Making Democracy Work

Past Events

Date & Time        Place        Description
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Billsboro Winery
4760 W Lake Rd, Geneva, NY 14456
Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser. Come & enjoy appetizers, sip a glass of wine, and relax to the sounds of live music by the duo Threads of Gold while surveying the handcrafted items available by raffle. The highlight of the evening: Indulge in gourmet chocolates paired with the finest Billsboro wines.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event! Seating is limited. Cost is $25 per person. Reservation are being accepted by Mary Lou: contact her by e-mail: or by phone: (315) 325-4066 on or before March 6th.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
7:00-9:00 pm
Geneva Public Library Reading Room
244 Main Street, Geneva, NY
Meet and Greet Candidates Night, Part II. You will get to hear from the:
  • City of Geneva City Council Candidates from Wards 1-6

Each candidate gets 3 minutes to share their vision for Geneva, then YOU get time to meet them and ask YOUR questions!

Ward 1, 2, 3 presentations begin at 7:00 pm and will be complete by 7:30 pm. Meet and greet from 7:30 + 8:00 pm.

Ward 4, 5, 6 presentation begin at 8:00 pm and will be complete by 8:30 pm. Meet and greet from 8:30 + 9:00 pm.

Check out for more candidate information!

Thursday, October 22, 2015
7:00-8:30 pm
Geneva Public Library Reading Room, 244 Main Street, Geneva, NY Meet and Greet Candidates Night. You will get to hear from the:
  • City of Geneva Mayoral Candidates
  • City of Geneva At-Large Candidates
  • Town of Geneva Council Candidates

Each candidate gets 3 minutes to share their vision for Geneva, then YOU get time to meet them and ask YOUR questions!

Presentations begin at 7:00 pm, so all presentations will be complete by 7:30 pm. Feel free to stay for refreshments and a chance to talk with the candidates after the presentations.

Check out for more candidate information!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
5:00 pm
Lochland School
Lochland Road (Rt 14)
Geneva, NY
Agnes Slosson Lewis Award Dinner. League of Women Voters of Geneva Honors Trina Newton

The League of Women Voters of Geneva will honor Trina Newton with the League's Agnes Slosson Lewis Award at its annual dinner Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM at the Lochland School in Geneva.

The award is given in honor of one of the region's most active suffragists and a founder of the League of Women Voters of Geneva. First given in 1960, the award recognizes women for leadership ability and inspiration to others as well as broad interest in the community and good government.

Newton became the Geneva City School District's first woman superintendent in January 2012. Her contributions to civic affairs began long before arriving in Geneva, and includes serving on the Broome County Urban League Board of Directors, Roberson Museum Board of Directors, Family Violence and Prevention Council and the Binghamton Youth Advisory Board. Upon arriving in Geneva she wasted no time getting involved in the community. She currently serves on the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, Geneva Community Center Advisory Council, the Geneva 2020 Steering Committee, and Finger Lakes Health Community Advisory Committee. Her demonstrated leadership is reflected in the increasing graduation rates for Geneva High students and additional enrichment opportunities for students. Under her leadership the district was recently named: "District of Distinction" by District Administration, a national magazine. Her interest in good government is reflected in her lobbying activities on behalf of education reform at the regional and state level.

The evening will include a talk by Dr. Heather May on "How Theatre for Social Change Empowers Activism." May, who holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University, is Associate Professor of Theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Founder and Artistic Director of the theatre group Mosaic NY. She taught for several years at Auburn University and has directed professionally in St. Louis, Bloomington, Indiana and Washington DC.

The event is open to the public. Dinner is being catered by Club 86 and costs $25.00 per person. Reservations should be made to Dawn Kelley at 315-729-0249 or by June 6.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information contact Christine Hoffman at (315) 521-2566.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
7:30-9:00 pm
GNRC 430 Exchange St.
Geneva, NY 14456
Geneva LWV Annual Meeting. The public program begins at 7:30 p.m. It will include a panel discussion on fair housing issues in Geneva. Speakers are attorney Murray Heaton, Real Estate Agent, Sandra Ansley and Sage Gerling of the GNRC. This panel will be followed by the Annual Business Meeting.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church
24 Park Place
Geneva, NY.
Lunch With the League. The League of Women Voters of Geneva (LWV-G) is offering a "Lunch With the League" program on Tuesday, December 9th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The guest Speaker will be Dennis Money, President of the non-profit corporation Seneca White Deer, Inc. (SWD.) The LWV + G is happy to have Dennis Money educate the public about Seneca White Deer, Inc., that organization's purpose and the group's effort to support NYS in acquiring a portion of the former Seneca Army Depot, through the DEC Open Space hearing process, and SWD's efforts to encourage public comments to the DEC. The presentation will include a video and further information.

The mission of Seneca White Deer is to conserve the world's largest white deer population and to preserve the military and civilian histories of the former Seneca Army Depot. Seneca White Deer.Inc. believes the depot can become a significant, if not world class eco- tourism destination.

The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comments for an Open Space Environmental Grant. The NYS Draft Open Space Plan identifies the former Seneca Army Depot as a priority project but makes no specific suggestions on how to protect it. New York State is seeking comments which must be submitted on or before Dec. 17 at 4:00 p.m. at: or by mail to: Open Space Conservation Program NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233-4250. For more information and talking points go to or meet the expert at this lunch program. The League program is a "brown bag - bring your own lunch" at 11:45 a.m. The presentation begins at noon and is held in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Place. Geneva, NY.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Geneva Public Library
Community Room
The Supreme Court and Democracy: The Right to Vote. The League of Women Voters of Geneva (LWV- G) announces a presentation by Paul Passavent, Associate Professor of Political Science at Hobart & William Smith Colleges entitled: The Supreme Court & Democracy: the Right To Vote" on Thursday, Nov. 20th at 5:30 in the Community Room of the Geneva Public Library. Dr. Passavant has taught courses on Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, and Law and Society. He is the author of several books including: No Escape: Freedom of Speech and the Paradox of Rights (NY Univ. Press, 2002). The League of Women Voters of Geneva, LWVof NY State and the National League are working to improve election processes to extend, encourage and protect voting. The League is concerned with the legal trends that may be contributing to the suppression of voters' rights and we are looking to Dr. Passavant to shed light on the subject. The talk is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Coxe Hall, Room 8
HWS Campus
Proposition No 1-Redistricting Reform & the NY Constitution-How will you Vote on November 4th?. The League of Women Voters of Geneva in conjunction with faculty of HWS colleges will be presenting a panel discussion entitled: Proposition No 1- Redistricting Reform & the NY Constitution - How will you Vote on Nov, 4th? The panel including Professors Iva Deutchman, DeWayne Lucas and Judith McKinney. It will be held Thursday. Oct 16 at 7:00 p.m. in Coxe Hall, Room 8. The presentation is free and open to the public.