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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Mark Your Calendar for LWVTN Spring Convention

April 25-26, 2015 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1850 Old Fort Parkway

Hosted by League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro, the LWVTN Convention will return to a two day format--much preferred in feedback from members. Participation in Convention is important. Election of state Board members, decisions on budget, program, and studies will be decided. This is your opportunity to help guide the LWVTN program for 2015-2016. You will also have the opportunity to voice your concerns about the League to both incoming and outgoing board members. Your voice is very important to ensure a vital League.

The Steering Committee is planning a dynamic agenda that will address pertinent topics. The Saturday evening dinner will include the presentation of the Martha Ragland Award (see Amy Greene's article for details).

Look for Convention registration and agenda details in the spring issue of the LWVTN Voter to be published the first week of March. And if you can volunteer to help, contact Michele Brandenburg at 865-659-5318.


Martha Ragland Award

The League of Women Voters of Tennessee Look forward to presenting the Martha Ragland Award to an outstanding League member at the Spring Convention hosted in Murfreesboro on April 25, 2015. This award was first presented in 1995 at the LWVTN's 75th Anniversary Gala. It has since been given out every other year to a League member who has demonstrated committed service to their state and local Leagues, as well as their community.

The most recent recipient was Judy Poulson in 2013. Currently LWVTN secretary, she has served the state board for many years. She has served several local League boards as well as on the LWVUS national board. Poulson also has represented the League on the Tennessee Advisory Committee on Open Government, the Tennessee Help America Vote Act (TN HAVA), and on the Tennessee Commemorative Woman Suffrage Commission which organized a celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification on August 18, 1920 guaranteeing women's right to vote.

Each local League may nominate a member who is active in upholding the League's principles and positions, along with leadership qualities as Martha Ragsdale Ragland did by her activism. For more information about Ragland's life, visit Nomination forms are currently being sent to each local League and also are posted on the LWVTN website HERE. Completed entries are due by February 1, 2015. They may be mailed to: LWVTN Martha Ragland Award, PO Box 158369, Nashville, TN 37215-8369 or emailed to Amy Greene at

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages the informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any political candidate or party.

Established in 1920, the League of Women Voters is a highly respected organization that researches issues from many points of view and takes action on issues affecting our families and communities. Our members are men and women who want to make a difference. For your community: * Improving the quality of education

  • Monitoring the balance between civil liberties and homeland security
  • Working to ensure ALL eligible people can vote
  • Encouraging active participation of citizens in government

    For yourself: * Increasing camaraderie and community spirit

  • Researching issues
  • Facilitating community dialogues
  • Creating change

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