Our Annual March pot-luck is coming up on March 11 at 6 pm, with Martha Gach, Conservation Coordinator, Massachusetts Audubon, Broad Meadow Brook., as our guest speaker. Her topic will be Climate Change and actions we can take. Our location will be Tufts Veterinary School, Administration Building, Kohnstamm Conference room.
We received good news in February that both LWVMA and LWVUS approved the merger of the Grafton and Shrewsbury leagues. Our membership numbers are good and will most likely continue to grow.
The LWVMA is sponsoring a Video Contest for High School students in Massachusetts. The topic is “Get in the Game and Vote.” The videos would be used to encourage voters to get out and vote in November 2018 when Massachusetts has state elections and will be electing a Governor, State Representatives and Senators and also U.S Representatives and one U.S. Senator. It should be 30 seconds long and be submitted by March 31. All the details are on LWVMA’s website.
The committee to implement Grafton’s new bylaw banning single-use plastic bags used to carry groceries has been working to inform affected businesses of the new bylaw. Ann Marie Foley is leading this group. Certain businesses are being contacted and asked to provide reusable bags that will be given to senior citizens, low-income families and others to make them aware of this change.
Our first Running for Office Workshop went very well. Several people attended who had taken out nomination papers already as well as a person who was thinking about running for office. They all felt the workshop was helpful. Marj Albright put together a very detailed handout called “Running for Office.” The Westford LWV sent us their brochure on this topic which we used as a template. We hope to print it has a booklet in the future. It is available at the Town Clerk’s office for people who come in for Nomination papers. We will be holding our annual Candidates’ Night at the end of April for all candidates running for office in town elections.