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Mar

April 2015 Unit Meetings

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April Unit Meetings:

The April Unit Meetings will address the issue of “Prisoners of Debt.The discussion articles come from Oklahoma Watch “Prisoners of Debt” series. “The nonpayment of court penalties creates a dilemma for judges, who must decide whether to place offenders back in jail or prison, try to work out new payment or reduce the bill.”

Unit Meeting Dates

Midtown: Tuesday, April 21, 11:30 to 1 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the League office, 3336 E. 32nd. Lunch and visitation 11:30 (bring your own sandwich) Meeting 12:00 pm.

North Tulsa Unit: Monday, April 27, noon to 1:00 pm on the 4th Monday of the month at the Rudisill Library at 1520 N. Hartford Avenue.

Breakfast Unit: Tuesday, April 28, 7 to 8 am on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the ONEOK Cafeteria, 100 W. 5th street, Lower Level in downtown Tulsa.

We will discuss 2 articles. The first is “Prisoners of Debt: Justice System Imposes Steep Fines, Fees,” by M. Scott Carter and Clifton Adcock, January 31, 2015. This is the first in a series of stories by Oklahoma Watch and KGou Radio.

The second article is “Offender’s Story: Untying the Bonds of Court Debt” by Clifton Adcock, February 26, 2015.

If these articles interest you, read the whole series.

Julie Gustafson
Chair, LWVMT Program Committee

 

23
Mar

Meet the Member: Kathleen Kastelic

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Want to know who makes the League special? We’ve started an initiative to feature our membership on our “Meet the Member Mondays” blog series. Check back often to learn more about our members, see the diversity of our membership and see why they think the League’s work is important.

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Name: Kathleen Kastelic

Day job: Mabee Foundation CFO

3 words to describe you: Curious, industrious and grounded

Why you are involved with the League: Contribute to an involved and informed electorate

My favorite experience with LWV has been: The lively discussion in unit meetings

On the weekend, you can find me: Yoga, Guthrie Green farmer’s market, yard work, cooking, attending a concert, reading, walking the canines and sometimes working.

Favorite Tulsa restaurant: Nostalgic – The Middle Path; Current – Juniper

Favorite vacation destination: Bend Oregon

People would be surprised to know: I am a baseball fan

Words to live by: Get involved in your community, give of your time, talent and money to improve the community you live in. It is the right thing to do and it feels good.

If your day had 25 hours, what would you use the extra hour for: Day dreaming

One item you can’t leave home without: Something to read – in case of a wait

Favorite meal: A roasted chicken with roasted vegetables

Beverage of choice: Sparkling mineral water or a peppery Pinot Noir

Who is your hero: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Biggest pet peeve: Currently – the pot holes plaguing our streets!

What makes you laugh: My canines – Lucy and Yadi

Best movie seen/book read lately: “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler (who is an American treasure)

What should be taught in school that isn’t currently: What used to be called Home Economics and Shop – to both boys and girls

Favorite Tulsa activity: A Tom Tobias yoga class

One word to describe Tulsa: Promising

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TPS Bond Vote – Tuesday!

On Tuesday, voters in the Tulsa Public School district will vote on a $415 million capital improvement bond. Learn more about how to vote, what will be on the ballot and view your samples ballot.

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23
Feb

Meet the Member: Mary Jane Lindaman

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Want to know who makes the League special? We’ve started an initiative to feature our membership on our “Meet the Member Mondays” blog series. Check back often to learn more about our members, see the diversity of our membership and see why they think the League’s work is important.

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Name: Mary Jane Loosley Lindaman

Day job: Professional Retiree

3 words to describe you: sometimes mellow feminist

Why you are involved with the League: I wanted a way to be involved with politics without being involved in political parties. I wanted to be with thoughtful people to talk about important issues of the day and work towards improving our state, community and country.

My favorite experience with LWV has been: Naturalization ceremonies (ultimate feel good)

On the weekend, you can find me: working on projects around my house or spending time with my family

Favorite Tulsa restaurant: Boston Deli

Favorite vacation destination: Red River, New Mexico

People would be surprised to know: I played golf for Oklahoma State University before there was an official team and well before Title IX

Words to live by: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.   Maya Angelou

If your day had 25 hours, what would you use the extra hour for: Probably organizing something usually involving a spread sheet

One item you can’t leave home without: my glasses. It is best for the safety of Tulsans traveling on the streets that I have them.

Favorite meal: grilled salmon, oven roasted onion potatoes, salad with bleu cheese dressing, chocolate icebox pie (no calories there!)

Beverage of choice: chardonnay or Diet Coke (depends on the time of day)

Who is your hero: Erma Bombeck – I raised children during the 80’s. Erma helped keep me sane. I sent her a poem I wrote once and got a letter back from her. It is one of my treasured keepsakes.

Biggest pet peeve: People who talk before they think.

What makes you laugh: My husband, books written by either Erma Bombeck or Bill Bryson, and my granddaughters.

Best movie seen/book read lately: “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin

What should be taught in school that isn’t currently: Practical sex education and personal economic skills (e.g. how to prepare a budget and balance a checkbook)

Favorite Tulsa activity: Oktoberfest, Woody Guthrie museum, Utica Square any time of the year

One word to describe Tulsa: Evolving

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Feb

March 2015 Unit Meetings

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The March Unit Meetings will address the issue of Election Reform. Oklahoma voter turnout is rapidly declining and a third of eligible voters are not even registered. This is an important issue for League discussion.

Unit Meeting Dates

Midtown: Tuesday, March 17, 11:30 to 1 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the League office, 3336 E. 32nd. Lunch and visitation 11:30 (bring your own sandwich) Meeting 12:00 pm.

North Tulsa Unit: Monday, March 23, noon to 1:00 pm on the 4th Monday of the month at the Rudisill Library at 1520 N. Hartford Avenue.

Breakfast Unit: Tuesday, February 24, 7 to 8 am on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the ONEOK Cafeteria, 100 W. 5th street, Lower Level in downtown Tulsa.

Discussion Materials

We will discuss 2 articles. The first is from the Oklahoma State Senate: “Sen. Holt introduces bold package of election reforms to boost voter turnout.Follow up article on Sen. Holt’s proposals.

The second article concerns Voter Rights for Incarcerated Persons.

Hope you will join us,

The LWVMT Program Committee