Celebrate LWVCA's seven newest life members. Life members are dedicated League members who have been a member of our organization for 50 years or more. We thank them for being their dedication to our mission!
We wanted to know -- why did they join the League of Women Voters?
"As a young mother with children, the League was a window to keeping my cognitive knowledge in place. The studies I did made me feel attached to the world of ideas."
-Doris Bergen (joined in 1955)
"I joined in the early 1960s, when my husband was in graduate school, so I could learn more about the community."
-Dot Christenson (joined in 1962)
"I didn't want to hear only about soap operas and peoples' children, as you do at some meetings. I wanted intelligent conversation! So only one year out of college, I joined up in Wisconsin."
-Mary Kay Gardner (joined in 1963)
"My grandmother was a charter member and my mother was a president. Sue was always interested in political and civic events, so she joined." -
-Quote by husband Robert Gorman about Sue Gorman, who joined in 1964
"I joined when I finished college, as a political science major. There were few outlets for women to pursue political and social action, and I think many other women felt the same. During the 1960s, I was the chair for the Avondale units, and we'd have 35 to 50 people at a meeting."
-Gerry Kraus (joined in 1956)
"I had an untraditional mother, who always said, `if I'd join anything it'd be the League of Women Voters.' When I went to my first meeting, I was hooked. I sort of have it in my DNA."
-Burton Roehr (joined 1965)
We also acknowledge Dee Stegman, who joined in 1965, for becoming a life member this year.