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2013

The LWVLC 2013 Annual Meeting was held at Bungalow Lakehouse in Sterling. Our guest speaker was Joan Bradley Wages, President and CEO of the National Women's History Museum. She gave an educational and riveting presentation on the background and efforts to make the Museum a reality. Currently it exists online at http://www.nwhm.org.
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2012

Women's Issue's in Virginia Luncheon:

Charniele Herring, 46th District Virginia State Delegate and House of Delegates Minority Whip, was our guest speaker at a June 23rd event held in Leesburg. Del. Herring spoke on "Women's Issues and the Virginia General Assembly".

2010

10th Congressional District Candidate Forum:

The LWV of Loudoun County organized a "Meet The Press" style candidate forum on October 25th for all three ballot-qualified candidates for Congress for the 10th District. Four members of the press asked questions, followed by audience questions. Olga Hernandez, President of LWV-VA, moderated. Click here to read the bios of the candidates, moderator, and participating members of the press. LWVLC would like to thank Robert Pierce for the photos posted below.

Glenda Parsons, Co-President of LWVLC, introduces the forum
Olga Hernandez, President of LWV-VA, explains the rules as the candidates look on
Over 365 people attended the forum
The candidates, L-R: Representative Frank Wolf (Republican), William Redpath (Libertarian), and Jeffery Barnett (Democrat)
Press panelists, L-R: Nicholas Graham (Loudoun Times-Mirror), Norman Styer (Leesburg Today), Ben Weber (Purcellville Gazette), and Steve Cahill (Fairfax County Times)

Water Panel:

The LWV of Loudoun County organized a free public forum on water issues in the County. It was held October 6, 2010, at the Senior Activity Center in Leesburg. More than 60 people attended the program, titled, Water: Quantity, Quality, a discussion on the quantity and quality of water in Loudoun County. Panelists and their speaking topics included:

  • Hydrogeologist Robert Cohen, GeoTrans Inc. -Loudoun's groundwater resources
  • Jim Burton, Board of Supervisors Blue Ridge District - Water supply and alternatives
  • Patti Psaris, Loudoun Water Board - Surface water
  • Neely Law,  Center for Watershed Protection - Land development and water quality

Mr. Cohen noted that wells are deeper now, mainly because the cost to drill has dropped. He said there was no evidence that the water level had changed in Loudoun County and that the quality of Loudoun's water in generally good. Jim Burton told the audience that there were 14,000 wells and septic systems in Loudoun County and noted that several towns have water supply problems. "If utilities are run to western Loudoun, that will be the end of rural Loudoun," said Burton. The panel discussion ended with a lively question and answer session from the audience. A primary concern of members of the audience was the water at Raspberry Falls.

LWVLC would like to thank Robert Pierce for the photos posted below.

Glenda Parsons, Co-president of the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County, welcomed 55 people to the panel on water quality and quantity in Loudoun County.

Moderator Marla McIntyre introduced panelists Jim Burton, Board of Supervisors, Blue Ridge District; Neely Law, Center for Watershed Protection; Patti Psaris, Loudoun Water Board; and Robert Cohen, GeoTrans.

Hatsy Cutshall, Beth Kang, and Jennifer Severance prepare for the water tasting. Of the four waters tasted, Aldie well water was first, bottled water second, Waterford well water third, and Sterling tap water, fourth.

Hydrogeologist Robert Cohen noted that there is an adequate groundwater supply in Western Loudoun County and quality was of good quality.

The audience had lots of questions and not enough time to discuss alternative septic systems, how the County can provide safe water for its residents, filtration for the limestone overlay district and more.

The panelists were Jim Burton, who noted that 65 wells were drilled in Western Loudoun last year compared to 500 the previous year; Neely Law, who discussed water quality issues; Patti Psaris, who addressed surface water concerns, and Robert Cohen, whose technical presentation gave insight into the geology of Loudoun's water supply.

Shining Star Award:

The LWV of Loudoun County selected a Dominion High School student as the recipient of its 2010 Shining Star Award for excellence. The student's submission in the 14th Annual Loudoun County Public Schools Social Science Fair was recognized by the League for its detailed analysis of the impact of one person, Amelia Earhart, on society's restrictions on women. We congratulate our Shining Star winner!

Women's History Month Tea:

The 2010 Women's History Month Tea featured Lynne Garvey-Hodge portraying the Suffragist Mrs. Robert Walker in a moving, historically accurate, and sometimes humorous tale about her activities in the movement to obtain voting rights for women. By the end of her portrayal, League members were shouting in unison, "How long must women wait for liberty?"

Wanda Alexander, Horizons Consulting, was named LWV of Loudoun County's Woman of the Year in our first presentation of this award. Ms. Alexander was cited for her mentoring of women in Loudoun County and the surrounding Metropolitan area; as a strong advocated of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurship; and for her continued philanthropic support of women's organizations and woman-owned businesses.

Suffragist Mrs. Robert Walker, portrayed by Lynne Garvey-Hodge Wanda Alexander, recipient of LWVLC's first Woman of the Year award

2009

Candidate Forum:

The League of Women Voters of Loudoun County sponsored a Candidate Forum at Park View High School on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. The debate was between incumbent Delegate Tom Rust and his opponent, Loudoun County Supervisor Stevens Miller. They are competing for the House of Delegates 86th District seat.

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2008

"The Loudoun County League hosted a Delegation from Swedish on Election Day (News Release)

"Meet Your Legislator" Night:

The League of Women Voters of Loudoun County held its annual "Meet Your Legislator" Night at Potomac Falls High School on Thursday, April 3, 2008. 250 students from 6 of the County's high schools were on hand to meet 5 of their 7 State Representatives. The legislators enjoyed talking with the students. The questions covered transportation issues, immigration, gay marriage, Metro to Dulles, smoking ban, death penalty, 529 College Savings Plans, and the housing crisis. Here are some pictures from the event.

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1998

Do Citizens Have Veto Power on Paying for Public Facilities?. This document was written in October 1998 when controversies erupted in Loudoun over two recently defeated bond referenda. The public was confused about exactly what they had voted for and about the power of their elected county representatives. In an effort to clarify the issue, the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County consulted a variety of legal and financial experts, an elected state representative, and numerous written documents to write this explanation which still applies today.

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