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Observer Corps

The League of Women Voters has been an active champion of openness in government throughout its history. The organization’s principles include the requisite that “government bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.”

Observer Corps programs are only one way for Leagues to ensure that “sunshine” or government transparency regulations are followed in their communities.

The LWV of the Plymouth Area has actively engaged its members in observer corps for decades. We currently have the following members who will be attending and reporting on:



Affordable Housing Trust Phoebe Flynn
Charter Review Committee Lyle Lawrence
Community Preservation Committee (CPC) Susan Ferrari-Dwyer and Ginny Davis
Conservation Committee Jan Leary
Plymouth County Executive Committee Pat Adelmann
School Committee Donna Eddy

Charter Commission Observer Corps

Our LWV Charter Commission Observer Corps, Lyle Lawrence and Martha Vautrain, attended commission meetings and published reports of those meetings between August 5, 2021 and September 19, 2022. Information about the charter and links to those reports are on our Charter Commission Notes and Resources Page.

Community Preservation Committee (CPC) Observer Corps

The Plymouth CPC is responsible for proposing allocation of the Community Preservation Fund to support affordable housing, historic preservation, and land conservation projects. The League’s position on the Community Preservation Act (CPA) which enabled this committee is available here. Our position is in support of the CPA.

LWV member Ginny Davis has been attended meetings beginning December 22, 2022. Susan Dwyer joined Ginny in May, 2023.

The reports below include articles for discussion prior to Town Meeting in 2023.


  1. December 22, 2022 through January 12, 2023. (This includes additional background about the CPC and the Articles under discussion for Spring Town Meeting.
  2. January 26 through Februrary 2, 2023.
  3. February 9, 2023. (Minutes)
  4. February 23, 2023
  5. March 9, 2023
  6. March 14 (Open comment session at Select Board Meeting)
  7. April 13, 2023
  8. May 11, 2023
  9. May 25, 2023
  10. June 8, 2023
  11. June 20, 2023 (Select Board Meeting Appointment of CPC Member)
  12. June 29, 2023 (Open Meeting to Discuss the CPC Application Process)
  13. July 13, 2023
  14. July 18, 2023
  15. July 27, 2023