Minutes ~ 1.7.19


Minutes of the January 7, 2019 Board Meeting
Litchfield Community Center

Present:  Jackie Miller, Martha Bernstein, Bibby Veerman, Marie Wallace, Diane Ryan, Kerry Mayers, Lois Keen, Bernie Harrington, Paula Rolleston and Christine Horrigan, Doreen Deary and welcomed guest – Marie Pettibone

Call to Order:  President Kerry Mayers called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m.

Programs:  Martha & Diane report. The bus trip to the Tenement Museum, NYCDec. 4 successful. Bus issue may result in refund to be split with LCC.

Another presentation by Kevin Jennings has been planned with Litchfield Historical Society and Martha will follow-up with Kate.

Upcoming Events: 

  1. Bernie reported that The Legislators’ Breakfast is scheduled for Sat 9:30 a.m. January 26, 2019 at the Congregational Church in Litchfield. Letters have gone out. Encourage people to bring friends. Diane will coordinate. Asking members to bring food.
  2. Annual Luncheon in May: Motion to change name from Annual International Luncheon to Annual Spring Luncheon- Lois/ Marie. Motion approved unanimously. This event will also be a celebration of 50th anniversary of LWVLC (honoring founders). Martha will invite Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (back up: Denise Merrill) or Jahana Hayes, first black congresswoman from Connecticut. Targeting early May 2019 with flyers, invitations, emails, and promotions to go out a month prior.
  3. Other speakers: Paula will explore speaker option for ‘Tales from the Border” talk either in spring or fall. Martha will try to set up another talk by Kevin Jennings.

Minutes: Bibby made a motion to accept the minutes of the December meeting and Bernie seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

Educational Fund: Bernie reported raised almost $3,000.

Discussion followed with regards to the Torrington Region 1 Scholarships (5@$100 each to students interested in Government: Sheppaug, WAMOGO and Torrington, Litchfield, Housatonic Valley) Paula made a motion to raise amount to $200, Lois seconded and all agreed. Instead of sending outreach letter in 5 years do it in 3.  Rename the scholarship “Founders Fund”. Martha and Bibby to pull together a concept. The creation of the fund to be mentioned/presented at the 100th Anniv. Luncheon. Doreen to write an article

Treasurer’s Report:  Christine Horrigan shared the treasurer’s report.

Lunch and learn: Lois

Recap 1/17/19 12:30, will be an open discussion and debriefing of the immigration presentation.

Active Shooter Training Presentations – Limited to 30 people.  Sign up with Lynn Fulkerson

  • 1/7 Community Center, 7:00 p.m., 30 people. Roughly 5 organizations’ staffs. Sold out.
  • 1/12 & 1/13 Catholic Churches- Litchfield, Goshen, Bantam
  • 2/17 Sunday churches
  • April 27 Fair Grounds

Annual Meeting – June 2019 – Business meeting, Elect board – Speaker? Home of Joyce Briggs? Kerry to ask.

Publicity-Pictures wanted. Project forms for events needed:

  1. Martha- Immigration
  2. Bernie- Legislative B’fast
  3. Gun Safety (low profile)


  • LWVCT Advocacy Workshop 1/8, Jane McMann’s daughter will attend
  • 2 volunteers for the nominating committee needed. 2 board and 1 general member.2018’s committee consisted of Sara Hayes, Jackie Miller, and Bibby Veerman.

Other: Martha suggested signing up for ctnewsjunkie.com an on-line aggregator of news.

Adjournment:  A motion was made and seconded and passed unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 10:30 a.m. 

2/4/19 next BOD meeting, Lois to lead.

Respectfully submitted, Paula Rolleston, Recording Secretary

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