League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley

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.

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The League and No LNG

The state League of Women Voters of Oregon, along with four local Leagues, Rogue Valley, Klamath Falls, Coos County, and Umpqua Valley, submitted comments on August 15, 2018 requesting denial of all permitting applications.1532567086475

The League of Women Voters of Oregon —

 “believes that natural resources should be managed as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems. Resources should be conserved and protected to assure their future availability. Pollution of these resources should be controlled in order to preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of ecosystems and to protect public health.” The League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) “. . . opposes degradation of all of Oregon’s surface and ground water. . . .” and declares that climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our generation. 

We must protect the natural resources we have now. We must stand in solidarity!

Please read the League’s complete comments here.

 

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New Transportation District

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, during the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners Business Meeting, concerning the formation of a county-wide transit district.

The meeting will begin at 9:00 am in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470.Douglas County, Oregon Courthouse

Douglas County Courthouse
1036 SE Douglas Ave, Roseburg
Room 216
9AM

The County is proposing the formation of a non-taxing transit district to provide a transportation dedicated entity to manage public transportation funding and public transportation enhancement decisions.

All interested persons may appear and be heard.

Contact Tamara Osborne, Crisis Communications & Community Engagement Specialist (PIO)(541) 670-2804 cell – (541) 957-4896 office – tjosborn@co.douglas.or.us

And They Stood Up!

There are activists in Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon. And they stood up for what they know is right!

Keep families together! We must continue to voice our outrage at what’s going on at the border to children and families. It’s not over yet.

The News-Review recapped the protest event that took place on Sat., June 30, 2018 here.

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Stand Up For What’s Right

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Garden Tour Success!

Thank you to all of you who participated in the LWV Umpqua Valley’s Spring Garden Tour 2018.

If you were a ticket-seller, part of the volunteer staff as a musician, artist or gardener showing your garden, or you attended the Garden Tour, we want to heartily thank you! You made this one of the best ever!

We heard over and over this was the best garden tour some had ever attended!

And we have hope for another great Tour next year! If you know of a garden that needs to be seen, or you are a gardener who would like to be in the line-up for next year or a future year, let us know! Call [541]-[643]-[8113].

Here are a few photos of some of this year’s Garden Tour — Enjoy!

Don’t Miss This Treat!

Spring Garden Tour • Saturday, June 16 • 10AM to 5PM

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There’s just a few days left before the Tour! Get your tickets at one of these locations by Friday, June 15:

Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the Tour at the garden site located at 747 San Souci Drive. Look for the “League of Women Voters” table.

This year’s tour includes five unique landscapes in the Garden Valley area. Highlights include an Asian-themed miniature garden, a rose garden, a Tolkien-themed garden, and a heat sink solar greenhouse.

Here’s a link to our web page.

For more information call 541-643-8113.

 

Listening to Each Other

Brian Prawitz, Roseburg city councilor, spoke to League members at their annual meeting on May 15 at the Roseburg Country Club.

Brian’s talk is so pertinent to our situation throughout America that we thought we should share this with you. Brian struggles with the violence and division between Americans. He says we need to actually listen to each other and to try to understand each other. Here’s a link to his talk to the League on his business’s website — https://soundcloud.com/brian-prawitz/togetherness-without-tragedy-uvlwv, thanks to BP Media Solutions.Brian-Prawitz-Roseburg

Brian encourages us to find ways to work together for the good of our community, despite our differences. He suggested that we each make an effort to seek out someone who is different than we are and get to know them, offer respect, and prepare to love them even if we disagree with them.  Change starts with one-on-one relationships and good listening skills.

Also, Brian’s TED Talk “Togetherness Without Tragedy” can be viewed online at: http://www.tedxroseburg.com/2017/04/17/brian-prawitz/

Brian participates in the American Leadership Forum (ALF) where he has gotten to know a diverse group of Oregon leaders from urban and rural areas this year. He finds himself in the minority as a white, middle class, conservative man from a rural area and he is gaining new perspective.  He is dismayed that some people in the group have told him they are afraid to come to Roseburg.

Brian mentioned a person who has impressed him with his Kindness Diaries (now on Netflix). The author is Leon Logothetis, and more can be learned about him here: http://www.leonlogothetis.com/. He drove around the world on his motorcycle with no money. When Brian asked him how to lessen division and create more harmony in our communities, he told Brian, “Be the change.”

Brian’s mission is similar to the League’s efforts called the Listening Project which was created in the wake of the October 1st, 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting tragedy. The project will continue this coming fall.

Check out the links above, and contact the League for more information.

Spring Garden Tour!

Local Gardens, One Home Tour, and Wine-Tasting at June 16 “Spring Garden Tour”

The seventh annual “Spring Garden Tour” sponsored by the Umpqua Valley chapter of the League of Women Voters, will take place on Saturday, June 16, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

This year’s tour includes a home tour, and five unique landscapes in the Garden Valley area, including an Asian-themed garden, a walled tea garden, a rose garden, a wooded garden, and a Tolkein-themed garden. A special feature this year is a vineyard garden and tasting room, with wine-tasting!

Tickets cost $15 (cash and checks only) and include a descriptive guide to each garden, along with a map and driving directions. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the following establishments:

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Roseburg:
bullet_blueWhile Aways Books and Espresso

bullet_blue Hanson Jewelers

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bullet_blue The Bagel Tree Cafe and Bake Shop

Glide:
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Sutherlin:
bullet_blue Whitehorse Coffee & Tea Company

Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the Tour at the garden site located at 747 San Souci Drive. Look for the “League of Women Voters” table.

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

 

Get Your Ballot In!

There’s only today and tomorrow left to get your ballot in! Vote!

vote-buttonElection Day is tomorrow May 15th. You have until 8PM tomorrow night to drop off your ballot at the County Clerk’s office (1036 SE Douglas Ave., Room CH124, Roseburg). Your ballot must be received in the Clerk’s office or be in an official Drop box by 8:00 p.m. May 15, 2018 in order to be counted. Postmarks do not count!

Here’s a list of Drop Boxes around Douglas County you can use.

For more information visit the Douglas County Elections Office here. Or call them at 541-440-4252.

Annual Meeting & Dinner

The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley invites members and friends to their annual meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 15th at the Roseburg Country Club.

Spring Garden Tour 2018

Come to the Spring Garden Tour on June 16!

Annual Meeting & Dinner
Tuesday May 15th
5:30PM to 7:30PM
Roseburg Country Club

5051 Garden Valley Road
Roseburg, OR 97470

Dinner is $19 per person. Checks or cash will be accepted at the door. Non-members are welcome also. Please RSVP by calling [541] [672] [1914].

There will be a short business meeting, dinner and a guest speaker, Brian Prawitz, a Roseburg City Counselor, who will address strengthening our community. Brian’s 14-minute YouTube video, “Togetherness Without Tragedy”, is available online here.

We will also welcome our state League president, Norman Turrill, will be in attendance.

You’ll also have a chance to buy Spring Garden Tour 2018 tickets for $15 each. Otherwise, you can buy them at one of our ticket sellers. See the above web address to find out where. The Tour is on Saturday, June 16, 10AM to 5PM.

Thank you, Douglas County!

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Thank you to all who attended, performed or shared their gardens and artwork with our community!!