Commission to Honor Contributions of the Women of Virginia Announces Public Forum Schedule

Governor Robert F. McDonnell, chairman of the Commemorative Commission to Honor the Contributions of the Women of Virginia, along with other commission members and legislative leaders House Speaker William J. Howell and State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, announced that the Commission would hold a series of nine forums or “community conversations” across the Commonwealth during October to gather ideas and broad public input on an appropriate monument in Virginia’s Capitol Square in Richmond to commemorate the contributions of the women of Virginia. Virginia NOW members will attend the forums. If you have ideas for women to be commemorated, please contact marj.signer@gmail.com

The schedule of the nine “community conversations” to which everyone is invited is:

October 12 – Southside Virginia
7:00 PM at Danville Community College – Regional Center for Advanced Technology & Training Auditorium
121 Slayton Avenue, Danville, Virginia 24540

October 17 — Hampton Roads
2:00 PM at Christopher Newport University
Freeman Center, Room 202,
University Place, Newport News, Virginia 23606

October 17 — Hampton Roads
7:00 PM at Norfolk City Hall
810 Union Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

October 19 — Southwest Virginia
7:00 PM at Radford University
Heth Hall
801 East Main Street, Radford, Virginia 24142

October 20 – Central Virginia
2:00 PM at University of Richmond
Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305
28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, Virginia 23173

October 20 – Central Virginia
7:00 PM at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Lecture Hall
200 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23229

October 24 – Valley / Western Virginia
7:00 PM at James Madison University
Festival Board Room
1301 Carrier Drive, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

October 26 — Northern Virginia
2:00 PM at Fairfax County Government Center
Conference Rooms 9 or 10
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035
7:00 PM at Fairfax County Government Center
Conference Rooms 9 or 10
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035

The Commemorative Commission to Honor the Contributions of the Women of Virginia is charged with erecting a monument on the grounds of Capitol Square in Richmond. In addition to Governor McDonnell, Speaker Howell and Senator Whipple, other Commission members are Delegate James P. Massie, III; Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel, eight non-legislative citizen members – Em Bowles Locker Alsop, Mary Abel-Smith, Kitty Claiborne, Carol Price, Mary Blanton Easterly, Jacqueline Cook Hedblom and Rita D. McClenny; Secretary of Administration, Lisa M. Hicks-Thomas; Librarian of Virginia, Sandra G. Treadway; Executive Director of the Capitol Square Preservation Council, James E. Wotton; Executive Director of the Virginia Capitol Foundation, Alice Lynch, Clerk of the Senate of Virginia, Susan Schaar; and G. Paul Nardo, Clerk of the Virginia House of Delegates.

The Commission’s work is privately funded.

Information about how to participate in the “community conversations” follows:

• The ideas and opinions of the citizens of the Commonwealth are important. Respecting everyone’s schedules, the time allotted for these forums will be no more than two and one-half hours. These constraints could limit the time that each speaker is granted, in order to enable as many speakers as possible to speak. The person facilitating the conversations will determine what time limits, if any, are necessary and will announce any guidelines at the beginning of the forum.

• Notice of the nine “community conversations” also is listed on the Internet website of the Virginia General Assembly. To access the meeting schedule, please click on “meetings” at http://leg1.state.va.us

• Special Assistance: For interpreter services or other accommodations telephone (804) 698-7450 or (804) 698-1540, TDD number 1-866-267-1474 or (804) 786-2369. Written requests may be made to Lori Roper or Angi Murphy, 910 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. Requests for interpreters should be received seven days prior to the meeting.

• Submitting written comment in lieu of public participation: As noted above, letters or written correspondence stating your support or opposition will be accepted in lieu of oral participation at one of the “community conversations.” Persons wishing to submit such written material should address their correspondence to the Virginia Women’s Commission, Post Office Box 396, Richmond, Virginia 23173.

• If you have any questions or require additional information about these public forums, please contact Lori Roper at (804) 698-1540 or Angi Murphy at (804) 698-7450, or by email at lroper@house.virginia.gov or amurphy@senate.virginia.gov. For inquiries about the work of the Commission, please contact Laura Jennings in the Office of the Secretary of Administration at (804) 786-1201 or laura.jennings@governor.virginia.gov.

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