"Reading deepens reflection; reflection deepens action"
Conversations about Civic Engagement in our Community
Thursday, March 27 7:00-8:30pm
Nesconset Branch of the Smithtown Library
148 Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, New York 11767
Facilitator: Lisa Scott
Short readings (available in advance to those pre-registered) invite facilitated reflection and discussion about how and why we choose to serve others. This program focuses on association: to be human is to live among and with others...our natural habitat is society. Whether you are active in a service or community organization, or ponder the reasons and values behind the choice to engage in civic activity; you can contribute to and engage in our thoughtful discussions. (Program initially developed by the NY Council for the Humanities and presented by the League of Women Voters.) Register in advance by calling the Smithtown Library at(631)360-2480, and pick up the reading material at any Smithtown branch library.
Remembering Trudy Gaus
The League of Women Voters of Smithtown dedicated a plaque in memory of Trudy Gaus at the Main Branch of the Smithtown Library.
A Conversation about Immigration
Tuesday, October 29 Nesconset Branch, Smithtown Library
We read and discussed how immigration continues to shape the experience of being American today.
Recognizing the value of discussing shared concerns with community leaders, the Smithtown League of Women Voters in April initiated a series of monthly "Community Conversations," small and informal luncheon meetings around a table at the Old Street Pub in Smithtown.
The first guest to meet with a delegation of League members was retiring (term-limited) Suffolk County legislator Lynne Nowick. Discussion centered on the role of legislative committees when studying environmental and quality-of-life issues important to all residents of Suffolk County.
Then in May, Smithtown's Director of Town Planning, Frank DeRubeis, talked with League members about a considered long-range plan for overall community development, as well as the need to stay focused on the vitality of Smithtown's downtown area.
In June, the spring series concluded with a visit from David Ambro, Managing Editor of The Smithtown News. In addition to learning about the challenges and responsibilities inherent in editing a multi-community newspaper group, League members discussed with Mr. Ambro the issue of voter apathy, an apathy that has resulted in seriously low voter turnout in a variety of recent elections at multiple levels. Based on actual statistics researched and brought to the table by Mr. Ambro, it was undeniably clear that only a very few people were actually putting individuals into important positions. League members, acknowledging the importance and urgency of this situation, resolved to continue their efforts toward three long-standing goals: an informed and participating citizenry, increased voter registration, and significant voter turnout at the polls.
After a summer hiatus, the Conversations will resume in the Fall, again with community leaders of consequence.
The Smithtown League of Women Voters is always ready to welcome new members. Accordingly, anyone wishing to learn more about the League and its activities, with the potential for membership, is invited to call 499-0107.
Our work consists of voter service activities, education and advocacy.
The League began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. It encouraged them to use their new power to participate in shaping public policy. From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.
This holds true today. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public. The League has a long, rich history,that continues with each passing year.