[box]left to right: Elona Vaisnys, Erika Forsa, Miriam Brody, Lori Esposito, Jackie MacKnight, Louise Brundage, Jane Shaw, and Mary Bigelow[/box]
At the Sept. 12 League of Women Voters of Connecticut “POWERING OUR VOICES” dinner that drew LWV leaders from Greenwich to Groton, the largest contingent was from Hamden-North Haven.
Representing LWV of Hamden-North Haven were co-presidents Mary Bigelow and Miriam Brody, vice presidents Lori Esposito and Jackie MacKnight, treasurer Louise Brundage, a member of the Engage CT team Erika Forsa, database manager Jane Shaw, and membership co-chair Elona Vaisnys who gave one of the presentations. The dinner was held at the Holiday Inn in North Haven.
The guest speaker was Katherine Wilshire, Director of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. Among Connecticut women inducted into the CT Women’s Hall of Fame are the first woman elected in her own right governor of a state, Ella Grasso; one of the greatest geneticists of the 20th century, Nobel Prize winner Barbara McClintock; author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe; Olympics skating gold medal winner Dorothy Hamill; beloved children’s author Madeleine L’Engle; fighter for voting rights for women Alice Paul, NPR’s foreign conflict correspondent Anne Garrels, and numerous others, visit www.cwhf.org
The dinner program featured presentations on election laws, campaign financing, sharing expertise on growing membership, raising funds, and increasing visibility. Of major value was an opportunity for networking.
The League of Women Voters seeks to increase understanding of public policy issues, to influence public policy through education and advocacy, and to encourage informed participation in government. LWV neither supports nor opposes political candidates. Undaunted by its historic name, men join LWV also (since 1974). Discuss joining with Elona Vaisnys, 203-248-8035, [email protected], or visit www.lwvct.org.