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Darien LWV concludes another full year of programs

Published 11:03 am, Saturday, July 5, 2014
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At the Darien League of Women Voters recent annual meeting, members elected the 2014-15 board of directors.

They are president, Gwen Mogenson; first vice president voters services, Nancy Cahoon: second vice president program, Clara Sartori and Shannon Silsby; treasurer, Kate Larson; secretary, Mary Ellen Moore; candidates night, Nora McIlree; voters' guide, Marcia Meinerth; government guide, Susan Lehan; finance drive, Adele Coniff; Food for Thought, Carla Coe; hospitality, Valerie Dodge and Susan Moore; legislative interviews, Joyce Critelli; membership; Pricilla Wong and Betsy Shay; nominating, Sue Okie; Spotlight, Carolyn Bayne; newsprint public relations, Joan Davis; tech support, Deepika Saksena and Fran McGovern; and directors at large, Martha Banks, Cindy Brown, Ann Ferris, Mary Flynn, Mary Genco, Janet Grogan, Dot Kelly, Molly Myers, Nina Miller, Kathy Monro, Laura Mosher, Enid Oresman, Barbara Thorne, Arlene Tulacro and Laurie Williamson.

At the event, which took place at the home of Priscilla and Jim Wong, Mogenson gave a recap of the past year's activities.

Among the highlights were a program featuring Jeff Greenfield, author of the book "If Kennedy Lived." His book, released in conjunction the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination provides an alternative view of history. Greenfield fielded many questions from an audience of more than 100.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., spoke in February at the home of Martha and Gary Banks discussing "Hot Topics in Washington" with league members and their guests. In June, the league co-sponsored with the Darien Library a program on the Municipal Opportunity and Regional Efficiencies commission in which a panel discussed the recently approved legislation requiring local municipalities to join regional Communities of Government.

The league also hosted its traditional Candidates Night prior to the November election and published its voters' guide, the Legislative Breakfast featuring an informal discussion with state officials and the "Town Officials Lunch."

For information, visit www.lwvdarien.org.