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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government.

For almost 100 years, we have made a difference in our democracy.

We influence public policy, advocate for issues that affect our lives, and encourage greater participation in public life.

We welcome men and women, citizens and non-citizens, young and old to join us in our work.

Who are we? We are the League of Women Voters, an organization of women and men who want to make a difference in the political future of our country.



The League of Women Voters South County's Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award Ceremony will be held June 6th, 4:30 PM at the Governor's Reception Room in the RI State Capital. This is an annual statewide competition for teachers K-12 who incorporate civics and civic participation into the classroom in innovative ways.

This year's winners are: First Place - The team of Lindsay Blivin and Courtney Moffitt, grade 3, Ashaway Elementary School; Second Place - Lesdin Salazar, Central Falls High School, Central Falls, the After-School program; and Third Place - The team of Michael Gleason and Mary Petrofes, Westerly High School, Westerly, for the Freshman Collaborative course on Humanities and Civics.

The keynote speaker will be Kristen Hayes-Leite, Rhode Island Teacher of the Year.

The ceremony is open to the public.


Final Call and Announcing Keynote Speaker

The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island hopes to see all members participating in our 2019 Convention on Saturday, June 8, at the Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road from 10-1:30 p.m.

The Bylaws of the LWVRI (Article VIII) state that all members of the League are invited and urged to attend convention, but only delegates will be allowed to vote. All members of the Board of Directors are voting delegates. Members of Local Leagues and MAL members will caucus at convention to choose delegates. Each League is allowed one delegate for every 10 members or major fractions thereof. The president of each local League is also a delegate. Board members may have only one vote. Although only delegates will be voting, all League members participate in Convention. Attend to reflect on our program, our process of study and consensus and to share ideas with members throughout RI.

The LWVRI is pleased to announce that Lane Talbot Sparkman will be our guest speaker at Convention 2019. She will speak at 11 a.m. Ms. Sparkman is the Associate Director and Coordinator for RI Department of State's Education and Public Programs. She will address the current state of civic education in Rhode Island. One of the League's prioritized issues has been to promote the right of all students access to an equal education under the law and to further civic education within the public school curriculum. With a new RI Commissioner of Education appointed this month and a revised RI Legislative Commission on Civic Education meeting after many years of inactivity, we are fortunate that Ms. Sparkman will be with us.

Plan to bring a bag lunch. Let's share ideas and strengthen relationships with fellow League members.

Please contact your local League president, a MAL leader, or Jane Koster so that we can have materials available for all.

Jane W. Koster

May 28, 2019

At the Rhode Island State House is the bust of pioneer suffragist and tireless social reformer Elizabeth Buffum Chace. Chace and Paulina Wright Davis formed the RI Women's Suffrage Association in 1868.