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Citizen EngagementMay 2011
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In This Issue
-From the President
-Meet Pat Pierce
-Are you ready for the Annual Dinner?
-Public Meetings to Discuss Homeless Policy
-A Special Thanks to Tusculum College
-Wrap-Up of the LWVTN State Convention
  What's Your Passion?


We need more people power to do the work of the League in our community.  There are lots of places that you can plug into the League.


What is your passion?  What are you really good at or would you like to be involved with? Would you like to:


Help out at a candidate forum or voter registration drive?


Help with our new Citizen's Academy?


Be involved with environmental issues?


Get involved with a committee focused on encouraging women to run for office?


Monitor local government openness and transparency?


Talk with us at the annual meeting, or email league@lwvknoxville.o

rg or call 865-896-9197 and we can plug you in.  We need your help to make democracy work in our community.



What's Your League Story?
The League is building the
 LWV Storybank.  Go to the online form ( and share why you joined or what you've learned or why you love the League.  They will send your story to us at the Knoxville/Knox County League. 

LWVKKC Board of Directors 

Jamey Dobbs

1st Vice-president:
Laura Cole

2nd Vice-president: Barbara Nicodemus

Mary Headrick


Robin Brown
Lisa Carroll
Rynn Dupes
Susanne Dupes
Kelly Pemberton
Lee Ann Rodgers
Casey Self

Welcome New Members!
Susan McCamy
  Donate to the Ed Fund!

Want to make a donation to the League that is totally tax-deductible?   


We use the Ed Fund to help  inform and educate our members and the public.  


 Make your checks out to LWVTN Ed Fund.

CALENDAR of Meetings and Events




May 17:  Annual Membership Meeting


June 18:  LWVUS Council. National Council - all members invited   


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From the President

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Hello League members!  I want to share a personal message, but first, a commercial!  I hope to see you at the League Annual Dinner next Tuesday, May 17, and I want to remind you to RSVP today!  You'll see friends, meet new ones, enjoy a great meal and be inspired.  Now that's a package you don't want to miss!  Look for the details below. 


Let me quickly add, at the end of my second year as president, a thank you for supporting me, and our magnificent board members.  I've never seen a group work so well together and with such esprit de corps!  It's been an amazing few years and such a great privilege to represent you, and our organization.


Now, for a personal reflection:  I don't know about you, but reading Monday morning's (May 9) News Sentinel and Shopper News left me cold.  And feeling firmly convinced that the League is more relevant and needed than ever.  We were probably all stunned to read that Tony Norman, one of our County Commissioners, has been receiving hate mail and feels certain that an arsonist set a suspicious fire on his property.  For most of us, Commissioner Norman's selfless and very public advocacy of the Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan deserves respect and honor.  Instead, we read that he is a target of hate and possible violence. 


The vitriolic messages and personal attacks on Tony Norman and others surrounding this controversial issue reinforces my belief that those who stand for civil discourse and tolerance of differing opinions must never be silent.  As members of the League, we belong to one of the few organizations that models and defends the principles of a free and civil society....out front and in public.  And when those principles are violated, especially in the public sphere, and when our public servants are threatened, we will respond-- and call on our leaders to respond. 


This past year the League has modeled and supported civil discourse and rule of law. We've spoken out for election integrity and ensuring voting rights.  We've been a major voice for openness in government with our continued expansion of our Observer Corps. Our position on Hillside development supports the greater public good rather than narrow interests, and our ability to organize and our member's advocacy has influenced the course of the debate.  Indeed, we are a catalyst for democratic involvement in our community.    


Let's use our opportunities with our friends, neighbors and colleagues to talk about League values and how maintaining a civil community protects our freedom and our safety. Let's not let vitriol and violence go unchecked.  Let's continue to educate citizens and ourselves, and speak out boldly.  Now, more than ever. 


-- Jamey Dobbs, President  548-0818

Meet Pat Pierce, Vision 20/20 Delegate pierce headshot   


This year we have invited Pat Pierce, a graduate from our own University of Tennessee at Knoxville, to speak to us at our annual dinner, which is next Tuesday evening.  


She will primarily be speaking about her service as a delegate to Vision 2020, which is a campaign to increase the number of women in leadership positions. The campaign aims to achieve five goals by 2020, celebrating the century since women gained the right to vote. You can read more about about the campaign here:


Pierce retired from her position as Senior Director of the Opportunity Development Center at Vanderbilt in 2007. She is now Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the State of Tennessee Human Rights Commission. She is internationally recognized as an advocate for diversity and equity, particularly in regards to women.


Please take the opportunity to come meet Pat and be inspired by her address to us next week! 

  Are you ready for the Annual Dinner?
2010 Annual Dinner 

Join us at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center on Tuesday, May 17th for dinner, and and address from our speaker, Pat Pierce, on women in 

leadership  and Vision 20/20, and our League annual business meeting. Doors open at 5:30 and our buffet will open at 5:45. This year, our buffet will feature chicken piccata or fettucine with tossed salad, bread, sauteed vegetables, and cherries jubilee. Our speaker will begin at 6:30, and the business meeting will follow at 7:30.

Public Meetings to Discuss Homeless Policy  

If you have not had a chance to attend of of the small group meetings for Compassion Knoxville, the new initiative to develop a community consensus on homeless policy, then please attend one of the two large meeting scheduled.

  • May 17, 11:30-1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, located at 620 State Street. The meeting will be held in the James Park Classroom and parking is available on the lower levels of the building.
  • May 23, 6:30-:30 p.m. at Mercy Hospital West in Turkey Creek (10820 Parkside Drive, next to Walmart). The meeting will be held in classrooms 1 and 2. If you go into the main entrance, then go down one level to get to the classrooms.

If you have questions, contact Amy Gibson at 

A Special Thanks to Tusculum College

Marketing Students!


Our local League was lucky enough to join with students at Tusculum College who recently worked to develop a marketing plan for our league. They were forming a plan designed for membership recruitment, targeting specifically thirty and forty year olds.  


They came up with some wonderful and fresh ideas. We're so lucky to be able to tap into the resources of colleges in our area.  We look forward to more collaborations in the future. 

Wrap-Up of the LWVTN State Convention  

 By Casey Self 

 Group at 2011 State Conf.

A few weeks ago, several Knoxvillians made the trek to Cookeville for the annual League of Women Voters of Tennessee spring convention. In addition to meeting some inspirational leaders from around our state, the LWVKKC delegates came back with some great ideas for recruiting members and bringing existing members into leadership roles. We also got an update on our efforts in Nashville from the LWVTN Action Committee and state lobbyist, Stewart Clifton.


The Action Committee and Clifton have been working with our state legislators to make sure LWV positions are being represented. Clifton believes the League of Women Voters is becoming well known on the Hill and legislators are really taking notice of our concerns. He updated us on several bills that LWVTN has been keeping an eye on in the areas of elections and open governments, health care, environment, and education. In particular, he credited the League's efforts in the passing of a House Resolution that encourages meetings of interested parties (including environmental) to develop state regulations on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).


The special guest on Saturday was TVA Board Member Neil McBride. McBride talked about the new structure of the TVA Board (from a three-member, full-time Board to a nine-member, part-time Board), and the role TVA plays in producing energy in the southeastern U.S. He also touched on the future of TVA and how the company is working on new methods of producing energy.


A special thanks goes to our Knoxville members who serve on the state Board. Co-president Nancy Stewart, Treasurer Judy Poulson and Membership Director Faith Tapp were all in Cookeville to help lead the convention.

Contact Info
League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County
P.O. Box 31825
Knoxville, TN 37930-1825