About

Rye Civic League  P.O. Box 971

Rye, New Hampshire  03870

MissionStatement:  The Rye Civic League believes an informed citizenry helps to create a more effective government.

Founded 1968 – Revived 2009

The Rye Civic League [“RCL”] is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, voluntary organization.  Its purpose is to educate and motivate the residents ofRye,New Hampshireto be informed citizens.

RCL believes that an informed citizenry produces a more effective government.  The monthly RCL meetings to discuss town issues and its E-Civic News serve to promote this goal.

In 1968, Frances Holway, Joan La France, and Marjorie Miller founded the Rye Civic League.  RCL members attended town board and commission meetings, raised issues, sponsored candidates’ nights, and published and distributed the monthly Town News. The League was disbanded in 1992.  In 2009, the RCL was revived and is carrying on with this civic-minded tradition.

RCL Contributions since 2009

Sponsored candidates’ nights, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Sponsored statewide candidates’nights, 2010, 2012.

Co-sponsored Health Care forum with theRyePublic Library.

Researched, wrote, and published the Rye Town Handbook, outlining town government services and functions. Hardcopies are available at the Library and Town Hall.  It is also available on the RCL Website.

Provided input to the Board of Selectmen regarding the hiring the new building inspector.

Assisted citizen petitioners gather signatures required for petitioned  warrant articles in 2012.

Supported implementation of voter-approved warrant articles.

Offered suggestions on funding needed repairs and improvements to theRyeTown Hall.

Researched town government space needs and provided input to the Town Space Needs Committee.

Regularly attended Board of Selectmen meetings.

Provided the opportunity forRyeresidents to meet on a monthly basis to discuss Town issues.

Published  on a monthly  basis the Rye Civic News with  notes on selected meetings to put issues into perspective.

To receive the monthly E-Civic News, please to go to ryecivicleague.org and enter your name or send your name and e-mail address to co-editor, Alex Herlihy at: alexherlihy@comcast.net.  In addition to the monthly E-Civic News, subscribers are notified of special town board and commission meetings and other issues of interest to Rye citizens. Published copies of the Civic News are also available at the Rye Public Library.

Volunteers are welcome to attend the monthly meetings of the Town of Rye Boardsand Commissions then report on these Town meeting in the E-Civic News.

Volunteers are also needed to support additional RCL tasks including:

  1. Keeping current the distribution list,
  2. Supporting website information,
  3. Researching current town issues,
  4. Aiding citizens in the preparation of petitioned warrant articles,
  5. Organizing RCL-sponsored forums, and
  6. Assisting on Election Day.

 

2018 RCL Election Support

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Rye Clean Water Information

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RCL Support for Property Assemsment

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RCL Discussion Topics

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Select Board March 26, 2018 RCL notes

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Board of Selectmen March 12, 2018 RCL Notes

File for civic news:  BOS Notes RCL March 12, 2018 A resident challenged the accuracy of information on a card mailed […]

120 Bracket Rd Cell Tower Letter to Rep. Messmer

Re: PLACEMENT OF A CELL TOWER IN RYE RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT Dear Representative Messmer, We believe you are well aware of […]

RES and RJH Water Testing Reports

RJH Water Testing February 2018 RES Water Testing February 2018

RES Empty Bowl Event April 4th 5pm to 7pm

Empty Bowls Event:  Rye Elementary School will proudly be hosting Empty Bowls, an event to benefit Gather’s Meals 4 Kids, […]

Heritage Commission Education on Town Hall Questions

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