League of Women Voters Education Fund Board of Trustees

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Renaissance Hotel

Washington, D.C.


Board Present

Elisabeth MacNamara

Peggy Appler

carolyn Brown

Patricia Donath

Mary Klenz

Toni Larson

Janis McMillen

Karen Nicholson

Anne Schink

Norman Turrill

Linda Wassenich

Susan Wilson

Staff Members Present

Nancy Tate

Zaida Arguedas

Greg Leatherwood

Virginia Clairmont


MacNamara called the meeting to order at 9:06 a.m.


Donath moved that the minutes of the meeting of the LWVEF Board of Trustees dated October 27, 2012 be approved. Seconded. Passed.

Financial Report

Donath moved that the financial report of the LWVEF dated December 31, 2012 be accepted and placed on file. Seconded. Passed.

Education Fund Committee Report

Tate provided a brief review of projects underway and those nearing completion for fiscal year

She mentioned the successes of the Power the Vote initiative. For the first time, the League had a two year unified and cohesive message at the national, state and local level.  It had four main thrusts:  1) voter protection, 2) voter registration, 3) voter education and, 4) voter mobilization.

Arguedas provided an update on the BMENA initiative. The project concludes on March 31. Overall the project has been profitable financially –as well as programmatically - for LWVUS, contributing a significant amount to overhead, salary and benefits cost. It also provided significant international visibility for LWVUS.

Tate mentioned some areas where she is exploring possible new projects, such as funding for Leagues to do community forums on such topics as immigration or understanding the Affordable Care Act.  Board members suggested other possible project ideas.

Agricultural Update

Turrill submitted the following to the Board of Trustees:

  1. Proposed Agriculture Update Scope
  2. Consensus Criteria
  3. Proposed Timeline
  4. Proposed Candidates

Turrill moved that the proposed candidates for the agricultural update committee be accepted. Seconded. Passed.

  •  Margaret Chasson - Kensington, MD
  • Linda Hoff - Grand Blanc, MI
  • Valerie Kelly - Peaks Island, ME
  • Carol Kuniholm - Exton, PA
  • Sheri Latash - Glenview, IL
  • Marnie Lonsdale - Portland, OR
  • Gray Newman - Charlotte, NC
  • Maggie Robertson - Sligo, PA
  • Jessica Trites Rolle - Plymouth, MN       

Turrill moved that the proposed scope of the agricultural update as stated in the Board materials be approved. Seconded. Passed.

 Proposed Agriculture Update Scope

The Agriculture Update will focus narrowly on: 1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, water technology, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and 2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process.

Turrill moved that the agricultural update proposed timeline be approved. Seconded. Passed. 


MacNamara adjourned the meeting at 10:12 a.m.





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