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Annual League Leader Lunch: Saturday, September 30

Please join League leaders from around the state at the annual League Leader Lunch. We will discuss the effect of climate change on our water supply, PFAS and what it means for your community’s drinking water, and what local Leagues are doing to solve the problem. We are pleased to welcome Representative Kate Hogan, Speaker Pro Tempore, lead sponsor of the legislation to protect the public from PFAS.  We are also pleased to welcome Katharine Lange, Policy Director of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, as our featured speaker.  We’ll gather at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Harvard, MA. Check-in and a light breakfast will begin at 9:15 and the program will start at 10:00 a.m.  Registration is now closed. 

Schedule of Events

9:15 am Registration and Breakfast

9:50 am Welcome

  • Stephanie Opalka, LWV Harvard President

10:00 am Panel Discussion: What is PFAS, and what is LWVMA doing about it?


  • Jacquelyn Burmeister, LWMA First Vice President, Former Coordinator of the Worcester Lakes and Ponds Program


  • Representative Kate Hogan, Speaker Pro Tempore, 3rd Middlesex District
  • Carolyn Lee, LWVMA Legislative Specialist, Environment: Natural Resources
  • Laurie Nehring, People of Ayer Concerned about the Environment (PACE) 

11:30 am Keynote Speaker: Katharine Lange, Policy Director of the Mass Rivers Alliance, “The effect of climate change on our water resources and waterways”

12:00 pm Lunch

12:45 pm Panel Discussion: How Local Leagues are Protecting Water


  • Marie Gauthier, LWVMA Co-President


  • Evelyn Strawn, Plymouth Area League – Saltwater Intrusion and MVP
  • Denise Morreale, Falmouth League – Wastewater Management
  • Janet Rothrock, Concord-Carlisle League – Plastic Water Bottle Ban

1:55 pm Thank You and Closing Remarks Marie Gauthier, LWVMA Co-President