The League has offered a wide variety of educational programs and events for its members and guests, most open to the public.
The program addressed League issues related to poverty, specifically: Education, Health Care, and Housing.
We also commemorated Equal Pay Day, which happened to be April 4. This day is designated annually to reflect how far into the new year women must work to achieve the same amount of pay as men in the previous year. Our primary co-sponsor, the American Association of University Women, arranged the luncheon talk on Equal Pay by retired Senator Karen Peterson.
After lunch with legislators, attendees went to Legislative Hall. There was a press conference on pay equity in Delaware, and the General Assembly adopted a resolution commemorating Equal Pay Day. We gave each legislator a packet with position papers on pending legislative issues.
Rep. J. J. Johnson, Chair, House Corrections Committee, spoke on Solitary Confinement; Alan Davis, Chief Magistrate of the Justice of Peace Courts, updated attendees on the status of the Access to Justice work on Bail Reform, Brian Bartley, Office of the Public Defender, discussed Pre-trial Detention, and Ryan Tack-Hooper, Staff Attorney for ACLU Delaware addressed Minimum Mandatory Sentencing and Collateral Consequences.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr., spoke on the work of the Access to Justice Commission he initiated and answered numerous questions.
After lunch many attendees headed to Legislative Hall to distribute folders to all legislators. The folders contained fact sheets about issues and legislation high on the agendas of the League's and its cosponsors.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Delaware. Cosponsors: American Association of University Women (AAUW); American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow; Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ); Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence (DCAGV); Delaware Coalition for Open Government (DelCOG); Delaware Commission For Women; Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark.
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
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
The theme of the retreat was "What is Your Passion?" Workshops were as follows:
In addition, all profited from the time allowed for socializing, training, and movies.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The Tim Laushey Trio entertained. Tim, on drums, is a member of the LWVSC.