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Member News

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Representing League Aug. 2017

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

2017 session: League members serve in NH Legislature

Congratulations to League members and those who were League members in the recent past who were elected Nov. 8, 2016 to the NH Legislature:

Jan Schmidt & Catherine Sofikaitis, NH House & Sen. Bette Lasky (re-elected Senate 13) (all from Nashua);

Karen Ebel, NH House (New London);

Sue Gottling and Linda Tanner, NH House (Sunapee);

Virginia Irwin, NH House (Newport & Unity);

Christy Bartlett, NH House (Concord);

Susan Almy, NH House, and Martha Hennessey (Senate 5) from Upper Valley area;

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (past member) (re-elected Senate 21), Portsmouth.

We are also proud of those members and recent past members who ran a good race but didn't make it this time: Sylvia Gale, NH House (Nashua) who lost by only 6 votes in the recount; Linda Harriott-Gathright, NH House (Nashua); Marcy Rothenberg, NH House (Hooksett); Gale Taylor, NH House (Brookline); Ricia McMahon, Merrimack county commissioner (Sutton).

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.
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Quad States 2015 & 2016

April 2016: Twelve members of LWVNH attended the 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

We note with sadness the passing of long-time League member from the Kearsarge/Sunapee area Eddi Mordecai of New London on July 22, 2017. Eddi was a loyal League member for many years, serving on the incarceration study committee in 2009-2012 and never failing to remind people of the importance of rehabilitation for women offenders. In spite of health issues including reduced vision, she wanted to keep abreast of the news and League activities; she enjoyed having people read newspapers and the NHVoter to her. Eddi will be missed.

We note with sadness the passing of long-time League member from Kearsarge/Sunapee area Heidi Beckwith on March 17, 2017. Heidi served on the local League board until several years ago, wrote PR pieces on the League's work for local papers, and continued her interest in League work after that.