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SUSAN B. WILSON CIVIC EDUCATION MERIT AWARDS PRESENTATION - JUNE 6TH

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 is Kristen Hayes-Leite, Rhode Island Teacher of the Year.

The ceremony is open to the public.

BIENNIAL CONVENTION 2019 - JUNE 8TH

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. Please see amended Agenda, Nominating Committee report and 2019 proposed Budget below.

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.

Please note a time change within the Agenda. We will adjourn at 11 a.m. for our guest speaker and then reconvene.

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

president@lwvri.org

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AGENDA - LWVRI BIENNIAL CONVENTION 2019

10:00

Registration and Coffee/Donuts

10:30

Call to Order and Credentials Report (delegates shall include: presidents of each local League or her/his alternate; delegates based on membership of each local League; the Board of Directors of LWVRI; and delegates representing the members-at-large*)

Adoption of Agenda

Treasurer's Report

Budget Committee Report

Nominating Committee Report

Bylaws Report

Program: The LWVRI Board recommends the adoption of all current LWVRI positions.

10:45

President's Report

11:00

Keynote Speaker Lane Talbot Sparkman

11:45

Lunch - Brown Bag

12:15

Communications Report

Membership Report

Local League Reports/Announcements

Advocacy Report

Lobbying Report

Education Fund Report

1:00

Voting: Election of Officers and Board

Budget

Bylaws

Program: Adoption of current LWVRI Positions

New Business:

Directions to the Board (All League members present may participate in this discussion).

1:30

Adjourn

  • Although only delegates will be voting, all League members are urged to attend and participate in Convention.

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NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT - LWVRI BIENNIAL CONVENTION 2019

The LWVRI Nominating Committee offers the following nominations for the Board of Directors to serve for a two-year term, 2019 through 2021:

President: Jane Koster

Secretary: Linda Poole

Director: Susan Escherich

Director: Jill Kassis

Director: Faye Zuckerman

The following persons remain on the Board of Directors through 2020:

Vice President: Susan Wells

Treasurer: Rosemary Forbes-Woodside

Director: Elisabeth Head

Director: Nina Rossomando

Additional nominations may be made from the floor of the Convention meeting, provided that the consent of the nominee has been obtained.

Respectfully submitted,

LWVRI Nominating Committee for 2019 - 2020

Rosemary Forbes-Woodside, Linda Poole, Jane Koster

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2019 - 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET - LWVRI BIENNIAL CONVENTION 2019

Please click here for the 2019 - 2020 Proposed Budget.

In-Person Early Voting

Common Cause Rhode Island is leading the charge for in-person early voting at the General Assembly, and you can help! Make your voice heard by emailing your legislators to tell them that you support early voting and they should too.

If we don't pass in-person early voting this year, our next election will be a disaster. More Rhode Islanders are choosing to vote early, and 2020 is predicted to have record turnout nation-wide.

SEND A LETTER TO YOUR LEGISLATORS TELLING THEM THAT RHODE ISLAND NEEDS THEM TO VOTE YES ON THIS BILL -- THIS YEAR.

Check Out the League in Action - Past Events

APRIL 10TH - LEAGUE DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE 2019

Details are here.

ON THE FLOOR

Representative Lauren H. Carson honored the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island on its upcoming centennial with a resolution today. She thanked the state chapter for always advocating tirelessly to shape public policy in support of equality, voter access, health care, education, employment and a safer environment.

Linda Jenkins, Susan Escherich, Nina Rossomando, Representative Carson, Marian Styles-McClintock, and Hollie Courage


GUEST SPEAKER STEVENS

Speaker Elizabeth C. Stevens made the lives and times of Women's Suffrage pioneers Paulina Wright Davis and Elizabeth Buffum Chace come alive.


APRIL 5TH TO 7TH - NEW ENGLAND LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS REGIONAL CONFERENCE 2019 - ADVANCING CIVILITY IN A DIVERSE NEW ENGLAND

April 5th, 6th and 7th in Wells, Maine

Details / Agenda / Registration

Left: Jane Koster, LWVRI President, with panelists during Q&A session Leslie Haslam, Exeter NH Adult Education: Education and Literacy and Susan Clark, Vermont Author and Trainer: Place-based Values

Right: Panelists Leslie Haslam, Exeter NH Adult Education: Education and Literacy, Garrett Martin, Maine Center for Economic Policy: Economic Disparity, and Susan Clark, Vermont Author and Trainer: Place-based Values.


APRIL 3RD - SENATE PROCLAMATION

Left: Senator Dawn Euer speaking to her resolution on April 3rd celebrating the Rhode Island League's and the Providence League's 100th Anniversaries.

Right: Elisabeth Head, Hollie Courage, Jane Koster (LWVRI President), Senator Gayle L. Goldin, Senator Dawn Euer.


PANEL DISCUSSIONS

MARCH 28TH - THE STATE OF CIVICS EDUCATION

A panel discussion with teachers and superintendents from Westerly, South Kingstown, Narragansett and Chariho moderated by Deborah Kopech was held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Narragansett Town Hall. Here is the Youtube link.

CANDIDATE FORUMS

  • LWVRI EAST PROVIDENCE CANDIDATE FORUMS

A video of the East Providence forum on October 17th, including debates of the candidates for Mayor and State Senate District 18, is available here.

  • LWV SOUTH COUNTY CANDIDATE FORUMS

The schedule for the LWV South County Meet the Candidates Nights and videos from these forums are available here.

  • LWV EAST BAY CANDIDATE FORUMS

A video from the Bristol and Warren Democratic Forums on September 4th is available here.

A video from the Barrington Candidates Forum on October 16th is available here.

Wednesday, October 17th, 5:30 PM for East Providence at the Martin Middle School, 111 Brown St. See the flyer here.

A video from the Warren Forum on October 23rd is available here.

A video from the Bristol Forum on October 30th is available here.

  • LWV NEWPORT COUNTY CANDIDATE FORUMS

Read the press release for the September 27th forum which was held at the Portsmouth Town Hall from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Read the press release for the October 4th forum which was held at the Portsmouth Town Hall from 5:30 to 6:00 PM.

The Alliance for a Livable Newport is sponsoring the following candidates forums in Newport:

School Committee Candidates on Tuesday, October 16 from 6-7:30 PM at the Pell School Auditorium, 35 Dexter St, Newport

At-Large City Council Candidates on Thursday, October 18 from 6-7:30 PM at the Newport City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport

1st and 2nd Ward City Council Candidates on Tuesday, October 23 from 6-7:30 PM at the Newport City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport

LWVRI 2018 BIENNIAL COUNCIL

The LWVRI 2018 Biennial Council was held at the Jamestown Philomenian Library on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Agenda

10:00 Registration and Refreshments: Welcome all LWVRI members

10:30 Call to Order & Credentials Report: Delegates include: Presidents of each local League or an alternate; one delegate chosen by each local League; the Board of Directors of LWVRI; and one delegate representing the members-at-large.

Adoption of Agenda
President's Report
Treasurer's Report
Budget Committee Report
Nominating Committee Report
Advocacy Report
Membership Report
Communications Report
Program
Review of Positions
Issues for emphasis

11:30 Voting: Officers, Board Members, Budget, Adoption of Positions

Local League announcements and reports
New Business
Directions to the Board

12:30 League Connect: A forum with League members participating in an exchange of ideas and views on the future of the League.

SUSAN B. WILSON CIVIC EDUCATION MERIT AWARDS

Applications for the Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Awards will be solicited in the near future. This award honors teachers with cash prizes for exceptional and innovative work.

DEFINING OUR COMMUNITY: A FORUM ON IMMIGRATION AND THE US CENSUS

Monday, April 16, 2018 from 6 - 7 PM at the Community College of RI (CCRI) Newport Campus, One John H. Chafee Blvd.

Panelists: Steven Brown, Executive Director, RI ACLU; John Marion, Executive Director, Common Cause RI; and Susan Taylor, Immigration Lawyer

The issue of immigrants is a broad and complicated national issue, but one that also directly affects each and every one of us in Rhode Island.

Our panelists spoke on this overall theme and discussed recent developments - the Trump Administration's plans to ask about citizenship on the 2020 Census, the debate over so-called sanctuary cities, the fate of Dreamers under President Trump's repeal of the DACA program, the controversy over drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants and other related public policy issues.

Many think of the Census as only involving redistricting at the congressional, state, and local level. It is also critically important in the distribution of funding to Rhode Island and localities for federal assistance programs in the amount of over $3 billion. Meanwhile, the national debates over sanctuary cities, DACA and other immigration issues resonate strongly in Rhode Island, a state with large immigrant communities.

LEAGUE DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE WITH SETH MAGAZINER ON APRIL 3RD

Seth Magaziner

RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner spoke at League Day at the State House on April 3, 2018. His focus was the new school upgrade plan coming out of Governor Raimondo's Rhode Island School Building Task Force that Magaziner co-chaired.

Agenda for Tuesday April 3rd at the Governor's Reception Room

3 P.M. Social Hour - Meet and Greet - Outside the Governor's Reception Room

4 P.M. League Program

5 P.M. RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner speaks to the League

NEW ENGLAND STATES LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

The League's twelfth annual New England States Leadership Development Conference was held in Wells, Maine from April 6th to April 8th. The theme this year is "Learning from Each Other."

2018 TEA FUNDRAISER FOR LWV SOUTH COUNTY

League Tea Flyer

This event was held Saturday, April 7th, 1-3pm at THE BABCOCK-SMITH HOUSE, 124 Granite Street, Westerly, RI 02891. Click here for all the details.

FAREWELL LUNCHEON FOR LWVRI COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR PATTY MACLEISH

LWVRI's Patty MacLeish

Patty MacLeish, LWVRI Communications Director, was feted at a luncheon on February 12th. Patty has been a member of the board since 2009 and has served as the editor of The Voter and was involved in the establishment of the League's Facebook presence and with the redesign of this website. Patty was also part of the committee that partnered with the Preservation Society of Newport County for celebrations of the 90th and 95th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. She was also a board member of the LWV Newport County. Patty is moving to Cooperstown NY, where she and her husband lived for 20 years before moving to Newport.

Luncheon Attendees

LWVRI AT THE WOMEN'S MARCH PROVIDENCE - JANUARY 20, 2018

LWVRI's Mary Chace

Many League members joined other women from throughout the region for the 2018 Women's March. All who were there were impressed by the speakers and the enthusiasm of the participants. Here are some photos.

Bond Issue - 2018 Election

2018 RHODE ISLAND ELECTION BOND ISSUE

The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island (LWVRI) today is urging all Rhode Island voters to APPROVE Referendum #1, the $250 million bond issue that will support public school construction and renovation. Jane Koster, President of the LWVRI stated "This is an urgent need for every district in the state. We need to provide warm, dry and safe schools for every Rhode Island student and facilities that give all our students equal educational opportunities."

She added that the Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2019 corrected several outstanding problems with the previous method of financing new construction and renovation of public schools. The Budget legislation called for local maintenance plans and commitments, and a state and local partnership in funding rather than the former method of state reimbursements only after the local project was completed.

This bond issue will maintain a State participation level that reflects the local government's ability to finance which helps ensure that all students have equal access to well-equipped and maintained schools.