The League of Women Voters of Albany County celebrates 100 years


ALBANY The League of Women Voters of Albany County (LWVAC) will celebrate its 100-year history and honor 16 Life Members who have been part of the League for more than 50-years at a gala on Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. at Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany. 

Dr. Deborah Turner, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, will join the Albany celebration to share her thoughts on members’ important role in strengthening democracy. Melissa Hale-Spencer, editor, publisher and co-owner of the Altamont Enterprise, will act as master of ceremonies.

“We give warm thanks to the generous spirit of our Life Members, for their leadership in the critical work of supporting voter education and civic engagement with all levels of our government,” said MaryKate Owens, LWVAC president. “Our nonpartisan advocacy has taken many forms: ensuring fair access to the polls, helping build a library in Colonie, ending political patronage on school boards, working for equity in climate justice, and fighting for transparency in government. We are committed to doing this work now and for many years to come.”

LWVAC’s Life Members include Aimee Allaud, Edith Allen, Ann Brandon, Ruth Dinowitz, Rema Goldstein, Shirley Gordon, Lois Griffin, Margaret Gutman, June Hahner, Milena Leukhardt, Jan Livingston, Clair Malone, Monique Roeth, Marggie Skinner, Linda Way, and Judy Wing.

The evening’s program will include a silent auction, photo opportunity area, a civics quiz, history table, music by Sonny & Perley, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Attire is dressy casual or business.

Gala sponsors include Congregation Beth Emeth, Price Chopper, and the Academy of Holy Names. Tickets are available at

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