Meetings 2007-8
Meetings 2008-9


Annual Picnic

August 16. 2007


The Annual LWVAA Picnic was held on Thursday, August 16 this year, at Shady Hollow Shelter in Sand Run MetroPark. Wonder of wonders, for once it didn’t rain nor was it too hot, and the shelter was cool and comfortable. And what an array of great food and desserts – apparently we Leaguers know our food. 

Besides the food and fellowship, we had a great program. Two of the girls sponsored by LWVAA to Buckeye Girls’ State and their mothers attended with Marilyn Warner of American Legion Auxiliary Post 209. We heard from both Jennifer Walch of Garfield High and Brittany Marino of Ellet High, who expressed their appreciation to the League, and told us a little bit about their experiences and what they achieved and enjoyed the most. Marilyn Warner presented a certificate of appreciation to LWVAA to Mary Lou Gault, who has been active with Buckeye Girls’ State for many years. We also received a very nice note from the other girl we sponsored, LaToya Lewis, who was unable to attend the picnic because she was on vacation. 

Also attending were Angela Tucker Cooper, Coordinator of Leader Institute, and her daughter Michelle, who was a 2004 graduate of the program. Angela gave us a bit of history about how Leader Institute began in Fall of 2000, sponsored jointly by the Leagues of Women Voters of Summit and Portage Counties. She also explained how the program works, in a series of six interactive 31/2 hour sessions held on successive Sundays in the fall and winter. The girls, nominated from various schools around the counties, learn about different types and styles of leadership, how to work with groups, planning and developing projects, conflict resolution, and self presentation. Michelle told us how she has continued to use those skills, both as president of the student body of Copley High, and in her activities at Bowling Green University, where she is a senior. It sounds like a program that would benefit students in all areas of their lives. If you would like to get involved as a facilitator, please contact Angela at 330-958-8227, or email her at LEADERInstitute@Yahoo.com. A training session for facilitators will be held September 8, so please call her for more information. 

Finally, we learned so much from Kirt Conrad, planning and development director for Metro Regional Transit Authority and Akron School Board member. We asked him to focus on how Metro is working to accommodate riders as employment opportunities have become more scattered around the county. He provided us with an excellent diagram of where riders are located vs. where jobs are located to illustrate the complexity of the issues. The best results, he said, come from partnerships between Metro and employers, who agree to buy tickets in bulk to guarantee ridership, which they then can provide to their employees. Kirt also provided us with some very interesting facts about Metro ridership: the average income of Metro riders is about $10,000 per year; Metro serves about 27,000 passengers daily; more than 6 million riders used Metro last year, more passengers than used Akron-Canton Airport; Metro served an additional 400,000 seniors or disabled individuals on SCAT. It was a most interesting and informative presentation. 

We also had a very surprise visitor: Mayor Don Plusquellic dropped in on the festivities to observe Kirt Conrad’s presentation, and enjoyed conversation with Leaguers after the meeting adjourned.



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