BPW/Kansas President and 2002-03 Advisor, Julie
Smith, has worked hard for pay equity. As part of the state conference,
an interview was arranged with the Topeka Capital-Journal. An article
was printed in the newspaper the next day. http://www.cjonline.com/stories/060802/bus_bpw.shtml
As President, Julie also initiated the idea for a candidate forum
at the June 2002 state conference. With preliminary plans already
in place for a gubernatorial candidate forum at fall conference, she
and incoming Legislative Chair, Beverly Johnson decided on a forum
for Attorney General candidates. The forum received much attention
from several newspapers in the state and television stations in
also worked with BPW/Missouri, and the Congressional offices of Karen
McCarthy (D-MO) and Dennis Moore (D-KS) to arrange a press conference
on Pay Equity Day at the downtown headquarters of the Kansas City,
Missouri Central Exchange (a prominent metropolitan area women's organization
comprised of working and non-working women of all ages). (Text of her comments.)
Since that time, Julie has continued to be helpful to the 2002-03
BPW/Kansas Legislative Chair, facilitating communications between
the Legislative Chair and Congressman Moore's office. Julie watched
with incumbent 3rd District Congressman Dennis Moore (D) and friends
as August '02 primary results came in. Following the closing of polls,
she attended the celebration for the winning Republican, Adam Taff.
Congressman Moore kindly provided a photograph which is currently
on the main page of the state legislative chair: http://kswomen.com.
Julie also worked diligently to ensure that
The fifteenth annual candidate forum was held with three goals:
Educate members about the political process and the people who are
running for office.
year's forum featured two gubernatorial candidates in person, and
the running mates of two others. Also attending were two candidates
for Attorney General, two for Insurance Commissioner, and one candidate
for state Treasurer. Two candidates for
More than sixty persons from the community attended, and the local and regional newspapers covered the event. The local/regional radio station broadcast the entire two hour forum live.
BPW/Clay Center Legislative Committee chair Sharon Brown moderated the forum. Committee member and Past BPW/Kansas President Dr. Lewann Schneider served as the timer, and Donna Long assisted during the planning stage and also in greeting people as they arrived for the event. All local members provided and served refreshments for the gathering.
One new member for BPW/Clay Center was gained as a direct consequence of the forum.
Each candidate was allowed three minutes for introductory statements, then two minutes were allowed to answer each question. Because there were 16 candidates or representatives, organizers had to hold them very close to the time, and felt they succeeded well. With the radio station broadcasting live, they allowed for only one three minute break, and stuck to that, also.
Forum chair was Sharon Brown, Legislative Chair for BPW/Clay Center, President of the Clay County Republican Women, Executive Director of the Clay Center Chamber of Commerce, 5th year member of the Clay Center City Council, and candidate for Mayor.
Your Candidates" was held following a luncheon at the local
The forum stresssed the importance of voting and the need for opportunities to citizens to meet candidates, ask questions and learn about candidates' stands on issues.
East Side-West Side
recruiting night will be held at
Liberal hosted a candidate forum on Thursday, February 28, in the
City of Liberal Commission chambers meeting room at City Hall. The
forum was also filmed by Cable TV-15. The forum gave City Commission
candidates in the Primary Election a public arena to debate and answer
questions from the voting public. The forum ran from 7:00 pm to 9:00
pm. Viewers could telephone their questions in to a number on the
bottom of the television screen or fax them in advance to the local
newspaper, the South West Daily Times.
BPW Liberal hosted a candidate forum on Thursday, February 28, in the City of Liberal Commission chambers meeting room at City Hall. The forum was also filmed by Cable TV-15. The forum gave City Commission candidates in the Primary Election a public arena to debate and answer questions from the voting public. The forum ran from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Viewers could telephone their questions in to a number on the bottom of the television screen or fax them in advance to the local newspaper, the South West Daily Times.
Charla Tinney, Vice-President for BPW Liberal introduced the forum moderator Darien Leiker from administration at Southwest Medical Center. Darien explained the seven rules under which discussion, detate, and rebuttal would occur:
candidates will have a five-minute opening speech
Following the forum, Cathie Collins, President, BPW/Liberal, thanked candidates and the candidates for sharing their time and views, and the Southwest Daily Times for their help.
Liberal received excellent news coverage with several announcements in the local newspaper, a lengthy article the following day, and details from each candidate's statements the following Monday.
2002 Resist Violence Run was a 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness about
domestic violence in the
October 29, 2002 was the occasion of a candidate forum sponsored by BPW/Sabetha in collaboration with Berwick Home Benefits Family & Community Education (FCE). Cindy Aldderfer was moderator. Approximately 50 people attended the forum, which included candidates for 62nd District State Representative and Nemaha County First District Commissioner. The candidates answered questions from local media including The Sabetha Herald regarding legislative priorities, enhancing local business and industry, and expanding the marketing of farmers' products. The Larkin-Pyle race generated statewide publicity, because it was the only race in the state where two incumbents faced each other dud to the legislative reapportionment. Both legislators lost their respective districts and now were in a new district.
Both agreed the top issue would be the budget. Other important issues would be education, agriculture, and eligibility requirements for seniors. Some suggestions included expanding small business markets by keeping the rural property tax rate down so it doesn't drive away business to other states, promoting the Agriculture Products Development Division and making the Secretary of Agriculture a high profile position instead of a regulatory one, and encouraging ethanol subsidy work, tax credits through cooperative marketing and allowing locker plants to ship across state lines to help open marketing possibilities.
BPW/Sabetha also held several events during National Buiness Women's Week October 20-26. They hosted the "Working Women's Breakafast" on October 23 for all working women in Sabetha and the surrounding area. Three club members were interviewed by high school students, and the interview was aired on TV-8. A window display at Sabetha HealthMark of provided information about Sabetha BPW.
An evening event honored Cindi Baker who was introduced as Community Woman of the Year; Galen Ackerman representing Triple C Manufacturing received the award for the Large Business of the Year; and Chera Hill was named the BPW Woman of the Year.
All of these events were well reported in The Sabetha Herald.
Winfield BPW conducted a Health Fair.