7 December 2023, 6 PM
The LWV Chapter will hold its annual holiday dinner at Theo’s Metro in Kingston, on Thursday December 7.
|Information Flyer (pdf)|
|Further Details and RSVP Form (RSVP required by 3 Dec.)|
Recent News and Events
League Legends Soirée
On 18 November 2023, the League and the Luzerne County Historical Society jointly hosted a reception and exhibition celebrating the League’s contribution to voter education and participation in the Wilkes Barre area. Phyllis Mundy, who represented the region in the Pennsylvania House until 2014, reflected on the local League’s accomplishments.
County Council Forum
On 26 October 2023, the League held a forum for the candidates running for County Council, at Luzerne County Community College. The event was moderated by Dr. Christine Mellon, Director of Forensics at Wilkes University. It was aired on Channel 9 (SETV), and is now available for streaming on the Luzerne County YouTube channel.
|Times Leader article|
|FOX-56 / WOLF-TV story|
|Citizens’ Voice article Requires a CV subscription|
Voter Registration Drives (2023)
|•||Tue. Sep 19||Wilkes|
|•||Tue. Oct 10||Wilkes|
|•||Tue. Oct 17||LCCC|
|•||Thu. Oct 19||LCCC|
2023 Annual Meeting
On June 1, 2023, Dr. Jean Wahl Harris, professor of political science in the Center for Ethics and Excellence in Public Service at the University of Scranton, led a discussion about voter engagement at the League’s annual dinner meeting.
2022 Holiday Dinner
On December 8, 2022, the LWV Chapter held its first annual holiday dinner since COVID, at The Café, in Plains.
Forums for State Elections
The Wilkes-Barre and the Lackawanna LWV chapters of the hosted four forums for State House and State Senate candidates; of these districts, two straddle Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. The public was invited to these live events, which have been posted on the web.
118th House District (Pittston, Avoca, Bear Creek)
A debate featuring
James Haddock and
was held on on Wednesday, October 19 at the University of
The event was hosted by the Lackawanna County chapter and
The University of Scranton’s Center for Ethics and Excellence in
Public Service (CEEPS).
119th House District (Mountain Top, Plymouth, Nanticoke)
A forum between Vito Malacari and Alec Ryncavage was held on
Wednesday, October 19 at Luzerne County
Community College. Andy Mehalshick moderated the
forum, which was recorded and aired by Service Electric TV.
Times Leader article
120th House District (West Side: Exeter – Edwardsville)
A forum between Fern Leard and Aaron Kaufer was held on
Thursday, October 27 at the Gathering, First Presbyterian
Church, Wilkes Barre. The forum was moderated by Dr.
Mia Briceño, Professor of Communication Studies at Wilkes
University, and aired by Service Electric TV (Channel 9).
22nd Senate District (Pittston, Avoca)
A debate between Thomas Bassett and Martin Flynn was held on
Thursday, October 27 at the University of Scranton.
The debate was hosted by the Lackawanna County chapter and The
University of Scranton’s Center for Ethics and Excellence in
Public Service (CEEPS).
2022 Annual Meeting
On June 16, 2022, Michael Susek, Director of the Luzerne County Election Bureau, spoke at the League’s annual dinner meeting. His presentation focused on many of the progressive voting initiatives in Colorado, where he lived before returning to the Wyoming Valley. The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session.
2021 Annual Meeting
The Chapter again held its annual meeting by Zoom, on July 7. We hope to return to the traditional dinner meeting in June 2022.
Judicial Candidate Forum
On May 4, 2021, the League held a forum with the candidates for the county’s court of common pleas, in the primary election. Jim Bobeck, Laura Dennis, Alexandra Kokura-Kravitz, and Tarah Toohil responded to questions from Judge Joseph Cosgrove. The forum, held on Zoom, was hosted in conjunction with Kings and Misericordia Colleges.
|Video of the event||(posted by the Luzerne County Dems)|
|Times Leader article||Citizens Voice article||(requires a CV subscription)|
State House Candidate Forum (120th Distr.)
On October 13, 2020, the League hosted a spirited exchange between Joanna Bryn Smith and Aaron Kaufer, candidates for State Representative from the 120th District. Maureen Collins moderated the forum, which was held by Zoom. Over 90 people attended. (Citizens’ Voice article)
Voter Registration Drives (2020)
- Tues. Oct 13 LCCC
- Weds. Oct 14 LCCC
Women Power the Vote:
a joint commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the
On Monday, 21 September 2020, the Chapter co-hosted the Peace and Justice Society’s Sabol Lecture, a conversation between Dr. Susan Poulson, Professor of History at The University of Scranton and author of Suffrage: The Epic Struggle for Women’s Right to Vote, and Dr. Teri Finneman, Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Kansas and author of Press Portrayals of Women Politicians: 1870s to 2000s. The conversation was followed by discussion of the absentee ballot procedure and a short video highlighting the Luzerne County Historical Society's exhibit on women’s suffrage.
The Society thanks the McGowan Center at Kings College for providing the Zoom hosting for this event.
75th Anniversary Celebration
The WB section of the League of Women Voters hosted a
reception on October 19, 2019, at Main Street Galleries, in
Kingston, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the
section. Highlights included the presentation of
proclamations from both Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski and the
office of Sen. John Yudichak.
Voter Information — Vote: It makes a difference!
See the Voter Information page for this year’s election dates, registration information, etc.