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The Task Force on Funding Requests was created by the Steering Committee in response to comments from members at the Annual Meeting to put more League funds into action. New Steering Committee members Ann Kieser and Bonnie Isman met with veteran members Rebecca Fricke and Deanna Pearlman and crafted a program of grant opportunities that would support positions already endorsed by the Amherst League.

The League conducts outreach for voter registration and seeks to inform potential voters on how to register to vote, how to obtain absentee ballots in Massachusetts and in other states, and about Amherst’s new Council form of government. Voter information and registration assistance were provided at a climate change conference in June 2019, at the Town of Amherst Block Party in September, at the October Candidates Forum, and by reaching out to students with home room signups at the Amherst Regional High School in February.

Zoom Protocols for Annual Meeting

Annual meeting will be conducted as much like an in-person meeting as possible. The meeting will be chaired by Adrienne Terrizzi. Joan Temkin will be our parliamentarian, and Nancy DiMattio will be the recorder. Kathy Campbell will be the Zoom host and technical co-chair of the meeting. All participants, except those with pre-assigned speaking roles in the meeting, will be muted by the host unless recognized by the co-chair. Be sure that you understand how to "raise your hand" in order to be recognized. You may also raise your hand to second a motion.

Jun 2 2020 - 7:00pm to Jun 3 2020 - 6:45pm

LWVA's annual meeting will elect officers for the upcoming year, approve a budget, and consider changes in the bylaws. The proposed budget and bylaw revisions will be discussed in preliminary caucuses, also to be held on line.

The summer and fall of 2018 were busy times for both our League and our neighboring Leagues. An extraordinary number of open seats were up for grabs in the state legislature, and in addition, Amherst was holding its first municipal election under its new home rule charter.

The Voter Registration (VR) Committee was busy this past year - mainly in the fall of 2018 - educating voters and potential voters about voter registration, absentee ballots in MA and other states, and the ballot questions.

The Committee had its origin in early 2017, as a way to provide LWVA members opportunities to further inform themselves about local social issues.

Last year the state League established the legislative envoy program. Each local League was encouraged to have one or more persons designated to be contacts with our state legislators on state legislation.

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