Program can be at the local, state or national level. At the local level, members choose issues for study at the annual program planning meeting. Studies include research and discussion, and culminate in consensus and the development of a position that is adopted by approval of the Board and the general membership.
At its annual meeting in June, 2012, the general membership of the LWV Westport adopted the following two studies:
A mini-study on aging in Westport with a review of appropriate locations for housing/care. This mini-study will also look at what would be considered as appropriate uses for Baron’s South.
A Study of downtown riverfront access and development on both the East and West banks of the Saugatuck River including pedestrian safety issues in the downtown area.
Members of the Observer Corps are the eyes and ears of the League at public meetings; they attend town board and commission meetings to listen and take notes on the agenda items. They do not speak, testify or act in any way on issues under discussion. Observers meet monthly, together with the Action Committee, to share observations and jointly identify issues meriting League attention.
The Action Committee follows issues of interest to the League as they develop and, based on League positions and the six founding principles, recommends action in a variety of forms, including meetings with elected or appointed officials, statements at public meetings, letters, or articles for the local papers.