Area residents attend democracy-building training
October 25, 2012 1:22PM
Margaret Smith (from left), Erin Roeper and Barbara Hayes recently participated in a leadership development training conducted by the League of Women Voters of the United States. | Supplied Photo
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:11AM
Barbara Hayes, of Flossmoor, and Erin Roeper and Margaret Smith, both of Homewood, recently participated in a leadership development training conducted by the League of Women Voters of the United States.
Roeper serves as president of the H-F Area League of Women Voters. Smith, membership chair, is a board member, and Hayes assists with membership and also serves on the board.
The leadership program, which sponsored the training event, was established by the LWVUS to help enrich the democracy-building efforts of the organization.
The program was implemented by the local leagues in all 50 states with the support of a volunteer national coaching team and a cadre of state coaches.
During the two-day training held in Joliet, participants attended “best practices” workshops conducted by national trainers from Washington, D.C., and Kalamazoo, Mich. Training included techniques for empowering citizens to have a voice in the upcoming presidential election, for heightening league visibility, and for developing the skills of rising community leaders.
“In this time of increased political incivility and growing polarization, the League of Women Voters is needed more than ever,” Roeper said. “A strong league in every community is the best way to ensure that we have an American citizenry that is informed on the issues, ready and able to cast a ballot, and to ensure that every vote is counted.
“I’m honored to be a part of such a trusted, volunteer organization that provides me with such great opportunities to make a difference in the Homewood-Flossmoor area and in our democracy,” Roeper said. “After this training, I’m even more energized about the league’s voter education efforts planned for this fall and beyond.”