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Making Democracy Work

League of Women Voters of Newport County

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

LWV Newport County Events

The LWV Newport County holds regular meetings on topics pertinent to the community and the country. During election years, candidate forums are also held.


LWV Newport County Annual Meeting

Heidi Benedict, Roger Williams University archivist and coordinator of the "Extraordinary Women of East Bay Project" will be the featured speaker at the LWV Newport County's annual meeting on Wednesday, May 1st at 11:30 AM at the Green Valley Country Club on Union Street in Portsmouth.

On the agenda for the meeting will be a discussion of thoughts and ideas for LWV Newport County's initiative and action in the upcoming year, as well as election of officers and adoption of a budget.

The cost is $20, which includes entré, beverage, tax, and gratuity. The luncheon choices are: The Green Valley salad, turkey club, Reuben, Venetian chicken or cheeseburger.

Please RSVP to Jill Kassis (jhkassis@gmail.com or 401-619-0377) by Wednesday, April 26th. You may send your check for lunch to LWV Newport County Treasurer Kathy Gallagher, 484 Riverside Drive, Tiverton, RI 02878, or pay at the door.


On Monday, March 25th the LWV Newport County hosted a forum of the Newport County women legislators - Senator Euer and Representatives Carson, Cortvriend, Donovan, and Ruggiero. Lynne Tungett, publisher of "Newport This Week" was the moderator.

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


On December 6th, at a reception at Harbor House in Newport, the seventh annual Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award was presented to Loren Deveau in recognition of her extraordinary volunteer contributions to Child and Family. Loren oversees and coordinates the Thanksgiving and holiday food and gift programs for the agency.

The award presented by the League of Women Voters, Newport County, honors its longtime member and treasurer, Joan C. Arnold. Joan gave years of devoted service to the Newport County League, the League of Women Voters Rhode Island and many other community organizations.

Our congratulations to Loren, a very deserving recipient.

Loren Deveau, center in photo, is the Arnold Award recipient for 2018.

Pictured left to right are Landa Patterson, Volunteer Coordinator at Child and Family, Angela McCalla, Foster Care Recruiter, Child and Family, Loren Deveau, 2018 Arnold Award recipient, Betsy Akin, V-P for Fund Development at Child and Family, and Ann Arnold, Joan Arnold's daughter and Child and Family Marketing and Development Manager.

Angela McCalla and Ann Arnold

Newport County League Member Linda Jenkins shares memories of her friend Joan Arnold

Elections and Voters Service

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Registering Voters at CCRI

Would you like to participate in the League's voter service activities? Each election season, the League works hard to register voters and hold forums to help citizens make important election decisions. As election 2018 nears, check these pages to learn how you can help or contact LWVNewportCounty@lwvri.org