair for the state League. She was there to help me when I needed advice and to update me when I needed to be filled in on what had happened while I was living in California.

Katie Lu, second vice president and voter service chair, did a really bang-up job getting us through a presidential election year. She organized a candidates’ forum, presented ballot-measure information, and completed the online candidate information for the 411 project. She also worked with Sonja Kollias to update our “Know Your Government” brochure—soon to be available.

Sherry Finnigan, secretary, kept our records up to date, provided board members with agendas and minutes, and was a strong voice during board meetings.

Judi Umaki, treasurer, took on a job she really didn’t want and, with the help of her husband, kept our money safe, paid our bills, and maintained our records.

Karen Sherman, program, was such a hard worker that I find it difficult to come up with the appropriate superlative. She arranged meeting places, came up with interesting speakers, kept the sign-up sheets for league activities, helped plan our year and other things too numerous to list.

Joan Batten, action, wrote letters to the editor on many subjects, including gun safety, light rail and Metro bond measures, kept track of what was happening in the county, and kept us informed. She has been our “voice” for a long time and I treasure her.

Marge Easley, membership, approached her responsibilities with zeal, creative ideas, and organization. She was responsible for bringing us the film, “Patriocracy.” She put together our directory. She also does important work for the state league.

Karan Kuntz, newsletter editor and web master, does a great job editing our Clackson every month. She keeps our website up to date. She was a presenter for the state’s coastal study. She also is the newsletter editor and program chair for the state league. Keeping members informed is a vital aspect of league.

Mike Taylor, chair of the city-funding study, organized his committee, gathered facts, wrote all-member material and presented information at unit meetings. His committee then presented a position to the board. This two-year study is now a part of our history. He is also the treasurer for the state League.

Belinda Wilson, units, worked with unit leaders to make sure they were organized and ready for meetings. She also volunteered to head up the grapefruit sales.

I’d also like to thank off-board members Beryl Dahl, Lunch & Learn, Sonja Kollias, publicist, Heather Drake, budget chair, Norma Jean Germond, nominating committee, and Betty Barber, Jean Hoffman, Belinda Wilson, and June Routson, unit leaders.

Thank you so very much all of you. And, thank all you members who join to promote the ideals of league.

luana luther, President



Do you know of someone who wants a flexible part-time job? The League of Women Voters of Portland is looking for a new Office Manager. This is a 20-hour-per-week job (4 hours each weekday). The times are during normal office hours, but can be adjusted to fit the lives of students or parents. Applicants must be proficient with computer programs such as Word, Excel, Publisher, and Access, and must be able to produce publications, maintain records, work with volunteers, and carry out daily tasks with limited supervision. Starting date: June 15 (Board Retreat). Starting salary from $12 to $13 per hour. Send a resume and cover letter before May 13 to LWV Portland, 310 SW 4th Ave., Suite 520, Portland, OR 97204, or by email to info@lwvpdx.org.  



Joan Batten, Action Chair
We are following the saga of the Canby library.  Opponents have now questioned the use of Urban Renewal Funds for the library.  These funds have already   been secured.  At a recent City Council meeting a vote was taken to rescind the Urban Renewal funding, but after discussion of the results of such vote, it was agreed to continue with the project as proposed.  We hope the decision is final.

A letter to the editor has been published regarding the process used by the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners to replace the county administrator.  Our concern is that the League believes “that governmental bodies must protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.”

 A letter to the editor of Clackamas County newspapers has been sent regarding the Metro ballot measure.  A similar letter from the Portland League  has appeared in the Oregonian.  Since many of you do not receive a county newspaper, we are printing it here.

Letter to the editor: The League of Women Voters of Clackamas County urges voters to support Metro’s Parks and Natural Areas Levy 26-152 which will appear on your May 21 ballot. This five-year local option levy of 9.6 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation of your home is proposed to restore natural areas, protect water quality and provide people with more opportunities to enjoy nature.
Voters approved bond measures in 1995 and 2006 to purchase and protect some of the region’s most significant undeveloped land.  Neither of these bond funds for property acquisition could be used for operating expenses.

Metro owns or manages more than 16,000 acres, including more than 100 miles of stream and river frontage, wetlands, prairies, forests and more. Metro’s regional parks and natural areas are visited by more than 1.3 million people a year.

Metro has spent limited general funds to maintain these parks and natural areas, but has determined that such funding is not sustainable over the long term. Input on this proposal consisted of public opinion research, an advisory panel, local governments and community groups. Metro council voted unanimously to put this levy on the ballot.

The League supports management of our natural resources to improve water quality and wildlife habitat, fight invasive species, build trails and improve parks. 

luana luther, President, League of Women Voters of Clackamas County
Joan Batten, Action Chair
Contact information: Joanbatten10@gmail.com, 18938 SW Longfellow, Lake Oswego, 503-639-4064



 Saturday, June 8th
11:30 A.M.
Red Fox Hills Condominium Club House
Lake Oswego

More details will be coming in a flyer later this month. For further information phone Lorie James, 503-638-3207.




LWVUS is currently working on an update to the national agricultural position.  The update study committee includes two Oregon representatives: Norm Turrill, the committee chair and Portland member, Marnie Lonsdale. 

The Agriculture Update will focus narrowly on: 1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and 2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process.

National League hopes to have study material available in September, with local Leagues participating in consensus between September 2013 and April 1, 2014.

In planning for our local League program and studies for the coming year, please take this study into consideration. Volunteers for the local consensus presentation will be needed.




Lake Oswego
Accessories from the heart
220 ’A’ Avenue, Suite 100
Lake Oswego, 97034


Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst
17400 Holy Names Dr.

Lake Oswego, 97034

Strand Tea Company
PO Box 580
Sandy, OR 97055

Synergy Consulting Inc.
729 NE Oregon St., Suite 125
Portland, 97232

Wy’east Book Shoppe and Art Gallery
67195 E US Highway 26
Welches, OR 97067

West Linn
Words Count – Editing & Writing
2555 Dillow Drive

Generations Town Center Village
8709 SE Causey Avenue
Portland, OR 97086




Saturday, May 11: Annual Meeting: 1:30 PM, Oswego Heritage House, 398 Tenth Street, Lake Oswego

Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19: LWVOR Convention: Mill Casino, North Bend, OR

Tuesday, May 21: Special Election

Tuesday, May 28:  Board Meeting: 9:30 AM, Pacific West Bank, 5200 Meadows Rd. # 100, Lake Oswego.


Saturday, June 8: Patio Party: 11:30 AM, Red Fox Hills Condominiums Clubhouse, Boca Ratan Drive, Lake Oswego