League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area"The League of Women Voters 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 CVA 2022 Annual Meeting held Thursday, May 12.
Our 2022 LWV CVA Annual Meeting was held as a virtual event on Thursday, May 12, at 7 pm. Guest speaker, David Toscano,was introduced by President Pat Cochran. His presentation enlightened us with a review of his book, Fighting Political Gridlock, How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives. Following his presentation, Toscano graciously answered questions from our members. It was announced that our LWV CVA Board of Directors has passed a motion to provide a copiy of his book to each of the Virginia LWV presidents. A recording of his presentation can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/3L6yuDc2bgM.
About our speaker:
David J. Toscano served 14 years (2006-20) in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 57th District, which includes all of Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County. First elected in 2005, David’s priorities included education, renewable energy, environmental protection, affordable healthcare, reproductive rights, expanded services for the disabled and poor, and reforms to Virginia’s adoption and foster care laws. He was the Democratic leader in the House of Delegates from 2011 to 2018. Prior to serving in the state legislature, he served 12 years on Charlottesville’s City Council, including a stint as Mayor.
David continues to write and comment upon state issues, both in Virginia and around the nation, through his blog, “Why States Matter”, articles, and books. Fighting Political Gridlock: How States Shape Our Nation And Our Lives (University of Virginia Press, Sept, 2021) discusses how state politics and policies play a critical role in our lives and how they shape the nation. His recent book on two decades in Virginia politics, Bellwether: Virginia’s Political Transformation, 2006-2020, with Foreword by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, has just been published by Hamilton Books.
Following our guest speaker’s presentation, the 2022 Annual Business Meeting.was held. [A recording of the business meeting can be accessed here following speaker Toscano’s presentation: https://youtu.be/3L6yuDc2bgM.] LWV CVA member Sue Lewis chaired the meeting. LWV CVA Members present voted on and confirmed positively each item on the following agenda:
Business Meeting Action Agenda – On May 12, 2022, Membership Votes on:
- Proposed Operating Budget for Fiscal Year July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.
- Proposed Local Program for 2022-23 (see below). Local Positions may be found on our website, lwv-cva.org (use the Drop Down menu “Explore the League” and click on “Advocacy” then scroll down to “Local Positions.”
- Proposed Slate of new LWV CVA Officers, Directors, and Committee Members:
Officers (2 years) July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024:
President: Meg Heubeck
Secretary: Carolyn Fitzpatrick
Treasurer: Evette Barton (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023; unfinished term)
Two Elected Directors (2 years) July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024:
Newsletter Editor/Webmaster: Michele Kellermann
Membership: Beth Kariel
Nominating Committee (1 year) – July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023:
Pat Cochran, chair
Mary Stamps White Committee (3 years) – July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025:
Local Program: 2022-23 – Approved by Members
Local Program Planning Report for 2022-23. “LWV CVA Local Program: Positioned for Action” may be found on our website, lwv-cva.org (use the Drop Down menu “Explore the League” and click on “Advocacy” then scroll down to ”Local Positions.”). It is also available in our current 2021-22 LWV CVA Member Handbook, pages 15-21. The following four items are from the December 2021 Program Planning meeting and the Concurrence Meeting held on January 16, 2022.
- Is there a new study on a local issue you would suggest?
Yes. Health Care in the LWV-CVA Community as consistent with the LWVUS position on Health Care (Impact on Issues, pp. 128-133) Volunteers: Stephanie Lowenhaupt, Janet Eggleton, Kobby Hoffman, Bobbie Williams
- Is there an update (restudy) of a current local position you would suggest? List reason for restudy and define scope. Also give volunteers willing to work on the update.
Yes. “Intergovernmental Cooperation” and “Magisterial Districts” local positions – inclusion of Charlottesville area counties; restudy of the “odd number of magisterial districts” position.
- On-going Local Program Revisions for 2022-23:
- A restudy for “Health and Family Life Education and Health Services in Area Public Schools” position to assess how behavioral health matters are handled in the schools; training for school personnel in recognizing crisis behavior; and the adequacy of the FLE curriculum to address positive coping skills, resilience and suicide prevention. List volunteers willing to work on the restudy: Mimi Bender, Carol Cutler
- Update on Election Integrity: Adding words “integrity” as a broader term than vulnerabilities and “assuring accuracy” in our voting system rather than making our voting system accurate. Carol Cutler, Shirley Payne
- Update on Education on available internet access and cybersecurity teaching in area public schools as agreed to by membership at Concurrence Meeting on January 16, 2022. (See page 7.)
- Update on Housing by reviewing relation to environmental impact.
- LWV CVA positions that need to be emphasized for action?
Gun Violence Prevention
At the close of the Annual Business Meeting, Michele Kellermann read “A Resolution” to honor President Pat Cochran. It reads as follows:
Whereas, Pat Cochran has served faithfully as president of the League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area for two terms covering the past four years and shown invaluable leadership qualities by her enthusiastic embrace of up-to-the-minute technological and social media innovations enabling us to continue with our League services during the pandemic with many zoom meetings, YouTube recordings, etc., all initiated by Pat’s willingness to try new tech applications.
Whereas, Pat Cochran has championed voter services including voter registration and candidate forums as well as working diligently with area registrars during election periods, and maintaining our League’s support of the national League VOTE411 project which she will continue to administer after her tenure as president;
Whereas, Pat Cochran actively promoted and supported numerous ongoing League committees and programs by participating in the monthly meetings of the international relations/federal government, natural resources and justice reform meetings; hosted numerous monthly Sunday Seminars; championed the League’s support of the Equal Rights Amendment; and maintained active communication with the state League of Women Voters;
Whereas, Pat Cochran has led the Board in promoting initiatives including financial support for gun violence prevention programs and a children’s book project initiative;
Whereas, Pat Cochran has dedicated her efforts to the League’s programs in natural resources and gun violence prevention by appearing and presenting before meetings of Charlottesville City Council and Albemarle County Board of Supervisors in support of local positions; and
Whereas, Pat Cochran has dutifully executed all the administrative duties of the League’s presidency including chairing monthly meetings of the LWV CVA Board of Directors; reading and approving the League’s monthly “Voter” newsletter; coordinating mailings to members; securing our League’s email; protecting our hard files in a safe storage area;
Be it resolved, that
the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area on behalf of the members of the League commends and extols President Pat Cochran as reinvigorating our League with gracious yet firm leadership in an extraordinarily difficult pandemic period by providing vibrant and active service in promoting our non-partisan political mandate.
Motion presented and passed at the 2022 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2022, by the League of Women Voters of Charlottesville Area.
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