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League of Women Voters of Newport County

LWV Newport Members (l-r) Louisa Boatwright and Bonnie Watson Kniskern with Ann Arnold at the 2017 presentation of the Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award

The LWV Newport County serves the city of Newport and the towns of Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Portsmouth and Tiverton. Contact for more information.

LWV Newport County Events

The LWV Newport County holds regular meetings on topics pertinent to the community and the country as well as candidates forums in election years.

Most recently, LWV Newport held an open meetings on Women in the Legislature with Senator Dawn Euer and State Representatives Lauren Carson, Susan Donovan and Deb Rugierro.

Jim LudesJames Ludes, Director of the Pell Center at Salve Reginia University, spoke on the impact of Russian cyber interference in the 2016 election at the LWV Newport's annual meeting.

2017LWVNWPTForum A special election to replace retiring Senator Theresa Paiva Weed was held in June 2017. The League joined other groups in sponsoring a very successful candidates forum.

Joan C. Arnold Award

LWV Newport County member Kathy Gallagher and members of her family present the 2017 Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award to Hank Kniskern, on right

The League of Women Voters, Newport County has selected Henry J. (Hank) Kniskern of Newport as the 2017 recipient of the Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award. The award will be presented on November 30 at a wine and cheese reception to be held at Harbor House, 111 Washington St. Newport from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Tickets for the event are $20.

Mr. Kniskern is the chair of the Newport Public Schools "One Newport Strategic Plan" initiative whose mission is to lay out the key educational thrust of the Newport School District for the next five years and create a foundation for the future. This initiative is an important milestone for the Newport Public Schools and the system's effort to respond to the needs of students and faculty in the 21st century. He also served as chairman of the Newport Waterfront Commission for 7 years and has been active in a number of other Newport civic organizations. "He is a well-respected Newporter who has given so much to his community and we are very pleased to honor him with this award" Kathy Gallagher, Joan Arnold's daughter and chair of the selection committee said when announcing the selection.

The award honors the life of Joan C. Arnold, a member of the League of Women Voters of Newport County and Rhode Island, who passed away in February 2011. Joan was a great admirer of the anthropologist Margaret Mead who said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever does." Joan believed in her power to "change the world."

Reservations may be mailed to LWVRI, 126 Storm King Drive, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Elections and Voters Service

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