Minutes For May 2, 2018

In attendance: Martha Banks, Carolyn Bayne, Joan Davis, Mary Genco, Kathy Hammell, Kate Larson, Jill McCammon, Stephanie Maher, Nina Miller, Gwen Mogenson, Mary Ellen Moore, Laura Mosher, Sue Okie, Tiffany O’Connor, Enid Oresman, Ann Reed, Clara Sartori, Susan Spain, Barbara Thorne, Arlene Tulacro, Mimi van Dyke, Laurie Williamson

Call to order at 9:35am by Gwen Mogenson.

Approval of Apr 4th minutes: (postponed because all hadn’t reviewed them).

Thanks to Laurie Williamson for taking April minutes.

Treasurers Report: Stephanie Maher made available April 30th Financial Statement. She announced that we have one new member. 2018-‘19 proposed budget will be emailed to members to be voted on at Annual Meeting.


LWVUS and LWVCT will not charge student membership dues through 2021. Local leagues are free to adopt a student membership level and set dues that will remain with the local league.

Discussion re Student LWV Membership: (Shelly Skoglund is our LWV liaison with DHS)

Should we institute a student level membership? Suggest minimal dues of $10/year. Is there sufficient student interest?  Day programs are not accessible for students; would require outreach at DHS; what about private schools? Current student outreach – DHS voter registration drive, 2018 video competition? If so, what is theme? Form task force for school/LWV coordination?

Note: 9:45 amAgenda re-ordered to accommodate speaker’s busy schedule.

Observer Corps Light:Clara welcomed our speaker, Jonathan Perloe, Communications Director for CAGV (CT Against Gun Violence). CAGV is a non-profit whose mission is “to identify, develop and promote passage of legislation designed to enhance gun safety”. Mr. Perloe gave a timely presentation on Gun Laws in Connecticut, recent legislation (Bump Stocks banned in CT May 1st) and encouraged us to wear orange to protest against gun violence on June 2nd. He distributed handouts on Gun Laws and Violence.

10:10 am  – Meeting resumed

Volunteer of the Year:

Congratulations to Joan Davis for her long-term service to the Darien League and commitment to civic engagement.  Joan also authored “Seeds of Change” a published history of the Darien League. She will be honored at the Community Fund’s Volunteer recognition lunch on May 22ndat the DCA.

Government Guide:

Thanks to Mary Genco, Nina Miller and Deepika Saksena for compiling our “one stop shopping” resource for contact info re: Local, State and National government representatives. We are one of the few leagues to publish this information and it is largely a very detailed (and thankless) task but produces a very valuable publication. Will be posted to our website and available for hard copy distribution shortly.

Your Guide to the RTM:

We are in the process of updating/editing our publication re: the structure and operating rules for the RTM.  Thanks to Barbara Thorne, Joanne Hennessy and Donna Rajczewski, Town Clerk, for their editorial review. This is a great tool for recruiting and enabling new RTM members.


Our thanks to Sue Okie, Shelly Skoglund, Susan Spain and Stacie Tie for helping with nominating. We have several new members stepping up for Board positions. Thank you to everyone (seasoned and new) for volunteering. New Board will be presented at Annual Meeting.

The Social Media position is not included in the slate, but in accordance with our by-laws will be added and voted on at the Annual Meeting.

Recording Secretary position was not filled, so we will be asking At-Large board members to volunteer to take monthly meeting minutes.

Old Board/New Board Luncheon:

Given the many new board members for next year, we are planning to host an informal turn-over luncheon in June hosted by Sue Okie.  Date TBD but current board members, please assemble your notes and materials and document your helpful hints about your respective responsibilities.

LWV Movie Sponsorship 

Darien LWV co-sponsored the Al Gore, environmental film “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the library April 26thin conjunction with the library and several other environmentally oriented Darien non-profits. It was free and open to the public. Thank you to the Program committee for all of the events they have coordinated for us this year.

Food for Thought: 

– Recap of April discussion

– Next FFT, Thursday, May 17th, 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.

Annual Town Officials Forum:

Date change, May 9th, 7pm– Darien Board of Education, 35 Leroy Avenue. Coordinated by Martha Banks.

2018-19 New Board Meeting Location:

We will be returning to the Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North (next to Goodwives Shopping Center) beginning in Sept. No meeting room fee.

Donation:Historically we’ve given a contribution to The Depot for meeting room space. We’ve used The Depot for about 1/2 of our current year meetings. Amount to be discussed at Annual Meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 10:40am.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Spain, Co-Secretary

NOTE: DARIEN LWV Annual Meeting/Luncheon – Thursday, May 24th, Country Club of Darien, 10am meeting; 11am Speaker John Dankosky, Subject “State of Journalism” and the Media.