Darien LWV November 1, 2017 Meeting Agenda

PLEASE NOTE New, One Time, Location
Board of Education Meeting Room
35 Leroy Avenue
9:30 Meeting

Call to order and Approval of Oct 4 minutes (Clara Sartori)
  • Thanks to Susan Spain for taking minutes
Treasurers Report (Stephanie Maher)
Membership Update 
  • Thanks to Betsy Shay and Jean Sweeney for co-chairing membership and coordinating our solicitation drive
Darien High School Voter Registration (Sartori)
  • Thank you to League volunteers assisting with October 18th DHS Voter Registration: Cindy Brown, Sandy Filmer, Laura Mosher, Barbara Thorne, Bert von Steulpnagel,
Voter Service (Sartori)
  • Thanks to Nancy Cahoon and team for coordinating these events (it takes a village to pull these events off and we apologize in advance if we have mischaracterized or missed your volunteer efforts). Let us know please!
  • Recap Board of Education Candidate Forum, Thurs Oct 19th,
    • Thanks to BOE Program Volunteers: Taylor Carter, Milynn Gasserud, Mary Genco, Janet Grogan, Stephanie Maher, Sandy McDonnell, Nina Miller, Laura Mosher, Tiffany O’Connor, Sue Okie, Catherine Piorkowski, Deepika Saksena, Wynne Shapiro, Shelly Skoglund, Judy Slotkin, Jean Sweeney, Stacy Tie
  • Recap Candidates Night, Tues Oct 24th, (Sartori/Cahoon)
    • Thanks to volunteers: Martha Banks, Adele Conniff, Sandy Filmer, Mary Genco, Kathy Hammell, Kate Larson, Stephanie Maher, Sandy McDonnell, Gwen Mogenson, Nina Miller, Laura Mosher, Sue Okie, Enid Oresman, Sara Zagrodzky
  • Voters Guide (Mary Genco)
    • To be published in Nov 2nd edition of the “Darien Times” and online at our website lwv.darien.org.  Each candidate on the ballot is asked a position appropriate question and asked to provide a limited word response. The responses are published unedited.
  • Municipal Elections Tuesday, Nov 7th. First Selectman, Board of Selectmen and several RTM districts are contested elections. Your Vote Counts!
Darien LWV Facebook and Twitter Social Outreach (Jim Cameron)
  • Jim has been doing a great job disseminating interesting league, community and state government information on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Are you following us, forwarding, liking us?  If not, you should be.
    • Like us on Facebook,  lwv.darienct
    • Follow us on Twitter,  #LWVDarien
  • Need help establishing your settings for this?  Jim will provide a hands-on tutorial.

Observer Corps Light (Gwen Mogenson)

  • Welcome Kathy Finnegan, a local volunteer with the “Climate Reality Project”. The Climate Reality Project is a worldwide organization, founded by Al Gore in 2006 to raise awareness and advocate for action regarding climate change. Kathy will present a powerpoint presentation and educate us about local initiatives.

Food for Thought (Karla Coe)

  • Recap of Oct 19 discussion
  • Next FFT, Thursday, Nov 16, 12:30 – 2:00 PM. Hosted by Ann Ferris, 30 Hale Lane.  All members are invited  Join a freewheeling discussion of a topical news subject. The topic is not announced in advance so no preparation is required

 Save the Date – Fabulous LWV Holiday Cocktail Party (Mogenson)

  • Friday, Dec 8th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Saint Luke’s (invitation and details to come). Plenty of parking.
  • Still BYOB (bring your own beverage, alcohol is limited to wine and beer) and bring an appetizer or dessert to share
    • Same great entertainment by our in-house songsters featuring a “Capitol Steps” like political satire program
      • We love new members – have a penchant to write irreverent lyrics? Just want to have fun with a satirical singing group? No talent required. Contact Gwen Mogenson

Fun Podcasts “What would Alice Paul Do?” 

  • Alice Paul was a leading suffragist advocating for womens’ right to vote. Two league members, Melissa Currence and Amy Hjerstedt have created a series of podcasts demystifying what it means to be in the League of Women Voters today. Find them at alicepaulpodcast.com
NOTE – There is no December Monthly Meeting!  See you at The Depot, Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018!
Darien League of Women Voters Minutes for October 4, 2017
NOTE: November 1st Meeting will be held at 35 Leroy Avenue
In attendance: Carolyn Bayne, Nancy Cahoon, Taylor Carter, Joan Davis, Millyn Gaaserud, Stephanie Maher,  Nina Miller, Mary Ellen Moore, Laura Mosher,  Sue Okie, Enid Oresman, Clara Sartori, Shelly Skoglund, Susan Spain, Jean Sweeney, Stacey Tie
Call to order: Clara Sartori, Co-President, called the meeting to order at 9:35AM. Clara thanked Susan Spain for taking minutes at September and October meetings.
Approval of September 6th, Meeting, Minutes:  The Minutes were approved as amended: add Stacey Tie to Attendance list.
Treasurer’s Report:  Stephanie Maher distributed the monthly report
Co-President’s Announcements:
  • Clara thanked Elona Vaisnys, CEProud Speaker at our September meeting, who enlightened us on  the 3-year CEP initiative which provides public funding for state elections. Our league voted to sign on as a sponsor of this program.
  • Clara announced that David de Milhou of Greenwich, who attended our September, has joined our league.
  • Clara reported that the Fall Kick-Off was a success with 59 in attendance. If you missed it, the program is currently on Channel 79.
Membership:  Jean Sweeney reported that we currently have 62 paid members, and 2 Honorary members. (President’s Note: 62 is the count before we begin 2017-18 membership solicitation. 2016-17 membership final count was 115 plus 2 Honorary members.) We will continue to develop new member outreach efforts.
2017-18 Membership Renewal and Fundraising Drive
  • Jean asked us to stay after the meeting to personalize solicitation materials. A personal contact is our best recruiting tool.
  • Dues are unchanged at $55 Individual and $80 per Household.
  • We will again pair the membership renewal with a fundraising outreach featuring various named giving levels.
Voter Services: Municipal Elections, November 7th
Nancy Cahoon reminded us of the two league sponsored, timed and moderated programs. Volunteers are needed for both.
  • Board of Education Candidate Forum, Thursday October 19th , Town Hall,  7:00 PM
  • Candidates Night, Tuesday Oct 24th, Town Hall 6:30 PM Reception – 7:00 PM Program
  • National Voter Registration Day:
    • On September 26, league volunteers helped register DHS Seniors turning 18 on or before November 7th. Clara thanked volunteers.
    • Needed also are volunteers for DHS registration on Wednesday October 18th, 11AM – 1 PM
Food for Thought: Clara announced that the FFT group addressed a Vietnam documentary and Journalism – biased or not? – at their September 21st gathering. According to Karla Coe who heads the group, FFT will continue their monthly informal discussions on October 19th, 12:30 – 2:00 PM, hosted by Ann Ferris, 30 Hale Lane. All members are invited to these freewheeling discussions of topical news.
Other Information (411)
  • LWV Fall Conference. . .Saturday October 14, 2017. . .Hamden, CT (see Darien LWV October agenda for details)
  • Podcast “What would Alice Paul Do?” pre-eminent suffragist (not suffragette – thanks Jean!). Podcast recounts how actions of an early 20th century woman brought about the passage of the 19th amendment. (alicepaulpodcast.com)
  • Thanks to cable Channel 79 for live broadcast and subsequent running of both the BOE and Candidates Night forums. Thanks to Jim Cameron for getting our name out through these broadcasts and for coordinating our social media presence.
  • Jim will provide a tutorial at a future league meeting on how to set up Facebook (Connecticut LWV) and Twitter (LWV Darien@lwvdarien)  links if you need assistance.
  • Annual Holiday Party is scheduled for Friday, December 8. We are looking for a venue. Discussion on whether we should continue the tradition of a potluck dinner or just cocktails.
  • Clara pointed out that we should focus on simple, smaller events. Volunteers are not out there as in the past. Enid Oresman pointed out that most leagues have shrunk. A discussion on inviting local government representatives for mini-presentations at our events followed.
Adjournment: Members voted to adjourn at 10:10 AM. Several members remained to personalize solicitation materials.
Respectfully submitted,
Susan Spain,  Co-Secretary

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