League of Women Voters of Skagit County
Minutes of February 2, 2019
Members Attending: Margaret Colony, Patti Santangelo, Barbara Carson, Mary Jane Golden, Kathryn Longfellow, Donnell Austin, Wende Sanderson, Britt Wisniewski, Ed West, Doris Brevoort and Barbara Robinson.
Treasurer's Report: Current Balance in Checking account: $2,359.12. A signature is needed updating at the U. S. Bank so Lory Lawson can sign checks as our new Treasurer.
Lory Lawson will:
- Contact LWV-State Education Fund to retrieve the $1000.00 identified for the Civil Discourse Series and follow up on the donation from EDASC identified for the Civil Discourse Series.
- Pay invoice of $2530.00 from Dumas Associates identified as an expense of the Civil Discourse Series.
- Continue Tax registration efforts.
- Gather the ad hoc Budget Committee.
Margaret Colony noted that our treasurer's reports into the state are in great shape and one of the few that are so. Thanks to Treasurer Steve Johnson and his organizational skills we in good fiscal order. Margaret also noted that now is the time that the state gathers membership information from local leagues. Members submitting membership dues today were Doris Brevoort.
Minutes Report: Barbara Robinson submitted minutes of the January 5th meeting and a brief review of the January 19th social/planning event for approval. Minutes of both meetings were approved.
Report from Social Event at Farmhouse: Wende Sanderson reported about this event from the Voter Services and Programs subcommittee meeting held on January23rd. ( A copy of her report will be attached to this document)
Wende submitted three main subjects as determined by the sticky note vote. The committee chose to group a few of the subjects. For example the Kim Wyman event can be one that would partner with100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Voter registration events also can be partnered with other events. Please check the Subcommittee report to view those choices. At this time we have booked the Burlington Library for May 29th for the Kim Wyman visit. Voter registration could be conducted at that event plus we talked about contacting the Skagit Valley College again to have a table for voter registration there near or on National Voter Registration Day.
Funding of Civil Discourse activity for 2019: Wende Sanderson spoke of the Skagit Community Foundation Grant she wrote before the February 1 deadline that would fund activities for our unit around continuing to fund our civil discourse activities. She spoke of need to now continue that training by using the skills we gained during last years civil discourse training. Perhaps to use it on a specific issue that needs to be determined. Many ideas flowed from this conversation. Perhaps we need to be reaching more of the people affected by our conversations. Perhaps bring in youth, train them as facilitators, reach out to the schools. Emerson Alternative School and Oasis Teen Center were mentioned. Bringing in the Mount Vernon Schools during the Kim Wyman visit was mentioned. Also using the model "Living Room" conversations was discussed. The Voter Services and Programs Subcommittee will continue this conversation at its next meeting at Wende Sanderson's home on 203 S. 5th St. Mount Vernon on February 27th. Several members are going to attend this meeting to work with the committee.
Discussion of Calendar - Responsibilities and opportunities: During the meeting several events were discussed:
- State Convention - June 6 thru 9. Tacoma, WA. Our unit will have 2 -3 voting members but more members can attend. This event always has excellent speakers plus valuable workshops to attend. Margaret encouraged members to consider attending.
- WA State League Lobby Day - February 21st. Ed West will be driving a van down and members can join him by meeting him at the Farmhouse at 6 a.m. on the 21st. Margaret has the agenda and members can find a copy on the LWV state website. Members must register online to attend the event.
- We Ignite Conference February 8, 2019 at the Swinomish Casino convention center. Our unit has purchased a table for $250 where we can offer our information and membership in our group. This event is to empower women to run for public office. Margaret and several members will attend and man the table. Those interested need to contact Margaret.
Other Business and Announcements: Several conversations were conducted during the meeting that will be mentioned here. Often those conversations fit into several categories.
- Name badges and sashes were discussed as we all agreed that we need that kind of materials that identify us and also advertise our presence in a positive way that encourages others to join in our goals and in our membership. Ed West is going to work on badges and Patti has sashes. We will continue with this project.
- Contacting the people that make the difference in our events. For example: Barbara Robinson is going to contact Kathy Reim about who we need to contact so we can have a table for voter registration day at the Skagit Valley College.
- Wende noted that letters of congratulations have been sent to all legislators in the 10th, 39th and 40th districts. Wende is going to pursue mail merge to create letters and address labels.
- Barbara Carson has plans to meet with Erin Lisser in the LaConner school district to forward our goal of getting the book "The State Were In:Washington" into the schools.
- Issues on Affordable Housing in Skagit County will be addressed on April 2, 2019 at the Burlington Library. We will work with the state LWV chair Cynthia Stewart on planning this event. We are partnering with Liz Jennings of Skagit County Community Action to hold this event.
Barbara Robinson, Secretary
Voter Services and Programs Subcommittee
January 23, 2019
Attendance: Kathryn, Patti, Wende
1.Discussed New items since last meeting
a.Provided Barbara Carson with existing Teachers guide for Civics Book for her ‘take’ on whether it’s something we should push forward with—or wait for the updated version.
b.Met with Liz Jennings about Affordable Housing/Homelessness—have reserved Burlington Library (Rotary Community Meeting Rm) Tues, April 02, 2019 5 PM-8:15 PM
c.Better Angels SOTU potluck and broadcast at Skagit Dispute Resolution Center—Jan 31 5:00 – 7:00PM
2.Reviewed the Poster responses from Saturday 1/19/19 mtg at Farmhouse
a.We identified the projects with 3 or more “stickies” indicating the most important items for our Chapter to pursue:
i.Kim Wyman visit, combined with 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment
1.Wende awaiting return call from Carl Bruner about how to involve schools in Secretary Wyman’s visit. If no response by Feb 1, Kathryn will contact Sedro-Woolley superintendent
2.We have officially requested the visit on May 29th.
3.We have a contact from Everett Film Festival to contact about possible films related to suffrage so we could potentially organize a Lincoln Theatre event that week of Secretary Wyman’s visit.
ii.Late June Primary Candidate’s forum
iii.Quarterly Voter Registration events:
1.Feb/Mar—pursue SVC for tabling event
2.May 29—at Kim Wyman event
3.Sept 24 –National Voter Registration Day with Libraries and Goodwill
4.End of October event just prior to election
3.Letter of Congratulations to local elected officials—we reviewed content with Margaret’s suggested edits and decided to target all successful officials in the last election. It was decided that snail-mail, using the Rockport return address would be the best way to incorporate the membership brochure. Wende to pursue mail merge to create letters and address labels.
4.Next meeting of Voter Services/Progam committee—will occur at 2PM on Feb 27 at Wende’s house and will be limited to one hour because of the later start time.
League of Women Voters of Skagit County
Meeting date: January 5, 2019
Location: MV Fire Station 3-- 4701 E. Division St.
Attendance: Margaret Colony, Barbara Robinson, Wende Sanderson, Patti Santangelo, Lory Lawson, Kathryn Longfellow, Ed and Mary Ellen West, Steve and Nancy Johnson and Mary Jane Golden
Introductions were conducted. Minutes were approved. Wende moved and Mary Ellen seconded. Members voted to approve.
Treasurers Report: Steve reported that we have $2,406.95 in treasury. We also have $1000 in the Education fund. That money is allocated for Education projects only. Steve Johnson asked that someone step up to take over the treasurer's job. Lory Lawson volunteered. A motion by Wende Sanderson and seconded by Mary Jane Golden, was made to elect Lory Lawson as treasurer. A vote was held and by unanimous number Lory was elected Treasurer for the League of Women Voters' of Skagit County.
Tax Issue Report: Lory Lawson reported on the work finished to make our Skagit County League legal with the state of Washington. As of December 12, 2018 we have an IEN number which is a federal number that will be used when a donation is made to our group. We also have a UBI number ( Universal Business Identification Number) with the state. We are now in 501 c4 status with the state. We could now form our own education fund but if we continue to do this through the state organization it will save us paperwork. Lory stated that there is a list of tasks yet to be finished so that we will continue to be in compliance
Report from the Voter Education and Program committee: Kathryn and Wende have been working on several projects for our unit. Kathryn provided a report:
a. Kim Wyman visit: contacts are being made to see about Kim Wyman as a speaker at one of our events.
b. All Libraries except Mount Vernon are ordering or will order copies of "Washington: the State we are in." Mount Vernon stated that they do not include text books in their collection. ( mentioned by members was the fact that they have actually found and used text books from the library) Margaret has a copy of the curriculum guide to review.
c. Schools holding bond votes include Mount Vernon, Concrete and LaConner. Discussion on how to support these schools did not come to any conclusion at the meeting but several members planned to continue discussion after the meeting. A report will be included later.
d. 19th Amendment Celebration: Wende contacted Amy Peloff LWV assistant about any plans for the celebration. We suggested that contacting the Skagit Historical Museum and the State Museum for ideas on how to celebrate/commemorate this event. Anna Weimer (?) suggested that a theme could be 100% voter registration for all eligible women.
e. Wende spoke with Kathy Reim about writing congratulations letters to legislators. It was noted that there is no final information as yet on the addresses of legislators so this is on hold till that is available.
f. Contact was made with David Cunningham elections officer to offer assistance with election responsibilities. More contact is planned. Is this state, or county?
g. Skagit Community foundation is accepting applications for grants in our area ranging from education to art and culture. These are due February 1.
h. Working with educators. A powerpoint presentation from Benton-Franklin was sent out to members in early December. Several members expressed an interest in using this. This needs to be revisited to see how and when it could be used.
I. Anna Weimer reminder: Mount Vernon High School will hold the Civics Day presentations in the School Library on January 23rd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
J. We Ignite confernce: February 8, 2019 We could have a booth this year. next year perhaps a speaker or panel positon for our group. The topic will be "How to go after a political office...deciding on the office and pursuing it? This years focus is on "How to prepare yourself." - Location Swinomish Casino - 12885 Casino Dr, Anacortes, WA 98221
Social Event plans: On Saturday Janyary 19, we will meet at the Farmhouse in small room for lunch and discussion of our plans for the coming year. We will have poster boards up with topics for members to ask questions, make suggestions and/or give information. This format will allow brainstorming of ideas along with a beginning of finalizing our year ahead.
Action Workshop: Last workshop for the year is January 12 9:30 to 2:30 at Shoreline Community College 16101Greenwood Ave. N. Shoreline, WA. with Hilary Franz speaker. Registration is $25 which includes lunch and materials. The focus is on the environment and will address other key issues like gun safety, social justice and voting rights. Our members planning to attend are Margaret Colony, Wende Sanderson, and Lory Lawson.
Support Democracy on February 21st at the Democracy Lobby Day in Olympia: Bring your voice. The Olympia League of Women voters will gather in Olympia to lobby our legislators in support of bills that strengthen our democracy.
Website: Ed West asked that we inform him of any information we would like to see on the website. One suggestion was to add the historical information piece that Doris Brevoort prepared.
TRY (They Represent You) A decision was made to have Steve Johnson continue to print the TRY and to reimburse him for the cost. We need 200 to be ready as soon as the information in the document has been proofread by volunteer members and for the next event which is the first week of February. We discussed getting sponsors and we would add advertisements for those that sponsored our TRY. Wende offered to get that started. Steve reminded us that when we hand out the TRY to libraries and such that we are sure to pick up any old ones that are still out there.
2019 Calendar: This document will come out of our Social Event brainstorming session.
Appointment of Budget Committee: We need to begin to start budget planning so a committee of volunteers has been started. The volunteers include Lory Lawson, Steve Johnson, Kathryn Longfellow. This was moved and seconded and volunteers were voted in by members.
February Meeting date: February 2nd, the first Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the E. Division St. Fire Station.
Barbara Robinson, Secretary
League of Women Voters of Skagit County
Meeting date: December 1, 2018
Location: MV Fire Station 3-- 4701 E. Division St.
Attendance: Steve Johnson, Nancy Johnson, Margaret Colony, Carol Sullivan, Barbara Carson, Doris Brevoort, Kathryn Longfellow, Mary Jane Golden, Patti Santangelo, Wende Sanderson
Margaret called the meeting to order at 10:35 AM and introductions of all present were made.
Treasurers Report: Current balance is $2311.95. This includes a $1,000 check deposited in the State Education fund on our Chapter’s behalf. We have no outstanding bills in hand, but anticipate that there will be additional expenses. Steve said it’s hard to anticipate exactly what’s outstanding because some of our budgeted expenses may end up being donated instead. But we are in good shape financially at the moment.
DISCUSSION : Margaret explained that about a year ago, our group became an official chapter of the League, and now we must submit paperwork for a State License (UBI), then apply for a Federal EIN number; and then apply for the 501 (c) 4 status. [501 (c) 4 status is for non-profit political organizations which can accept donations but those donations are not tax-exempt.]
There was a meeting with the Whatcom/Bellingham League about the process to follow—and this provided a very helpful overview of what’s needed. Lory Lawson has volunteered to help with the paperwork filing and to do any other duties that we’d like her to do. She was a League member in California, has a business background, and also served on the School Board in California, so she is well-rounded in the paperwork involved in these type of organizational requirements.
A draft version of Articles of Incorporation was distributed and there was a motion (carried unanimously) to designate the following individuals as the Initial Directors under Article V:
Margaret Colony, President
Barbara Robinson, Secretary
Lory Lawson, Agent (upon her agreement--Margaret will discuss with her following the meeting)
The same individuals will be designated as the Incorporators in Article VII. And the address will be Lory’s address—dependent upon her agreement.
Doris proposed modifying the Purpose section of Article V of the document to insert the words “to educate the public” so it will now read: The purposes of this corporation are to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government, to educate the public and to act on selected governmental issues. This motion was carried unanimously.
Kathryn reported on the Nov meeting of the Voter Services/Program subcommittee. The local public libraries have been contacted about getting the State League’s Civics Book into their collections. We discussed whether this should be a donation from our League to the libraries and decided that we would not make that offer. Although Margaret can obtain the books in bulk at a discount and has a supply on order, the group felt it would be best for the libraries to order the book directly from the State League’s Website.
Patti suggested getting the associated poster for each of the libraries and the Subcommittee will investigate getting those to donate to the libraries.
There was discussion about the Teachers Guide. Per Margaret, this is in revision with the State League and OSPI and they have a grant to hire teachers to update the curriculum. Until that revised version is available, we wouldn’t be proactively promoting the Teachers Guide. Doris mentioned that there is training about the curriculum available online, and we were reminded that all the materials—including the book—are available for free online.
Kathryn reported that the Subcommittee had discussed working with local schools around their ballot issues and offering assistance with Forums, if desired. Kathryn has contacted the Levy Committee in Sedro Woolley and they are interested and will contact us when they decide the timing for their next levy offering.
Kathryn distributed the Proposed Calendar of Events which the Subcommittee will be continuing to refine. She mentioned that we will need assistance from fellow members to pursue the many interesting and exciting ideas that are represented there. NEXT MEETING OF SUBCOMMITTEE is scheduled for Wednesday December 5th at Wende’s house—203 S 5th Street and all are welcome to attend.
Many additional program ideas were offered up during the discussion session which will be reviewed by the Subcommittee at the next meeting. (list of ideas discussed is attached at end of these minutes)
Report of Action Workshop
Wende reported on her attendance at the State Action Workshop on November 17th in Seattle. Highlights were the Keynote Address by Kim Wyman, WA State Secretary of State; and the addition of many new Issue Study areas for 2019 including one on Affordable Housing and Homelessness, and one on Criminal Justice, to name a few.
SAVE THE DATES: Another Action Workshop will be held in Shoreline on Jan 12th. Margaret and Wende will be going and can carpool with others if interested. Be sure to sign up soon if you want to attend because this event can fill up!
Lobby Day in Olympia will be held on Feb 21. Margaret explained how informative it is to be able to meet with League members AND with our local elected officials while in town during those Lobby Day events.
Social Event for our League—we missed the holidays, but Margaret will pursue the possibility of a January 19th luncheon, perhaps at the Farmhouse. We will invite area League members (Bellingham/Whatcom; Island Co; San Juan Co and State Representatives, and will perhaps do a bit of joint planning for 2019 with all! (Since Legislative districts cross county borders, it’s important that we build these relationships with fellow Leagues)
Mary Jane created a terrific Archive notebook of the media coverage of our activities in 2018. Beautiful job!
Wende reported that a Civics teacher from MV High School was in contact asking about our League plans for celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment (Women’s Suffrage). Two teachers at MVHS are submitting a request for a grant to promote this anniversary and wanted to coordinate with the League activities. We brainstormed ideas including:
- Partnering with the Lincoln during the week of Ratification to show a weeklong showing of selected movies like “Shoulder to Shoulder”, Iron Jawed Angel.
- Contacting the Historical Museum to find out what they have related to suffrage in Skagit County
- See if the State Historical museum has a floating exhibit
- Work with other neighborhood resources and regional leagues to see what they’re doing and jointly plan if possible.
Steve asked for an estimate of the number of TRY’s that we’ll want once the updates are completed. We agreed that anticipating at least 1000 copies over the course of 2019 would be a good estimate. We recognized the generous contributions that Steve and Nancy have made over the years to produce these documents, but agreed that it’s too much for them to undertake alone now that our needs are growing. Margaret will contact Barbara to get an estimate (including color) for her printing contact to produce these documents.
Meeting Adjourned at 12:15.
Ideas for Voter Services/Program Committee from Dec 1, 2019 meeting
- Holding Voter Registration events during Parent Teacher Conferences
- Margaret suggested finding individual teachers who would champion the book. Barbara Carson suggested that the LaConner school district might be a good option.
- Nancy Johnson suggested contacting Claus Joens at Concrete High School, since he just was involved in the recent elections for State Senate, 39th District
- Doris reported that in Wa state, civics is taught in the 4th and 8th grades. She suggested contacting schools to see who’s teaching these courses, and if we find interest, then contact community groups to underwrite costs of books
- Investigate interest with the Swinomish Tribe and the Upper Skagit Tribes
- If the school districts permit it, perhaps we could give eval copies to school libraries