League of Women Voters of Litchfield County
Board of Directors
Monthly Meeting Minutes
September 11, 2017
Litchfield Community Center
Present: Doreen Deary, Margaret Dillon, Christine Horrigan, Lois Keen, Marilyn Lieff, Kerry Mayers, Jackie Miller, Marie Wallace
Absent: Carolyn Martin, Meredith Penfield, Bibby Veerman
Call to Order: Kerry Mayers called the meeting to order at 9:05 am.
Minutes: The June Monthly Meeting minutes and the June 28th Annual Meeting minutes were approved and accepted.
Facebook and LWVLC Website: Kerry reported that social media has helped the League in attracting new members, and, of course, keeping current members informed of happenings. All in all, both sites are excellent communication tools. Margaret Dillon and Bernie Harrington will work to make sure that email distribution lists are up to date.
Treasurer’s Report: Christine Horrigan gave a straightforward report about the financials. Basically, nothing has changed since the June Annual Meeting.
Membership: First order of business was to divvy up the names of members who have not yet paid their annual dues. Board members will follow up with a phone call to remind them and to encourage them to attend the Member Party on September 18th at Brandywine.
Jackie Miller spoke about the purpose of the Member Party, using it as a tool to invigorate and inspire new members to participate in any number of ways: suggesting topics for the speaker program, volunteering for voter registration, helping out at debates, being a part of the Observer group, serving on committees, etc. Jackie reiterated the importance of bringing major issues to the forefront and engaging members, new and old, to participate in the process. “We need you”, said Jackie.
Doreen Deary followed up with questions she had received from new members about how our local League interacts with the State and National groups, what are plans for next year, and what does involvement mean.
Programs: As mentioned, the Member Meet and Greet Party will be held on Monday, September 18th, 4:30 pm to 6pm at Brandywine Assisted Living, Constitution Way (opposite Litchfield High School), Litchfield. This Party serves several purposes, among them to welcome new members and present them with background on the League, to explain how they can actively participate and present feedback on what they see as important issues, and to do a little bit of socializing. The Board of Directors needs everyone’s input to formulate the League’s voice. Please come and be heard. Bring a guest. Sign up sheets for various activities will be available.
On October 19th at noon, the monthly Lunch and Learn group will meet at the Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield . Lois Keen announced that the discussion will center around Civil Discourse. The group meets every third Thursday of the month, so mark your calendars for some lively and interesting conversation. In November, the meeting is scheduled to be held at Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in Torrington. Kerry invites all members to offer suggestions for future meetings.
Voter Services: Kerry reported that Bibby Veerman, Pat Donovan, Doreen and Kerry are contacting various organizations to set up voter registration tables.
Kerry received a request from the Town of Morris. The Town and the Volunteer Fire Department need a moderator for their upcoming meeting. The Board decided that more information was needed before a decision can be made.
Observers: There is enormous potential for volunteers to attend and observe local elections and town and city committee meetings. Observers can help keep our membership and the public informed and aware of what is happening in local communities.
Currently, Bernie attends the NHCOG (Northwest Hills Council of Government) monthly meetings and sends out a report to League members. Go to northwesthillscog.org for more information about this group. Doreen has been keeping the Board informed of the Town of Goshen Business Circle meetings.
Publicity: Doreen reported that the State League notified her about an op-ed article which appeared in the Waterbury Republican American regarding the Citizen Election Program (CEP). The article disputed the validity of CEP. The local League asked for more input from the State and did not receive a response. The Board decided that since so much time had elapsed that a response would be inappropriate at this time.
Announcements: On September 17th at 2 pm the Tort Museum in Winsted is sponsoring a program with talk show host Phil Donahue who will interview prominent Constitutional Scholar, and Yale Law School Professor, Akhil Reed Amar, about the Constitution, its history, evolution and why trial by jury was – and is- so important to preserving our democracy. Go to tortmuseum.org for more information. Several members plan to attend. Phil Donahue has been active throughout Connecticut, talking to groups about civic action. Members hope to have the opportunity to invite him to speak at a local League meeting.
Adele Goodkind, longtime LWVLC member died in Boston recently. Adele inspired members with her dedication and vitality over the years.
The next Board of Directors meeting is October 2nd at 9 am at the Litchfield Community Center. We encourage everyone to attend.
Kerry adjourned the meeting at 10:45am.
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