Saturday, June 13, 2015

LWV-PWA 8th Annual Meeting, June 7th, Old Towne Sports Pub, Manassas, VA

Major Mandy Lambert, Director of Support Services at the Regional Adult Detention Center with President Carol Noggle
Our Annual meeting Sunday had some great moments and great results! Thank you to all attendees and contributors.

The new dues structure was approved. Not only do we have new members, renewed members and sponsored members but we have some members at the "Champion for Suffrage" level. The Champions are eligible for the new badge with purple, white and gold ribbons. 
 
Welcome, welcome to new members: Sandy Dunlap, Barbara Barter, and Genie Nguyen.
Our Treasurer's news since Sunday:  Linda Larsen has sponsored THREE more members.  They are Elizabeth Schwitz, Amber Mallery, and Judy Musa.  Thank you Linda!!! And welcome Elizabeth, Amber, and Judy.  Sponsoring a new member includes mentoring the new member, inviting her/him to meetings and events.  The purpose of sponsoring a new member is to further increase membership of the League of Women Voters, a desire of our founding member, Sheila School.  Most of you know that Sheila passed away this past spring.  Sheila's desire to increase membership made a big impression on Linda.

New Officers and Directors were elected for the biennium:

1st Vice-President: Carol Noggle
2nd Vice-President: Judy Anderson
Secretary/Membership: Jessie Barringer
Treasurer: Carol Proven
Directors: Co-Chairs for Program: Linda Larsen and Helen Stackhouse
Director: Voter Services (High School Registration): Rima Vesilind

We also approved the budget for 2015-2016. Major items for funding will be our Top Ten Voter Education cards for use before the November election and the publication of the "They Represent You" brochure, a joint effort with the Prince William County Library System, that provides the best comprehensive list of our elected officials for the public.
Members have a copy of a proposed new Virginia Voter Registration form that is expected to be ready for use after public comments and implemented by July 1st. Cards with Photo ID requirements for Voters will be prepared for distribution again.

There were lucky winners of the door prizes provided by Linda Larsen: Zinnias, Pink Begonia and two terraria. Thank you, LInda!

We were very pleased to have Lois Page and Linda Garvelink attend. Lois is the Co-President-elect of the Virginia League and Linda is a Director-elect for Membership of the Virginia League.

All the staff members at the Pub were very helpful and went beyond what is generally expected at some sites. We very much appreciate the extra efforts provided.

Major Mandy Lambert, Director of Support Services at the Regional Adult Detention Center provided information on really good programs for inmates but also challenges to overcome. The jail will be expanded to better accommodate the 1,000 inmates. With many inmates with drug convictions and mental health issues more personnel and funds are needed for rehabilitation and services.
Major Lambert has invited us to come to the jail for a tour.

Our members shared some thoughts about highlights from the Annual meeting:

J.S.  I really enjoyed the speaker;  she was forthright and honest about the challenges of running a detention center.  I was amazed at the high percentage of inmates (I think about 90%) who are incarcerated for drug or mental illness issues.  There is much to be done to deal with these issues in our community as we work to lower the numbers of inmates in our jails. I think she gave a good example of Miami-Dade putting more resources into mental health and drug rehab.  The number of inmates declined so that they were able to close one of their detention centers.  Some food for thought!

H.S. The highlight of the meeting for me was the presentation by Major Mandy Lambert.  I am extremely interested in the work that she and others do at the Prince William-Manasas Regional Adult Detention Center to prepare former inmates for reentry to society.  Without such assistance, many inmates are doomed to repeat incarceration.  It is a herculean task, and it was heartwarming to see the dedication and commitment of someone like Mandy who, despite the huge challenges that she and her team face, continues to gladly do this work.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It's Our Annual Meeting!



CALL TO ANNUAL MEETING
8th Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
2:30 - 4:30 PM
Old Towne Sports Pub (private room) 8971 Center Street, Manassas
703-369-1782

Start at 2:30 with greetings, time to purchase tickets for door prizes, meet new and returning members followed by the business meeting that includes the election of Officers, Treasurer’s report, adoption of the Budget, reports of our busy year, membership renewal, reports of community issues, and a report on the LWV-VA Convention from our Delegates.

Speaker: Major Amanda (Mandy) Lambert, Director of Support Services, Regional Adult Detention Center. Major Lambert will describe her work to prepare for the re-entry of inmates to the community.

It’s time to renew your Membership!
Please bring a guest so that you can qualify for a special reward.

Lunch Menu options available to order on arrival (individual payments, please) are listed here:

Salads
Ty Cobb Salad: lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, Monterey jack and cheddar cheese, hard-boiled egg, bacon and croutons, topped w. grilled chicken: $10.99
(can be ordered with no bacon or chicken)
Caesar Salad (with chicken): 10.99 (with salmon): 13.99

Sandwiches
Strasburger:  (cooked to order): lettuce, tomato, onion on a Kaiser bun: $9.99
Pork BBQ:  tender pulled pork BBQ on a Kaiser roll with a side of coleslaw: $7.99
Falcon: blackened grilled chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo: $8.99

              Anyone with diet restrictions may want to call the Pub prior to the day of the meeting.

Please RSVP to Jessie Barringer at msjwnb@aol.com or 703-753-0420 by June 1st.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Our League Wraps Up: What We've Done Since August


League Members were busy during the months of August through October registering, and reaching out to voters to educate them about the November 4th elections.  The following activities and events occurred during this period: 

Voter registration  at NOVA: Sept. 2, 3, 11th, 17, 29, 30, Oct. 1.  We registered more than 200 people at both NOVA campuses. 

Voter Registration at Libraries: Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 7

Voter Education and Registration: August 2nd at the African American Heritage Festival; September 21st at the Latino Festival in Manassas; and October 4th at the Manassas Fall Festival. 

A Voting Rights and Restoration of Felons' Rights Forum in partnership with the AKA Sorority was held at the Kelly Leadership Center on September 13th.   Carol Noggle gave a presentation on League activities and provided voter education materials.  Below is a table which shows material from various groups that participated. 

September 23rd was National Registration Day.  League members passed out voter materials at three VRE stations. 

On September 25th,  the Reentry Council conducted its Adult Detention Center Community Resource Fair at the Detention Center in Manassas.  League members  attended  and provided information on Absentee voting, and Restoration of Rights.  Many of the inmates were not aware that their voting rights could be restored.  

On October 13th, the LWV-VA/AARP sponsored a Senate Debate in Richmond.  Karen Kaiser, Barbara Kreykenbohm, and Carol Noggle attended.

There were a number of Meet and Greet candidate forums held.  The LWV-PWA assisted LWV Fairfax and AARP on these forums.  Brenda Carswell organized the 11th District Meet and Greet held at Westminster on October 14th.

Voter Education Guide:  Our LWV-PWA Voter Guide was published in the Prince William Today newspaper  in online and hard copy. It included Congressional candidates and candidates for Manassas City Council and Manassas Park City Council.

Top Ten Election Cards: We distributed 2000 Top Ten Election Information Cards at many venues.

Photo ID materials: A late change was made to the requirements for photo IDs resulting in the League having to affix at least 3000 correction stickers to handouts about the new voter Photo ID rules.  League members spent many hours printing out labels with the correct information and placing them on cards and flyers for distribution to the NOVA campus, libraries, churches, and fall events.  

Awards:  Chris Lee was presented with the Top Ten award for her efforts to encourage the students to register. She gave our Top Ten cards to dozens of students at the NOVA Manassas Campus as an incentive to each individual to register and vote. Jane Maddocks got the "Sticker" award for applying hundreds and hundreds of stickers to Photo ID awareness cards.

Other members who added hundreds of stickers to the Photo ID cards and flyers were Brenda Carswell and Diane Riffer. 

Join Us! 

We are always looking for new members, so please share all the wonderful work our League is doing to make our Democracy work with your friends and acquaintances.  Ask them to join us so that we can become an even stronger and more effective League.  Have them visit our site at http://www.lwvpwamal.org/p/who-we-are.html for a sign-up form.