Welcome from In-Coming President Deborah Malbec

Deborah Malbec

Deborah Malbec

Deborah Malbec

Wow!  What an honor and a challenge to be chosen to take over the reins as president of the Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville League.  I may have the reins for steering this buggy, but it will take all of you to help pull it!

We are all grateful and praiseful about the performance of Nancy Bickel, our outgoing president. And I am happy to announce that Diz Swift, our Action Committee Director and Phyllis Gale, our Voter Services Director, will serve as Vice Presidents.  The three of us will work closely together as a leadership team.

My first task has been to replace myself on the Communications Team. Sasha Lippman has already seamlessly taken over the publication of the weekly eBlast.  Emma Ishii is taking over the management of the calendar. And Nancy Bickel will continue to work on as Web Editor. We are still seeking at least one more participant to help write and manage our website LWVBAE.org.

Goals for the year:

We will take advantage of our growing new membership achieved by the efforts of Membership Development Consultant Adena Ishii: by encouraging and involving both these new members and existing members to get actively involved in the League’s activities.

First up, to prepare for the November election with all the tasks described elsewhere by the Action and Voter Services Teams [See Election Services and Ballot Measures pp. 5 and 6].

One function of the League is to perform as a government watchdog by attending and reporting on city and regional boards. Let’s get more members to attend at least one meeting a quarter and then to report on what transpired.

We need to organize online storage of photos and build our historical record. Let’s share that task. I challenge ALL members to take three photos of EVERY League activity they participate in and send them to social@lwvbae.org. for organization and storage.

Post election goals:  

  • Grow our programming so that we have at least two public programs each month in addition to all of the team meetings.
  • Enhance our collaboration and cooperation with the University of California.  The University Community is a big part of the Community as a whole. And it is a source of knowledge and information AND potential membership growth.
  • Add diversity in both membership and our activities
    • We have recently formed a new team focusing on Civics Education
    • Another possible team could focus on Affordable Housing and Development.
    • A share of our meetings needs to begin after 5 PM so that working people can participate.
    • Follow through on our newly adopted Policy on accessible meeting places.

Our membership is growing and new opportunities come with that growth. It is an exciting time as we participate in building an even stronger League in the 21st century.


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