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August 2005
President's Message (Marianna Scheffer)
Minutes for LWV Hawaii County Annual Meeting - 4/9/05 (Maiden Temple)
Proposal for Legislative Advocates (David Holzman)
Message from Lois Cecil, Our Past Co-President (Lois Cecil)

President's Message

I am beginning my two-year term as President of the Hawaii County League of Women Voters. I have lived on the Big Island for ten years and recently retired from my job as correctional educator at Kulani Correctional Facility. I have been a League member for two years and a member of the American Association of University Women for ten years.

I want to congratulate new and returning officers: Barbra Green, Vice President, Sue Irvine, Treasurer, and Marilyn Ednie, Secretary. Sue Dursin will also be acting as coordinator for West Hawaii. Congratulations also to new and returning Board members.

As I take this office, the most encouraging thing to me is the caliber of the officers and Board members and of the membership in general. Lately, our meetings have been well attended and lively.

At the April Annual Meeting, the guest speaker, Angel Pilago, discussed the Community Development Plan, which will be a major concern in the coming months. The membership also broke down the issues for 2005-2006 into nine areas and appointed point persons for each issue. We will continue this organizational work at our next general meeting on Aug. 20, 2005.

Coming events:

  1. Our next Board meeting will be at 11:30 on August 10th at Tex Drive In in Honokaa.
  2. We will have a general meeting on Aug. 20, 2005. We do not yet have a venue for this meeting, but you will be informed as soon as possible of the exact time and place.
  3. Barbara Bell, Director of the Hawaii County Department of Environmental Management, has agreed to address us at the general meeting on October 8th. She is a wonderful and engaging speaker and not to be missed.

Meet your Board Members: I requested short biographies of the Board Members, and some members have responded. The following give a sample of the background and expertise that the Hawaii County League is lucky to be able to draw on.

Marilyn Ednie has lived on the Big Island since 1959 with her husband, Jim Ednie, and has raised three daughters here. She spent seven years teaching in public and private schools and 28 years in real estate, including16years as principal broker of Ednie Realty. She served on the Hawaii Island Board of Realtors; the LWV Education Committee at State level; as Bayshore Towers Board President; and as director, over the years, of Hilo United Methodist Church Board and the Salvation Army Advisory Board; and has been active at First United Protestant Church. She enjoys island recreation such as biking, kayaking, swimming; the luxury of reading; and travel in her motor home on the mainland, visiting family.

Barbra Green grew up on Oahu. She is a graduate of Kailua High School, UH Hilo and UH Manoa. She recently retired from UH Hilo after 18 years as a program coordinator in the College of Continuing Education and five years as an admissions counselor. A life- long tennis player, jogger and walker, she is a recent convert to yoga. She does volunteer work with the American Association of University Women; the Kuikahi Mediation Center; and, more recently, as a docent for the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo. She belongs to two book groups, dabbles in creative writing, and is enjoying learning digital photography.

Robert Zimmerman is currently employed as an Independent Financial Consultant with offices in Hilo and Honolulu. He is a 25 year resident of East Hawaii (Volcano and Hilo). He was educated at Stanford and UH Manoa. His active Civic participation includes: Rotary Club of South Hilo (outgoing President), ARC of Hilo (Board Chair), and Kuikahi Mediation Center (Board Member and Active Volunteer Mediator.) He is married to Beppie Shapiro, member of LWV on Oahu and Hi-Clean Board Member.

Many thanks to Maiden Temple for reinstating the newsletter.

Marianna Scheffer
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