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League of Women Voters of Williamstown

Spring Street Registration


Upcoming/Recent Past Events

Four Freedoms Coalition March and Rally, January 7, 2017

Close to 2,000 Berkshire County residents marched and attended the rally to promote the Four Freedoms: Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.  Senator Ed Markey was one of the featured speakers.

Literature available to attendees
LWV Williamstown members, Margo Bowden and Cindy Kaplan
LWVW Members, Anne Skinner and Cindy Kaplan, with MA Sen. Ed Markey


Annual Holiday Walk Saturday, December 3, 2016

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Williamstown 4th of July Parade 2016

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LWV Williamstown marched in their town parade on July 4th! Rep. Gail Cariddi also joined the group. The theme this year was anti-gridlock plea to hold hearings and stop voter suppression.

Annual Meeting 2016

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LWVW Treasurer, Jennifer Howlett, presents the budget
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Margot Bowden discusses membership activities

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May 18, 2016 Voter Registration Drive at Mount Greylock Regional High School

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May 17, 2016 Town Meeting in Williamstown

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Anne Skinner with the recipient of the 2016 Town Employee Award, Debra Turnbull, Administrative Assistant to the Town Manager. Photo taken by Harry Montgomery.

Money in Politics Consensus Meeting, Williamstown Public Library, Wednesday, Jan 13th

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Voter Registration Drive at Berkshire Community College

The Williamstown League hosted its first Voter Registration Drive at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA, on September 17, 2015. New Voters were registered from 4 cities/towns by Williamstown volunteers and our MassPIRG partners.

Annual Meeting 2015

June 13th in the Harper’s Center in Williamstown

Voter Registration at Mt. Greylock Regional School in Williamstown

LWV Williamstown helped register over 30 new voters at Mt. Greylock Regional School.

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Annual Susan B. Anthony Dinner, Tuesday, February 24

Becky ShannonBecky Shannon presented on money in politics on Tuesday, February 24th at the Williams Inn in Williamstown.

Click here for a link to the recording of the presentation.

LWV Williamstown “Economics of Education” January 28, 2015

Williams College economics professor Steve Sheppard (left) gave a presentation and led a discussion on the topic. Margo Bowden (right) hosted.


Election Day November 4, 2014

Vote Stickers for 3 generations
Vote Stickers for 3 generations







Candidates Forum October 21, 2014

L-R, Wendy Penner, State Rep Gail Cariddi (moderator), Steve Miller, and Carrie Green
L-R, Wendy Penner, State Rep Gail Cariddi (moderator), Steve Miller, and Carrie Green

Forum for open seats on the Mount Greylock Regional High School committee.

Click here for a video presentation of the forum.





Fall Meeting and Potluck

Tuesday, September 30

LWV Williamstown kicked off the year with a potluck featuring discussion of the state ballot questions and other local issues.

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National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 23

Tuesday, September 23rd, is National Voter Registration Day so the Williamstown League is planning two locations to get voters registered.  The chapter will be on Spring Street in the morning and at Mount Greylock High School, from 12-1, for students who turned 18 over the summer.  Those who would like to help should contact Phyllis Riley at

Potluck Dinner

Tuesday, September 30
Members, friends, and anyone curious about the League of Women Voters — all are invited to a potluck dinner at Margo Bowden’s house, 6 p.m. on September 30th.  Please let Jean Donati know if you can come and what you might bring:  We’ll be talking about ballot questions: the ones that will be up for a vote in November and the ones that didn’t make it.

Annual Meeting 2014

June 4th in the Harper’s Center in Williamstown

High School Voter Registration at Mount Greylock Regional High School

May 23, 2014
29 new voters were registered.

 Isabel Jacobs oversees the registration of new voters.

                      Phyllis Riley helps students register to vote.

Candidates’ Night for Williamstown Board of Selectmen

Wednesday, April 16th at Town Hall.

The forum began with the candidates introducing themselves, followed by a Q&A of previously submitted and audience questions.  In the photo below Anne Skinner, LWV Williamstown President, moderates the forum with the four candidates running for two seats.

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Anne Skinner and Candidates

Annual Susan B. Anthony Dinner
Celebrating the work of this pioneer in getting votes for women

Rhode Island Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts
Rhode Island Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts

Wednesday, February 19, at 6 PM at the Williams Inn in Williamstown

Guest speaker Lt. Governor of Rhode Island Elizabeth Roberts spoke about the
“The Affordable Care Act: What we have, and have not, learned from Massachusetts.”

Lt. Gov. Roberts, now in her second term in office, is the first woman to serve in that position in RI. She holds an MBA in health care management from Boston University, and she has made health care the center of her political work, starting with her time in the RI Senate. She is concerned both with affordability and accountability and was proactive in preparing her state for the Affordable Care Act. She currently chairs a state committee of both purveyors and stakeholders, so she has insights into every aspect of this hot topic.



Reception for Congressman Richard Neal

April 8, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

New Location:  The Clark Art Institute, South Street, Williamstown

Rep. Neal will spoke about the challenges and opportunities he foresees for the 113th Congress.

Current Issues

The LWV recognizes that both open space and affordable housing are important aspects of community life.  The Williamstown LWV feels, however, that given the devastation of Hurricane Irene and the immediate human crisis for former residents of the Spruces, our town would be best served by development of a portion of the Lowry property – originally intended for a new high school — for housing.

The Spruces current location would replace the open space of the Lowry property with land accessible to the entire town for open space recreation.  We look forward to hosting one or more discussions on this issue in the coming months.


LWV Williamstown Contacts


P. O. Box 392
Williamstown, MA 02167


Anne Skinner, President
Jane Nicholls, Secretary
Phyllis Riley, Treasurer
Maria Greig Williams, Voter Service
Margo Bowden, At-Large
Isabel Jacobs, At Large