Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

The League of Women Voters is proud of our history as a non-partisan, education-focused organization. We work hard to ensure that all of our sponsored events uphold these values by welcoming elected representatives, civic leaders, experts, and citizens from all background and affiliations to our programs and panels.

The League is and strives to remain non-partisan in all our activities, publications, and events. However, from time to time, we may cross-promote events related to our stated positions on issues even when the organization or speaker is not strictly non-partisan. This should not be taken as an endorsement from the League, but rather as encouragement for our members to become familiar with topics they might find interesting.

We believe that educating voters on a variety of topics, from a variety of perspectives, is an essential function of a healthy democracy.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Saturday, February 18, 2017
10 am - Noon
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
LWVODC Board Meeting. Meeting of League Officers and Board Members
Saturday, February 18, 2017
1:00 pm
Chapel Hill library
100 Library Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
The Environmental Issues Team Meeting. Join us for our first monthly meeting and help us plan for this challenging new year. Non-members are more than welcome to enter into this discussion
Monday, February 20, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hope Valley Brewing
4810 Hope Valley Rd
Durham, NC 27707
Durham Unit Happy Hour. Join Durham League members for lively discussion of League issues and fellowship.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Durham County Human Services Building
414 East Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Students from North Carolina universities will be joining the Durham government to impact the lives of women and girls.

Keynote Speaker: Brenda A. Howerton, Durham County Commissioner
Award Presentation: One outstanding woman who has impacted the Durham community
Entertainment: TBD

WomenNC Fellows:
Zoe Willingham - Duke University (Sr.) "Dynamics of Women's Wage Gap in a Changing Urban Economy"
Cristy Villalobos - Meredith College (Sr.) "Access to Reproductive Healthcare for Incarcerated Girls and Women"
Lauren Frey - North Carolina State University (Sr.) "Barriers to Implementing Dating and Sexual Violence Prevention Education in Durham Schools"

Tickets ($25) include a seated dinner with entree (vegetarian and non-vegetarian), salad, and beverage from City Kitchen. Deserts will be provided by local restaurants.

Friendship table reservations ($300) include eight seated dinner tickets with entree (vegetarian and non-vegetarian), salad, and beverage from City Kitchen. Deserts will be provided by local restaurants. It also includes a $100 dollar donation and a reserved table.

For questions please call or email Beth Dehghan, 919-744-4778

Friday, February 24, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Brenda Rogers' Home. Contact Brenda ( for directions Chatham Unit Meeting. Chatham League members. Join us for a glass of wine and a snack and greet all the new League members in Chatham County! Bring something to share, but remember to take any leftovers home!

Let's build on the Women's March and see how we can move our agenda of Making Democracy Work forward!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
9 am
Check-in at 9:00 am at the 1300 Courtyard inside the Legislative Building at 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh.

It's okay if you can't make it by 9:00 am as folks will be there to greet you throughout the morning.
Lobby Day on NonPartisan Redistricting. This special Lobby Day brings together citizens from all across the state at the N.C. General Assembly in Raleigh. It's organized by the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform, an unusually broad coalition that includes such groups as Democracy NC, Common Cause, State Employees' Association, and John Locke Foundation. We all agree: we must end gerrymandering.

The purpose of the Lobby Day: Speak directly to your state representatives and tell them why they should support a nonpartisan redistricting process.

An independent commission could:
- Help end partisan gerrymandering
- Prevent costly litigation and special elections
- Allow voters to pick their political representatives, not the other way around.

This year leaders from both parties are calling on their fellow legislators to adopt legislation that would finally create a nonpartisan process to draw our electoral maps.

Go to to register. Once registered, the coalition staff will contact you in the coming weeks with a Citizens Lobby Day toolkit and help connect you with your representatives.

Thursday, March 2, 2017-Friday, March 3, 2017
9 am - 8 pm, 9 am - 1:30 pm
Duke University
201 Science Dr.
Durham, NC 27708

Rhodes Conference Room- Sanford Building
Redistricting Reform: Mapping Our Future. Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center, and Duke University's Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS) are co-hosting a daylong conference highlighting efforts around the country to end the undemocratic practice of drawing legislative districts for political advantage, also known as "gerrymandering." Panel discussions will feature leaders of national and state advocacy campaigns to reform our broken redistricting system. Ahead of their publication in Election Law Journal, winners of Common Cause's "Gerrymander Standard" writing competition will discuss their innovative ideas to create a judicial standard for measuring political gerrymanders.

Breakfast and lunch are included. Attendees are also welcome to join us for a reception following the conclusion of the program on the first day of this two day event. The registration fee is $10.

Monday, March 6, 2017
1 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Meeting Room D
LWVODC Public Education Team Meeting.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Carolina Meadows
100 Whippoorwill Lane
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Phone: (919) 942-4014
New Member Orientation. New member orientation will be held in the Carolina Meadows' board room, which is located in the main building. After entering the main building, turn right and the room is on the left.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Extraordinary Ventures
200 S Elliott Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Seminar: WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT: ACT, SUPPORT, RUN. League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and ChaSham presents this seminar in celebration of the 97th anniversary of the League of Women Voters.

- What do women uniquely bring to the table?
- Why volunteer?
- Why run for office?
- What do I need to know about becoming or supporting a candidate?

Pre-registration required. Registration fee of $20 for League members and $30 for non-members. Lunch included

For more information about the seminar and to register, click here

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The morning portion of the event will take place in the auditorium at the Museum of Natural Sciences.

The second half will take place at the NCGA Legislative Building.
Women's Advocacy Day. Registration is now open for this year's Women's Advocacy Day, which will take place on March 14th. We are looking forward to hosting an interactive and advocacy-filled day. Stay tuned for details about our evening reception and the specific schedule of the day. Please share this registration far and wide! Given the current state of women's issues in NC, we need all the advocacy we can get!

More information to come in February.

Register TODAY:

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10 am - Noon
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
LWVODC Board Meeting. Meeting of League Officers and Board Members
Saturday, March 18, 2017
noon - 2:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Meeting Room A

Free parking
Voter Service and Advocacy Team Meeting. League members from Orange, Durham and Chatham counties are invited to attend this important meeting. An overview of voter service activities in each of the counties will be presented and plans will be discussed for advocacy work in each of the counties. If you are interested in working with election related issues, this is the meeting to attend and find out how you can help plan for the coming year!
Saturday, April 1, 2017
10 am - noon
The Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Free parking is available.
Study of Fracking in North Carolina. The Environmental Issues Team of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties is hosting a presentation on Fracking in North Carolina.

The presentation is based on a study conducted by the Moore County League of Women Voters (LWVMC) that includes a discussion of the environmental impact of fracking, data on job creation, and potential costs to local communities. Kathy Berquist and Carolyn Mealing, of the LWVMC, will present and lead a discussion on the results of their thorough study. Come with your questions on the possible impacts of fracking on the environment.

The program is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
  New Member Reception. New Members save the date. You will receive invitations with further details.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Carolina Ale House
3911 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
Durham Unit Meeting. Discussion of League activities in Durham County
Saturday, April 15, 2017
10 am - Noon
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
LWVODC Board Meeting. Meeting of League Officers and Board Members