5/6: League of Women Voters Anniversary

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Officers of the League of Women Voters, Montgomery County (from left) Elizabeth Obenshain, president; Deborah Travis, vice president; Linda Plaut, secretary, and Alison Wilson, co-treasurer, ready for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.
The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County will celebrate its 50th anniversary at its annual meeting on Thursday, May 6, 5 p.m. Even this celebration of the League’s 50th anniversary will need to be by zoom.

Deb Wake, president of the League of Women Voters of Virginia, will be the keynote speaker, talking about the League’s significant role statewide in helping Virginians register and vote safely in the 2020 election.

The local League was started in 1971 by community leaders Lindsay West, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors; Nannie Hairston, a champion for the African-American community; Kaye Wright, first woman elected to Blacksburg Town Council. Their efforts pulled together many women who were actively working on voting rights and education. A presentation at the meeting on the League’s 50 years of civic engagement will highlight these women and the many projects in which the League provided major leadership. One of the projects was the assurance of accuracy in voting as computers became the norm.

To register for the Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 6, please register for the Zoom meeting at this link. After you register you will receive the Zoom link from our host.

“During this past year, the League, as are many organizations, follows the health recommendations as it continues its work,” said Elizabeth Obenshain, president. Zoom events have become a normal.