League of Women Voters of Monroe Township
President: Andrea Pellezzi
Treasurer: Judy Perkus
Secretary: Florence Levy
I imagine that many of you are as surprised as I am at how quickly this year is drawing to a close. It has been a very busy and productive year for our League.
We are proud to have offered the following services to the community.
Presentation of a Human Trafficking Awareness event which despite a dismal weather forecast was well attended and very well received. As a result of the event, we were able to establish new community partnerships and we received a number of requests from other organizations to present our program to their membership.
A general meeting schedule with a strong focus on educating our membership and the public on impor-tant current issues. Guest speakers, all subject matter experts, included Tom Johnson, noted journal-ist and founder of NJ Spotlight; Edwin Lee, Director of Parole and Transitional Services at the Juve-nile Justice Commission of NJ; and Michelle Jansen, Director School and Community Outreach at the Community Food Bank of NJ. Special thanks to Monroe Township Library Librarian Gina Blume and to Joe Slomian, Recycling Coordinator at Monroe’s Department of Public Works.
A voter services program which included five voter registration drives and a “Meet and Greet” for candi-dates for Middlesex County Board of Freeholders and County Sheriff. Our scheduled Candidates Forum for candidates for Mayor, Town Council and the Board of Education in Monroe Township was cancelled due to inclement weather. Despite our best efforts, we were not able to reschedule within the short period of time before Election Day due to calendar conflict amongst the candidates. Using LWV’s national platform, Vote411.org, we were able to provide Monroe voters with information on all local candidates, candidates for Middlesex County Board of Freeholder and for County Sheriff.
A special event to educate the community about the upcoming 2020 census. Representatives for the NY Regional Census Office and the NJ Institute For Social Justice explained how the census will be ad-ministered and why it is so very important for all households to participate.
On several occasions, we received public recognition for our work. We received the LWVNJ Collaboration Award for our Human Trafficking Awareness presentation. Monroe’s Mayor Tamburro also recognize our contributions to the community in a Human Trafficking Awareness Proclamation. In addition, the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders recognized jointly LWVMT and LWV Brunswick Area for contributions to our communities.
Our activities for the remainder of the year include our November General Meeting on November 18 which will feature Ingrid Reed, NJ Activist, as guest speaker. We plan an informal holiday luncheon on December 10 for members. Information regarding location will be sent to you via e-mail.
I look forward to working with you in the year ahead which also promises to be a busy one. Our year end Board meetings will be devoted to planning for 2020. Remember our most successful efforts involve every-one participating and working together.
Best wishes to you all for happy holidays,