Hawaii County Report
In keeping with its focus on three program areas (voter access, voter education, and sunshine in government) LWVHC’s quarterly meeting on Saturday, October 17, in Honoka’a featured Mr. Kenneth Goodenow, Hawai’i County Clerk, as the guest speaker. Members found his talk, “The 2010 Elections: Where We Are, How we Got There, and Why we Need Your Help,” informative, and he welcomed the League’s role in assisting with voter education. His PowerPoint presentation is available on the LWV website, www.lwv-hawaii.com.
Members Sue Dursin and Sue Irvine attended the Campaign Spending Commission’s first round of classes for the 2010 elections, including the session on Hawaii County Council Comprehensive Public Funding (Act 244) conducted in Hilo on Thursday, November 5, 2009. We are most appreciative of their taking the lead in keeping abreast of steps to implement Act 244 and the keen analysis presented in their report. (See p. 6.)
We are pleased to report that thanks to the urging of Donna Oba, membership chair, the LWVHC has set up an Educational Fund with the National League of Women voters. Funds contributed can be used to support our educational goals. Checks can be made out to LWVEF and sent to our Treasurer, Sue Irvine, LWVHC, P. O. Box 665, Hilo, HI 96721, for deposit to our account. These contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The December meetings of the Hilo and Kona units will be held in conjunction with Public Access Room workshops scheduled in Hilo on December 15 and in Kona on December 16.
The next quarterly membership meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, in Honoka’a at Tex Drive In, with guest speaker Mr. Levi Hookano, the Charter Commission’s assigned attorney, on the topic of proposed Charter amendments. The Board of Directors will meet following a no-host lunch.