To register to receive the Zoom link, register with the Ridgefield Library using this link.
Join the Wilton LWV Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00 pm for a virtual opening meeting of
2020-2021. The meeting will begin with guest speaker Meredith Ramsey, Wilton High School Social Studies teacher. Ramsey will be discussing her recent participation in the Harvard Case Method Civics Workshop, an initiative formed to bring case method teaching to high schools to deepen students' understanding of American history and democracy.
Based on the highly successful experience of Harvard Business School and other graduate and professional programs that use case-based teaching, the method encompasses 22 cases based on historical documents that can be employed to strengthen high school education, and ensure a more exciting, relevant, and effective experience for students and teachers across a range of subjects. The case method can be especially successful at engaging students with topics in history and democracy, and it has shown to present a unique opportunity to help reverse the broad decline in civic education and civic engagement in the United States.
Since 2017, 50 League chapters from 22 states have sent over 80 teachers to the workshop. The Wilton LWV is participating in this initiative and committed to sponsor Ramsey for the 2020 workshop
The Wilton LWV will join the Wilton Kiwanis on Tuesday September 15 at 12:15 pm for a special virtual presentation by Dr. Gary L. Rose, professor and chair in the department of government at Sacred Heart University. A political science professor for 40 years, Professor Rose specializes in the field of American politics and has received numerous awards including “Connecticut Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In addition to his teaching, Professor Rose has published twelve books on various subjects, including Connecticut government, the American presidency, constitutional law, and presidential elections. A widely quoted political commentator and scholar, Professor Rose frequently provides political analysis for local, state and national media. His most recent work is titled “HAYWIRE: A Chronology of the 2016 Presidential Contest.” The 800 page volume tracks political turning points from 2013 to the day of the election.
The annual year end meeting of the Wilton League of Women Voters will be held virtually this year on June 11. Lynne Vanderslice, First Selectperson and Wilton’s CEO and Chief Administrative Officer, will be the guest speaker. All are welcome to attend.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Wilton LWV. In spite of its schedule cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, WLWV has had an active year and continues its nonpartisan efforts fostering voter services and education. Together with several community organizations – the Wilton Library, the Wilton Historical Society, the American Legion, and the Greens at Cannondale, – as well as media outlets, Good Morning Wilton and the Wilton Bulletin, the Wilton League worked on presentations and programs to engage, increase, and heighten voter awareness. This year, WLWV presented two evenings with candidates for key municipal board elections, a Breakfast with the State Legislators, and presentations on Wilton recycling efforts and town planning. It participated in the annual Wilton HS voter registration drive assisted by members of the Young Democrats and Young Republicans registering 93 Wilton high school students to vote. General public service announcements concerning National Voter Registration Day and 2020 census were issued. Advocacy efforts continued with WLWV member Pam Klem serving as Legislative Specialist for the LWVCT in election law and campaign finance.
The Wilton LWV was an active supporter of Wilton’s centennial suffrage celebrations and its programs included a lecture, The Movement was a Great Mosaic by Dr. Kelly Marino, “Booked for Lunch” book discussion of The Woman’s Hour with author Elaine Weiss, both co-sponsored with the Wilton Historical Society. A highlight was a viewing and panel discussion of the powerful film, the Hello Girls, co-sponsored with the Wilton Library and the American Legion.
The WLWV continued its annual Edna M. Jones Book Award to a Wilton HS student who has shown an outstanding interest in government. This year the award was presented to Isabel Cronin. In addition, WLWV will sponsor WHS Social Studies teacher, Meredith Ramsey to participate in the Harvard Case Study Project, a pedagogical workshop at Harvard University. Finally, a fond farewell was said to former Wiltonian Carole Young-Kleinfeld who worked tirelessly in her passion for civic education and participation in many Wilton community capacities.
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that welcomes and is open to all. The longstanding organization not only encourages informed active voter participation in government, but also works to increase the understanding of major public policy issues. To attend the annual meeting, for future events and membership information, check the League website at https://wiltonlwv.org.
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