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New England States Leadership Development Conference

Twelfth Annual Leadership Conference - Wells, ME. April 7 - 8, 2018

Register now for the League's twelfth annual New England States Leadership Development Conference! Our theme this year is

"Learning from Each Other"

State League leaders from CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT have been developing an agenda for this year that is sure to be the best yet.

We will gather once again at the Hampton Inn, 900 Post Road, Wells, ME.

Tentative Agenda - Schedule Subject to Change

Friday evening, April 6 (optional): dinner out and socializing with other early arrivals.

Raffle Drawing Please visit our raffle table to benefit this Conference. Prizes are contributed by League members. Tickets are available all weekend: $5 each or five for $20.

Saturday, April 7

9:00 - 9:30 Registration, coffee, and welcome. Emceed by LWVRI's Jane Koster,

9:30 - 10:30 Keynote Speaker. Vermont Secretary of State, Jim Condos, incoming president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - Noon Workshop #1: DC Statehood. Presented by Joanna London, LWV District of Columbia.

Noon - 1:00 Lunch

1:15 - 2:45 Workshop #2: Forging Community Partnerships. Presented by LWVME's Anne Schink. This session will cover collaborations with other groups, coalitions, and memoranda of understanding.

2:45 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:30 Workshop #3: Working with New Leagues. Presented by LWVCT's Carol Reimers. This session will cover new chapters and not-quite chapters, member-at-large units, and start-up groups.

5:30 Dine Around: Sign up for dinner at one of the Wells/Ogunquit restaurants. This is a good time to get together with others from a different state.

Sunday, April 8

Until 9:00 Breakfast included with room reservation.

9:00 - 10:00 Workshop #4: Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict by Donna Hicks. Book discussion led by LWVME's Barbara McDade.

10:15 - 11:30 Workshop #5: LWVUS Update with Toni Zimmer, National Board Liaison. Update on changes at LWVUS and briefing on the League of Women Voters Transformational Roadmap.

We close on Sunday with our annual raffle to benefit this Conference, with prizes contributed by League members. Prizes will be on display and tickets will be available all weekend, $5 each or five for $20.

11:30 Wrap-up and adjourn.

Don't leave early -- Sunday could be the best part.

Register Now

  • Register online using a credit card. Use the PayPal button in the LWVME Education Fund section. Note "Leadership Conference" in the area for special instructions to the seller.

  • To register by check, fill out the registration form and return with a check for $25, payable to the LWVME Education Fund. Note "Leadership Conference" in the memo field. Send to
LWVME Education Fund
PO Box 863,
Augusta, ME 04332

  • Make your own hotel reservation at Hampton Inn & Suites, 900 Post Road, Wells, Maine 04090 (207-646-0555). Be sure to say you are with the League of Women Voters and the room rate will be $99 plus tax. Find a roommate to share, and the cost will be around $50 per person. Our block of rooms will be held until March 31, but the rate will be in effect until the event. Upon request, LWVME attendees will be reimbursed $50/night toward the room rate.

  • Breakfast is included in the room rate. Saturday lunch is included in your registration fee. We will have dinner together in small groups at area restaurants on Saturday.