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Representatives of LWVIC attended the 2023 LWVPA Biennial Convention in Harrisburg from June 16-18
Pictured L to R: Lizanne Porter; Ellen Chinn, treasurer; Susan Boser; Cindy Rogers, program vice president; and Vicki Stelma
The League of Women Voters of Indiana County was recently recognized in Harrisburg for their work, winning the Democracy Defender Award.
The Democracy Defender Award is a competitive, new award, presented by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania to a county League in recognition of exceptional commitment to voter services in their community.
The Democracy Defender Award was presented to the LWVIC for their work in multiple ways. The LWVIC expanded voter registration events for citizens living in rural communities through community festivals, public
libraries, high schools and the university. In addition, they encouraged participation of diverse citizens in a number of informational initiatives including print media such as The Indiana Gazette, radio announcements and interviews with Renda Broadcasting WDAD, and digital media at Indiana University of Pennsylvania using screens in the Hadley Union Building and on exercise equipment there.
The award was presented at the Pennsylvania League’s biennial convention on June 17 in Harrisburg. On behalf of the LWVIC, Cindy Rogers received the award from Meg Pierce, executive director of the Pennsylvania League. Also present were LWVIC members Ellen Chinn, Vicki Stelma, Lizanne Porter and Susan Boser.
In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.
The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation. Led by AmeriCorps and managed in partnership with Points of Light, this program allows Certifying Organizations to recognize their most exceptional volunteers. https://presidentialserviceawards.gov/about
Cindy Rogers was selected as the 2023 recipient of the award by friends of White’s Woods. Representatives from many of the organizations for which Cindy volunteers celebrated at a luncheon at Benjamin’s restaurant in downtown Indiana.
Cindy is the Board President and founder of Evergreen Conservancy, a Director of the Indiana County Conservation District, on the Boards of the Tourist Bureau and Friends of Yellow Creek State Park, a contributing member of Friends of Whites Woods, Plant Patrol, and Friends of the Indiana County Parks, as well a volunteer for Aging Services & The Chevy Chase Community Center. She assists with the organization of the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival and is active member of the Environmental Issues Committee of the League of Women Voters, both at the local and state level, as well as Administrative Vice President of the local League. Congratulations, Cindy, and thank you for your all you do!
This year, Marie Olson won for the individual award and the Blacklick Creek Watershed Association won for the group award. The awards were presented on May 20 at the LWVIC Annual Membership meeting. Congratulations to our winners!
Susan Welsh (chair of LWVIC’s Child Advocacy Committee on
Education), Kay Smith (chair of Voter Services Committee), and Susan Boser (LWVIC’s representative to LWVPA’s Government Policy Committee) have been working together to provide sources of information on firearm law, firearm deaths, and firearms safety and control. We are not against responsible firearm ownership but are for a revaluing of public safety and public health in the face of unacceptably escalating gun deaths, gun suicides, and mass shootings.
Our first step in responding to local concerns about
escalating firearm violence was to seek education about gun laws and their enforcement in Pennsylvania.
On July 20, 2022, State Trooper Clifford Greenfield gave a ZOOM presentation sponsored by the Indiana League. His topic was “Current Gun Laws in Pennsylvania.” Trooper Greenfield is the public information officer and community services officer for Troop A. Links to the sources he referenced in his presentation are listed here:
This portion of our site will expand as LWVIC expands its research into public health & safety, public policy, relevant legislation, and advocacy on this issue.
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