Mission Statement

League of Women Voters® of the Umpqua Valley is a grassroots, nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government in order to build better communities statewide.

LWVUV’s purposes are to influence public policy through education and advocacy, and to provide support for League members and the League organization.

Garden Tour Tickets Available Now!

Garden Tour Tickets Available Now!

lwvuv garden tour 2014

lwvuv garden tour 2014

Tickets are on sale now for the June 13, 2015 Spring Garden Tour sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Umpqua Valley. The tour, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., features six town and country gardens complete with musicians and artists.

Tickets are available for $12 at:

  • While Away Books,
  • My Coffee,
  • Photo Frogg,
  • Local Umpqua Goods,
  • Hansen’s Jewelers in Roseburg,
  • Munchies in Glide, and
  • Sutherlin Water Garden & Nursery in Sutherlin

Tickets also will be available the day of the tour for $15 at the Chapman Garden (2018 Del Rio Rd.) and the Finney Garden (1433 SE Kane St.) in Roseburg.

Garden-Tour-Flyer-2015-10Download the poster here and post it where someone will see it. Thank you!

For more information, contact Penny Reed @ 541-637-7091.

Roseburg Area Gardens Tour is Set for June 13!

Join the League of Women Voters Umpqua Valley on June 13 when we celebrate our community at the third annual Spring Garden Tour.


The self-guided tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature six gardens in the Roseburg area located amid the diverse landscapes of the Umpqua including along the river, tucked into a wooded hillside, under the big sky of our open valley and in neighborhoods in the heart of town.

See photos of Garden Tour 2014 here!

Musicians will be playing at each garden, helping to bring out the magic of their surroundings. Artists will be demonstrating their skills and showing their wares, making the tour the perfect occasion to pick up a handmade gift for a special friend or occasion.

Tickets are $12 and will become available on May 15 at the businesses listed below. Your ticket also will serve as a descriptive guide to our gardens, artists and musicians and will include driving directions and a map.

Ticket Outlets:

  • My Coffee
  • While Away Books
  • Umpqua Local Goods
  • Hanson Jewelers
  • Photo Frogg
  • Munchies
  • Sutherlin Water Garden & Nursery

Tickets also will be available for $15 on the day of the tour at the Chapman garden (2018 Del Rio Rd) and the Finney Garden (1433 SE Kane St).

We’re very grateful to those who have planned, planted, weeded, watered and worried this spring to prepare their gardens for our tour. Please join us – and bring a friend or two – to enjoy the fruits of their labor and to recognize their meaningful contribution to our community.

Garden-Tour-Flyer-2015-10Download and print this lovely flyer and post it somewhere people will see it. Thank you!

For more information contact Penny Reed (541) 637-7091

LWV Umpqua Valley Annual Meeting Photos

Look for your photo, and see how our Annual Meeting went last night, 4/21/15! Some of the best people in Douglas County attended last night’s Annual Business Meeting of the Umpqua Valley League of Women Voters. There was a roomful for dinner at the Salud Restaurant in Roseburg. The service was good. And the company … Continue reading

Douglas County Mental Health Court

The Mental Health Court Forum was well attended by interested Douglas County, Oregon, residents. This is a Photo Update of that Community Forum held by the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley and @NAMIOregon on May 13, 2015. Please attend a Community Forum concerning the Douglas County Mental Health Court to be held on … Continue reading

Climate Change & the Health of Our Ocean

Make Earth Day count. Join us at the ‘Climate Change and Health of Our Ocean’ forum at the Douglas County Library, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, on April 22nd, Earth Day.

oa-climate-chg-health-oceansWe will learn from a panel of three prominent experts in this field who will discuss how Oregon’s marine environment and coastal communities are being affected by increasing ocean acidification and how we can best address the impacts.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Ford Room of the Douglas County Library, located at 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd. in Roseburg.

Our oceans absorb one quarter of man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. More atmospheric CO2 means increased ocean acidity, which currently is up by 30 percent since the start of the industrial age. This is affecting the health of coral reefs and shellfish, including oysters grown in Oregon, and is leading to areas of hypoxia in nearshore waters where levels of oxygen – and marine life – are greatly reduced.

All three of our panelists serve on the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel, formed in 2013, along with others representing California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia who are helping inform resource managers and decision-makers across the region. Read more detail by viewing this PDF: Save Our Ocean.

For more information contact Stuart Liebowitz at 541-672-9819. We look forward to seeing you at this important community event to help protect the ocean and the waterways we all enjoy.

Come to the Annual Meeting!

Greetings to LWVUV members!

Members, please join us for our annual business meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 5:30 PM at the Salud Restaurant, 537 SE Jackson St, Roseburg, OR.

There are just two weeks before our annual meeting for dinner at Salud Restaurant, so I need your RSVP.

We will meet at 5:30 PM for business meeting, discussion, and socializing.
We have their large room reserved just for us on April 21 [Tuesday].

They will offer the general menu, which can be found online:
Small plates $7 – $12
Entrees $13 – $24
dinner salads $10 – $13

This is a fun event, get to know other League members, and talk about what you think our local League can work on.

Please email me or phone/leave a message 541-679-5597.

Sally McKain
President, LWVUV
sallymckain [@] charter.net

March Newsletter Now Available


Catch up with the latest news from your LWV Umpqua Valley, Oregon!

The March newsletter (PDF) is now available. Click here to read or download it.


The Children at Risk Study is Complete!

The Children at Risk Study is complete! Children-at-Risk-CAR-Study-Final

Click here if to access the study.

Download the CAR Consensus Form, the Discussion Guide and Consensus Questions.

Our next local League meeting will be on Tuesday, March 24 with a social time and refreshments available at 5:30 PM and a program time of 6:00-7:30 PM. We will meet in Room #3 of the Mercy Education Building at 2459 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg. This is upstairs above the old Office Depot. There is an elevator.

Linda Clary, LWVUV member and co-chair of the statewide Children at Risk study, will show a 30-minute PBS DVD about the importance of early intervention in the lives of children, and lead our discussion and consensus-reaching process. She will also tell us what comes next in the way of advocacy on behalf of our youngest citizens.

WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US! It would be best if you can prepare ahead for this meeting by reading the consensus questions, reading all or part of the Children at Risk study, filling in your answers to the consensus questions, and printing your answers to bring to the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but want to submit your input, please send it to Jenny Carloni at jennifer.carloni [@] gmail.com by Sunday, March 22 and we will include your ideas in our discussion.

In League,
Jenny Carloni
LWVUV Secretary/Treasurer/Children at Risk Study Member

February Monthly Meeting

Ceasefire Oregon presented a slideshow on gun safety. The League meeting was held on Wednesday February 18, 2015 at the Douglas County Library at 6:00 pm. It was a peaceful and informative meeting. Thanks to Dr. Larry Hall and Penny Okamoto for sharing their information about the need for gun safety. Penny Okamoto is the … Continue reading

Member Survey, Update & Healthcare Meeting News

Member Update

Program-Planning-Discussion-1-20-15Fifteen people gathered for our annual Program Planning meeting at the First Presbyterian Church on Jan. 20 in Roseburg. It was noted that the LWVOR Issues for Action document, sent electronically, is quite long. It would take quite a while to read and carefully consider all of the State League’s positions. However, there was agreement to retain the current State League positions along with interest in focusing on the HEALTH POLICY position on Adult Mental Health and Mental Health Services for Children and Youth.

If you are interested in this topic, perhaps you’d like to join the LWVUV Health Care Committee. Jean Galleher would like to remind everyone that the next meeting of the Health Care Committee will be Thursday, Feb. 5 at 11:00 A.M. in a study room at the Douglas County Public Library. The main agenda topics will include discussion of the State League Adult Mental Health and the Mental Health Services For Children and Youth policies, discussion of a possible Winter/Spring forum, and finding a new Chair for the rest of this League year. Feel free to RSVP to Jean at (541-459-2189 or dcjean45@gmail.com).

We are planning our next LWVUV general meeting for Wednesday evening, Feb. 18, at the DC Public Library’s Ford Room. The topic will be gun safety and the meeting will be open to the public. Please save the date. More information will follow.

We know our members have a variety of interests and we are enjoying the receipt of answers to our brief LWVUV Member Survey. Thank you to those who’ve sent it in. There’s still time for the rest of you to reply. If you find the form cumbersome, just send your brief answers to these questions in an email to jennifer.carloni [@] gmail.com.

Member Survey

1) What do you love? What makes you excited?

2) What draws you to the League?

3) Would you like to come to an hour to 90-minute long member orientation? Yes or No.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jenny Carloni

LWVUV Secretary/Treasurer


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