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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.

January Public Policy Luncheon

Photo of Vicki Ringer

January 2017 Public Policy Luncheon

Thursday, January 19, 2017 + 11:45 am

Lourie Center (near corner of Blossom & Pickens)

State and Federal Threats to Women's Reproductive Freedom Vicki Ringer, Planned Parenthood of the South Atlantic Vicki Ringer is the South Carolina Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. She is responsible for public policy and legislative affairs, working to preserve reproductive health rights in the state.

Previously, she served for fifteen years as director of public affairs and spokes-person for the South Carolina Department of Revenue and six years as director of public relations for the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. She owned her own public relations firm prior to joining Planned Parenthood.

Vicki chaired the successful bond referendum campaign for Lexington 1 schools, which at the time was the largest bond referendum in the state's history. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in journalism, Vicki lives in Lexington with her husband Charlie and daughter Sally.


Cost of lunch: $10.00 (Attendees may bring their own 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:

"Saturday, December 3, 2016 Winter Social"

January 19, 2017 -- Issues surrounding Women's Health at this present time, 11:45am, Lourie Center

January 28, 2017 -- LEAD Day, 9:00am - 3:00pm, South Carolina Education Association, 421 Zimmelcrest Drive

Program Planning Meeting TBA

February 16, 2017 -- Water and Environment issues, 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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