I League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area

League, MVCC Present Candidate Interviews

Once again, the Dayton Area League has partnered with the Miami Valley Communications Council to present a series of "Meet the Candidates" interviews with candidates running for office in Greene and Montgomery county. The interviews can be viewed at the MVCC website. The local officials we elect in off-year elections can have just as much impact, if not more, on our daily lives than our national and state office holders. This means it is as important as ever to know the candidates and the issues, and cast your vote on Election Day.

LWV and MVCC crew doing candidate interviews
Crew at MVCC with League members conducting candidate Interviews.

Citizen Science and Climate Change

The Citizen Science done by League of Women Voters member Carol Graff of Beavercreek was the opening topic of a recent talk on Climate Change and Sustainable Solutions given by Dr. Bob Brecha of the University of Dayton’s Hanley Institute of Sustainability. League members attended the talk as guests of the Dayton Garden Club.

Dr. Bob Brecha, Univ. of Dayton
Dr Bob Brecha addressing the Dayton Garden Club.

Dr Brecha told the group about Carol’s hobby of recording the first blossoming date of local flowers over the course of summer growing seasons. Carol kept these records for decades, and they came to the attention of UD’s Bro. Don Geiger. He recommended that a student graph Carol’s data and compare them to graphs of winter temperature patterns for those years. The data showed a pattern of warmer winters and earlier flowering dates, some as much as 6-7 days earlier. Carol’s careful records resulted in an article in a scientific journal.

Dr Brecha lives in an energy efficient straw-bale house in Yellow Springs, drives an electric vehicle, and has solar panels on his house. He recommends that we all try to find similar renewable resources to cut down on the use of fossil fuels as a way to fight climate change. Citizen Science for all of us !

Seneca Falls Bus Trip Planned

As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2020, the Dayton Area League has planned a bus trip to the birthplace of the US women’s rights movement in Seneca Falls, NY. Seneca Falls boasts a national park and a hall of fame dedicated to the history of the women’s rights movement. “Our organization was formed just prior to women’s suffrage becoming the law of the land,” said Susan Hesselgesser, Executive Director of the local League. “But the drive toward suffrage and increased rights for women started long before that, when two of the movement’s founders – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony – formed a friendship in Seneca Falls in the mid-1800s. The world would never be the same.”

The bus will leave Dayton in the early morning hours of October 28. After spending the afternoon and night in Seneca Falls, the group will go to nearby Rochester the following morning to tour the Susan B. Anthony House before returning to Dayton later on the 29th. To reserve your spot, contact the League office at 937-228-4041.

Seneca Falls Convention Days
Reenactors lead parade through Seneca Falls, commemorating the first Women’s Rights Convention held there in July 1848.