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May 21st State Convention at Tokai University

The biennial Convention of the League of Women Voters of Hawaii (LWVHI) will be held May 21, 2005 at Tokai University Pacific Center (TUPC), 2241 Kapiolani Boulevard in Honolulu. Registration and networking start at 8 am, and the Convention begins at 9 a.m.

The morning's plenary session runs until noon, when the luncheon begins. The guest speaker at the luncheon is Mr. Robert Y. Watada, who has just retired as the Executive Director of the Hawaii State Campaign Spending Commission.

All meeting events will be held in TUPC's 19th floor conference room and the luncheon in the adjacent 19th floor dining room. The delegate registration fee is $25, to cover the cost of food and facilities.

Honolulu Delegates
Honolulu League is entitled to 14 delegates. The Honolulu Board voted to subsidize each delegate $15, so that Honolulu delegates must pay only $10. If you wish to be a delegate, call the office at 531-7448.

The TUPC high rise facility is located on the Ala Wai Canal side of Kapiolani Boulevard, between McCully Street and University Avenue. Parking in the building is available for $2.00, and is limited to levels 4 through 6. Note: Drive slowly as you approach the site as the entrance may be difficult to spot until you're right on top of it.

Convention Rules

LWVHI by-laws call for a convention in odd-numbered years, and a meeting of the Council in the interim years. The purposes of the convention are: 1) to adopt a program; 2) to elect state board officers and directors for a two-year term; 3) to adopt a budget for the ensuing fiscal year; and, 4) to transact such other business as may be presented. The 2005-2007 slate of Officers and Directors for LWVHI is as follows:

President: Sue Irvine
Treasurer: Diana Cummings
Directors: JoAnn Maruoka, Roxie Berlin, Jaurene Judy
Open to nominations from the floor are Vice President and Secretary.

Convention delegates are: Members of the State Board; presidents (or designee) of the local Leagues; and delegates chosen by the members enrolled in each local League. Each delegate must be a voting member enrolled in a recognized local League of LWVHI, and is entitled to one vote only at the convention, even if attending in two or more capacities. Absentee or proxy voting is not permitted. Each local League in the state of Hawaii is entitled to one delegate for every 15 voting members belonging to the respective local League on January 1, 2005.

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