woemn dressed up like suffragettes
Patti Forkan, Centennial Celebration Co-Chair, Carrie Chapman Catt aka Joanne Huskey, and Marilyn Smith, creator of “Votes For Women” sashes.

On February 20th over 150 people gathered to celebrate 100 Years of Women Voting and the founding of the League of Women Voters. The venue, Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, offered a fabulous view of Naples Bay. We mingled and had an opportunity to look through Collier County League scrap books from 1975 – 2010. It was fun to recognize many of our longtime members in the photos and newspaper clippings, and reminisce about the League.

 

Eileen and Paul Arsenault, artist
Eileen and Paul Arsenault, artist

During the evening we received a very generous offer from artist Paul Arsenault to auction the painting he created to honor the League’s anniversary and the work we do for the community. (Our commemorative scarves were designed based on the painting.) This produced quite a lot of excitement and when the auction closed we had a wonderful donation of $3,000 and a lucky member gained a beautiful painting. Many, many thanks to Paul Arsenault.

 

Claudine Schneider at podium speaking
Claudine Schneider, former U.S. Congresswoman and Climate Change activist who addressed the audience.

We were entertained by an inspiring performance of Carrie Chapman Catt, our founder, by League member Joanne Huskey. We highlighted some of the League’s accomplishments over 100 years, recognized past presidents and heard from guest speaker Claudine Schneider who spoke about her experiences in Congress and her current focus on Climate Change. She had suggestions for what we all can do to make a difference – from reviewing our investments, to speaking up about lightbulbs, paper straws or packaging at the supermarket, to calling our legislators.

Now we can start planning for the next 100 years!