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September 13th Kick-Off Luncheon

Reconnect with your LWV Friends at the September Kickoff Luncheon at the Turf Tavern, Scotia
Noon on Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Speaker: Natalie Schubel, MPH, Schenectady County Public Health Services

Natalie Schubel earned her Master's in Public Health from the University at Albany School of Public Health in 2013. Ms. Schubel became a Public Health EducaHon Coordinator for Schenectady County Public Health Services. She currently is the Project Director of the Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant. In her role, she works to foster teamwork across diverse populaHons of stakeholders including community based organizaHons, foundaHons, advocacy organizaHons, and healthcare pracHHoners.

Ms Schubel will describe food insecurity, food deserts and explore Schenectady data relaHng to both issues. Lastly, local soluHons will be discussed including work with food pantries and ways that interested residents can get involved.

The cost of the buffet is $20.

We will have a choice of Caesar salad, grilled chicken and baked scrod with rolls, desert, coffee or tea.

To reserve your spot, call Connie Young (518-393-7061) or email:

New Members

Catherine Norr

Catherine has taught French and Spanish in various school systems. She also has owned a restaurant and been a manager of a cafe at a Borders book Store. She is an avid folk singer and has published poetry.

Catherine joined the LWV in January 2017 because of it's non-partisan mission. She also joined AAUW at the same time. Her interests are helping with voter registration and candidate forums.

Heide Wastergard

Heide is a retired language teacher (English, German and Latin). She taught all over the country for 30 years. She came to the United States at the age of 26 and has been a US citizen for 3 years. She plans to volunteer this fall for the League Citizenship Monitoring Program. Other League interests include helping with the Candidate Forum and Voter Registration.

Her hobbies include walking, reading and sewing.

Women's Suffrage: A Documented History Reading and Discussion Series

Sponsored by Albany Institute of Art and History
6 weeks Sept - Oct 2017

Join a reading and discussion series at the Albany Institute where participants will examine the history of women's suffrage movement on the 100th anniversary of New York State's passage of women's right to vote.

The discussion leader will be author and educator Giacomo Calabria. Calabria is the author of the 2014 thriller The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy and has been praised by the Times Union as "a confident and masterful storyteller."

We will read about the women's suffrage movements in the United States and around the world from the American Revolution to the modern era, track changes within the movement, study important speeches, delight over misadventures and anecdotes, listen to recordings from the phonograph to the digital era, and ultimately transform the last 250 years of history into a lens for better appreciating and understanding the nation we live in today.

All required readings are available FREE online.

To register for the program contact Patrick Stenshorn, Education Coordinator at 518-464-4478 ext. 405 or

This program is made possible by a grant to the Albany Institute of Art and History from Humanities New York Series Syllabus

Program texts Week 1- Introduction:Revolution Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams (March 31, 1776) Declaration of the Rights of Woman, Olympe de Gouges (1791)

Week 2-The Watershed: Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments (1848) Discourse on Woman, Lucretia Mott (1850)

Week 3-Slavery, Suffrage, and Civil War Speech at Pennsylvania Hall, Angelina Grimké Weld (1838) A Petition for Universal Suffrage (1865) Address to the First Annual Meeting of the American Equal Rights Association, Sojourner Truth (May 9, 1867)

Week 4-Trial Remarks by Susan B. Anthony in the Circuit Court (June 1873) Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States (1876)

Week 5-World War Freedom or death, Emmeline Pankhurst (1913) Why Women Should Vote, Jane Addams (1915)

Week 6-Universal Rights Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (1920) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Civilian Police Review Board

Dick Shave, Schenectady League representative to the Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) announced that the brochure for the Board has now been distributed in Schenectady. Dick reports that he has gained a new respect for those people who train the police officers as well as for the Internal Affairs Office that investigates police infractions. There is interest in the Community about the CPRB which will, going forward, provide opportunities for more discussion and education. Dick looks forward to discussing these matters with anyone who has an interest.

"Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport"

You've heard that before. Especially if you find fault with what is happening in government be it local, state or federal. Not everybody has to hold office---or even run for office to be a participant. There are plenty of ways to be active and to get involved.
  • If you admire a candidate for office---actively support them. You can carry their petitions, campaign for them---go "door to door" with them---write endorsement letters to the Editor---financially support their campaigns.
  • Become involved in the community---volunteer for a commission or board in which you have an interest, especially if you have expertise or special knowledge that would benefit the work of that body.
  • Publicly support (or speak out against) issues that concern you and find allies to work with to see these issues resolved.
  • The League of Women Voters offers you many opportunities to participate in the business of democracy. Join us in registering voters, volunteer to help us conduct a candidate forum, collect returns at a polling place on election night.

The main thing is tp look for ways to be involved and then to get involved. Be a game player, not a spectator!

The League Speaks with One Voice

"League members must keep in mind that THE LEAGUE SPEAKS WITH ONE VOICE.

It is the prerogative of a member to take no action or to take contrary action as an individual. Thus, as individuals, we all have the right to contact our public officials about matters of concern. What we learn from League sources can always be used to inform a person's individual action. "


Carrie Chapman Catt

While we all know that Carrie Chapman Catt fought tirelessly for women's suffrage both here and abroad and that she founded the League of Women Voters, here are some facts about this remarkable woman of which we may not be aware:
  • Originally interested in practicing medicine, Catt received a Bachelor of Science degree in general science in 1880. She was the only woman in her class.
  • When her husband died in 1885, Catt made a living by becoming San Francisco's first female newspaper reporter.
  • By 1900, Catt succeeded the 80-year-old activist Susan B. Anthony as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), the organizational predecessor to the League.
  • Catt returned to NAWSA as president in 1915. Catt's relentless campaigning is credited with helping win President Woodrow Wilson's respect and support -- which ultimately led to the passage of the 19th Amendment.
  • Catt was close friends with Eleanor Roosevelt, a fellow League leader and women's rights pioneer.
  • She supported efforts for both the League of Nations and the United Nations, the latter of which the League of Women Voters helped establish. Carrie Catt described the League as a "mighty experiment". Nearly 95 years later the League is still a mighty experiment in making democracy work through citizen education and engagement.
    Excerpted from LWVUS