January, February, and March 2017 Unit Meetings

March 2017 Unit Meetings

Wednesday, March 15 at Oakland Manor or Vantage House at 10 am and Oakland Manor Thursday, March 16, at 7 pm, we will hold our annual review of League of Women Voters of Howard County positions pertaining to our county to determine which should be retained, updated, edited or deleted as we do each year. (Once again, if there is already a member-adopted position nationally (LWVUS), at the state (LWVMD) or regional level (LWVNCA), they automatically apply to the League of Women Voters of Howard County.

February 2017 Unit Meetings

Wednesday, February 15, 10 am, probably again at Oakland Manor*** and Thursday, February 16, 7 pm at Oakland Manor, we’ll be discussing the possibility of a new League of Women Voters of Maryland position–we are members of it–we’ll be learning about and discussing Development Rights and Responsibilities in Maryland, a topic about which many of us have not thought much. More information will be provided the week before.

***This unit meeting may be held at Oakland Manor or at Vantage House at 10 am.

January 2017 Unit Meetings

Review of League of Women Voters of Maryland’s and League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area’s member-adopted positions with an eye to updating them, retaining them as-is, editing their language, or possible deletion

Click here for background information.

Wednesday, January 18, 10 am, at Oakland Manor and Thursday, January 19, 7 pm also at Oakland Manor


LWVHC Legislative Luncheon

League of Women Voters of Howard County Hosts Legislative Luncheon

Columbia, MD – for release 12/21/2016: On Saturday, January 7, 2017, the League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold its annual Howard County Delegation Legislative Luncheon. The luncheon will take place at the First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042., with lunch starting promptly at 11:00 a.m. The Senators and Delegates who make up our local delegation will discuss the League of Women Voters of Maryland’s 2017 Legislative Priorities. After opening remarks by the delegation have concluded, League members and guests will have the opportunity to ask questions of the delegation. Join us at this event held to help the citizens of Howard County learn more about our legislators’ priorities for the 2017 General Assembly.

The League’s partners for the Legislative Luncheon are the Columbia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and the Columbia Branch of the American Association of University Women. The cost to attend is $10 and there is no cost for anyone who brings a dish that will serve 8 people. Please RSVP to the League office regarding your attendance at 410-730-0142 or info@howard.lwvmd.org by January 4.


Preliminary Findings for House Bill 1105

PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FOR HOUSE BILL 1105

Submit Your Comments! During the 2016 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill (“H.B. 1105”).

This bill tasked the Maryland Office of the Public Access Ombudsman to investigate and issue a public report by January 1, 2017 concerning the Howard County Public School System’s handling of public records and Public Information Act requests during the period from July 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015.

The Ombudsman is currently seeking comments on PRELIMINARY FINDINGS


November 2016 Unit Meetings

Legislative Districts in Maryland – Single or Multi-Member?

11/16 Wed Unit Meeting, Vantage House, study and consensus Pertaining to LWVMD Primary System Study about Single v Multi-Member elections districts for MD, Part I of Primary Election Stem Study, 9:30 am

11/17 Thurs Unit Meeting, Oakland Manor, study and consensus Pertaining to LWVMD Primary System Study about Single v Multi-Member elections districts for MD, Part I of Primary Election Stem Study, 7 pm

Information for the meetings


LWVHC Program: Refugees

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The Provisional Voting Process: An Overview

The Provisional Voting Process: An Overview
By the Maryland State Board of Elections


Sherlock’s Clues to the Candidates

Sherlock learns to look for clues to the candidates in the Voters’ Guide
by the LWV Montgomery County, MD




United Nations Day Commemoration Program

United Nations Day Commemoration Program – We will hold a program to commemorate United Nations Day on Monday, October 24, 2016 at Savage Branch of the Howard County Library in the DaVinci Room from 7 to 8:30 pm. Our speaker will be Sawson Al-Sayyab who is the Interim Resettlement Manger and WPE / Bridge to Safety program focal point at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in the Baltimore office at the Baltimore Resettlement Center, where she has worked for the past 7 years. Ms. Al-Sayyab has been a humanitarian aid worker since 2003, working with several international nonprofits in Iraq and Jordan focusing on women’s economic empowerment and health education programs emergency medical interventions. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from Baghdad University in Iraq and has spent 14 years working in the Iraqi Ministry of Health as Senior Pharmacist. Ms. Al-Sayyab is a strong advocate for refugee women’s empowerment and education. Being a refugee herself, she understands well the challenges facing newly resettled women and men.


Life Underground-the importance of soil biology to health and climate

LIFE UNDERGROUND
the importance of soil biology to health and climate

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Oakland Manor
5430 Vantage Point Rd.

DR. SARA VIA, Professor of Biology & Entymology, University of Maryland

“Organisms in the soil, from microbes to mycorrhizae, have a huge impact on how plants grow and react to stress situations. It’s a wild world down there, and some of the interactions will surprise you! Building and maintaining soil health is essential for food production, the conservation of forests and natural areas, and climate-resilient gardening, agriculture, and forestry. Soil can even pull CO2 from the air to reduce climate change! Learn what healthy soil is, how you know if you have it, and how to build it if you don’t. After the talk, there will even be a hands-on demonstration of why soil health is important.” (Dr. Sara Via)

For information contact Betsy Singer at 410-730-7740. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Howard County, Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment (HoLLIE), and the Town Center Community Association

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LWVHC Fundraiser at Tino’s Italian Bistro

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF HOWARD COUNTY HOLDS FUNDRAISER AT TINO’S ITALIAN BISTRO ON OCTOBER 25

The League of Women Voters of Howard will hold a fundraiser on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Tino’s Italian Bistro to support the League of Women Voters of Howard County Education Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit. For the full day of this event, 10% of the proceeds for the restaurant will be donated to the League of Women Voters of Howard County Education Fund. All proceeds includes all carry-out, delivery, dine in, wine sales, etc…, for the full day. The fundraiser will be held from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. at Tino’s Italian Bistro, 8775 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, MD 21045, 410-730-TINO (8466), www.tinositalianbistro.com.

For more information contact 410-730-0142 or info@lwvhowardmd.org.