LWVLAMV Annual Meeting 2013 Highlights

Joe Simitian was the featured speaker at the June 2013 Annual Meeting

Joe Simitian was the featured speaker at the June 2013 Annual Meeting

The 43 members at the June 1st League of Women Voters Los Altos Mountain View annual business meeting elected a new board, approved a conditional change in tax status to 501c(3) –tax exempt donations– and heard Joe Simitian, two-term state Senator and our current Santa Clara County Board Supervisor, talk about Civility in Politics.

Our League of Women Voters Los Altos Mountain View chapter recommended the following for education and advocacy at the state level. (No studies were recommended.)

1. Continue working on core issues such as health care, redistricting, initiative and referendum (all)

2. Promote school safety using LWVC’s position on gun control (Dorothea Grimes-Farrow, Steve Chessin)

3. Explore public funding for early childhood education (Ellen Wheeler)

 

Susan Younkin, charter member Barbara Emerich

Susan Younkin with charter member Barbara Emerich

President Sue Graham recognized the Observer Corps, the Board and charter member Barbara Emerich. She has covered Juvenile Justice for the League for many years and is an expert in the field.

 

LWVLAMV Annual Meeting 2013 Highlights

Sue Graham talked about some highlights from the year: League of Women Voters Los Altos Mountain View now sends our monthly newsletter, the Voter, by email and post it on our website. This makes it available to a much wider audience. We partnered with Google before the 2012 election to present the candidates for Mountain View City Council. We held a highly successful Meet Your Elected Officials event which attracted over 100 people. We wrote letters to both SCVWD and Mountain View City Council urging them to approve the Permanente Flood Control project which now has been approved by both agencies. Our housing committee worked tirelessly for affordable housing in our towns. Our Observer Corps represented the LWVLAMV board in the community.

At the Joe Simitian luncheon table – Natalie Elefant, Julie Lovins, Linda Hargrove-Teets, Joe Simitian, Merrian Nevin, Susan Graham and Kim Graham

At the Joe Simitian luncheon table – Natalie Elefant, Julie Lovins, Linda Hargrove-Teets, Joe Simitian, Merrian Nevin, Susan Graham and Kim Graham

 

VP  of Program, Carol Kuiper, who organized the annual meeting and luncheon at Michaels Restaurant, presented outgoing President Sue Graham with a League branded gift.

Carol Kuiper presents President Sue Graham with a League branded gift

Carol Kuiper, who organized the event, presents 2012-2013 President Sue Graham with a League branded gift

 

Sue Graham models League t-shirt - a rift on Superman's logo

Sue Graham models League t-shirt – a rift on Superman’s logo – Sue’s a super-leaguer!

 

Joe Simitian poses with Sue Graham and Los Altos City council member, Jan Pepper

Joe Simitian poses with Sue Graham and Los Altos City council member, Jan Pepper

 

Sherry Barba on right, with Dorothea Grimes-Farrow in the background

Sherry Barba on right, with Dorothea Grimes-Farrow in the background

 

Katie Zoglin, Barbara Emerich, Merrian Niven

Katie Zoglin, Barbara Emerich, Merrian Niven

 

Joe Simitian talks with new League members Lucas Ramirez and Max Harned-Beckman

Joe Simitian talks with new League members Lucas Ramirez and Max Harned-Beckman

 

Julie Lovins and Steve Chessin

Julie Lovins and Steve Chessin

 

Former Los Altos Mayor, Ginny Lears, asks a question from the floor.

Member Ginny Lear asks a question from the floor.

 

After his speech, Joe Simitian talks with Ginny Lear

After his speech, Joe Simitian talks with Ginny Lear and many others informally

 

Joe poses with Merrian Nevin, Max Harned-Beckman, Carol Kuiper, and Lucas Ramirez

Joe poses with Merrian Nevin, Max Harned-Beckman, Carol Kuiper, and Lucas Ramirez

 

Over 50 members and guests turned our for the 2013 LWVLAMV business meeting at Michaels Restaurant

Over 50 members and guests turned our for the 2013 LWVLAMV business meeting at Michaels Restaurant

 

– By Norma Schroder, Director of Communication 2013-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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