LWV Westford Annual Meeting Scheduled for June 7
June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Westford League is holding its Annual Meeting in person at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. The League welcomes all to the meeting, where we’ll have some time to socialize before starting the business meeting. The new model train exhibit at the Museum can also be viewed! At our meeting, we will review our accomplishments over the past year, choose the League leadership team, and decide on activities for the coming year. The Annual Meeting Guide will be emailed to our members soon. The meeting is a great opportunity for members to influence what policy and community issues the League will focus on.
Our bylaws require that the Steering Committee’s recommended program and the Nominating Committee’s slate of Steering Committee nominees be sent to our members prior to the Annual Meeting. The slate of Steering Committee nominees are Lynn Cohen, Vicky Geary, Erika Kohl, Gloria Miller, and Mary Anne Seraphin.
The recommended program is:
Continue presenting our critical and traditional League events and activities:
Candidates’ Night in Spring 2024
Voters’ Guide in Spring 2024
Town Meeting Previews in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024
Publicizing elections and Town Meetings with lawn signs
Monthly League Civic Socials
Advocate that all in-person public meetings of town boards and committees allow members of the public to participate remotely.
Advocate that all town boards and committees post meeting summaries as soon as possible after their meetings similar to the Select Board’s Actions Taken agendas.
Advocate that the webpage for every town board/committee on the town’s website include an email address that forwards to every member of the board/committee or provide another way for residents to contact the board members without having to use their individual addresses. This includes publicizing the process for how to contact town boards and committees and what happens to those emails. Include education about emails becoming part of the public record and encourage committees to acknowledge all written communication.
Investigate ways to register voters at WA and Nashoba Tech. Run registration drives before the March 5th presidential primaries.
Work with the Town Clerk to promote recruitment of poll workers.
Follow up on our survey of polling place accessibility with the Commission on Disability.
Continue to advocate for a robust voting rights bill at the State level that includes same-day voter registration.
Explore working with WestfordCAT to combine our Voters’ Guide with their “Guide to the Town Election Ballot.”
Follow-up with Derek Parker at Blanchard Middle School about working with his students on their civics projects.
Work with the Westford Museum to begin planning for the 250th anniversary of the start of the American Revolution in 2025 and the 250th anniversary of American independence in 2026.
Explore ways to promote youth involvement in the local League such as future educational events and/or reviving the project to create video interviews with town committee chairs to explain what the committees do.
Create a scholarship to be awarded to one or more graduating seniors at Westford Academy and/or Nashoba Tech to reward active civic engagement.
Revise and reprint “A Guide to Running for Local Office in Westford” and “A Guide to Town Meeting in Westford.”
To register for the Annual Meeting, Click Here.