LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WESTON, CONNECTICUT
Annual Meeting, Betty Hill Forum (14th year) and Luncheon
Friday, May 17, 2013 at The Red Barn, Westport

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Annual Meeting 2013
First things first - the business part of the day - Annual Meeting - where we remind ourselves of the past year's activities, review and decide to accept or not Program Planning recommendations, new study ideas and action plans for NEXT year (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014)!  A quorum was present, and all Steering Committee members agreed to continue their roles from 2012-2013.  With the upcoming local electon season, Voter Service volunteers sprouted like spring flowers (see minutes of the meeting).  The agenda was actually completed before luncheon guests started filtering in!!!  A picture story follows of the luncheon and Senator John McKinney's speech on "The Power and Potential of Bipartisan Action."



THE SCENE...
After a busy Reception we sat down for lunch - the tables filled with friends of  League as well as members. 


Introduction by Steering Committe member of speaker...

Senator John McKinney, Minority Leader of the CT State Senate, on the topic:
"The Power and Potential of Bipartisan Action"


This Session in Hartford...

Senator McKinney chose to give three examples of bipartisan action in the past 2 years.  One involved, of course, the response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.and bipartisan action taken.


Previously, in the Special Session on Jobs...

First try at bipartisan action was on jobs, after union negotiation drama.  It was successful in Governor Malloy's first year.  A start!


Decline of bipartisan action, the "why?"  An idea.

Senator McKinney suggests a non-partisan entity should do redistricting.
It is the fault of partisan redistricting of "safe seats" thus making for very few contests and causing lobbying intensity in fewer and fewer areas.  Connecticut isn't as bad as Washington D.C., but it still has become more polarized.  With Hon. Judith Freedman (in picture) to confirm his thoughts, Senator McKinney tried to give everyone some hope...is the League of Women Voters going to lead us?


Can we work together on issues?  Should we seek a common ground?

Yes, we can and we should! 
In responding to question about genetically modified food and a labeling bill, from an audience member, Sen. McKinney notes the CT Senate has approved it in bipartisan voting...Speaker of the House not on board.


Another question was about "mandates" - under discussion by the "M.O.R.E." Commission (stands for Municipal Opportunies and Regional Efficiency).  Senator McKinney then gave the floor to First Selectwoman Weinstein, whose response can be seen in the video...towards the end.

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42 minutes 51 seconds; 113 Megabytes - click below -

http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVAnnualMtg5-17-13.wmv



What was it the Brooklyn Dodgers used to say?  Wait 'til next year!

And the sun was still shining after lunch - a  great day in many ways!
Inspired after an excellent Annual Meeting and great pitch for bipartisan action, we set off to start work in this an upcoming local election year!!!