100 YEARS STRONG
A History of Women’s Right to Vote in the United States
President, League of Women Voters, Marin County
Now here is something to celebrate! After decades of struggle, women in the United States won the campaign for women’s suffrage in 1920 and women finally gained the right to vote. Today’s speaker, Ann Wakeley, will present a history of the road to passage of the 19thAmendment to the US Constitution.
Not coincidentally, 1920 was the same year that the League of Women Voters was founded. With the use of photos, newspaper headlines and other graphics from the period, Ann will weave the raucous and often dangerous story of the journey from Seneca Falls to the final vote in the Tennessee legislature to ratify the 19th Amendment, providing a few insights into the history of the League along the way.
Ann Wakeley currently serves as President of the League of Women Voters of Marin County. As such, she is involved in many aspects of the League’s work in voter education and advocacy. In addition, she co-chairs the Education/Libraries Committee and helps to lead work on the Schools and Communities First initiative, which proposes to bring much-needed tax dollars to public schools and local governments.
In her professional life, Ann was an academic researcher and educator with a background in developmental psychology and a doctorate in early childhood special education. Her research focused primarily on the development of very young children, including those at risk for learning delays. During the last 20 years of her career she turned her attention to early mathematical development, working with teachers and parents to help them support young children’s learning and school readiness through play and everyday experiences. When she retired in 2013, she joined the League of Women Voters and has found new opportunities to advocate for educational equity and to develop a passionate interest in voter education and voting rights.
“The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before."
Vita Sackville-West, the British novelist, member of the Bloomsbury circle, dear friend/lover of Virginia Woolf, and noted horticulturist.
“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
- Reader’s Digest
Planning & Providing for the Future
Topher Delaney & Calvin Chin
Philosophy is foundational to the work of landscape artists Topher Delaney and Calvin Chin. “In scope and scale, their broad range of installations serve as dynamic physical evidence of a visual + spiritual + cultural literacy integrating wonderful exemplars of horticulture and transformative cyclic aspects of nature with distinctive specific cultural linguistic narratives.”
We turn to our gardens for beauty, to create something, to put our hands in the earth and reconnect to the cycles of life. Now more than ever, when our homes are truly our sanctuaries, our gardens may take on even greater importance for respite, inspiration and hope.
Topher Delaney, in conjunction with her partner, Calvin Chin, will give an encore talk to Wednesday Morning Dialogue on Wednesday, June 10, via Zoom. Topher and Calvin will discuss their philosophy of optimism – “We have faith in a future … and so we plant for others to prosper” -- show off some of their projects – “gardens of three-dimensional fine art/horticulture/literature” – and answer your gardening questions, too.
(For visual reference, you have probably seen their transformative, whimsical landscape installation at Cost Plus Plaza/Trader Joe’s on Redwood Highway in Larkspur.)
Topher Delaney applied her degree in philosophy/art history from Barnard College to a landscape architecture degree at U.C. Berkeley. She then dug in and began creating site-specific garden installations around the Bay Area. With partner Calvin Chin, Topher has established the Virgie Giles Foundation, a 501(c)3 aimed to develop tangible policies of benefit in three areas:
Our June gathering will be conducted virtually through Zoom due to the current shelter-in-place restrictions. Please watch for a Zoom meeting invitation via email in the days prior to the June 10 meeting.
North American Epic –
Biking from the Arctic Ocean to the Panama Canal
Is anyone longing for an outdoor adventure? (We thought so.) Then join us via Zoomon Wednesday, May 13, when adventuress Corinne Burt will tantalize us with stories and photos of an epic bicycle trip that led her from the Arctic Ocean to the Panama Canal.
In the winter of 2018-19, Corinne was living and working in Bend, Oregon, when a late-season blizzard snowed her in for four days. While bored and surfing the Internet, she came across an international bicycle touring company (TDA Global Cycling) that offers off-the-beaten-path cycling tours all over the planet. TDA was offering a supported bicycle tour from North to South through nine countries in North America. Corinne signed up.
Born and raised on the East Coast, Corinne moved to California for college and graduate school and never looked back. After an unsatisfying five-year stint practicing law in San Francisco, Corinne worked as a horse trainer and horsemanship instructor in Sonoma and the East Bay for 20 years. Most recently, Corinne has worked as a real estate professional in California and Oregon.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Corinne has taken numerous courses at the United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, Oregon. She knows just enough about bicycles to be dangerous.
Our May gathering will be conducted virtually through Zoom due to the current shelter-in-place restrictions. Please watch for a Zoom meeting invitation via email in the days prior to the May 13 meeting.