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Member News

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Newly elected 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 (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).

Olivia Zink spoke at conference

Olivia Zink, new League member and executive director of Open Democracy, was a speaker at the National Citizen Leadership conference in DC Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016. The conference goal is to end the corruption of elections by big money.

National convention 2016

State board member Gwen Mikailov, Nashua member Sylvia Gale, and LWVK/S board member Sara McNeil were official delegates at the LWV national convention in June. Thank you for representing NH League members at the convention.

Also attending as an observer was long-time League member Lillian Nelligan, past LWVNH president and current chair of the LWVNH Education Fund. Lillian was accompanied by her daughter and granddaughter. Keep those generations of League members coming!

Incarceration Issues Course

Peg Fargo and Liz Tentarelli, LWVNH board members and past co-chairs of the state League's study of women incarcerated in NH, taught a course on the issues of women incarcerated, at Colby-Sawyer College in April and May 2016, through Adventures in Learning. They also taught courses at Granite State College in Manchester thru OLLI. (May 2014). Peg taught the course again in May 2015 through OLLI's Seacoast office.

Liz Tentarelli also presented a talk on incarceration issues to The Country Squires in May 2016, and also at the Progressive Summit at SNHU on June 25, 2016.

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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LWV Council 2015

LWVNH president Liz Tentarelli represented NH at Council 2015 in Leesburg VA June 18-22. Liz wants to thank the League and the LWVNH Education Fund for helping to fund her attendance. "I'm not usually a fan of big conferences, but the National League is suggesting new ways of making an impact through League, both members and other supporters, which is exactly what the state board has been hoping would be possible. I came back with lots of specific ideas." Liz will write more in upcoming NHVoters.

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.

Appointment to Citizens Advisory Board

Feb. 5, 2015 LWVNH co-president Liz Tentarelli has been appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan for a three-year term to the Citizens Advisory Board of the NH Correctional Facility for Women. The women's prison has a new name, and Liz is delighted to be the newest member of this board. The board meets monthly to discuss and seek solutions to various issues facing women offenders and the women's prison. Liz co-chaired the LWVNH study of the impact of women offenders (2009-2012) and has continued to stay current on the topic.

Town Websites presentation

Liz Tentarelli and Nancy Marashio reprised their powerpoint presentation of the league's template to improve town websites for voters and potential voters. A webinar was first presented in Spring 2014. The powerpoint was also presented in a session of the NH Municipal Assn's annual conference on Nov. 12, 2014, in Manchester. If your town's website does not offer an easy way for people to find out about voting, urge your town's administration to check our Sample Town Website page.

Sad News

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. Local League members are welcome to attend the service Sat., 3/25, 11 pm at St. Andrews Church, New London.

We note with sadness the passing of long-time League member from the Upper Valley, Robert Fieldsteel, in September 2016. He and his wife Joyce, who passed away a few years ago, were often participants in League studies and other League events.

We note with sadness the passing of member Nina McCall on July 30, 2016. Nina had been, most recently, a member of the LWV Upper Valley. Her nearly lifelong association with the League began in Michigan, continued in New Jersey and New York, and also continued when she and her husband, John, moved to New Hampshire. Nina was state League president in New Jersey. During her years there she also ran a "spirited but unsuccessful campaign for US Representative" (1974) and worked at ABC News in New York City, eventually becoming manager of the political unit. She retired in 1986. Nina's family has asked that gifts in her memory can be made to the League of Women Voters NH (4 Park St Room 200, Concord NH 03301) or to the Kendal Cadbury Fund, Hanover. A celebration of Nina's life will be held at Kendal in Hanover on September 26.

We note with sadness the passing on Feb. 22, 2016, of Eileen Foley, nearly 98, life member of LWV, former 8-term mayor of Portsmouth, NH, and former 7-term NH senator. Eileen was 5 years old when the Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Maine was opened. Little Eileen was chosen to help cut the ribbon. In 2013, when the new Memorial Bridge was dedicated, Eileen Foley was again part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Click here for a 2013 photo of Eileen at that ceremony with VP Joe Biden. Click here for Eileen Foley's obituary and photo.