Making Democracy Work

About the League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?


The LWV believes in representative government and in the individual liberties established in the Constitution of the United States. It believes that:

Democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen's right to know about their actions Every citizen should be: guaranteed the right to vote; protected from legal, economic or administrative discrimination; and assured of equal access to free public education Efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing, and coordination among different agencies and levels of government Responsible government should: respond to the will of the people maintain an equitable and flexible tax system participate in solving economic and social problems maintain an equitable and flexible tax system participate in solving economic and social problems that affect the general welfare promote a sound economy promote conservation and development of natural resources in the public interest
adopt domestic policies that facilitate the solution of international problems
Cooperation with other nations is essential in the search for solutions to world problems

Organizational Structure of the League

Boards of Directors. The LWV, members elect boards to manage the activities of the League (* see below for members of the Rensselaer LWV Board). In addition to elected officers, boards are composed of elected and appointed directors. The number of directors elected and the manner of their election is outlined in the bylaws of each League organization. Each board member usually has a specific area of responsibility, such as program, voter service, public relations, or advocacy.

Committees. There are two types of committees: study committees and standing committees. Study committees study a public policy issue of LWV concern and develop a focus for League consideration. Standing committees carry out the balance of the LWV's work in voter service, membership and budget.

Meetings. In Rensselaer County, the board meets once a month and holds an annual membership meeting in the spring to elect officers, set dues rates, and adopt a local program of action, bylaw revisions, and an annual budget. Other informative, working and social meetings are held throughout the year. The New York State and national Leagues also hold annual conventions.

Board of Directors

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Co-President Judy Meyer

Co-President Shirley Buel

Vice President Kate Jankowski

Treasurer Steve Muller

Secretary Jill Nagy


Chris Salmon
Lorrie Smith
John Sniezyk
Carol Bell
Michael Halloran
Joan Rogers
Corinne Cary
Noreen McKee
Ona Papageorgiou

Off Board

Irene Wynnyczuk
Margaret Story
Anne Burton
Chris Kelly

Mary Muller, Chair Nominating
Margaret Story Nominating
Barbara Higbee Nominating

History of the League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County