League of Women Voters of Central Vermont Bulletin Summer 2012 Message from the Central Vermont Leadership Team
This spring has been an exciting time for the League of Women Voters of Central Vermont. Our Annual Meetingwas great due in part to the meeting space – the REACH office - graciously secured by longtime board member,Hedi Ballantyne; the wonderful array of food; the attendance of a new member, Fran Krushenick; and acaptivating presentation by Lyn Blackwell, Ph.D., author of Frontier Feminist: Clarina Howard Nichols and thePolitics of Motherhood. Lyn is an engaging speaker and taught us so much about Clarina, an important figure inVermont’s journalism, political and women’s rights history. If you don’t know much about Clarina’s life, weencourage you to learn more.
At the Annual Meeting, we formalized our new governance structure and approved the necessary changes in ourby-laws to reflect this. What was formerly referred to as “the Board” is now the “Leadership Team,” consisting ofKate Rader, Nancy Lynch, Gia Biden and Hedi Ballantyne. This core team is committed to expanding theLeague’s visibility, membership and activities in Central Vermont with coaching, guidance and accountabilityprovided at the national and state levels by the Shur Fellows of the Membership and Leadership Developmentprogram.
The Central Vermont League is very excited to hear from Kate Rader upon her return from the 50th LWVUSNational Convention in Washington, D.C., which took place June 8-12. The agenda for Convention was packed. The caucus topics alone are fascinating. They include: Roadmap to Reform in Health Care; What We ShouldKnow about the 2012 Farm Bill; Extreme Fossil Fuel Extraction; Beyond Polarization: Time to Get More WomenElected; Benefits of Using Vote411 in Election Work; Democracy in the Balance: Money, Speech and Power; ADepartment of Peace Study; Proposed Sentencing Reform Concurrence; National Popular Vote; HumanTrafficking in our Cities and Towns; Mitigating the Impact of Voter Photo ID; Our Food, Our Future; OurFederal Education Position; What Can You and the League Do About Climate Change?; and RedistrictingReform. Every one of these topics is timely and important to Central Vermont League members. At Convention,Kate saw a preview of Patriocracy, a film about hyperpartisanship, which the Central Vermont League plans toshow in Montpelier in the lead-up to the November 2012 Elections. Both Kate and Nancy have attendedConvention previously and enjoy describing the energy of such an event and the feelings evoked by connectingwith so many League leaders and members committed to the mission and policy positions of LWV. You will readabout Convention in the June Green Mountain Citizen.
We are also gearing up for the July 3 Independence Day parade! We will participate in the parade itself; this hasbecome an annual event where some of the local League members dress as suffragists and get a great receptionfrom the crowd. This year is especially exciting because we will be one of the hosts of the Democracy Tent, agathering place for politicians and constituents to foster dialogue and generate excitement about voting and civicparticipation. Please consider joining us for the parade or as part of our Democracy Tent presence on this keystoneholiday, which marks an incredible piece of our history. What better way to celebrate freedom and independencethan participating in the parade and tent activities as a Leaguer in our state capitol! Nothing makes that experiencesweeter…well, except homemade lemonade and fried dough, which is a great way to end any parade!
In celebration of democracy,Gia Biden & Nancy Lynch
The LWVCEN Streamlines
We also hope to sponsor a Legislative CandidatesForum, as we did in 2010.
At its Annual Meeting on May 15, the LWVCENformally adopted a simpler, more flexible board
There being no other business, the meeting was
adjourned, followed by a potluck dinner and a talkby local historian Lyn Blackwell.
As has been the case with many local Leagues, theLWVCEN had difficulty filling leadership
Welcome to the Democracy Tent!!
positions. In recognition of this problem, theLWVUS appointed a committee to “streamline”
Montpelier's Independence Day celebration is a
the League. Among their proposals is to stream-
highlight of our League year, with our presence in
line the management structure of a League by
the parade always well-received. This year that
replacing the traditional Board with a Leadership
presence will be bigger and more important, as we
Team. The streamlined Leadership Team structure
host the new Democracy Tent, in collaboration
makes it possible for as few as four League
with the Secretary of State's Office.
leaders to simply manage the work of the League.
The tent, located on the lawn of the State House,
This year, after a year of working with the new
will be the venue for a Meet-and-Greet between
structure, it was proposed to amend our bylaws to
candidates for political office and citizens from
make this simpler structure official. The new
around the area. There will be table space for
campaign literature as well (instead of candidates'passing it out along the parade route).
Spokesperson/Convener – Nancy LynchSecretary/Treasurer – Kate Rader
In addition to serving the candidates, we will be
Media Relations/Member Coordinator – Gia
registering people to vote and recruiting new
members to the League. A wonderful opportunity
for us to publicize the League's work and letpeople know what a terrific organization this is,
No new local study was proposed, but we will
make every effort to participate in new or ongoingstate or national studies. The LWVVT is in the
We need your help to do this. The tent will be
middle of a study of transportation funding, and
open from 2:00-8:00 p.m., and we'll be lining up
the committee welcomes new members, or in-
for the parade about 5:30. Because we'll be
formation gathered by others. No new national
second or third in the parade, those marching will
study has been recommended, but one could be
be back at the tent by about 6:30. We'll be
adopted by Convention, as occurred two years
publicizing the tent from the parade, so the
ago, which the Privatization Study came from a
number of people and candidates should be
increasing as the parade progresses.
No study does not mean no activities, however.
Let Nancy (email@example.com; 498-5020)
We will be in Montpelier's Independence Day
or Kate (firstname.lastname@example.org; 229-
parade, as usual, and will be hosting a Democracy
4737) know if you can help. This is a BIG DEAL,
Tent from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. See the story below.
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If you can contribute time and/or cookies for the
After a year's hiatus because of scheduling
event, please let Gia (email@example.com; 498-5018)
conflicts, a naturalization ceremony will again be
held at the State House on Monday, August 13.
This is always a very moving and rewarding
The League has traditionally registered the new
occasion to Leaguers who participate. You're
citizens to vote, and the LWVCEN has hosted a
welcome to attend the ceremony, but warned to
reception for the new Americans, their families and arrive early, because the House chamber is alwaysfriends in the Cedar Creek Room.
LWVCEN 2011/12 Calendar (Public events are in boldface) Montpelier Independence Day Celebration. Join us in the parade and at the Democracy Tent!
Naturalization Ceremony, State House, followed by reception hosted by LWVCEN
LWV Central VT
1186 Towne Hill RoadEast Montpelier, VT 05651
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