Club's 2011 theme is 'Women in politics'

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Officers of the Current Event Club entertained with a luncheon for its members recently at GlennPark club house. There were 19 members and one guest in attendance.

In keeping with this year's discussion theme "Women in Politics," the room and tables were decorated in red, white and blue.

Marlene Goodwin, Defiance County auditor, was the guest speaker. Goodwin talked about her career in politics, which started when she was elected to the Ayersville School Board.

Her first election was a learning experience as she won by just seven votes over her closest competitor resulting in a recount. Serving as one of two women on the board, Goodwin was instrumental in implementing computer classes for all students and expanding sports for women.

Being a part of the board meant becoming a good listener and negotiator, two qualities that she was able to carry to her next elected position. She found the job as a board member to be challenging, interesting and rewarding.

After serving one term on Ayersville School Board, Goodwin ran for the position of Defiance County Auditor when the current auditor decided not to run for reelection. She campaigned by going door-to-door throughout the county to introduce herself. She won by 31 votes. She cites this as evidence that every vote does count. Goodwin is now serving her fifth term.

Goodwin discussed the challenges facing local government and her specific job, which ranges from the administration and distribution of tax revenues to issuing dog licenses. She also spoke of the challenges women still have in the workplace. She believes women have a lot to offer in the political realm, but the playing field is not always equal.

Having worked in the auditor's office before she ran for election, she is of the opinion that having some experience is essential when running for office. It is important for elected officials to know what the county needs and when to say no. Her office's goal is to be equitable with people. She also discussed the effect of the state government on county government, which is not necessarily good for the county.

The next meeting of Current Event Club will be Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the lounge of St. Paul's Methodist Church.

Betty Bohlmann will be the hostess and Lettie Hale will present her paper on Sarah Palin.

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