A Publication of The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham
Published June 2007
LWVGB was represented at the State Convention in Tuscaloosa on May 19 -20 by delegates Virginia Randolph, Sarah McDonald, Paulette Rowe, and Kathryn Kerchof. In addition, Birmingham members also in attendance were Yvonne Brakefield, Mary Lynn Bates and Jean Johnson. Our own Mary Lynn Bates was elected President and Yvonne was elected Secretary for the LWVAL for 2007- 2009. Congratulations to both women and we look forward to working with them.
The convention titled It’s All About the League focused on League functions and tools to accomplish League activities. All was informative, but we were especially proud of Jean Johnson who with Scarlett Gaddy put on a glitzy high tech workshop that demonstrated the best internet tools for us to use. She is putting her tips on our LWVGB website too. Jean is the webmaster for our website and deserves kudos for all of the late hours and work she puts into making the LWVAL website and Birmingham site useful sources for members and interested citizens. One item that she and Scarlett Gaddy put together is A Leaguer’s Guide to Online Resources which may be found on the LWVAL website under Convention Followup in the Members section. Jean has also summarized the activities on the LWVAL website in the Members section.
During the Convention business sessions we
At lunch on Saturday the convention attendees heard a presentation by Kimble Forrister. Kimble is the Executive Director of Alabama Arise and was able to expertly explain to us why the tax structure in Alabama needs to be reformed.
Saturday night the convention attendess were treated to a compelling speech by Congressman Artur Davis. Congressman Davis recapped the history of American immigration and emphasized that our history of allowing immigration is why we have the strongest and most vibrant economy. He entertained excellent questions and everyone left knowing more about the immigration legislation being debated in Congress.
The convention adjourned on Sunday morning and everyone went home having learned a lot about the League and even more about one another. It was a great weekend of learning and fellowship.
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