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President's Message (Jean Aoki)
State Council to be Held on Kauai
Making Democracy Work: Hawaii Clean Elections Activities (Toni Worst)
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Electronic Notification of Batterer's Release (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
In Memoriam: Mary George
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LWV-Hawaii Proposed Budget 1998-1999
Local League News - Hawaii County
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Kido Selected as Rotary Ambassador to Germany
Coalition Update
Judicial Council Seeking Panelists
Job Opportunities Available (Marian Wilkins)
Meet Your Board
Legislative Hearing Notices Available on Internet

In Memoriam: Mary George

In December 1997, Mary George, a longtime member of the Honolulu League and respected public servant, died after a long illness, Mary represented Windward Oahu for many years, first in 1974 as Honolulu City Council member, and later (for eighteen years) as state senator.

We can point with pride to the fact that Mary was an active member of the league for many years, serving as president of the Honolulu League until she resigned to run for the council. She championed many of the league's positions: campaign finance reform, responsible state spending, and adequate and well-planned public transportation.

However, Senator George may be best known for her work in authoring the ordinance that established the Honolulu Ethics Commission. Later referred to as "Mrs. Clean," she also served on the first State Ethics Commission.

Her colleagues in the legislature honored Senator George at the beginning of this session. In their resolution, the House described her as tough-minded, one who fought hard for what she believed in. "Mary said what she meant, and meant what she said, but always respected a person's right to disagree."

League members who worked with Mary fondly recall her intelligence and ability to illuminate an issue with quick, insightful wit. The league extends condolences to her family, and our gratitude for being a model for tomorrow's public servants.

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