Inspiration in Colorado!Submitted by Elisabeth Mon Sep 27 2010 15:48:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Don't call it the Governor's mansion in Colorado. It is the Governor's residence. But whatever name it is called, the residence is beautiful and the League of Women Voters of Colorado's 90th Anniversary event on Thursday night was wonderful. The League filled the residence with members and supporters. Former National President Carolyn Jefferson Jenkins summed up the League's history by reminding us of the call to action for the second annual (yes annual) convention and by listing all the issues that the League has studied since 1920. What an act to follow! Especially with a call to action for the future in 3 minutes or less! But follow I did because it occurred to me that the journey from Seneca Falls to ratification of the 19th Amendment has been followed by the journey that every citizen commences upon becoming eligible to vote: that journey from eligible voter to registered voter to actual voter to informed and active citizen. While Carolyn and I inspired, a talented local ensemble entertained us with musical portrayals of major female figures from Joan of Ark to a certain political celebrity who's ability to stir things up can't be refuted. League members came from all over the Centennial State to attend the event at the residence. The League of Women Voters of Colorado didn't stop with just the Thursday night event. On Friday, a networking luncheon was offered and this year, I got to network, too. On Saturday, 150 members from around the state attended League Day in Denver. Voters in Colorado will vote on a raft of amendments, propositions and referenda in November. Several of the citizen initiatives address tax issues that, if passed, would devastate the state and local finances. So, in addition to presentations on the census and the Affordable Care Act, Colorado League members were educated on the ballot measures and given a standard presentation to take back to their communities to educate their communities on the measures. Starting Thursday evening, League members engaged in festive and educational events that made the travel to Denver well worth their time. So often we worry about cost when the real key is content. I am back in Atlanta for a few days processing all that I have learned in the first leg of my 10 state tour. Thursday it will be on to Wisconsin.