Making Democracy Work

Convention 2017

Register now for the Convention 2017.

It's time for the State League's Biennial Convention. That means it's time to take stock of what we've accomplished and look forward to what more we can do. We'll have a chance to elect an exciting new board and make big plans for the two years ahead.

We'll hear from some of Maine's most prominent citizens and thought leaders. We'll also enjoy old friends and new fellowship with thoughtful, forward-looking League members from around the state. Check back here for additional details over the coming weeks.

When and Where

Brunswick, Maine

Friday evening, May 19, 5:30 p.m. - Dinner Friday night at the Timber Room at The Daniel Hotel 10 Water Street, Brunswick.

Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Sessions at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street. Light breakfast and lunch included.

Highlights of the Agenda

Friday, May 19
Dinner Speaker: Andrew Rudalevige, Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government at Bowdoin College
Saturday, May 20
  • 9:00 - Coffee and registration

  • 9:30 - President's Report on Strategic Planning

  • 10:00 - Plenary Session I

Presentation of Nominated Slate
Presentation of Proposed Program
Presentation of Proposed Budget

  • 11:00 - Morning Panel Discussion: Political Polarization in America and in Maine

Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University.
Colin Woodard - author, American Nations: The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
Listen to an audio recording of the conversation here.

  • 12:30 - Lunch

  • 1:30 - Afternoon Panel Discussion: Informed Citizenship in a Fake News World

Irwin Gratz, Morning Edition Producter, Maine Public
Judy Meyer, Managing Editor, Sun Journal
Josh Roiland, Assistant Professor & CLAS-Honors Preceptor of Journalism in the Department of Communication and Journalism & the Honors College at the University of Maine.
Listen to an audio recording of the conversation here.

  • 3:15 - Plenary Session II

Discussion and Vote on Program
Discussion and Vote on Budget
Election of Board and Officers

  • 4:30 - Meeting of the new Board

Registration Information

  • Register online using a credit card. Use the PayPal button in the LWVME Donate section. Note "CONVENTION" in the area for special instructions to the seller.
  • To register by check, fill out the registration form and return with a check for $30, payable to the LWVME. Note "CONVENTION" in the memo field. Send to:
PO Box 863
Augusta, ME 04332
  • Registration includes morning refreshments and lunch on Saturday.
  • If you need a place to stay Friday evening, there are several local Leaguers who have volunteered to serve as hosts. Email us at for more information.
  • You can also register in person at Convention, but please reserve your place by calling 622-0256. Look forward to seeing you there!