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Local League of Women Voters Opts to Disband

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- The League of Women Voters of Bronxville-Eastchester-Tuckahoe decided on Tuesday that it will no longer exist after March 31.

Less than 20 of the group’s 82 members attended a special meeting called to determine the fate of the league, which was formed in 1937.

"We heard from half a dozen members who said they don't know what we will do without the league,” said President Edith Szold. "Unfortunately that lament has not been accompanied by an offer to take on an active role and commitment of being a board member and taking the responsibility for the league to exist."

When the actual voting took place 14 members voted in favor of disbanding the league, and two abstained, not having the heart to add their vote in favor of the league's demise.

Treasurer Amanda Moore was one of only three members present at the meeting who voted in favor of continuing the BET chapter.

"I believe in the league so much, I just thought we should find some way to continue," said Moore, who has been a member for 25 years.

The vote came after a discussion on how the league might be saved by commitments from at least four who were willing to take on leadership positions in the organization.

Some of the retiring members, including Moore, said they would be available to mentor new board members to help them, but none of the existing members came forward.

Szold also spoke about how hard she and other board members have tried over the last two years to increase membership and inspire new leaders.

"That letter went out two years ago, saying we need help, we even tried to expand into Eastchester, and maybe we should have done that sooner, but we did try," said Szold, who was referring to a name change that added Eastchester and Tuckahoe last year.

Members of the Bronxville league will now become members at large and can pay their dues to the state association. Or they can join leagues in White Plains, the River Towns or Scarsdale.

Szold said that there are only 10 groups of League of Women Voters left in Westchester, adding that leagues in Mount Vernon, Yonkers and Eastchester have all folded.

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