The League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area (LWVGDA) is one of the first Leagues established in 1920 after passage of the 19th amendment, making it a proud and direct descendent of the women’s suffrage movement. Over 250 members strong, LWVGDA encompasses both Montgomery and Greene Counties, and is an active partner of the State of Ohio League and the League of Women Voters U.S. The League is nonpartisan, and neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate, but does take action on issues following careful study and member consensus. All women and men eligible to vote are invited to join League. It’s not just about having the right to vote, it’s about what we do with it.
League Members Tour Beavercreek Wetlands
On 27 April, a beautiful spring morning Leaguers and guests toured Koogler Reserve wetlands in Beavercreek with Dr. Jim Amon, a founder of the Beavercreek Wetlands Association and professor at Wright State University’s Biology Department. Dr. Amon explained the importance of wetlands and their impact on our buried aquifer, as well as the formation of the Beavercreek Wetlands Association, and its partnerships with other non-profit groups to save critical local habitat from development. The Koogler Preserve, for example, is owned by Beavercreek Township and overseen by the Beavercreek Wetland Association. Funding for the boardwalk, trail building, and re-planting has come from various local groups, with volunteers providing most of the labor.
Dr. Amon led us along the newly constructed boardwalk where the cat tails, jewelweed, and sedges were starting springtime growth. This part of the reserve had been flooded in recent years by beaver dams on the nearby Beaver Creek and its tributary. Many large trees were standing dead, and now provide food and shelter for birds, while newly planted buckeye trees are taking hold. Dr. Amon and a volunteer patiently answered questions, and invited us all to return to enjoy the beauty of the wetlands as summer progresses. There are benches along the path, and great opportunities for birdwatching. After the walk we enjoyed a picnic lunch at tables that Dr. Amon had asked the township to provide. We felt very welcomed.
All the Beavercreek Wetland Association reserves are free and open to the public every day. Just check their website for locations and site descriptions. Learn more about our local wetlands.
What's red, white, blue . . . and purple?The Dayton Area League supporting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, in honor of our President, Jo Columbro. Help us support Jo and everyone facing breast cancer by joining us on Friday 12 July at the Mack Hummon Field in Oakwood. Our official team name is Jo’s League Buddies. You don't have to camp out or walk all night; donations, fellowship, and goodies to share are more than enough! See the flyer for more details, and save the date!
The Board will not meet during the Summer. Committee and informal meetings will continue as scheduled.
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