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2019 Poinsettia Sale

It’s that time of year again – the League of Women Voters Poinsettia Sale! Just in time for the holidays, these gorgeous plants are available in 2 sizes and several colors:

Small 6.5″ pots are $16 each: Red, White, or Red/White “Princess”
Large 8″ pots are $31 each: Red, White, or Red/White “Princess”

This year the sale will run to November 8th. All plants include a pot cover which is a pretty, festive foil wrap for the plant container. Again this year, we will have poinsettia pickup locations in both Salida and Buena Vista on Wednesday, December 4. You will be able to pick up your order from 1:00 – 5:00 at the Buena Vista Library or from 2:00 – 5:00 at the United Methodist Church, Century Hall, in Salida (228 E. 4th St.).

This year we are also accepting donations in lieu of a plant purchase as many of our members and supporters are gone over the holidays.

For more information or to place your order, contact Evelyn Baker at [email protected] or 719-­310-­3635.
Order Form

All money collected from sales stays local for our organization. The League counts on this sale, along with our spring sale of geraniums, to support our community programs and forums – thank you for your support!

The topics for our Great Decisions for 2020 have been announced

The eight topics featured in this year’s issue are: 
Topic 1: “Climate Change and the Global Order” by Ronald Bee 
Topic 2: “India and Pakistan” by Barbara Crossette 
Topic 3: “Red Sea Security“by David Shinn 
Topic 4: “Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking” by Ronald Weitzer 
Topic 5: “U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle” by Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti  
Topic 6: “China’s Road into Latin America” by Margaret Myers  
Topic 7: “The Philippines and the U.S.” by Julio Amador and Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay  
Topic 8: “Artificial Intelligence and Data” by Susan Ariel Aaronson 

We will again meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, starting the 4th Thursday of January, 4:30 to 6 PM at the Buena Vista Library.

For more information, please visit our website, or email [email protected]. And stay tuned for our announcement regarding the pre-order period.

Restorative Justice

What is Restorative Justice?

On September 9th 2019 Kimberly Parker, Executive Director of Full Circle Restorative Justice gave a presentation hosted by the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County which was open to the public.

LWVCO Speaks at Annual Meeting

Toni Larson and Beth Hendrix spoke to the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County, Colorado at their annual meeting on April 8th, 2019

The board of the League of Women Voters of Colorado is very pleased to announce that it has selected Beth Hendrix as Executive Director of the League to work with the organization to further develop and implement its strategic plan including installing an association management system and increasing financial resources. The board and committees have been working over the past year to put in place a plan to increase the effectiveness of the League; Beth Hendrix is an important part of the plan.

From 2013 – 2018, Beth served as Executive Director of Denver Sister Cities International (DSCI), coordinating all programming and connections related to Denver’s thirteen Sister and Friendship Cities worldwide.

Prior to DSCI, Beth worked in the local and national funding communities as a consultant program officer for entities including The Denver Foundation, Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, Western Union Foundation, The Denver Post Season to Share, and McCormick Tribune Foundation; her work resulted in the distribution of more than $60M to local, national, and international nonprofits and NGOs.

She has a degree in Arts Management from Sonoma State University.

Beth has served on the Boards of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League, the Asian Art Association of the Denver Art Museum, and the Park Hill Children’s Center. She has two teenage boys and enjoys traveling, politics, hiking, and cooking.

Drinks & Dialogue

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The National Popular Vote Plan:  What is it? How does it Work?

Should the majority of voters pick the President?  Has the electoral college become a problem?  The National Popular Vote (NPV) plan guarantees election of the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  

Join us on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30-7:00 at Sangre de Cristo Electric Cooperative at 29780 US Hwy 24 N, Buena Vista for an evening with Sylvia Bernstein, the co-chair of the Colorado National Vote.  She will discuss how the national popular vote plan works, why it matters and the current status of the legislation both in Colorado and the nation.  Join us for this timely presentation. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask your questions and discuss the issues around this bipartisan plan to move away from the electoral college to a popular vote for president.  Free drinks and appetizers.

Chaffee County Housing

Have Local Needs Been Met?

The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County Invites the public to meet Becky Gray, Chaffee County Director of Housing

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sangre de Cristo Community Room
29780 US Hwy 24 N, Buena Vista

Social & Business Meeting:          11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Program Speaker:                           12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Coffee & Tea provided

The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County will host a second meeting addressing housing concerns in Chaffee County on March 11 in BV’s Sangre De Cristo Community Room from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. Becky Gray, Chaffee County Director of Housing, will update community members on housing progress and issues facing the county. The public is welcome to attend. A social and business meeting precedes the program from 11:00-11:45.  Coffee and tea will be provided.  The first LWVCC meeting on Housing Issues and Policies was held May 14, 2018 and can be viewed at the LWVCC website.

Becky Gray, a Colorado native, graduated from Niwot High School in 1991. After spending time traveling the western U.S., she obtained a Bachelors degree from Rogers State University in Oklahoma and a Masters degree in Technical and Professional Writing, from Pittsburg State University, in Kansas. 

Ms. Gray began her career in affordable housing as a Research Assistant evaluating the effectiveness of grant-funded, mental health interventions with the homeless population in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After completing her formal education, she served as the Director of Research, Planning, and Grant Development for a non-profit in rural Kansas, providing shelter to families experiencing homelessness, access to and creation of affordable housing, public transportation, and early childhood education. Most recently, Ms. Gray served the City of Pittsburg, Kansas as Director of Housing and Community Development, which included operating a land bank, operating a housing authority, creating a rural housing incentive district, bringing tax credits to community redevelopment projects, and managing several loan programs for low-income residents. 

2019 LWVCC Geranium Sale

It’s that tine of year again – time for the League’s annual geranium sale!

All League members are asked to purchase several of these beautiful spring plants and sell them to friends, family and neighbors to benefit the LWVCC. This is one of only two fundraisers we hold during the year and the League depends on the income from these sales to fund our community education activities.

Geraniums are available in red, pink and salmon and are $15 each. All orders must be submitted by Tuesday, April 30.

Pick-up of the geraniums will be at the Buena Vista Library on Wednesday, May 8 between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m. or in Salida at the United Methodist Church, 228 E. 4th Street, between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. 

Just in time for Mothers Day!


SoOrders can be submitted to [email protected] or by leaving a message at 719-310-3635. So that she can stay up-to-date on the inventory of plants and let members know if we run out of any colors, please e-mail Evelyn Baker your orders or leave a message on her phone as they are placed. You can then mail your order form and payments. Checks should be made out to LWVCC and mailed to:

Evelyn Baker
P. O. Box 4504
Buena Vista, CO  81211

LWVCC presents Drinks & Dialogue on Money Matters: Education Funding Issues in Colorado and the Nation

The speakers are :
Dr Robert Slavin: Director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University and contributing education columnist  for the Huffington Post.

Tracie Rainey: Executive Director of the Colorado School Finance Project

David Blackburn: Salida School District Superintendent
and Janice Martin filled in for Lisa Yates: Buena Vista School Superintendent 

How Healthy are our Forests and What Can We Do?

The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County held a panel discussion about forest health in Chaffee County on December 10th at the United methodist Church in Salida.

High Speed Internet

League of Women Voters of Chaffee County hosted a discussion about High Speed Internet with guest speaker Wendell Pryor.