While many of us will be celebrating Valentine\u2019s Day on Feb. 14, there is another moment in history that occurred on that day 100 years ago we should be celebrating \u2014 the formation of The League of Women Voters. The impending ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, gave rise to the League, which was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1920. It\u2019s hard to believe women actually had to fight for 72 years for this precious privilege, but they did and the newly formed League was ready to help 20 million women cast their ballots for the first time. Nonpartisan, the League began as and continues to be \u201can activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy.\u201d It works to educate all citizens on issues of concern to their local communities as well as the nation. Within four years of its formation, there were League chapters in 346 of the nation\u2019s 433 congressional districts. During its first decade, the League sponsored its first \u201cGet Out the Vote\u201d campaign. Recognizing the importance of the organization, President Harry Truman invited the League to serve as a consultant to the U.S. delegation at the United nations Charter Conference in 1945. The League continues to hold one official and two alternate observer posts at the U.N. Perhaps its greatest achievement was helping to pass the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as \u201cmotor-voter.\u201d It took several years and a comeback from a presidential veto in 1992, but in May 1993 President Bill Clinton signed the legislation and called its supporters \u201cfighters for freedom.\u201d The \u201cmotor-voter\u201d bill enables citizens to register to vote at their local Department of Motor Vehicles as well as by mail and at public and private agencies that serve the public. Here in Wilton, our local chapter of the League, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has been active on a number of issues. Perhaps most visibly, the Wilton League has taken up the mantle of the national League, which sponsored its first televised presidential debate in 1976, an effort it continued in 1980 and 1984. Although the national League withdrew from sponsoring presidential debates in 1988, Wilton\u2019s League has carried on the tradition at the local level, regularly sponsoring debates among municipal, state and congressional candidates. The League has also researched and presented to the public information on important local issues including school start times and Wilton\u2019s town government. On the latter issue, the League weighed in on the election process, terms of the Board of Selectmen, consideration of creating the position of town manager, improving citizen imvolvement, and considering appointment of a chief administrative officer. Wilton\u2019s League has also taken positions on housing, the town charter, solid waste disposal, town facilities, the Route 7 corridor, and the use of town-owned land. These positions are reviewed in-depth on the League\u2019s website, wiltonlwv.org. It supports voter registration, voter information, safe gun laws, education reform, energy efficiency, campaign finance reform, environmental protection, and women\u2019s rights. Membership in the Wilton League is open to men and women as well as students. For information, visit wiltonlwv.org or email email@example.com.