Making Democracy Work

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

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

GENERAL MEETING -- Child Welfare -- March 21

Topic: Child Welfare Priorities for SC Department of Social Services. Members of the State DSS team, including the State Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs will discuss how we can advocate for, and be more aware of, issues facing our state's children. The statewide Foster Care Recruitment Coordinator will be part of the presentation team to tell us how we can help with the 4,000 SC children in foster care. They will also discuss some of the challenges facing elder care, the standards, and the reporting criteria.

Our meeting is open to the public, so bring your friends and neighbors a well as your questions and concerns. Social time at 7:15 p.m. and meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the OLLI building in Patrick Square. (See our calendar for exact address and map.)

Wine Tasting Fund Raiser -- Save the Date (April 1)

April 1, 5 - 7 pm, at Mill Creek Lodge in Central. (See our calendar for exact address and map.)

Wines will be provided from Moore's Spirits in Seneca, featuring good wines under $15 a bottle. Heavy hors d'oeurves. $25 for a single ticket or group of four for $100. Reservations greatly appreciated. 864-654-4417 or wrhare@earthlink.net. This event is a fundraiser for the League of Women Voters of the Clemson Area, which serves Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson Counties to help people to be informed and active participants in government at all levels.

Pickens County School Board News

H 3346, a bill that would add one member to the Pickens County School Board, was passed by the SC House. Rep. Gary Clary and Rep. Neal Collins co-sponsored this bill.

The 7th member will be appointed at first and replaced by an elected at-large member in the 2018 general election. Eventually, there will be seven single-member districts.

The League of Women Voters supports adding at-large representation to the Pickens County School Board. Our rationale is expressed in a Letter to the Editor .


RECYCLE YOUR CFLs

Home Depot now accepts used compact fluorescent light bulbs for recycling at all of its US locations. Many CFL users have been concerned about mercury contamination when these super-efficient bulbs wear out. Now we can dispose of them safely.

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