League of Women Voters of Wayne County holds members forum

League of Women Voters of Wayne County holds members forum

Dr. Louise Fleming, left, and Brenda Linnick go over the rules of the forum held recently in Wooster by the League of Women Voters of Wayne County.


Back in March, the League of Women Voters of Wayne County announced its intent to host a community-wide forum titled “A House Divided ... What Would We Have to Give Up to Get the Political System We Want?" But like so many other events, it was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

After waiting seven months, league leadership determined a large public forum was not going to happen anytime soon, so members were invited to a Pop UP Forum held at an outside venue using prescribed social distancing rules and masks.

“Learning how to participate in civil discourse, to be able to disagree and still listen, hear and understand another person's viewpoint is more important now than ever before,” said Brenda Linnick, event coordinator. “League members were able to try out this format as prepared by the Kettering Foundation’s National Issues Forums and participate using the expertise of Dr. Louise Fleming-Dufala, director of the Center for Civic Life at Ashland University.”

The event, held this past week, enabled members to drill down on three key ideas: reduce dangerous toxic talk, make fairer rules for politics and follow them, and take control and make decisions closer to home.

Notes were taken so ideas can be shared with not only the local membership, but also the Kettering Foundation, which is encouraging these types of forums all over the country.

“At the conclusion of this forum, those in attendance discussed how the league might take action on some of the ideas discussed,” Linnick said. “This discussion will help drive our direction during the upcoming year.”

More information on the League of Women Voters can be found at www.lwvwaynecounty.org/.

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