FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. February 2024
The League Mourns the Loss of Its President
This is a sad time for all the local and state leagues that make up the League of Women Voters. We learned on Jan. 29 that Dr. Deborah Turner, our national league president died suddenly. We in the Toledo - Lucas County League have a special connection to Dr. Turner. Almost two years ago she visited us to help us celebrate and honor one of our founders, Olive Colton. She said at the time that she was happy to come to Toledo to share this event with us because she wanted to get to know league members at the grassroots and we were thrilled to host her.
She was generous with her time and spoke twice that day, once at the cemetery where we marked the laying of a stone at Colton's grave and again at the University of Toledo where leaguers from NWOhio gathered to hear her and welcome her to the area.
She told us about her upbringing and spoke about acceptance and democracy and urged us to continue fighting for voters' rights for everyone and carry our league values into everything we did. She was beyond gracious and we will never forget that visit.
Sometimes belonging to a great national organization can feel a little solitary and isolating for the small local chapters but that visit from Dr. Turner reminded us that we are the backbone of this amazing, committed, and yes powerful in it’s way political group. It’s our non-partisanship, penchant for studying issues and building consensus as well as our shared desire to get it right for everyone that hopefully protect us from the hubris, manipulation and hypocrisy that politics can create.
While you are out collecting signatures for the Independent Redistricting Commission remember why we are doing this, just trying to get it right for everyone!