Making Democracy Work

Melissa Currence

Melissa's Story

Melissa Currence
Melissa Currence (right) with Carolyn Miller during the 2014 presentation of the Martha B. Taft Award
Melissa Currence received the LWVCA's 2014 Martha B. Taft Service Award at our Annual Meeting. The Martha B. Taft Service Award, named after the first president of LWVCA, is the highest award that LWVCA can bestow upon a member.

Below are LWVCA Past President Carolyn Miller's remarks during the 2014's award presentation.

I could make this very short by saying "Melissa has done it all!" But I'll let you know why we all love Melissa and her "of course that can be done" attitude. I can't think of anything that you could ask Melissa to do that she doesn't say "I can do that and what else can I do for you." This is typical of Melissa's abilities and dependability since joining the League in 1997. Melissa is happy to give her most valuable resource - her time - to the issues that are closest to her heart.

Melissa is a member of the Central Evening unit and currently serves as Voter Newsletter co-editor, LWVCA Vote411 coordinator and our technology guru. Melissa also served on the HR committee and as Chair of the Nominating Committee this year. In the recent past, Melissa has served as Unit Chair, Action Chair, Vice President for Voter Service and President from 2010-2012. Melissa has also shared her talents with the state and national levels of the League, serving on the LWV Ohio Board and being a delegate to several League conventions. She currently serves as Co-chair of the Young People Taskforce for LWVUS.

And if that was not enough, Melissa and Jeanne Nightingale conceived and implemented a new endeavor called Act One, a collaboration between the League and the Woman's City Club, which has brought in 16 new members between the ages of 18 and 35 to both organizations.

Melissa has helped so many of us, from doing the Who & What of Elections, organizing and often delivering it herself, to filling in for so many people who claim that they "don't have enough time." Time after time, Melissa has lent a hand to the League. When someone posts a question on Facebook, she is happy to respond with thorough, thoughtful answers. When materials need to be updated, events need to be planned or membership needs new ideas, she jumps in with both feet, always with a warm smile and generous attitude!

On top of all her League work, Melissa has worked with Talbert House and now works as Interactive Media Manager at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. As a valuable member of the Government Panel of the Cincinnatus Association, she has helped coordinate a number of televised candidate debates with a coalition of community partners including the League. Melissa holds a BA from Xavier and an MA from Ohio State University.

As we take the time to look back on our recent achievements in the League and look forward to planning for the coming year, it's clear that this is Melissa's time. Her impressive impact on the League, coupled with her burning drive to continue our growth, confirms her commitment. We honor that commitment today.

What does Melissa have in store for the future of the League? We can't wait to see!

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