The Voter Newsletter  |  March 2023  |  Vol. 27, Issue 8
In This Issue
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> A Note From Our President
> Save the Date: Annual Member Meeting!
> Program Planning: Next Steps
> May Election Prep is Underway
> LWVPDX Endorses M26-238
> DEI Resources: Women's History Month
> Program: Mental Health & Housing
> Teams Track Charter Implementation
> Progress Report: Library Bond
> Action Alert: Voting Reforms
> LWVOR Convention Talks Free Press
Discussion Units Updates
Reader Raffle Winner
Membership Matters
> In Remembrance
> Sparking Our Civic Fire
> Understanding Our Endowment
> Volunteer Roundup
> Calendar at a Glance
> Contact Us


In Praise of the ‘Persistent Trailblazers’ Promoting ‘Political Responsibility’

By Debbie Kaye, LWVPDX President
“Throughout the month of March, I am keeping in mind the hundreds of female trailblazers in Oregon who continue to pave a path toward political, social, and economic agency for all communities. In the face of systemic barriers to entry and constant overshadowing, women have been persistent trailblazers in our state, showing the power of resilience and courage. My opportunity to lead and legislate would have been impossible were it not for the passionate pioneers who came before me.”
— Oregon Rep. Maxine Dexter, Dist. 33
There is no rest for the passionate and capable! League members embody those attributes and many more. The areas of engagement shown in this newsletter demonstrate our vision, focus, capabilities, and perseverance. I hope you are as proud of our work as I am, and that if you have not already found your niche with our organization, you will be inspired to do so.

Thank you all for your commitment to the values and methods of the League. What we do and how we do it depend on why. Our bylaws state that our purposes are “promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government and to act on selected governmental issues.” At our Annual Membership Meeting, members will vote on how to carry out these purposes next year. Please plan to attend on Wednesday, May 24; more details can be found here.

We are not alone in our work. League members throughout the state and the country are also deeply engaged in advocacy and education in their communities. To learn more about League work in Oregon, I encourage you to participate in the LWVOR Convention in Eugene this May 19-21; read more here.
Join us for social time and boxed dinners, followed by a business meeting to vote on program, bylaws, budget, and election of new board members. More details to come!
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What We Accomplished with Program Planning This Year


Program planning is the annual process of setting the League’s direction by evaluating our advocacy positions and educational programs. We have reported on this process over the past few months; if you missed out, you can read more about what we did here. Note that this report has updated information superseding the article in the February newsletter.

LWVPDX Recommendations

The program planning discussion groups proposed five LWVPDX positions for update and one position for restudy; however, as of this publication, no members have stepped forward to write justifications for these proposed changes. There were no topics suggested for a new LWVPDX study.

The LWVPDX board will consider all the proposed changes on local positions that were discussed, although without members willing to work on the updates or a restudy, it is unlikely they will be recommended by the board. Attendees at the Annual Membership Meeting will still have a chance to vote on all these discussed changes, along with any potential concurrences, updates, studies, or restudies the board may choose to refer directly. 

Participants also suggested several ideas for Community Education programs and Action Committee monthly speakers for the 2023-24 year. These suggestions will help the LWVPDX board and committees plan for next year.

LWVOR Recommendations

Program planning discussion groups also proposed updates to two LWVOR positions.

The group discussing Immigration and Refugee Experiences proposed an update to the LWVOR “Farmworkers” position. Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey and Melanie Billings-Yun, the group’s discussion leaders, researched the 2001 study, related articles, and the law. They proposed replacing the word “farmworkers” with “agricultural workers” wherever appropriate in the Farmworkers position. You can read the rationale for this update here. This proposal was endorsed by the LWVPDX board, and the recommendation was sent on to the LWVOR board. Delegates to the LWVOR Convention will have the opportunity to vote on this recommended change (along with any other changes proposed or recommended by Leagues throughout the state).

The group discussing Public Education recommended some wording updates to the LWVOR position “Public Postsecondary Education,” adopted in 1985 and updated in 2018. On further review of the materials, we found that the language had already been updated in the LWVOR Issues for Action, and we therefore recommended that it also be changed in the 2023 LWVOR Position Index.


Finally, members who attended regular Discussion Unit meetings in February were asked to discuss and determine whether they would support the LWVOR proposal for concurrence with a LWV of Maryland position on open primaries. Of the 48 members who attended Unit meetings, 41 agreed; with at least two-thirds of members in agreement, we informed LWVOR of our support for the concurrence.

Share Your Feedback!

Do you have comments, questions, or suggestions about program planning? See our 2023 Program Planning webpage for more information. In addition, regardless of whether you attended program planning discussions, please send your questions and ideas for improvement to Member Education Chair Judy Froemke at Thank you for helping improve our League program!

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May Election Voter Service Prep in Progress: Student Mock Elections and Question-Framing

By Chris Cobey and Mimi Alkire, Voter Service Chair and Vice Chair

Melanie “Mimi” Alkire, newly returned to Multnomah County from the LWV of Deschutes County board, is partnering with Chris Cobey on management of Voter Service functions. Thank you, Mimi!

Student Mock Election

We learned several important lessons in the statewide student mock election in November 2022. First and foremost was that we need to gather contact information for someone on the inside of Portland Public Schools. We found the security firewalls around school emails to be formidable. For that mock election, we had just one (1!) PPS high school participating, out of all Multnomah County high schools.

We will host a mock election for middle and high school students for the 2023 May Special District Election. To prepare for that, Chris Cobey met with the PPS District Student Council to get its support. We are organizing student “ambassadors” in each high school to help us get the information out to schools.

We will also contact LWVPDX members in the next few weeks to identify those who are willing to visit their neighborhood middle and/or high school office to drop off information about the mock election — and to help us get email addresses for the school staff person most likely to be interested in mock election participation. If you can volunteer to help in this way, please contact Mimi Alkire (listed in member directory).

Framing Questions for VOTE411 and More

Led by Mimi Alkire, an amazing and dedicated group of LWVPDX volunteers gathered to write and rewrite questions for VOTE411 and the Video Voter’s Guide. Thank you Marcia Schneider, Carol Cushman, Mary McWilliams, Julie Young, Peggy Bengry, Frances Dyke, Felice Meuller, and Margaret Noel! This group also began work on questions we can use for the two approved Voter Forums for the May election:

  1. Multnomah County initiative Measure 26-238 to provide tenants’ legal assistance
  2. Multnomah County Commission, District 3

There will also be a renewal vote of the Portland Children’s Tax Levy; the board has not yet met to vote on a possible voter forum for that measure.

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

  • March 16: Filing deadline for all offices
  • April 13: Video Voter Forums will be recorded
  • April 18: Video Voters’ Guides will be recorded
  • April 25: Last day to register to vote
  • April 26: Ballot mailing begins
  • May 16: Election Day
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   LWVPDX Endorses Measure 26-238   

The League of Women Voters of Portland Board of Directors voted to endorse Multnomah County Measure 26-238: Eviction Representation for All, which will appear on the May ballot. The LWVPDX Housing Interest Group requested the board’s vote after conducting research and determining there is a League position to support the measure. The LWVUS position Criteria for Housing Supply sets as a goal that “programs and policies should provide a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family” – see Impact on Issues pages 145-148. Stay tuned for more information on the measure and the League’s endorsement next month; in the meantime, you can learn more from the campaign’s website.


DEI: Resources & Reflection

To continue our education and elevate the voices of underrepresented groups, the League will regularly share resources on issues of DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion). In honor of Women's History Month in March, we are highlighting the intersection of women's issues with other justice issues, as well as the history of women's suffrage movement.




Go: Local Events

  • She's Speaking Live! Celebration of women in song at Alberta Rose Theater | March 25 at 8pm
  • They is She talk series at Lan Su Chinese Garden | March 18 and 26 at 1pm


Michael Green runs the organization Flags for Good, which gives 10% of its revenue to organizations related to the theme of the flags. In this video, he describes two historic flags related to women's suffrage. Michael recently sent these flags to the League as a gift after meeting Debbie and Ted Kaye. Note that he uses the terms "suffragist" and "suffragette" interchangeably.
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Join Us in April: Mental & Behavioral Health & Related Housing Concerns

By Nancy Donovan, Community Education Chair

Are you concerned about the prevalence of people who are experiencing mental and behavioral health challenges and struggling to be sheltered and housed? You can learn more about this community crisis by attending our next Community Education program on Tuesday, April 4, from 7 to 8:30pm via Zoom.

The speakers will discuss chronic homelessness as a public health issue and the consequences of not providing healthcare to people with mental illness or an addiction who have experienced trauma resulting from homelessness. Another focus will be on the lack shelters and beds and extremely low-income housing, along with the following topics.
  • High prevalence of both mental illness and addition for adults and youth
  • Lack of access to both public and private healthcare, which includes under-managing and under-funding public health providers
  • Police use of force against people unhoused or with mental illness and addiction
  • Lack of low-barrier shelters, beds, and extremely low-income housing and how it results in people at a higher risk of ending up on the street

LWVPDX member Jason Renaud will speak about the use of force by the Portland Police Bureau against people unhoused or with mental illness and addiction. Jason is a well-known public speaker, writer, and advocate on mental illness and addiction recovery. He also serves as a consultant and the board secretary and voluntary managing director of the Mental Health Association of Portland.

More details and speakers will be announced soon via member email messages, our website, and our social media channels. Stay tuned!

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City Charter Implementation Committee & Focused Teams Are Hard at Work

By Janice Thompson, Action Vice Chair

The League’s work group tracking implementation of Portland Measure 26-228, the Charter Implementation Committee (CIC), comprises five teams that are energetically engaged.

The League’s District Team is tracking the city’s new Independent District Commission (IDC), which has begun to meet and must decide on the boundaries of the four new council districts by Sept. 1. Our District Team plans debriefing sessions after each of the frequent IDC meetings and their diligence is awesome.

With the assistance of ranked-choice voting (RCV) legal and policy experts, the League’s RCV Team is tracking development of election code changes expected to go to the City Council in mid-April. RCV education is another priority, and this team had a great session learning from RCV education experts with experience in many communities across the country. Thanks to this hardworking group.

The League’s team tracking the city’s Government Transition Advisory Committee (GTAC) held an introductory meeting but is now waiting for City Council action establishing the GTAC. Look out, though, for when this GTAC Team gets going.

Members of the city’s new Independent Salary Commission (ISC) were confirmed by City Council on March 8. The League’s Salary Team had an initial organizational session and is ready to track the ISC when it begins meeting later in March. The ISC must complete its work by Aug. 1. Thanks for the Salary Team taking on this fast-paced monitoring role.

The League’s Budget Team has two goals: (1) advocating for robust transition funding and (2) assessing options for improved budget development under the new administrative branch (city administrator and mayor) and legislative branch (larger and more representative council) with significant public input. Big tasks, but this team is up for the challenge.

Thanks to all the members of the CIC teams. Successful charter implementation is a League priority, and the CIC teams are playing a vital role to achieve the full election and governance improvements that Portlanders voted for in M26-228. 

To read the latest update from the City of Portland, see the Transition Progress Report here.

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Rendering of planned new east county flagship library, courtesy Multnomah County Library.


Progress Report: Multnomah County Library Bond Projects

By Debbie Aiona, Action Chair

February Action Committee Report

Our February Action Committee guest was Katie O’Dell, library capitol bond deputy director. Ms. O’Dell is a librarian by profession and brings that perspective to her work helping to guide the many changes coming to the Multnomah County Library system.

She started off with the basics by explaining that there are 19 locations open to community members, that we are one of the busiest systems in the country, and our public library dates back to 1864. In 2012, voters created a special library taxing district with a permanent property tax used to fund services. The Multnomah County Commission serves as the governing board.

In 2016-17 they conducted a study that concluded with a Framework for Future Library Spaces. In November 2020, voters approved a $387 million capitol bond measure to implement the improvement plans. It calls for a new library in East County equivalent in size to the Central Library. There will be significant renovations and expansions at the Albina, Belmont, Holgate, Midland, North Portland, Northwest, and St. Johns libraries. (Currently, Central, Holgate, Midland, Albina, and North Portland are closed for construction.) The remaining branches will receive updates and upgrades such as paint, carpeting, and redesigned space. There also will be a new central operations and materials-handling center located at 122nd and NE Glisan on the site of a former Safeway. Internet speed will be improved at all locations.

The bond team has placed a priority on community engagement and employed a variety of techniques to help ensure the public’s ideas and preferences are incorporated. In addition to focus groups, community meetings, one-on-one discussions, they offered paid opportunities to youth and other community members to enhance involvement and inform design choices. Based on the feedback they have received, spaces for teens and outdoor gathering places will be included in some sites. The new East County Library will have a large auditorium for performances, lectures, and cultural celebrations.

Ms. O’Dell said the library received a favorable rate for the bonds, saving tens of millions of dollars. The terms require the projects to be completed by 2026. A Bond Oversight Committee meets quarterly to review progress on projects and reports to the county commission annually. Their meetings are open to the public, and minutes and agendas are available on the library website. 

Keep up on the latest:

Rendering of renovated and expanded Albina Library, courtesy Multnomah County Library.

Recent Action Committee Activity

City Transparency Advocate
Portland City Council held a hearing on Feb. 22 on the Auditor’s proposed city charter amendment creating a new position of Transparency Advocate in her office. The advocate would work with the city ombudsman to help ensure access to information, help city staff understand and comply with transparency requirements, and have the ability to conduct investigations and issue reports. The League provided testimony in support, along with other good government organizations and journalists. The hearing included testimony from experts outside Oregon as well. Had City Council approved the proposal, it would have been on the May 2023 ballot. City Council voted unanimously to table this proposal, a move that Mayor Wheeler indicated was the first time in six years he had proposed this step. The net result is that this charter amendment will not go to Portlanders for a vote. 

U.S. DOJ Settlement Agreement with City of Portland – Status Conference
The League testified at the Feb. 28 status conference held in the U.S. District Court assessing the city’s progress in meeting the terms of the agreement aimed at reducing excessive use of force by Portland Police. Our comments addressed improved performance by the Portland Committee on Community Engaged Policing and concerns about the deadline for the Police Accountability Commission, which is charged with designing the city’s new police oversight system. We also touched on issues to consider if the city and DOJ decide to use an independent monitor rather than the compliance officer that evaluates progress. Our testimony raised concerns about progress on body-worn camera policy, investigation of the Rapid Response Team training slides, and urged more attention to the problems with the Police Review Board. The next status conference will take place in July. 

   March Action Committee Meeting   

  • Topic & Speaker: TBA
  • When: Friday, March 24 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm

All League members are welcome! This is a Zoom meeting. If you are not on the Action Committee email list and would like to attend, please contact Debbie Aiona at

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Support State and National Action on Voting Reforms

National Popular Vote: You Can Still Help

LWVOR and LWVUS support the National Popular Vote (NPV), and the State of Oregon has already signed onto the NPV Interstate Compact for U.S. president. Currently, there are states representing 195 electors of the 270 needed to enact the NPV. Now it is your chance to take it further! This spring, there is a good chance to support NPV in states that represent more than 30 additional electors, and a possible chance of reaching 270.

Please consider helping the effort by “text banking” or “phone banking” or writing postcards for the national effort that is currently concentrated on Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, and Alaska. Contact Barbara Klein,, LWVOR action committee member, to learn more.

Support Ranked-Choice Voting in Oregon

LWVOR recently endorsed Oregon House Bill 2004 which establishes Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) elections for all statewide and federal offices, for both primary and general elections with three or more candidates. It also provides a local option for cities and counties to use RCV elections and helps to ensure standardized implementation for county clerks. As the sponsors point out, this particular bill does not establish open primaries, nor does it include the Oregon Legislature. To learn more about Ranked Choice Voting and HB 2004 visit here.

Barbara Klein, LWVOR Action Committee, encourages members to take the following action to support this measure. Remember that when you do so, you are acting as an individual and not on behalf of the League. Contact Barbara at to learn more.
  • Write your legislator as an individual, asking them to sponsor and/or support HB 2004 using this website, which gives guidance on talking points.
  • Share this image on social media and encourage others to write their representatives using this website, which gives guidance on talking points.
  • Testify as an individual (the League will testify as well). The bill’s public hearing will most likely be in April/May. If you would like to testify (sending in a statement), please complete this form to let HB 2004 organizers know so they can help you through the testimony process.
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   Join Us at the LWVOR Convention!   

The biennial LWVOR Convention will take place in person this year! (The organizing committee is also considering a hybrid meeting option.) It is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, May 19-21, in Eugene. It will include workshops, caucuses, and plenary sessions to vote on program, budget, the slate of officers and directors, and bylaws. The Keynote Speaker for “Free Press and the Survival of Democracy” will be Les Zaitz, editor of the Salem Reporter and The Malheur Enterprise. More information will come directly from LWVOR later this spring; check this webpage for details.

LWVPDX may send up to 13 voting delegates and an unlimited number of nonvoting observers. We have some funding in the budget to support registration and hotel expenses. Sharing hotel rooms and carpooling will reduce expenses. The Portland Board must appoint our delegates and send that list to the convention committee. Please let Debbie Kaye know if you wish to attend by emailing This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with League members from throughout the state and “hobnob with our fellow wizards!”


Street Roots Director to Speak at Discussion Unit Meeting

By Carolyn Buppert, Discussion Units Chair

Last month, 48 members in the six Units discussed progress and challenges for Portland Police accountability, focusing on the LWVPDX community education program on that topic held in early February. 

March meeting topics will be Units’ choice. Some Units will continue their discussion of police accountability, and some will discuss upcoming changes in Portland government. Unit leaders will email their unit members in the next few weeks with details. 

Unit 2 has arranged for Kaia Sand, executive director of Street Roots, to attend their Zoom meeting on March 17 at 11am. (Note, the Unit meeting starts at 10am, with Kaia coming at 11.) All LWVPDX members are invited to attend; for the Zoom link, contact Barbara Byrd (listed in the member directory).

 If you have not yet seen the League's Community Education program on "Progress and Challenges for Portland Police and Policing Alternatives," the recording by MetroEast Community Media is now available.
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Thanks for reading!


How to Contact Our Nearly 300 Members

By Mary McWilliams, Membership Chair


Welcome to the following new members who have joined/rejoined/renewed since the February newsletter issue:
  • Allyson Goodwyn-Craine
  • Sophie Braccini
  • Libby Deal
  • Bobbie Regan
Thank you to the 279 new, renewed, and rejoined members for our 2022-23 League year!

2023 Members & Leaders Directory

The LWVPDX “2023 Members & Leaders Directory” was mailed to you in mid-February. Many members keep the directory visible on their home desk as a valuable resource.
The directory pages 4-24 list members in alphabetical order with their contact information. On pages 26-28 are current elected LWVPDX officers and directors listed with their terms of office and how to reach them by their League emails, along with most off-board leaders and their League emails. (If off-board leaders don’t have League emails, use their personal contact information found in the directory.) On page 2, the directory also lists the contacts for LWVUS, LWVOR, and other nearby Oregon Leagues.
Another way for members to find members’ contact information is to call the League office during office hours for assistance from our office manager, Nikki Jardin. Another way to contact LWVPDX leaders (just in case you hadn’t noticed) is to use the list at the bottom of this newsletter. I find it a handy reference. And, this list is always current (unlike a printed and mailed directory).
The board is considering a digital way to share the directory so that contact information is always up-to-date; stay tuned for more information. For now, a contact update reflecting new members and newly elected leaders will be included in your July 2023 renewal packet, which will also be mailed by USPS.
Thank you to Ted Kaye for his help preparing the directory; he is a very fine editor of content and a joy to work with. Thanks also to Debbie Kaye for her helpful comments during the process, our office manager Nikki for printing and office support, and my husband Robert for the heavy lifting to the bulk mailing center.

In Remembrance

Ann Mill Hyde

Ann Mill Hyde passed away on March 5, 2023. A memorial service will be held later in the spring.

A Life member, Ann first joined the League in Albuquerque, NM, and then LWVPDX in the mid-1990s. Every League member who knew her would agree with this description in her full obituary, published in The Oregonian on March 12: “Ann was known for her outgoing, engaging personality. Always ready to strike up a conversation with a stranger, she had an uncanny knack of leaving them feeling like friends. She inspired those around her with her positive outlook, her adventurous spirit, and her courage and commitment to keeping active and engaged in life up to the very end of her 101 years.”
Born in 1921, Ann grew up on the East Coast. She married Simeon Hyde, Jr., in 1942, and they eventually moved to Andover, MA. Ann was an active and engaged faculty wife and mother and taught kindergarten. After 25 years in Andover, they moved to Albuquerque, where Ann finished college and was a docent at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. She joined the local League, serving as vice president; she lobbied for stricter emissions controls and served on the mayor’s air quality committee. The family eventually moved to San Diego and later to Portland. Here, they were active members of the Multnomah Friends Meeting. Ann was a volunteer with the Albina Head Start program and the SMART program at Irvington Elementary well into her ’90s.
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Women Igniting Sparks for Women’s History Month – and Beyond!

By Linda Mantel, Development Chair

Spring is on its way! Purple hyacinths and yellow daffodils remind us of our suffrage history and inspire us to look around at women making history this month.
Oregon’s Congressional delegation now includes FOUR women out of six in the House of Representatives — for the first time ever! Until last year we had ONE woman in the House.
In Oregon, our executive team is nearly all women: governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and labor and industries commissioner. Our state house delegation has 29 women out of 60 representatives, while the state senate has nine women out of 30.
Think about a woman who has sparked your interest and enthusiasm, or encouraged you to do something new, and give a gift in her honor or memory. It’s easy when you go to our giving webpage or send a check to PO Box 3491, Portland, OR  97208-3491.
And let’s look ahead, too! Is there a woman whose interest you would like to ignite with a gift membership in the League? Remember that membership in LWVPDX also encompasses membership in the LWVOR and the LWVUS, three excellent networks helping to “make democracy work.” You can gift a membership so easily here. As a special bonus, memberships starting this month will be current until June 2024.
LWVPDX will kindle your civic interest with resources for our upcoming special district election — you can follow it all online, in print, on video, and now via podcast, too! We always provide thorough, nonpartisan information and analysis of the events, people, and processes currently in play.
Your gifts will not only enable our Voter Service work, but also fuel our capacity to do more. Thank you in advance for your support this Women’s History Month – and beyond!
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LWVPDX Endowment Fund Part 4: Endowment Fund Recommendations

By Phil Thor, Endowment Chair, and the Endowment Committee
After a review of the Endowment Fund establishment and history (Part 1), endowments in general for nonprofit organizations (Part 2), and the current Endowment Guidelines (Part 3), the LWVPDX Endowment Committee has come to the following recommendations for modernizing those guidelines. The recommendations address several issues currently in the guidelines.
Recall, the current guidelines include the following provision:
“The Endowment Fund may receive non-tax-deductible donations in the form of (1) donor-designated contributions and bequests, (2) undesignated bequests, and (3) other contributions designated by the Board. The investment objective of the Endowment Fund is to retain and, when possible, increase the value of the fund, while at the same time producing a reasonable return for distribution. Therefore, the Fund will be invested by the Endowment Fund Committee with long-term growth and total return as the highest priorities. Endowment Fund moneys will not be co-mingled with the League’s general operating funds. In addition, the Endowment Fund will strive to maintain a fund value of at least the amount of principal that was originally donated.”
The Endowment Committee’s recommendations are as follows.

1 — Clarify in the second sentence that the primary investment objective of the Endowment Fund is “to increase the value of the fund, so that a reasonable return for annual distribution can be accomplished.” This edit directly supports the next statement ,which reiterates the priorities of long-term growth and total return.

2 — Recognize that the investment objective is separate and distinct from the requirement to “maintain a fund value of at least the amount of principal that was originally donated.” Thus, we would:
  • move the last sentence to a new paragraph
  • accept additional wording that reflects the absolute need to retain the corpus (i.e., original donation amount) and acknowledges the continuing loss of the purchasing power to the fund
  • tie the “distribution rate percentage,” set annually in January each year, to supporting the secondary objective to sustain and increase purchasing power of the fund.
3 — We recommend that development efforts, particularly regarding bequests, be vigorously pursued to grow the corpus of the Endowment Fund, which would in turn increase the value of the fund and thereby increase its annual contribution to the operating expenses. Additional contributions, while not improving the purchasing power of the original contributions, would increase the endowment value and allow for increasing budget draws, and would provide purchasing power more closely to that which was provided in the past.

4 — Finally, we note that the non-tax deductibility of contributions is a potential impediment for future contributions and suggest that the board explore possible solutions. This issue may be less of a concern if funds are from estates or bequests rather than from charitable contributions. 

Amendments that reflect the above recommendation will be drafted and provided for voting this month. In the meantime, if anyone has comments on any part of this article, the Endowment Committee would be grateful to hear them. Please contact Phil Thor, committee chair, using the contact information listed in the membership directory.
This is the final installment of a four-part series on the League of Women Voters of Portland Endowment Fund. Part 1 reviewed the establishment and history of the endowment. Part 2 explored endowments for nonprofit organizations. Part 3 presented the current Endowment Guidelines and reviewed the questions that arose at the Annual Membership Meeting in May 2022. All four parts of this series can be found on the LWVPDX website.
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  Volunteer Roundup  

LWVPDX is always looking for volunteers! Volunteer opportunities announced in this issue are listed below; read the linked article and contact the listed League leader for more information.
  • Help set LWVPDX's direction at the Annual Membership Meeting | Read more
  • Support our Voter Service efforts for the May election | Read more
  • Take action on state and national voting reforms | Read more
  • Attend the LWVOR Convention as a delegate or observer | Read more
We do not share personal contact information in this newsletter; if a listed contact does not have a LWVPDX email address, you can look up their contact information in our membership directory, or contact the office at or (503) 228-1675. If you are looking for a different type of volunteer opportunity than those listed here, contact a member of the board.
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  Calendar at a Glance  

  • March 15: LWVPDX Board Meets | 5pm via Zoom.
  • March 16: Discussion Unit 4 | 1pm, leader Lynn Baker. 
  • March 16: May Special Election filing deadline.
  • March 18: Discussion Unit 5 | 10:30 am, leader Linda Mather. 
  • March 20: Discussion Unit 7 | 1pm, leader Ryann Enger. 
  • March 20: Housing Interest Group Meeting | 5pm via Zoom, leader Donna Cohen.
  • March 22: Justice Interest Group Meeting | 5pm via Zoom, leader James Ofsink.
  • March 24: Action Committee Meets | 1:30pm via Zoom, leader Debbie Aiona.
  • March 27: Discussion Unit 2 | 10am, leader Barbara Byrd. 
  • March 27: Discussion Unit 3 | 5:30pm, leader Olivia Smith. 
  • March 28: Discussion Unit 6 | 9:30am, leader Elizabeth Domike. 
  • April 4: Community Ed Program: Mental Health & Housing | 7pm via Zoom. Learn more.
    April 6: Education Interest Group Meeting | 1pm, leader Fran Dyke.
  • April 15: Discussion Unit 5 | 10:30am, leader Linda Mather.
  • April 17: Discussion Unit 7 | 1pm, leader Ryann Enger.
  • April 17: Housing Interest Group Meeting | 5pm via Zoom, leader Donna Cohen.
  • April 19: LWVPDX Board Meets | 5pm via Zoom. 
  • April 20: Discussion Unit 4 | 1pm, leader Lynn Baker. 
  • April 24: Discussion Unit 2 | 10am, leader Barbara Byrd. 
  • April 24: Discussion Unit 3 | 5:30pm, leader Olivia Smith. 
  • April 25: Last day to register to vote in May Special Election
  • April 25: Discussion Unit 6 | 9:30am, leader Elizabeth Domike. 
  • April 26: Justice Interest Group Meeting | 5pm via Zoom, leader James Ofsink.
  • April 26: May Special Election ballot mailing begins.
  • April 28: Action Committee Meets | 1:30pm via Zoom, leader Debbie Aiona.
  • May 16: ELECTION DAY!
  • May 19-20: LWVOR Convention | Learn more.
  • May 24: LWVPDX Annual Membership Meeting | Learn more.
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Board of Directors

> Debbie Kaye, President,
> Marion McNamara, Vice President, 
> Chris Cobey, Voter Service Chair,
> Judy Froemke, Member Education Chair, 
> Anne Davidson, Secretary,
> Adrienne Aiona, Treasurer, 
> Debbie Aiona, Action Chair, 
> Nancy Donovan, Community Education Chair, 
> Margaret Noel, Communications Chair,
> Amber Nobe, Newsletter Editor,
> Carolyn Buppert, Discussion Units Coordinator
> Linda Mantel, Development Chair,
> Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey, At Large,
> Trish Garner, At Large,
> Paulina Leperi, At Large, 
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Off-Board Leaders

> Mary McWilliams, Membership Chair, 
> Ann Dudley, Nominating Committee Chair,
> Betsy Pratt, Budget Committee Chair,
> Phil Thor, Endowment Committee Chair
> Beth Burczak, Speakers Bureau Chair,
> Kathy Casto, Voters' Guide Editor,
> Barbara Byrd, Forums Chair
> VACANT, Video Voters' Guide
> VACANT, Voter Registration Chair
> Carolyn Buppert, Twitter
> Katie LeRoux, Facebook
> Amber Nobe, Instagram

Interest Group Chairs:
> Nancy Donovan & Fran Dyke, Education
> James Ofsink & Kim Mason, Justice
> Donna Cohen, Housing & Homelessness

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