Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members. This calendar includes our own meetings as well as community events which may be of particular interest to our membership.

2018-2019 Schedule

We follow the academic calendar and have at least one activity per month from August to May. We do not meet in December.

For the 2018-2019 calendar, membership meetings will generally be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, however, due to availability of speakers or facilities, there may be some variance in that schedule.

Since 2018 is an election year, we expect to be offering candidate forums ahead of all contested general elections in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.

Check back often for updates as we confirm events.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 PM
La Vergne City Hall
5093 Murfreesboro Rd
La Vergne, TN
City of La Vergne Candidate Forums. Candidates for the La Vergne Board of Aldermen and for La Vergne Mayor on the upcoming November 6th ballot will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and respond to a moderator's questions on a timed basis.

Videos of the forums are now available to watch on YouTube.

Alderman forum:

Mayor forum:

For a Channel 3 programming schedule, see

The schedule for the evening will be as follows:

6:00-6:45pm - Alderman Candidate Forum

6:45-7:00pm - Recess

7:00-7:30pm - Mayoral Candidate Forum

This event is hosted by the League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro/Rutherford County in conjunction with the City of La Vergne and their Media Services department. The forums will be aired on Comcast Channel 3 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99 in La Vergne. The recorded forums will also be available for later rebroadcast and online streaming.

The public is invited to attend. No partisan or candidate promotional materials may be on display during the debate. Audience should be seated 10 minutes prior to each forum.

A question pool is developed by a League committee with citizen input. You may submit suggested questions to the League at The moderator, who is chosen with the assistance of MTSU's American Democracy Project, is not publicly aligned with any candidate and makes the final determination of questions.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:00 PM Social; 6:30 Program Start
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
General Membership Meeting: Cutting Edge Issues in Education. Public Invited. Tennessee ranks 44th in spending on public schools, 27th in 8th grade reading proficiency, and 8th in high school graduation rates (data from But what are the stories beyond these widely varying statistics? Three veteran local educators--at the elementary, high school and college levels--will give their views of where we are, where we're going, and what needs to be done in our public schools. Our speakers will be

Dr. Bobbi Lussier - MTSU, Executive Director of the Office of Professional Laboratory Experiences and Teacher Licensure. In addition to serving schools as principal and vice-principal, Bobbi also served as the state's Assistant Education Commissioner and as Executive Director for School Readiness and Early Learning at the Tennessee Department of Education from 2005 until 2011.

Mr. Matt Marlatt - Stewarts Creek High, RTI Instructional Coach. Matt has taught grades 7-11 for 22 years, including 14 years of Advanced Placement English. A former English Department Chair, he currently serves as leader, facilitator and coach, working and communicating on an ongoing basis with the school leadership team, Academic Team Leaders and teachers. He is a 2009 Tennessee Milken Educator Award winner and a 2015 Humanities Tennessee Outstanding Teacher.

Dr. Cyndy Stone Allen - Cumberland University, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Program Director of "The Child Growth and Learning Program." Cyndi served Murfreesboro City Schools for 31 years. She has also taught at Motlow State Community College and served as Parent Educator for The Family Center.