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President's Report (Jackie Parnell)
Education Committee (Mary Anne Raywid)
Con Con (Jean Aoki)
LWV-US on Presidentional Selection (Jackie Parnell & Jackie Parnell)
Elections (Jean Aoki)
Chapter Reports - Honolulu (Piilani Kaopuiki)
Chapter Reports - Hawaii (Leilani Bronson-Crelly & Sue Dursin)
Chapter Reports - Kauai (Carol Bain & Lisa Ellen Smith)
Calendar Items? (Stephen Trussel)
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Chapter Reports - Hawaii

Hawai'i County League members have been meeting regularly, both in general meetings and in East Side and West Side unit meetings. Activities include:

Members spoke to the Kona AARP, explaining League's goals and recent projects. They also attended a networking breakfast hosted by AARP.

LWV-HC by-laws, most recently revised in 1998, are being updated to reflect technological advances, such as teleconferencing and e-mail, as well as operational changes. The draft will be completed in time for review by the membership before the April 26th Annual Meeting.

The East Side Campaign Forum is scheduled for August 27, 2008 at Aunty Sally's on Piilani Street in Hilo. The West Side Forum takes place on August 3, 2008, at Makaeo Events Pavilion at Old Kona Airport Park. Both events will use a formal introduction-question session followed by speed table talks, in which the candidates rotate among tables taking face-to-face questions.

Several members are gathering input from approximately fifteen Big Island residents as part of the LWV-HI's study on whether to support a Constitutional Convention.

The West Side LWV helped AAUW with their Girls Encouraged in Math and Science Day. Fifth grade girls attended sectionals with topics as varied as flying, cooking, scuba diving, archaeology, ceramics, and medicine. Many of the sectionals included hands-on applications of science and math.

After a year's work, LWV-HC is presenting the final draft of its Initiative/Referendum article to individual County Council members. Their support is crucial for placing this Charter change on the 2008 ballot. The item will be introduced in committee soon after the first of the year.

Dr. Margaret Drake chaired the immigration discussion and consensus meeting on December 8 at Tex's Drive-in, Honoka'a.

The East Side LWV-HC took part in Peace Day Festival 2007, sponsored by the UH at Hilo Student Association (UHHSA). League hosted a table at the event, providing brochures introducing League to participants. (In April, 2007, the Hawai'i State Legislature passed a bill recognizing Peace Day. Hawai'i is the first state to do so, and League was part of that historic event.)

East Side representatives met with Chris Leonard, General Manager of New West Broadcasting Corporation of Hilo. He oversees KWXX, B97, KPUA, and a new radio station in Kailua-Kona. Mr. Leonard was enthusiastic about covering the League's candidate forums and offering PSA's to LWV-HC.

The East Side LWV-HC conducted two vote counts in the past three months, both for homeowners' associations. West Side LWV-HC completed one extensive count for a Waikoloa homeowners' association.

Sue Dursin and Leilani Bronson-Crelly

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