The LWVA 80th Anniversary Committee composed of Janice Ratner, Chair, Nancy DiMattio, Phyllis Lehrer, and Deanna Pearlstein started planning in January for this celebration including an Open House to be held on the League's actual anniversary date, March 21. An invitation to the Open House was mailed to members, local officials and some other friends of the League in early March..
The Open House was held at the Amherst Women's Club from 4-6 pm. There was a sheet cake with the 80th logo in addition to desserts and hors d'oevres brought by members.. Trifolds containing many documents and historical photos were set up on tables. There was a seven minute slide show of photographs collected over the years. Jerry Brubaker helped with the latter.
An updated edition of the LWVA Program Book and an 80 year history book were published, samples of which were available at the Open House. Both were later mailed to members so that all would be sure to receive copies. Janet Chevan (Program Book) and Maija Lillya (History Book) helped with these publications.
A program began shortly after 4:30 pm during which guests were welcomed by Adrienne Terrizzi and presentations were made by Janice Ratner. Elena Cohen, assistant to State Senator Jo Comerford, State Representative Mindy Domb, and Town Councilor Andy Steinberg presented citations to the League. The League presented gifts to the Jones Library and to the W. E. B. DuBois Library at the University of Massachusetts. Tammy Ely, Library Trustee, accepted a check for $500 and two civics related books for the Jones Library, given in appreciation for letting the League use rooms for meetings and programs over the years. Kyle Boyd accepted a check for $200 for the W. E. B. DuBois Library which holds the League archives. At the end of the school year, a scholarship will be presented to an Amherst Regional High School senior who fits criteria for doing civics work in the community. The program lasted about 20 minutes. Guests continued to enjoy the food, exhibits and socializing until close to 6 pm.