Making Democracy Work

Past Events

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Amy Levin Conference & Learning Center
1165 N. Ridge Road
Lorain, OH 44055
Voter Registration: How to Begin a Jail Voting Campaign. Attend a workshop for activists and organizations interested in jail voter registration. Sponsored by the ACLU

Click HERE to learn more or register.

Friday, August 4, 2017
Downtown Oberlin
Next to Blue Rooster Bakery
THE FAMILY FUN FAIR AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW. Have the young folks participate in voting games. Join the League or renew your membership. Sign the Fair Districts Ohio petition
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Kendal at Oberlin Annual Meeting and Luncheon. The Annual Meeting open to all current members of the LWVOA will begin at 11:15am.

A salad/soup buffet will be served starting at noon.

Our guest speaker is John Sabin who will tell us about the newly formed Oberlin area Citizens Climate Lobby. John has worked in the mental health profession as a social worker and psychotherapist. His interest in the CCL developed from his concern about anticipated and enacted reversals in legislation to protect the environment. He founded the Oberlin Chapter of the CCL for which he serves as Group Leader.

Monday, May 8, 2017
FEVE in Oberlin
Upstairs Party Room
Red, White and Blue Happy Hour. Membership Challenge Night.

Special invites to King St. residents. Lets see how many new Kingstreeters we can get to join the League. Or maybe your street will have the most new members.

Complimentary appetizers. Cash bar.

Friday, April 7, 2017
Fox and Fell Dining Room
Kendal at Oberlin
Redistricting Reform for Congress, Too.. Legislative Luncheon
Carrie Davis, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, will speak.

The LWVOH website ( describes Ms. Davis's background, experience, and some of her interests:

In February 2012, Carrie Davis joined the League of Women Voters of Ohio as Executive Director, bringing to the League her extensive experience as an advocate for voting rights and good government at the Statehouse, in the courtroom, and in local communities. Prior to joining the League, Carrie served as staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, where she worked on a variety of issues including voting rights, free speech, criminal justice, racial justice, LGBT rights, reproductive freedom, and government accountability.

Carrie has litigated numerous election law and good government cases including the 2008 case Project Vote v. Brunner that obtained a court order keeping open the Ohio window for simultaneous registration and early voting. She was also part of the legal team in the case Boustani v. Blackwell that struck down a 2006 Ohio law requiring naturalized citizens to produce a certificate of naturalization if challenged at the polls.

Carrie is a native Ohioan and has a BA in philosophy and public policy from Albion College and a JD from Case Western Reserve University. Carrie interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as part of a Women in Public Policy program and later worked as a Congressional Aide. Carrie returned to Ohio to attend law school and enter public service. During law school, Carrie worked as a legal intern with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education and served as Editor-in-Chief and Bureau Chief of The Internet Law Journal.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Hallock Auditorium
Oberlin College
Environmental Studies Building
Lake Erie - As It Was and How It Is. Dr. Pete Richards will speak on environmental issues related to Lake Erie.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Upstairs at the Feve
30 South Main Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
Red, White, and Blue Social Hour. Meet and greet fellow LWV members. Bring a guest and learn more about how local leagues make democracy work.

Monday, January 30, 2017
6:30 pm
Kendal Education Center Conference Room
Oberlin, OH
Consensus Meeting on Primary Election Study. A quorum is needed for the consensus vote. Additional information here.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Fox and Fell Dining Room
Kendal at Oberlin
Oberlin, OH 44074
Legislative Luncheon with Kathleen Clyde. Kathleen Clyde, Representative of the 75th Ohio House District (Portage County), will speak about Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, on which she serves. Preregistration required. Contact
Saturday, August 27, 2016
First Church United Church of Christ, Oberlin In a Major Key: Women Musicians. A Catered lunch ($12) will be followed by presentations by Catherine Meints of the Oberlin Conservatory, Jeannette Sorrell of Apollo's Fire and Harriet Thomas, violinist, teacher and conductor of the Oberlin High School Orchestra.

People can check in between 11:30-Noon with lunch being served at Noon. Please reserve your place by Aug 19th. A check for $12.00 made out to Women's Equality Day should be sent to Ovidia Guaderrama at 191 Hollywood St in Oberlin, 44074.

Saturday, August 6, 2016
S. Main St., Oberlin
Next to Blue Rooster Bakery
Voter Registration Table. Register to Vote
Change your Registration
Check your Registration Status
Join the League
Friday, May 13, 2016
Kendal at Oberlin Police Practices and Happenings. This year's meeting will be at the Fox and Fell Dining Room, Kendal at Oberlin. We have invited Mary Lavigne-Butler, Development Manager of the ACLU of Ohio to speak. Ms. Lavigne-Butler received her Law Degree from Rutgers University with continuing study at Emory and Stanford Universities. She will be presenting on Police Practices and Happenings, timely subject matter in light of the Cleveland Police Department consent decree and upcoming Republican National Convention to take place in Cleveland later this year. The consent decree agreement came after the controversial cases involving the deaths of Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams and also, 12 year-old, Tamir Rice.

Ms. Lavigne-Butler has also served as general counsel for Planned Parenthood and will be able to provide updates on the challenges faced there.

Please call Sue Simonson at 440-774-8220 to register is you do not have a registration form. Please register by Monday, May 9th, 2016.

If you have not already renewed your 2016/17 membership, please use the enclosed renewal form to do that as well.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Oberlin Public Library Presentation of Renewal Levies on Primary Ballot.
Hear representatives from Oberlin City, Oberlin Schools and Oberlin Public Library present information about the renewal levies on the ballot for the March 15th Primary Election. All are welcome. All in attendance will have a chance to win one of three door prizes.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
S. Main St., Oberlin, OH
Red, White and Blue Night.
Join League members and friends for a couple of hours of socializing. Maybe discuss the upcoming primary on March 8th. Appetizers provided. Cash bar.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
LCCC Spitzer Conference Center Lorain County Transportation Forum.

Tickets are free but you must register for event. Just click here

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Kendal Education Building* Money in Politics Consensus meeting. This promises to be a fascinating and extremely important meeting + the culmination of League's national year-long focus on the current big money threat to stable and responsive democracy. Don't miss it. It is through study and member engagement like this that League is able to establish advocacy positions.

We'll start promptly at 2:00 as there is a lot of material to cover. More information on the consensus study, including the consensus questions, is available in the Study Guide (click here).

RSVP to, by Wednesday, January 20th, 2016. Also, contact Ellen Mavrich 412-818-4600 with any questions

  • The Kendal Education Building is a separate building on the right as you approach the Heiser Center on Kendal Drive. Parking is provided in front of the building and around the circle.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Oberlin Inn, Oberlin, OH 44074 LUNCH WITH THOMAS LINZEY, ESQ.. Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Menu: Tossed Salad and Pasta Salad, Choice of Chicken Caesar or Vegetarian Wrap Cake and choice of coffee, tea or soda

Thomas Linzey is an attorney and Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) + a nonprofit law firm that has provided free legal services to over five hundred local governments and nonprofit organizations since 1995. Linzey is the co-founder of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School + now taught in twenty-four states across the country which has graduated over 5,000 lawyers, activists and municipal officials. The Democracy School assists groups to create new community campaigns which elevate the rights of those communities over rights claimed by corporations.

Linzey and The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund have been making quite an impact, especially in Ohio, where in 2015, five different communities across the state created rights-based campaigns to address corporate programs of energy transmission infrastructure, hazardous injection wells and hydrofracking. Linzey's work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones and the Nation Magazine. Come and learn more about direct democracy and this new, rights-based movement.

Please RSVP to by Monday, November 9th. This luncheon is for LWV members and invited guests only.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Oberlin Public Library, Community Room Issue and School Board Candidate Discussion.
Issue 1: Ohio Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Amendment

Presenters: Alison Ricker and Mary Van Nortwick, Co-Presidents League of Women Voters Ohio

School Board Candidates:

Barry Richards, Incumbent running unopposed

Ken Stanley, Incumbent running unopposed

Sponsored by LWVOA

Monday, October 26, 2015
First Church, Oberlin Oberlin Community Candidates Night.
This forum will feature the 14 candidates running for Oberlin City Council.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Lorain County Community College Spitzer Conference Center Room 117 Panel Discussion of State Issues 2 & 3.
Issue 2: Ohio Initiated Monopolies Amendment
Issue 3: Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative


Steven Steinglass, Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law of Cleveland State University

Ted Kalo, Lorain County Commissioner

John Pardee, Vice President, Ohio Rights Group

Anthony Giardini, Executive Committee, Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative Campaign

Sri Kavuru, President and Co-Founder, Ohio to End Prohibition

League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area
Public Services Institute of LCCC

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Upstairs at the FEVE
Oberlin, OH
Red, White and Blue Night. Social hour to meet and greet League members and friends as well as local candidates for the upcoming election.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Oberlin Inn
7 N. Main St.
Oberlin, OH
Women's Equality Day. The League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area will be one of many local groups co-sponsoring the 95th Anniversary of Women's Equality Day. This year's luncheon topic: "Laudable Lawyers," women who have made a difference as practicing attorneys.

This is the 21st annual celebration in Oberlin of the women's right to vote. The annual event provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other women, share interesting conversations and learn some of the things women have accomplished.

Reservation required by August 21st.
Luncheon: Oriental Chicken Salad (or vegetarian option, Oriental Tofu Salad) $12 Payable to Women's Equality Day
Contact: Ovidia Guaderrama
191 Hollywood Street, Oberlin, 44074
(440) 775-3711

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Oberlin Inn
7 N. Main St.
Oberlin, OH 44074
Annual Meeting and Luncheon. This will be the LWVOA's eleventh annual meeting.
10:45-11:00 - Check in
11:00-12:00 - Business Mtg.
12:15-1:00 - Lunch
1:00-2:00 - Guest Speaker David Orr

David W. Orr is Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and senior adviser to the president of Oberlin College. He is a founding editor of the journal Solutions, and helped found the Oberlin Project, a collaborative effort of the city of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and private and institutional partners to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of Oberlin.

Cost: $15
Please send check made out to LWVOA
PO Box 543
Oberlin, OH 44074
A luncheon salad will be served with roll, beverage and dessert.
Indicate your choice of chicken or tofu as your salad topping when you send in your reservation.