"Tisbury 101" is a six part series to be presented by the League of Women Voters and as part of the library's evening lecture series. The series will help you unravel the mysteries of Tisbury town government, discover What makes it run, and learn how can you get involved. Current and past members of many branches of Tisbury’s town government will talk about their roles and responsibilities, as well as how they got involved in the first place. We hope this will inspire you to take the next step – not just to become a more informed citizen and voter, but also to find new ways to participate.
Tuesday, January 17, 7 p.m.
Inside Town Hall, Inside Town Meeting
Panel: John Bugbee, Marion Mudge and Deborah Medders; Moderator: Judy Crawford
Our town administrator, clerk and moderator will take us behind the scenes to look at how Tisbury is run and how this relates to decisions made at town meeting.
Tuesday, January 24, 7 p.m.
Our Money: How Tisbury Gets It and Spends It
Panel: Tim McLean, Anne Marie Cywinski, and George Balco; Moderator: Denys Wortman
Our town treasurer, assessor and member of the Finance Committee will show us exactly where the money to run the town comes from and how priorities are set for spending it.
Tuesday, January 31, 7 p.m.
Places of Learning: Our Schools and Library
Panel: Karen Casper, Bob Tankard, and Amy Tierney; Moderator: Diane Harrington Purvis
Providing tools for lifelong learning for children and adults is overseen by the Library Board and School Committee. This panel will talk about their budgets, roles, and priorities.
Tuesday, February 14, 7 p.m.
What We Build and Where
Panel: Tony Peak, Jeff Kristal, Ned Orleans, Moderator: Deborah Medders
Members of the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals will take a look at Tisbury’s building codes and permitting, appeals, and enforcement processes. They’ll also explore the partnership between the Town and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.
Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m.
The Board of Selectmen: Our Executive Branch
Panel: Geoghan Coogan and Cora Medeiros; Moderator: Bea Phear
Past and present members of the Board of Selectmen will explain their responsibilities as well as the limits of their power. They’ll also talk about how they work with various boards and committees.
Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Protecting Tisbury’s Land and Water
Panel: Michael Loberg, Jane Varkonda and Tom Robinson; Moderator: Suzan Bellincampi
What gets protected and why? Members of various boards and commissions will shed light on how priorities are set to preserve Tisbury’s natural treasures.
About the League:
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that promotes informed citizen participation in government and works to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 as a successor to the National Women's Suffrage Association. The League's first goal was to teach women how to exercise their new right to vote. The scope was soon expanded to include service to all citizens. The League is focused on bringing individuals together to achieve accountable and responsive government. Membership is open to everyone.
The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard seeks to achieve these goals by holding annual Candidates’ Forums for local office seekers in each town, by conducting a voter registration drive at the high school every spring, by developing and sponsoring educational forums like Tisbury 101, by taking positions on issues of particular importance to Martha’s Vineyard, and by providing educational materials at many island public events.