League of Women Voters of Monmouth County holds organization meeting

The League of Women Voters of Monmouth County (LWVMC) held its inter-league organization meeting on June 13 at the Ocean Township Historical Museum.

The meeting was the first time the three Monmouth County leagues have met in person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, according to a press release.

Representatives from the Greater Red Bank Area League, the Southern Monmouth County League and the Western Monmouth County League met to conduct business and discuss the upcoming events sponsored by the leagues.

After the business meeting, the representatives enjoyed a tour of the museum exhibit, “Votes for Women: New Jersey and Beyond,” an exhibit about the suffrage movement that gave birth to the league itself, according to the press release.

The league celebrated its accomplishments over the past year, which were adapted primarily for online platforms. These accomplishments included more a dozen candidates forums, workshops and voter education discussions in fulfillment of the league’s mission of expanding voting and educating voters about issues and candidates, according to the press release.

One member, Evelyn Murphy of Neptune City, was key to the league’s accomplishments during the past year and was specially honored with the Marie Curtis Service Award for Outstanding Service.

Murphy transformed the local and county league’s operations and programs to the virtual world by mastering online platforms and hosting most online events. She designed templates for candidate forums and shared her work with leagues statewide, according to the press release.

She also organized voter registration drives, conducted voting workshops, and wrote and secured grants to make many of the leagues’ operations possible. Murphy also found time to work at the state level and has been a driving force behind her league’s diversity, equity and inclusion commitments, according to the press release.

The League of Women Voters was established 100 years ago by helping to pass the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution gaining women’s suffrage. The LWV is a nonpartisan, activist, grassroots organization that believes voters should play a critical role in democracy, according to the press release.

For more information, visit lwvnj.org and search for a local chapter.