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LEAGUE SUPPORTS ETHICS LEGISLATION
LWV President Jane Koster testified to restore Ethics Committee oversight to legislators.
CIVIC PARTICIPATION AWARD
The League of Women Voters of Newport County is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation
Award. For more information about the award criteria and deadlines please see: Joan C. Arnold
STATE LEAGUE SURVEYS DISTRICTS 2010 EDUCATION FUNDING FORMULA
The LWVRI surveyed school districts during the 2013
-2014 school year about the education funding formula enacted by the General Assembly in 2010. With the support of the RI State Superintendents Association the League requested
participation from all school districts. Barrington, Burrillville, Chariho, East Providence, Foster-Glocester, Johnston, Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfield, Westerly, Woonsocket responded.
For more information, contact Joanne DeVoe
at 401-247-3004 or
FUNDING FORMULA SURVEY
Financing Education Forum held in Newport.
Position on Financing Public Education in Rhode Island
AT THE STATE HOUSE
State League Studies Education Funding Policy
A subcommittee of the Advocacy Committee has interviewed local officials on
the impact of the education funding formula instituted in Rhode Island in 2011.
THE TRANSPARENCY PORTAL
The LWV has long urged urged transparency in government. Look at Rhode Island up close, through the Transparency Portal, which
details budget expenditures, open meeting law regulations, and asks for citizen input.
LWV, Newport County Announces
4th Annual Joan C. Arnold Award Recipients
The League of Women Voters, Newport County has selected Linda and George Warner as the 2015 recipients of the Joan C. Arnold Civic
Participation Award. The award will be presented on December 3, 2015 at a wine and cheese reception to be held at the Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown, from 5:30 to 7:00pm.
The Warners, lifetime Jamestown residents, are longtime volunteers at Beavertail Lighthouse. They have each served as president of the
Beavertail Lighthouse Association Board and given untold hours as volunteers to help make it "a Rhode Island Jewel." Both are actively involved in Jamestown town government and many other local organizations.
For more information or questions, contact Susan Wells at email@example.com.
Click here to download an event registration form.
Transparency in Government
The LWVRI has been working with other good government groups to ensure transparency in government. You may have read out
postings about the letter that Access/RI wrote to the Governor about compliance with the APRA (Access to Public Records Act).
Please let the governor know your stance on this important issue.
Celebrate 95 Years of Women & the Vote
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:00am
Marble House, Newport
Mildred Nichols displays the October 6,
1920 Notice (from the Irene Precinct,
Jefferson District, Loudoun County, VA)
certifying that her grandmother,
Eppie Clark, had registered and was on
the books as a registered voter.
Women in sashes fête the
anniversary of the Act.
League member Linda Jenkins
wearing traditional suffragist's sash.
The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and the Preservation Society of Newport County celebrated 95 years of women's
suffrage on the terrace of Marble House. The event was free and open to the public.
Former Representative Donna Walsh, retired Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Judith Colenback Savage, and LWVRI board member
and author Marian Styles-McClintock read excerpts from suffragists' speeches and documents. Poet Amber Rose Johnson read a poem written to mark the occasion (VIEW VIDEO). A musical interlude and a re-enactment of a "Votes for Women" march completed the event.
The Newport Restoration Foundation, the Newport Historical Society, the Women's Fund of Rhode Island, and the YWCA of
Rhode Island co-sponsored the celebration.
SIGNING OF VOTING EQUIPMENT BILL
Transfers the purchasing power of Voting Equipment
from the Board of Elections to the Secretary of State.
State House, August 6, 2015
On the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Right Act
Front: Senate President Theresa Paiva-Weed
(District 13), Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (District 32), Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (District 3), Sen. Maryellen Goodwin (Majority Whip District 01 applauding in back of Secretary Gorbea),
Governor Gina Raimondo. Back: Rep. Shelby Maldonado (District 56) and Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (District 35).
Jane Koster, LWV RI President, served on the Secretary of State's "Voting Equipment Task Force"
SOPHIA TO SELMA
This spring eighth grade students in the Social Justice Seminar at Sophia Academy in Providence traveled to
Selma, Alabama. The League of Women Voters Education Fund contributed to their trip.
ROB ROCK ADDRESSES LWVRI
AT JUNE CONVENTION
Robert B. Rock, Director of Elections from Rhode Island Secretary of State's Office, with Jill Kassis and
THE 8TH ANNUAL
SUSAN B. WILSON CIVIC EDUCATION
MERIT AWARDS CEREMONY
Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 4:30pm
Governor's Reception Room, State House
$1,000 - Grand Prize Recipients
Louise A. Oliveira, History Dept. Chair,
Exeter-West Greenwich High School
Mark Gardner, Social Studies Teacher
Chariho High School
League in Action
The League in Photos
Governor Raimondo speaks at
League Day at the State House
March 24, 2015
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in
government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
— Dwight Eisenhower
PROVIDENCE LEAGUE CONVERSATION
Providence League of Women Voters Conversation will feature "New Voices on the School Committee: Mark Santow" on Wednesday, September
16, 2015 at 7:00pm.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
IN RHODE ISLAND
ACCESS/RI has outlined the limitations on the public's
access in Access Limited: An Audit of Compliance with the Rhode Island Public Records Act(2014).
How Fair is the State Funding for Libraries? What is the physical status of Providence School Buildings?
At the June 19 annual
meeting, the Providence League of Women Voters elected those study items for 2014-2015.
SEE THE LATEST VOTER!
SPRING 2015 (pdf)
For Rhode Island, see Rhode Island Foundation
For Providence, see city site
THE BOOK GROUP
Book Group gathers for Holiday Lunch at Agawam Hunt Club
"The Secret History of Wonder Woman," by Jill Lapore
The Ethics Commission, the Board of Elections, legislative committee session, the Environmental Council of RI... all need citizen input.
The LWV needs volunteers to attend meetings. If many volunteer, we would each attend a few sessions, and report back. If you can spare a few hours, contact Susan Escherich at 401-433-4896.