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League of Women Voters of the Midland Area
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Board Meetings are held 9:45-11:45 the first Thursday of each month in Conference Room A of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. All members are invited to attend.

Apr 25
Equal Pay Legislative Day
Lansing MI

Apr 26, 7pm
Redistricting with Judy Karandjeff
United Church of Christ

May 4, 9:45-11:45
Board Meeting
Grace A. Dow Library  Conf Rm A

May 19-21, 2017
State Convention
Lansing, MI

May 24, 6 p.m. 
Annual meeting
Holiday Inn
Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson is the speaker.

June 1

June 14
"Just for Fun" adventure
Details to come 

Educational booklet for new voters
Your Elected Officials
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Amy Hutchinson
Pam Saddler
Board of Directors

VP Membership

VP Program


Judy Donahue - Program
Terry Townley - Education
Cathy Heng - Print Media
Katherine Redwine - New Media
Carole Swinehart - Voter Service
Kim Steinke - Voter Service
Fran Hamburg - Director at Large



APRIL 2017
President's Letter

We're approaching the traditional spring League events - convention, annual meeting including election of officers and directors for 2017-18, recognition of equal pay day. We also have a special project in the works that I'm very excited to talk about. See below for details on these events.

I hope you're finding the calls to action issued by the state and US Leagues useful. It's important that we keep our presence and positions known to our legislators as they are attempting to move rapidly through a number of significant pieces of legislation. 

Sue McCollister
LWVMI Convention - May 19-21, 2017 

This year's Convention at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing promises to be informative, productive and fun. State Convention provides us with an opportunity to conduct important business of the state League as well as an opportunity to participate in workshops, learn more about the League and renew friendships with League members across the state.
Voting delegates are determined by a local League's membership count, but all members are welcome.
Delegates will:
  • Adopt the 2017 - 2019 state program, including any state studies
  • Adopt the LWVMI budgets for the next two years, including the per-member-payment (dues)
  • Elect LWVMI Officers and members of the Board of Directors
  • Consider Amendments to the LWVMI Bylaws, if proposed
In addition to the business of the League, workshops on topics such as Voter Registration, Natural Resources Update, From Program to Advocacy and others, will be offered. Among the speakers will be Chris Hackbarth from the Michigan Municipal League, who will discuss revenue distribution from the state. This topic is of special interest to those of us who heard the panel discussion with our City Manager, City Controller and Township Treasurer on government finance at our community program in January.
More information including details on registration can be found here.  Registration and hotel deadline is April 19. Contact Sue McCollister, or 989-631-4180 if you're interested in attending.

Candidates for Board Election - Report of Nominating Committee
The following names will be placed in nomination at the Annual Meeting for election to the Board of Directors for 2017 - 2018:
President (2 year term)                                 Katherine Redwine
VP Membership (2 year term)                     Judy McDowell    
Secretary (2 year term)                                 Julie Schmidt  
Director (2 year term)                                   Cathy Heng
Director (2 year term)                                   Kim Steinke
Director (2 year term)                                   Sue McCollister               
Director (2 year term)                                   Carole Swinehart       
Director (1 year term)                                   Terry Townley
Remaining officers and directors Program co-chair Judy Donahue, Fran Hamburg, Treasurer Karen Sherwood, and Program VP Sharron Such are not up for election this year and will continue to serve their terms.
For election to Nominating Committee for 2017-2018:
Connie Glave (Chairperson)
Judith Frock
David Wirth
Submitted by the 2016-2017 Nominating Committee:
                Connie Glave (Chairperson)
                Judy McDowell
                Katherine Redwine
                Carol Weaver
                David Wirth
In further business, the Board elected to take advantage of a policy in our bylaws that allows the Board to appoint up to seven Directors-at-Large for one-year terms. The Board voted to appoint Al Bailey, Sandy Collinson, Sandy Haughton and Carol McPherson. The appointments are effective at the May 24 Annual Meeting. We are enthusiastic to have these folks on board and are looking forward to their input in Board matters.

Geographical Unit for Bay City

The state League has been approached by Pam Saddler of Bay County with interest in starting a League there. This is a rather deliberate step-wise process, under the guidance of the LWVMI. It starts with the formation of a Geographical Unit which is matched with a geographically close established Local League as a Mentor. We were approached to fill that role, and the Board voted to accept the request.

We're just at the beginning stages of the process - we'll keep you posted. Bay City had a League years ago, and it would be a big step to establish a new one.

Congratulations to Betty Chenoweth!

League member Betty Chenoweth is being honored by the United Way with the 2017 Heart of the Community Award. This award recognizes a group or individual who has demonstrated a passion for serving the community through volunteering. Chenoweth has been active in the community for more than 50 years, serving as a board member on the Midland Public Schools Board , the Midland branch of the  American Association of University Women   and through a variety of volunteer initiatives at Memorial Presbyterian Church . See for more information.

Community Conversation on Restoring Trust in State Government

Last fall our League hosted a Community Conversation on Restoring Trust in State Government , presented by the Center for Michigan. The report, titled "Fractured trust: Lost faith in state government, and how to restore it", has been published. Based on input from 125 community conversation sessions and two large polls, it concludes that state government is simply not living up to public expectations.

Equal Pay Legislative Day - April 25
Equal Pay Day

Midland Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW), is calling on all AAUW area branches and other women's groups such as LWV, Zonta, and W.O.M.A.N. to join us in a rally in Lansing for Equal Pay Legislative Day, April 25, 2017, on the steps of the Capitol. We urge as many women as possible to carpool or drive to Lansing to raise our voices for Equal Pay. Starting at 8:30 am there will be a light breakfast and orientation at the United Methodist Church, 215 N Capital Ave, Lansing across from the Capitol.

If you are working, have a daughter(s), granddaughter(s), nieces, all women, come and raise your voice. 
We have been fighting for a long time for pay equal to that which men receive, and if and when women's pay rises, it comes to only a penny or pennies. Government can and must help make the business environment more conducive to women to earn equal pay for the same jobs by creating policies that move businesses in the direction of equality. Come and be heard.

Timeline for the 4/25 Rally by Michigan Equal Pay Day Coalition
8:30 - 9:30 Registration and Breakfast
9:30 - 12:15 Issues Briefing and Luncheon
12:15 - 12:30 Walk to the Capitol
12:30 - 1:30 Rally on the Capitol Steps.
1:30 - 2:30 Conversation with legislators

Please contact Judy Donahue or Kim Steinke if  you or your group is interested in more information.  

Mark Your Calendar
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 pm
United Church of Christ
4100 Chestnut Hill Dr., Midland

Judy will talk about the Democracy Agenda--specifically Voting Rights, Campaign Finance and Redistricting--and the role of the LWV. The public is welcome.

May 19-21
Kellogg Center, East Lansing
Details above
May 24, 6:00 pm
Holiday Inn of Midland
Midland County Sheriff
Watch for information packet 
in your mail the week of Apr. 24
 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.