Making Democracy Work


Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, June 8, 2012-Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Washington, D.C. LWVUS Convention. Visit LWVUS website for more information.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
6:30 pm
Needham Free Public Library Annual Meeting. 6:30-7:15 pm - Reception

7:15-8:00 pm - Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, Co-Director of MassVOTE will speak on Civic Engagement: Despite the Progress, Challenges remain. She will discuss what is at stake in 2012 and why we must remain engaged.

MassVOTE works to promote a culture of active political participation by providing civic organizations the tools they need to organize, register, and educate voters, with an emphasis on historically disenfranchised communities. MassVOTE builds civic coalitions to advocate for democracy reforms that make the electoral process more accountable and accessible to all people.

LWV-Needham business meeting will follow.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
9:30-10:20 am
Needham High School High School Voter Registration. The Civic Education Committee is holding this event to encourage voter registration for those students who have turned 18 since our January voter registration event.

Contact the Civic Education Chair if you are interested in helping out with this important and fun League activity!

Monday, May 7, 2012
James Hugh Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Annual Town Meeting Begins. Helpful documents for Town Meeting can be found at the Town's website, including substitute main motions for two citizen's petitions, articles #22 and #23.

Additional information about Town Meeting:

The Needham Town Meeting Handbook

Current Town Meeting Members

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Lasell College, Newton LWVMA Council. Visit LWVMA website for more information.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Pollard Middle School Warrant Meetings. New Town Meeting Member Orientation with Moderator, Michael Fee, 6:45 p.m.

The League of Women Voters Needham annually hosts Warrant Meetings. This is a wonderful opportunity for Town Meeting Members, and anyone else, to learn about the issues that will be voted on at Town Meeting the following week.

We will divide into small groups, by precinct. Town department representatives will informally discuss the Warrant articles relevant to their expertise. Town Meeting Members will have the opportunity to ask questions and get those questions answered within those small precinct groupings.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Massachusetts State House LWVMA Day on the Hill. "Democracy in Danger; Money, Media and Manipulation"

Visit LWVMA's website for more information

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
7:00 pm
First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist
23 Dedham Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
Showing of Documentary: A Chemical Reaction. The uplifting story of a small town in Canada that won the right to ban toxic lawn pesticides and the court case that went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada!

Panel Discussion and Q & A to follow the film.

Event is free, however, seating is limited and advance registration is encouraged. See the flyer for more information and the registration link.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
  Town Election. Click here for voter information about the election and for our online Voters' Guide.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Broadmeadow School Candidates' Night. 7:00-7:30 pm: Meet the Candidates for Town-wide Committees and Town Meeting

7:30 pm - Contested Candidates' Forum. In addition to League-generated questions, the audience will be invited to submit questions for the candidates.

Monday, March 19, 2012
  Annual Book Group. Annual LWV-Needham Book Review: Shock of Gray by Ted C. Fishman. It is not too late to join the book group. Even if you do not read the book you are welcome to come and join the discussion.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Needham Public Library Legislative Breakfast. Join Representative Denise Garlick and Senators Richard Ross and Michael Rush.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
  Presidential Primary.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Community Room
Needham Public Library
Ridge Hill Forum. For more information, click here. No registration required, everyone is welcome.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
  NHS Civics Fair.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Needham Historical Society Social Event - Iron Jawed Angels. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Becoming a Town Meeting Member. Join us for this one-evening event to learn what Town Meeting does, time commitment and expectations, and how to become a member. A video presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with a panel of Town Meeting Members. Town Clerk Tedi Eaton will be available so potential Town Meeting candidates can pick up nomination papers on site. Candidates must be registered to vote in Needham. For more information, click here
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Newton Library Transportation Forum Hosted by LWV-Newton. The LWV-Newton is holding a Transportation Forum, and LWV-Needham is a co-sponsor. As our regional neighbor, Needham shares with Newton many of the same issues with regard to transportation.The Forum is part of a larger effort to raise awareness about how we can ensure a viable, sustainable and affordable transportation infrastructure that meets our needs now and in the future.

Panelists will include; Stephanie Pollock, Associate Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, a member of the State's Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), and the Chair of the City of Newton's TAC; Eric Bourassa, the Transportation Manager for Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC); and Jacqueline Y.Douglas, Director of LivableStreets, an advocacy group seeking to balance the needs of automobiles with pedestrians, bicyclists, and mass transit along with quality of life.

Click here to view the flyer.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Needham Historical Society Residential Zoning Local Re-study consensus.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
  Town Meeting Communication Meeting.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
  Program Planning Committee Meeting.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Olin College
Milas Hall
Fall Forum - Needham Summit on Energy and Environment. Communities have a vital role to play in achieving environmental goals. Needham is already stepping up to the challenge, but where do we go from here? What can Needham be in 2020? This important Fall Forum is an opportunity to consider a shared vision and responsibility for our future.


  • Conversation with David Cash, (Commissioner of MA Dept of Public Utilities) and Anthony Brooks (NPR producer, editor, reporter, and host) about the Massachusetts 2020 plan and the roles of the state and communities in achieving it.

  • Break-out groups on "what's next," + to generate and discuss ideas on what Needham could be in 2020 and how we might get there.

Energy Sources and Choices
Development: the Built Environment
Energy Efficiency & Conservation
The Green Economy: Opportunities & Skills

  • Summary by discussion groups

For more information visit News and Events. For information and resources visit The Summit Resource Page. For a one-page flyer click here.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Needham Historical Society LWVUS Study on the Role of the Federal Government in Public Education CONSENSUS MEETING. At this meeting for members of LWV-Needham, we will learn more about the Federal Role and discuss and answer the consensus questions prepared by the national study committee. You do not have to attend the Informational Meeting to participate in the Consensus Meeting. Pizza will be served at 6 pm. Click here for the consensus questions. For more information visit our News and Events Page.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Newton City Hall Cafeteria (Basement Level) LWVUS Study on the Role of the Federal Government in Public Education INFORMATIONAL MEETING. In preparation for reaching consensus there will be an informal opportunity for members to discuss the issues and questions. This event is hosted by the League of Women Voters of Newton. By having an opportunity to learn more about the history and context of the issue you will be more prepared and informed. Since there may be interest beyond the League, please invite interested friends and family, especially potential League members.