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State Convention and What Women Wore Fashion Show

Fashion Show

Registration for the 2019 state convention in St. Louis included a May 3 dessert reception and What Women Wore: A League of Women Voters Centennial Fashion Show. Nichole Burgdorf wrote an informative and entertaining script that was read by Rebecca Now. Thanks to the volunteer board of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis for providing clothes from each decade since the League was established as well the models. Click here for the complete Fashion Show Script

St. Louis Hosts State Convention

St. Louis Hosts State Convention

The 64th state convention featured several speakers on election reform. On Friday, Alicia Gurrieri from LWVUS presented a workshop to help League members empower voters and defend democracy.

Keynote speaker Amber McReynolds explained how she worked to get comprehensive election reform in Colorado, including automatic voter registration and address changes, mail-in ballots and central vote centers. "Let's make the voting experience something everyone can celebrate," she told LWVMO convention delegates. The former director of elections for Denver, she is now the Executive Director for the National Vote at Home Institute and serves as senior strategic adviser on various election-focused projects across the country. She was introduced by Eric Fey, Director of the St. Louis County Board of Elections.

St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones updated the convention on proposed election reforms "to ensure an effective government of, by and for the people." She called Amendment 1 "a tremendous victory to clean up Missouri politics." After commending the League for its work for American democracy, she challenged delegates to block legislation now in the Missouri Senate to override voter wishes and make it easier to gerrymander. She also shared some exciting opportunities to make positive lasting changes for voters, including approval or ranked choice voting.

Metro St. Louis nominated both award winners. Catherine Stenger won the Lenore Loeb award for her voter registration efforts. Velma Bailey won the Harriett Woods Award for Exemplary Community Service for founding St. Louis Torchbearers 2, a youth development organization that offers non-school hour services to young people to train them to serve in leadership roles.

In honor of the League's centennial in 2019, the Metro St. Louis League hosted a pre-convention Suffragist Tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery. The next night, delegates and guests enjoyed What Women Wore: A League of Women Voters Centennial Fashion Show. The entertaining and informative script was written by Nichole Burgdorf and read by Rebecca Now, with fashions modeled by the volunteer board of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. For more photos, go to Events.