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Jamey Dobbs

2nd Vice-president:
Rynn Dupes

Lisa Bogaty

Stephanie Matheny 


Rachel Craig
Crista Cuccaro
Mary English

Rikki Hall

Ellen LoCurto-Martinez

Deb Patterson
Casey Self
Tammy Sommers
Kelly Walker 
Faith Yandell 
CALENDAR of Meetings and Events


August 26:

Women's Equality Day


September 8: Introduction to the League


September 12: Fall Gathering


October 8: Final Day to Register to Vote


October 16: League Night Out


October 17: First Day of Early Voting


November 1: Last Day of Early Voting


November 6: Election Day


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Observer Corps

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Citizen's Academy

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Contact Lisa Mixon at


Land Use and Environment

Contact Rikki Hall at



Contact Tammy Sommers at


Voter Participation Study

Contact Kelly Pemberton at


Childcare Study

Contact Jamey Dobbs at


Health Study

Contact Jamey Dobbs at


Special Events

Contact Ellen LoCurto-Martinez at   

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Happy New Year League!


It's the League of Women Voters New Year, and what better time to launch our year than during the high energy and anticipation of election season!  Better than fireworks off the bridge!   I hope everyone is finding good candidates to support and voters to inspire.  Now, have you thought of keeping a stack of registration forms in your car to share with your hairdresser, your new neighbor, your yoga class, or your waiter? Our influence and what we choose to talk about is so important.  Which reminds me of wise words heard at the League National Convention a few months ago.... "We don't need a few people doing great things for the League-- we need many people doing small things well."  
Coming soon is our premiere kickoff event, the "Fall Gathering", on September 12th. You'll have a chance to meet new friends, reconnect with old friends and sample not only fabulous appetizers, but get a taste of the projects the League has cooked up to make democracy real and meaningful in Knoxville.  Invite your friends and introduce them to some of the most interesting and connected people in town, and help us keep building the "rising star" that is the League.


Your new League board met in July and filled a calendar from now to May 2013 that will put the League up-front and center in the political life of Knoxville.   As always, you can look forward to a good mix of activism, learning, and socializing as a member of the League.   A few of the highlights of the year ahead include:
    Candidate Forum Training for Organizations in August
    Launch of new Vote 411 online candidate guide
    Civility Pledge Drive for Candidates
    League Night out to see the Capital Steps improv comedy show
    New class of Citizen Academy


 ---Jamey Dobbs, President  

 Introduction to the League of Women Voters: 

A Coffee with Friends
Saturday, September 8
10:00 -11:00 am
Sequoyah Grill, Western Plaza
4429 Kingston PIke  
Are you a new member who is curious about what the League of Women Voters does? Have you wanted to know the different ways to be involved with the League? Please join us for a friendly, informal introduction to the League, where you can ask all your questions while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea and a late morning nibble.  

League members Lois Russell and Doris Martinson will introduce some of our history and how the Knoxville League operates. Feel free to bring a friend or spouse, or just meet a new friend while you're there. Don't miss it! 
RSVP to Lois today at 688-3366.

Fall Gathering Set for September 12th

School has started...temperatures will get cooler (hopefully)...leaves will change color...fall is upon us.  What better time to be with friends, share summer stories, or plan fall adventures? 

So make sure to mark your calendars for our annual fall gathering on the evening of 
September 12th at a location to be announced later. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be awaiting your arrival.  If someone wants to share a wonderful dessert or hors d'oeuvres, please call Special Events Chair Ellen Locurto-Martinez at 687.2564 or by email,
Stay tuned for more information. We hope to see you there!

Celebrate Women's Equality Day with the League


W = Day
On Sunday, August 26th, the League is again teaming up with the Flower Pot and Market Square merchants to commemorate Women's Equality Day by adorning the suffrage statue downtown with yellow roses. During ratification of the 19th Amendment, yellow roses symbolized support for women's right to vote. August 26, 1920 was the day Tennessee ratified the amendment and made equal suffrage part of the U.S. Constitution. 
Plan to eat a meal or spend some time on Market Square that Sunday. Several stores, including Trio Cafe and Tomato Head, will have roses available for purchase, with proceeds going to LWVKKC. We started this tradition last year and raised about $150. Placing a rose on the statue provides a moment of reflection and also draws in curious passersby who may not realize the historical significance of August 26th. 


League Night Out with the Capital Steps!

The Capital Steps are coming to Knoxville with political humor at its finest on Tuesday, October 16th at the Bijou Theater! They skewer everybody, so it's a safe nonpartisan night of fun.  Let's get a big group together for this and lighten up before the election!  The show begins at 7:30 pm, and doors open at 7:00 pm.   
Tickets are on sale now!  Ticket prices are $35, $45, and $100 that includes a reception with some of cast members.  If you are interested in the $35 tickets, the League will host a group to sit together.  Tickets can be purchased online at and in person at the Tennessee Theater box office.  Proceeds from this performance benefit the Volunteer Ministry Center, so you'll be supporting programs for the homeless in Knoxville, a League priority.  The performance is part of the VMC's 25th Anniversary celebration with events going on all the month of October.  
If you have questions, or would like to join the group, contact Jamey Dobbs at or call 548-0818.

League Members Supporting League Members: Buy an Ad Today
Ever needed a lawyer, printer, web developer, public relations professional, or architect? Wouldn't you feel more comfortable if the person you hired was a trusted, well-respected member of society-perhaps a fellow a LWVKKC member?
Give visibility to your business or service by buying an ad in this year's annual League yearbook! You'll gain an audience of League members who are happy to patronize another League member- and you'll be supporting the League at the same time!
If you would like to purchase an ad, please send a high-resolution scanned copy of your business card (or an ad you create of business card size) to Casey Self at You can also mail a business card to Casey at 5416 Cedar Heights Road, Knoxville, TN, 37912. Ads will be printed in black and white and cost $20. You can pay by check (made out to LWVKKC) or by credit card via the website. All ads will be placed in the book in the order that they are received. Ads are due by September 15th.
The yearbook is printed in black and white and is distributed to all League members. It is a wonderful opportunity to reach a 

Register Voters at Pellissippi State Community College on Sept. 25th


Pellissippi State Community College is hosting its first ever Civic Engagement Week on all five campuses and the League is their partner!  We are looking for at least two League members to register voters on Tuesday, September 25th from 10 am to 1 pm at three locations: the Hardin Valley location, the Division Street location, and the Magnolia Street location. Pellissippi staff and faculty are covering the other days and locations during that week.   Even if you have no experience, don't worry--training will be provided. Remember, if you register a voter as a young person, they are likely to vote the rest of their lives!  For more information or to volunteer, contact Lisa Bogaty at or call Jamey Dobbs at 548-0818.