Cape Women’s Coalition Friday Roundtables Are Back

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Cape Women’s Coalition Friday Roundtables Are Back!!!
Friday, August 18, 2017
At the Optimist Cafe
8:00 – 10:00 AM
134 MA-6A,
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

Watch for details coming next week.

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Women Wanted: Become a leader in your community

This program is a key component of the work Cape Women’s Coalition does. As town elections are taking place, appointments to boards and committees will follow.
Now is the time to get your application in, now is your chance to get involved! Be a leader in your community. Look at the opportunities in your town and jump in. Putting your name out there by filling out an application is the first step.
If you or someone you know, fits the background or skills needed for a town committee, recognize that not enough committees have represent the percentage of women in the populations they serve.
Go for it!

Joining a Town Committee

Don’t Just Get Mad, Do Something!

It’s time for Cape women to get involved in local government.

As this chart clearly demonstrates, the ratio of women to men serving on local boards, committees, and commissions is out of balance. Women’s perspectives and voices need to be a part of the decision making that determines our quality of life on Cape Cod today and in future.

In 2015 and 2016, women made up slightly more than a quarter of the chief executive and policy making bodies of Cape Cod towns. Twenty-two of 83 (27 percent) town councilors and selectmen were women.

However, in 2016, two towns – Bourne and Orleans — had no women on their select boards. In general, planning boards and zoning boards of appeals had even lower total numbers of women (22 percent and 12 percent, respectively). Bourne and Eastham have no women on their planning boards, but, in Dennis and Brewster, women are majorities on the planning boards. In 2014, the number of women on planning boards and finance committees was slightly higher than in 2015 and 1016. Housing committees continue to have the highest numbers of female members.

Join a board, committee or commission because you want to make a difference!

You may see one with issues that interest you, or you may just want to learn about issues unfamiliar to you. A Point Person from the Cape Women’s Coalition will be happy to meet with you to answer any questions and explain some of the responsibilities of serving in your town. Point Persons also keep abreast of vacancies on boards, committees, and commissions.

CWC Point Persons:

Helen Bresnahan (sunrisedawn110@aol.com): Mashpee and Sandwich
Amy Sharpe (amy_sharpe@msn.com; 508-317-8402): Bourne, Falmouth, Brewster and Eastham
Florence Seldin (florencecape@comcast.net; 508-945-0192) Chatham
Susan Keohan (sue@sealightphotos.com; 508-349-0192): Wellfleet
Kathy Teahan (kathyteahan@hotmail.com;781-789-3317 ): Yarmouth, Barnstable, Truro, Provincetown, Orleans
Bev Johnson (wwkids@msn.com): Harwich and Dennis

The following list provides information about boards and committees and applications by town – find your town, get involved!

BARNSTABLE:
Webpage describing boards and committees the list of available seats on committees/commissions/boards
Application for Boards and Committees

BOURNE:
List of links to each board and committee details
List of vacancies and how to apply

BREWSTER:
Committee openings, with a link to a list and description of all committees and application form

CHATHAM:
List of committees, with links to vacancies and application form, conflict of interest information, and more

DENNIS:
List of boards and committees and a printable version as well

EASTHAM:
List of boards and committees here

FALMOUTH:
Committee vacancies
Application form

HARWICH:
Committee vacancies
Application Form

MASHPEE:
Committee vacancies
Application form

ORLEANS:
List of committee vacancies with links to application form, description of committees, and individual committee pages

PROVINCETOWN:
Links to information regarding boards and committees, including application

SANDWICH:
Fill out this form to apply for boards and committees

TRURO:
List of committees, with link to application form

WELLFLEET:
Boards and committees
Application form

YARMOUTH:
Committee vacancies with link to application

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