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The Canton Voter

League of Women Voters of Canton, Connecticut

April 2013
LWV of Canton Board
Presidents: Jane Latus, Gina Magennis Vice President.: Lucy Royer Secretary: Karen Berry Treasurer: Carol Barlow Membership: Missy Zils Voter Service: Carrie Sinish , OPEN Finance: Kathy Amrein, Diane Sheldon Bulletin Editor: Ev Kubas Publicity: OPEN Publications: Barb Backman Nominating Com.: Barbara Checksfield


The Canton League of Women Voters' annual meeting will be held on May 1st at the home of Joanna Eickenhorst at 7 Shingle Mill Road. Dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. There will be a short business meeting after dinner and then the program for the evening will begin. Our speaker is Melanie Bourbeau, curator of the Hill-stead Museum. She will be speaking about Theodate Pope, one of the first female architects of her generation, who designed the Hill-stead. The home was designed for her parents and herself. As a family, they traveled to Europe and brought home many quality antiques, and paintings of famous artists to be used in the home. After the death of the family, the home and all the land were turned into a museum for all to enjoy. We have set the meeting date earlier this year, so that more people will be able to attend. Joanna graciously offered her home again which is perfect for this meeting, as it accommodates everyone very comfortably for the dinner. This meeting is a great time to meet and greet old friends, and to come and see what the league is planning for the future. It is the time that we vote on the proposed slate of officers, the budget, and the program for the upcoming year (See pages 1214. ) The dinner is once again being catered by Emilys of Bristol because everyone who came to previous meetings raved about the food. The cost of the dinner is twenty dollars. Please e-mail me ( or call me at 860-693-8011 if you plan to attend. I need a final count for the caterer by April 22nd. Please send $20.00 to LWV of Canton, P.O. Box 1021, Canton, CT 06019. Checks should be made out to LWV of Canton. If you prefer, you can pay for your meal when you arrive for the annual meeting. I hope many of our members will be able to attend.

In This Issue
Annual Meeting Presidents Letter CHS Voter Regis; Facebook SIR Observer Corps Flatbread Fundraiser SIR; Energy Website LWVCT Letter State Convention; Mental Health Slate of Officers Proposed Budget Proposed Program 1 2 3 4 5 6,7 8 9,10 11 12 13 14

Lucy Royer Vice President



If it seems our Annual Meeting is approaching even faster than usual, you are right. To accommodate peoples busy June schedules, the board this year chose to move the Annual Meeting to May 1st. Remember this meeting is for all League members, so consider yourself invited to learn more about pioneering architect Theodate Pope Riddle and the Hill-Stead Museum from curator Melanie Bourbeau.

The Annual Meeting is also an opportunity to enjoy each others company, reflect on our accomplishments and plan next years efforts (see the presidents proposed program elsewhere in this newsletter) so that we will continue to provide valuable services to our community.

One of those efforts will be the continued work of our study committee on mental illness, which is working energetically on this hugely important and troubling issue. This spring, the League will present a scholarship to a community-minded, civically conscious graduating Canton High School senior. School faculty will determine the recipient, who will be awarded this $500 scholarship at the end-ofyear academic awards ceremony. Additionally, the League will this spring present the Canton Middle School with a $250 gift for library purchases. Each year the League presents this gift to the town or a school library. We are thrilled to have many new members in the Canton League this year. We welcome them, appreciate the dedication of our long-time members, and value all of your participation, insight and congenial company.

Jane Latus Co-president



Our League has traditionally co-sponsored a voter registration assembly at Canton High School with the Social Studies department and the Town Clerk. The event is a service for students who are at least 17 years old and will be 18 before the next primary or election. This year the event will be held on Wednesday May 22 from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. at the High School auditorium.

There will be presentations from the chair of the Social Studies department, Nora Morcarski, representatives from Democratic and Republican town committees as well as a spokesperson for unaffiliated voters. Democratic and Republican Registrars of Voters will be present as well as Town Clerk Linda Smith who will swear in new voters.

Carrie Sinish Voter Service, Chair


Social media applications are now more and more frequent in communities, government, and civic organizations. The Canton League of Women Voters has recently joined the ranks with other local leagues, state, and the national league with a presence on Facebook. We will be using this page to publicize our work, share photos of our events, and update our membership with pertinent information. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please post a comment or email the League. Please Like our page. We can be found under, League of Women Voters of Canton, CT or you can follow the link here,!/LeagueOfWomenVotersOfCantonCt

Missy Zils Membership Chair

The League of Women Voters of Cantons board has changed its meeting night to the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. It meets at the Canton Community Center. Members are welcome to observe if they wish.

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44th SYMPOSIUM ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund, Inc. in cooperation with the Department of Marketing and Communications at Sacred Heart University and the Program for International Education Resources (PIER) at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University

Water, Water Everywhere, But Not a Drop ...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 University Commons Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue

Fairfield, CT 06825 Registration and Continental Breakfast Program (begins promptly)

(for suggested readings, see
Speakers: Professor Michael L. Accorsi

8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut

Shimon C. Anisfeld, PhD

Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist in Water Resources and Environmental Chemistry, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Joseph Quinlan

Managing Director and Chief Market Strategist, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Tara J. Troy, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Moderator: Kay Maxwell

Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, and former President, LWVUS Mail registration form with check to: LWVCTEF, Inc., 1890 Dixwell Avenue, Suite 203, Hamden, CT 06514-3183 Before May 10th, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for tickets or use our PayPal link to register on line at For further information, contact our office. Phone: 203-288-7996 Fax: 203-288-7998 If you pay after May 10th or at the door, the cost will be $30 per person.


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SIR 2013
____ Student(s) @ $10 = $______ ____ Adult(s) @ $25 = $______ ____ Supporter(s) @ $50 = $______ Name(s):________________________________________ ____ Patron(s) @ $75 = $______ Name(s):________________________________________ ____ Sponsor(s) @ $100 = $______ Name(s):________________________________________ ____ I cannot attend, but would like to contribute to the SIR Scholarship Fund $ _______ Please make check payable to LWVCTEF, Inc. Total amount enclosed: $ _________________

Name(s): ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address:____________________________________ E-mail: ________________________________________

Town/City:_________________________________ Zip:__________________ Telephone:____________________________


To really understand Canton and the forces behind its functions and its development, go to a board or a commission meeting. There are over 30 boards and commissions in Canton.

Sound boring?? Its not. Quite the opposite. Its very engaging. Most of these groups meet once a month, some more often. There is a listing on line at the town of Canton, CT website: Give it a try. Introduce yourself to the chairman and say you are from the League. Then sit and listen. If you find that you are interested and want to continue observing, contact Jane Latus or Gina Magennis and tell them. You have become a member of the Leagues Observer Corps.! If youd like, send the editor of this bulletin a short summary each time you observe and well publish it.

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Last evening, April 9th, many League members joined together at Flatbread restaurant (The Shoppes at Farmington Valley) for our annual fundraiser. The pizzas were delicious and the chance to get together in an informal setting was a pleasure.

A percentage of the sale of pizzas was given to the League, and the tea cup auction for the beautiful baskets added to the total of our fundraiser.

The League of Women Voters of Canton thanks the management of Flatbread for their generosity toward our group and its efforts in the community.

Diane Sheldon and Kathy Amrein, co-chairs of the Flatbread event.

Kathy Amrein and Diane Sheldon Finance, co-chairs

Left to Right: Dave Kubas, Carol Barlow and Dick Barlow are waiting for their pizza. Flatbread was packed with customers!

Nancy Donoghue was in charge of selling the tea cup auction tickets.


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Brody Guerette won the basket of his dreams! He was so very excited! The evening was fun for all ages.

Many thanks to all of the League members who donated baskets. Their generosity and ingenuity are certainly appreciated!

For those of you who might have missed this event, please come and join us next year. We have a great time, and the money earned helps support Candidates Night, high school scholarships and gifts to the school and town libraries.

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Annual Meeting CHS Voter Registration Assembly Symposium on International Relations State Convention and Post-Convention Art Gallery Tour State LWV Fall Conference June 1, 2013 October 26, 2013 May 1, 2013 May 22, 2013 May 22, 2013

Dear Neighbors,

In an effort to keep you informed, I wanted to advise that the state has launched its own energy website. provides consumers with the resources to: Reduce Energy Consumption and Cost Improve the Environment Promote Economic Development and Energy Security Feel free to take advantage of this website. It may contain valuable information and tips to help consumers decrease energy costs and promote savings.

As always, I encourage you to contact me with any thoughts or concerns. Please call my office 800-842-1423 or email

Stay connected, stay informed:

Thank you, Tim LeGeyt State Representative, 17th District


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March 5, 2013

On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, Inc. I am writing to the members of the GAE committee to underscore responses given by our Government Director Christine Horrigan in reply to questions raised regarding our organization at the 2/25 public hearing (see CTN video 20Committee%20February%2025th%20Public%20Hearing&caption=true timing 2:38 3:05).

At that hearing, GAE members raised questions regarding the appropriateness and legality of the Leagues advocacy, whether the League is paid to undertake advocacy, and whether our positions reflect the views of the membership. We hope that this response will address any additional questions that you may have about the League of Women Voters of Connecticut.

The League of Women Voters operates at the local, state and national levels. The League of Women Voters of the United States was founded in 1920 as an outgrowth of the 72-year struggle to win the right to vote for women.

The Connecticut LWV chapter was established in 1921. The seven-decade campaign for womens suffrage required both education and advocacy and is reflected in one of the pictures in the gallery between the LOB and Capitol Building. As one of the most trusted organizations in the nation, the League of Women Voters mission statement summarizes our overall goals. The League encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

As our Government Director Christine Horrigan stated, we have two corporations registered in Connecticut. The League of Women Voters of Connecticut, Inc. (LWVCT) is a 501(c)(4) entity registered with the State of Connecticut as an advocacy organization and classified as a client lobbyist. The League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund, Inc. (LWVCTEF) is a 501(c)(3) entity. Both organizations are nonprofit and strictly nonpartisan. We never endorse specific candidates or any political party. LWVCT has more than 1600 members in 27 chapters several of these are regional chapters in Connecticut.

LWVCT Education Fund The LWVCT Education Funds activities include: publications (e.g., the Directory of Connecticuts State and Federal Elected Officials , Using the Internet to Make Democracy Work in Connecticut, Registering and Voting in Connecticut) and candidate debates and voters guides; educational forums on public policy issues, such as health care reform and the role agriculture in Connecticuts economy; and statewide conferences, such as our upcoming spring conference on water supply issues and fall conference on human trafficking.

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LWVCT Advocacy Activities To many elected officials, the League is a familiar presence at town and city halls, the Capitol in Hartford, and in Washington, D.C., where we actively seek to influence public policy by testifying on proposed policies and legislation under the auspices of our 501(c)(4) organization. LWVCT is exclusively funded through individual contributions from members and supporters and has never undertaken any advocacy as result of outside funding.

In Connecticut, we have a 17-member unpaid, volunteer advocacy team that follows legislative proposals in Harford in three broad areas: government/election laws, natural resources and social policy. Among other activities, our volunteers review bills, discuss proposals with legislators and other nonprofit advocates, and draft and submit testimony. Because our volunteers are unpaid, they do not meet the financial threshold set by the state to be considered lobbyists. Because our volunteers are unable to be present at the Capitol continuously, unlike paid lobbyists, we engage the services of a paid lobbyist for lobbying support and to keep us apprised of proposed government/elections -related legislation -- our membership-adopted priority.

When we testify or write to public officials on behalf of the League of Women Voters, our positions are derived from study of issues and consensus of our members. Consensus does not mean that every member participated in every study since members are encouraged, but not required, to participate in studies. Our study and consensus procedure is unique among organizations in that it reflects a true grassroots structure, allowing meaningful opportunities for local members and their chapters to participate in the formulation of positions at the local, state and national levels. Once those positions are adopted, we encourage members to raise their voices in support of proposals that affect their communities, their state and their nation.

The Leagues volunteer advocacy team members devote considerable time and talent to policy questions on behalf of our members, not for pay or recognition but to serve the public interest. If you have further questions, we would be happy to meet with you in order to avoid similar time consuming questioning of our other volunteers.

During the course of 90+ years, the League has changed in many ways. For example, men have been members since the 1970s and we have active websites and Facebook pages. Yet, despite these changes, the League of Women Voters fundamentals have not changed: we are a nonpartisan, community-based, volunteer public policy organization committed to a healthy and vibrant democracy, where all voices are heard, including our own.

Sincerely, Cheryl Dunson President LWVCT, Inc.


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LWVCT CONVENTION JUNE 1st Mark Your Calendars 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Convention 3:30-4:30 p.m. Optional Yale Art Gallery Tour
Mark your calendars to join us at Convention it will be one to remember! LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara will be joining us at Convention! We will hear directly from Elisabeth on the News from National. In her remarks she will touch upon What is the League's Role in our Nation's Capitol? Are we an Effective Advocate? What is the Status of the National Advocacy Agenda? Q&A will follow her remarks. New Haven is a lot closer than Washington DC dont miss this opportunity! Whats the value of Twitter? What is Tumblr? Is a Facebook page necessary? What things make most sense to post on the website? Get your answers to these questions and more at the LWVCT Convention. Our keynote luncheon speaker will focus on the ins and outs of social media.

And of course at convention, we will conduct important League business too (e.g., adopting budget and bylaws and electing new board members). (Article taken from the LWVCT March Board Minutes.)


LWVCT Specialist Naomi Schiff Myers submitted testimony in support of H.B. No. 6517: An Act Implementing The Recommendations Of The Legislative Program Review And Investigations Committee Concerning The Insurance Department's Duties, Mental Health Parity Compliance Checks And The External Review Application Process.

The purpose of this bill is to implement the recommendations of the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee concerning the Insurance Department. The League supported this bill because of the concern about some private insurance practices that appear to deny access to mental health services despite the laws on the books. (Article taken from the LWVCT March Board Minutes.)

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LWV of Canton Officers and Directors

2013 2014
April 1, 2013




Elected Years Year Left

Presidents Vice President Secretary Treasurer

Jane Latus Marjorie Clarke Karen Berry Carol Barlow

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Even Odd Even Odd

1 Year 2 Years 1 Year 2 Year



Carrie Sinish TBD

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1 Year 2 Years


Barb Checksfield

2 Years


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Melissa Zils TBD

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1 Year 2 Years


Carlene Rhea Joanna Eickenhorst

2 Years 2 Years

Even Odd

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Jane Latus

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Barbara Backman

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Lucy Royer

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Canton League of Woman Voters

11-'12 YTD INCOME I 10 Dues * I 20 Contributions I 21 Members I 22 Non-members I 23 Corporate I 40 Voter Service(Sponsors/Corp) I 50 Fundraisers I 60 Interest I 70 Other (Annual meeting Out) I 80 From Reserves Total $1,725.00 $200.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $666.00 $1.11 $0.00 $0.00 $2,592.11 '12-'13 PROPOSED

2013-2014 Budget
'12-'13 YTD '13-'14 PROPOSED $2,125.00 $150.00 $25.00 $250.00 $718.00 $1.00 $400.00 $3,669.00

$2,000.00 $1,875.00 $200.00 $160.00 $30.00 $290.00 $0.00 $2,000.00 $775.00 $2.50 $0.46 $450.00 $40.00 $0.00 $4,972.50 $2,850.46

EXPENSES E 10 Operations E 11 Supplies $0.00 E 12 Postage/Box/Permit ($266.00) E 13 General Meetings (Annual Mtg ($376.48) Out) E 14 Insurance (Liability to CT) ($12.00) E 20 Administration E 21 Board Expense $0.00 E 22 Fundraisers ($50.00) E 23 Public Relations (Sam Collins Day) $0.00 E 24 Membership $0.00 E 25 Donations E 30 Delegates E 31 State Convention or Council $0.00 E 32 National Convention (Escrow) $0.00 E 33 Conference Days $0.00 E 40 PMP - Financial Support E 41 LWVCT ($701.25) E 42 LWVUS ($1,275.00 ) E 50 Bulletin E 51 Supplies $0.00 E 52 Postage $0.00 E 53 Printing $0.00 E 60 Educational E 61 Programs $0.00 E 62 Voter Service ($572.61) E 63 Publications $0.00 E 64 Scholarships/Books $0.00 E 70 Study Group E 80 To Reserves $0.00

($20.00) ($270.00) ($450.00) ($12.00) ($75.00) ($150.00) ($110.00) ($100.00)

($45.18) ($284.00) ($12.00) ($57.40) ($160.92) ($150.00)

($50.00) ($300.00) ($400.00) ($12.00) ($60.00) ($100.00) ($200.00) ($100.00) ($100.00) ($175.00) ($100.00) ($60.00) ($702.00) ($1,320.00) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 ($30.00) $820.00 ($30.00) ($750.00) $0.00 ($3,669.00)

($175.00) ($100.00) ($60.00) ($740.00) ($577.50) ($1,300.00) ($1,085.00) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 ($30.00) ($600.00) ($30.00) ($750.00) $0.00 ($4,972.00) ($3,190.40) ($339.94)


($3,253.34 ) -284.75

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Study on mental health and related issues in the Farmington Valley Conduct voter registration drives, targeting new residents and other unregistered adults Engage students in league activities through scholarships, conferences , events and voter registration Advocate womens health issues Establish Observer Corps


David R. Kubas