League of Women Voters of Skagit County
Minutes for May 4, 2019
Location: Fire Station on E. Division St. Mount Vernon, WA
Members attending: Britt Wisniewski, Mary Jane Golden, Carol Sullivan, Margaret Colony, Lory Lawson, Kathryn Longfellow, Wende Sanderson, Doris Brevoort, and Barbara Robinson
Minutes from previous meeting were approved. A discussion of the publishing of the minutes ensued. It was decided that we would talk to Ed West about holding the minutes of the meetings till they were approved at the next meeting. They would be sent out by the secretary in a few days after the meeting but would be published on line after they were approved at the next meeting. If he agrees we will make this a new policy.
Current Cash: $2790.12 Checking in U. S. Bank
$ 457.34 LWV WA Education Fund
$ 27.00 Petty Cash
Membership Dues: Lory will return an invoice when dues are paid to each member paying. Members can also use the form to update any changed information. She handed out invoices to members for the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2019.
Current Balances: Account Receivable = $341.00
Accounts Payable = $437.00
LWV - WA Quarterly payment: $109.25 Due 07/01/19
Reimbursement to Lory Lawson for labels & envelopes
Treasurer's Report continued.
A motion to pay Lory was approved. Lory will also update the LWV expense voucher with current information.
Membership: new Member: Welcome Mary Margaret Raterman.
Welcome letter composed by Carol Sullivan was shared. Carol suggested we also include a LWV bookmark in the welcome packet. We could also include the welcome letter when mailing dues invoices.
NEW OFFICERS: Wende Sanderson was voted in as new president with Margaret Colony as past president/mentor. Ed West was also voted in as Vice President for another term if he is willing. Barbara Robinson will continue as Secretary but is looking for a replacement to work together on tasks. Committee Chairs: Wende Sanderson of Voter Services and Programs. Carol Sullivan will chair the Membership Welcoming Committee.
Delegates to State Convention: We approved partial reimbursement for two members registration and for one hotel room. This cost willl be researched and brought back to the membership at the next meeting for further approval. Registration for the June Convention in Seattle is $240 if you register early. Carol and Mary Jane are looking into attending part time so will check into the cost of that plan. Wende is registered to attend. Our unit has two voting delegates so Wende will be one and Carol or Mary Jane will be the 2nd. Ed West and Mary Ellen are not here today but will be asked to attend if the wish.
Voter Services and Programs Subcommittee:
- Kim Wyman Visit- this visit has been postponed till sometime in the fall. Mount Vernon School District and Erin Lisser of LaConner School District are interested in participating.
- Voter Registration: Kathryn Longfellow is working with Skagit Valley College to schedule a voter registration event at the college.
- MVHS Civics Day : Anna Weimer announced a Civics Day event for Thursday, May 30th 5 p.m. To 7 p.m. At the Mount Vernon High School Library. We are considering having a voter registration table at this event. Wende will contact Ms. Weimer.
Community/Candidate Education on Affordable Housing and Homelessness:
Our team continues to work with Liz Jennings of Community Action to structure a session that will help us understand the important issues around housing and homelessness as we consider upcoming candidates running for election. Perhaps two sessions: one to discuss policy related issues and another to speak to the heart and human aspects of this issue. Kathryn suggested highlighting the realities of homeless children in our community.
Project Homeless Connect: Patti reported that we have till July to register for a booth. They request $50 per table. This would help fund the cost of the tables and curtains.
Civil Discourse Project: On April 10th the Steering committee of the Civil Discourse project met at the Dispute Resolution Center and piloted a Living Room Conversation on “Relationships First”. After this event there was interest in doing more. A discussion followed that noted that outreach was needed to encourage people that do not usually attend. Capitalizing on the partnership that was shown at the town hall with Rep. Dave Paul and Rep. Norma Smith, would perhaps give us an idea. We could include legislators by inviting them to attend . One idea was to ask Norma Smith to see if she had suggestions of who might be interested in participating
Barbara Robinson suggested using this kind of event at the Skagit , Island, San Juan School Retiree's annual retreat. Barbara will research this plan at the May 13th board meeting with the retiree's and will report back with a plan/thought.
Next Voter Services/Program Committee Meeting is scheduled for May 29th 1 p.m. To 2:30 p.m. At Wende's.
TRY: We spent the last half hour of the meeting correcting and assembling the TRY copies and have a good supply prepared for upcoming events.
Next Meeting will be Saturday June 1st at the E. Division Fire Station.
League of Women Voter's of Skagit County
Minutes for April 6, 2019
Members Attending: Margaret Colony, Barbara Carson, Mary Jane Golden, Carol Sullivan, Patti Santangelo, Wende Sanderson, Lory Lawson, Doris Brevoort, and Barbara Robinson
Minutes were approved for the March meeting.
Treasurer's Report: Lory Lawson provided a written report:
Current Checking and Savings: $2,604.12
LWV WA Education Fund: $457.34
Petty Cash: $27.00
Lory reported that we welcomed three new members: Iris Carias, Rosalinda Guillen, and Rocio Lopez. We welcome them into our group. A discussion followed about how we can formally welcome new members. Carol Sullivan will work on a welcome packet.
Lory is looking into using Quick Books for our treasurers books. She also is looking into setting up a same month membership dues for all members. We could pro-rate all members to the chosen month then all would pay at the same time. Lory provided a printout with the current member names, addresses and dues dates.
Report on plans for living room conversations: Wende Sanderson reported that we are continuing our “test run” of the Living Room conversations format. This will take place on April 10th at the Dispute Resolution Center on the 2nd floor of the Carnation Building from 12 noon to 2 p..m. Lunch is provided with RSVP to Wende.
Selection of Delegates to the State Convention on June 6 – 8 in Tacoma. Wende Sanderson and Carol Sullivan are considering attending.
Election of Officers: Margaret Colony announced that our group will be electing new officers and chairs at our May meeting. Barbara Robinson will send out a request for members to volunteer to serve as President and Secretary and any committee that we plan for the coming year. Both Barbara and Margaret are willing to job share or to mentor the new officers. Margaret and Barbara will then be free to chair committees with other members.
Voter Services and program subcommittee update: Wende Sanderson provided a written report on the committee's last meeting.
- March 4 --Barbara Robinson and Wende Sanderson attended the Homeless Shelter provided by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mount Vernon to register voters. We registered or updated 6 voters that day.
- Kathryn Longfellow, Patti Santangelo, and Wende Sanderson staffed a Voter Registration booth at the Homage Senior Services Medicare Information event held on March 27th at the Best Western Convention Center in Mount Vernon. No new voters registered but many TRYs were shared.
- Kathryn Longfellow offered to follow up on finding information on our members manning a booth at the Tulip Festival Street Fair in Mount Vernon on April 19th – 21st. After some discussion it was decided that we would not participate in this event this year.
- Civil Discourse Project: On March 18th Margaret and Wende met with Mary McGoffin from the Skagit Community Foundation to review the Civil Discourse grant proposal that was submitted for the 2019 activities including Facilitator Training and outreach so we could conduct smaller-sized community conversations, targeted to encourage participation from voices who are not normally represented at our events. Mary felt our proposal might be better accepted if we include ideas of working with the Boys and Girls Club to offer conflict resolution and de-escalation training to youth. Margaret and Wende reported back to the CD Steering Committee at the regularly scheduled meeting on March 20. Jennifer Hendrix and Cathy Pfahl, members of the committee, agrees to discuss the possibility of submitting a proposal of this type and will keep us posted.
- Kim Wyman Visit: The Kim Wyman visit was postponed after our meeting. Plans for the visit include a coordination with Kurt Dunbar of the History Dept and the Honors Society at Skagit Valley College. The College President's assistant has reserved the Multipurpose Room. Our hope is to attract as many students to the event as possible. Then we had reserved the Conference Room at the Skagit Transit Center for $125.00 for a community based event (which has now been cancelled).
Tentative topics for Secretary Wyman’s presentation include:
Margaret and Wende spoke about highlighting the Civics Book during the Kim Wyman event. Also spoke about having Sandy Perkins, Co Auditor, and David Cunningham, Elections Supervisor, participate.
- How the new voter access rules going into effect in July this year, such as pre-registration of 16 and 17 year olds and same-day registration will be implemented.
- Election Security---what are the concerns and how are they being addressed in Washington State.
- Voter Engagement—discussion of the statistics on voter participaton and any thoughts on how we can improve them.
Barbara Carson is working with LaConner teacher Erin Lisser on having her students participate in a way that is yet to be determined.
Considerations for Planning the event: Hospitality---where to stay, dining options, tours and things to see outside our event. Early evening event hosting: notables who might want to have a presence. Educational offerings such as displays about voting history in our state. Informational tables around the area.
Wende mentioned that our next Committee meeting will be April 15th at Wende's home (this has been canceled after our April 6th meeting due to the cancelation of the Wyman visit.) Next meeting will be April 24th at Wende's home at 1 p.m. To 2:30 p.m.
Social Event: We plan to host a social event in Anacortes area to celebrate all our group accomplishments. Margaret and Barbara will work on this and information will be coming soon.
Upcoming plans include Margaret and Wende working with Liz Jennings of Community Action on an activity where we can support candidates and ourselves so we can be more knowledgeable on issues of homelessness and affordable housing. We would have an educational session first then will use this as a theme for our candidate forum. After the May candidate registration closes we will make decisions on what our forum will look like this coming election season.
Next meeting will be May 4th at 10:30 a.m. E. Division Street, Mount Vernon Fire Station #3.
Barbara Robinson Secretary
League of Women Voters of Skagit County
Meeting Minutes March 2, 2019
Location: Fire Station # 3 4701 E. Division St.
Mount Vernon, WA
Members attending: Margaret Colony, Carol Sullivan, Wende Sanderson, Patti Santangelo, Mary Jane Golden, Barbara Carson, Ed West, Mary Ellen West, Doris Brevoort, Britt Wisniewski, Barbara Robinson, Lory Lawson and guests/new members Rocio Lopez and Rosalinda Guillen.
Introductions were conducted.
Minutes were approved of the February meeting minutes.
Minutes of the January meeting were amended to include the purpose of the organization and the list of officers.
Treasurer's Report: Lory Lawson reported that our account balance at this time is $2,356.12. We have a balance of $3,310.00 in the Education fund with $2852.66 earmarked for a specific educational event. Mailing address is now changed so all material will come to Lory. U. S. Bank acounts are now in the name of treasurer Lory and other pertninent members. Lory will work with Steve Johnson to updat the membership list.
Guest Presentation: Rocio Lpez and Rosalinda Guillen of Community to Community spoke on supporting Farmworkers issues. Rosalinda spoke about SB 5438. This bill provides a monitor to the controversial H2A guestworker program. They ask that there is an office of oversite set up,with an advisory committee to determine the needs of the farmworkers. She spoke to the concerns farmworkers face: the increased use of pesticides; safe water and food in the fields when the pesticides are use improperly; housing and health care options. ( Attached is the information shared with the members)
Action Workshop February 21, 2019: Margaret Colony and Wende Sanderson reported on the action workshop in Olympia. Teams met with legislators to further the State League issues including Norma Smith, Barbara Bailey, and Dave Paul. An online report is available on the state website.
Kim Wyman Visit: Wende contacted the WA State Historical Society to see if they have some display materials that could be used during Sec. Of State Kim Wyman visit. These materials would give information on women's suffrage and the enfranchisement of other groups such as African Americans, Native Americans and others. They do not have ready made displays but gave suggestions of other sources.This will be a subject for the next Subcommittee meeting.
The date of the planned visit needed to be changed due to Kim Wyman's calendar. Wende will contact Wyman to book May 28th. We will now need a different venue as the Burlington Library is booked for the date now planned. This will also be a topic at the next Subcommittee meeting on March 27th at Wende's home from 1 p.m. To 2:30 p.m.
Topics for Wyman to discuss could be the 1)new Voter Access laws to be implemented July 2019; 2)election security; 3)voter engagement.
Plans for including schools such as the local high schools and the Skagit Valley College are being planned. Contacts with people such as Dr. Carl Bruner Superintendent of Mount Vernon Schools and with Leah Eberle of Skagit Valley College are planned. Sandy Perkins, Skagit County Auditor and Representative Dave Paul of the 40th District indicated an interest in participating. Other suggestons were made s
such as including the WA Vocational Services students inclusion.
Report from Subcommittee:
March 4 , 10 a.m. At the Seventh Day Adventist Day Center Homeless Shelter Barbara Robinson and Wendy Sanderson will register voters.
Thursday March 21st is a Community Action meeting on Homelessness.
A suggestion was mentioned on the use of the Lincoln Theater for this event. Working with Liz Jennings we will being to work on a continuum of events starting with Voter and Candidate education on this topic in preparation for the Candidates Forum on Affordable Housing and Homelessness which we will be co-hosting in late September. A planning meeting to discuss this further on Thursday March 21 from 3 to 4:30 p.m at the Community Action Riverside Classroom. League members are encouraged to attend to help with the planning.
Updates and dates to remember:
Our unit is entitled to 2 delegates to the State Convention June 7 through June 9 in Tacoma. Think about attending this event. Talk to Margaret Colony if interested.
6th Annual Farmworkers Tribunal will be held in Olympia, WA in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building from 4:30 p.m. To 6:30 p.m. On March 18th, 2019. There will be testimony of farmworker's issues such as working conditions and the impact of the H2A guestworker program. Also discussed will be issues of pesticides, climate changes and clean water. More information can be obtained from Community to Community Development 203 W. Holly Street, Suite 311 Bellingham, WA 98225. C2Cinfo@foodjustice.org. Community to Community is a grassroots organization founded by the WA State farmworkers to promote an equitable food system and access to fundamental democratic processes.
Voter Services and Programs Subcommittee next meeting will be March 27th 1 p.m. To 2:30 p.m. Wende Sanderson's home.
Next League of Women Voter's of Skagit County meeting will be April 6th at Firestation #3 4701 E. Division St. Mount Vernon at 10:30 a.m. To 12:30 p.m.
Barbara Robinson, Secretary
Scroll down for the Farmworker's informaton on SB 5438
Farmworkers ask for your support.
We should not count on the federal government to do what's best for Washington, we must do it ourselves. Our farmworker communitues demand it. We ask that you take leadership now, by passing the common-sense legislation to monitor the controversial H2A guestworker program: Support SB 5438
As a farmworker organization with integrity in the State of Washington, we have witnessed how the growth of the H2A program has impacted local farmworker communities.
The H2A program is a multi-million dollar payroll leaving our state – a payroll local farmworker's have historically spent in rural communities.
Skilled farmworkers are leaving Washington State, and the seasonal migrant workforce no longer sees value in returning to Washington for harvests due to the incresed use of the H2A program, creating a false labor shortage.
We have seen the effects of overburdened and understaffed state agencies in the investigation of the death of Honesto Silva Ibarra. These commonplace abuses and exploitation will only get worse. Without this bill, the only avenue to address them is lawsuits, which are costly to everybody.
This bill brings accountability for all stakeholders in the agriculture industry.
Farm labor is not a commodity that can be quantified by the industry's financial statements. This bill recognizes that farmworkers are a needed stakeholder in Washington State's agricultural economy.
This bill equips our agencies with adequate staffing and a mandate to take on the challenges and complexities of the H2A program by providing stable funding sources from the State Budget, and a process for establishing fees from the large corporate growers using the program.
*The complexity of the H2A program led to the death of Honesto Silva Ibarra in Whatcom County. We believe without oversight there will be more deaths.
The above information was shared by new member Rosalinda Guillan. The flyer was hosted byCommunity to Community Development