League of Women Voters of Skagit County
League of Women Voters of Skagit County
May 2, 2020 via Zoom
Members attending: Wende Sanderson, Ed and Mary Ellen West, Margaret Colony, Britt Wisnieski, Carol Sullivan, Don Wick, Doris Brevoort, Edwyna Spiegel, Kathryn Longfellow, Lory Lawson, Patti Santangelo, Paula Young, Steve and Nancy Johnson, Kathy Reim, Mary Jane Golden, Trena Berton, Barbara Carson and Barbara Robinson.
Welcome and check in: Wende had each speak to how they are doing and give a postive.
Definition and acknowledgement of Quorum: Discussion of how many are attending and how we meet the quorum when voting.
Minutes from April 4th meeting were accepted.
Treasurer's Report: Lory presented the report which had been emailed prior to the meeting:
Cash on hand: $2,248.01
LWV WA Ed. Fund: $697.34
Petty Cash: $37.29
After liabilities listed: $2,874.05
Census: On May 2, 2020 we have 35 individual members with 3 household memberships totaling 38 members.
Membership Report: Carol Sullivan suggested we need to find a way to reach more young people when building our membership. She felt that we need to research what young people would need to make our league a place that they would feel welcome and encouraged to join. We also need to talk about the dues structure to see it that is an impediment to younger members joining. Wende mentioned that this might mean a change in the by-laws. Wende reminded us that we are planning to work on updating the by-laws this coming year.
Presidents Report: Wende presented written highlights of 2019:
1.Civil Discourse Across the Aisle with Rep. Norma Smith and Rep. Dave Paul.
2.Actions packed visit of the Secretary of State Kim Wyman
3.Issue Briefing with the schools on Homelessness Impact on Students.
4.Co-sponsorship of “No Place Like Home” A play giving voice to the local homeless residents at the Lincoln Theater.
5.Three forums in September and October
6.“What to Expect with the 2020 Election” with the County Auditor Sandy Perkins and Elections Supervisor David Cunningham. There was a snow issue so attendance was low. A broadcast made it accessible to the public.
7.“WE Ignite” the League participated providing two discussion panels. One: “How to Choose Who to Vote for” and second: “What do you do if you want to run for Office.”
There are results since becoming well known in the valley and beyond. Contacts are now being made to us about current events in our area. Increased visibility and appreciation increases our need to be sure we focus on our purpose and mission:
The LWV of Skagit County is a registered non-profit, non-partisan political organization. We encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League acts in support of, or in opposition to, selected governmental issues which its members have studied. We do not endorse candidates or political parties. Our mission is to Empower Voters and Defend Democracy and we welcome women and men who share our mission to join as members.
Slate of Officers/ Nominations from the floor: Margaret Colony presented the list of new and returning officers and chairs. Lory added that Mary Jane Golden was no longer a candidate for the Program Services committee chair. Margaret made a motion to unanimously vote to accept the following officers. Wende Sanderson as President/Chair; Ed West as Vice President/Chair; Lory Lawson as Treasurer; Kathryn Longfellow as Secretary; Kathy Reim as Voter Service Chair; Carol Sullivan as Membership Chair. After discussion, a vote was taken and the above were unanimously accepted. There were no nominations from the floor for the Program committee chair.
Wende mentioned that we need to discuss and explain how the Program committee and the Voter Services Committee are related and are different and to continue to seek ways to fill the open Program Committee chair position
Voter Services Activities Report: Kathy Reim spoke to the plans for the upcoming forums. Due to the virus issues she is researching effective methods of posting the /
Candidates forums online. Using social media she feels that we may reach more people. We also can partner with more groups. The next step means reaching out to other League groups, perhaps city offices, and others that have experience in this mode of communication. Kathy invited any members with ideas or resources to contact her. She also asked members to join this effort.
After the filing dates close (May 11 – 15) the committee will begin to sort through the races and begin to make choices of who and what races to have in the forums. The next Voter Services Committee meeting is May 27th at 1 p.m.
Program Committee events already planned:
•June 8th Fair Vote WA Alternative Voting Methods online. Carol Sullivan has information if you need the details.
•August 22nd “Courage in Corsets” film to commemorate the 100th birthday of Women's Voting. This is to be at the Burlington Library if possible. If not there are thoughts of holding this film discussion online after viewing in a different way. Mary Jane Golden has information on this event.
•On going Civics Education discussions are being held each Monday at 11 AM. Currently we are studying the amendments to the US Constitution. Contact Wende for more information.
•Suggested topics for future events:
--Education forum on Hospital Districts, how they work and what they mean.
--Getting through the Noise when voting on candidates and issues-separating Myth vs Fact
--What about our system on Health Care especially in view of the virus issues—how well is the system working for Skagitonians?
•Early 20-21 events:
--WE Ignite in February;
-- Participation in Speak Up Schools (with Snohomish League in Jan/Feb.)
Parking lot items:
State Council meeting Friday May 29th Register online for this event. The cost is $19. You get a mask plus entry into many important and interesting items.
Barbara Robinson suggested members giving friends or family members a League membership for a year as a gift. Also suggested we target younger people using a scholarship to encourage a new member. Perhaps a fund raiser could raise $ for this idea.
Kathy Reim offered using a sliding scale to make it affordable to encourage attendees to the WE Ignite event coming up in the new year.
Meeting adjourned at noon.
Barbara Robinson Secretary.
League of Women Voter's of Skagit County
April 4, 2020 Meeting via Zoom
Welcome and group check in: Wende Sanderson Chair
Wende Sanderson, Barbara Robinson, Kathy Reim, Patti Santangelo, Margaret Colony, Britt Wisniewski, Andrea Doll, Don Wick, Ed and Mary Ellen West, Kathryn Longfellow, Carol Sullivan, Edwyna Spiegel, Mary Jane Golden, Doris Brevoort, Paula Young, Steve Johnson, Rocio Lopez and guest Erin Long.
Guest Speaker: Erin Long WE Ignite for 2021
Erin came to share about the plans so far for WE Ignite for 2021. The Theme is to be Empowerment. Erin is hoping to feature Randi Breuer to speak on the Science of Gender, what it really means and how it impacts us. She plans breakout sessions, presentations that support the issues around the gender pay gap and how it impacts women and men. She hopes to feature information on work roles that we don't often find women in and perhaps roles we don't usually find men in. Britt shared that the AAUW theme for the year is also related to this issue focusing on nontraditional roles for women. We may want to reach out to them to see if they would like to be included in the WE Ignite event. Erin also mentioned that she wants to include civics in the event, perhaps registering voters again and find other community groups to be included. Contact for Erin is email@example.com This is a nonprofit organization.
Minutes from March 7th meeting: The minutes were accepted by the members.
Treasurer's Report: Lory was not at the meeting but provided a report for members approval. We have a balance of $2914.80 on hand. There was a discussion on the possible use of that money. There is no encumberment on the $$ and they can be used to support our participation in WE Ignite and for our candidate forums or other events we plan.
Membership Welcome Report: Carol reminded us of the cost of joining issue that we need to revisit. Last meeting Trina Berton joined our group. Carol will send a welcome letter/kit.
Report from Nominating Committee: The list of new officers and committee chairs was submitted and will be voted on next meeting. There will also be nominations from the floor next meeting if someone has that wish. The names are: Chair: Wende Sanderson, Vice Chair: Ed West, Secretary: Kathryn Longfellow. Program Committee: Mary Jane Golden, Membership Committee: Carol Sullivan, Voter Services Committee: Kathy Reim. It was decided to separate the Voter Services Committee from the Program Committee due to the amount of work needed for each committee.
Voter Services/Program committee reports:
The committee recommends that we use $250. to fund a resource table at the February 2021 WE Ignite event, which was unanimously approved.
May 18th- Plan to have voter services team work on what candidate forum to offer plus write letters of intent to candidates so they can save the dates.
May 23rd – Film Courage In Corsets. On April 23rd, Mary Jane will make the decision on whether we need to postpone this event due to the virus issues to August 22nd. The Burlington Library will be available on that date also. Mary Jane shared that there will be two cookie recipes that fit the agenda, with cookies baked for that event offered in bags donated by Trina of Perry and Carlson.
May 29 – 31: LWV State Council Meeting: Although Lory, Paula and Wende have indicated an interest in attending, Margaret reports that the in-person meeting has been cancelled. Stay tuned for whether other options for on line sessions will be available.
June 8th Fair Vote WA: Skagit PUD Building at 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Carol encouraged members to visit Fair Vote 101 to gain information on this issue. Members wondered about inviting the Skagit County Auditor to also speak at this event. Carol mentioned that this event can be done on Zoom if need be.
June 19 – 21 Burlington Berry Dairy Days: Voter Registration and Census information table manned by our members at the Burlington Lutheran Church.
June or July: Redistricting event with Alison Mc Caffrey. Members decided to host this event during January or February of 2021 when the issue will be more pertinent.
July 13th: Possible date for the primary candidate forum.
September 22nd: National Voter Registration Day.
October 12th and 13th: A discussion on the date for the Candidate forum event concluded that the 13th was a better date and a venue is to be found since the PUD is not available and perhaps a larger place may be needed.
Parking Lot items:
Andrea mentioned a program idea: “Getting through the noise” with thoughts on untruth versus half truth information, and how to sort it all out. This will be discussed at next Voter Services/Program committee meeting on 4/29/20.
Wende mentioned Podcasts idea—A small group is meeting on Mondays at 11AM via zoom to discuss podcasts of the Constitutional Amendments. Wende asked anyone interested in joining the group to send her an email.
50th Anniversary of Earth Day is on April 22nd. We will most likely all be secluded at home but we might want to note this important day somehow.
Next meeting Voter Services/Program committee will be April 29th at 1:00 p.m. Most likely on Zoom.
Next meeting of the League of Women Voter's of Skagit County will be May 2nd. Location to be decided and it may also be on Zoom.
League of Women Voters' of Skagit County
March 7, 2020 Meeting Minutes
Skagit Publishing 10:30 a.m. To 12:30 p.m.
Members attending: Jodi Dean, Wende Sanderson, Mike Travis-guest, Peggy Raterman, Lory Lawson, Trena Berton and Mari-guest, Doris Brevoort, Ed West, Margaret Colony, Mary Jane Golden, Kathryn Longfellow, Patti Santangelo, Edwyna Spiegel, Carol Sullivan, Barbara Robinson.
Wende Sanderson welcomed guests by having each member and guest introduce themselves.
Wende introduced Karen Crowley of Speak Up Schools. Karen from the Snohomish League of Women Voters came today to present out group an opportunity to join the Speak Up Schools efforts. Karen mentioned that the census is going to drive many things which includes our mapping. The focus of the Speak Up schools is to be a part of the voices that influence that mapping. The league feels that to support the creation of “fair” maps many voices need to be heard. The goals of the schools will be to train people so that they can speak to compelling points when the independent commissions come to the local communities. The suggestion is that with better input we will have better maps and that the league would be able to do this, by representing our diverse
local areas and by holding them accountable. Karen is suggesting our unit join perhaps with other units to do this. If we decide to do so it would be next year in the early spring. We will need to identify partners, time and dates plus select hosts, coaches then gather names of those willing to testify. The WA. State League has tools, talking points, plus will be offering grants for $$ to support local leagues. The commissioners will be appointed at the end of 2020.
Minutes: Minutes of the January 29th meeting were accepted by the members.
Treasurer's Report: Lory provided a written report.
Current Cash on Hand: $3350.48
$2615.85 U.S. Bank
$ 697.34 LWV-WA Education Fund
$ 37/29 Petty Cash
Lory detailed that we have a deposit of $421.04 a special grant from LWV-WA Education Fund to purchase a projector. Lory moved and it was seconded , and approved by the members that we repay Wende Sanderson for the cost of the new projector. The members accepted the treasurers report.
Membership Welcome Report: Carol Sullivan suggested we revisit the issue of recruiting new members, that perhaps the cost is a negative for some people specially the younger members. We do have an Associate Membership available for people under age 18 at $17.
Nomination Committee: Lory reports that they are in progress with some names ready for the next meeting.
Report from the Voter Services/Program committee:
A possible redistricting forum with Alison was discussed. It had been scheduled for March 31. The members agreed that we need to postpone it and talk to Alison about rescheduling.
Discussions were also held about candidate forums.
Fair Vote WA is scheduled for April 6 at the Skagit PUD building from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Carol Sullivan spoke to this option to the way we vote now.
Mary Jane Golden mentioned that there are some publishing rights that mean we cannot show the film 1 Woman 1Vote so she has researched and found a replacement that we can use: Courage in Corsets. The plan is to show it at the Burlington Library May 23rd from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. With information and discussions to be a part of the program.
May 29-31 LWV State Council: Meeting to be in Yakima, WA
June 19-21 Berry Dairy Days: Table for voter registration
Our league walk in parade?
July 15 Ballots drop on July 15th for Primary. If we are doing a primary Candidate Forum, we should target Mid July/perhaps July 13th or late in June. We should plan to work with partners such as the Retirees' and PFLAG.
September 22, 2020: National Voter Registration Day. We have a plan to again staff libraries and other locations.
Note: There is an important list for all members to check out at the end of the Voter Services calendar of events that Wende provided via email to members. I encourage you all to check that out.
Also since the meeting has been held our whole world and the way we live in it has changed. So many of the dates above may be changed. Keep in touch via email with Wende and any other members if you have questions.
Barbara Robinson, Secretary