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The League of Voters of Santa Barbara will celebrate its 85th birthday with a party at noon Saturday, June 17 at Tuckers Grove Park. The community celebration will feature tributes to longtime League members and supporters, as well as a catered lunch.

For only $40, guests will be treated to lunch and Feminist Label wine donated by Casa Dumetz Wines. RSVP at Thanks to a generous donor, a limited number of complimentary tickets are available (email The party is located at Picnic Area #2.

LWVSB was organized in 1938. The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWV) had been founded 18 years earlier, just six months before women won the right to vote after a 72-year struggle. Since 1920, when its leaders began the work of helping 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization. 

 Acknowledging that the suffrage movement did not include all women, excluding women—and men–of color, the League today fights to protect and expand voting rights across the country. Because other battles are not yet won either, the League works for adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive rights, LBGTQ rights, fair redistricting, efforts to save the environment, and immigration reform.

The Santa Barbara League responds to state and national issues with calls to action. The local League also takes its own positions, based on study and agreement by consensus. Examples of positions LWVSB has taken over the years include support for open and ethical government, regional planning, coordination of social policy and natural resources, a corrections system based on rehabilitation, increasing low- and moderate-income housing, programs for those experiencing homelessness, and adequately funded health care services. Since the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, LWVSB has opposed offshore oil drilling.

Based on these positions, League volunteers work in committees on issues of local importance, such as housing, the environment and criminal justice reform. LWVSB often collaborates with other community organizations on issues of mutual concern. Community Forums, free and open to the public, are held to both educate and advocate. Video recordings of these are available on YouTube in both English and Spanish.

At all levels, the League is committed to “Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.” In election years, LWVSB’s voter service teams are involved in registering new voters and efforts to get out the vote. They help inform voters about candidates and ballot measures by organizing forums, distributing Easy Voter Guides prepared by the State League, and collecting election information for the electronic Voter’s Edge.

 The Santa Barbara League is an all-volunteer organization with membership open to everyone 16 and older. The League does not support or oppose any candidates for office or political parties. The organization is committed to working through a DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) lens. A statement from LWV explains the mission this way: “We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate. We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.”

The party will celebrate the League’s accomplishments and plans for the future.

Catering Connections will offer a menu of:
Hors d’Oeuvres 
Hickory Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds 
Crispy Bacon Wrapped around Almond Stuffed Sweet Dates 
Jumbo Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce 
Lemon Wedges with Horseradish Cocktail Sauce and Marie-Rose Sauce (French cocktail sauce with cognac) 
Assorted Tea Sandwiches 
Sesame Chicken Salad 
Turkey with Brie Cheese on Whole Wheat Bread 
Smoked Salmon 
Homemade Beet Hummus with Crisp Watermelon-Radish and EVOO (Vegan) 
California Baby Field Greens with Crumbled Goat Cheese, Roasted Santa Barbara Pistachios & Fresh Strawberries; Champagne Vinaigrette 
Sparkling water will be available, as well as wine.


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