About the Citizen Education Fund

The Lotte E. Scharfman Memorial Citizen Education Fund was established in memory of a League president who died in 1970 on her forty-second birthday. Lotte Scharfman was a refugee who escaped with her family from Austria during World War II, and who devoted her life to working for the democratic process and to helping citizens gain access to government. She is widely credited with coining the phrase, “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

Mrs. Scharfman led the Massachusetts League in its successful campaign to reduce the size of the Massachusetts House to 160 members. She died in office on the evening following her debate with David Bartley, then Speaker of the House.

In her honor, friends, family, and League members began a memorial fund to continue her work to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in government.

LWVMA Citizen Education Fund Board of Trustees, 2015-2017

Chair: Jean Cherdack
Treasurer: Andrea Kozinetz
Secretary: Shelley Drowns
Trustees: Susan Abrams
Mary Ann Ashton Marlene O’Brien
 Roslyn Broch Carole Pelchat
Marilyn Peterson Claire Russell
Lisa Steiner