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LWVNCA 2019 Annual Convention - Recap

Call to LWVNCA 2019 Annual Convention, Registration, Documents, Pictures

LWVNCA 2019 Annual Convention- Pictures & info

UPDATE: Start time moved to 9:30 AM; breakfast buffet will be available during Registration, starting at 9:30 AM.

The LWVNCA 2019 Annual Convention was held on
Saturday, May 4, 2019, starting at 9:30 AM to approximately 1:30 PM.


Maggiano's Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20015

See Calendar for map link to address. (Parking nearby; also near Friendship Heights Metro Station)

We will be celebrating the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters. Mark your calendars and send your full allotment of delegates.

Convention Flyer and Registration Form NOW POSTED! Click on name to download and print out.


  • Speaker - Page Harrington

  • Our business meeting included approval of the Proposed LWVNCA Budget for FY2019-20, approval of Proposed LWVNCA Program for 2019-2021, and election of Officers and Directors and Nominating Committee.

Kathy at the podium

  • 2019 NAUMANN AWARD will be presented - see below

2019 Convention Workbook


(Sections below include individual documents that will be presented for approval on May 4th)

Speaker Page Harrington to Address Convention

Page Harrington will speak at LWVNCA's Annual Convention on
"Women's Suffrage and Race Relations: A Divided Legacy"

Page Harrington is a consulting public historian specializing in early 20th Century women's history. As President of Page Harrington & Company, LLC she advises museums on creative and practical strategies to integrate women's history into existing museum interpretation, exhibits, and programs. Harrington's forthcoming book Interpreting the Legacy of Suffrage at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield) will be released in fall of 2019. Harrington is the former Executive Director of the National Woman's Party at the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument.

See Page's full bio here

Convention Business 2019

As per our bylaws The LWVNCA Convention shall Meet Annually To:

A. Elect officers and directors for a two year term and a Nominating Committee for a one-year term

B. Adopt an Annual Budget

C. In odd-numbered years delegates consider and adopt a two-year Program, and in even-numbered years consider Program development.

D. In Odd number years we award the Madeline Naumann prize.

E. We may also hold a fundraiser at the convention. (such as a Silent Auction)

F. Conduct any other pertinent LWVNCA business.

The following sections cover the official business to be conducted at the 2019 Annual Convention. These items will appear in the LWVNCA 2019 Convention Workbook that delegates will receive on May 4.

Proposed LWVNCA FY2019-20 Budget

The LWVNCA FY2020 Budget Committee Presents the Proposed LWVNCA Budget for 2019-2020.

Click here to read the Committee's Statement to accompany the Budget.

Click here to view or download the Proposed Budget.

The LWVNCA Board expresses its thanks to the FY2020 Budget Committee: Kathy Matusiak, chair, and members: Sarah McMeans and Kathy McGuire. William Thomas,Treasurer was the Ex- Officio advisor.

Proposed LWVNCA Program for 2019-2021

The 2019 Program Committee presents the following reports for LWVNCA Annual Convention consideration.

2019 LWVNCA Program Committee
Diane Hibino, Chair, Anna Kinney, Sarah McMeans and Sarah Mathews

LWVNCA Nominations for 2019-2021

2019 Nominating Committee Report

Current(2018-19) Nominating Committee: Melanie Cox, Chair, Wendy Frieman, Geraldine Whitley and Board Appointed: Andrea Gruhl, Linda Softli

The Chair would like to thank all members of the nominating committee for their hard work and attention to establishing the slate for officers and directors for 2019-2021. It was determined by the Committee that having co-presidents would expand the candidates plus would be beneficial with the work ahead for the LWVNCA Board with our Centennial year and national convention approaching.

Following the committed work by all Committee members we are pleased to present the proposed slate of officers and directors for the League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area for 2019-2021 and Nominating Committee for 2019-20. Nominations also will be taken from the floor at the Annual Convention on May 4.

Proposed SLATE for 2019-2021

Linda Softli, Joyce Starks

Linda(L) and Joyce(R) at podium

Nancy Soreng

Sarah Matthews, Barbara Lipsky, Carole Conors

Nominating Committee for 2019-20
Priscilla Godfrey--Chair
Betty Mayfield, Geraldine Whitley

For full Nominating Report click here.

2019 Madeline Naumann Award Presentation

CONGRATULATIONS TO LWV Frederick County for receiving the 2019 NAUMANN AWARD! For Ethics Reform in Frederick County

Linda-Norris Waldt, who led the initiative, speaking

With Betty Mayfield, Co-President of the Frederick County League looking on.

Honorable Mention went to the LWVDC

The League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area (LWVNCA) presents the Madeline Naumann Achievement Award every two years. The award was named in honor of LWVNCA's first president. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding achievements by local Leagues. These would be activities whose effects, applicability, or interest transcend local League boundaries. We invite the participation of all local Leagues constituting LWVNCA. While management achievements such as membership and communication will qualify for the award, program achievements will receive favored consideration.

Eligibility: All local Leagues constituting LWVNCA, an Inter League Organization, of the greater Washington, DC region are invited to participate.

Award: LWVNCA will bestow the winning League an Award Certificate, and an unrestricted grant of $400.00. Honorable Mentions may also be awarded. It will be presented at the May 4, 2019 LWVNCA Annual Convention.

For full description and guidelines as printed in the application/letter, click here. Also see the Naumann Award page for more information.

Kathy McGuire Receives Gift

In appreciation of Kathy for serving as LWVNCA President for four years!