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League Newsletter February 2013



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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 
Update  
 Volume 27  Issue 2
  February 2013

  In This Issue


  Upcoming Activities
    Learn to Lobby
    A Visit to Trenton
    Moderator Training
    Communiversity
    LWVNJ State Convention
    Annual Dinner Meeting

  Membership


  Leadership Committee

  Reports:
    Monthly Meetings
    Voter Service 2012

  Keeping in Touch
 



 2013 Calendar

  February 12

    LWV Princeton Area Meeting

  February 14

    Learn to Lobby
    
  March 9 or 16
    Moderator Training

  March 12
    LWV Princeton Area Meeting

  April 9
    LWV Princeton Area Meeting

  April 28
    Communiversity

  May 3 and 4
    LWVNJ Convention

  May 14
    LWV Princeton Area Meeting

  June (date TBD)
    Annual Dinner Meeting

 


 

The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

welcomes information
about issues

in our League area and
encourages comments at

lwvprinceton@gmail.com


Leadership Committee

Membership:
    Frieda Gilvarg and Beverly Kestenis
Contact Person:  Rita Ludlum
Events:

    Nancy Hall and Sandy Smith
Publicity: Edith Neimark
Treasurer: Ellen Kemp
Voters' Service:
    Chrystal Schivell, Sandy Smith, and
    Lee Forbes
Member at Large: Anne Zeman
Webmaster: Sandy Shapiro

 

Upcoming Activities

Learn to Lobby
The League of Women Voters of New Jersey will hold a training session for members interested in joining the League Lobby Corps. Lobby Corps members visit their legislators in their district offices and in Trenton to discuss issues of importance to the League.
Thursday, February 14, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LWVNJ State Office, 204 West State Street, Trenton
League Building
For more information, go to lwvprinceton.org.

A Visit to Trenton
Join us for a tour of the LWVNJ headquarters, located in a beautifully restored historic home. The day will include another activity, such as attending a legislative session; meeting with Nancy Hedinger, LWVNJ Vice President of Advocacy and Programs; and/or lunch in a nearby restaurant. Member interest will determine the date, time, and activity(ies). Please email lwvprinceton@gmail.com if you wish to attend. We will carpool.
 

Moderator Training
Linda Mather will conduct moderator training from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM on either Saturday, March 9 or Saturday, March 16 in Princeton. Please email lwvprinceton@gmail.com if you wish to attend.
 

Communiversity
communiversitytable2010Sunday, April 28, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LWV-Princeton Area seeks members to staff a table and plan activities to attract children and their parents so that we may spread our message. Plans will be discussed at the next monthly meeting, February 12. Bring your creative juices!
 

LWVNJ State Convention
May 3 and 4 at Mercer County Community College. Click for details.
 

Annual Dinner Meeting
June (date TBD) 
What issues would you like LWV-Princeton Area to address? What speakers might you suggest? Please bring your ideas to the monthly meeting or send them to lwvprinceton@gmail.com.


Membership
We were saddened to learn of the death of Charles Gilvarg and send our condolences to Frieda and her family. A donation in his memory has been sent to Cooper Union. A memorial service will take place in Princeton later this year.
 
Congratulations to Grace Sinden, the first recipient of Sustainable Princeton's newly-created Lifetime Achievement Award.  Grace has been committed to protecting the environment for over 40 years, some as an LWVNJ advocate.

Congratulations to Lee Forbes, who has been named a director on the LWVNJ State Board.

Thanks to Beverly Kestenis for having compiled the Update over several years. Although we miss her in this capacity, she is managing Membership while Frieda is in Arizona.

Thanks to Ellen Kemp for producing a new directory. It will be distributed to members in the near future.

Welcome to our seven new members.

New Leadership Committee
Going forward, we will refer to the Committee of the Whole as the “Leadership Committee” (LC).  Although the structure remains the same, those of us (Sandy Smith, Nancy Hall, Melissa Scott, Lee Forbes, and Chrystal Schivell) who attended LWVUS's recent Membership and Leadership Development Training were inspired to choose the new title. We hope you like it!

Reports
 
Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday evening of each month, from 7 to 9 PM at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton. Summaries of LWV-Princeton Area monthly meetings may be found at lwvprinceton.org.

The January 2013 meeting was devoted to Program Planning. Those in attendance reviewed current LWVNJ positions – see the Study and Action 2011-13 link on our website – and voted to reaffirm or update all positions except supporting an office of Lieutenant Governor, since it's a fait accompli. Read more about the January meeting.

Toni ZimmerThe December 2012 meeting featured Toni Zimmer, LWVNJ President, and Kerry Butch, LWVNJ Executive Director. They reviewed the League's collaboration with the Board of Elections and the key role that the League played in supporting displaced voters in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Read more about the December meeting.

birthday cakeOn October 15, 2012 we celebrated our 80th Anniversary! Taylor Williams of the American Historical Theater re-enacted the life of Alice Paul and later answered questions and provoked a compelling discussion about the Equal Rights Amendment and its relevance today. Click here for a summary of the evening along with more photos.

Voter Service Report 2012

Educating young people and new citizens about the voting process was an exciting addition to Voter Service in 2012. LWV-Princeton Area also registered voters, compiled Voters' Guides for each of our municipalities, and arranged debates. Superstorm Sandy interfered with some of our plans; still, Voter Service had its most active year.  Without the many members who took part, such service would have been impossible. Click here to read more.


Keeping in Touch
Please be sure that we have your email address. We have discontinued the mailed newsletter. Updates and most future communication will be electronic. Please send your email address to
lwvprinceton@gmail.com.
To stay informed about all League activities,
go to lwvprinceton.org and click on rss-button Subscribe.

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