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CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF HONOLULU
FOUNDER DR. ALLAN F. SAUNDERS
ON THE OCCASION OF THE LEAGUE'S 40th ANNIVERSARY
In 1947, Dr. Allan F. Saunders, then Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawaii, initiated the year-long process that in 1948 formally established the League of Women Voters of Honolulu. Dr. Saunders and that first group of fifteen women recognized there was a need in Hawaii for a nonpartisan organization devoted primarily to expanding the level of citizen participation in government through study and action.
In the 40 years since it was founded, the League of Women Voters of Honolulu has made significant and lasting contributions to the community. With a membership of dedicated volunteers, the League has helped to educate the public through publications on the structure of city government, city council representation, the impact of federal funds on the city budget, land use planning and the development plan process. In the belief that the success of our democratic system depends on an informed and involved citizenry, the League has sponsored debates and conducted candidates' fairs, voter education workshops, and "running-to-win" seminars. Understanding that changes can be effected through citizen involvement and concerted political action, the League has taken carefully studied positions and led citizen groups on important issues relating to ethics and sunshine in government, land use, housing, transportation, and the protection of the environment.
The League members' reputation for "doing their homework," their knowledge of the workings of government, their understanding of current issues, and their commitment to the public interest have earned them the well-deserved respect of legislators and administrators as well as the general public. Today, many League members serve as elected and appointed officials in both the State and City governments.
On behalf of the people of the City and County of Honolulu, the City Council congratulates the League on its 40th Anniversary and honors its founder Dr. Allen F. Saunders for his foresight in recognizing how much the people of Hawaii would benefit from the exceptional achievements of the League of Women Voters of Honolulu.
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Marilyn Bornhorst, et al.
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