CANCELLED: April 1, 2020 Unit Meeting

CANCELLED: Education Report at April Unit Meeting

In this time of uncertainty, we have decided to cancel the Unit Meeting which was to be held on April 1, 2020 at Historic Oakland. With the continuing fear of the spread COVID – 19 and with the consideration of the health and safety of our members, we are following the advice of local, state and national leaders who are urging all citizens to take extra precautions at this time.

This meeting was scheduled to hear the report of the Equity in Education Study Committee, to discuss the report and to reach concurrence to possibly change our Position. There is not a deadline for doing this and in conversation with both Krista Threefoot, LWVHC Director of Education, and Beth Hufnagel, LWVHC President, it was decided to move this important meeting to the first Unit Meetings in September.

You will receive specific information about the date, time, and place for our September meetings in August. You will also receive the link to the Education Study again. In the meantime, if you would like to peruse the information and the data in the report, you can find it online in the March Voter beginning on page 5

Also, we have not canceled our May Unit Meetings, so please watch for information regarding the status of those meetings. Susan Fingerman is scheduled to report on the study done by the LWVMD on Civic Education in our schools. There is not a call for concurrence in this study. Also, in May we plan to gather ideas for Unit Meetings for the 2020-2021 League year. We hope that we will see you in May with lots of your ideas.

We also hope that you are well and continue to stay healthy during this time of crisis.

CANCELLED: Education Report at April 1 Unit Meeting

With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID–19) and in consideration of the health and safety of our members, we are following the advice of local, state and national leaders and postponing next week’s League of Women Voters’ meetings on March 18 and 19, 2020.

The meetings are being tentatively rescheduled as one meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room on the lower level of Historic Oakland.

Of course, this is dependent on the state of the outbreak near the end of March. As of today, schools are scheduled to reopen on March 30th and Historic Oakland is also scheduled to reopen by April 1, 2020. Hopefully, this will happen, however we will reassess this new date in late March and notify all members of the status of the meeting.

The March meetings were scheduled to hear the report of the Equity in Education Study Committee, to discuss the report and to reach concurrence. Reaching concurrence is necessary before making any changes to our Education “Position” statements.
We urge you to take some time in the next few weeks to read the LWVHC’s Equity in Education Study Background Paper and the Study Questions. They will give insight into the discussions that we need to have before reaching concurrence. The Background Paper and the Study Questions can be found in the March Voter beginning on page 5. The Voter is online.

We hope that you are well and continue to be during this time of crisis.

Take care and hopefully we will see you in early April.

Sincerely,

LWV of Howard County


CANCELLED: March 31 Fundraiser for LWVHC at Tino's Italian Bistro

CANCELLED: Fundraiser at Tino's Italian Bistro - March 31, 2020 


Although our fundraiser at Tino's Italian Bistro had to be cancelled, League members can support this restaurant that has been so good to us. Visit their website
to make your selections for take out or delivery. This is NOT a fundraiser for the League, this is a THANK YOU to them, in this trying time, for all the support they have given us in the past.


February 2020 Unit Meetings

POSITIONS, POSITIONS, POSITIONS!
 
The February Unit Meetings will be held on February 19 th at 10:00 a.m. at the Residences at Vantage Point and on February 20 th at 7:00 p.m. at Historic Oakland. These meetings will meet our annual obligation to review League position statements which enable our League to testify at the local level on issues which are priorities for Howard County. We need to determine if revisions and/or deletions should be made.  At this meeting, we also need to discuss possible "Studies" for the 2020 – 2021 LWVHC year.
Our current positions can be found on pages 16-20 of the LWVHC 2019-2020 Handbook.  You can access the handbook on the League's website at https://hoco.lwvhowardmd.org/lwvhc_handbook    Select LWVHC under “Positions.” 
In addition, we have been asked to review the positions of the LWVUS, our national organization, to determine if revisions or deletions should be made. Positions at the state and national level are important to us as we can use these positions as we testify on issues in Howard County. At our February meetings, we will only be examining positions that are LWVUS priorities or those that impact the work that we are doing in Howard County.
The LWVUS positions can be found in the LWVHC 2019-2020 Handbook on pages 32-53.  We will only be looking at specific items in the following sections:
Section I. Representative Government:
Section III. Natural Resources - p. 40
Section IV. Social Policy - p. 46
Non-League members are welcome to attend the February Unit Meetings, however only LWVHC members may vote on decisions to be made.
We look forward to your participation!

LWVHC 2020 Valentine Appeal - It's Our Birthday!

This year is the 100th year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, women’s right to vote in federal elections. You may not know, however, that it’s also the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters AND the 74th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of Howard County (LWVHC)! Please show the League some love by gifting it a special contribution this Valentine’s Day.

Your charitable donation will help the League of Women Voters of Howard County make democracy work in these ways:

● Register voters
● Organize the Annual Legislative Brunch
● Provide testimony to the County Council and the General Assembly
● Offer televised candidate forums
● Print Voter Guides for the Special, Primary and General Elections, distributed free of charge to county libraries and senior centers
● Present programs about the environment, foreign affairs, & current events

We urge you to access the numerous free resources on our website and on the other websites that we support, the LWVMD, the LWVNCA, and the LWVUS.

We are appealing to you because membership dues can't support all our League's activities. Maintaining a year-round focus on making democracy work is costly, so it is critical that you donate to this annual Valentine Appeal.

With your help, we can continue to make democracy work! It is traditional to give an amount equal to the age of our League, 74 years or $74, or a multiple of that number. Since the LWVHC is now a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your donation may be tax deductible for both federal and state tax returns.

You can make your donation by check, payable to the League of Women Voters of Howard County, Inc. (or LWVHC) and mailed to our address below, or use Paypal online at the League’s website DONATE button.


LWVMD Legislative Day 2020

LWVMD Legislative Day 2020
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
For registration and payment information go to: https://www.lwvmd.org/leg_day_2020

LWVMD Voters' Guide for District 7 Special Election Primary

The League of Women Voters of Maryland Voters' Guide to the special election for the 7th Congressional Representative will be available on January 20th in libraries, senior centers, senior retirement communities and County offices within the 7th Congressional district.  The Guide contains candidates’ responses to a series of questions about national issues. 


LWVMD Voters' Guide for D7 Special Election Primary


Valentine's Gala 2020

Columbia Town Center Rotary Club Valentine's Gala

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, The Columbia Town Center Rotary Club will host the "Valentine's Gala" to raise funds for local programs and charities that help citizens in crisis and mentor and educate children and youth in Howard County and beyond. A fun evening of dancing and dining, the "Valentine's Gala" will be held from 7:00PM until 11:00PM at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD. Live music will be provided by The NightLife Band and the cost per ticket is $125. Hotel accommodations are available from Turf Valley Resort for those wanting a getaway weekend.

Proceeds from this event go directly to the Columbia Town Center Rotary Club Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 20-2858354). Our foundation supports community service projects, programs and organizations that support children and families in need, education and mentoring, and services to citizens in crisis in Howard County and abroad.
Community Outreach Organizations & Projects We Support:

Running Brook Elementary School Food for Kids Project, Our House - Residential Workforce Training Center, Disaster Aid, Open Doors Food Pantry, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc. , Cervical Cancer Project, Community Action Council of Howard County, Athelas Institute, Inc., Howard Community College Scholarships, Bridges to Housing Stability, Rotary Dictionary Project, Rebuilding Together, Rotary International Paul Harris Foundation, Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Leadership Howard County Scholarships, Winter Growth, Howard County Summer Enrichment Program, Hope Works, Howard County Animal Shelter, Gilchrist Hospice Services, Howard County League of Women Voters, Water.org, Backpacks and School Supplies for Nigerian Orphans, NAMI Howard County, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation


Annual Legislative Brunch

LWVHC Annual Legislative Brunch

The Annual Legislative Brunch with our Howard County Annapolis Delegation will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 20142. This is a great opportunity to eat and talk with our elected members of the General Assembly in an informal setting. It’s also a perfect event for you to bring friends and family to see what your League is all about.

The Brunch will be held in All Saints Hall, in the St. John’s Parish Day School building at the front of the campus. Parking is located by the school, with additional parking located in the church lot behind the school.

Doors will open at 10:00 AM, and the program will end about noon. The cost is $10 for anyone attending without a dish.

There is no cost if you bring a dish that will serve 8 people by 9:45am. Food assignments are based on the first letter of your last name, and are as follows:

  • A - F: Fruit or Salad,
  • G - M: Breads, Muffins, Pastries,
  • N - Z: Main Dish (casserole, quiche, etc)


Please RSVP to info@howard.lwvmd.org or 410-730-0142 to let us know that you will be coming, and if you are bringing food or $10.

We also need volunteers to assist with setup and cleanup. Volunteers for setup are asked to arrive at 9:30 AM and look for Kathy Vanston. If you are able to help, let us know when you RSVP, or email Kathy at kathyvanston@gmail.com. We are looking forward to another full house again this year!!


January 2020 Unit Meeting


LWVMD is joining Common Cause MD in holding a free Citizen Advocacy Training