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League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia
Member Handbook and Directory
Program Calendar 2004-2005




The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide. Democracy is a promise, not a guarantee. It is a promise that each of us, as citizens, makes to one another.

"Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport"

The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia is determined to engage in this struggle to strengthen the democratic process in our city.


During the election year 2004, the DC League will work to register citizens, inform them about issues and candidates, and monitor elections.


  • Congressional Representation for DC
  • Affordable Housing*
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Homeland Security*

* Local and NCA current program.

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LWVDC Officers*

President, Frances C. Gemmill (4/05), 3610 Albemarle Street NW 20008, 362-6784,
1st Vice President, Grace Malakoff (4/05), 2359 Ashmead Place NW 20009, 387-7540,
2nd Vice President, Local Program, Madlyn Calbert (4/05), 1261 Kearney Street NE 20017, 832-7630, 
3rd Vice President, National Program, Kathryn Ray (4/06), 4441 Windom Place, NW 20016-2409, 244-0770, fax 244-4773, 
Secretary, Kenneth Nesper (4/05), 1218 Kearney Street NE 20017, 269-3890,
Treasurer, Joan Domike (4/05), 4200 Mass. Ave. NW #304 20016, 966-3865, 

Board of Directors*

Goody Braun (4/06) 1712 Taylor Street, NW 20011-5313, 723-2477, fax 882-9335
Barbara Luchs (4/05), 3633 Appleton St. NW 20008, 363-0853, fax: 363-1366
Jack Mathison (4/05) 3050 Military Rd., #639, NW 20015, 362-4612, 
Linda Softli (4/05) 1930 Columbia Rd. #302, NW 20009, 667-8210, 
Constance Tate (4/04), 609 Delafield Place, NW 20011, 882-0387
Grace Watson (4/05), 3050 Military Rd #406 NW 20015-1358, 234-1047
Geraldine Whitley (4/06), 339 Randolph Street, NW, 20011-5937, 882-6480, fax 882-3032, 
Gladys Weaver (4/04), 1362 Fourth St., SW 20024, 554-3055
Joan R. Wilson (4/04), 3050 Military Rd., NW # 438 20015, 237-6264,

Nominating Committee*

Anna Marsh, Chair (4/05) 1253 Delaware Ave., SW, 20024, 554-7719
Madlyn Calbert (4/05), 1261 Kearney Street NE 20017, 832-7630, 
Natalie Howard (4/05), 3001 Veazey Ter., NW #434, 20008, 237-2163
Judith A. Smith (4/05) 7628 17th Street, NW 20012, 882-3021,
Joan R. Wilson (4/04), 3050 Military Rd., NW # 438 20015, 237-6264,

*Term ends date in parenthesis.

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If you have interests or skills to contribute in any of the program areas listed, call the Committee Chair, a Board member, or the office.

Affordable Housing

Chair: Sharron Hines, 395-9348 (w), 1310 Bayside Dr., Apt. 4, Woodbridge, VA 22191 703-328-1795 (h)
This committee will review League positions and update members on those positions with a view towards action. Will work with the National Capital Area Housing Committee to study regional aspects.

Children At Risk

Co-chairs: Joan Wilson, 237-6264, 3050 Military Rd., NW #438 20015 
This committee will research and review programs serving District children to report best practices and gaps.

Congressional Representation

Chair: Kathryn Schmidt, 237-5550,   3601 Connecticut Ave., NW, #418 20008 
This committee works within the League and with DC VOTE for full voting representation in Congress for the citizens of the District of Columbia. It will study several options for achieving voting rights for D.C.


Co-chairs: Constance Tate, 882-0387, 609 Delafield Pl., NW 20011
Gladys Weaver, 554-3055, 1362 Fourth St., SW 20024

The committee is conducting a consensus study on school vouchers.


Co-chairs: Goody Braun, 723-2477, 112 Taylor St., NW 20011-5313
Rene Wallis, 638-0252 (w), 134 Bryant St., NW 2001

This committee will consider health care issues in DC. 

International Relations

Co-chairs: Susan Rao,   636-1688, 1504 Girard St., NE 20018
Anne Porowski, 364-0557, 4200 Cathedral, NW, #1008 20016 

Having concluded concurrence studies for League positions on Trade and on the United Nations, the committee will focus on studies of various issues and countries. 

Transportation and Planning

Chair: Grace Malakoff, 387-7540 2359, Ashmead Pl., NW 20009 

The committee will consider transportation and planning issues at the local level as well as at the regional level.

United Nations Liaison

Chair: Sheila Keeny, 966-1692, 3600 Albemarle St., NW 20008

Liaison with the National Capital Area United nations Association.

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September 2004

4 (Wed) Board Meeting
7 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
7 (Tue) Oct. VOTER deadline
14 (Tue) Primary Election
23 (Thu) Fall Opening Luncheon, Guest Speaker, Gregg Pane, Director, DOH
24 (Fri) Oct. VOTER mailing

October 2004

4 (Mon) Last day to register to vote on November 2
6 (Wed) Board Meeting
12 (Mon) Unit Council
12 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
12 (Tue) Nov. VOTER deadline
19-20 Unit Meetings, Informal meetings with candidates
22 (Fri) Nov. VOTER mailing
29 (Fri) Healthcare Forum

November 2004

2 (Tue) General Election
3 (Wed) Board Meeting
8 (Mon) Unit Council
9 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
9 (Tue) Dec. VOTER deadline
15-18 Unit Meetings, Housing
19 (Fri) Dec. VOTER mailing
20 (Sat) NCA Parliamentary Workshop

December 2004

1 (Wed) Board Meeting
6 (Mon) Unit Council
7 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
7 (Tue) Jan. VOTER deadline
13-16 Unit Meetings, Units' Choice
17 (Fri) Jan. VOTER mailing

January 2005

5 (Wed) Board Meeting
11 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
11 (Tue) Feb. VOTER deadline
18 (Tue) General Meeting, DC & MCA Program Planning
21 (Fri) Feb. VOTER mailing
24 (Mon) Brown Bag Dialogue

February 2005

2 (Wed) Board Meeting
7 (Mon) Unit Council
8 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
8 (Tue) Mar. VOTER deadline
15-17 Unit Meetings, Homeland Security (NCA League Study)
21 (Mon) Brown Bag Dialogue
25 (Fri) Mar. VOTER mailing

March 2005

2 (Wed) Board Meeting
7 (Mon) Unit Council
8 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
8 (Tue) Apr. VOTER deadline
15-17 Unit Meetings, Education
25 (Fri) Apr. VOTER mailing
25 Mail Annual Mtg Notice
28 (Mon) Brown Bag Dialogue

April 2005

1 (Wed) Board Meeting
11 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
11 (Tue) May VOTER dealine
23 (Fri) May VOTER mailing
28 (Thu) 85th Annual Meeting

May 2005

4 (Wed) Board Meeting
9 (Mon) Unit Council
10 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
10 (Tue) Jun. VOTER deadline
14 (Sat) NCA Convention
17-19 Unit Meetings, DC Voting Rights
23 (Mon) Brown Bag Dialogue
27 (Fri) Jun. VOTER mailing

June 2005

1 (Wed) Board Meeting
6 (Mon) Unit Council
11-13 LWVUS Convention
14 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
14-16 Unit Meetings, Units' Choice

July 2005

6 (Wed) Board Meeting
12 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
12 (Tue) Jul/Aug VOTER deadline
29 (Fri) Jul/Aug VOTER mailing
29 (Fri) Handbook/Calendar Deadline

August 2004

9 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
9 (Tue) Sep. VOTER deadline
26 (Fri) Sep. VOTER mailing

September 2004

7 (Wed) Board Meeting
13 (Tue) New Citizen Ceremony
13 (Tue) Oct. VOTER deadline
22 (Thu) Fall Opening Luncheon
23 (Fri) Oct. VOTER mailing


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Units & Unit Officers 2003-2004

Units meet normally the 3rd week of each month on the day indicated below. Check your current DC VOTER for the date and any changes in time or location. All units welcome members and guests either as an occasional visitor or a regular attendant.


Joan Domike, 4200 Massachusetts Ave., #304, NW 20016, 966-3865, 


Meets on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. in the Lounge of the Ingleside Community, 3050 Military Road, NW 20015; call Chairs for parking directions. (Metro bus: E-2, E-3, E-4, M-4). May also meet in members' homes.

Ruth Allen (#566), 362-8953
Joan Wilson (#438), 3050 Military Rd., NW 20015, 237-6264

Dorothy Armstrong, 3050 Military Rd., NW #414 20015, 244-7566
Mary Rodgers, 4601 3151 St., NW 20008, 244-1933

Hope Marindin, 3824 Legation St., NW 20015, 966-6367


New Unit just forming, call for date & time

Betty Pierce, 31 8th St., NE 20004, 544-5547


Meets on Tuesdays at 12:45 pm. at IONA Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St., NW (Metro Red Line: Tenleytown)

Chair: Vacant


Meets on Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. in members' homes.

Leona Rumsey, 550 N St., #S202, SW 20024, 863-7484
Gladys Weaver, 1362 Fourth St., SW 20024, 554-3055

Ruth Miller, 1301 Delaware Ave., SW #N721 20024, 484-0886

Audrey Hatry, 530 N St., # S605, SW 20024, 554-4450


Meets on Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. in members' homes.

Paula McKann, 4709 16th St., NW 20011, 829-0656
Constance Tate, 609 Delafield Place, NW 20011, 882-0387


Meets on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in members' homes.

Joan Domike, 4200 Mass. Ave., #304, NW 20016, 966-3865
Jean Hall, 4545 Connecticut Ave., NW 20008, 362-4526

Throughout this directory, unless otherwise noted, all addresses are in D.C. and all telephone numbers are in area code 202.

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Chair: Linda Softli, 667-8210, 1930 Columbia Rd., NW, #302 20009 
Arranges meeting places, refreshments and other behind-the-scenes support for League activities. Committee is responsible for the Fall Opening Luncheon, Annual Meeting and special events.

Bed & Breakfast

Chair: Christine Matthews, 269-3890, 1218 Kearney St. NE, 20017 
Arranges accommodations in the homes of LWVDC members for other League members who are visiting Washington. Affords an opportunity to make cross-country friends; hostess shares income with LWVDC 

Brown Bag Dialogues

Chair: Anna Marsh, 554-7719, 1253 Delaware Ave., SW 20024 
Dialogues with officials and representatives of DC organizations and government are held over the noon hour on the fourth Monday of the month. 


Chair: June Bashkin,   537-1599, 4000 Massachusetts Ave., NW #723 20016
Develops annual DC League budgets; also develops longer-range financial planning strategies.

DC Voter Mailing

Mailing Coordinator: Barbara Luchs, 363-0853, 3633 Appleton St., NW 20008
A volunteer crew prepares the monthly newsletter DC VOTER for bulk mailing. 


Chair: Naomi Glass, 686-0124, 5533 33rd St., NW 20015
Coordinates fundraising efforts to meet ongoing budget requirements. 


Office Manager: Sheila Willet, 588-1734, 2034B 17th St., NW 20009 
The League maintains an office complete with telephone, computers, a copier, and a fax for use in conducting League business  Office hours are Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri. 9:30 am-3:30 pm.


Interim Chair: Linda Softli, 667-8210, 1930 Columbia Rd., NW, #302 20009 
Develops membership recruitment and retention programs. Membership forms can be obtained in the League office or downloaded from web site: 

Private Elections

Chair Pro Tem: Grace Malakoff, 387-7540, 2359 Ashmead Pl., NW 20009 
Conducts private elections, provides accurate counting of ballots and professional supervision of election procedures for tenant and condominium associations, corporate boards, etc. Provides income for LWVDC

Public Relations

Chair: Vacant
Keeps the public informed about League positions, actions, programs and publications through newsprint, radio and television


KNOW THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 3rd Edition (2004). Available in the DC League Office. member's price: $5/each if picked up at the office, $7/each if mailed. 


Vote spelled out on a silver lapel pin. $4/each or 13 for $50. Available in the League Office. 

Voters Service

Board Coordinator: Geraldine Whitley 882-6480, 339 Randolph Street, NW, 20011-5937
Co-chairs: Elinor Hart, 387-2966, 1651 Hobart St., NW 20009
Judith A. Smith, 882-3021, 7628 17th St., NW 20012
MOVE: Elaine Melmed, 393-4919, 1234 Mass., NW, #113 20005
Elizabeth Yancey, 726-1929, 1762 Redwood Ter. NW 20012
DNet: Sheila Willet, 588-1734, 2034B 17th St., NW 20009

The League's commitment to promote voter registration and provide non-partisan election information is met through Voters Service. Once a month we register new citizens at the naturalization ceremonies at the U.S. District Courthouse. Through the Make Our Votes Count (MOVC) project, we continue to assist the D.C. Public Schools with the annual citywide student elections as well as to train students to register Senior High students to vote. LWV's Democracy Network (DNet) is the League's electronic Voter's Guide provided through the Internet. During an election year, the District of Columbia site ( provides candidate information on federal and local elections as well as ballot measures.

2004 Election Schedule

Election Date Last Day to Register
Primary September 14 Mon. Aug. 16, 2004
General November 2 Mon. Oct. 4, 2004

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