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Our 100th Year
League members and friends gathered on the Trenton Library steps on February 14, 2020
LWVNJ State Board Report
February 2020

February 2020
  • President’s Letter
  • State Board Contact List and Liaison List 
  • Board Meeting: Key Decisions
  • Calendar
  • 100th Anniversary: Membership Centennial Luncheon
  • Census
  • Day of Action: Thank you!
  • Callathon and Impact Report
  • In Memoriam
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 LWVNJ President’s Letter                                                                   SBR – February 2020
Dear Presidents and Leaders,
Your enthusiastic participation made the League’s “Women Power the Vote” Day of Action a huge success. The celebrations you collectively planned to honor our 100th birthday showcased our wonderful organization. These included: sending letters to the editor; throwing birthday parties; receiving commemorative proclamations from local and county government; and sending Valentines to state Legislators, thanking them for supporting voter expansion bills last session. 
At the state level, we opened our beautiful and historic building in Trenton to members, friends, and legislators on the same day the State Senate presented us with a proclamation commemorating a century of service to New Jersey’s democracy. While most of our historical documents are archived at the Rutgers University Library, there were several scrap books with news articles from the 1940’s to the present on display for all to see. We also received proclamations from the State Assembly and the City of Trenton. These documents and others will be on display at our Centennial Luncheon on March 22nd at the Forsgate Country Club. 
We hope you will join us at the Centennial luncheon to honor our past presidents and all of you for empowering voters and defending democracy for the past 100 years. We are encouraging everyone to bring friends and family members to showcase why the League is so important to all of us. I hope your local League will honor someone with an ad in our commemorative program. Please also consider submitting a “Living History” testimonial describing what the League means to you. More information about the event, ads, and the Living History are all available in this SBR.
Many of you are involved in our Voter Girl collaboration with the Girl Scouts. Thanks to the efforts of Kathy Abbott, LWVNJ Director, and Susan Ferris Rights, local League president, there are over 36 elected officials and more than 100 League members and 500 girl scouts participating on March 7th. Thank you to all our volunteers! 
I had the honor to spend some time with some of our voter registration volunteers in Neptune this past month, as they announced our statewide efforts to register people who are on parole or probation (when they become eligible on March 17th) in partnership with the NJ Reentry Corporation. This effort, led by LWV of Southern Monmouth League member Annette Scott, is truly vital to our work empowering voters. Thank you to these mighty volunteers as well. 
See you at the Centennial luncheon!

2019 – 2021
Nancy Hedinger, President
Jill Lewis-Spector, Director
Ann Saunder, Vice President
Iveth Mosquera, Director
Susan Sferas, Vice President
Timothy Priano, Director
Ellen Kemp, Treasurer
Katherine Schumacher, Director
Deborah McComber, Secretary
Nicole Scott-Harris, Director
Kathy Abbott, Director
Mike Ward, Director
Jessica Backofen, Director
Patricia Williamson, Director
Jason DeAlessi, Director

Jennifer M. Howard, Director

LWVNJ/EF Board Meeting Key Decisions                            SBR – February 2020
Meeting held: Saturday, February 8, 2020

League of Women Voters of New Jersey:
1.    Voted to authorize hiring a Development Coordinator.
League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund:
1.    No board action.
LWVNJ Calendar                                                                             SBR – February 2020
We will be adding additional events to the calendar as they are confirmed. These include trainings, 100th anniversary events, and educational forums. Please watch for future information. 
·     March 22 – Centennial Luncheon
·     April 21 - Local League Presidents’ and Leaders’ call 7 pm
·     April 18 - LWVNJ & LWVNJEF Board Meeting
·     April 29 - State Board Report sent to local League Presidents
·     June 15 - Local League Presidents’ and Leaders’ call 7 pm
·     June 25 – June 28 League of Women Voters National Convention 2020, Washington, D.C. 
·     August 5 - Local League Presidents’ and Leaders’ call 7 pm
·     September 12 - LWVNJ & LWVNJEF Board Meeting
·     September 16 – Making Democracy Work Gala, Newark
·     September 26 – Suffrage March Re-enactment, New Brunswick
·     October 7 - State Board Report sent to local League Presidents
·     October 20 - Local League Presidents’ and Leaders’ call 7 pm
·     November 3 – General Election
·     November 14 - LWVNJ & LWVNJEF Board Meeting
·     November 17 – Local League Presidents’ and Leaders’ call 7 pm
·     November 25 - State Board Report sent to local League Presidents
LWVNJ 100th Anniversary                                                              SBR – February 2020
Centennial Luncheon Celebration
Sunday, March 22, 1 pm
Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township, NJ

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey will be holding an afternoon sit down luncheon to celebrate our 100th anniversary! Join us to reflect on our roots in the Suffragist movement, honor past presidents, applaud our members' achievements, and get ready for the next 100 years of fighting for voting rights.

We have a lot to celebrate together. We also have a lot to look forward to. You are guaranteed to leave this inspirational afternoon feeling proud of your involvement in the League and ready to get to work on keeping the League strong and vital for the next 100 years! Invite your friends and family to share in this historic moment. Please purchase tickets by March 11, 2020. 

Sit Down Luncheon featuring your choice:
  • Grilled New York Sirloin Steak, Blue Cheese and Mushrooms
  • Chicken Florentine Bechamel, Francaise Chicken, Spinach, Pecorina, Mozzarella
  • Grilled Fillet of Salmon, Chive Beurre Blanc
  • Chef's Vegetarian selection
  • Chef's Gluten-Free selection 

Living History Project:
We want to hear your stories! Please reflect on why you joined the League of Women Voters and what satisfaction the League has brought you. Your responses will be shared in a commemorative program distributed at the luncheon. We want to hear about the impact the League has made on your life. Please email your 250 word response to by March 2, 2020. 

Special Tribute Ads:
Local Leagues are invited to participate in honoring a member or president with purchasing an ad in our program. ½ page option is available for $250. You are welcome to choose a full page ad for $500. Your local League can honor anyone or anything of your choosing with a half page (7.5 wide x 4.75 tall) in the program book. The cost of $250 will be used to keep the organization strong for years to come. 
Please make checks payable to LWVNJ-EF, send to 204 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 and write “local League ad” in the memo line. Ads are due March 2, 2020.

2020 Census
The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is committed to ensuring an accurate census count. Our goal is to educate the public about why the census is important and how it affects each individual community across the state. The League is particularly focused on reaching hard to count communities and planning events for them to both learn more about the Census and fill it out! There are so many ways that you can get involved, including distributing Census materials, becoming a Census Ambassador in your community, and inviting the Census Bureau to community events you already have planned. Sign up to volunteer for the 2020 Census with LWVNJ here!
Helping people fill out their Census questionnaire at Census Assistance Centers or Kiosk locations is a great way to volunteer for the 2020 Census. 

The U.S. Census Bureau is offering Volunteer Training on February 29, 2020 at the Mercer County College, 100 North Broad Street Trenton NJ @ 10.00 a.m. 
The League is dedicated to making sure our presence online and in the media is just as impactful as our presence at the state house. Use this Census Press Release Template to reach out to your local newspaper or radio station to make sure they are covering the Census. A Census social media package is being developed for League’s to post and share information.
LWVUS Day of Action, February 14, 2020

Summary from LWVUS and Survey:
Over 339 Leagues across the country put on over 400 events to celebrate our 100th year anniversary. Our League has once again demonstrated how we serve as a pillar in our communities by empowering voters and defending our democracy. Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment!  
As promised, we have been able to put together an overview report about our national Day of Action based on the responses we received so far from the Day of Action post survey! Listed below is our major takeaways:
  • 339 Leagues participated in the Day of Action
  • 402 Day-of-Action related events were conducted.
  • Leagues took action major actions in every state plus DC, plus the Virgin Islands, and Hong Kong has plans as well!
  • 64,133 people were reached by League events!

Impact Report
We are proud to share the 2019 Impact Report, a look back at what we achieved last year and a look forward to our 2020 goals. None of this would have been possible without your membership and support- thank you. I hope you find this review of the year inspirational as we celebrate our 100th anniversary.