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.

Important League Meeting on 9/27/16

There will be an important meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27th at the Library at 6PM before the Candidates Forum. Please arrive on time!

Members will be asked to vote on an important matter that your Board of Directors recommends membership approve to convert our organization from a non-tax-deductible organization, a 501(c)(4), to a 501(c)(3), which would be tax-deductible. Below is more of an explanation and we have listed the documents you were mailed physically in August.

Please attend the meeting on 9/27/16. In order to pass this we need a quorum of one-third of our membership which is 19.

The following is the content of the letter sent to you. Also see the documents listed below. They are the ones that need to be changed to allow the conversion.

Dear League Members,

We ask that you are sure to attend our September 27th meeting at 6PM at the Douglas County Library, 1409 Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, as we need your approval to convert our organization from a 501c4 status to a 501c3 status. As we are now a c4, donations are not tax-deductible. If we convert to a c3, both donations and member dues would be tax exempt.

Also, the state League is encouraging us to sign on as a local League, as they are submitting paperwork to the IRS to convert 7 other local Leagues.

As a 501c3 there are limitations to “lobbying” according to the IRS, but our organization does not come close to the ceiling which is 20% of our expenses in a year or averaged over a four-year period. Usually, we do education or advocacy, which we can do with no limits. Advocacy is speaking up about issues. Lobbying has to do with advising people to vote in a specific way regarding specific ballot measures. Rarely, do we do that. And when we do, it usually doesn’t cost anything or not very much. If we convert, we will have to track how much we spend on lobbying each year and report to the IRS once a year. This is part of the treasurer’s job.

We will take four votes:

  1. One to suspend the rules to allow this membership meeting to proceed.
  2. One to approve the overall plan of converting from a 501c4 to a 501c3.
  3. One to approve the new bylaws. We added language from the national League regarding Article II Purposes and Policies, and 501c3 language that has been reviewed by a 501c3 attorney (by the state League), and a change to the dates we can hold annual meetings (Article VII, Section 2).
  4. And a final vote to accept the new Articles of Incorporation.

Here are the related documents as PDFs:

Letter to Members regarding 501c3 Conversion
LWVUV Bylaws Proposal
LWVUV Bylaws Draft Revision 8-11-16 with 501c3-language
Draft LWVUV Articles of Incorporation 8-11-16
• Articles of Incorporation from 1989

These docs were mailed to each member at their physical mailing address in August 2016.

Any Questions? Please contact Jenny Carloni at jennifer.carloni at gmail.com or 541-672-1914 or Robin Wisdom at rwisdom at jeffnet.org or 541-672-6982.

!! LIBRARY — VOTE YES !!

It Is TIME TO GATHER In SUPPORT OF OUR LIBRARIES!

Campaign KICK-OFF RALLY for BALLOT MEASURE 10-145
TUESDAY — SEPTEMBER 20
11 A.M.
ALL ARE INVITED

Location: HEADQUARTERS — ROSEBURG BRANCH
1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, OR.

MUSIC — SPEAKERS — STORIES — BALLOONS – EXCITEMENT – SURPRISES

Bring homemade signs – Some will be available

BRANCH LIBRARIES

CANYONVILLE – DRAIN – GLENDALE – MYRTLE CREEK – OAKLAND – REEDSPORT – RIDDLE – WINSTON – YONCALLA
Special Kick-off Celebrations will be scheduled at each branch

LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD
TOGETHER WE CAN SAVE OUR LIBRARIES
KEEP THEM OPEN — RESTORE HOURS

SAVEOURLIBRARIES.ORG

Candidates Forum Announcement

Join your League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley for a Candidates Forum. Candidates for Roseburg Mayor and City Council have been invited to attend. The audience will hear from candidates and have the opportunity to ask questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Forum Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: Douglas County Public Library, Ford Room, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, Oregon

Contact: Jennifer Carloni, President, LWV Umpqua Valley

Telephone: 541-672-1914
Email: jennifer.carloni (at) gmail.com

Library Volunteer Training

The Libraries of Douglas County will be closing early in 2017 unless the Special Initiative 10-145 is passed.

It’s really a no-brainer, but so many people don’t know about it.

Kathy Shayler volunteered to be volunteer coordinator and we really need folks to knock on doors or sit a couple of hours at a library or post office or do phone work or computer work. There’s a lot to be done and not much time.

On the other hand, the job will be over before you know it!

If you are at all able to do anything, there is a volunteer training at the library Sept. 8th from 2 until 3:30 or so.

Love to see you there!

Kathy

Important League Meeting 9/27/16

There will be an important meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27th at the Library at 6PM before the Candidates Forum. Please arrive on time!

Members will be asked to vote on an important matter that your Board of Directors recommends membership approve to convert our organization from a non-tax-deductible organization, a 501(c)(4), to a 501(c)(3), which would be tax-deductible. Below is more of an explanation and we have listed the documents you were mailed physically in August.

Please attend the meeting on 9/27/16. In order to pass this we need a quorum of one-third of our membership which is 19.

The following is the content of the letter sent to you. Also see the documents listed below. They are the ones that need to be changed to allow the conversion.

Dear League Members,

We ask that you are sure to attend our September 27th meeting at 6PM at the Douglas County Library, 1409 Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, as we need your approval to convert our organization from a 501c4 status to a 501c3 status. As we are now a c4, donations are not tax-deductible. If we convert to a c3, both donations and member dues would be tax exempt.

Also, the state League is encouraging us to sign on as a local League, as they are submitting paperwork to the IRS to convert 7 other local Leagues.

As a 501c3 there are limitations to “lobbying” according to the IRS, but our organization does not come close to the ceiling which is 20% of our expenses in a year or averaged over a four-year period. Usually, we do education or advocacy, which we can do with no limits. Advocacy is speaking up about issues. Lobbying has to do with advising people to vote in a specific way regarding specific ballot measures. Rarely, do we do that. And when we do, it usually doesn’t cost anything or not very much. If we convert, we will have to track how much we spend on lobbying each year and report to the IRS once a year. This is part of the treasurer’s job.

We will take four votes:

  1. One to suspend the rules to allow this membership meeting to proceed.
  2. One to approve the overall plan of converting from a 501c4 to a 501c3.
  3. One to approve the new bylaws. We added language from the national League regarding Article II Purposes and Policies, and 501c3 language that has been reviewed by a 501c3 attorney (by the state League), and a change to the dates we can hold annual meetings (Article VII, Section 2).
  4. And a final vote to accept the new Articles of Incorporation.

Here are the related documents as PDFs:

Letter to Members regarding 501c3 Conversion
LWVUV Bylaws Proposal
LWVUV Bylaws Draft Revision 8-11-16 with 501c3-language
Draft LWVUV Articles of Incorporation 8-11-16
• Articles of Incorporation from 1989

These docs were mailed to each member at their physical mailing address in August 2016.

Any Questions? Please contact Jenny Carloni at jennifer.carloni at gmail.com or 541-672-1914 or Robin Wisdom at rwisdom at jeffnet.org or 541-672-6982.

League Supports Library Measure 10-145

On August 16, 2016 the League of Women Voters Umpqua Valley Board of Directors adopted by concurrence the following position. We gratefully acknowledge the LWV Corvallis for the wording. This allows our League to advocate for passage of local Measure 10-145, which would create a new Douglas County Library District and provide the funding needed to keep our libraries open.

At the September 27 membership meeting the we will discuss the library measure.

Here are a few links:

We believe a library system should exist for all. It represents access to education and should be open to all residents throughout our county. It is part of an attractive and livable community and encourages a better educated citizenry.

New Position:

Special Taxing Districts and Urban Renewal Districts

The League believes the formation of Special Taxing Districts and Urban Renewal Districts may be desirable in certain situations. The formation of any such district must be considered only after an informed, transparent planning process and thorough analysis of the implications to all government provided services.

League shall consider the following criteria to determine whether or not to support a proposal to form a Special Taxing District or an Urban Renewal District.

  1. The new district has clearly defined goals.
  2. The new district will provide more or new benefits not currently available.
  3. The new district will meet needs not currently being addressed.
  4. Other options to meet the needs have been explored.
  5. Establishment of a new district will lead to long-term stability.
  6. All statutory requirements have been addressed.
  7. Administrative costs will not unduly impact services.
  8. The new district will not create undue competition with other entities.
  9. The new district does not duplicate services otherwise available.
  10. The impact of the new district on the funding of other services has been evaluated.
  11. There has been adequate public process in establishing the new district.
  12. The cost to reach the goals has been properly analyzed.
  13. Revenue streams are identified (bonding, grants, private dollars, etc.)
  14. Affected parties have been engaged in discussions regarding the proposed district.

For Urban Renewal Districts an additional criterion will be considered:

  • Urban Renewal Districts must have a plan for termination from the outset.

There is no intent that a taxing or urban renewal district must meet every criterion in order to gain League support. Instead, the idea is that, for any new district, each criterion will be evaluated and the League position will be arrived at by balancing the pros and cons illuminated by the criteria.

Searching for Gardens for Next Year

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We are actively seeking gardens to include in next year’s Garden Tour.

The date is not quite set yet, but you can expect another glorious tour of hidden gardens in the Roseburg area, delightful music and lovely unique art all provided by local artisans.

Our Garden Tour Team is focusing on the Wilbur and Sutherlin areas for Garden Tour 2017. Do you have a garden you would like to share? It is so much fun to participate! Let us know if you are thinking about this, or if you know of a garden that needs to be seen!

Thanks so much!

Your Garden Tour Team Chair, Nancy Farris, nfarris73@hotmail.com

Garden Tour Beauty

The 5th Annual Garden Tour sponsored by the LWV Umpqua Valley was a huge success. Many commented on the beauty of the gardens on display. Many thanks to the generous and gracious gardeners who allowed the community to “drop by” between 10AM and 5PM on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The gardens showed extreme care, creativity, and … Continue reading

It’s Almost Here!

The 5th Annual Spring Garden Tour in Douglas County, Oregon!

Buy Your Tickets Today! Only $12 each.Flower-logo

Tickets will be sold on the day of the event Saturday, June 11, at the Umpqua Edibles Project located at the Umpqua Valley Art Center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave, Roseburg, from 10AM to 5PM.

Other ticket locations:

Contact us for more info: 541 [643] [8113]
Also see our web page about the Garden Tour.  And watch for our ads in The News-Review coming out soon!

See You There!

Fuels, Fire, and The Future of Oregon’s Forests

Dr. Ken Carloni will share his research on 500 years of fire history in SW Oregon.

Fire Talk Poster
Dr. Carloni’s presentation will examine the agement practices from fire sticks to borate bombers, and discuss the consequences of those changes on current fire regimes. We will then discuss strategies for future ecosystem management that balance the production of forest products with the sustainability of forest habitats.shift in forest man

Thursday, May 26 at the Douglas County Public Library, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, OR at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Free and Open to the public.

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