Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

April Public Policy Luncheon

Thursday April 20, 2017 @ 11:45 AM @ The Lourie Center

THE APRIL PUBLIC POLICY LUNCHEON will feature Bill Stangler, Congaree Riverkeeper. Bill Stangler, moved to Columbia in 2005 from North Carolina to attend the University of South Carolina. In 2009 he graduated with honors and received his Bachelor's degree in geography. His studies focused on biogeography, landscape ecology and river science and he participated in numerous research projects on Area Rivers. Before becoming the Riverkeeper, Bill worked for several years as a local river guide. He also currently serves on the boards of Friends of Congaree Swamp and Palmetto Paddlers. In his spare time he is an avid paddler, hiker, and general outdoor enthusiast.

All are welcome, but reservations for a catered lunch are required no later than Wednesday NOON, April 19, 2017.

Cost of lunch: $10.00

(Attendees may bring a lunch) Please RSVP to Susan James: or call 256-6822

Welcome to the website of the Columbia Area League of Women Voters

Please join us, the members of the League of Women Voters of the Columbia, as we illustrate how we are Making Democracy Work. Voter Registration is one of our main goals, but beyond that, we are striving to find ways to actually get voters to the polls. We also have a vested interest in most of the official policy statements of the national organization. Our environment is showing the effects of global warming already. As an agricultural state, we carefully watch what our legal bodies try to accomplish. We are most concerned with energy sources being constructed and with our state's willingness to receive the nuclear wastes from outside our state. We worry about and speak to legislators concerning healthcare in the community. We welcome new citizens to our country. We provide education about our legislative groups both locally and for the state. We advocate more careful use of monies for our water and sewer systems and our roads and bridges.

Board Members and Committee Heads

Upcoming Events:

Program Planning Meeting TBA

March 16, 2017 -- Issues and events related to city government, 11:45am, Lourie Center

Special Members

Sarah Leverette and Keller Barron honored by USC Sarah Leverette and Keller Baron are lifetime members of the Leage of Women Voters of the Columbia Area. Their papers, letters, and records were placed in the USC Political Collections Library. They were honored with a celebration on March 10, 2016, at the Hollings Special Collections Library. The event honored the creation of the Sarah Leverette Collection.

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