Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members.
This calendar also reflects information about other events that are of interest to the public.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, March 30, 2017
  Annual LWV-Needham Book Review. This year's book is The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. According to historian Michael Bechloss, "The book bursts with new information and behind-the-scenes details. It is also an important contribution to history, illuminating event-making private relationships among our ex-presidents and why we should do a far better job of drawing on their skills and experience."

Contact us for more information.

Friday, March 31, 2017
  "Making Democracy Work in My Community" Student Video Contest. The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts invites all MA high school students to enter our fourth annual video contest.

Do you know someone who is making democracy work where you live--whether that means encouraging others to vote, educating the public about important policy issues, speaking out against injustice, organizing activists, or fostering dialogue?

If so, show us! Create a two-minute video for our Making Democracy Work In My Community contest and submit it to us at our website between February 1 and March 31, 2017.

First place wins $500; second place wins $250; and third place wins $100. Winners will attend an award ceremony at the Massachusetts State House, and the winning videos will be publicized statewide.

Go to for full information and to enter.

Sunday, April 2, 2017
Needham Public Library
Community Room
Forum: Preserving Needham's Natural Treasures. Responding to the Loss of Trees from Disease and Development

Understanding the Role of Bees

Protecting Wetlands and Open Space

Conserving Water

See the flyer.

Monday, April 3, 2017
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
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.

Look for the LWVN Voters Guide in the April 6 Needham Times with candidate information and a list of those running for Town Meeting in your precinct.

See the flyer.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
  Town Election. See the online Voters' Guide at April 11 Town Election.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Warrant Meeting for Eight Zoning Articles. This Warrant Review Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Planning Board.

Planning Board members will present an overview and the details of each of the eight articles. A League of Women Voters moderator will facilitate a question and answer period.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Town Meeting Members, and anyone else, to learn about the zoning issues that will be voted on at Town Meeting in May.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Affordable Care Act (ACA): What's at Stake for Our Communities?. Introduction
Impact on Healthcare in Our Region
Implications for Medicare
Implications for Medicaid
Physicians' Perspective and What's Happening Now

A question and answer period will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

See the flyer for more details on the speakers.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Center at the Heights
(Senior Center)
300 Hillside Avenue
Needham Heights
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.

Town Meeting information can be found on the Needham Town Website.

Friday, April 28, 2017-Saturday, April 29, 2017
LWVMA Convention. Information can be found at the LWVMA website.
Monday, May 1, 2017
James Hugh Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Annual Town Meeting Begins. Helpful documents for Town Meeting can be found at the Town's website.

Additional information about Town Meeting:

The Needham Town Meeting Handbook

Town Meeting Member Listing

Thursday, May 4, 2017
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Monday, May 22, 2017
  Annual Meeting. For LWV-Needham members only. Dinner, business meeting, speaker: Fredie Kay from the Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition. Contact us for more information.