LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS Richmond
WEST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY San Pablo
P.O. Box 1618
El Cerrito, California 94530
Louise Vogelsberg, Editor – Temporary - Pat McLaughlin (510) 525-5187
AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2007 CALENDAR
Monday, August 27th Board Meeting at Central Perk
1:15pm 10086 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
Thursday, September 6th Kensington Unit Meeting – Home of Lita Fries
1:15pm 28 Camelot Ct., Kensington – (510) 527-4240
Tuesday, September 18th , Membership Meeting – Brown Bag Luncheon
Location: 6830 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito United
Speaker: Rev. Phil Lawson
Rev. Lawson represents the Black Alliance of East Bay and
will talk about a Just and Compassionate Immigration
Policy for this State/Nation. He is a retired Methodist
minister, last serving at Easter Hill Methodist Church. He
lives in Hercules and is quite passionate in serving his
community on issues that are vital to the wellbeing of the
September 29th LWVC Work shop, $25.00 per person, $15.00 without
9:30 am – 2:30pm lunch. See Flyer for topics.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., Oakland
Register at www.lwvc.org
League of Women Voters Pat Player, Dorothy Herzberg and Janet will look at
West Contra Costa County creating a one page rough draft for the board to
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes June 4, 2007 approve at the July Board Meeting.
The meeting was called to order by President, Linda Willa Sudduth reported that the LWV will be
Young, at 1:20 with a quick review of Agenda. conducting a new study on Immigration; this study
Under item 7 a (C) was added to include discussion will be moving forward over the next 2 years. Also,
of a Retreat for the Executive Board this summer. Global Warming and Prison Conditions/reforms were
Those in attendance were Willa Sudduth, Myrtle added to the state study issues program. Willa was so
Braxton, Pat McLaughlin, Pat Player, Jean Lipton, impressed with one of the Key Note Speakers,
Bonnie Hamlin, Joan Bartoluvich, Janet Abelson, and Delores Huerta who talked on the subject of One
Betty Brown. Dorothy Herzberg was also in More Child Left Behind printed in Ms Magazine and
attendance. she brought enough magazines for everyone to have a
copy and she graciously signed the magazine for
MINUTES from the May 7th meeting were shared by
those who wished.
Linda, from her notes of that meeting which must be
typed for the record. The minutes were approved as Willa was constantly reminded of her early years
presented. fighting for Civil Rights and was delighted to get a
TREASURERS REPORT: Pat McLaughlin passed copy of the historical studies and activities of the
League during the 60's/70's. Hopefully, some
out the May 31, 2007 report. The Balance for May
sections of that publication can be included in our
31, 2007 is $2,296.99. The annual meeting luncheon
monthly voters next year. As a final note, Willa
at Denny's for 24 people broke even and our PMP
announced the Women's Equality March in
Status is paid in full for State. There is one
Sacramento on August 25, 2007. Many of us
remaining payment to National will be made by June
admitted that walking blocks/miles is not in our talent
30th. Pat presented a bill owed her for the charges on
pool now, but Willa remembers participating years
her credit card for 2 newsletter mailings and the
Luncheon payment to Denny's. The total of these
payments made by Pat McLaughlin was over SPEAKERS BUREAU WAS THE NEXT TOPIC
$590.00. It was moved, second and passed to write DISCUSSED. Dorothy Herzberg is willing to
her a check today for the exact amount and Jean coordinate the training and organization part of the
Lipton will sign the check. Speakers Bureau service provided by the West
County League of Women's Voters. President Linda
CONVENTION REPORTS: Janet Abelson and
requested that Dorothy attend the board meetings to
Willa Sudduth attended the LWV California
help with Speakers Bureau formation. Pat Player has
Conference in Bakersfield in May. Janet Abelson
organized the Speakers Bureau and Candidate Night
reported on the best workshop she attended entitled,"
Moderator and Timekeeper duties for WCCC
how to produce a local Easy Voter Guide for local
elections". activates as part of her duties on the board. Dorothy
will be able to provide Pat with assistance for this
She had samples from the Oakland group which she very important duty. Pat and Dorothy will work
passed around. Discussion was held about whether together during the next year as the election season
we might want to do a one page outline of the ballot for 2008 approaches so that the WCCC LWV
issue for the upcoming renewal of the parcel tax by Chapter will be able to respond to as many requests
the school district on August 28th. It is a mail-in for events as possible.
election and Pat Player reported on why this was the
Dorothy asked that all who wish to be a part of the
best time to conduct the election so voters in the
Speakers Bureau please contact her so she can start to
West County Unified District can focus on this
put together a file of interested members who wish to
renewal for critical school programs. In 2008 there
serve our League in this capacity.
are 3 long elections and the school board decided
they did not want to compete with the long ballots REPORT from Betty Brown on the progress of the
since 2/3rds is needed for passage of this renewal Health Care for All West County Committee. Their
effort. The passage of the tax will guarantee smooth next meeting will be June 27th at 6:30. Call Betty
budget planning for the next 9 years in the school Brown if you need address, ride or directions to the
district. meeting. The Health Care for All group will
participate in the City of Richmond Event on June League of Women Voters
15th at 10AM across from DeJean Middle School at West Contra Costa County
the City Recreation Dept. Meeting room. It is a rally Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, July 9, 2007
to inform Richmond civic leaders of the Universal Meeting called to order by President, Linda Young at
Health Care bill sponsored by Senator Kuehl called 1:25 PM. Members present: Willa Sudduth, Myrtle
SB840. All are invited to attend. Braxton, Pat McLaughlin, Pat Player, Jean Lipton,
Health Care for All will be circulating petitions for Bonnie Hamlin, Linda Young, Janet Abelson, Betty
support at the Juneteenth festival the next day at Brown. Dorothy Herzberg was also in attendance.
Nichol Park. Volunteers are needed for that day and Minutes of the June 4, 2007 meeting were approved
to walk in the Parade that precedes the event at the without corrections.
park. Call Betty Brown if you are able to assist.
Pat McLaughlin distributed the June 30, 2007
OTHER BUSINESS: The Board was reminded Treasurer’s Report. The balance as of June 30, 2007
about the June 19th summer event for League was $2,130.70. Pat stated that State and National
members and their guests by Patricia Player....Lunch dues had been paid. She stated that the LWVWCCC
and Bus Tour of the WWII Homefront with Betty cannot make it until next March without an infusion
Soskin and Lucy Lawliss as our tour guides. of funds. President, Linda Young, stated that an
President Linda announced that the information for invoice had been sent to the County to request
the County Clerk on our participation in the Adopt- payment to the League for the Adopt-A-Box project.
A-Box for voter registration has been completed by Payment has not been received to date. Pat stated
Jean Lipton. Linda will send the information with an that if the County sends the money due the League,
invoice to the County so we can get our first no fund raising event will be necessary. Pat stated
payment. There is a need to have one or two new that three new members: Monica Riley, Ruby and
folks do the areas of members who had to give up the Robert MacDonald joined the League. Pat will bring
assignment. Please call Jean Lipton or President an updated membership list at the Board Retreat on
Linda to volunteer. July 24.
BOARD RETREAT: After a brief discussion a Pat Player reported that the Board Retreat will be
Board Retreat will be held in August. The date will held on July 24, 2007 at the Mechanics Bank located
be determined by the next Board meeting. The at 41st and Macdonald Ave. in Richmond from 1:30
retreat will focus on Membership, recruitment and PM until 4 PM. The focus of the retreat will be on
retention. Dorothy Herzberg and Jean Lipton will the following topics: Membership, Recruitment and
ask to use the Fireside Room at the Unitarian Church. Membership Retention. The program calendar for
Everyone will be encouraged to attend the retreat, but the upcoming year and board member duties will also
especially old and new Board Members. be discussed. Pat Player will send post cards to
Board members to notify them about the retreat.
It was noted by Janet Abelson that she was concerned
that the new members of the Board had not received Bonnie Hamlin discussed the National Membership
notice of this meeting. We all realized that Louise Recruitment Initiative that trains local chapters in
Vogelsberg kept us connected with postcards. We ways to grow and retain membership. Several states
miss her support and do hope she is getting stronger will be selected by National to participate in the
each day. Linda announced that Louise hoped to go Initiative. She stated that if California is accepted as
to her daughters after the prescribed physical therapy one of the states to participate, WCCC should apply
time at the skilled nursing home. She is getting to be part of the Initiative.
stronger each day. It is believed that she can receive Pat Player and Dorothy Herzberg reported on the
email on her lab top now. League booth at the July 4 El Cerrito celebration.
Adjounment was at 3:15 and the Next meeting will They reported that League Membership applications
be at Central Perk at 1:15 on Monday, July 9, 2007. were handed out to a lot of individuals. Very few
Minutes by Volunteer scribe: Patricia Player people wanted to stay long enough to view the Health
Care Initiative CD. Pat felt the booth was an
excellent way to introduce the League to people. Pat
thanked Jean, Dorothy and Janet for their work at the WCCC Chapter of the League of Women Voters
booth. Makes a Tour of West County Historical Sites
Pat Player reported that the League’s tour of the On Tuesday, June 19th 16 members and guests
Rosie the Riveter Home Front National Park on June enjoyed the National Park World War II Homefront
19 was very successful. The group visited the Tour in Richmond, California. The group met at
Museum after the tour and had lunch at the Museum. Richmond City Hall for the orientation video written
The amount charged covered all expenses except for by Betty Reid Soskin on the African American
$1. experience during WWII. At the end of Betty’s
video the group boarded the National Park Service
The General Membership meeting will be held on
Mini Bus for a trip around Richmond to see the key
either September 18 or September 22nd at the El
historical sites ending at the Rosie the Riveter
Cerrito United Methodist Church on Stockton. The
Memorial. The group then took part in the special
date cannot be decided until Betty Brown contacts
walking part of the tour led by Ranger Lucy Lawless
Pat Snyder who has been asked to be the presenter at
and Betty Reid Soskin. It was particularly exciting
the meeting regarding her availability.
for the group to have Barbara Vincent and her son
Training for new WCCC Board Members will be join in on the tour.
held on August 27, 2007 at 11:30 prior to the regular
meeting at 1:15 PM. The next stop on the tour was the Richmond Museum
for a special showing of the Tepco Pottery Exhibit
The meeting on August 27, 2007 is in place of the (on loan to the Museum by member Sandi Genser-
normal meeting on September 3, 2007 which is Labor Mack and her husband). The group enjoyed box
Day, a legal holiday. lunches from Zarri's Deli in the Patio of the Museum
Jean Lipton reported that Robert MacDonald and then went in for the exhibit. The Museum tour
volunteered to be the observer for the League at El and Tepco Pottery Exhibit was a fitting ending to our
Cerrito City Council meetings. Bonnie Hamlin stated tour of the Past.
that the president has a guide listing the duties of a A donation was made to the Richmond Museum in
League observer at meetings of elected officials. appreciation for the special opening for our group;
Pat McLaughlin volunteered to edit the Voter and to the National Park Service for providing us
newsletter. Janet Abelson volunteered to mail the with a wonderful mini-bus.
Voter to all members. Linda and Pat McLaughlin Everyone including the Rangers were so pleased with
will send a printer ready copy to Janet who will have the response to this tour that it will be offered to the
the Voter printed. public during the summer leading up to the Special
Janet volunteered to mail the notices of upcoming Festival which celebrates the various points of
Board meetings to all Board members until further interest in the World War II Homefront Parks found
notice. There will be no Board meeting in throughout Richmond. The Festival is scheduled for
September. the last weekend in September. Call the Park at 510-
232-5050 for dates of the remaining trips.
On Saturday, September 29, 2007, there will be
training in Oakland for all League members. The From our Secretary & Voter Editor
time is 9:30 AM until 1:30 PM. Louise Vogelsberg
Meeting adjourned at 3:10. Minutes submitted by I am doing much better and walk without the walker
Myrtle Baxton at times. I am going on vacation tomorrow and will
return on August 26. I finished my radiation
treatments two weeks ago and no longer wear a back
brace. However, I will be taking a chemo pill for the
multiple myeloma. So, I'll see how I react to that. I
have met a couple of people who have multiple
myeloma and have taken the medication that I am
going to take. They seem to be doing well, which
made me feel better. My daughter has let me drive
my car which is nice. (You Go Girl! Ed.)
League of Women Voters West Contra Costa Next General meeting is Tuesday, September 18,
County 2007 at 11:30 AM at El Cerrito United Methodist
Board Planning Retreat – July 24, 2007 Church. Pat Player will not be present at this
Minutes of Meeting meeting. Everyone will be asked to bring a bag
lunch. The League should serve coffee and tea.
Meeting called to order at 1:50 at Mechanics Bank on
There is a $25 rental fee to use the church. The
Macdonald Ave. in Richmond by President, Linda
speaker will be a representative from the Just
Young. Members present: Pat Player, Betty Brown,
Immigration organization as arranged by Pat Player.
Janet Abelson, Willa Sudduth, Jean Lipton, Myrtle
Braxton. Dorothy Herzberg was also in attendance. The October General meeting will be on October 20
at 10AM at the Lutheran Church on Stockton. This is
President, Young explained the purpose of the
a joint meeting with AAUW. Pat Snyder will be
Planning Retreat: Discuss Board duties and
invited to speak on the Criteria for Evaluation of
Health Care Reform. Betty Brown will confirm Pat
Jean Lipton stated that she needs to receive an Snyder’s attendance.
updated membership list from Pat McLaughlin. Jean
It was suggested that the League sponsor a training
will send welcome letters to recent new members
workshop on the Pros & Cons of the ballot issues on
who are listed on the Treasurer’s report each month.
the February ballot. This workshop should be held
Various ways to increase membership was discussed. the last week in November or in early December.
(1) It was suggested that an insert containing League This would be a General Membership meeting.
activities be inserted in the League brochure. Janet Organizations should request a League presentation
will bring examples for a new updated brochure to on the Pros & Cons no later than December 15.
the next Board meeting. Janet stated that the League
The Planning Retreat was adjourned by the President
has a “mail box address” not a web site. Email can
at 3:55 PM.
be directed via the “mail box address”. (2) Jean
Lipton discussed the event that Jennifer Peck and Minutes submitted by: Myrtle Braxton, Acting
Shirley Butt offered to host. The purpose of the Secretary.
event is to invite people to a meet and greet party to
introduce them to the Board, tell them about the
purpose of the League and ask them to become 2007-2008 Board Members
members of the League. Linda suggested that each Linda Young, President 215-3008
Board member bring 3 or 4 prospective League Patricia Player, Vice-President.
members with them to the event. It was suggested 524-9789
that a flyer be prepared to publicize the event. The Jean Lipton, Vice President,
dates proposed for the event was November 8 or 15 if 525-8155
these dates are OK with Peck and Butt.
Louise Vogelsberg, Secretary
Pat McLaughlin will be asked to bring a new list of (Myrtle Braxton, Acting Secretary) 233-0777
Board members and Officers to the next meeting. Pat Pat McLaughlin, Treasurer 525-5187
Player stated that two Board members should be
Board Members At Large:
appointed to the Nominating Committee.
Janet Abelson 525-7709
Janet asked for clarification as to who should receive
the Voter newsletter. She was given a list of Maria Alegria 758-7642
individuals and organization who should receive the Joan Bartulovich 232-1136
newsletter. Pat McLaughlin and Linda will get the Myrtle Braxton 233-0777
next issue of the Voter, camera ready, to Janet by Betty Brown 524-6071
August 9. Janet will have the Voter in the mail by Dorothy Herzberg 524-0649
August 18. Willa Sudduth 233-0867
Next Board meeting is Monday, August 27, 2007 at
1:15 PM at Central Perk in El Cerrito.
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