Unit meetings are resuming. Open to the public, you may choose one that fits your schedule and attend. See below for schedule. Be sure to check out our entire Program for the year, too. 

Issues Discussion

What is the Future of Utah Agriculture?

This month we will be focusing on the recent League of Women Voters of Utah Agricultural study. This study assesses the profitability and sustainability of food production in Utah. Our unit meetings for October will be discussing the published study and recommending consensus positions this fall. You may read the study here. We recommend looking over our study questions here

Traditionally a sustainable agriculture has been defined as one that meets society’s food and fiber needs in the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. However, in current usage, a sustainable food system is one that promotes locally grown food. According to Envision Utah, in our state, as the population grows and if current production levels remain the same, the percent of our diet that is produced in the state can only decrease dramatically.

We will hear a presentation from Ryan Beck of Envision Utah on Utah’s Agriculture Future on Tuesday, October 16 at 6 p.m. in the Girl Scout Building at 445 E. 4500 South. He will be discussing the factors needed to maintain or increase the sustainability of food production in Utah.

 


Schedule for Unit Meetings

TOWN CLUB – Wednesday, Nov. 14
Second Wednesday – 11:00 a.m.
Town Club - 1081 East South Temple
Unit Leader – Alice Steiner – 801-363-9193
tc-unit@lwvsl.org


NITE OWLS – Monday, Oct. 22
Fourth Monday – 7:30 p.m.
Unit Leader: Judi Short – 801-487-7387
Please call for location in Sugar House area
nite-owls@lwvsl.org


BENCH BUNCH – (Combined with Girl Scout Unit) 
Wednesday, Oct. 24 
Fourth Wednesday – 10:30 a.m..
Whitmore Library, 2197 E Fort Union Blvd.
Unit Leaders: Anne Zeigler 801-944-4163
Nancy Melling 801-277-9118
bench-bunch@lwvsl.org


 

SANDY UNIT –Thursday, Oct. 25
Last Thursday– 10:00 a.m.
Sandy Senior Citizens Center – 9310 So. 1300 East
Unit Leader - Janice Gygi - 801-550-3585
sandy-unit@lwvsl.org


LIBRARY UNIT – Thursday, Oct. 25
Fourth Thursday – 12:30 p.m.
Anderson-Foothill Library - 1135 So. 2100 East
Unit Leaders – Kathy Fitzgerald – 801-521-5790
Jan Striefel – 801-200-2312
library-unit@lwvsl.org


PARK CITY UNIT –Tuesday, Oct. 23
Fourth Tuesday – 11:00 a.m.
Park City Public Library, 1255 Park Avenue, Park City
Unit Leader – Jill Lesh – 435-655-1965
pc-unit@lwvsl.org

 

Suggested Books for Discussion

The Constitution of the United States

Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J. D. Vance

Dark Money: the hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right by Jane Mayer

White Trash: the 400-year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Rat F**ed: the true story behind the secret plan to steal America’s democracy by David Daley

Evicted: poverty and profit in the American city by Matthew Desmond

Strangers in Their Own Land: anger and mourning on the American right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

A Fine Mess: a global quest for a simpler, fairer, and more efficient tax system by T.R. Reid

White Rage: the unspoken truth of our racial divide by Carol Anderson

The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones

Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books by Azar Narisi

Fantasy Land: how America went haywire: a 500-year history by Kurt Anderson

Following is a partial list of the books that will be discussed at individual units. Plan to read the book and attend the discussion. Feel free to attend more than one unit.

Library Unit – Two books: A Fine Mess and Fantasy Land

Nite Owls – Dark Money

Sandy Unit – Dark Money

Girl Scout Unit – Just Mercy

Bench Bunch – Reading Lolita in Tehran


Unit Meetings are where League action starts.

Members are encouraged to join a unit to explore the issues and make recommendations on positions. Once approved by the board and adopted  by members, positions crafted from unit meetings become the foundation for advocacy and action.

According to League history, unit meetings got started during World War II in response to gasoline rationing when members found it easier to meet in neighborhood groups or “units.”

Unit meetings are still the foundation of the League. These days, unit meeting times and locations are organized around members’ schedules rather than neighborhood. There are unit meetings at breakfast, at midday and after work. And, members are always welcome to set up a new meeting time and location that will be more convenient for their schedules. Meetings are held from September through May of each year.


League of Women Voters Unit Meetings are made up of four to 15 people who want to discuss a study or become educated on a current topic.  

A study is done by local members, and can be a local, state or national topic. When a study or topic is discussed, both pros and cons, and a look at both sides of a subject are included.

Unit meetings are the “grassroots” of the League of Women Voters. They are where differing opinions are welcome and where consensus results in wording to which our members can agree.  




Check our calendar for information on dates and venues for unit meetings.