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The League has offered a wide variety of educational programs and events for its members and guests, most open to the public.

LWV Biennial Convention 2015

LWVDE Biennial Convention

Charlotte King, League President
The LWVDE held its biennial convention June 6, 2015 at the Dover Downs Hotel, with the theme "Civil Rights and Justice in Delaware." The keynote speaker was Kathleen McRae, Executive Director, Delaware ACLU; and panelists were Darlene Battle, Executive Director, Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement; Dr. Yasser Arafat Payne, Associate Professor, University of Delaware; and Eugene Young, Advocacy Director, Delaware Center for Justice. Officers and board members for the next two years were elected during the business session. Highlights of the program begin on page 5 of the Summer Voter.

Keynote Speaker Kathleen McRae
Panelists Yasser Arafat Payne, Darlene Battle, and Eugene Young

Convention 2015 Approves New Study to Consider a Delaware Price on Carbon Study

At the LWVDE Convention 2015 the LWVDE approved the Delaware Price on Carbon (DEPOC) Study. A study group of eight has been formed. It includes Chad Tolman, Pat Todd and Peggy Schultz from the Delaware League, Diz (Linda) Swift from the LWVCA, Gary Witt from Temple University, Lance Noel from UD, Dick Bingham from the Delaware Nature Society, and Elizabeth Siftar from Delaware Interfaith Power and Light. For background and the questions the Study Committee is addressing, go to page 9 of the Summer Voter.

Advocacy Corps Reports Highlights of 2015 Legislature Session

Between the opening of the 148th Session of Delaware's General Assembly and its early a.m. July 1 adjournment, the League's Advocacy Corps reviewed 106 bills, deciding whether to support, oppose, suggest amendments or simply monitor. Among our top priorities were Same Day Registration which is pending in the Senate (see Voting and Elections below), a bill to prohibit domestic abusers from buying or keeping a gun, which was signed by the Governor on October 2 (see SB 83 in the Justice Report), and repeal of the death penalty which was killed in the House Judiciary Committee (see SB 40 in the Justice Report). See more at Summer Voter. LEAGUE DAY IN DOVER 2015

League Day in Dover is held annually in late March. Traditionally, we have focused in-depth on a single issue of priority interest. We took a different approach in 2015, addressing five priority issues in half-hour segments. In the afternoon, more than 30 attendees went to Legislative Hall where they attended legislative sessions and committee meetings, met with the Governor, and distributed position papers to every legislative office. Governor Markell, seen in the back row, met with us in his office at Legislative Hall. President Charlotte Hall, in the front row, holds the proclamation he presented honoring the League's 95 years of making democracy work.

For additional photos and more about this exciting day, go to Our Advocacy Work

Retreat and Council 2014

The League of Women Voters of Delaware held a retreat and its biennial COUNCIL 2014 from Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4 at the Virdin Conference Center in Lewes, Delaware.

The theme of the retreat was "What is Your Passion?" Workshops were as follows:

Council Workshop in Session
Workshop in Session

  • Advocating for Justice, Equality and Acceptance
  • Contemporary Strategies for Fundraising
  • Membership Development
  • Aging as Part of the Human Condition
  • League Legislative Priorities
  • The Current Agenda of the Delaware General Assembly

    In addition, all profited from the time allowed for socializing, training, and movies.

  • League Day in Dover - 2014!

    Delaware Agriculture is an $8 billion dollar industry helping to feed America and the world by producing and processing a wide array of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and milk.

    House interior showing nipple watering system
    Poultry House Interior

    The poultry industry is recognized as the mainstay of Delaware Agriculture. To help us understand its effects, League Day 2014 featured balanced presentations by distinguished representatives of farm families, agribusiness, environmental regulation, academia, and state and federal government. The program and presentations from League Day 2014 are available below. Some of the files may open slowly, as the presentations are large and have been compressed.

    Moderater Les Stillson and Panel Members
    Moderator Les Stillson and Panel Members

    Michael Scuse, Undersecretary, Farm and Foreign Ag Services, USDA
    Michael Scuse, Undersecretary at USDA
    Program
    The Poultry Grower, Laura Hill, 2nd VP, Delaware Farm Bureau; member, Delaware Nutrient Management Commission
    The Water Quality Manager, John Schneider, DNREC's Watershed Assessment and Management Section Manager
    The Commercial Professional, Mike Twining, VP, Sales and Marketing, Willard Agri-Service
    The Poultry Industry Director, Bill Satterfield, Executive Director, Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.

    LWVDE Board Orientation - August 24, 2013

    Over 30 state and local board members and committee members attended this orientation, held at the Barclay Farms Clubhouse in Camden. The orientation session provided a great opportunity for local and state board members to receive training to help increase effectiveness as board members and to share their interests.

    LWVDE Retreat/Council - April 13-15, 2012

    The League held a Retreat at the Center for the Inland Bays in Sussex County on April 13, 14 and 15th. On this and the following pages are copies of the agenda and of the evaluations and reflections made by attendees at the end of the meeting. There were 24 attendees and, while we wish more of our members had joined us, it was a lively and enthusiastic group who offered excellent suggestions for the future. At the present time, we plan to alternate years between our regular Conventions (in odd years) and Retreat/Councils (in even years). So review the report and make plans to attend the Retreat two years from now! Date to be determined, so stay tuned.

    Agenda for LWV Retreat, April 13, 14, 15, 2012
    Center for the Inland Bays,Indian River Marina, Sussex County

    Friday, April 13

    4:30 pm - Registration
    6:30 pm - Dinner
    7:45 pm - "Reviving the Dead Ladies"
    8:30 pm - Power the Vote 2012
    9:30 pm - Free time/bed time

    Saturday, April 14

    8:00 am - Breakfast
    8:45 am - League 101: What do we do? How do we do it?
    10:15 am - Break
    10:30 am - Candidates' Questions for Vote 411
    12:00 noon - Lunch
    1:00 pm - "The Environment - Up Close and Personal" with Chris Bason, Executive Director CIB and Nancy Moore, CNC Solar, followed by Q&A
    2:15 pm - Break
    2:30 pm - Hiking tour of Burton's Island or "How to Boil a Frog" (a movie)
    4:00 pm - Fund Raising: Ellen Coppley Presentation followed by Q&A
    5:00 pm - Dinner at the Cottage Cafe
    7:00 pm - Wine and cheese and dessert goodies
    7:15 pm - 15 minutes from each League: "What they're doing now - and future plans."
    8:00 pm - Open microphone: (What would you like to to see the State League involved in?)
    9:00 pm - Free time/bed time

    Sunday, April 15

    8:00 am - Breakfast and check out of cabins
    9:30 am - Legislation/Campaign Finance Charlotte King
    10:15 am - Break
    10:30 am - Brief board meeting. All members cordially invited to attend
    11:00 am - Reflections and Evaluations
    12:00 noon - Head for Home
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    REPORT ON LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF DELAWARE RETREAT/COUNCIL APRIL 13-15, 2012

    An evaluation sheet was passed out at the end of the Retreat. It's incomplete only because not all attendees were there for the Sunday morning session. Following is a synopsis of the evaluation and some other reflections gathered at the close of the Retreat.

    Question #1: What were your objectives in attending the Retreat?

    1) Most attendees wanted to meet and get to know other League members better, especially new members.
    2) Many wanted to learn more about the State League and how and why we do some things.
    3) Other objectives mentioned were support of the League, help get all attendees on the same page, exchange of views between Leagues, and updates since last Retreat.

    When asked if these objectives were met, most answered a resounding "yes" with a few answering that progress had been made. It was a very positive response.

    Question #2: What aspects of the Retreat were most meaningful for you?

    1) Lots of different answers but more than one thought the "Dead Ladies" were terrific and the Nature Walk was excellent, as were our speakers (those from the League as well as guest speakers).
    2) Other subjects mentioned were spirited interaction; learning about the background of others; information on ALEC; the legislative update, Policies & Procedures, VOTE 411; and the movie, with one member suggesting that "How to Boil a Frog" would be good to get out to high school and college students.

    Question #3: Are there programs and/or issues you would like your League or the State League to address?

    1) Among these were: manufactured homes, legislative term limits, long term solutions to pervasive social problems, public funding of elections, ALEC, more on Membership/Leadership Development.
    2) Suggestions were also made regarding some studies in progress, e.g., campaign finance and school privatization -- so a note to all local League presidents to be sure you update your membership on these issues as progress is made in the halls of the State Legislature and in our study on privatization.

    Question #4: What suggestions would you have for future retreats?

    Lots of suggestions were made and all of them good. They are: tighter timing, more time for discussion, more on membership recruitment, more healthful options for breakfast and a vegetarian option for dinner, more joint/cross League planning, Regional or National staff attendance, try to get more people involved; break down prices for each day and offer a discount off the sum to those who register for the whole program.

    Several people suggested making the Retreat annual. This is probably not possible because we have State Convention every two years and Retreats will likely be scheduled to take the place of what is known in the League as "Council" in the in-between years. Also, these events take a great deal of planning and we just don't have the manpower to do it annually. But it's good to know that the idea of a Retreat is popular!

    And finally, many comments were made that attendees really like the consecutive presentations rather than concurrent ones and that they really liked the location. Attendees felt the surroundings were beautiful and that it was a way to deal with League business without distraction.

    Additional Reflections from the Retreat (not included on the Evaluations):

    1) Continue to include local League updates during Retreat, followed by separate League planning sessions -- then share ideas with others.
    2) Instead of a weekend event, hold two non-consecutive) strategic planning sessions. Strategic planning to include increasing membership of younger people, how do we mentor new people? Will mentoring help retention? What Is our outreach?
    3) We were reminded that we have a student fee of $15.00. Should there be an Associate member fee ? Should we be recruiting contributions to the Ed Fund for scholarships?
    4) Registration forms for the retreat should include/require a short bio that would be distributed to attendees. We would then learn more about each other without using meeting time for more extensive introductions.
    5) Charlotte King issued an appeal for volunteers with the Advocacy Corps, to join portfolios to do needed research.
    6) Have an "ambassador" from each local league assigned to the other leagues to, when possible, attend meetings and special events. (A variation: inform other local leagues of meetings and events and request a representative to attend, giving as much notice as possible.)
    7) A session on Fund-raising reminded us that it is the responsibility of each of us to participate -- by giving money, or recruiting others, by promoting the League...

    We appreciate all those who attended, those who provided leadership, and especially the hard work of Letty Diswood. Thank you!

    Jo Klinge & Carol Jones, Co-Chairs

    League Day in Dover 2011

    League Day in Dover 2011 addressed Sea Level Rise. Dr. Chad Tolman, Retired Scientist and Chair, Energy Committee of the DE Chapter of the Sierra Club, addressed the basics of sea level rise, its projected overall impact and the likely timeframe for which planning is critical. Dave Carter, DNREC's Coastal Programs, presented what Delaware is doing to prepare for the impact of Sea Level Rise on Delaware's coast line. Dr. Nancy Targett, Dean of UD College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, outlined what the University is doing in climate change research and education and Lewes Mayor James Ford described what Lewes is doing to adapt to sea level rise. Ken Kristl, Esq, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Widener University School of Law, was luncheon speaker, discussing some of the legal implications of climate change and sea level rise for Delaware. The program was organized and moderated by John Sykes.

    LWVDE Goes to LWVUS Council Meeting 2011

    Carol Jones, Cathy Ward, Anne Riley, Letty Diswood, and Sandy Spence represented LWVDE at the LWVUS biennial Council in Leesburg, VA in June2011. Here they are shown participating with others in a small group exercise.

    In keeping with the facility's name - The National Training Center - in Leesburg, VA, education and training sessions were the focus of Council.

    But, there was lots of time for networking with League members from around the country at lunch and during breaks.

    LWVDE Biennial Convention 2011



    The LWVDE held its biennial convention in May 2011 at Dover Downs. The convention elected officers and board members who wwould govern the League for the next two years, approved a new policy position on Energy/Climate Change and another on Land Use/Transportation, approved a New study on State Revenue Sources to be chaired by Mickey McKay, and conducted other business. In addition, attendees attended varied educational sessions on the Delaware Freedom of Information Act with Deputy Attorney General Judy Hodas, Leadership Development with LWVUS Liaison Shayna Howell [in photo], and workshops on League Observer Corps, How to write an effective letter to the editor, and Redistricting.

    League Day in Dover 2010

    League Day in Dover 2010 focused on Redistricting. Shown here are panelists including Sen. Gary Simpson and Sen. Patricia Blevins, prime sponsors of legislation to establish an independent commission to redistrict the state legislature and Edward Ratledge, Director, University of Delaware Center for Applied Demographics and Survey Research. In the center is John Flaherty, president of the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, who moderated the panel discussion, and at the podium are LWVDE's then-President Sandy Spence with Sen. Liane Sorensen reading a proclamation congratulating the League on sponsoring this educational event. Rep. Terry Schooley, co-sponsor of the proclamation is looking on.

    LWVDE Celebrated the LWV's 90th Anniversary in November 2010

    In November 2010, the LWV of Delaware celebrated the League's 90th Anniversary at a Gala at Dover Downs. Recently retired State Archivist Russ McCabe told the fascinating story of the suffrage movement in Delaware. Flame of Democracy awards were presented to honorees from each county, from left to right: Ellen Wasfi (Kent), Sen. Margaret Rose Henry (New Castle), and Mable Granke (Sussex). Lt. Governor Matt Denn stopped by to greet us.

    The Tim Laushey Trio entertained. Tim, on drums, is a member of the LWVSC.

    League Day in Dover 2010

    League Day in Dover 2010 focused on Redistricting. Shown here are panelists including Sen. Gary Simpson and Sen. Patricia Blevins, prime sponsors of legislation to establish an independent commission to redistrict the state legislature and Edward Ratledge, Director, University of Delaware Center for Applied Demographics and Survey Research. In the center is John Flaherty, president of the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, who moderated the panel discussion, and at the podium are LWVDE's then-President Sandy Spence with Sen. Liane Sorensen reading a proclamation congratulating the League on sponsoring this educational event. Rep. Terry Schooley, co-sponsor of the proclamation is looking on.
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    League Day in Dover 2015

    League Day in Dover is held annually in late March. Traditionally, we have focused in-depth on a single issue of priority interest. We took a different approach in 2015, addressing five priority issues in half-hour segments. In the afternoon, more than 30 attendees went to Legislative Hall where they attended legislative sessions and committee meetings, met with the Governor, and distributed position papers to every legislative office.

    Governor Markell, seen in the back row, met with us in his office at Legislative Hall. President Charlotte Hall, in the front row, holds the proclamation he presented honoring the League's 95 years of making democracy work.

    For additional photos and more about this exciting day, go to Our Advocacy Work