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.
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 email@example.com, 415-473-7354.
4340 Redwood Hwy, Conference Room F-138
Presenters: Heather Furmidge and Mary Morgan
Hosted by: the LWVMC Climate Change Committee
Wondering about ''fake news?" Worried you are narrowing the scope of your reading? Concerned that it is getting harder and harder to listen to opinions different from your own? Critical thinking skills are not a silver bullet and won't solve all our problems. But they can help guide us to broadening our vision and sorting out what we are hearing with a little more clarity. Join us for a brief presentation about basic critical thinking skills and an opportunity to apply them. The world needs critical thinking more than ever.
HEATHER FURMIDGE was the Program Director for Environmental Forum of Marin's Master Class 40 and a graduate of Master Class 34. She is a lifelong Bay Area resident with nearly 30 years of experience managing products and strategies for companies like Apple, Netscape, and Tech TV. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and earned an MBA in Telecommunications from the University of San Francisco. She went through the Master Class program over eight years ago and found it then - and continues to find it - a completely transformative program. She has worked with the Forum in varying capacities every year since - with the goal of continuing the work of training citizen advocates to protect and restore California's and Marin's unique ecology.
Heather serves on the board of the Marin Conservation League and volunteers for the Point Blue Conservation Science's STRAW program - Students and Teachers Re-storing a Watershed.
MARY C. MORGAN is a retired San Francisco Superior Court Judge and graduate of the Forum's Master Class 40. Her career on the bench spanned 30 years. She was a leader in judicial education, designing and teaching courses, as well as serving as Assistant Dean of the California Judicial College. Mary received her B.A. from Smith College and her J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar. Mary has lived in Point Reyes Station since her retirement in 2011. Actively involved in the community, she is a member of Mainstreet Moms, a citizen advocacy organization, and works with Marin Clean Energy to spread the word about renewable energy as a way to combat climate change. She also works with the Community Land Trust of West Marin (CLAM) to develop affordable housing for people who live and work in West Marin. She serves on the board of West Marin Senior Services.
Our Fall Kickoff is scheduled for Thursday, September 21, at McInnis Golf Club Restaurant, San Rafael. Our guest panelists will speak to us on various Marin County responses to immigration issues. Join us for a "state of the League" update, light refreshments, and a panel presentation on immigration in Marin County.
Panelists are: Diana Bishop, Chief of San Rafael Police Department, Omar Carrera, Executive Director of Canal Alliance; Socorro Romo, Program Director, West Marin Community Services; and Jose Varela, Marin County Public Defender.
Don Carney, Director of the Marin Youth Court, will bring a presentation on the Youth Court's history, processes, and successes. More than half a dozen League members attended a Youth Court session on July 13 and will share their experience.
We learned, for example, that a majority of the cases heard in Youth Court are related to substance abuse (e.g., marijuana). We also learned that the intended result of a youth court case is restorative justice, which has been an interest of our Justice Committee for some time.
The Health Committee, from another perspective, is interested in the County's response to drug, alcohol and marijuana use by young people. In that vein, the League has been invited to join Marin County Health Department's Marin Prevention Network, a coalition of local organizations working to address alcohol and substance abuse issues in the County. This network's two immediate initiatives involve local Social Host Ordinances and alcohol consumption at youth sports events.
Conference Room #F-138
11:30 coffee and conversation
The July members meeting will be a bit different this year. First, the meeting will be held on Monday, July 10, not July 3, which is a holiday weekend.
And we’ll have no speaker this month. Instead we’re giving ourselves time to offer directions to the Board, which we couldn’t do at the annual meeting because we ran out of time. We’ll also have time on July 10 to share ideas about monthly meeting topics in the Fall.
MONDAY JULY 10 (not July 3)
Conference Room #F-138
11:30 coffee and conversation
The League's esteemed Transportation, Land Use and Housing Committee will host our May membership meeting around the topic of the senior housing crisis in Marin, and what we can do about it. Guest speakers will be Leslie Klor, Director of Episcopal Senior Communities' Shared Housing Program and Jean Gunn, Chair of Marin Villages in Novato.
This meeting will be held in the League conference room, Suite F-138, 4340 Redwood Highway, San Rafael. Phone 415-507-0824.
Our Annual Gala Dinner will be held Thursday, April 20 at the Spinnaker Restaurant in Sausalito, starting at 6:00 p.m. Don't miss out on a fun and educational gathering. Our featured speaker is Audrey Cooper, Editor-in-Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, Her presentation: "Disruption, Distrust, Disgust: The Media's Role in 2017" addresses a top issue of the day. Invitations were mailed out March 25th. If you prefer, you can make your reservation online. Click here for full details about the evening and to order your tickets.
We thank the sponsors of this year's Gala event:
This month's members' meeting will be hosted by the League's Justice Committee. Members Barbara Rowe, Linda Jackson and Veda Florez will share pictures and stories from their recent trip to the US/Mexican border in New Mexico. Some of us have seen a preview of this presentation and can tell you that it was an amazing adventure.
TThe meeting will be held in the League's Conference Room, Suite F-138, 4340 Redwood Highway, San Rafael. Conversation and refreshments begin at 11:30 a.m.; the meeting starts promptly at noon. Bring a brown bag if you wish!
The League's Education/Healthcare Committee is pleased to host Jessica Colvin, MSW, MPH, PPSC, the Wellness Director for the Tamalpais Union High School District, as our guest speaker at the League's March membership meeting.
Wellness Centers provide a coordinated approach to students' physical and mental health needs. As Tam's Wellness Director, Jessica is conducting needs assessments, planning and implementing Wellness Centers at the District's high schools. The program started at Redwood High School January of 2016 and is now launching at Drake High School.
Reserve your seat by sending $35 to LWVBA | 436 14th Street, Suite 1213 | Oakland, CA 94612
Call for more information: 510-839-1608
Membership/Action Meeting - "Voter Turn-out in the Nov. Election, where we need to go, who voted and who stayed home"
The Voter Service Committee is pleased to introduce Mindy Romero, Founder and Director of the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) at UC Davis Center for Regional Change. Ms. Romero brings insights to the fall election; where we are and where we need to go to continue our democracy. CCEP collects and curates data from a broad range of sources. Civic engagement is critical to addressing disparities in state and regional voting patterns.
11:30 - Conversation
12:00 - 1:30 Speaker
This meeting is open to the public at no charge.
Moms Demand Action, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and other gun safety advocacy groups will come together at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, joining hundreds of groups across the country to give voice to all victims and survivors of gun violence in America. The vigil will include a 1.5-mile walk.
All League of Women Voters members and friends are invited.
Rx Safe Marin will share an update of their work this past year on issues related to safe medication use and disposal; drug misuse and abuse; alternatives to prescriptions for managing pain; and medication-assisted therapies.
This meeting will be held at the Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael. Reservations are required at rxsafemarin2016.eventbrite.com.
Speakers from the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) will join us in December. Derek McGill, TAM Planning Manager, and (League member) Molly Graham, TAM Public Outreach Coordinator, will be sharing TAM’s successes in recent years and looking ahead to the future of transportation in Marin County. 11:30 Conversation, noon speaker.
A new task force is forming! To maintain the Marin League's sound financial postion, we recognize that over the long run we will need to improve our revenue stream to support the League’s vibrant presence in Marin for decades to come.
To that end, the Development Task Force is hosting a kickoff meeting on Monday, November 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to noon in the League office. If you have an interest in raising funds or cutting costs for the League, please join us! If you have any questions, please ask our President, V-Anne Chernock (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Marin League is excited to welcome Helen Hutchison, President of the League of Women Voters of California, to our Monday, November 7 membership/action meeting. Helen will be leading us through a short refresher course on League Basics. For newer members, this event will be a great introduction to how the League operates on a national, state and local level, answering questions like “what’s a position?”; “how do I conduct a study?”; and “what action can I take or not take as a League member?”
For long-time members, this is your opportunity draw on our collective League “memory” and mentor our newer members. The meeting will start promptly at noon, after a half-hour social, and will include plenty of time for questions, answers and discussion.
Helen Hutchison joined the League’s California board first as the Government Director and then as the Second Vice President for Advocacy and Program in 2008. While serving the state League, she has been active in strategic planning, initiative and referendum reform, human resources, training, legislation, ballot measures, and redistricting.
Helen has been a member of the League of Women Voters since 1969. She and her family have moved around the country, providing many opportunities to join Leagues in different cities: Claremont, California; Newton, Massachusetts; Los Angeles; Claremont (again); Clackamas County, Oregon; and DeKalb County, Georgia. Helen was the president of the LWV Oakland from 2003 to 2007. She also served on the Boards of the Claremont, Clackamas County and Oakland Leagues in a variety of roles. Each League has provided new areas to learn about and get active in.
Professionally, Helen is a retired computer systems analyst. She is an active member of Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland and a foster care volunteer with the East Bay SPCA.
The meeting will take place in the LWVMC Conference Room Suite F138, 4340 Redwood Highway, San Rafael CA.
How healthy is Mt. Tam? The mountain’s four land management agencies, together with other Bay Area scientists, will gather at a two-day summit to begin to answer this question. They’ll share what they know, and what they don’t yet know, about the condition of selected plants, animals, and natural processes found on Mt Tam. Visit onetam.org/science-summit for more event details and to register.
Everyone is invited to attend the LWVMC presentation of the November 8 election Ballot Measure Pros/Cons.
The event will be held at:
Mt. Tam as We See It: BayWood Artists Paint the Spirit of the Mountain.
Join us at the Mill Valley Community Center on Saturday, October 1 (11 am–6 pm), and Sunday, October 2 (11 am–4 pm) for a free public show by the celebrated BayWood Artists. The artists will donate 50% of sales from this show to One Tam’s work to protect the mountain and promote stewardship. Learn More>>
The International Relations Committee meeting will be held in the LaPlaza office complex conference room F-138.
Speaker: Frank Rettenberg - THE FAILED COUP IN TURKEY
The attempted coup d'etat in Turkey the night of July 15 revealed sharp cleavages within Turkish society. It has permanently damaged the prestige of the Turkish Army, and will drastically affect civil-military relations in Turkey. It may also lead to significant shifts in Turkish foreign policy, specifically a cooling towards the West and a rapprochement with Russia. The latter in turn could affect developments in Syria, where Ankara and Moscow have been on different sides of the struggle, and where Turkey has been frustrated by Moscow's (and the US's) support of local Kurds against Islamic radicals. There is much evidence to suggest that followers of Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic preacher self-exiled in Pennsylvania, were heavily involved in the coup. Turkey has demanded Gulen's extradition. If the Justice Department cannot establish sufficient legal grounds to support his expulsion, a significant downturn in US-Turkish relations can be anticipated.
Frank Rettenberg is a retired Foreign Service Officer who studied at Istanbul University and served three tours at the US Consul General in Istanbul. He has revisited the country often, reads the Turkish press on a daily basis, and maintains contact with Turkish scholars in Turkey and the United States.
SOCIAL GATHERING: 11:30 - 12:00 P.M.
SPEAKER: 12:00 - 1:30 P.M.
Bring a friend!
Our fall kickoff is scheduled for Thursday, September 15, at the San Rafael Community Center 618 B Street, San Rafael, starting at 5:00 p.m. Greet old friends and new and learn about the League’s fall plans. Enjoy good food and drink.
Our featured speaker will be retiring 4th District County Supervisor Steve Kinsey. His topic will be “The Amazing 4th District: What got done; what got left behind."
He will be presented the LWVMC Outstanding Public Service Award.
RSVP by September 10th, 415-507-0824 or email@example.com
Our regular Membership/Action (Members and Guests) meeting for September 2016 will be held the second Monday of September – the 12th – since the first Monday is Labor Day. Save the date for this important meeting: our Board members will be re-capping our League accomplishments over the past year.
And yes, this meeting is three days before the big Fall Kickoff! Come to both – the events will be different!
At 10:00 AM, Thursday, August 18th in the LWVMC office the Education and Healthcare Committee will hear from Jessica Colvin about the Redwood Wellness Center and the new Wellness Centers being launching at Drake High School and Tam High School as well.
The Redwood Wellness Center works with the Counseling Department to expand existing support services for students. We help to coordinate and provide health, mental health, reproductive health, and substance abuse services and programs for Redwood students on campus. We offer both direct services as well as prevention and education for students including health and wellness classroom presentations and school wide health education events.