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Adena Ishii

Adena Ishii

Join during the current 2016-17 League year! Our members adopted new membership rates at our May membership meeting–including a free first year membership rate. Past members renewing or reinstating their membership will remain $75 for first household members and $40 for each additional member. Renewing student members will be charged $20. A free “affiliate, non-voting members under 18” option was also added.

New Member Socials are planned for every month. The next socials will be July 27 and August 24 from 7 – 9 pm at the YWCA at 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704. We invite current, new, and potential members to join us, share their stories, and learn more about the League.

Eight new and potential members came to our first New Member Social on May 25 at the YWCA on Bancroft Avenue.  They included our recent Spirit of the League Award winner, Charles Austin, and his wife Carmelita Garner, Megan Micco and Andi Kotrozo, both mothers that are interested in civic engagement, Jessica Del Castillo, a UC Berkeley Political Science student, Emma Ishii, a Public Policy student at Mills College, Beverly Kent, a recent retiree from the Berkeley School District, and Moni T. Law, who is also interested in civic engagement. Moni is co-director of the Berkeley NAACP Youth Council and has worked with the League in that role.

The new membership invitations were distributed and a panel of “Experts” (long time, engaged League members) spoke, while everyone enjoyed appetizers and drinks. Experts, including Nancy Bickel, Roberta Spike, Deborah Malbec, and Jinky Gardner, shared their first interactions with the League, how they’re currently involved, and what they love most about the League. Many wonderful stories were shared that showcased their passions. Roberta Spike shared her story of joining the LWV: “When I graduated from college, my professor told me that every woman who graduated from college had to join the League.” Above all, our experts discussed what the League is and what we do to help new and potential members understand how they can get involved.

If you have any questions about membership, or if you would like to join the Membership Team and help us engage with our new members, please call or email, Jinky Gardner, Membership Coordinator at 510-548-5292 or  or Adena Ishii, Membership Growth Consultant at 818-620-5821 or

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