Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Sunday, August 19, 2018
2:00-4:00pm
Seven Oaks Country Club
2000 Grand Lakes Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Women's Equality Day Celebration August 19th. The Kern County League of Women Voters and The American Association of University Women, Bakersfield, cordially invite you to attend a celebration of Women's Equality Day. Our topic this year will be: Women Clergy: Rewards & Challenges

Please RSVP by August 15, 2018 by calling 634-3773

Refreshments will be served

Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:00-10:00 am
Hodel's Fine Dining
5917 Knudson Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Carrie Catt Awards Presentation at Annual Meeting May 12th. League of Women Voters of Kern Announces the presentation of the 2018 Carrie Catt Awards on May 12, 2018

The League of Women Voters is proud to present the Carrie Catt award to two outstanding individuals from Kern County. Carrie Catt founded the League of Women Voters in 1920, once women had secured the right to vote via the Nineteenth Amendment. Mrs. Catt, a school teacher, became active in the women's suffrage movement in the 1880's and was a close colleague of Susan B. Anthony, who selected her to be the head of the National Woman Suffrage Association. She ran for President of the United States for the Commonwealth Land Party in 1920. Mrs. Catt continued working on behalf of issues she felt were vital to the US and to the world. She formed the Committee of Non-Jewish Women Against the Persecution of the Jews in Germany and pressured the US to ease immigration laws so Jews could take refuge in America. She continued to work on behalf of women and League until she died in 1947, having realized her most precious dream, the right of women to vote.

This year's honorees Del Garner and Camilla Chavez.

About Del Gardner: Originally from Idaho, Mr. Gardner came to California to teach. After a stint in Los Angeles, Del started teaching for Bakersfield City School District. Eventually Mr. Gardner became President of Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association/CTA/NEA. Later Mr. Gardner was hired by California Teachers Association as a staff member. He has been a strong advocate in our community being involved with the Red Cross, Sierra Club, Democratic Party, Kern County Chapter of California Retired Teachers Association. Most importantly, Mr. Gardner has been a longtime member of the Kern County League of Women Voters including serving on the Board.

About Camilla Chavez: Ms. Chávez is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). From the DHF headquarters in Bakersfield, Ms. Chávez oversees training for low-income community members in the areas of leadership and organizing skills specific to civic and electoral participation so that they can become catalysts for change in their own communities. Camila worked in the public health arena for five years promoting Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and other health coverage programs for low-income and undocumented families in San Francisco and Alameda Counties. In 2003, Camila returned to the Central Valley to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation with Dolores Huerta. Camila is convinced that it is our responsibility to take advantage of every opportunity to develop leadership, in ourselves and our communities, by building consensus around a common set of principles, values and priorities. It is the process of pursuing a life of principle we are able to ensure human rights.

The announcement of this year's honorees will be made at our May breakfast event. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. on May 12th and like all of our meetings is free to the community. For those that would like to enjoy a delicious breakfast at Hodel's please arrive at 8 a.m. The cost of breakfast is $15. Reservations can be made by calling 634-3773.

Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:30-11:30am
Bakersfield High School Cafeteria
1241 G Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Mid Term Candidate Meet & Greet. The League of Women Voters is holding a Candidate Fair (sometimes called a Meet and Greet), Saturday, May 5th at the Bakersfield High School Cafeteria 1241 G St, Bakersfield, CA 93301 from 9:30am to 12:30pm for candidates running for offices of particular interest to the voting public of Kern County. Each candidate will be provided a table on which to display their campaign signs and materials and will be available to speak to and answer questions of people who choose to attend.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy through education and advocacy. Any person of voting age may become a League member.

In addition the League will have Smart Voter guides that will give voters valuable information about the Propositions and will be registering people eligible to vote plus preregistering 16 and 17 year olds.

Please support the League in this endeavor by coming to this Candidate Fair and get to know the candidates whose names will be on the ballot this June.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:00-10:00am
Hodel's Country Dining
5917 Knudsen Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Election 2018: Preparing for the Primaries and the Midterms. Yes, folks--elections once again loom on the horizon. Kern County will hold primary elections for county board of supervisors, county assessor-recorder, county auditor-controller-county clerk, district attorney, county sheriff-coroner-public administrator, county treasurer-tax collector, county superintendent of schools, and superior court judges on June 5, 2018. If no candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary election for a specific seat, the top two vote-getters will advance to a general election on November 6, 2018.

These offices matter. On Saturday morning, March 10, find out why, and help build a candidate questionnaire that gets to the core of our values and concerns.

Our programs are always free and begin at 9am. All are welcome. If you want to enjoy a great Hodel's Breakfast the cost is $20 and begins at 8:00am