The Local LWVMesa offers topic presentations related to League of Women Positions. They cover local and state issues of current concerns to the voter. You do not have to be a member to attend, and men and women are encouraged to join our lively discussions!
Please note the location of our presentations are not always in the same place
Oil and Gas Development in Colorado:
Recent Legislation and Global Perspectives
Monday, April 6, 7 PM
LWVMC presents another timely panel discussion in April, this time co-hosting with the CMU Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and exploring issues related to gas and oil development. Please join us on Monday evening, April 6, at 7:00 in Room 104 of CMU’s Dominguez Hall (please see map on page 2). The event will feature five experts with varying perspectives, including Rich Alward, Principal Ecologist for Aridlands Natural Resource Consulting and a member of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; Bernie Buescher, former Colorado Secretary of State and a current member of Governor Hickenlooper’s Oil and Gas Task Force; Timothy Winegard, Ph.D., Instructor of History at Colorado Mesa University and author of the forthcoming book, The First World Oil War; and Peggy Rawlins and Duke Cox, both LWVMC members, who have a combined 40-year history with oil and gas issues, as advocates and lobbyists for responsible oil and gas development and former leaders of both the Grand Valley Citizens’ Alliance and Western Colorado Congress.
MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES REPORT
A Hand up, Not a Hand-out—February 9
LWVMC’s February program featured Ms. Vickie McGee, founder and director of Hope of the Grand Valley (HOGV). The organization provides temporary support and a hand up to hard-working parents with children who are not receiving public assistance and are paying their own rent, food and other bills, yet find it hard to make ends meet.
The all-volunteer staff consists of McGee an, a budget coach, a food coach and a support coach. At Christmas, the number of volunteers and adopting groups can swell to 200 when HOGV provides Christmas gifts and a dinner for hundreds of children and their parents with the help of Chez Lena Restaurant.
Hope of the Grand Valley gets referrals from Latimer House, churches, various social agencies and 211, Western Colorado’s connection to health and human services programs. Ms. McGee remarked that “The families we help are grateful and appreciative. They don’t feel entitled.” If a family’s needs don’t fall within the scope of HOGV’s mission, it is referred to other agencies with which the organization networks.
In addition to assistance with money management and food preparation, HOGV also provides coaching in relationship, parenting, interviewing, job and general life skills. It also has a furniture and household program in case a refrigerator goes out on a family. Ms. McGee added “We can also provide a family with one month’s supply of groceries if warranted. We do not give out money; we give non-durable and durable goods.”
Asked what the biggest issue for which she would like help, she responded, “Help with child care assistance. It is horribly expensive.” Asked about her vision for the future, she replied, “It is for a property, a home, and short-term housing for working families and first-time mothers with newborns. We have young mothers with babies who are ‘couch surfing.’ ” HOGV wants to provide better outcomes—a more stable environment, a more solid financial ground, and a more predictable future for these infants, children and their parents.
Submitted by David Pilkenton, LT mem
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The League of Women Voters of Mesa county is thoroughly dedicated to the fundamental principles of the League of Women Voters and to its activities in support of those principles. The League strives to implement those beliefs at the local - the grassroots - level in Mesa County and in western Colorado. We assist and encourage voter education, information, and recruitment throughout our area and we strive to work cooperatively with others with common interests.
Mesa County League Leadership Team 2014-15
- Tanya Travis
- Anita Pisciotte
- Peggy Cox
- David Pilkenton (Program Chair)
- Peggy Rawlins
- Robyn Parker
- Lorna Naegele - Coordinator
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