Governor, legislature, city council honor League's 90th birthday
Monday, Apr. 19, 2010
Gov. Ted Strickland hailed Apr. 14 as “Making Democracy Work Day” in honor of the League of Women Voters, while the Columbus City Council tonight lauded the League's 90th anniversary.
Members of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus celebrated tonight at Columbus City Council and last Wednesday at the Ohio League’s annual Statehouse Day event.
Both houses of the Ohio General Assembly also issued commendations recognizing the 90th anniversary of the League’s founding.
The League of Women Voters was founded at the national, state, and local levels just as passage of the Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote. The Metropolitan Columbus League was actually founded in 1919, seven months before the Ohio League and ten months before the U.S. League.
The League is celebrating nine decades of working to ensure that voters have the unbiased information they need to cast informed ballots; that every eligible voter can vote; and that every valid vote is counted. In addition, the state League has worked over the decades on such critical issues as justice and community safety; objective and fair redistricting procedures; programs that meet basic human needs; adequate and equitable financing for public schools; and responsible management of Ohio’s natural resources.
The Metropolitan Columbus League has focused on such issues as discrimination in public schools, overcrowding in jails, and conservation of natural resources. The League is also well known for its voter-education and voter-protection efforts. “The suffragettes who started the movement to give women the right to vote really didn’t know if, how or when they would succeed,” said Janyce C. Katz, president of the Metropolitan Columbus League. “And yet they persevered—changing our democracy and society. Today we are equally committed to improving our democracy and keeping our community healthy, vibrant and strong for all.”
Columbus is one of 33 local Leagues across the state.
Below are excerpts from the recognitions presented at Statehouse Day.
From Gov. Ted Strickland’s commendation to the Ohio League:
- The League of Women Voters of Ohio is the organization where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement;….
- WHEREAS, Ohio has benefited tremendously from the countless volunteer hours donated by League members over its 90 year history of enhancing our democracy,
- NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ted Strickland, Governor of Ohio, do hereby recognize April 14, 2010, as “Making Democracy Work Day” in honor of the League of Women Voters 90th Anniversary and urge all residents of Ohio to pay great tribute and respect to the League for all they do to make our community healthy, vibrant and strong.
From Speaker of the House Armond Budish’s commendation on behalf of the members of the House of Representatives of the 128th General Assembly:
- Since its inception in 1920, the League of Women Voters of Ohio has encouraged the participation of citizens in government, striven to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and worked to influence public policy through education and advocacy…. A dedicated group of individuals, they have donated countless hours of their time to meeting the needs of Ohio’s residents, and their numerous achievements are truly praiseworthy.
From A Resolution by Senator Bill Harris, President of the Ohio Senate, honoring the League of Women Voters of Ohio on the 90th anniversary:
- Over the years, this exemplary organization has attained a praiseworthy record of service to Ohio’s citizens, and its achievements are a justifiable source of pride and an outstanding reflection not only on the group itself but also on its dedicated members, on the state, and on LWV as a whole…
From a resolution by the City Council of Columbus for the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus:
- WHEREAS, the League has held the public trust for ninety years by respectfully bringing elected leaders and the public together through nonpartisan, civil means; and
- WHEREAS, the city of Columbus and the central Ohio area have benefited tremendously from the countless volunteer hours donated by League members over the ninety-year history of the organization; . . .