Photos and information from the events of 2017.
Events are listed in order from December to January. Click on the links below for quick access!

Moveable Feast  •  Charter School Consensus Study   •  Women's March  •  Day at the Races  •  The Politics of Justice

Annual Meeting

2016  December 1
Moveable Feast

Moveable Feast

Thursday, December 1, 11:30-1:00 p.m., at the Winchester Fire Station

The Moveable Feast is one of our most beloved traditions - a wonderful way to thank our hard-working Town employees and enjoy the company of fellow League members. This year's Feast was special because we also awarded our 2016 Civic Leadership Award to Judy Muggia for her leadership in Town government and fifty years of service to the LWV. Judy blazed trails as the first woman to serve on the Wichester Board of Selectmen and then as mentor to so many other women who followed.

Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers who helped make this day great. We also would like to thank D'Agostinos and Stop & Shop as well as the Winchester Fire Department for allowing us to use their space.

A BIG THANK YOU to our Winchester Town Employees for all that you do to make Winchester the wonderful place it is!
2017 January 8
Consensus Meeting
Charter School Study

Sanborn House, 15 High Street, Winchester, on Sunday,  January 8, 1 - 4 p.m. in partnership with the Arlington League.

During the program planning process to select LWVMA priorities for the 2015 - 2017 biennium, local Leagues suggested a study on charter schools because of the continuing public debate about charter school funding, numbers, location, authorization, outcomes and accountability. Recognizing that LWVMA did not have positions that specifically focused on charter schools, members proposed and the Board agreed that a study was necessary to allow LWVMA to participate in the development of policy and legislation regarding charter schools.The purpose of this study was to determine where we have agreement so that the state board can draft a League position related to charter schools.

The results of our study were submitted to the State League and incorporated with input from other towns in the updated LWVMA Charter School Position, available on the State website.

2017  January 21
Women's March
Boston Women's March for America

 January 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., on Boston Common

Members of the Winchester League joined the State League in supporting the Women’s March for America. Its goal was to send a message to our leaders and the world that the United States of America stands for values of human dignity, equal rights, and freedom from discrimination
2017  March 19
Day at the Races

Candidates for Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Planning Board
March 19, 2:00-4:30 p.m., at the Jenks Senior Center, Skillings Road, Winchester

The League sponsored its candidate forum for contested elections, which included the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Planning Board. Candidates answered questions submitted by the public in advance, with opportunities to

We thank Patti Muldoon of the Arlington League for serving as moderator, WinCam for filming the event and making it available on demand, and the public for submitting questions.

2017  March 25
The Politics of Justice
Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts
March 25, 12:45 - 4:30 p.m., at First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington,
  630 Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center

Sen. Will Brownsberger spoke on the Council of State Governments Criminal Justice omnibus bill, Middlesex  District Attorney Marian Ryan on restorative justice, Idris Abdullah of Teens Leading the Way on  juvenile justice, Sen. Ken Donnelly on mental health issues and pre-trial reform, Cassandra Bensahih of EPOCA and Jobs Not Jails on the Justice Reinvestment Act, and Rahsaan Hall of the ACLU-MA’s Racial Justice Program on the racial implications of this season’s proposed legislation.

Background material includes a list of specific bills and their sponsors.

This free event was organized by the Mass Incarceration Working Group of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington.

2017 June 10
Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting and Civic Leadership Award
Click here to read about the LWVW's Annual Civic Leadership Award. June 10th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Sanborn House, 15 High Street, Winchester

The Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for all the members of the Winchester League to get together over a delicious brunch, review the past year's activities, vote on new members of the Steering Committee, and set priorities for the coming year. View our Annual Meeting Archives to read past minutes.

We also celebrated the 2017 recipient of our Civic Leadership Award, which honored Judy Manzo for her contributions to literacy and civic engagement in Winchester.
2017 Sept. 2
LWVW at Farmer's Market

Annual Farmer's Market

September 2, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., at the Town Common

Members of the League are at our table at the Farmer's Market on the Common.  The volunteers distribute educational, voting, and membership materials.  They also sign up anyone interested in joining our email notification list.
 2017 Sept. 25
How To Speak So Your Legislators Will Listen.

 How To Speak So Your Legislators Will Listen
  Monday, September 25, 7:00PM - 8:00PM, Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St. Winchester

Talk was presented by Nancy Brumback, chair of the LWVM Legislative Action Committee.  We learned the most effective ways to reach our state legislators and make our voices heard.   At what point in the process is communication from constituents most effective?  Why is it important to contact your legislators when you know they agree with you?  Nancy answered these questions and many more.

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Winchester, Massachusetts 01890

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