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Minutes for November 1st, 2017

In attendance:  Joan Davis, Gwen Mogenson, Stephanie Maher, Kate Larson, Mimi van Dyke, Susan Spain, Martha Banks, Mary Genco, Sue Okie, Deepika Saksena, Nina Miller, Shelly Skoglund, Kathy Finnegan, Clara Sartori, Liz Mao, Jim Cameron, Carolyn Bayne, Jean Sweeney, Sandy Filmer, Jill McCammon

Clara called the meeting to order.  The Oct 4 minutes were approved.

Treasurers Report:Stephanie Maher reported that we have 89 members, 49 individuals and 20 households.  We have received a total of $1425 in donations. Thanks to Betsy Shay and Jean Sweeney for co-chairing membership and coordinating our solicitation drive. Stephanie will follow up with Betsy for costs associated with the Membership drive.

Darien High School Voter Registration:  Clara thanked League volunteers assisting with October 18th DHS Voter Registration: Cindy Brown, Sandy Filmer, Laura Mosher, Barbara Thorne, Bert von Steulpnagel.  We will return in the spring to do another drive .

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:  Clara thanked Nancy Cahoon and the volunteers for that event:  Taylor Carter, Milynn Gaasserud, 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: the event went well, and Clara again thanked Nancy Cahoon and her team of volunteers for that event: 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 assembled the Voters Guide.  Many thanks to Mary for her hard work (and steady proofing) of this important Voter Service.  The Guide will be published in Nov 2nd edition of the “Darien Times” and online at our website  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 one RTM district are contested elections. Your Vote Counts!

Darien LWV Facebook and Twitter Social Outreach:  Jim Cameron did a demonstration of the Facebook and Twitter feeds for the Darien LWV and encouraged everyone to include the Darien LWV in their feeds.  Many thanks to Jim for the demonstration, and for his continued efforts to disseminate interesting league, community and state government information on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Observer Corps Light:  Gwen welcomed 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 presented a powerpoint presentation and took questions to educate us about local initiatives.

Food for Thought:  The group discussed Nature vs Nurture – are people born inherently good or bad?  As a reminder FFT meets the third Thursday at Ann Ferris’s home. Next FFT, Thursday, Nov 16, 12:30 – 2:00 PM. Hosted by Ann Ferris, 30 Hale Lane.  All members are invited to 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 – Friday December 8 at St. Lukes.  We are trying a different format – no dinner. This will be cocktails, appetizers and desserts only, 7-9 pm (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 at

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

NOTE – There is no December Monthly Meeting!  See you at The Depot, Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018!

Respectfully submitted,

Kate Larson