On Thursday May 25th, Karen Birck presented this year’s Wilton League of Women Voter’s Edna M. Jones book award to Eva Greco, a Wilton High School junior who has demonstrated an interest in government. The award is given in memory of Edna M Jones (1907-1993) who was an extremely active member of the Wilton League of Women Voters during the 1950’s and 1960’s. For the League, Edna was on the State Study Committee for International Trade. An advocate for women’s rights and those of the elderly, Mrs. Jones was educated at the Horace Mann School for Girls and Swarthmore College. Edna was a member of the Progressive Party in 1948 and campaigned for Henry A. Wallace who lived in South Salem. She also was supportive of Planned Parenthood and Dr. Herbert Traut and his newly developed PAP test. Edna went on to do course work on employment counseling and went to work for the State Employment Service in Bridgeport at Father Panik Village. Mrs. Jones promoted school concerts through the PTA. Her fifty years of community involvement included advocacy for moderate income housing in Wilton.
The book presented this year was Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman.
Please join us for WLWV's Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Thursday June 15, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Reiki Restaurant, Danbury Rd., Wilton.
We will begin the day with a brief business meeting followed by "Meet the Police Chief" with Captain John Lynch. After lunch, Captain Lynch will conduct tours fo the Police Station. Please see our flyer for more specific details and to RSVP.
Excerpt from May 17, 2016 press release from the Connecticut Secretary of State's office:
"Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill and the Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Michael Bzdyra announced today a first-of-its-kind plan to develop a streamlined motor-voter system that will automatically register to vote those eligible citizens who go to DMV for license or state-issued identification card services. The two agencies also plan a number of other important activities in DMV offices to improve the voter-registration process, which will modernize the state’s execution of the federal ‘motor-voter’ act.
Connecticut will be the first state in the nation to introduce automatic voter registration through this type of agreement. Both Secretary Merrill and DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra hailed all the changes as strong, collaborative action to help eligible residents exercise their right to vote"