LWV OF WESTON ANNUAL MEETING MAY 21, 2010, AT THE RED
HEIGHTS, JERUSALEM, SETTLEMENTS, GREEN WALL...
After Annual Meeting, which finished in a timely fashion,
League members Lucy Bowden, Paula Savignol, Clem Malin and
Arne deKeijzer await lunch at the Red Barn (l) and the Betty
Hill Forum on International Relations; guest speaker
Professor of Politics at Fairfield University, Edward Dew,
PhD addresses the Middle East and in particular, Israel's
history and chances for peace (c), or as the sign above,
right suggested to this listener, "is there an exit from
this history of war?"
LWV 11TH ANNUAL BETTY HILL FORUM:
"HARRY POTTER AND THE GOLAN HEIGHTS"
lectured on the perhaps intractable but perhaps miraculous
eventuality of peace in the area of Israel and Palestinian
Dr. Dew cited the effects of the resolution or not of
various topics as opening for some "magical" answers to
vexing problems, such as:
of the Middle East's economy as one cooperative alliance was
suggested by some, and everyone was hopefull if not convinced such
might be one result of another political solution. Another
questioner asked how all parties might be willing to arrive at a
solution that benefited the economic power of the region as a
whole as being a possibility.
- a possible water supply
conflict related to the Golan Heights,
- the still remaining
total acceptance or recognition of the State of Israel
by Syria and Lebanon,
- construction of a real
wall in the West Bank,
- status of Jerusalem,
- settlements for new
residents of Israel in the occupied areas from the
several wars since Israel was founded.
LWV OF WESTON ANNUAL MEETING MAY 15, 2009, AT THE RED
Samuel Connor, Director of Foundations
and Trusts at Save the Children, Lively discussions around what
comparisons can be made across societies.
LWV 10th ANNUAL BETTY HILL FORUM:
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: LESSONS FROM
THE FRONT LINES
Connor was this year's guest speaker at the League of Women Voters
of Weston's 10th Annual Luncheon and Betty Hill Forum on
With a wide and varied background - from earliest work in the
Peace Corps (where he learned about the clash of bureaucracies) to
NGO development in Africa and Asia, Mr. Connor has spent 14 years
in the field fostering grassroots community development.
And he told the story of his work with the Peace Corps in Togo,
West Africa, and how it has come full citcle - a young man in Togo
who showed promise moved on to higher education in this country
and is now training to teach and lead his own country as it
accomodates its tradition and development for the best
results. Mr. Connor served as a senior field director for a
leading international non-profit agency, most recently working in
the field in Myanmar.
Connor seeks meaningful change. This is a challenge, and one
example, work to stop the spread of HIV, is pressing. His
recommendation is to work with the youngest and break the
patterns that deprive children of immunities to disease in early
childhood and to delay onset of sexual activity in girls, in
currently Director of Foundations and Trusts at Save the Children,
the international non-profit agency based in Westport.
LWV OF WESTON ANNUAL MEETING MAY 16, 2008, AT COBB'S MILL INN
Joan Lewis photograph
ANNUAL MEETING AND BETTY
HILL INTERNATIONAL FORUM 2008...
Weston League to continue in "Steering Committee"
mode. Hon. Julie Belaga inspirational as she answers
questions re: what she thinks can be done to turn around
America's position to become a leader in climate change
discussion and action! Weston Forum report and photo
Hill International Forum in Weston
U.S. needs to build leadership
in environmental affairs
by Patricia Gay
The title of her speech was supposed to be “Restoring American
Leadership in International Environmental Affairs,” but Julie
Belaga said that was a speech she could not give.
“The issue should be about building and not restoring
leadership. We have no leadership on international
environmental issues,” she said.
That was how Ms. Belaga began a lively and well-received
speech and discussion with members of the League of Women
Voters of Weston and guests who attended the annual Betty Hill
International Forum on Friday, May 16, at the Cobb’s Mill Inn.
Following the league’s annual business meeting and luncheon,
Ms. Belaga was introduced by Helen de Keijzer, a member of the
league who invited Ms. Belaga to the forum.
Ms. Belaga is the co-chairman of the Connecticut League of
Conservation Voters, an organization that supports
environmentally-friendly elected officials in Connecticut. She
has served with the Environmental Protection Agency and is on
the board of National Audubon CT and the Connecticut Fund for
In the mid-’70s, Ms. Belaga, a Republican, represented
Westport in the State House of Representatives, where she was
involved in issues of coastal protection and the
transportation of hazardous waste and solid-waste management.
After an unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in 1986, she
worked as a commentator for WTNH-TV in New Haven and as an
instructor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Weston FORUM website]
Annual Meeting and Betty Hill
International Forum 2007
8, 2007, Friday, Cobbs Mill Inn, Weston, CT
WESTON LWV ANNUAL MEETING MAKES SOME DECISIONS...
Ducks swimming up stream?
Annual Meeting, with assistance from neighboring Leagues and
representatives of the LWVCT, a quorum of the Weston League
assembled voted to carry on League activities in 2007-2008 using a
"Committee" instead of the traditional set of Officers and
Directors as spelled out in the LWV of Weston by-laws!
8TH ANNUAL BETTY
HILL FORUM ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Speaker at 8th Betty Hill International
Forum Talia Carner - click here for
Annual Betty Hill Forum on International Affairs heard from
author and activist Talia Carner...whose message was, in effect,
do your research, ask questions and use the power of the Internet
to make change! Sounds like 21st Century League!
story of how a writing career (a shift from publishing) has made
activism possible - on the lecture circuit!
It was an excellent resolution to the League's
administrative problem, and all agreed that the new year is very
much going to be a lively one! Thank you to Pat Heifetz, the
outgoing President, and to Talia Carner, for giving us perspective
on serious matters of social policy and international
significance. And inspiring each and every one of us to step
forward and make a difference! Betty Hill would have been
proud of this day!
reception for "China Doll" in the literary press here.