COLUMBUS- On Saturday, May 11, 2019 the League of Women Voters of Ohio Inspire! Gala celebrated the 100th anniversary of the League by honoring local Leagues, members and partner organizations, and announced the winners of the LWVO Trailblazer Awards. This year’s honorees have embodied the League’s mission to Make Democracy Work.
League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, winner of the LWVO Community Impact Award, has a strong voter registration program with outreach to diverse communities. They were a major contributor to the Fair Districts redistricting reform initiative where they seamlessly recruited, trained, managed, energized, and communicated with volunteers. In 2018, they hosted nearly 20 public policy issue forums and a number of successful candidate forums, including the only public forum to feature the two 2018 candidates for Ohio Secretary of State. They operate a strong Observer Corps and members sit on different city commissions and committees. Even their digital footprint is impressive, in which they reach at least 100,000 people every month through their various communication channels.
Lauren Orrico, from League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, is the 2nd winner of the LWVO Belle Coit Kelton Rising Star Award. Lauren is currently the Membership and Leadership Development director. She executed the first-ever all-Greater-Cleveland new member brunch, was the architect of a networking and a “speed dating” program on volunteering, and has worked with Cleveland State University to create the first-ever student chapter. She has her sights set to do the same with Baldwin Wallace College. As an attorney, she helped broker an agreement between Greater Cleveland and the Western Reserve Historical Society for an exhibit to open in spring 2020 tentatively titled “Women and the Struggle for Political Power.”