Fellow League Members at Day on the Hill

LWVMA’s annual lobbying day is Tuesday, April 28, in Gardner Auditorium at the State House. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Our theme this year is “A Vision for Massachusetts” as the new legislative session begins.

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will be our keynote speaker, touching on his vision for Massachusetts and the priorities for legislators this term.

Board Meeting – May 5th

LWV Norwood May Board Meeting will be on May 5, 2015 in the Willett Room of the Civic Center at 7:00 pm sharp.  Anyone interested in learning about the League is welcome to attend.

“Inequality For All” Movie Night with the Westwood/Walpole League

The Movie Inequality for All has been rescheduled to March because of all of our problems with our Bread and Soup meeting. This movie features Robert Reich and discusses the problems with income disparity in our county. My apology to the member from Dedham who did not get the message and came to the date in February!
Inequality for All
Monday, March 16, 7 PM
Westwood Library

Norwood Candidate’s Night, March 23rd!!!

The Norwood League of Women Voters is hosting a Candidates’ Night on March 23, 2015in Memorial Hall at the Norwood Town Hall.  The forum will begin at 7:30 p.m.


All the Candidates for local town-wide offices have been invited to attend.  All candidates, both those with opposition and those without,  will have the opportunity to address the audience and answer questions posed by the League of Women Voters and audience members.


This Forum is open to the public and all interested citizens are encouraged to attend.


The League of Women Voters of Norwood, a non-partisan, political, organization encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


As a non-partisan organization, the League neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate.  However, the League does study issues and, if a consensus is reached, will advocate for those issues.


The League of Women Voters welcomes new members who are interested in making a difference in their community.  For more information about the League, contact President, Carol MacLeay, 617-510-1139.


LWVMA League Leaders’ Lunch in Norwood!

Click here for information and registration about the LWVMA’s League Leaders’ Lunch!

The March League Leaders Lunch is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Norwood VFW Hall, 193 Dean Street, Norwood.  The cost per person is $20, including lunch. Registration must be completed by Tuesday, March 3.

The lunch will have two focuses: fundraising and voter service. The goal is for every League to leave with at least one new idea for fundraising and one for voter service.

The fundraising portion will begin with a presentation of general fundraising principles and resources, followed by representatives from Leagues around the state presenting their successful fundraisers, and finishing with a roundtable discussion to share more fundraising ideas.

For the voter service portion: Following a presentation of resources and dealing with empty chair debates, local Leagues will present successful voter service projects, followed by a roundtable sharing voter registration successes.

We will also have a big sharing table, so plan on bringing your flyers, brochures, and other materials to share with your League colleagues.

Presidents, Steering Committee/Board Members, Membership Chairs, Events Chairs, Voter Service Chairs, Fundraising Chairs and potential leaders are especially welcome. There is no limit to the number of attendees per League.

We are grateful to the Norwood League for local arrangements.

You may also email Brynne Gorman (bgorman@lwvma.org), Karen Price (kprice@lwvma.org), or Jean Cherdack (jcherdack@lwvma.org) for more information.

Non-Profit Fair Next Saturday, February 28!!

Come one, come all to the First Annual Norwood Non-Profit Fair. This event will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the VFW Hall, Dean Street, Norwood MA.  Here are some of the local organizations that will be there for you to visit:
Boy Scouts
Circle of Hope Foundation
Friends of Norwood Center Ltd
Girl Scouts
Marine Corps League
Neponset Valley Humane Society
Norwood Art Association
Norwood Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholar
Together Yes, Inc
League of Women Voters
Heartillary Group

Norwood Orient Lodge of Masons
Chamber of Commerce
Disabled American Veterans
Norwood Meals on Wheels (HESSCO)
The Journey to Parenthood Foundation Inc
Norwood Jr. Women’s Club

Neponset River Watershed Association

Women’s Community Committee

Please come early to network, socialize, and get involved! Light refreshments will be available. This event is co-sponsored by the Norwood League of Women Voters and the Norwood Junior Women’s League.

We hope to see you there!!

Non-Profit Fair, February 28

The first annual Norwood Non-Profit Fair will be Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the VFW on Dean St. in Norwood. The fair runs from 11:00 a to 2:00 p, and will feature several non-profit organizations working in Norwood.

Come network, socialize, and get involved! Light refreshments will be available.

See the Non profit flyer  for details.  Hope to see you there!

Veterans’ Breakfast Hosted by Neponset Sunrise Rotary and TripAdvisor

See the attached flyer for information about a veterans’ breakfast on March 18, sponsored by the Neponset Sunrise Rotary and TripAdvisor. If you are looking to hire a veteran for your company or organization, here is a great opportunity to network and meet qualified people.


Hire a veteran – flyer 2015 (2) (1)

LWVMA January Forum: Economic Inequality and Political Participation: Whose Voices Are Heard?

Is growing economic inequality having an impact on who is participating, how they’re participating, which groups are influencing policy, and what those policies are?


Come hear our panel of experts discuss these and other questions at “Economic Inequality and Political Participation — Whose Voice Is Heard?” co-sponsored by LWVMA and Bentley University’s Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, January 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham.  The panel will take place in Bentley’s Wilder Pavilion (Adamian Academic Center 165).


Our panelists are:  Noah Berger, Executive Director, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center; Hahrie Han, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College; and Kay Schlozman, J. Joseph Moakley Professor of Political Science, Boston College.  The panel will be moderated by Juliet Gainsborough, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University.


This forum is free and open to the public, but we are asking you to pre-register to ensure sufficient seating.  Please click here to let us know you’re coming. And click here to download a program flyer.

Questions? Contact LWVMA at 617-523-2999 or lwvma@lwvma.org.

Upcoming Local LWV Events

Here is some information about upcoming local League of Women Voters’ events.

All League members and the public are welcome at two upcoming LWV Needham forums in November:
Massachusetts New Domestic Worker Rights Law: What does it mean for you?
Thursday, November 13
7:00 p.m. – Meet and Greet & Refreshments
7:30 p.m. – Forum Begins
Needham Public Library Community Room
On July 2, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill of rights for domestic workers, making Massachusetts the fourth state in the US to provide protections for nannies, housecleaners, and adult care assistants. Make sure you and your family know how to comply with the new law.Speaker: Lydia Edwards, the pre-eminent attorney who has argued and presented the case for the law before the state legislature.


The Politics of Food: The Local Perspective
Friday, November 21
9:30 a.m.
Needham Public Library Community Room

  • Is Massachusetts considered a “farm state”?
  • How will climate change affect Massachusetts agriculture?
  • Can the “grow local” movement reach the neediest consumer?
  • How do state and national laws impact local farmers?

Julie Conroy, Senior Environmental Planner with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Larisa Jacobson, Needham Community Farm
Kate Canney, The Neighborhood Farm

Links to the flyers can be found here and here.

Lastly, the Wellesley LWV is sponsoring this event.

“Women in Politics” 
including reflections on the recent elections 
Victoria Budson, Executive Director, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Monday, November 17, 7:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society, 309 Washington Street, Wellesley
(Free admission)
Organized by the League of Women Voters of Wellesley

 We hope to see you at one of these important informational evenings!