Leadership Committee

LWV of the Princeton Area Leadership Committee

Term of Office June 2020 - June 2021

Our League includes the communities of Kendall Park, Montgomery, Plainsboro, Princeton, Rocky Hill, South Brunswick, and West Windsor.

Business Meeting Schedule:

Most meetings will be in-person from 7-9 PM at the West Windsor Public Library located at 333 North Post Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.

Some meetings may be virtual, as needed.

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Sandy Smith;

Welcome new members; focus on Voter Service for Nov. election

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020: leader TBD;

Recap of voter service activities and plan for rest of year

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021: Jennifer Howard;

LWVNJ Program Planning

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021: Sandy Smith;

Plan for next year

Members and Roles of the Leadership Committee (LC)

    • Cindy Gordon: Publicity
    • Jennifer Howard: Advocacy Team; Convener/Spokesperson; Facebook page Administrator
    • Ellen Kemp: Directory and Email List Coordinator; Treasurer
    • Chrystal Schivell: Secretary; Voter Service Team
    • Sandy Shapiro: Advocacy Team; Webmaster
    • Sandy Smith: Advocacy Team; Convener/Spokesperson; Voter Service Team
    • Jeanne Turner: Voter Service Team

Description of Roles

Advocacy Team: Jennifer, Lee, Sandy Shapiro, and Sandy Smith

    • Keeps list of local League positions
    • Mentors members new to advocacy
    • Distributes information about LWVNJ and LWVUS advocacy campaigns
    • Handles letters to the editor and other action items for the LWVNJ standing committees
      • Education -- Jennifer
      • Fiscal Policy
      • Government
      • Immigration
      • Natural Resources -- Sandy Shapiro
      • Women and Family Issues -- Sandy Smith
      • Young People's Network

Convener/Spokesperson: Jennifer Howard and Sandy Smith

    • For business meetings: Develops and issues agenda; identifies issues for discussion; presides at meetings
    • Speaks for the League in community

Directory and Email List Coordinator: Ellen

    • Maintains a member directory and email list
    • Along with other members of the Leadership Committee, issues email communications to members
    • Books rooms for business meetings


League members will volunteer to support events, including:

  • Booking venue and coordinating refreshments, invitations
  • Liaison with other local Leagues, to coordinate event when possible
  • Finding a speaker as needed
  • Providing handouts or other materials

Membership: all League members

  • Builds the League by inviting others to join
  • Welcomes and involves new members, and orients them to League practices
  • Incorporates membership recruitment into League events

Publicity: Cindy Gordon and Leanne Turner

    • Promotes League visibility by advertising our activities and events, and building partnerships with local organizations to establish our League as a commit resource.
    • Develops plan to approach students about volunteering
    • Maintains an up-to-date Facebook page (Jennifer)

Secretary: Chrystal

  • Keeps minutes of meetings and prepares meeting reports
  • Coordinates with webmaster to prepare Vertical Response newsletters and webpage updates

Treasurer: Ellen

    • Develops budget and manages League funds
    • Has authority to write checks and access all financial accounts
    • Oversees dues payment and renewals
    • Maintains membership roster for LWVUS

Voter Service Team: Chrystal, Jeanne Turner, and Sandy Smith

    • Coordinates activities related to voter service, including forums (Chrystal), voter registration (Sandy), and preparation of Voters' Guides on Vote411.org (Chrystal)
    • Coordinates activities for Get Out the Vote, GOTV (Jeanne)
    • Guides and supports Voter Service volunteers
    • Coordinates Speakers' Bureau (Sandy)

Webmaster: Sandy Shapiro

    • Maintains an up-to-date website
    • Coordinates website content to include meeting reports and announcements
    • Formats reports into Vertical Response email communication