The Voter
League of Women Voters of the Midland Area
IN THIS ISSUE
CALENDAR
March 8, 7am-8pm
Presidential Primary

March 14-18
Radio Days Broadcasts
WMPX 97.7 FM

March 16, 5:30pm
Great Lakes Bay Region YWCA Women of Achievement Awards
Horizon Center, Saginaw

April 7, 9:30am
Board of Directors
Library Conference Room A

May 18, 6pm
Annual Meeting
Midland Holiday Inn
details to follow
Educational booklet for new voters
Your Elected Officials
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ANNUAL MEETING
The May 18 Annual Meeting will feature Midland County Clerk Ann Manary. She will talk about election related issues that will be of interest to us as we approach the election season.

All members will receive a mailing about April 18 containing banquet information and  key documents to be addressed at the business meeting.
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MARCH 2016
Program Focus for the coming term

Program Planning - What is the focus for the coming term?

 
"Key Structures of Democracy" has been the focus for the 2014-16 LWV national program.  At our February 17 planning meeting we wrapped up our input to LWVUS for the 2016-18 program, supporting the national League program proposal for taking action on the Democracy Agenda.
 
The proposed program will be subject to approval by delegates at the national biennial convention in June.

Our proposed Local Program for 2016-17 will be presented to the membership for approval at our Annual Meeting on May 18. The draft document will be mailed about April 18 for your review.

  What does it mean to pursue the Democracy Agenda at our local League level?

 
Voting rights, voter protection and service, and election reform are the core democracy issues we will be pursuing. We envision education and advocacy efforts around redistricting, expanded voting and campaign finance reform. To help us translate this initiative into potential action plans at the local League level, the state LWV is hosting a workshop on Saturday, April 30. See the article below for more information.

In the current political climate and in an election year, it is especially appropriate to focus our energy and talents on this initiative. 

Sue McCollister, President
League of Women Voters of the Midland Area

CONGRATULATIONS TO FRAN!
 Our League is looking forward to March 16 when charter member and Board member Fran Hamburg is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, as part of their annual Women of Achievement awards. To help celebrate her honor, we have a group attending the event, to be held at the Horizons Center in Saginaw. See the Midland Daily News for information on the Awards. 

Radio Days Fundraiser Success!

The final numbers aren't in yet, but we're on track to exceed our goal of $2000! Special thanks to our sales reps Fran Hamburg, Carol Locker, Sue McCollister, Judy McDowell, Katherine Redwine, Carole Swinehart, Karen Sherwood, Rosemary Wilson and Dave Wirth. Look for a final report next month, meanwhile tune in to WMPX 97.7 FM March 14-18, to hear the PSAs funded by our sponsors, celebrating  Sunshine Week, which promotes transparency and openness in our government.
State League to Host Workshop
Defending Democracy by Making Democracy Work
Saturday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 218 West Ottawa Street, Lansing

All League members are welcome to attend. The focus of the event will be on the League's advocacy work on voter rights, voter protection, money in politics and redistricting.
For more information see the LWVMI website , or contact Judy McDowell at jsmcdowell@charter.net or 839-6926.

Flint Water Crisis

Bridge online magazine published by the Center for Michigan has done an excellent job of reconstructing the Flint water crisis in a detailed timeline found here. You can keep up with the crisis with the numerous other articles on the subject in Bridge as well.
Spreading the Word 

On February 16,  I had the pleasure of talking to the Tri-City group of the State Employees Retirement Association in Saginaw about LWV - who we are, what we do. There were 40-some attendees, most of whom were not familiar with the League. Judy McDowell and Kim Steinke came along to meet & greet and distribute handouts. Thanks to them! Also, Judy fielded questions about Redistricting issues in Michigan.

Sue McCollister, President
League of Women Voters of the Midland Area
Membership
 If you are interested in joining, please fill out the form below, and send it in. If you have questions, please email Judy McDowell, VP Membership. 
 
mail to: LWV - Midland Area
P.O. Box 1203
Midland, MI 48641-1203
 
Any other questions or problems, email Katherine Redwine, e-newsletter editor.