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We're 60! - League of Women Voters Day at City Hall
We've Come a Long Way... - Founding of the League
From the President (Jean Ko)
Vote Count + You = LWV Money (Mary Ellen Reed)
Another Election & Vote Count
Membership - About Our Newest Members
Board Notes
School Discipline
City Council: Partisan? At-Large? Consensus
New Publications
Viewpoint: Education and Strikes (Arlene Woo)

From the President

A meteorologist called the recent rains the million year storm. While few of us can testify that the rains occur only once in a million years, everyone feels that they were the worst in recent memory with the loss of lives, millions of dollars in property damage, and the general inconvenience of electrical power shortage.

During the second week of January, LWV was in charge of conducting the hotly contested hotel workers union (11,000 members) election. Representatives of the Department of Labor in Hawaii and from the Mainland also supervised the balloting and counting. The sites were open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a full week, with a vote count on Saturday.

Mary Ellen Reed, Chairman, and her assistant, Mryne Blomquist, did an outstanding job of scheduling this event; and many members gave above and beyond to help us. League member Helen Whorton got up at 4:30 a.m. at her Kailua home in order to drive across the Pali to be sure Unity House was open on time. Ruth Snyder worked 12 and 14 hour days to assure coverage and to help us through the final count. Many others made great sacrifices to staff this election and their time and effort is appreciated. Fortunately, not all elections are this tough, and perhaps like the storm, it will happen just once in a million years.

Jean Ko

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