Save the Date - LWV-TX Convention 2014 will be in Austin, April 25-27, 2014
Thanks to LWV-Austin Area for volunteering to host the 2014 state convention. Plan ahead to enjoy great workshops, special events, opportunities to network and renew acquaintances, silent and live auctions, and more.
In addition to enjoying everything wonderful Austin has planned, you will get to participate in the plenary which activates and formalizes our grassroots efforts. Make plans now to attend April 25-27; the DoubleTree will be the host hotel. You cannot afford to miss this event! Make your room reservations right now!
- Call 1-512-454-3737 or go online at www.austin.doubletree.com to make reservations.
- Our group/convention code is LWV. You will receive the group rate of $119 plus tax per night for one or two people. Three or four in a room will cost $139 plus tax.
- Reservations must be made by April 4, 2014, to receive our group rate.
Also keep in mind that the Dallas League will be hosting the 2014 LWVUS convention in June 2014 - a wonderful opportunity for as many as possible to participate in national decision making.
Summary of Convention 2012
More than 88 League delegates and 25 other guests and volunteers came from all parts of the state and beyond to attend the 34th biennial state convention of the League of Women Voters of Texas, held April 12-15 in San Antonio.
The Hilton San Antonio Airport Hotel was the setting for a full 2 and ½ day gathering which featured six outstanding workshops on Friday afternoon, Plenary sessions on Saturday and Sunday, a lively Saturday luncheon, an informative and fun Saturday banquet, and networking and conversation that had delegates claiming MEGO, “my eyes glazed over” because of the depth of activity and dialogue.
Thanks to everyone who made the 2012 Convention a success…especially to the volunteers from LWV-San Antonio, the local host League, and to the 24 Leagues who sent delegates to Convention. A special highlight was having the newly formed LWV-Rio Grande Valley MAL unit represented.
Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, delivered the Saturday night keynote address on voting rights and redistricting. LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara was featured at the “Can We Talk?” luncheon on Saturday.
Workshops on Friday afternoon, led by expert League members, focused on advocacy, website and social media development, implementation of Vote411.org, membership development, how to hold a consensus meeting, and the role of the president.
ADOPTION OF STUDY
Convention delegates voted to support the LWV-Houston Area’s recommendation to undertake a study of Human Trafficking in Texas during the next two years. The study will consider the extent of human exploitation in Texas through force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of sex, labor, or other involuntary acts; explore how to reduce its occurrence; and assess what services are needed by victims to restore their lives.
NEW LWV-TX BOARD
Delegates also elected a new board of directors for 2012-14. Succeeding Karen Nicholson as President is Linda Krefting of Lubbock Co. Four vice presidents are Janice Schieffer, Plano/Collin Co., Program; Pat Cheong, Tarrant Co., Services to Local Leagues; Laura Blackburn, Houston Area, Advocacy; and Kate Lattimore, Tarrant Co., Public Relations, Secretary is Barb Swartz, Houston Area, and treasurer is Dawn Ellison, Tarrant Co. Directors include: Dorie Cranshaw, Plano/Collin Co.; Miriam Foshay, Dallas; Chris Davis Garcia, Corpus Christi; Brenda Koegler, Arlington Area; Susan Morrison, Austin Area; and Nancy Parra, Houston Area. Janet Imhoff, Plano/Collin Co., was elected to chair the Nominating Committee along with Karen Nicholson, Midland, and Irene Hoadley, San Marcos, who will serve with her. Two members from the board will be appointed to join them.
2010 Convention was a great success!
Maxine Barkan and LWVUS President Mary Wilson celebrate 90 years!
90th Birthday Celebration for Maxine Barkin and League of Women Voters (2010)
Maxine Barkin’s 90th birthday was celebrated along with the 90th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters?convention. Mary Wilson, LWV-US President, attended the celebration, and both she and Maxine cut the birthday cake at the celebration at the League of Women Voters of Texas biennial convention dinner on Saturday, April 24th at the San Marcos Convention Center.
Maxine said, “I am proud to share a birthday with the League of Women Voters, not only because of our combined longevity, but also because of the League’s long history of promoting good government with high standards and integrity.?
LWV-TX Convention Workbook (2010)
Business Sponsorship (2010)
LWV-Texas State Convention was held at the Embassy Suites/Convention Center in San Marcos on April 23-25, 2010. Thank you to the following business sponsors:
11th Annual Environmental Awareness Awards (2010)
Environmental Awareness Award recipients were honored at the EAA luncheon, Saturday April 24, 2010, at LWV-TX State Convention in San Marcos. Dr. Al Armendariz, EPA Regional Administrator for Region 6, was the keynote speaker.
Winners of local League Awards at Convention (2010)
Community Partnership Award:
50 Year Leagues Honored (2010)
50 Year Members Honored (2010)
Corpus Christi Area
Houston Area (cont'd)