LWVGB NEWS

LWVGB Board Members, mark your calendars!

LWVGB Board Orientation and Planning
Saturday, August 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. mingle
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. business

Vestavia Library
1221 Montgomery Hwy
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

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Outgoing and New Board Members, please attend so that we can get this new year off with a bang! The advise and wisdom of previous board members will be invaluable. Breakfast pastries, coffee, juice, fruit, available throughout the morning.


Recent League happenings...

LWVGB Annual Business Meeting 2015


LWVGB Annual Business Meeting
was held
Thursday, June 18th, 5:30 p.m.
Sweet Tea Restaurant
®
2205 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
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Call to LWVGB Business Meeting 2015

This letter from LWVGB President Yvonne Brakefield was sent to the membership on May 8, 2015 and in a reminder on June 15, 2015.


Dear LWVGB Members,

As the League year draws to a close, it is time for our membership to come together for our Annual Business Meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18th at Sweet Tea Restaurant
®. We will adopt a new budget and Program, vote on changes to our bylaws, and elect new leadership for the next biennium. Your input will help determine the future of this league and is vital to the success of our organization. I strongly urge all members to attend.

Our business meeting documents are available through the links below. Please review carefully and bring a printed copy to the meeting for reference during our deliberations.

I look forward to seeing you in June.

In league,
~ Yvonne

LWVGB Business for 2015-2016


Subject to LWVGB member review and approval at the Annual Business Meeting on June 18th. Please read and consider before attending the meeting.
Note: If you are a member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and need assistance in accessing these pages, contact Jean Johnson at jjohnson@lwvgb.org or 205 222-2097.

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LWVGB Members Participate in LWVAL 2015 State League Convention


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Members of the LWVGB were pleased to represent our League at the LWVAL Convention in Auburn, AL on May 2 and 3, 2015. Thank you to LWV of East Alabama and especially to LWVEA President Kristen De La Fuente for their warm and gracious hospitality on Friday evening, May 1, and throughout the weekend! LWVGB President Yvonne Brakefield, Vice-President Ida Tyree Hyche (delegate), Treasurer Michael O'Donnell, Director Jean Johnson (delegate), Director Joyce Lanning (also Director LWVAL Board), LWVAL Co-president Leonette Slay, and member O. L. Pete Johnson were present from Birmingham. Pete led the symposium "Crime and Punishment in Alabama: The Court System, The Prison System, and Alternatives to Incarceration." See the video and audio of the symposium here. LWVGB was honored to be recognized as the local League with the second highest increase in membership. We're growing and it's showing!



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Picnicking in Railroad Park on a Beautiful Sunday Afternoon? What Fun!


We pitched blankets on "The Hillside" just west of the lake and the "17th St. Plaza" (the pavilion) in Birmingham's Railroad Park on Sunday afternoon, April 12, 2015. We didn't have a reserved space, so just caught an available space. Here's a map showing the area where we met. A few of our members gathered about 2:30. We learned that Birmingham's Railroad Park is a great place to have a picnic and some very interesting conversation! We had no set agenda but talked about whatever topics picnickers wanted to discus. We talked about AL tax needs and tax reform, transparency in government, the recent Birmingham tax referendum for schools, the upcoming LWVAL Convention in Auburn, AL and the prison reform panel discussion to be held (May 2), good books we've read, and much more. So good to have Robyn Hyden join the conversation along with Nancy Sales, Yvonne Brakefield and Pete and Jean Johnson. We even had kisses from Trigger, the Johnson's Staffy/Jack Russell mix join the crowd. A new League mascot? Hmmm...


Below is a map of the genereal area where we met. Check out the picnic photos here. Let's do it again soon!

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See the LWVGB News Archive for news about previous League happenings and projects.