Keep calm, the moderator is here

Moderator Training for Our Election Forums

Keep calm, the moderator is hereHave you always wanted to be a moderator of a candidate forum? Are you a moderator and want to brush up on your skills? Are you a Voter Service Chair and want to know how you should support your moderators? Then this moderator training session is for you. It’s Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church of Sunnyvale, Fellowship Hall, 728 W. Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale, near the corner of Hollenbeck and Fremont.

According to the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) publication, Handbook for Moderators of Candidates Nights, “The moderator presides, referees, restrains, and exercises a moderating influence over the proceedings. She or he has the authority to call the meeting to order, recognize speakers, call people out of order, banish them from the hall, call a recess, adjust the ground rules to meet unexpected circumstances, and even to adjourn the meeting if things are petering out or have gotten out of control.” Does this sound daunting? Don’t despair. You will learn everything from the basics, such as how to seat the candidates, to how to handle a disruptive audience member.

This training has been developed by a committee of county League members who are experienced forum participants as planners and as moderators. They will share their expertise and experience with you.

Providing an opportunity for candidates to present themselves and their positions on issues to voters is one of the features of Voter Service that is key to the League’s citizen education mission. Come and learn how you can be part of your League’s service to the community.

Directions: From the north, 101 South, 85 South, take Fremont Avenue exit, left on Fremont, Church is on right. From the south, north on 85, Fremont Avenue exit, right on Fremont.

For further information, contact Roberta Hollimon, [email protected]