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Technically not a standard Unit meeting, the speaker at the Annual Meeting on Saturday May 6 will be US Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham. She will discuss the impacts on New Mexico of the proposed FY 2017 Federal Budget Allocation and the proposed 2018 Budget priorities. New Mexico is a major provider of services to the federal government (military bases and national laboratories), as well as a heavy user of social services. If you are not a League member, you are still invited to the brunch (starting 11:30am, cost $20) and talk by the Congresswoman. Because the brunch is a buffet, you may not attend as an "observer". Rep. Lujan Grisham's talk will be preceded by the League's Annual Meeting.
The League's Education Fund is a 503(c) organization, to which contributions are tax deductible. Contributions can be made by check, credit card, and Paypal. You can also contribute via your Amazon.com purchases via Amazon Smiles, or your Smith's Food & Drug purchases via Smith's Community Rewards. You can continue to contribute after death via the JoAnne Ramponi Society.
We also appreciate contributions to the Operating Fund (although these are not tax deductible.)
The MRGCD (Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District) will be holding an election on June 6 to fill Board of Directors positions
The City of Albuquerque will hold an election for Msyor and City Council districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 on October 3.
NOTE! You can now register to vote or amend your registration online! Just visit the Secretary of State's page.
There will be zero unit meetings in May, only the Annual Meeting, which also requires reservations no later than Wednesday, May 3. The Annual Meeting gets underway at 9:30am, but come early to socialize and drink coffee or tea with your fellow League members! At 11:30am or so, the brunch buffet will be served, and the speaker, US Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham will talk at 12:00pm. Non-members may be interested in what District 1's representative in Congress has to say, but would no doubt want to skip the parliamentary proceedings of Annual Meeting (and will be unable to vote.) Sign up to attend ASAP, and be sure to bring a copy of the April Voter with you, either in hardcopy or on your device.
October is membership renewal time, but it's always a good time to join the League of Women Voters! And now you can pay online! Check out the new Join Us page. You can pay online via Paypal or your credit card, or print out a copy of the membership application and mail in your check in the traditional way.
The May 2017 Voter is online! Contents include a reminder to reserve your place for Annual Meeting, at which Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be the featured speaker, thank you to donors, and a book review of Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission.
You can view or download back issues of the Voter all the way back to 2005 by going to the Newsletters page.
La Palabra, the newsletter of the State League, is posted online at the Newsletters page. The most recent issue is the Spring 2017 issue (PDF), with information you'll need for the League's State Convention in May. Keep up to date by reading La Palabra!