The 2006 LWVUS Convention had one of its biggest turnouts in years. More than 1,000 League members, including nearly 800 voting delegates from 49 states and the District of Columbia, met in the middle!
From daybreak to long past sunset on June 9-13, the corridors of the Minneapolis Hilton buzzed with activity. At all hours, you could find League members networking with one another, learning about new issues, discussing important topics, deciding the League's course and, as always, having fun! Convention attendees had a variety of workshops, caucuses, forums, networking sessions and social activities on their schedules, making for a busy five days.
Delegates who arrived in Minneapolis a day early got a treat: a fantastic workshop, "Meeting in the Middle: Cross Cultural Conversations and Community Transformation," led by renowned trainer Vivian Jenkins Nelson. To top it off, League members were guests of Marshall Fields and Clinique (complete with Clinique makeovers!) at a reception in the beautiful Marshall Fields Sky Room.
The opening plenary came to order early Saturday morning when attendees were engaged and entertained by Dr. Thomas Mann's lively presentation on "American Democracy in a Partisan Era." The League was lucky to have Dr. Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, who missed part of his own family reunion just to attend Convention.
LWVUS Convention Planning Chair Marlys Robertson extended her greetings, and LWV of Minnesota President Helen Palmer welcomed everyone to Minneapolis. The delegates set to work immediately, adopting the amended rules and order of business.
Outgoing LWVUS President Kay J. Maxwell addressed the Convention, sharing reflections on her tenure and the League's strengths and its challenges. After LWVUS Nominating Committee Chair Trudy Jarratt presented the Nominated Slate, there were two nominations from the floor for the LWVUS Board of Directors.
LWVUS Program Planning Chair Carolie Mullan presented the proposed 2006-2008 Program. On this first day of the three-day program adoption process, delegates gave notice of their intention to move not-recommended items to the floor for consideration on the second day. Notices included: an update of the apportionment position, as well as resolutions on health care reform, electronic voting systems, separation of powers, internet neutrality, energy and climate change, and more.