By Susan Illion
On April 3rd, we held our 2nd annual Volunteer Recognition event. It was a fun
filled night, with approximately 40 people in attendance. Keith Dorr from
USCIS was our keynote speaker and received rave reviews from everyone. We
ended the evening by giving each volunteer and other invited guests, a
personalized bookmark, which expressed our gratitude for their service. We are
so fortunate to have such a wonderful and dedicated group of volunteers. Light
refreshments were served.
I want to thank the League members who helped to make the evening a very
memorable event. We are very fortunate to have people who are always ready to
Also during the event, I announced that we had registered 6,000 new citizens
to vote, and had passed out 2,545 registration forms to be filled out at a later
time. We started this initiative exactly 2 years ago with 4 League members. We
now have 54 volunteers and are still going strong!
We continue to receive RCBC student volunteers who are very enthusiastic
about our program. This student participation will draw to a close at the end of
April, and we look forward to working with the college again when the new
On April 10th, we were invited by USCIS to register new citizens at a
naturalization ceremony being held at Marlton Elementary School. This is a
program that USCIS provides each year to the fourth grade classes. It is always
a great experience for all involved.
Last but certainly not least, I want to announce that we have been awarded
once again, a grant by League of Women Voters Education Fund. This is the
LWVEF 2019 New Citizen Voter Registration Project, which aims to engage new
Americans in the electoral process. This grant allows us to continue to provide
voter service to hundreds of new citizens. We are very grateful.