Why I Joined the League

Sherry Ritchey, Secretary (former), LWVPA

If you are like me, you have been a member of various organizations as you grew into the person you are now. Some of us started as early as being a member of a Sunday School, some joined the scouts in first grade, and others were part of clubs throughout school. As we grew to adulthood, the organizations we became part of were many times orchestrated by the involvement of a parent, spouse or children. Once we came either to the brink of retirement or fell over its edge, our identity crises peered through and some of us found we needed to make a change and become involved in matters that meant most—to leave that footprint, although anonymously—for another to follow. Such was my foray into the League.

When I made my decision to become a League member, it was with a great deal of thought. I wanted the rest of my life to produce good things for my community and those in need. I researched what the League does on a local, state, and national level and found they promoted many of the areas I was concerned with—education, environment, reproductive justice, and freedom to vote without identification.

If you look at projects undertaken by the League you will find they are diverse due to the diverse needs of our state and they are critical to the well-being of our communities. A few of the areas we support are those that allow for fairness in educational funding, issues that affect the health and lifestyles of our communities such as shale drilling, and the freedom to vote without having to present identification.

One of my favorite verses is this: “Where there is no humanity, be a human being.” In many cases, this is what the League is all about. It cares, it shares, and it is an advocate for many who have none.

As one the newest members of the League, I am proud to be part of an organization dedicated and enthused about their work.