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Amnesty Day - Toxic Waste Disposal
Speak Out Hawaii
Rice and Roses
President's Message (Arlene Ellis)
Honolulu League Members Running for Political Office - 1986
Mililani Town Award
Help! Help! Help!
Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - I (Evelyn Bender)
Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - II (Dorothy Doudna)
Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - III (Anne Lee)
Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - IV (Marian Hatton)
Vote Count
Bus Fare Opinion Survey
Teamster Vote Count!
Project of Year Award
Oahu Connection
Magnet Schools
Planning & Zoning Committee (Astrid Monson)
Richards Street Testimony
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ASUH Candidates Forum
Election Laws Study Committee
Welcome New Members
New Member Orientation
Calendar
Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - V (Yvonne Kearns)

Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - II

Imagine yourself seated in a huge hall with floor microphones labeled alternately "PRO" and "CON". The business at hand is to re-view and adopt By-Laws, League Principles, National Program, and Budget for the next biennium, and time is limited. The endless wrangling, word-haggling and parliamentary maneuvering observed at other conventions was cut to a minimum here by excellent preparation and the outstanding chairmanship of outgoing president, Dorothy Ridings and the self control exercised by the delegates, Things moved along, and yet there was no sense that we were being "railroaded".

One other aspect of the Convention must be mentioned: from time to time during the proceedings, people rose to move the adoption of resolutions directed to specific Senators or members of Congress or the President of the United States. Ronald Reagan was urged to sign the Safe Drinking Water Act; Ted Kennedy was given support for his Hunger Relief legislation. All of these "Action Motions" had to have been submitted in advance of the Convention, and all were in support of current League pro-gram items. Some delegates, however, felt that many of these "Action Motions" were rather hastily adopted after rather emotional debate.

We were entertained by a group called "The Capitol Steps" which presented political satire via songs and skits and had us in stitches. (Try singing "BradleyPackwoodRostenkowskiTaxSimplification" to the tune of "Supercalifragilistic-expialadocious" and you'll have a slight idea of their style. My over-all impression of the Convention was that the organization is very much alive despite recent membership losses. The delegates as a whole seemed intelligent, sincere, dedicated and representative of all age groups and races. I came home feelings prouder than ever to be a member of League.

Dorothy Doudna

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