Amy Pulles, president of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus, recently received the John Shrack/Good Government Award in recognition of her public service. The award is named for one of the founders of the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government.
The nonpartisan consortium of community, religious and civic groups also gave its Good Government Award to the late Phyllis Schwartz, a local activist and Berwick resident for most of her 90 years.
Schwartz, who died last May, spent much of her life encouraging people to educate themselves about issues and candidates, according to the consortium.
"She was a passionate advocate of issues, but an even stronger supporter of the democratic system," said Janyce Katz, co-chairwoman of the consortium. "She encouraged people to learn about government, about issues, speak their minds and vote. She also served as a role model in the Franklin County area for many women."
Her granddaughters, Ashley Saltzman and Marya Cassandra, accepted the award on Schwartz's behalf.
Pulles was recognized for her dedication to the League of Women Voters.
"Amy Pulles has worked tirelessly, first as the staff person for the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and now as its president, to educate voters," Barbara Crabill, a former co-chairwoman of the consortium said in presenting the award. "She has worked on the League's Voter Information Bulletin, staffed voter registration drives and helped the Consortium plan and execute its public forums.
"Since 2003, Amy Pulles has helped grow the Consortium by providing many hours of staff and volunteer time to coordinate and publicize the Candidate Nights. She is now leading the League's push to increase voter awareness in Franklin County," Crabill said.
The awards were presented Oct. 16 at a Candidate Night hosted by Temple Israel and Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church. The consortium has sponsored eight Candidate Nights throughout Franklin County this fall to help voters gain firsthand understanding of the candidates and issues on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The Franklin County Consortium is a coalition of more than 60 churches, synagogues, mosques, nonprofit professional and community organizations, including ORT, the Black Catholic Ministries, Mid-Ohio Nurses Association, The Federalist Society, AAUW Worthington, Kids Voting Ohio-Central Region, Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Office for Social Concerns, Peace Lutheran, Council for Public Deliberation, Northland Community Council, Hadassah and the JCC.
Founded in 1991 by Brookwood Presbyterian Church and NCJW, the consortium is dedicated to providing voter information and presenting candidates and issues in a civil, rational setting. The Jewish Federation staffed the consortium from 1992 until 2000. After that, LWVMC, staffed by Pulles, provided staffing for the growing organization.