Oct
1
11:30 AM11:30

October Membership Meeting

VOTER SERVICE COMMITTEE PRO & CON PRESENTATION
11 STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT

Our League experts will present balanced information about the propositions, and there will be plenty of time for questions. 

MONDAY, Oct. 1
Conference Room #F-138
11:30-11:45 coffee and conversation  
11:45-1:15 program
Members and Guests Welome

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Sep
13
5:00 PM17:00

LWVMC FALL KICKOFF

 “Strengthening Political  Participation and Representation”

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Mindy Romero is the founder and director of the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, in Sacramento. Her research focuses on political behavior and race/ethnicity and seeks to explain patterns of voting and political underrepresentation, particularly among youth and communities of color in California and the U.S. Ms. Romero’s presentation will talk about her most recent findings, including an update on the Voter’s Choice Act, the implementation of the Vote Center Siting Tool, and her most recent work with the Power of the Youth Vote initiative.

(instead of monthly Member Meeting

MCINNIS PARK CLUB RESTAURANT
350 Smith Rand Road, San Rafael  
$10 donation will help offset costs! 
RSVP here

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Aug
6
11:45 AM11:45

August 6 Membership Meeting

Speaker:  Howard Schwartz, PhD, Director of System Change
at St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin

 "Why I Believe We Can End Chronic Homelessness In Marin"

In this talk, Howard Schwartz will give an insider’s view of  the momentum and promising successes achieved in addressing chronic homelessness in Marin over the last two years. Starting with his own experience trying to help an eighty-two year old woman find housing, Howard will recount how he got involved in the transformation that has occurred In Marin County.  

Howard Schwartz, PhD, is Director of System Change at St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin, where he has helped support the transformation across the County. Prior to this work , he spent fifteen years in high tech where we was Vice President of sales and marketing for a public company. He has his PhD from Brown University and taught for ten years at various institutions of higher learning including Stanford. Howard has lived in San Rafael since 2010.

Plan to attend the August 6 Member Meeting
hosted by theTransportation/land use/housing Committee

MONDAY August 6
Conference Room #F-138
11:30-11:45 coffee and conversation
11:45-1:15 program  
Time for more Q&A

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Jul
9
11:30 AM11:30

July 9 Membership Meeting - Securing the Vote

"Election Security: can we keep our voting systems safe?"

Plan to attend the July 9 Monthly Members’ Meeting, hosted by the Governance/Voter Service Committee, to learn more about what you don’t know, and need to know, about securing the vote.  As the November mid-term elections draw near, the national news continues to cover concerns around the security of our vote. Are these concerns valid? In today’s political environment, it is not too far-fetched to anticipate that there will be those who will raise the specter of outside tampering with the vote. Understanding vulnerabilities and the steps needed to protect the vote provides a basis for assessing any claims of tampering.

A recent report issued by the Brennan Center for Justice, “Securing Elections from Foreign Interference”, suggests the two most critical parts of America’s election infrastructure are at risk: 

  1. voting machines, which could be hacked to cast doubt on the integrity of vote tallies, or change them
  2. voter registration databases, which could be manipulated to block voters and cause disorder when citizens attempt to vote.

Our speaker, Dr. Sean Peisert, is in the forefront of this research, serving as:  Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), Associate Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, University of California, Davis, Associate Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Staff Scientist, Data Science and Technology Dept., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

No reservation required; just show up!
Bring a lunch if you wish.
New members and visitors are welcome! 

 Snacks and conversation 11:30 a.m.
Program - 11:45 AM. - 1:15 PM
League Conference Room
Suite F-138, 4340 Redwood Highway
San Rafael, CA 94903

 

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Jun
4
10:30 AM10:30

Annual Meeting of Members

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of Marin County will be held on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the McInnis Park Golf Clubhouse, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. League members and guests are all invited!

The annual meeting is an important one - it's mandated in our League bylaws.  This year's agenda will include:

  • Election of two new officers, five directors, and a nominating committee for 2018-2019
  • Adoption of budget, including dues for the next year(s)
  • Adoption of significant revisions to bylaws and local league positions
  • Adoption of local program for the ensuing year
  • Other business as needed

 An Annual Meeting Kit is being mailed to Members and should be brought to the meeting.  Be sure to review the full kit before the meeting.

This year we'll also hear from...

  • ...our Education Foundation about the results of our "Lift for English Learners" fundraiser
  • ...special guest Brooke Deterline, CEO of Courageous Leadership, bringing us a message of courage

Register here...

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May
7
11:30 AM11:30

MONTHLY MEMBERS' MEETING

League Conference Room
Suite F-138, 4340 Redwood Highway
San Rafael, CA 94903

Hosted by Climate Change Committee

Presenters:

Students from Terra Linda HS
Marin School of Environmental Leadership

Topic:

Al Gore's Climate Reality
Leadership Corps Training...
...what they learned and how they (and we)
can use that learning to inspire audiences
to take action on climate change

No reservation required; just show up!
Bring a lunch if you wish.
New members and visitors are welcome!  

 

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Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Spring Gala

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On April 19 we will be holding our Annual Gala Dinner.
Reserve here now!

Against a backdrop of hyper-political polarization, DR. KAREN FRICK reviews recent transpartisan coalitions of ·strange bedfellows" - conservative and progressive allies who advocate for governmental policy change. Some might view these as 'unlikely alliances" that legitimize historical opponents. But when divergent activists agree on matters of substance and process, public officials and the citi­zenry are challenged to not dismiss outright an "enemy other:' 

Dr. Frick will discuss how these coalitions form, the strategies used to market and disseminate coalition messaging, and the implica­tions for policy and planning. 

Reserve here now!

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Apr
19
9:45 AM09:45

A Special Invitation from the Education Committee and Education Foundation

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Anticipating the launch of the Education Foundation's fundraiser for the College of Marin ESL program, the Education Committee will meet on Thursday, April 19 at 9:45 a.m. to hear from four COM leaders in the ESL program:

  • Linda Frank, Executive Director of Development (and a League member!)
  • Cari Torres-Benavides,Ass't Vice President
  • Cheo Mession and Barbara Bonander, ESL instructors

This meeting will be held in the League Conference Room (F-138) to accommodate what we hope will be a large audience.  ALL members and others interested in COM's ESL program are invited to attend.

The fundraiser will be officially launched the same evening, April 19, at the Spring Gala.

 

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Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Meet Your D.A. Candidates

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Friday, April 13, 7-9 p.m. - San Rafael City Hall, Council Chamber, 1400 Fifth Ave.
Come hear from the candidates running for Marin County District Attorney:

  • A.J. Brady, Marin County Deputy District Attorney
  • Lori Frugoli, Marin County Deputy District Attorney
  • Anna Pletcher, former Federal Prosecutor

This promises to be the most important race on the June ballot, a critically important election for legal justice in Marin!  The Marin chapters of the ACLU and League of Women Voters have organized a forum to allow voters to hear from and submit questions to all three candidates running to replace Marin’s retiring District Attorney,  Ed Berberian. Candidates will make short opening statements and then each have a chance to answer questions selected for clarity and (all selected questions together)  coverage of a broad range of key issues.

Everyone is welcome to submit questions at the event or email questions no later than April 11 to: MarinDAForum2018@marinlwv.org

The forum will be live streamed at www.cmcm.tv/live and later broadcast on local
cable and satellite TV (schedule to be determined).  We will also post the video online.

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Apr
9
11:30 AM11:30

April Member Meeting

We’ll be presenting a rundown on ballot measures and races to appear on the June ballot with emphasis on League positions and the League position on the measures.  

No reservation required; just show up!
Bring a lunch if you wish.
New members and visitors are welcome!  

Snacks and conversation 11:30 a.m.
Meeting noon - 1:00 p.m. 
League Conference Room
Suite F-138, 4340 Redwood Highway
San Rafael, CA 94903

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Mar
19
12:00 PM12:00

Charter Schools

A special invitation

The members of the Education/Libraries Committee want to thank you for coming out to hear our presentation on charter schools at the recent Membership Meeting!

Many of you expressed interest in a having a follow-up discussion on charter schools and the work our committee is doing. To this end, we invite you to join us on Monday, March 19, 2018, from 12:00-1:00 pm in the League office.

Please come with your questions and ideas!
Contact: Ann Wakeley, awakeley@earthlink.net

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Mar
5
11:30 AM11:30

March Members Meeting

Hosted by Education Committee
Presenters:

Linda Deer, Shelley Hamilton, Allie Waugh, Ann Wakeley

Topic: The State of Charter Schools in Marin County

Charter schools are getting a lot of attention lately, both nationally and locally. Our committee has been working to better understand this complex and controversial topic, and we are eager to share what we are learning with other League members. We will talk about how charter schools began, evolved, and operate in California today, cover some fundamentals of the national and local char-ter school debates, and take a studied look at the charter schools in our county. Join us for what should be a stimulating and timely discussion! 

No reservation required; just show up!
Bring a lunch if you wish.
New members and visitors are welcome!  

Snacks and conversation 11:30 a.m.
Meeting noon - 1:00 p.m. 
League Conference Room
Suite F-138, 4340 Redwood Highway
San Rafael, CA 94903

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Jan
8
11:30 AM11:30

MONTHLY MEMBERS' MEETING

Note later date this month!

Snacks and conversation 11:30 a.m.
Meeting noon - 1:00 p.m. 

League Conference Room
Suite F-138, 4340 Redwood Highway
San Rafael, CA 94903

Hosted by League's Health Committee

Topic:
Protecting Health for All in Marin:
Policy Opportunities for 2018

Presenter: Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer

No reservation required; just show up!
Bring a lunch if you wish.

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Nov
6
11:30 AM11:30

Monthly Members Meeting

Monday, November 6, 2017
Snacks and conversation 11:30 a.m.
Meeting noon - 1:00 p.m. 
League Conference Room
Suite F-138, 4340 Redwood Highway
San Rafael, CA 94903

Hosted by League's Education Committee
Agenda - The Public Library in the Digital World
Presenter: Sara Jones
Director of County Library Services
Sara will talk with us about what's happening in our libraries today.

From its beginning in 1927 in the basement of the old Marin County Courthouse in San Rafael, the Marin County Free Library has grown to a network of 10 branches throughout the County and a Bookmobile.  The Library provides public access computers, free wireless, story-time for pre-schoolers, adult and teen book clubs, and programs for children, teens and adults as well as study space for students of all ages. Library Beyond Walls brings materials to homebound patrons, and its Literacy program serves both families and individuals. Furthermore, through its website, or eBranch, the Library continues to provide information and reading material for its patrons at home, work or school even when its physical branches are closed. 

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Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Drawdown:  Marin

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Marin County has been a leader in addressing climate change, but everyone has a part to play to eliminate the root causes of global warming at this pivotal point in time. Join the conversation, as GreenBiz founder Joel Makower and Project Drawdown editor Paul Hawken discuss what's possible, with special guests Net-Zero Director Leah Seligmann and two Marin County students.

Learn what the County of Marin’s Climate Action Plan is and find out what has been accomplished. Join local businesses and your neighbors to discover what actions we can take to reduce the causes of global warming in every community - and what part you can play to make Marin a Carbon Free Community.

For further information about this event, please contact Mary Sackett at msackett@marincounty.org, 415-473-7354.

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