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.

March Public Policy Luncheon

Thursday March 16, 2017 @ 11:45 AM @ The Lourie Center

THE MARCH PUBLIC POLICY LUNCHEON will feature Howard Duvall, Jr., Columbia City Council at-large member. Duvall was with the Municipal Association of SC, serving first in 1987 as Director of Intergovernmental Relations and then as Executive Director until his retirement in 2008. Duvall spoke with us years ago as we were seeking improved City/County Council governance possibilities. He has agreed to present an update on issues and events related to city government at the Columbia League's Public Policy Luncheon on Thursday, March 16, at 11: 45 at the Lourie Center. Columbia League members will be interested to hear what has happened since the League adopted recommendations related to city government in 2013.

A native of Cheraw, Duvall has degrees in Political Science from The Citadel and an MPA from USC. Duvall is the author of a pending history of the Municipal Association of South Carolina. The book is written in chronological order to be useful in research. The City of Columbia web site offers more information about Duvall's extensive training and background in public service.

Duvall's passion for gardening led to his serving on the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission for six years, three as the Chair. He also was on the board of Columbia Green, and continues to volunteer with Columbia Green Thumbs doing landscape projects around the city. His gardening skills are evident at his home, where he cultivates over 160 varieties of daylilies. Duvall is currently serving on the board of the State Retirees Association of South Carolina.

Duvall and his wife, Allianne, are active members of Trinity Cathedral Parish. He is currently the Cathedral Treasurer and has served on the Vestry. He has served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister since 1995. He serves on the pickle booth committee for the Trinity Bazaar where his artichoke chow chow quickly sells out.

All are welcome, but reservations for a catered lunch are required no later than Wednesday NOON, April 20, 2016.

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.

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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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