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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
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.
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”.
The second article concerns Voter Rights for Incarcerated Persons.
Hope you will join us,
The LWVMT Program Committee
The filing period for school board candidates in 14 Tulsa County school districts and Tulsa Technology Center District 18 ended without a single contested race. The League of Women Voters usually publishes a Voters’ Guide for School Board races, but there will be no election this year. The League of Women Voters contacted those individuals who did file for office in an effort to provide information to citizens about the filers and their goals as School Board members.
In February we will address the issue of “Transportation in Tulsa and Surrounding Areas”. This issue was identified by our Tulsa membership as the priority topic of interest in an on-line survey completed in May 2014.
Unit Meeting Dates
Midtown: Tuesday, February 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 lunch) Meeting 12:00 pm.
North Tulsa Unit: Monday, February 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, Meets from 7 to 8 am on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the ONEOK Cafeteria, 100 W. 5th street, Lower Level in downtown Tulsa.
“Transportation in Tulsa and Surrounding Areas” is a broad and complicated topic so please bring to the meeting your ideas about transportation.
Following are links to help in your study. For discussion we will start with the 4 articles under Transit Examples. Other links are included for background knowledge.
1. Transit Examples:
Walking - October 14, 2014, Tulsa World…Conference focuses on Tulsa’s walkability and its impact on economy. Sponsored by Tulsa Health Department, Tulsa Young Professionals, U. of Oklahoma Society of Urban Design Students
Disability – May 16, 2014 Tulsa World… Tulsa’s disabled fighting cuts to city transit.
Bus – September 19, 2014 Tulsa World… Tulsa’s rapid transit bus system won’t get started until 2020s
Bus - July 12, 2014 Tulsa World… Take a Tulsa Transit but to a destination just once
2. History up to around 2010 - A New Tulsa Transit emerges out of the old by Mark Pritchard
3. Tulsa City + Tulsa County = INCOG, Indian Nations Council of Governments - See areas of activity under Transportation Planning which are bicycle/pedestrian planning, coordinated transportation, demographics and information, en Espanol, long range planning, meetings and agendas, programs and projects, regional maps, regional trails guide, regional transit plan, transportation links, transportation resource center.
4. Citizens Advocates for improved transportation- Transit Matters, a grassroots advocacy group promoting effective public transportation in Tulsa. Look at sections “about us”; “how you can help”; “transit facts”; ”contact us”
Consensus Meeting Report:
January 10, 2015, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa held a membership /consensus meeting at Martin East Regional Library. Twenty members joined together in the study “Renewing our Commitment to Action”. Those present discussed policy positions in the LWVOK’s Program for Action book and made recommendations to bring these policies up to date for action and advocacy purposes. Discussion was led by Tulsa member, Debbie Zanovitch. New and long-term members, with their broad range of knowledge, participated in the exchange of information and ideas and the pooling of mental resources. Not everyone agreed on opinions yet issues were identified and common ground sought. By the end of the meeting all members present had contributed to the League’s decision-making process and eleven policies received recommendations.
The LWVMT’s Program Committee is now preparing the Tulsa Consensus Report containing recommendations from the January 10 meeting and those from the fall Unit Meetings. The Tulsa Report will be presented to the members of the LWVMT’s Board for acceptance before being sent to the LWVOK by the end of February.
If you would like a copy of the Tulsa Consensus Report for the study “Renewing our Commitment to Action,” please contact the LWVMT’s office.