League of Women Voters of Skagit County
League of Women Voter's of Skagit County
September 7, 2019 10:30 a.m.
Location: Skagit Publishing Meeting Room
Members Attending: Kathy Reim, Margaret Colony, Britt Wisniewski, Barbara Carson, Wende Sanderson, Doris Brevoort, Lory Lawson, Barbara Robinson, Patti Santangelo, Carol Sullivan, Edwynna Speigel and new member Paula Young.
Minutes: Minutes were approved after deciding that we would update the location of the next meeting in this report rather than change the location in the August report. The location was to be at the Fire Station on E. Division but was changed during the month to the Skagit Publishing Meeing Room due to a conflict at the Fire Station.
Treasurer's Report: Lory Lawson provided a written report for each member.
Current Cash on Hand: $3090.93
Includes: LWV-WA Education fund is $697.34
US Bank $2359.93
Petty Cash 33.00
Invoices for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters have been sent out.
Membership: members have offered to contact three members to
encourage they renew membership.
Wende reminded the group of the option to use the “parking lot” notes to keep members on the agenda items and speak to the other subjects at the end of the meeting when the parking lot time slot comes up.
Kathy Reim spoke on the article in the Skagit Valley Herald about the Sedro Woolley Museum Board meeting on Thursday September 5. The community came to the board meeting to voice concerns of the decision to put a photo and news stories from the 1920s featuring the Ku Klux Klan in its quartly newsletter. People expressed their feelings about this lack of consideration when showing this kind of racism without an explanation. Kathy spoke on the effective coverage in the paper and of how people reacted in a way that became positive in the end result.
Wende gave some information to the group on tax free donations options. Kathy Reim requested a short paragraph from Wende (or Margaret) on the tax free donation process so we are all clear on this issue.
Report-Voter Services/Program Subcommittee: Wende Sanderson reported on the last subcommittee meeting on August 28th at Wende's home.
Debrief on Civil Discourse Event: One lesson we learned was that we need to have a designated person as a “go to” in case of any issue that comes up so as to not disturb the ongoing event proceedings.
Debrief On Homelessness Event: Perhaps have sign in people encourage audience to mention how they found out about the event.
Otherwise both events were seen as very well attended. Comment cards suggested further meetings on the subjects. We had a large audience at both events with about 110 at the homeless event and over 90 at the civil discourse event.
Readers Theater with Stella Ireland: After a discussion of how education grants from the State League can be accessed, it was moved and seconded, then approved to have Margaret begin the process to request $1000.00 from the State League. That money is earmarked to support the Readers Theater for the event on February15, 2020.
Elections and Voting Security with Kim Wyman, Secretary of State of Washington and Sandy Perkins Skagit County Auditor on September 16.
This event has grown to have several options now for the members to work on and for the public to participate in.
1. At this time we have scheduled with Anna Weimer, Mount Vernon High School Civics Teacher to have Kim Wyman visit her class from 1:00 p.m. To 2:30 p.m.
2.Next the Mount Vernon High School Debate teacher will host a debate for the Secretary of State to visit.
3.At 4:00 p.m. At the Mount Vernon High School Cafeteria will be an opportunity for Secretary Wyman and Skagit County Auditor Sandy Perkins to meet with Native American and Latino community leaders to share ideas and discuss best ways to ensure full participation in the electoral process.
4. At 5:00 p.m. Will be an informal reception also at the High School Cafeteria.
5.The final event of the day will be the Elections and Voting Security disussion at the Skagit PUD Building in Mount Vernon from 7:00 p.m. To 8:30 p.m. With both Kim Wyman and Sandy Perkins.
Wende reminded us that we are all needed to take on responsibilities so those that were not at the meeting are encouraged to contact Wende to sign up to take part as a member of the League.
1. We need a team leader to meet Kim Wyman what ever the time is she arrives and get her to the first spot she needs to be.
2. We need a team to set up at the PUD and see that it is ready for the audience and the radio people to set up. Margaret, Doris and Britt offered to be in charge but will need help with tables etc so anyone who can please check in with them. We decided only water and perhaps lemonade will be available with cups etc that Carol can provide so that we keep “going green” at our events.
3.Kathy Reim and Rocio Lopez will be in charge of he afternoon event with the Native American and Latino leaders at the High School.
4. Lory Lawson will head the reception. Each of these people are the leaders but will need the support of the worker members so check in where you can be of service please.
Barbara Carson mentioned the issues around LaConner school being a part of this day...as she has been working with a civics teacher there and is excited about being a part of the events. Wende and Barbara are going to continue this discussion to see how this can take place.
National Voter Registration Days: September 24th it the “official “ day but we are going to use more than one day as we did last year. The Mount Vernon Library is already booked on Monday September 23rd, with Barbara Carson and Mary Jane Golden as the leads on this. Other locations that will use both days is the Goodwill store with Margaret Colony as the lead. On September 24, the Anacortes Library will have a table with Patti Santangelo and Margaret Colony as lead. Burlington Library will offer registration with Kathy Reim lead. La Conner with Britt Wisniewski and Kathy Reim leads.
Next Voter Services Subcommittee meeting will be on Wednesday September 25 at 1:30 p.m. Note this is a different time than last meetings.
Plans for the year 2020:
We Ignite: We have voted to support, partner and co sponsor the event on February 5 and 6 with Erin Long. We will continue to plan our part in this event.
Parking lot issues:
Kathy Reim spoke on the new issue of the text WA The State we are In. She mentioned that the new issue includes all tribes of Native Americans. Being inclusive is an important issue with all tribes when they had not been in the past issues.
Kathy Reim also mentioned that the recorded version of the event on “Homelessness and the Impact on our Students and Schools” by KSVR is available to hear. She has sent it out to members via email and is it also available on facebook.
Carol Sullivan mentioned that on September 25th there is to be a presentation of the “banning of one time use plastic bags” to the Mount Vernon City Council at 7 p.m. This is a great time to show our support for this important issue.
TRY costs were mentioned by Barbara Robinson. Lory Lawson brought up the option of having the TRY a one large page that can be folded into a booklet format. It would be much more cost effective. Both ladies are going to do some research to find how we can hire someone to reformat the TRY and then get it printed via Barbara Robinsons version of printing at a lower cost rate.
Wende Sanderson closed the meeting at 12:10
League of Women Voters of Skagit County
August 2, 2019 10:30 a.m. To 12 Noon
East Division Fire Station Mount Vernon
President Wende Sanderson called meeting to order at 10:30 a.m.
Introduction of attendees: Mary Jane Golden, Patti Santangelo, Don Wick, Margaret Colony, Andrea Doll, Britt Wisniewski, Barbara Carson, Donnell Austin, Edwyna Spiegel, Paula Young (guest), Diane Visten, Doris Brevoort, Kathy Reim, Wendy Sanderson, Barbara Robinson, Kathy Longfellow.
Minutes of July 12th were presented and approved. Wende shared a letter from Steve and Nancy
Treasurer's Report: Lory Lawson sent in a report.
Current Cash on hand: $3598
Request of approval of Recognition Lunch expenses were approved
New Member Edwyna Speigel
Member resignation: Linda Belcher
Voter Services/Program Subcommittee Report: Kathy Longfellow submitted a report from the committee meeting held on July 31st at Wende Sanderson's home. A copy of the minutes will be attached to this document.
1. Civil Discourse Across the Aisle: Monday August 12 at PUD Building with Rep. Dave
Paul and Rep. Norma Smith. Workers for that event were discussed. Table sign in
team: Don Wick and Mary Jane Golden. Set up at 5 p.m. Or shortly after: Donnell
Austin, Mary Jane Golden, Ed West and Barbara Robinson. Clean up team: Mary Jane
and ???. Tent Cards: Barbara Robinson with the support of Wende and Kathryn with
final list of names. All members are encouraged to note the dignitaires with a sticky
note with the name and the “station” of each...that sticky note is to go to Wende so she
can introduce eash. We are expecting legislators and other notable persons. Margaret
will host a voter registration table. Cost and funding options were shared. A copy will
be attached to this document.
2. Homelessness and the Impact on our Children and our Schools event on August 19th
also at the PUD Building in Mount Vernon at 6:30 p.m. To 8:30 p.m. Moderator Kayla
Schott-Bresler from the County Health Department will provide an overview at the
county level. School administrators will speak about the impact from the school point
of view. Superintendent Phil Brockman will begin by explaining the McKinney Vento
federally funded program that every school is mandated to accommodate. He will then
provide a picture from the Sedro Woolley point of view. Other schools will also send a
representative to speak to their school district issues. We finish with the service
providers discussing what they do and where there are gaps. Anacortes 'Family Center,
Community Action, Family Promise, Friendship House, and perhaps NW Youth
Services will present. All legislators from the 10th, 39th and 40th districts have been
invited to attend.
3. Publicity: Poster/flyers have been taken out by various members with Kathy Reim and
her husband Robert taking over Burlington area.
Stella Ireland and Reader's Theater:
We have a request from Stella Ireland to support this event with some funding. Margaret Colony will contact the state league to see if there is funding available for this. The theater project will be “voices of the homelessness: and this could become a template for other leagues or communities. The event is set for February 15th at the Lincoln Theater. It was moved and seconded that our League co-sponsor the Stella Ireland Reader's Theater on February 15th 2020.
Kim Wyman Event September 16th. The details are to be discussed at the next subcommittee meeting and presented at the next league committee on September 7th. We will meet this next time on a Saturday again. However we are going to discuss the possibility of meeting on Friday since our member attendance was so great this Friday.
Wende will send out an updated calendar of events for the rest of 2019 soon.
Next meeting of the Voter Services/Program Subcommittee will be Wednesday August 28th at 1 p.m. To 2:30 p.m. At Wende's home.
Our special guest for this meeting was Erin Long of We Ignite. She organized a full day conference last fall , to support and encourage womens issues. Our league had a table there. She is planning another one this coming winter where there will be inspirational speakers, booths with vendors of women owned businesses, panels and perhaps a Pink Tea panel to celebrate the 100 years that have passed since the amendment of women's vote. The event will offer women in the community a way to connect and give back. She plans for this day to inspire women and show how to improve lives of both women and girls. Her visit today inspired our group to plan to attend and participate in this event.
Parking Lot Items:
Margaret announced that the teacher's guide for the text “WA: The State we we are in” will not be ready for another year. OSPI has set aside some monies for workshops to facilitate workshops to train to use this text. There was a suggestion that the book be a centerpiece for an event. Senior Colleges was suggested as a partner option.
Skagit Valley College Radio Station: They are asking a donatoin of $50 when they support our events. Members moved and seconded that we do this at each of our events.
New Voter Registration Forms were shared by Patti Santangelo. She reminded us of how the new form is different and how we can still use the old form.
Wende shared calendars from the Whatcom League. Our members today were very interested in
purchasing copies. Wende will research this with information for the next meeting.
Our next meeting will be Saturday September 7th at Skagit Publishing at 10:30 a.m.
Barbara Robinson Secretary
League of Women Voter's of Skagit County.
July 12, 2019 Minutes
Celebration and business meeting held at the Secret Cove in Anacortes 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Members attending: Margaret Colony, Wende Sanderson, Steve and Nancy Johnson, Patti Santangelo, Carol Sullivan, Barbara Carson, Ed and Mary Ellen West, Doris Brevoort, Marcia Brevoort, Kathryn Longfellow, Don Wick, Mary Jane Golden, Lory Lawson, and Barbara Robinson. Also attending were guests Jennifer Johnson and Edwyna Spiegel.
Minutes of the June meeting were approved.
Lory Lawson presented a printed report. Current cash on hand $3521.25 which includes $ 2796.91 in U. S. Bank; $697.34 in the LWV – WA Education Fund and $27.00 in Petty Cash. Members who have dues to be paid have been mailed an invoice as a reminder. New member: Melinda Randles. Returning member Andrea Doll.
State Convention Report:
Wende Sanderson and Margaret Colony attended and reported. Several items of interest were shared. 1. The per member payment is going up on 2020 one more dollar. Those monies will be used for fundraising.
2.The State League voted to not concur with the Snohomish County statement on civil discourse. We will revisit this at a later time. Should we as a unit/league vote to concur with the Snohomish League’s statement?
3.There was a discussion about youth and the new voting laws. There is a new version of Voter Registration Form which reflect the new voter pre-registration law. Sixteen to Seventeen year olds must use the new to attest (in Section 2) that they won’t vote until they are 18.
4.Addresses of the registered voters must be accurate.
5.Independent Newspaper, the Spokesman Review, editor Rob Curley spoke at the convention. He was inspiring as he spoke about trying to organize a funding source for independent reporters so the reporting will be unbiased and the information would be available to all news media.
Voter Services/Program Subcommittee Report:
Wende handed out a detailed list of the planned events for the remainder of 2019. On the walls were papers with the headings matching each event planned. After our lunch each member is encouraged to sign up where they can help and attend. Each of these events was mentioned in the last months minutes but if anyone would like a copy give Barbara Robinson or Wende Sanderson a jingle via phone or email.
Wende closed the meeting while we all enjoyed our lunch and the fabulous view.
After lunch we held a celebration. Steve and Nancy Johnson were given a gift, flowers and a certificate of appreciation. Steve and Nancy have been instrumental in so many ways keeping our league going when there were fewer members, printing up materials needed for our needs including the TRY each year plus they were part of the team that made it possible for our league to become official. Also honored was Margaret Colony. Margaret was the backbone of this group keeping it alive. She has the expertise and experience also led us on the path to becoming an official league. Patti Santangelo also was recognized as the go to gal for all inside information on the political side...always able to keep us informed about elections and other important information. Barbara Robinson’s contributions in keeping detailed minutes, organizing our planning efforts and keeping us on track and moving forward were mentioned. Diane Visten was unable to attend, but submitted a recognition of Barbara’s efforts not only to the League but also to the School Retiree’s. Ed West was appreciated for his amazing at getting posters/flyers and other important documents designed and printed. Each of these members had a large part to play in reinvigorating our Skagit League and supporting our events each year.
The celebration lunch was a great way to remind ourselves of the great work we have done. Now as of December 2018 we are an official league. Now as of July 2019 we have a working group that is excited about what is ahead for us. Now we have many new members that are all interested in what we can do next plus they all stand up and say “what can I do and let me help.”