June 6th, the League of Women Voters of Glenview opened their 2012/13 year Board Meeting with a review of the upcoming new and ongoing exciting priorities. Included in the list will be a book discussion on Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash at the Glenview Library; participation in the LWVIL State Pension Study, continued focus on Sustainable Food & Water/Farm Bill; continued observing of the Village of Glenview Boards & Commissions, presentation of the Movie: Iron Jawed Angels and, of course, ongoing voter registration, mock elections for new voters, and candidate forums.
The 2012/13 Board members are Joan Ziegler, President; Carole Weber, Vice President; Sheri Latash, Treasurer (not in photo); Pam Petersen, Secretary, Directors are Jane Ballengee, Pat Birk (not in photo), Diane Freeman, Mary Hummel, Margy Iverson, Sue Kravis, Chris McCooey, Henrietta Saunders, Ann Yoshida (Not in photo).
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The first major event for the Board was representing the League of Women Voters of Glenview at the 2012 League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) 50th biennial national Convention June 9-12 in Washington, DC. The League of Women Voters of Glenview was represented by Joan Ziegler, President, Sheri Latash for Sustainable Food & Water/Farm Bill Caucus and Henrietta Saunders for the Lake Michigan League Caucus. They were just three of the 650 representatives in attendance.
While in Washington, Joan Zeigler attended workshops and caucuses, and discussed many of the critical issues facing our democracy this election year. The League's Power the Vote 2012 initiative was highlighted throughout as delegates celebrated recent successes in protecting voting rights and secret money in elections. Building on this theme, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the convention discussing his latest efforts to protect voting rights. "I learned many new things and brought back important ideas for our League to use in our community," said Ziegler.
Delegates reelected Elisabeth MacNamara of Georgia as national President and elected a new Board of Directors, passed the League's budget, and voted on the organization's agenda for the next two years, placing a special emphasis on working to fight the flood of secret money in politics.
Ziegler and other attendees were welcomed to the convention by DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, and were treated to remarks by Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and a panel discussion featuring author and commentator Eleanor Clift, former Congressman Mickey Edwards, and attorney Trevor Potter, most recently known for his work with comedian/TV personality Stephen Colbert. Pollster John Zogby also addressed delegates at their banquet dinner providing his insights about the upcoming election.
"I was proud to represent the LWV of Glenview at Convention 2012," Ziegler said. "The League is a vibrant organization of volunteer men and women in all 50 states and DC. I feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity to learn and network with them."
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Founded in 1920, the League is one of America's most trusted organizations. Membership in League is open to men and women of all ages. To learn more about the League of Women Voters of Glenview visit www.glenview.il.lwvnet.org.