CHAPTER NEWS

Massachusetts Chapter

Executive Director Joe Doyle reports that plans for the annual dinner are well underway. Cardinal Law has the big day marked on his calendar and chapter members would do well to put it on theirs – April 15, 1993 at the Sheraton-Tara in Framingham.

Former Massachusetts Governor Edward J. King will be the recipient of the League’s 1993 John W. McCormack Public Service Award. A conservative pro-life Democrat, King served as Governor from 1979 to 1983, after defeating Michael Dukakis in the 1978 primary. Previous recipients of the award include Cardinal Bernard Law and Massachusetts Senate President William M. Bulger.

Attorney William E. Melahn, a long-standing member of the chapter board, has been named Associate Justice of the Newburyport District Court by Massachusetts Governor William Weld. Melahn has the distinction of being one of Weld’s few pro-life appointments to the state judiciary.

Joe Doyle reports that Melahn was a tireless campaigner and articulate spokesman for school choice in the 1986 referendum battle. Melahn served as vice-president ofthe chapter from 1986-89, and as secretary, 1989-90. Most recently he has been chapter counsel. Until his appointment to the judiciary, he was a member of the Republican State Committee and served as Assistant Treasurer.

Bill and his wife Claire Marie have four children and live in Andover. Joe Doyle describes Melahn as “an outstanding Catholic layman.”

The Catholic League extends best wishes to Bill and his family.

Philadelphia Chapter

Executive Director Jim Nolan is settling into the new chapter office at 5735 Rising Sun Avenue. He welcomes your calls and would really appreciate a volunteer who could make use of the chapter’s computer!

Jim handed out 600 copies of the Catholic League’s December Newsletter to March For Life participants. That issue was especially meaningful to the Pennsylvania crowd as it contained the full text of Governor Casey’s speech to our Mid-West Regional Banquet.

The annual essay contest awards were presented on January 27. Watch for a photo of the winners next month.

Chaminade High School and Sacred Heart Academy each had one busload of students at the March for Life in Washington.

A youth conference for students at Chaminade, Kellenberg and Sacred Heart is being planned for March.

Several chapter members have been volunteering to help with the ongoing organization of the new New York office.

Wisconsin Chapter

Chapter Executive Director George Koch is asking members to pay attention to the candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. That department has been headed for twelve years by a vocal opponent of school choice who fought the current Wisconsin Choice program all the way to the State Supreme Court.

The only declared candidate who openly supports educational choice and cooperation with Governor Tommy Thompson (who would like to expand choice to include parochial schools) is Linda Cross of Appleton. Cross has declared her independence from WEAC, the powerful state teacher’s union. She is supportive of parental rights in education and sees choice as a way of curing many of today’s educational problems.

Chicago Chapter

Executive Director Tom O’Connell is continuing to make good progress in his long recovery from heart surgery. He’s working out of his home office most days but does get to the downtown chapter office several times each week. Chapter secretary Mary Dolan reports that he’s starting to drive her crazy which is a sure sign that things are getting back to normal.

Tom thanks the Catholic League members who offered their prayers for his recovery. They were appreciated and seem to have worked!

California Chapter

The chapter’s annual dinner came off as planned on January 16 with a good turnout. Executive Director Ted Mayer reports that there was plenty of good food, which was expected since they had moved the dinner to an Italian restaurant this year.

Ted reports that there will be a second annual dinner this year, probably in November. His dinner committee felt that attendance would be even better if the event were a bit more removed from the Christmas holiday season.

Despite all the rain, Ted reports that the chapter is keeping its head above water, so to speak.


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