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President's Message
Volunteers Needed for League Advocacy at Legislature (Jean Aoki)
McElrath to Address Women's Committee (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Voter Service (Jean Aoki)
Gambling (HCALG) Report (Grace Furukawa)
League of the Future is Online (Stephen Trussel)
Education Committee (Mary Anne Raywid)
Lunch 'n' Learn the Law
LWV Maui Co-Chair Attends UN Human Rights Council (Joshua Cooper)
Modern Look of League (Jason Stein)
Chapter Reports - Hawaii (Marianna Scheffer)
Chapter Reports - Honolulu (Piilani Kaopuiki)
Chapter Reports - Maui (Joshua Cooper)

"The League of the Future is Online"

That's what Kay Maxwell, LWV-US Liaison, told the Hawaii League at the LWV-Hawaii Council meeting in 2000. She said "The League of the future is online. We are becoming a 24-hour, seven-day a week organization. In the past few months, we've been able to seize the electronic revolution, update our image and enter into the 21st century."

This was reported in the Council edition of Ka Leo Hana soon afterward, in an article which we now have online on our website.

At the December 9, 2006 Planning meeting of the Honolulu League, I presented an overview of our new website, which now includes the beginnings of an online archive of all of our newsletters. To be able to find and quote Kay Maxwell's speech of some seven years ago, delivered at a relatively small meeting in Honolulu, and reported in an LWV-Hawaii newsletter... well, that's a wonderful and exciting thing!

In contrast, at the same December 9 Planning meeting, we heard keynote speaker Cynthia Oi of The Honolulu Star Bulletin bemoaning the state of today's print media, the downsizing, and trends of newspapers to move online. Sad in many ways, but of course, it's cost effective; yet on the positive side, it gives us access to information that might otherwise remain unseen in office file cabinets forever. Ms. Maxwell's prophecy is coming true... the future she spoke of then, is now.

Stephen Trussel

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