Informational Session for Greater Birmingham Observer Corps a Huge Success!Also, see "Greater Birmingham League of Women Voters Shines Light on Government" LWVGB Press Release, 3/9/2017
On February 23, 2017, the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham hosted an Informational Session on our efforts to strengthen the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps. LWVGB members Carol Clarke and Haley Lewis, and LWVGB President Jean Johnson spent the past several months planning this Informational Event and invited all LWVGB members, CAC Young Partners, media partners and other community-service minded Greater Birmingham residents.
We welcomed about 20-25 (including representatives from Weld and Birmingham Watch) guests at Architecture Works on the 23rd. After enjoying delicious refreshments and conversation, Carol Clarke began the session by welcoming everyone and explaining that she, Jean and Haley came together to work on reviving the Observer Corps after discussing with other Birmingham community leaders that a “helpful presence” in board and agency meetings is a current, un-met need in Greater Birmingham. Jean Johnson then briefly introduced the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and explained the history of the Observer Corps and its role in board and agency meetings. Jean also described the role of an Observer and the benefits to the person observing, to the board or agency being observed and to the community at large. Finally, Haley Lewis initiated the call to action: to encourage all attendees to sign up for Observer Training, which will be spearheaded by Ann Smith, on March 15, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Architecture Works.
For more information about the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps, visit observercorps.lwvgb.org. If you are interested in attending the training, please email email@example.com. We are all thrilled at the level of interest we have received thus far and are eager to revive the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps in the coming months!
Young people want to vote!
We want to help!
If you are a high school or college student who has never registered to vote, don't worry. We're on our way! Once again LWVGB Voter Service will be out in the community this Spring registering voters. We will be in several area high schools educating students about our electoral system and the importance of voting and, of course, registering eligible young people to vote! Look for more information soon.