LWV Winchester

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Website  www.lwv-winchester.org
Mailing Address
League of Women Voters of Winchester
P.O. Box 1033
Winchester, MA 01890
Email info@lwvwinchester.org

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Mission

The League of Women Voters of Winchester is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Contributions & Programs

  • The Winchester League has developed a Guide to Winchester Town Meeting that is available to all residents.
  • LWVW holds an annual voter registration event at the Winchester High School and neighboring towns.
  • Our annual “Moveable Feast” provides lunch for the Winchester town employees to thank them for the work they do throughout the year.
  • In 2013 LWVW members researched and developed a “Thank You Winchester Taxpayers” flyer highlighting our taxpayer dollars at work.
  • The Winchester League organizes candidate forums and interviews for local and state elections. We solicit questions from the public to be used at these events and publicize our events to reach a maximum audience.
  • We arrange “Hot Topic” events on local issues for the broader community to hear opposing views on current issues.
  • We award the LWVW Annual Civic Leadership award to honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to civic life at a local or state level.
  • The Winchester League holds its annual meeting in June where we also celebrate our Annual Civic Leadership awardee.
  • We communicate monthly by email with our members during the entire year except for the summer months.

Annual LWV Winchester Movable Feast

Each year, rather than a traditional party for ourselves, LWV-Winchester hosts a “moveable feast” for our town employees. We move from fire station, to DPW headquarters, to the library, and this year to Town Hall. It has become a welcome tradition.

Participation in LWVMA and LWVUS

The Winchester League participates in LWVMA Day on the Hill, Council and Convention. In 2013 we applied and were accepted in the Membership and Leadership Development Program. We also participate in program planning initiatives and consensus studies at the State and National level. The League was awarded a LWVMA Daniel Scharfman Citizen Education grant in 2013 to hold two citizen information forums about the proposed renovation of Winchester High School.

Our History

While the goal of the League of Women Voters is to educate citizens so that they are better able to shape their future, it is sometimes helpful to look backward to our past. For the Winchester League, the links to our past go back over a century. Handwritten minutes in a lined ledger book begin, “A meeting of those interested in women’s suffrage was called by Miss Pond, state organizer, at Madame Nowell’s, Winchester, March 20, 1888, at three o’clock.” Its goal was “to secure political enfranchisement of women”.

A month later on April 10th, noted suffragette Lucy Stone spoke at the second meeting. Later speakers included William Lloyd Garrison, Alice Stone Blackwell and Maud Park. Programs were intended to educate women about government, citizenship, laws, school suffrage, prohibition and the like. The Winchester League has continued to educate and inform members of the Winchester community and beyond, helping them to become active and involved citizens.

Our Most Western League

LWV Williamstown

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LWV Williamstown Contacts

P. O. Box 392
Williamstown, MA 02167
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Leadership

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

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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 Sudbury

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Website
www.sudburyleague.com

Mailing address
League of Women Voters of Sudbury
PO Box 339
Sudbury, MA 01776

By email
Visit our website www.sudburyleague.com
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Mission

The League of Women Voters of Sudbury is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Major Activities

  • Civics Bee for the past five years in cooperation with the Wayland and Weston Leagues, with teams composed of middle school and high school students and adults from each town
  • Candidates’ Nights for spring election of town officials and school committee members for the past 57 years
  • Candidates’ Nights for state legislature races
  • Voters’ Guides for local and state legislature races published in the Sudbury Town Crier and on our website
  • Public forums on health care issues every year
  • Annual voter registration drive at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
  • Sponsorship, with the National Park Service and neighboring Leagues, of the annual River Steward Award to honor individuals and organizations of the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord watershed
  • A public forum on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and campaign financing
  • A float in Sudbury’s Fourth of July parade, last year supporting expansion of the bottle bill and the year before proclaiming Voters are Heroes
  • A How To Run for Office workshop before town elections

Our Latest Project

After a local study on the impact of historic preservation efforts and the Community Preservation Act in Sudbury, the Sudbury League has facilitated a new level of cooperation among the various groups concerned with historic preservation in town and encouraged exploration of the feasibility of a town museum.  To generate interest in a museum, the Sudbury League and the historic groups sponsored a walking tour of the town’s center in September and a public forum in February to show off historic artifacts, including a Colonial-era ballot box in which citizens deposited black or white balls to indicate their vote on an issue.  We are continuing to advocate for a town museum.

Long Term Contributions

  • The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is a regional organization that supports shelters for victims of domestic violence, works on legal services for these victims, and educates teens, parents, seniors, clergy, teachers and others about the causes, symptoms and solutions to bullying and domestic violence.  The Sudbury League started the Roundtable after a local study of domestic violence and continues to support its work even though the Roundtable is now an independent organization.
  • The Sudbury League was the driving force behind extended-day programs in the town’s elementary schools back in the 1980s.
  • The Sudbury League proposed major revisions to the conduct of the town’s open annual Town Meeting that streamlined the process by limiting the length of presentations and that opened the meeting up to more comment by abolishing the requirement that speakers be scheduled in advance.
  • The Sudbury League publishes a guide to Town Meeting.

Ongoing Programs

  • The Sudbury League holds its annual meeting in June and a local program planning meeting in the spring.
  • We have a League book group that meets monthly, reading both fiction and non-fiction selected by book group members in September.
  • We publish a monthly bulletin, except during the summer, that is distributed to members by email.
  • We hold a warrant review meeting for members before Sudbury’s annual Town Meeting in May to decide which warrant articles we support, and we publicize that support before Town Meeting.

Participation in LWVMA and LWVUS

The Sudbury League participates actively in such LWVMA events as Day on the Hill, Council and Convention, and program planning.  We participated in the LWVUS Membership and Leadership Development Program in 2011.  We also work on LWVUS studies, including the recent privatization study and the upcoming agriculture study.

Sudbury members active in state roles are Nancy Brumback, LWVMA director and trustee of the Lotte E. Scharfman Citizen Education Fund; Susan Abrams, Scharfman trustee, and program specialists Judy Deutsch, health care, and Carolyn Lee, good governance.  Carolyn is also a member of the state budget committee.

Our History

The League of Women Voters of Sudbury was organized as a provisional League in March, 1956, and officially became a full League on March 4, 1957.

For 57 years, the League of Women Voters of Sudbury has sponsored Candidates’ Nights for both town and state legislative elections to acquaint Sudbury residents with candidates for those offices.  The Sudbury League has also held public forums on issues of interest to the town, including health care reform, affordable housing, development in Sudbury and emergency preparedness.

Among its many activities over the past five decades, the Sudbury League has drafted procedures to streamline Town Meeting, supported a town swimming pool, established the Domestic Violence Roundtable, and studied and made recommendations on walkways, recreation, library facilities, town development and extended-day programs.  The League has published booklets on Town Meeting rules, permitting procedures, and health care resources.  And its members have always been actively involved in town and community organizations, projects and committees.

For our 50th anniversary celebration in 2007, the Sudbury League asked Helen Marie Casey, a past president, active member and published poet, to write a poem to commemorate the event.  Here is her celebration of all the League does:

Trailblazing

I was not a willing convert to belief in equal rights for women … I was at last aroused to the necessity of demanding the ballot for woman.
                                                                                  Abigail Scott Duniway

The dishes started the journey when she did, April of 1852.

Straw-packed and idle, they bumped across Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming.

They slept deep inside a feathered bed. Reckless, they crossed the Rockies,

wagon wheels complaining of the load. The oxen did their best. Merciless

fever rode deadpan in the wagons. And fear. There were mosquitoes, large

and ravenous. Abigail learned to grieve, her mother and her brother victims

on the trail. Hardship made a home among them consuming cattle, dogs,

now and then a wornout horse. Sometimes shoes, or shawls, gave up.

Graves marked the Overland Trail. They were a sorry lot

when they reached the pines and alders of the Great Northwest.

She taught school before she chose a sweetheart, married him, birthed

six babies, a newspaper, books, ideas with spurs. Abigail Scott Duniway,

suffragist, crossed each mountain in its turn, forded the streams, and lived

to vote. It was not magic, the vote. More like the ornamented dishes: fragile

wealth; functional; wanting to be used; stubborn.

©Helen Marie Casey