Newport County League

Susan Wells
229 Gibbs Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

Annual Meeting Set for May 17

The League of Women Voters of Newport County will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. Dr. James Ludes, Vice President for Public Research and Initiatives and Executive Director of the Pell Center at Salve Regina, will be the featured speaker. On the agenda for the meeting will be a discussion of thoughts and ideas for LWV Newport County's initiatives and actions in the upcoming year, as well as election of officers and adoption of a budget.

The meeting will be followed by lunch after which our Dr. Ludes will discuss "Current Threats to our Democracy (from Russian Hacking, the Election, to the Present Administration)." Dr. Ludes' talk at the League's 2016 meeting focused on his take on the then-upcoming presidential election.

The meeting will be held at the Green Valley Country Club, Union St., Portsmouth.

The cost is $20, which includes entrée, beverage, tax, and gratuity. RSVP to Susan Wells (swells229@gmail.com) by Wednesday , May 10 with your menu choice. 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.

The luncheon choices are:

  • The Green Valley Salad  (please specify if you would like the vegetarian version) mixed greens, chopped bacon, blue cheese, freshly sliced strawberries, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and candied walnuts served with your choice of dressing.
  • Turkey Club: fresh cut turkey, with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayonnaise on your choice of wheat or white toast.
  • Reuben: corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and Swiss cheese on marbled rye bread.
  • Venetian Chicken: grilled chicken breast, our house-roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella cheese, lettuce, and a balsamic glaze served on a brioche bun.
  • Cheeseburger: Green Valley's special blend burger with lettuce and tomato, served on a brioche bun.


2016 Joan C. Arnold Award Announced
The League of Women Voters, Newport County has selected Lucy's Hearth
as the 2016 recipient of the Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award.

Lucy's Hearth has been serving homeless women and their children in Newport County since 1984. In October the organization moved into its new home at 19 Valley Road, Middletown, that will allow it to better serve its clients. Jennifer Barrera, program director at Lucy's Hearth, notes that the new and expanded space will allow the staff to better serve women who are victims of abuse and find themselves and their children homeless.

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."

This award commemorates her life and work by recognizing individuals whose work has resulted in bringing relief to those in need or to improving the quality of life in Newport County. The recipient must be an organization or individual in Newport County. The honoree's work should have demonstrated measurable impact or results, long-term and high-level commitment and a wide reach in the county.

The award will be presented on November 10, 2016 at a wine and cheese reception to be held at Harbor House, 111 Washington St. Newport from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and reservations may be made online or by downloading an invitation.

For more information on the Arnold Award event, contact Jill Kassis at 401-619-0377.


2017 dues are payable by September 30, 2016
Renew by Mail or Renew Online

The LWV Newport County will be moderating three candidates' events
for the Alliance for a Livable Newport on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30-8 p.m.
Candidates for the Newport City Council Ward 1
Martin Luther King Center, 20 Dr. M. Wheatland Blvd., Newport
Moderated by LWV Newport County

Tuesday, October 11, 6:30-8 p.m.
Candidates for the At-Large Newport City Council
City Council Chambers, City Hall 43 Broadway, Newport
Moderated by LWV Newport County

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
Candidates for the Newport School Committee
Pell School Cafetorium, 36 Dexter St., Newport
Moderated by LWV Newport County


Newport LWV Coffee with Legislators

Representatives Edwards, Finn, Martin, and Canario
chat with LWV member Patty MacLeish.


The League neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government.

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