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the harford coUntY


The Newsletter of the League of Women Voters of Harford County, Maryland June, 2012 sandra tracy, president Karen heppen, editor ________________________________________________________________________________

monday, June 18 2:00 pm voter registration certification training Board of Elections (See article on page 2) monday, June 18 4:30 pm lwv harford board meeting calendar planning Slavie Bank, Bel Air

presidents message
Dear Harford Leaguers and Friends, Along comes another busy League month! After a wellattended Annual Dinner meeting and an animated PlanMaryland community information event with the AAUW Harford Chapter in May, we are jumping into Junes activities. Our local membership chair, Peg Hill, and I are very excited about attending the national convention of the LWVUS in Washington, DC where much important League business will be decided affecting the direction we will take in the coming year. Being at convention gives us the great opportunity to meet and talk with other Leaguers from all over the country. The convention process will be educational and eye-opening. Here in Harford, we are gearing up for expanded voter registration and recently registered an additional 57 students at North Harford High School. We are beginning to plan for a fall Candidates Forum and for opportunities to talk with community organizations about the General Election ballot questions. Getting accurate information for ourselves and others on all of these voter issues is a most important goal for us. If you are interested in working with us in these activities, please join us for voter registration training on Monday, June 18 followed by our board meeting that day.

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.

lwv-harford board of directors

Sandra Tracy, President Stephanie Hallock, Vice President Karen Heppen, Secretary Bill Reuling, Treasurer Directors Elaine Boram Theresa Freligh Morita Bruce Peg Hill Eileen Coffee


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lwvharford annUal meeting

LWVHarford members and their guests met at Liberatores on May 21 for our Annual Meeting. The slate of officers was approved as was the coming year budget, and we agreed to make Voter Service our local study for 2012-203. President Sandy Tracy presented a State of the League report where she highlighted the many events, studies and activities of the past League year and thanked members for their participation. LWVMD President Nancy Soreng was a most welcome guest. She expressed appreciation to Sandy, the LWV Harford board and membership for all the work we have done to reach out to our community.

LWVHarford President Sandy Tracy thanks our speaker, Wink Jonas.

We were delighted to have as our speaker, Wink Jonas, who spoke about her career at the Aberdeen Proving Ground and related her experiences as one of the first women in her field. Wink is a true Harford Living Treasure!

voter registration certification training
The Board of Elections of Harford County is providing an opportunity for League members to be certified to register new voters. The training for certification (or re-certification) will be held on: The LWV of Harford and the Harford Chapter of AAUW recently were happy to sponsor an event giving information about PlanMaryland, a state initiative addressing long-term sustainable growth in Maryland. Before an audience of 50 people, Richard Josephson, Director of Planning Services for the Maryland Department of Planning explained what PlanMaryland is and is not. He presented information about projected population growth figures and how this growth would impact the economy, housing, jobs and the environment and why a sustainable growth plan was needed. Mr. Josephson explained how the plan was devised and refined with local county input. In answering questions at the end of the presentation, he explained how the plan would work at the county level and emphasized that PlanMaryland was a guiding policy and not regulation. LWVHarford appreciates Mr. Josephson for giving his time, patience and expertise to our community, and we thank the AAUW for co-sponsoring this event. More information about PlanMaryland can be found at:

monday, June 18 at the board of elections, 133 industry lane, forest hill, md 21050 at 2:00 pm.
Please join us there so we can all be ready to work to encourage voter participation in this election year!

93 Years ago: a stop on the waY to womens sUffrage

Ninety-three years ago today, the 19th amendment to the Constitution was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. The 19th amendment would take over a year to be ratified. It would not be until August of 1920 when women finally gained the right to vote. In between June 4, 1919 and August 18, 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded with the expressed intent to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. We were founded by Carrie Chapman Catt during the convention of the National American Women Suffrage Association on February 14, 1920. The League began as a "mighty political experiment. The League encouraged women to use their new power to participate in the democratic process by shaping public policy. From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation. Today, we reflect back on our history and pay respect to the women who paved the way for womens suffrage and the founding of our organization. From the website June 4, 2012

election information YoU need

Polling places Elecion dates absentee ballot info and the candidates views on the issues
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To Build Your VO T E R S G U I D E Select on Your BalloT Pick Maryland from the drop-down list Enter your address

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membership coUpon leagUe of women voters of harford coUntY Dues paid now cover membership through June 30, 2013

Name(s)_________________________________________ Telephone_______________________________________ Cell____________________________________________ Principal household member $45.00

Address___________________________________ City, State Zip_______________________________ Email_______________________________________ Please make check payable to League of WomenVoters of Harford County and mail c/o: LWVHarford, P.O. Box 291, Bel Air, MD 21014-9998 Questions? Email

Additional household members @ $22.50 = $_____ Contribution Total $_____ $_____