League of Women Voters of the Portland Area
History and Purpose
Throughout its existence the LWV Portland Area has provided the public with opportunities to become informed by organizing educational forums, candidate debates, registering voters, and encouraging voter understanding and participation in the government.
The fund is named in honor of Emily Farley, who was finance chair of the LWV Portland Area for many years, as well as a dedicated board member and President. She was a steadfast volunteer wherever and whenever needed for the tasks of the LWV including answering the LWV telephone, doing research, leading discussions, organizing meetings and registering voters. Emily has been an inspiration for all who have worked with her and have followed her as members of the LWVPA.
Guidelines for Distribution
- Organizing public forums, discussion groups, panels, lectures, debates and conferences as formats for learning about both sides of public policy issues;
- Developing education materials to help citizens understand difficult public policy issues in a balanced presentation;
- Informing voters on election issues such as referenda questions and citizens initiatives;
- Holding candidate debates and forums presented on a nonpartisan basis;
- Providing information to help citizens understand the mechanics of how to participate in their government and the political process;
- Registering voters in a nonpartisan manner.
Emily Farley Award
In 1982, the LWVPA created an award program to annually celebrate a League member who most fully embodied the traits admired in Emily Farley, with special emphasis on Portland area League members. That program disappeared in 2001 as the energy of the LWVPA faltered. As the LWVPA began to reconstitute itself and formed its 2014 Board, the Emily Farley Fund acquired a new Advisory Committee.
After a 16 year break, the Emily Farley Award was revived. At the LWVPA's 2016 Annual Meeting, Karla Wight received this award; at the 2017 Annual Meeting, Ann Luther was the recipient; at the 2018 Annual Meeting, Anne Schink was the recipient; and in 2019 the award was presented to Barbara Kaufman.
Learn more about Karla and how she clearly demonstrates the criteria developed for this honor on page 13 of our "Spring Newsletter."
Learn more about Ann and the many ways she has supported the League and helped us grow.
Learn more about Anne and her role in the reconstitution of the Portland Area League.
Learn more about Barbara and her leadership of the Portland Area unit since 2014.
Support the Emily Farley Fund
P. O. Box 7904
Portland, ME 04112