SMSD Board Candidates Community Meet & Greet and Potluck

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Round Hill Bath and Tennis Club in Overland Park, KS

The SMSD community is invited to join us at Round Hill for a community pot luck party. The grills will be going, so bring something to grill, a dish to share, and if you want to bring a donation for our district's McKinney-Vento students, that would be awesome, too. (Here's the wish list:

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Round Hill Bath & Tennis Club, 8932 Maple Cir, OPKS 66207

All six of the SMSD school board candidates will be there for you to visit with - plus many of your state reps and senators! 

Wondering who's running for the school board? 
At-large: Mandi Hunter and Heather Ousley
East area: Mary Sinclair and Jim Lockard
West area: Laura Guy and Craig Denny

Everybody gets to vote in the at-large race, and then we all get to vote for our attendance area seat, so this year mostly people who live in East and West attendance areas get to vote on a second candidate.

This is a kid-friendly and beer-friendly event - so feel free to bring both!

MainPAC & Indivisible KC: Meet & Greet w/Candidate Deann Mitchell

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 8 rsvps
Johnny's Tavern in Olathe, KS

Indivisible KC and MainPAC host:

Meet and Greet with Deann Mitchell, candidate for Olathe City Council At-Large Seat

Johnny's Tavern, 10384 S. Ridgeview Rd, Olathe, KS 66061. 

6pm Doors Open

6:30 Program begins: Deann Mitchell discusses her platform and some Q & A. 

7pm Mingle with the candidate

Please come to learn more about Deann Mitchell and her campaign. Appetizers will be provides and beverages available to purchase. 

RSVP are requested but not required. 

KS Appleseed: SMSD Candidate Forum

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 at 06:00 PM


A SMSD School Board Candidate Forum consisting of a panel discussion followed by audience Q&A. 

Please RSVP here:

Wednesday, October 4th
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Johnson County Central Resource Library
9875 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212

Get directions:

Read our district report:

Register to vote, apply for an advanced ballot, find your polling place, & PLEDGE TO VOTE:

Co-sponsored by:
Kansas Appleseed
Children's Alliance of Kansas
ACLU of Kansas
Disability Rights Center of Kansas
NAMI Johnson County KS

Immigration Reform Forum

Thursday, October 05, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Colonial Church in Prairie Village, KS

Colonial Church, AIRR, and MainStream Coalition are proud to sponsor:

Immigration Reform Forum

7pm, October 5, 2017 at Colonial Church in Prairie Village

800,000 Dreamers' futures are in jeopardy.

The national discussion on comprehensive immigration reform must be a priority, and legislators from Kansas and Missouri are central to this complex issue. We are coming together with an expert panel to discuss what immigration legislation should look like on this vital issue of our day.

Please join us to learn what we can do. 


Heartland Coalition Community Forum: Gun Violence: Keeping our Children Safe

Monday, October 09, 2017 at 08:30 AM

Heartland Coalition Community Forum will host "Gun Violence: Keeping our Children Safe" 

October 9, 2017 at Pierson Hall at UMKC's Student Success Center

Keynote Speaker Nicole Hockley, mother of 6-year-old Dylan Hockley who was killed at Sandy Hook and Co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise will join us in our 4th Annual Community Forum. She has been named one of ‘25 Women Changing the World’ recognized by PEOPLE Magazine and will speak on keeping our children safe and preventing gun violence without just talking about the gun.

8:30am registration with the program starting at 9:30am. Our keynote speaker, Nicole Hockley begins the day. This is followed by a Panel Presentation: Accidental Deaths, School Safety, Mental Health & Suicide and a Working Lunch:  Develop Action Plans.

To find more information please go to

Registration for the event will open on September 1, 2017. 


Stand Up, Speak Out 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS

Nevertheless, Kansas Persisted

The MainStream Education Foundation is proud to announce our 17th annual Stand Up, Speak Out Awards Dinner!

5 pm, Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, KS.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are now available, beginning at $125 each. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction, then a sit down meal with speakers and awards. You may also choose to host a table and invite friends to join you, or purchase an entire table of tickets.

Buy Tickets Online with a credit card

Buy with a Check Fill out the form and mail with payment. Instructions are on the form.

Auction items will be available to bid online before the event, and available for preview before that. Stay tuned!

You say you can't come? We're sorry, and we'll miss you. Here are some things you can do:

Event Details

Duane GoossenThis year, we are honoring Duane Goossen, Senior Fellow at the Kansas Center for Economic Growth, for his insistence, over the past five years, that there is a better way to fund state government. He has doggedly shown Kansans, in his writing, and at forums across the state, that the tax policies enacted in 2012 hurt our state. He has steadfastly advocated for policies that do not burden any single segment of Kansans, that responsibly fund the duties of government, and set the state on a path to success. We will also celebrate the 115 Kansas state legislators—from both parties—who ultimately had the courage to override the Governor's veto of tax reform, and turn five years of resistance into forward progress.

Judy Sherry will be presented with the Step Up Award for her tireless advocacy for public education, separation of church and state, and gun safety.

Sally Levitt will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award, in recognition of her invaluable service as member, advocate, and officer.

This year we have taken our colors from the Kansas state flag to celebrate that despite it all, Kansas persisted!

Dan GlickmanWe are excited to welcome Dan Glickman to our stage for the keynote speech. Glickman was a member of the Kansas Congressional delegation for 18 years, served as US Secretary of Agriculture under Bill Clinton, and is now a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

On this night we are honoring those who got us to this point, celebrating the spirit of courage that made it possible, and gathering strength for the fight ahead. Ad astra, per aspera. Kansas is showing the nation the way.

Make plans to join us on October 22, 2017.

The evening will begin at 5 pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction. This will be followed at 6:30 pm by dinner and the program.

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