Dear LWVN Members:
Since the start of our LWVN year, we welcomed two new Board members: Pat Acton, a long-time active LWVN member and past president of the Wallingford, CT LWV, and Frieda Dweck, former PTO Council Co-President and co-chair of the Yes for a Newton Charter group. With a large Board this year, we hope to expand the number of active committees and improve our own internal processes to support our members.
It’s been a busy year so far…here’s what we’ve been working on:
- Candidates’ Forums: LWVN was once again pleased to work with NewTV on a series of forums in time for the elections. Together, we sponsored and organized eleven forums from the end of September to mid-October. All were aired on NewTV and are available on NewTV.org.
- VOTE411: For the very first time, LWVN used this online tool to present our Voters Guide. Leagues around the country have used them and been very pleased with the results. On October 10th, we made this available to our members and all voters in Newton. By inputting your address and zip code, you are able to see all the races you vote on, and the responses of the candidates to our questions. We received generally positive feedback from voters, and hope to continue this again.
- LWVN Supper for Elected Officials: every two years, at the start of a new legislative session, LWVN hosts our City Councilors, School Committee members and Mayor to a supper before a full meeting of the City Council. This year we had a great turnout for wraps and appetizers from Jake’s Falafel in Newton Center. Thanks to Linda Morrison, Sharyn Roberts, Tami Roberts and Pat Acton for their help with set-up and clean-up.
- “The League Presents…”: With the help and guidance of LWVN member Maureen Reilly Meagher, LWVN has a new program on NewTV! This program will cover timely topics of importance in our city. The first two episodes (September and October) were on the proposed charter vote, followed by the November show featuring three newly elected officials who were not in contested races. In December we talked about school transportation, followed by Newton Power Choice in January. Our most recent show was a conversation with Newton State Representatives Ruth Balser and Kay Khan. You can view all of these shows using links from the LWVN homepage at lwvnewton.org. We look forward to our next show with guest Mayor Ruthanne Fuller!
- Voter Registration: Our registration guru Sharyn Roberts and her volunteer corps has been hard at work at all the Farmer’s Markets and Village Days throughout the summer and fall, as well as both Newton North and Newton South High schools, to register voters. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.
- LWVN Environmental Committee: This committee meets regularly each month to discuss environmental issues important to our community. They collaborate with other environmental groups here in Newton and around the state as well. If you’d like to join and/or attend a meeting, check the LWVN calendar for their next scheduled date. Thanks to committee chair Lucia Dolan for her terrific leadership!
- Topic Meetings: Thanks to Bonnie Carter, Pat Acton, Linda Morrison and Theresa Fitzpatrick for organizing a number of topic meetings so far this year. Our March meeting will focus on local program planning, our regular yearly discussion of what we’d like to work on next year.
- Membership: Don’t forget to renew for the 2017-18 year if you haven’t yet—we’ve added an opportunity to automatically renew your membership each year so you don’t have to remember. Thanks to Lisa Mirabile, Bonnie Carter, Ellen Grody, Andrea Kozinetz and Sharyn Roberts for all your efforts.
- Lots of upcoming events: Be sure to check out the LWVN calendar—we post not only our own events, but also those of neighboring Leagues, LWV of Massachusetts, and LWVUS.
Thanks to all who have volunteered with us so far this year, and especially to Linda Morrison, who has organized this newsletter and who has endless reserves of patience.