Welcome to the Mosaic: A letter from Laurie Rose, LWV-LF/LB President

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Welcome to the Mosaic!

To me, leadership is about responsibility. It’s also about recognizing and honoring tradition while imagining the future. As your newly elected president, I am honored and deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve you. I am also grateful to Past President Wyn Cain and the outgoing board for sustaining LWV-LF/LB in a manner that will enable us to journey from strength to strength and generation to generation.

I feel privileged to be part of this organization. These are challenging times for our League and our world. But I have faith and conviction that our non-partisan League is in a unique position to meet those challenges and continue as a force for good in the decades ahead.

Alice Paul, the intrepid organizer who first wrote out the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923, once remarked, “I always feel the movement is sort of a mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.” Our many and varied activities demonstrate the depth and breadth of our mosaic. I invite you to join us for one or all of these exciting upcoming events.

  • Our roster of activities expands with the introduction of our monthly Drinks & Discussion series at North Shore Distillery. Grab a beverage (crafted cocktail or a fun non-alcoholic drink) and spend an hour chatting with friends, invited guests and fellow members on September 4 from 6:30-7:30.
  • Spend a lovely fall afternoon at Knollwood Club on September 16. Meet fellow and prospective members for tea, treats and talk at the annual LWV-LF/LB Fall Kickoff from 2-4 p.m. Our award-winning guest speaker, Ngozi Okorafor, is a woman who has worked as a human rights attorney, ethics officer, and policy advisor to the Governor of Illinois. She will provide us with first-hand insight into the passage of the ERA in Illinois.
  • Is your knowledge of Cuba limited to hurricane coverage? Join us on September 23 at Dickinson Hall at 2 p.m. as Dr. Alberto Coll, a Cuban native, scholar, and Professor of Law at DePaul University, presents "Cuba at the Crossroads" at Dickinson Hall in Lake Forest. This unique educational program is co-sponsored by the LWV-LF/LB, Great Decisions, and Dickinson Hall.
  • With summer behind us, LWV-LF/LB goes back to school. On September 25, we will assist with civics education and support the National Voter Registration Day and student voter registration drive at Lake Forest High School. Now is the time to educate and advocate. Encourage friends and family (17 and older) to register. Don’t forget go to our new online resource — illinoisvoterguide.org — and VOTE!

None of these activities would be possible without our dedicated and generous volunteers and sponsors! Thank you for all you do for League. Welcome to the mosaic!

#letsgo #rocktheLeague

—Laurie Rose