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WIMG Anniversary Is a Touchstone for Constituency Events.

At this year's Los Angeles Congress of Cities, NLC's six constituency and member groups are conducting several meetings and events to highlight public policy issues and engage their memberships and NLC colleagues. The groups are the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials, the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Local Officials, the Hispanic Elected Local Officials, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, the University Communities Caucus and Women in Municipal Government.

WIMG Turns 25

Women in Municipal Government celebrates its anniversary at the Congress of Cities. NLC delegates are invited to join WIMG members at its 25th Anniversary Luncheon on Friday, December 3, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year's special event will honor WIMG's past presidents -- many of whom serve on WIMG's Advisory Council.

In addition, WIMG is honored to have two guest speakers at this year's event. Kathleen Connell, California State Controller, will serve as the national keynote luncheon speaker and Diane Wittenberg, Vice President, Southern California Edison, will serve as the corporate luncheon speaker.

Both women will offer comments about their high leadership roles in the state of California and reflect on important women's leadership issues for the future. Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased at the NLC convention center registration desk.

WIMG will also be cosponsoring a Leadership Training Seminar, "From Public Relations to Public Relationships: Working Effectively with the Media and the Public," Tuesday, November 30, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The registration fee is $150.

75th Anniversary Gala Reception

Constituency groups are playing a part in helping NLC acknowledge its anniversary by hosting a special gala reception on Friday, December 3, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at a downtown Los Angeles locale, The Conga Room.

This occasion will offer members of all of the constituency groups and NLC colleagues to an opportunity to come together and celebrate NLC's diversity as a special event during its 75th anniversary year. NLC past presidents will be in attendance. This event is being supported through corporate sponsorship. Since space at the venue is limited, tickets should be purchased as soon as possible.

"This will be an event I won't want to miss," said Lara Blakely, WIMG First Vice President and Councilmember, Monrovia, Calif. Sonja Reece, Vice Chair of the UCC and Councilmember, Normal, Ill., is also looking forward to the event. "We will truly have," according to Reece, "a chance to celebrate our diversity at this unique event."

NBC-LEO President Charles Yancey, Councilor, Boston, Mass. said, "I am delighted that NLC's constituency groups will have this wonderful opportunity to recognize the positive contributions of our multicultural diversity. Our groups bring a unique and special value to the National League of Cities that cannot be found anywhere else in this country. I urge NBC-LEO members to be in attendance."

The Conga Room is Los Angeles' venue for Latin music and dance. Its spacious ballroom will host the reception. It regularly showcases the city's finest local ensembles along with a wide selection of national and international talent. Since opening in February of 1998, The Conga Room, located on Wilshire Boulevard, has presented Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves, Jose Feliciano, and many other artists. The evening's special menu will feature Asian, Caribbean and Latin cuisines.

The event is open to NLC members and the admission is $15. Individuals interested in attending, may purchase their tickets at the NLC registration desk at the Congress of Cities at the convention center.

Along with these special activities, the NLC constituency groups will convene their traditional Board of Directors and membership meetings during the conference. They are also cosponsoring workshops on important public policy issues.

The constituency chairs agreed to convene joint workshops as a way of increasing cooperative efforts between all of the groups during NLC's special year.
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Title Annotation:Women in Municipal Government
Author:Gordon, Mary France; Gutierrez, Nelly; Douglas-Whitaker, Lakeshia
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Nov 22, 1999
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