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LWVNH president honored

Keene State College has announced the recipients of the 2020 President's Outstanding Women Of New Hampshire awards, this year celebrating women on the state, region, and college levels who have worked to secure political rights, specifically voting rights, for women and disenfranchised groups. The award ceremony is free and open to the public. It will be held on March 5, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in Norma Walker Hall, Alumni Center at Keene State College.

The state of NH awardee is Liz Tentarelli, president of LWVNH, for her work and of course the entire League's work to enfranchise voters.

"Read the Keene State College article here."

Read the Keene Sentinel's report here

League members in local govt

December 2019: League state board member and Mt Washington Valley unit member Julia King has just been appointed Moderator of School Meeting in Bartlett.

Who else is serving at the local or school level among our members? Let us know--we think there are a bunch of you!

Death Penalty Repeal Hearing 2019

Not often that the NH Legislature makes the NY Times, and even fewer occasions when two League members are in an accompanying photo. Sara McNeil and Sally Embley (Sara on the right in a burgundy jacket, and Sally beside her) both testified in support of repeal on behalf of the League's position. See the photo and article here.

Representing League Aug. 2017

Student member Margaret with Sherry and Gwen proudly representing League at the Granny D March, Aug. 12, 2017 in Dublin.

At state Convention 2015--past presidents

Four LWVNH state board past presidents attended the state convention in June 2015, and three of them sat for this photo (right). From left, past president and energy policy specialist Sally Davis, past president and NH Voter past editor Ginny Higgins, and past president Lillian Nelligan who currently chairs the LWVNH Education Fund. Thank you all for guiding our League in the past and continuing to be active.

Also at convention, seriously listening to our guest speaker, was past president and former League liaison to Open Democracy Jane Armstrong.

LWVNH Convention 2015

Held at Hopkinton Library, state convention drew members from many parts of NH to enjoy a presentation by Open Democracy Executive Director Dan Weeks and a presentation on the Marilla Ricker portrait project by president Liz Tentarelli and Sara McNeil.

Quad States 2015 & 2016

April 2016: Twelve members of LWVNH attended the new England League Leadership Conference this year. Unfortunately we never stood still long enough for a good photo.

May 2015: LWVNH members attended the New England Leadership Conference (formerly called Quad States) along with League members from VT, ME, RI, and CT.

Pictured L to R are state board members Peg Fargo,Mary Perry, Joan Ashwell, and Nancy Marashio. Also past president Jane Armstrong and LWVK/S board member Claire Vannatta.

Sad News

On Feb. 1, 2020, former member Marilyn Andrews of New London passed away. Marilyn was active in many community activities and programs, including the New London Outing Club, the King Ridge Ski Program, and the Little Sunapee Protective Association. She served as the chair of both Hospital Day and the New London Thrift Shop and Rummage Sale. In local politics, Marilyn served on the Board of Selectmen from 1980 to 1986, and also served on the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Budget Commission, the Conservation Commission and the Recreation Commission. At the state level, she served 6 years on the New Hampshire Solid Waste Board.

In August 2019, longtime League member Patti Eckels of Lebanon passed away. Patti was head of the Howe Library in Hanover from 1967 to 1987. She was named 1974's Ideal Librarian of the Year by the New Hampshire State Advisory Council of Libraries. She was a charter member of the New Hampshire State Advisory Committee on Libraries, and advised both the state library and the statewide library system. For many years she served as Voter Services chair of the LWV Upper Valley.

In October 2019, longtime League member Jennie McBean passed away. She had been living at Kendal in Hanover.

On Mother's Day, May 12, 2019, Margery Bostrom passed away, just a month before her 94th birthday. Margery had been a member and also long-time board member of LWV Kearsarge/Sunapee Area. Her caring spirit and enthusiasm for new ideas were an inspiration to us all. In 2009-2011 she served on our statewide study of women incarcerated issues and went on nearly all the "field trips" to the women's prison and the county houses of correction.

Margery had lived at Eastman in Grantham since 1992, serving on various town and Eastman boards. In 2017 Margery's family insisted she move closer to them, to Westerly RI. While we have not seen Margery since she left, she is always in our hearts and will be missed. A memorial service is being planned for July 14 at Eastman.

(If I may tell a personal story from several years ago. Margery and I were on our way to a League meeting. She told me a neighbor had stopped and insisted on helping her clear the snow from her car. She was 90 or 91 at the time and had long had back problems. "I could do it myself," she told me, "but I realized that it was important to my neighbor to know that I was safe and that he could help me. So I gave him the brush and said thank you." I thought, what a wise way to look at getting older. Liz T.)

On April 7, 2019, Lillian Healey Bolton Chandler passed away at the age of 87. Beginning with the 1960 presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy, Lillian involved herself in politics at the state and national level for many years, including as chair of the Muskie for President campaign in Bedford. Lillian was treasurer of the Manchester League of Women Voters years ago and also the auditor for League of Women Voters NH. She also served on the Bedford Budget Committee, the Spinnaker Cove Yacht Club, and held many offices in PTA and youth sports organizations. Our condolences to her family.

Barbara Hull Richardson, a longtime member of the League of Women Voters chapter in the Monadnock area when it existed, passed away on March 23 at the age of 95. Barbara was a member of the NH House, representing Cheshire 5 District from 1992-2010. Her obituary reports that she had been, right up until her last week, "a regular writer of letters to the editor to The Sentinel; always hand-written; always pithy and cogent. In her most-recent letter, she questioned the extent to which our government is protecting us versus bowing to large industries and corporations." Barbara was active in many civic ways, from her younger days as an AMC cru member to becoming a CASA volunteer in her 80s. A role model to us all.

League member Ellen Hawkes Little, who had been active in the Greater Capital Area local League as long as her health allowed, passed away on Jan. 30, 2019 at the age of 93. Ellen was part of our state incarceration study and always brought interesting questions and comments to our discussion. She taught for many years, working part-time to earn her Ph.D. in Education in 1972. She then taught at Empire State College (part of SUNY), finally moving to Concord in 2002. She will be missed.

League member Jane Guise of the LWV Kearsarge/Sunapee Area passed away on January 13, 2019, the day after her 90th birthday party. Jane devoted years of her life to community action work focused on peace, civil and human rights. She worked for 13 years at American Friends Service Committee in Massachusetts. She had been a League member for several years and will be missed.