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LWVWP Proposed Local Program for 2017-2018

Voter Service (vacant)
--National Voter Registration Day (NVRD)
--Vote18 (Spring 2018)
--Voter Registration drives at area events (tbd)
--Get out the vote
--Voters Guide/Vote411 – data collection, data entry, distribute printed guides
--Voter Information (election calendar; absentee ballot; election-related deadlines, etc.)

Forums (Beth Kava)
--Candidates Forum: Democratic primary and general election (Fall 2017)
--School Board Forum (Spring 2018)

Membership Development (vacant)
--Attract new members
--Opportunities to raise awareness of LWVWP in the WP community, especially among younger residents
--Outreach to community groups (e.g., Girl Scouts, PTA council, others?)
--More effective use of Web and social media – migrate to LEW, active Twitter feed and Facebook page, Pinterest, etc.
--Opportunities for voter registration and publicity (e.g., WP parades, street fairs, etc.)

Information Programs (vacant)

Issues/Advocacy Study and Consensus (Janice Abbott)
Research and report on issues for study at the local, county, state and national levels; includes topics such as Campaign Finance Reform (Money in Politics); Healthcare, NYS Constitutional Convention, NY Women’s Equality Act; White Plains city budget, White Plains school district budget

Youth Programs (Ruth Goldberg)
--Students Inside Albany (closer involvement with selection; trip reports at picnic)
--LWVWP scholarship (closer involvement with selection, essay?)
--Closer involvement with WP Youth Bureau Mayor’s Council
--WPHS clubs (service credit in exchange for working with LWVWP)

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebrations (vacant)
--ArtsW Activities in Fall 2017
--Women’s right to vote and LWV founding

LWVWP Proposed Local Board of Directors for 2017-2018

Elected Positions
President Stephen Cohen 2016-2018
Vice President Janice Abbott 2017-2019
Treasurer Irene Kohn 2017-2019
Recording Secretary vacant & rotating   
Membership Doris Dingott 2016-2018
Membership Development vacant  
Voter Service vacant  
Forums Beth Kava 2017-2019
Publicity Madeline Zevon 2016-2018
Social Media Laura Kerenyi 2017-2018
Information Programs vacant  
Youth Programs Ruth Goldberg 2016-2018
Corresponding Secretary Carol Heller 2017-2018
At-large (Appointed)
Susan Altman  2017-2018
Barbara Cooper  2017-2018
Carol Heller  2017-2018
Mark Laloo  2017-2018
Harriet Slivka  2017-2018
Valerie Weinstein (recused through 11/2017) 2017-2018
Off-board (Appointed)
Youth Programs Ellen Blauner  
Headlines Libby Hollahan  
Membership Development Barbara Noach  
Naturalization Court Dorothy Schere  

LWV of White Plains Elects First Male President

StephenCohen, new president of LWVWPThe League of Women Voters of White Plains elected their first male President at the Annual Meeting on May 18th. “Stephen Cohen has done an outstanding job as Voter Service Chair, organizing many volunteers to register voters with their Voter Registration drive and Vote 18 program which is conducted yearly in five White Plains high schools.” said Madeline Zevon, former League President. Read more>

Membership: Time to Renew details>

Fixit Forum read> about the forum held April 3, 2016, on single-payer healthcare.

Running and Winning

Running and Winning is a one-day workshop with the goal of encouraging young women to go into politics.  It is run by the League of Women Voters of Westchester and co-hosted by the American Association of University Women. It was held at the YWCA on North Street in White Plains on April 14th, 2016.  The students came from high schools all over Westchester, including White Plains High School.  Read more>

Below: Leaguers at 2015 State League Convention:

Leaguers at State League Convention 2015

Bottom Row (l to r): Sheila Bernson, New Castle; Diane Drew, Larchmont/Mamaroneck; Jennifer Mebes Flagg, New Castle; Top Row: Madeline Zevon, White Plains; Susan Schwarz, Rivertowns; Marian Steinberg, White Plains; Jennifer Watts, White Plains; Marylou Green, County; Not Pictured: Deb Morel, Scarsdale; Roseanne Klein, White Plains

Leaguers in the know….
LWVWP’s New Non-Partisan Policy

A Must Read for League Members, and especially important in this Election Year!
The Board of the White Plains League of Women Voters has adopted a new Non-Partisan Policy in February 2016.

Train to Become a Moderator

Among the League's most visible and important functions is moderating candidate debates. The County League would like to add to the pool of trained moderators, and is planning an orientation this spring. Ideally, each local League provides one or more members who can handle events in other jurisdictions. To learn more, or if you would like to volunteer, please call the League office at 949-0507, or email: lwvwestchester@optonline.net


LWV White Plains Monthly Board Meetings: see list below calendar items

School Board Candidates Forum 10 May 2017, 7:00-9:00pm White Plains High School, room B-1
Annual Membership Dinner 18 May 2017 6:30-8:30pm tba
Annual Picnic 14 June 2017 6:00-8:00pm tba

League of Women Voters of White Plains Schedule of Board Meetings

The LWVWP Board of Directors meets monthly from September to June. Board meetings are open to all LWVWP members. Please notify Stephen Cohen, stephen435@optonline.net prior to the meeting if you wish to attend.

Daytime meetings are 1:00- 3:00pm and are held at the homes of LWVWP board members as shown below.

Evening meetings are 7:00-9:00pm and will be held at The Ambassador of Scarsdale, 9 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains, NY.

14 September 2016 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Janice Abbott

5 October 2016 7:00-9:00pm
The Ambassador of Scarsdale

9 November 2016 7:00- 9:00pm
The Ambassador of Scarsdale

14 December 2016 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Libby Hollahan

11 January 2017 7:00-9:00pm
The Ambassador of Scarsdale

8 February 2017 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Madeline Zevon

8 March 2017 7:00-9:00pm
The Ambassador of Scarsdale

12 April 2017 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Barbara Cooper

10 May 2017 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Beth Kava

14 June 2017 1:00-3:00pm
Home of Irene Kohn

See LWV programs On Demand on White Plains Community Media

"LWV Presents" shows taped LWV programs. This link takes you to the listing of currently available tapes. Click on the one you want to see.

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Updated by Valerie Castleman May 5, 2017