Minutes ~ 12.4.17

League of Women Voters of Litchfield County LWVLC
Board of Directors
Monthly Meeting Minutes
December 4, 2017
Litchfield Community Center

Present:  Doreen Deary,  Margaret Dillon,  Christine Horrigan,  Lois Keen,  Kerry Mayers,   Marie Wallace

Absent:  Marilyn Lieff,  Carolyn Martin, Jackie Miller, Meredith Penfield, Bibby Veerman

Call to Order:   Kerry Mayers called the meeting to order at 9:10 am.

Minutes:    Margaret Dillon read the October 2, 2017 minutes with one change regarding the section about advocacy.  The minutes now read: “Pat Donovan may organize an advocacy group if members show interest”.  Another correction was made regarding the Northfield polling  precinct where there are two districts, 2 and 4.  The October  Monthly Meeting revised minutes were approved and accepted.

Treasurer’s Report:   Kerry reviewed the Treasurer’s report which was straightforward.

Christine Horrigan made a motion to ratify and adopt (1) the banking resolutions as circulated to the Board and (2) to authorize Kerry Mayers, Meredith Penfied and Christine Horrigan (and their successors in office) to exercise all the powers granted in the resolution as signatories on the bank accounts.   The resolution was accepted and passed by a quorum of 6 members at the end of the meeting.

Membership: Christine Horrigan reported one new member: Mima Zbell of Torrington.  Welcome, Mima.

Facebook and LWVLC Website: Kerry said there was nothing new to report.


Gerrymandering:   On  January 14, 2018 the League in conjunction with the Litchfield Historical Society will sponsor a program and discussion on the subject of gerrymandering, its history, evolution and use as a political tool.  Litchfield resident and historian John Dasher will be the presenter.   Please mark your calendars for an informative and interesting discussion.  An email will be mailed out shortly to all members, and a reminder postcard will be sent out in early January. J.M. Pucci-McGill and Anne Green are coordinating with LHS on the setup and refreshments.

Legislators Meeting:   Preparations for the annual Legislator’s Meeting to be held on February 24th are in the early stages. Members doing the organizing and setup are Theresa Lavoie, Judy Armstrong, Kerry Mayers, and one more member, yet to be named.  To volunteer please contact Kerry Mayers: kerwinkmayers@gmail.com.

International Luncheon:   Plans for the annual International  Luncheon are coming together.  Bibby Veerman has made arrangements for James Hatt, former British diplomat, to speak on Russia and the political process in foreign countries.  The event will be held at Camp Washington in Morris sometime in spring.  The date has not been finalized.

Lunch & Learn:   On November 16th,  the monthly Lunch and Learn program was held at the Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in Torrington, a community resource with services available to the public.  (See their website address at the end of the minutes.)  “Olivers” the training restaurant served a delicious meal.   Members spoke to a student on what technical programs are available and how a choice is made.  Although members did not have the opportunity for all of the planned agenda, several excellent ideas came out of the luncheon, and the League hopes to continue to develop a relationship with OWTHS.

Lois Keen, L&L coordinator, announced that there will be no December L&L.  On January 18th, however, she is planning a followup to the above mentioned gerrymandering talk (January 14th).  Reminder, L&L meets the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Bring your brown bag lunch and a friend.

Action:    The issue of Net Neutrality came up, and Christine gave an overview on what it involves.   Kerry will send out an email to members reminding them they can use Action Alert if they so choose.

 Voter Services: Kerry reported that all three debates scheduled for Morris, North Canaan, and Litchfield were canceled by the respective towns.  It seems the political parties could not agree on details.

Observers:   Kerry reiterated the importance of member participation at the local level.  She offered the following guidelines for being an Observer: Choose a meeting in your community, i.e., P&Z,  attend the meetings regularly, and report to the Board when necessary.

Publicity: Doreen reminded everyone of the importance of taking photos.  She cited several examples of League photos appearing in local and regional newspapers.  League members doing League work offers exposure to issues and programs.

Miscellaneous   The BofD sends get well wishes to Judy, Bibby and Joan who are recovering from health issues .

New Business:   The Board has decided to send out a Fund letter sometime next Fall, and a committee will be formed soon.

Christine Horrigan will present the League’s policy on non-partisanship at the next meeting.

Next Board Meeting:   The next Board of Directors meeting is January 8, 2017, 9 am at the Litchfield Community Center.  We encourage everyone to attend.

Kerry adjourned the meeting at 10:30 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Margaret Dillon

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