Annual Meeting Highlights
League members attending the annual meeting on April 27th elected Tammy Fagley to a one year term as president. Cindy Heine will serve the second year of a two year term as vice president and Karen Anderson was elected to a two year term as second vice president. Lynne Flynn joins the list of officers, elected to serve a two year term as secretary and Steve Senft will complete the second year of a two year term as treasurer. Members of the board of directors elected to serve one year terms are: Barbara Sterrett, membership; Judy Johnson, the newsletter and essay contest; Richard Heine, local government; and Kerri Kolarik, voter services. Roz Heise will handle the naturalization ceremonies as an off-board responsibility. The new nominating committee will be: Richard Heine (chair); Diana Clewett, Eve Podet, and Barbara Sterrett.
Other business: The proposed budget was passed which includes an increase in membership dues. Dues will now be $60 for single membership; $90 for family membership; and $30 for student membership. The need for an increase was created by several factors. First, only $4 of each member’s dues stays at the local level. Even though the LWV Education Fund was well endowed by a gift from the estate of Elaine Adland, that money can be used only for educational activities—the essay contest, voter materials, etc. Because of loss of long time members who died this year and moves by other members out of state and despite state LWV minimizing expenses (including giving up the Frankfort office), our general fund income—which is used for everything else—is declining. At this point, a reminder—memberships should be renewed before June in order to have an accurate budget by July 1 when it goes into effect.The League will provide opportunities this fall for members to participate in the state LWV study of civics education, gathering data and coming to consensus. The League also voted to participate in the state program to monitor statewide implementation of the affordable Health Care Act and its impact on Kentuckians. The League intends to be vigilant, to read the small print, to insist on transparency, oversight of contracts, and accountability. League members will “investigate the affordability, adequacy, and dependability of coverage provided by the state’s Medicaid programs and by insurers participating in the exchange.” Richard Heine will be the contact person for the Lexington LWV. Increasing membership will be our focus this year, reaching out on a one-to-one basis with friends who might be interested in participating in one of the LWV events or activities planned for 2013-14 and introducing them to our work in this manner.
Lexington LWV Officers for 2013-14 (L to R):
Cindy Heine, 1st Vice President; Tammy Fagley, President; Lynne Flynn, Secretary; Karen Anderson, 2nd Vice President; and Steve Senft, Treasurer.