The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The business meeting included affirmation of the proposed slate of Board of Directors for 2017-2018 final slate. Members voted to maintain all current local positions local positions and not to embark on any new studies. Two new initiatives were adopted. The first is a Civics/Citizenship Education Initiative, which will look at ways to educate the public on how our government works. New Initiatives. The second, the Individual Liberties Initiative, will research how our individual liberties are being threatened and identify ways that League members can individually or collectively take action. New Initiatives.
Diane Proctor, our new President, spoke about the many issues our country faces today and the vital role of the League in addressing them. She reminded us that:
"The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle is not a collection of soloists, although we may often feel alone. We are a chorus of voices--orchestrated by careful observations, thorough study of issues, deliberative debate, and well-crafter consensus. We will not always agree on national, state, or local issues, but when we are well informed, we stand a chance of developing strong, effective, even harmonious positions. Our strength resides in those fundamental principles. Informing our citizenry, informing ourselves, remaining open to broad considerations, and digging into policies, is a gift we give to our towns, and, thereby to ourselves."
An exciting time to join in the work of the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle.