March 2014 Meeting

LWVNJ Annual Appeal and Callathon

Members of the Leadership Committee are now conducting Callathon and urge those of us who have not yet given to the Annual Appeal to respond as soon as possible to their email and voice mail requests for contributions. LWV-Princeton Area has a goal of raising $1300 and will receive 10% of whatever Princeton members donate to State.

LWVNJ Brunch

Lee Forbes attended the LWVNJ Brunch along with fifteen other League members from around the state. They summarized their Leagues' activities and shared ideas. Lee reported that LWVNJ's Valentine's Fundraiser was quite successful. She pointed out that the LWVNJ's expenditures include not just the office and staff but also the Citizen's Guides and other voter information and that the LWVNJ depends on grants and donations to support its activities. The 2014 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government is now available for purchase at the LWVNJ website.

Preparation for LWV National Convention

Lee will represent LWV-Princeton Area at the National Convention in Dallas, June 6-10. As our representative, Lee will be voting on a number of issues, including LWVUS program planning. Lee has already informed National that we support the Human Trafficking Study; however, Lee needs our input regarding other proposals. One of our next monthly meetings will be devoted to discussion and consensus in preparation for Convention. Please look for this item on upcoming agendas.

Stand Against Racism

The LWV-Princeton Area is co-sponsoring the Princeton YWCA's Stand Against Racism on Friday, April 25. The program begins at 6:00PM in Hinds Plaza with music and skits and then moves indoors to the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library, where guest speakers, Patricia Fernandez-Kelly of Princeton University and legal expert, Poonam Bhuchar of Princeton will discuss the theme Is Racism Holding Up/ Delaying Immigration Reform? Members are encouraged to support this event and to volunteer to distribute League literature.

Communiversity and Earth Day in Montgomery

On Sunday, April 27, the LWV-Princeton Area will not only have a table at Communiversity in Princeton but will also register voters at Montgomery's celebration of Earth Day. Please volunteer to help! We have two-hour slots from 12:30 to 6:00 for Communiversity. Nancy Hall and Chrystal Schivell are coordinating this event, while Lee Forbes will be handling Earth Day. Lee has slots from 12:00 to 4:00. We'd also like to update the ballot questions on which the children vote. Contact us if you have suggestions and/or are interested in staffing our tables at either event.

Collaboration with Princeton Community Housing

On the evening of Monday, May 5, 2014, LWV-Princeton Area will co-sponsor a presentation by Princeton Community Housing to update the League and the greater Princeton community on the local affordable housing situation. The event will take place at Monument Hall in Princeton, the exact time to be announced.

Voter Service

A debate among Democrat primary candidates for Princeton Council is planned for May. Since Rush Holt will be retiring, there will likely be a contested primary for the 12th Congressional District. If anyone wishes to explore a debate among those candidates, please contact Chrystal Schivell.

June Annual Dinner Meeting

Monday, June 16 has been tentatively chosen as the date for the Annual Dinner Meeting, to be held again at the Salt Creek Grille from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Nancy Hall is in charge and will arrange for a speaker or brief documentary film.

April Meeting

Starting in April 8, regular monthly meetings will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Suzanne Patterson Building at 45 Stockton Street in Princeton. We look forward to seeing again those members who could not be with us for daytime meetings.