League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Convention 2017
The Future of Democracy: Facing the Challenges
Join delegates and members from across the state in brainstorming The Future of Democracy: Facing the Challenges at the LWVMA Convention Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, at the Framingham Sheraton in Framingham. Help us develop strategies and priorities for an energized League ready to make its impact felt.
The complete Convention schedule is here. Highlights will include:
Brian McGrory, Editor of The Boston Globe, will discuss the media's role in the face of criticism and fake news at Friday night's banquet. For Brian's biography click here.
Wylecia Wiggs Harris, Executive Director, LWVUS, will discuss the League's "Impact, Engagement, Sustainability" at Saturday's breakfast. For Wylecia's biography click here.
Rachael Cobb, Associate Professor and Chair of the Suffolk University Department of Government, will discuss how grassroots organizations can respond to threats to democracy. For Rachael's biography, click here.
A panel discussion will highlight Millennial Voices in the Massachusetts State Legislature. For the biographies of the panelists, click here.
Member Focus Groups will discuss the future of the League.
Rooms are available at the Sheraton Hotel for $139/night (plus tax). This is a special rate for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, and it is available until April 7th.
To receive our special rate, you can either call 508-879-7200 and ask for the League of Women Voters Convention or click here to reserve a hotel room online (use the link to book, modify or cancel a reservation). You will not receive our special rate if you try to book directly on the hotel's website or third party website.
Click here to download the Pre-Convention Workbook
Click here to download a local League gift form
Click here to download a local League delegate count information
Click here to download a delegate sign-up sheet
Click here to download a caucus room reservation form
Click here to download a Convention flyer
Refunds for Convention registration fees only are available from LWVMA if requested by April 17. LWVMA is not responsible for refunds of hotel room reservation fees; to determine if you are eligible for a hotel room refund, you must contact the hotel directly.
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A reminder for local League leaders, please inform your members without email of the dates of convention and availability of the pre-convention materials.
Local League Donations to LWVMA
Traditionally local Leagues make donations to LWVMA at Convention. Please consider making a donation, perhaps in honor or in memory of a special person in your League. During budget preparation, your board and budget committee should discuss the possibility of donating to the state League. At Convention, Leagues will be given time to announce their gifts. If your annual meeting will not have taken place before state convention, your League can still announce a gift by adding the words "...pending the vote of Annual Meeting."
Local League Showcase
Once again, Convention will feature a one-minute presentation from all Leagues attending. The Showcase minute can cover a highlight of the past year or a quick summary of several highlights. Because of agenda time constraints, the one-minute rule will be strictly enforced.
We hope every League will send delegates to Convention. The bylaws specify the number of delegates based on each League's Feb. 1 2017, membership total. Click here to find the local League delegate count information sheet. All LWV members are welcome to attend Convention, but only delegates can vote.
Do you have more members attending than delegate slots? Once again the LWVMA board is allowing “delegate sharing” among Leagues. If one League is not using all its delegate slots, a member of a different local League may represent that League, providing the League with the available slots agrees. If your League is willing to share some of its delegate slots, or if your League has more attendees than slots and a member would like to represent another League as a delegate, please contact Brynne Gorman. Tell her the name of your League, whether you need delegate slots (number) or whether you are willing to share delegate slots (number). Brynne will put the Leagues in contact with one another.
Request a Wares Market Table
LWVMA Provides space at no charge for Leagues wishing to sell their wares to Convention attendees. A limited number of tables and time blocks are available for reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. To request a wares table please email Brynne Gorman.