Making Democracy Work

Past Meetings and Events

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, May 18, 2017
5:30 PM
1620 Adger Road
Columbia, SC
Annual Meeting. At Pat Forbis' home; short business meeting at 6:00. Consider bringing finger foods: heavy hors d'oeuvres or finger desserts. Wine will be provided.

Carpooling suggested.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
6-9 PM
Marriott Hotel, 1200 Hampton St, Columbia, SC SC Public Corruption Conference. Join us for a timely conversation with some of the state's leading experts about the causes of political corruption and ways to reform South Carolina's broken system.

The panels will tackle the history of corruption in SC politics, the causes of corruption, and reforms to limit corruption.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
8AM-4PM
SC State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC Richland Recycles Day. Drop off your broken or unwanted household items to have them responsibly recycled.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
11:45-1:00
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle
Columbia, SC
April Public Policy Luncheon. TBA
Thursday, March 16, 2017
11:45-1:00
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle
Columbia, SC
March Public Policy Luncheon. TBA
Thursday, February 16, 2017
11:45-1:00
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle
Columbia, SC
February Public Policy Luncheon. Environmental Issues. Water and Sewer Issues.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
9:00am - 3:00pm
South Carolina Education Association
421 Zimalcrest Dr, Columbia, SC 29210
LEAD Day. Members from all of the separate Leagues in the state will meet to discuss and learn about issues concerning us this year. Chapter presidents will meet to formulate ideas which will lead to even more chapter success. Registration is $20.00. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Call Janie White if you are not already registered with her.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
11:45-1:00
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle
Columbia, SC
January Public Policy Luncheon. Reproductive Rights -- 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.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
5:30-8:30 pm
Pat Forbis' home
1620 Adger Road
Columbia, SC
Winter Social. Winter Social -- The festive event will be held at the lovely home of Pat Forbis and Joel Duncan. There will be beautiful lights and delicious food depending on what you bring. Please let Susan James know if you are coming and how many guests you will have.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
11:45-1:00
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle
Columbia, SC
November Public Policy Luncheon. Legislature -- Rep. BETH BERNSTEIN, who successfully negotiated the Cervical Cancer Prevention Act to passage last session, will speak about the results of the election and what it means for the SC legislature and our future goals.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
7am -- 7pm
Precinct polling places Election Day. Vote for the President and Vice President of the United States.

There are also elections for one third of the SC Senate and all of the House.

In addition, in some areas there are county and city elections as well as school board elections.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
11:45-1:00
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle
Columbia, SC
October Public Policy Luncheon. Melanie Barton of the Education Oversight Committee will give a Legislative update. Melanie Barton is Executive Director for the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC). Barton has been with the EOC since 2001. Her work on the staff began when she worked part-time staffing the Parent Involvement Subcommittee and advising the EOC on spending recommendations for Education Improvement Act (EIA) funds. She assisted in the design of the EOC funding model and served on the evaluation team for the full-day 4K program. She will discuss bills that concern education for this legislative session.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
10:00am-2:00pm
Ace Hardware store in Parkland Shopping Center Registration in Lexington County. We will set up a table for registration on the breezeway in from of Ace Hardware.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
9:00am-7:00pm
Midlands Technical College Beltline Campus


Columbia City Bus Transit Station on the corner of Sumter and Laurel
National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday Sept 27. League Members and Law Students will register students at the technical school. Information will be on hand for out-of-state registration and address changes.

League Members and Law Students will register persons who are at the transit station. We will have information for new registrations, changes of address, homeless persons, and persons who are convicted felons but have completed all of the obligations to the state.

Friday, September 23, 2016-Sunday, September 25, 2016
All day
Charleston, SC Southern Women's Show. The Show runs from Friday, Sept 23, through Sunday, Sept 25. The purpose is to register voters and provide election information, as well as the ultimate shopping adventure, fantastic fashion shows, delicious cooking classes and most of all FUN with timely health information, home décor ideas, travel getaways, trendy jewelry and much more.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
9:00am-5:00pm
Newberry College
Newberry, South Carolina
Newberry College Voter Registration. The League of Women Voters is registering students as new voters at Newberry College on Thursday, September 22 and we are looking for volunteers.

For Directions to Newberry College and a map of the campus go to the home page at http://www.newberry.edu scroll down to Campus, then Map & Directions to download a printable copy of the campus map.

Volunteers at this time: Sharon Ayling, Konstantina Ayling, Marianne McGrath, Lill Mood

Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:00am-2:00pm
Save-A-Lot on Harden Street Save-A-Lot Grocery Store and Neighborhoods around it. Constitution Day Celebration -- Members of the League and the Black Law Student Association and the American Constitution Society will set up a table with voting registration forms as well as instructions for on-line registration. Margaret Anne DuBose will conduct a training secession. Pairs, one student and one League member, will canvas neighborhoods around the store.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
6-10pm
701 Whaley Street
Columbia, SC
Anita Hill Day. This celebration has been held in Columbia every year since Anita Hill had to answer questions about Clarence Thomas. AND this year Anita Hill will be there in person. It will be an event to remember.

LWVCA will help State man a registration table. Janelle Rivers is in charge of the schedule for being at the table.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
11:45-1:00
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle
Columbia, SC
September Public Policy Luncheon. Voting Issues -- Chris Whitmire, Director of Public Information & Training for the South Carolina State Election Commission, will be on hand to talk about voting in this election year, voter registration, and related topics.

Come with questions about the registration process, the voting process, absentee ballot, voter ID, etc.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
5:30-8:30 pm
Woodhills Estates Clubhouse Summer Social. The social will begin at 6:00 pm. Members will bring snacks or sweets. Each member should try to bring at least one visitor. Introduction of 2016-2017 Board members.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
12:-1:30pm
Lakeside Apartments, Harbison Registering Older Citizens. We will have an event at Lakeside Apartments to register people to vote and to file change of address information.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
9:30am - 3:00pm
South Carolina State House Bus Day/Senior Day: Transportation Alliance. This special day serves to demonstrate how important public transportation is to South Carolina. League of Women Voters from the State and the Columbia Area volunteered to help with registration, identification, and refreshments. Notify Sharon Ayling if you wish to volunteer.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Lourie Center Money in Politics. An overview of "Money and Politics" will be presented in preparation for consensus meetings to update our LWVUS position on campaign financing. The current League position, adopted in 1974, does not answer the question of whether all or some political activity constitutes free speech protected under the First Amendment. Consensus will be ascertained at the January Public Policy meetings.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
6:00 pm
Cooper Branch of RL Parts II and III of the CA Study. Martha and the committee will lead discussion on Parts II and III of the study. Consensus will be decided at the meeting.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
6:30 pm
Heywood Methodist Church on Heywood Street At-large City Council Candidate Forum. The League of the Columbia area will moderate as well as help the Hollywood-Rose Hill, Shandon, Wales Garden and Wheeler Hill neighborhoods sponsor a public forum for the six at-large candidates running for City Council.

Christine Gallagher from WLTX will serve as moderator. The invited candidates are John Adams, Joseph Azar, Howard Duvall, Nammu Y. Muhammad, Cameron Runyan, Andy Smith. Mr. Muhammad stated that he would not attend.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
6:00 pm
Home of Janelle Rivers Part I of the Constitutional Amendment Study. Committee chair Martha Roblee and the entire committee will discuss the questions provided for Part I. They will also decide on consensus for those items.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
3:00 - 5:00 pm
UU Church at Woodrow and Heywood Institutional Racism: The New Jim Crow. The program will be a panel discussion with people of different backgrounds, different races, different genders. Moderator: Prof. Todd Shaw, Dept. of Political Science and African American Studies Program, USC. Panel Discussion: Prof. David Crocket, Marketing, Moore School of Business, USC; Will Moredock, Freelance Writer, Journalist and Author of Living in Fear: Race, Politics & The Republican Party in South Carolina; Judy Turnipseed, Human Rights Advocate, Community Activist; Johnta Jacobs, Senior, Criminal Justice Program, Benedict College Student.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Lourie Center Human Trafficking in South Carolina. Megan Madsen, a Victim Advocate with the Human Trafficking Resource Center of SC, will be our speaker. Human trafficking is big business - not just in South Carolina, but in the USA and the world. It is estimated to generate between 9-11 billion dollars in the USA. Drugs, once they are sold, cannot be recycled. Human beings after a day's work can be used the next day and the next.... They are used in a variety of ways from agriculture, construction, hotel services, escort services. Victims can be of any age, sex or race.

Some of the psychological symptoms that develop are anxiety, inability to trust, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a host of other symptoms. There are physical symptoms ranging from sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, to multiple pregnancies and abortions and a variety of sexual problems.

In 2012, the South Carolina legislature passed comprehensive new legislation to combat human trafficking in South Carolina. The law became effective on December 15, 2012. South Carolina is now among the states with the highest ranking human trafficking laws in the country.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
6:00 pm
Pat Forbis's home Wine Tasting Fund Raiser. Wines and Beers provided by Vino Garage, Doug Aylard, Owner Doug will be on hand to make recommendations for any budget and palate. The Vino Garage is located at 2327 Main Street in Columbia and is a small neighborhood shop that carries wines and beers that cannot be found in big box stores. They have a growler station stocked with 8 rare beers, half from regional breweries; a Wine of the Month Club for those who want to educate themselves about wines; and tastings on the first and third Saturdays, 5-7 p.m.

Smoothies and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Sallie's Greatest Jams, Sallie Dent Porth + Founder Visit the Sallie's Greatest Jams website (http://www.salliesgreatest.com ) for recipes and to select products you may order at this event. Sallie is the Canner-in-Chief, creating unusual fruit and herb jams, simple syrups, and other products made with SC-grown ingredients. Her jams were recommended by Oprah. Vendors can take cash, check or credit cards in payment for their products. They will donate a percentage of their sales to the League.

Tickets $30 per person + Make checks payable to LWVCA

Thursday, September 24, 2015
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Lourie Center Constitutional Amendments Study. Committee chair Martha Roblee will make a presentation on Article V of the Constitution, including history, an overview of the CA Study, and related consensus questions
Thursday, September 17, 2015
5:30 pm
Sandhills Library Voting in America. Professor Duncan Buell's recent work has been in electronic voting systems and in digital humanities. He has been part of a team that is auditing election data in South Carolina and discovering problems in the process that lead to uncounted votes and to the absence of data to support the vote totals certified by the state. In digital humanities, he is co-supervising work on Ghosts of the Horseshoe, a critical interactive for iPad about the former South Carolina College (now USC) and its role in slavery in South Carolina. He will be speaking on voting problems in the past 100 years.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
11:45-1:00
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle
Columbia, SC
September Public Poli September Public Policy Luncheon. Voting Issues
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
2:00 pm
Keller Baron's home Money in Politics. Those who have chosen to be on the Money in Politics committee will meet to organize the group and begin discussion. Anyone else who wishes to be on the committee is welcomed to attend.
September 2015
11:45-1:00
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle
Columbia, SC
October Public Policy Luncheon. Education
Thursday, August 20, 2015
5:30 pm
Woodhill Estates Clubhouse Summer Social. The Summer Social will be at the Woodhill Estates Clubhouse. It starts at 6:00 pm; the the set up committee needs to get there by 5:30 pm. Beverages provided. Bring your favorite appetizer or dessert. And bring a friend or two.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Saluda Shoals Park Environmental Center Auditorium
5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29217
Candidates Forum for Lexington County Sheriff. Open to the public

Forum Sponsor: League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area

Forum Partner: WISTV (will stream the event live)

Thursday, February 19, 2015
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Lourie Center - 1650 Park Circle (Pickens at Blossom) February Public Policy Luncheon. "Mapping Education, Labor and Social Policy: Black Women, Reform and Jim Crow"

Wanda A. Hendricks, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History, USC

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
7:00 - 7:00
local precinct - see Vote 411.org Election Day. Consider voting absentee, especially if you qualify as over 65 years of age. That gives more time for other voters with limited schedules

Lexington County voters: expect long lines! Ballot questions are extensive. Voting absentee is particularly important to free up poll workers

Thursday, October 16, 2014
11:45 am
Laurie Center Public Policy Luncheon. "Climate Change", Dr. Kirstin Dow
Monday, October 6, 2014
5:30 pm
Sandhills LWVCA Board Meeting. Richland Library, Sandhills
Thursday, September 18, 2014
11:45 am
Lourie Center - 1650 Park Circle (Pickens at Blossom)29201 "The Homeless in the Midlands" Carla Damron. League Public Policy Luncheon - Ms. Damron is Executive Director of the SC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in public mental health clinics, private practice, and mental health administration. Ms. Damron was recognized in 2000 as the "Outstanding Mental Health Professional of the Year" by the state chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Ms. Damron is also a writer whose "clients are her best teachers." `Death in Zooville' (2010) -- a murder mystery set among the homeless, with social worker Caleb Knowles as the protagonist. Damron "melds her two careers--writer and social worker" by "using her novels to fight the stigma against people with mental illness."

Lunch is catered by Food for Thought at $10 per person

  • Reservations are required for lunch. Please reserve by email to SusanBJames@sc.rr.com no later than Tuesday, September 16
Monday, September 15, 2014
2:00-4:00 pm
Assembly Street Library Midlands Transit Riders. THE MIDLANDS TRANSIT RIDERS ASSOCIATION (MTRA), will hold its upcoming General Membership meeting Bostick Auditorium, from 2-4 p.m.

Meeting agenda items will include, but will not be limited to, issues pertaining to upcoming improvements in the route and fare structures, increased route times, as well as other improvement that your MTRA has achieved for you. Also future improvements in the increased routes that the MTRA is working to achieve by the beginning of 2015.

Thursday, January 16, 2014
10:45 - Two events
North Side of State House











Lourie Center
Press Conference and Public Policy Luncheon. STATE HOUSE NORTH GROUNDS - 10:30 AM

H.3945, the surviving general ethics reform bill in the General Assembly, is in interrupted debate status in the Senate. Debate is expected to resume on Thursday, January 16. The League of Women Voters of South Carolina therefore is joining with our ethics reform partners to hold a press conference at the State House on the North Grounds (facing Gervais Street) on Thursday, January 16, at 10:30 AM to urge support for Senate passage of ethics reform. See January League Lines for more information

LOURIE CENTER - 11:45 Public Policy Luncheon "Moms Demand Action" on gun reform & Legislative Update on Ethics Reform. Two timely topics will be the focus of our first Public Policy Luncheon for the New Year. Erin Dando of the South Carolina Chapter of Moms Demand Action will begin with an update on gun control and pending gun legislation before the S.C. General Assembly. In particular, Erin will address Senate Bill 308 allowing guns in bars and restaurants.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
6:30 pm
  Social. Member & Guest Holiday Social
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
 
  City of Columbia Special Election. City of Columbia referendum on change in form of city government
Thursday, November 21, 2013
11:45 am
Lourie Center Agriculture topics for national LWV consensus: urban farming, urban foraging, and permaculture. Speakers: Eric McClam and Matthew Kip

A graduate of Tulane University School of Architecture, Eric returned from New Orleans to initiate the construction and implementation of City Roots, South Carolina's first urban farm. City Roots is a USDA Certified Organic farm located in downtown Columbia, SC. Through its unique location, City Roots has produced a highly diverse farming model that includes the production of over 100 varieties of fruit, vegetables and microgreens as well as an apiary, composting, vermicomposting, chicken keeping, aquaponics, education and agritourism.

Matthew Kip grew up outside Columbia, SC playing in a vast tract of forest, then watched it being bulldozed to make way for development. This experience instilled in him a concern for the collision course modern consumer culture and wild nature are on. When introduced to the concept of permaculture in 2004, it was the system of design for which he'd been searching: a way to begin to reconcile the basic needs of people with the well-being of nature. Matt trained in permaculture design and began a teaching apprenticeship at Earthhaven Ecovillage in N.C. in 2006. He went on to design and co-manage a permaculture-inspired community garden at USC. He teaches a 12-hour Introduction to Permaculture course each spring in the Columbia area and is working on a second course in the fall. He continues to speak publicly and lead sustainability workshops independently and at the university. When he is not teaching or gardening, he wrangles three small children and makes art.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:00-7:30 pm
Cooper Branch, Richland Library (near Trenholm Road and Forest Drive) League Consensus Meeting. Topic: "League Consensus Meeting on the Forms of Government for Columbia"

Study Materials are in PreElection 2013 Summer League Lines. See "Newsletters"

Discussion of the issues as League members come to consensus, including other League studies of City Council structures.

Within the League, consensus means agreement among members or "sense of the meeting." It does not denote a simple majority, nor does it require unanimity, yet it reflects what League members in general think on a given subject. Consensus is the goal of League studies and all League action is based on the consensus reached as a result of study participation.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
5:30-7:30 pm
Law School Auditorium, University of South Carolina, Main and Green Streets Topic: "Panel Discussion of Pros and Cons of Forms of Government for Columbia, SC.". Speakers: Jon Pierce, retired Associate Director of Governmental Research and Service at USC's Institute for Public Service and Policy Research James Felder, author former President of the SC NAACP, and former member of the SC House of Representatives Gary Cannon, Executive Dir. SC Workers Compensation Commission Diane Sumpter, President and CEO, DESA, Inc. Moderator: Rita Paul, Past President, League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area
Thursday, October 17, 2013
11:45
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle
Columbia, SC 29201
Public Policy Luncheon. October's Public Policy Lunch will feature Melanie Huggins, executive director of the Richland County Public Library, who will address the library's proposed $59 million county bond referendum to fund capital needs. In August, the Richland County Council voted to place the referendum question on the November 5th ballot. If approved by voters in November, increased property taxes will fund improvements to the county's library branches for about $12 to $14 a year for a $100,000 home. Library officials are making the case that the main library and branches serve more citizens than ever before, and the last library bond referendum was approved in 1989. Ms. Huggins will explain the financial impact of the library bond, proposed expansion of services, and upgrades to library branches if the bond is approved in November. The October PPL will be held Thursday, Oct. 17th at the Lourie Center. Lunch will be catered by Food For Thought caterers, who provided lunch for the September PPL. Lunch is from 11:45 to noon, with Ms. Huggins' presentation beginning at noon. RSVP, please, with SusanbJames@sc.rr.com.
Monday, October 7, 2013
5 pm at Lourie Center
Lourie Center Board of Directors meeting.
Friday, October 4, 2013
 
  Voter Services. Voter Services table at the Annual Fall Fair at the Lourie Center
Thursday, October 3, 2013
5:30-7:30 pm
Law School Auditorium, University of South Carolina, Main and Green Streets Topic: "Forms and Powers of Municipal Government in South Carolina". Speaker: Scott Slaton, Legislative and Public Policy Advocate, Municipal Association of South Carolina
October 2013
5:30 pm
various The LWV presents Three Forums. 1. Thursday, October 3, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm Law School Auditorium, University of South Carolina, Main and Greene Streets Topic: Forms and Powers of Municipal Government in South Carolina Speaker: Scott Slatton, Legislative and Public Policy Advocate, Municipal Association of South Carolina

2. Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm Law School Auditorium, University of South Carolina, Main and Greene Streets Topic: Panelist Discussion of Pros and Cons of Forms of Government for Columbia, SC Speakers: Jon Pierce, Retired Associate Director of Governmental Research and Service, USC Institute for Public Service and Policy Research James Felder, author and President, South Carolina Voter Education Project, former member of S. C. House of Representatives Gary Cannon, Executive Dir., SC Workers Compensation Commission Moderator: Rita Paul, Immediate Past President, League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area

3. Thursday, October 24, 2013,6:00 pm + 7:30pm Cooper Branch, Richland Library (near Trenholm Road and Forest Drive) Topic: League Consensus Meeting on the Forms of Government Issue** (Discussion open to the public; action on consensus limited to League Members)

  • *Discussion of the issues as League members come to consensus on the issue. Within the League, consensus means agreement among members or "sense of the meeting." It does not denote a simple majority, nor does it require unanimity, yet it reflects what League members in general think on a given subject. Consensus is the goal of League studies and all League action is based on the consensus reached.
Monday, August 26, 2013
6:00
Woodland Hills Clubhouse New and Old Member Social on Women's Equality Day. Food, Fun, Friends
Saturday, August 24, 2013
9:30-3:30
  League Leaders Day.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
5:30
  Girls Rising. Nickelodeon Theatre
Friday, August 9, 2013
11:30
  Women's Equality Day at Ft. Jackson at 11:30. JoAnne Day will be keynote speaker
Friday, August 9, 2013
11:30
  Women's Equality Day at Ft. Jackson at 11:30. JoAnne Day will be keynote speaker