Thursday, May 2: Suffragist Tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery (go to lwvstl.org to register).
Friday, May 3: State Board Meeting, 10 am
Convention registration opens at 12:30 pm, Business Meeting starts at 1:30 pm
Saturday, May 4: Registration opens at 8:15 am, call to order at 9 am,
convention adjourns at 3 pm.
The Metro St. Louis invites you to attend the 64th state convention in St. Louis May 3 and 4. We’ll be meeting in the Hawthorne Room at the Drury Inn at 8700 Eager Road in Brentwood.
In honor of the League’s centennial in 2019, the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis has planned a Suffragist Tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery on Thursday, May 2. Guide Mary Ellen Vander Linden will give a presentation dressed as Edna Fischel Gellhorn, the first president of the Missouri League. Other suffragists buried at this cemetery in North County include Virginia Minor (the first president of Missouri’s Woman Suffragette Association), Rebecca Naylor Hazard (an abolitionist and part of the Women’s Congress) and Phoebe Couzins (an electrifying speaker who traveled across the country with Susan B. Anthony to promote women’s suffrage). There will be two one-hour tours as well as refreshments by the chapel. Cost is $20. Go to tour to register.
The state board will meet Friday morning, with the convention on Friday afternoon and most of the day Saturday. Alicia Gurrieri from LWVUS will present a workshop to help League members take action on pressing voting rights issues and stronger partnerships. At 7 Friday evening, there will be a dessert reception as the volunteer board of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents a fashion show.
Saturday’s keynote speaker is Amber McReynolds, a national leader in effective and innovative practices that increases the security, convenience and efficiency of elections. The former director of elections for Denver, she is now the Executive Director for the National Vote at Home Institute and serves as senior strategic adviser on various election-focused projects across the country.
St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones will update the convention on proposed election reforms in Missouri, including how to Defend the Win on Amendment 1.
Make a reservation here to receive the Drury’s group rate of $139 plus tax or call 1-800-325-0720 by April 1 and mention group 2351722. There’s free parking, free hot breakfast, and happy hour from 5:30 to 7 with hot food and cold drinks.
Contact your local League President(s) for more information.
2019 LWVMO Convention Registration
Watch for more information soon!