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6
Apr

Meet the Member: Bill Hinkle

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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: Bill Hinkle

Day job: retired attorney

3 words to describe you: passionate, faithful, verbose

Why are you involved with the League? Originally, because of the involvement of my wife, Kathy. In recent years, I’ve found that the League issue are important to me and that its enjoyable to volunteer and that there are jobs I’m good at.

My favorite experience with LWV has been: Volunteering in the office.

On the weekend, you can find me: At home, watching sports or movies on TV, Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. On Sundays, I’m often at All Souls Unitarian Church.

Favorite vacation destination: France, Italy and England

People would be surprised to know: I once proved to a jury that a property known to have billions of barrels of oil actually had a value of zero.

Words to live by: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has limits. (Albert Einstein)

If your day had 25 hours, what would you use the extra hour for? Sleep or playing with our cat, Tizzie.

One item you can’t leave home without: My tablet

Favorite meal: Steak and a baked potato, with a baby spinach salad

Beverage of choice: Diet Dr. Pepper

Who is your hero? Bobby Kennedy
Biggest pet peeve: Misspellings, typos, and terrible grammatical errors in books.

What makes you laugh? Cat videos on the internet, “Shaggy Dog” stories

Best movie seen/book read lately: The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell and the sequel, Children of God

What should be taught in school that isn’t currently: Good citizenship
Favorite Tulsa activity: Driving through neighborhoods and countryside I’m not familiar with.

One word to describe Tulsa: Eclectic

30
Mar

Women’s History Month guest blog: M. Susan Savage

The following is a guest blog written by M. Susan Savage, the first female Mayor of Tulsa and former Oklahoma Secretary of State. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we asked her to share her insights on women in politics and the importance of voter engagement. Read below to learn more about her journey and what she sees for the future of Oklahoma.

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My first foray into elected office was the 1992 Special Election for Mayor of Tulsa where I received a plurality mandate among a field of 54 candidates. Gender was obviously not a barrier in that race.

Elected as Tulsa’s first woman Mayor, interest in whether or not I would focus on “women’s issues” emerged. A post-election question posed by a citizen defined “women’s issues” as education, domestic violence, sexual assault, healthcare and childcare. My response? Those are community and societal issues; workforce issues; economic issues; human rights and health issues. They are issues which demand the best thinking and decisive action from every citizen.

Questions about whether or not I could or should be a working mother with school-aged children and references to my physical appearance became opportunities to dispel conventional attitudes. I quickly learned to either ignore, brush aside with humor or use such uninformed perspectives to make a larger policy point. It became apparent my sphere of influence could reach beyond governance, especially to young women and girls, to expand their thinking about their potential and preparation for leadership.

The women on whose shoulders I stood as a public official at the municipal and state levels were remarkable role models whose wisdom and counsel were generously shared with me. I witnessed their capacity to shape public policy, to publicly lead and to balance the challenges of public and private life. They were the gold standard–Norma Eagleton, Penny Williams, Patty Eaton, Mary Athens, Maxine Horner and Wilma Mankiller—and so many other women who blazed a trail for civic and political engagement, who inspired and mentored. I took their lead and continue to share my knowledge with women and men whose love for public service and public policy sets them apart from those simply engaged in political pursuits.

In the year 2020, our country will commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Each and every time I exercise my right to vote as a citizen of this city, state and country, I am reminded of the relentless advocacy of those who understood that until all citizens had an equal voice, our country was incomplete.

Voting remains an intensely personal experience for me. My grandmother was nearly 21 years old, married and pregnant with my father when she was finally granted the right as a US citizen to vote. It has been less than 100 years since women were granted full citizenship rights by a Constitutional amendment which was barely ratified. In my grandmother’s case, she lived to see her granddaughter elected as Tulsa’s first woman mayor (I always assumed she voted for me but never asked!). A photograph of her, well into her nineties, sporting a Savage for Mayor button is a cherished and poignant reminder of the short distance between generations and the power of one vote. On the occasion of my daughters’ 18th birthdays, respectively, registering to vote was part of their celebration and remains an unquestioned obligation for each of them.

Today voting patterns in Oklahoma reflect disengagement and a lack of interest. Voter participation has fallen to such lows that a minority of registered voters now shape laws and policies for the majority. Barriers to voting have been promoted and passed into law as safeguards against system fraud…a solution in search of a problem…and have impacted voter access to the polls. The trends are concerning enough to have prompted bills in the current session of the Oklahoma legislature with the goal of increasing voter access.

The rate of change in our communities, the rise of global competition, and the expanding applications for technology are creating unprecedented challenges for the world in which we live and demand an educated and voting populace. The debate about whether or not women can do the job in public or private life has long ago been resolved…women are doing the job across the spectrum, with confidence and a sense of purpose, leading and working to advance the values and standards which will shape our future. Their intelligence, strength, resourcefulness and tenacity remain an inspiration and elicit a sense of optimism for what can be achieved when women of all ages and from all backgrounds choose to engage.

23
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

17
Mar
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State Senate District 11 Voters’ Guide

A special primary election has been called to fill Oklahoma Senate District 11 seat being vacated by Jabar Shumate. The primary election will be held April 7. Learn more about the Democratic candidates who filed for office by viewing our Voters’ Guide for this election.