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"The Voter"
Dec., 2019

Dues Reminder
      This close to the end of the year, mail really piles up. If you haven't renewed your LWVBCC membership yet, it may well be because the letter reminding you it's time to do so is lost in the shuffle.
     Please take a minute to look. You can pay your dues either by mailing a check ($70 per individual or $95 per household) to LWVBCC at P.O. Box 1032, Niles, MI 49120, or via PayPal through our website: lwvbcc.org.
     With all the political turmoil around us, the work of LWVBCC is of special importance. So is your support of that work. Thanks once again.
100 Years of the 
League of Women Voters
      The League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties has already been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the League. Sell-out crowds joined members at the Vickers Theater and The Box Factory for the Arts for the production of "Conversations with a Suffragist" on September 18 and 19. The committee's efforts were rewarded with rave reviews. Many thanked the League for providing this opportunity to appreciate the history of the suffrage movement.
     Now the League of Women Voters US has begun planning for a celebration of the 100th anniversary on February 14 to amplify the League's message and visibility through an official Day of Action. The Day of Action will provide a framework to capture events happening throughout the country that tell the story of the League's impact. 
     The theme for the Day of Action is Women Power the Vote. LWVUS has created a Day of Action toolkit to help local and state Leagues execute events. League members can  check out the toolkit on the League Management site: Women Power the Vote Day of Action Toolkit.
     In addition, LWVUS is hosting a kickoff webinar on Friday, December 6, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. League members may wish to sign up for the December 6 Kickoff webinar to get a walkthrough of the toolkit and advice on how to make events most impactful.
Deck the Halls!

     Come join us in feasting and merriment at the LWVBCC Annual Holiday Party on Sunday, the 8th of December.
    The party begins at 4:00 p.m. at Judy Scully's home. Please bring your favorite dish - appetizer, salad, bread, main course, dessert, or other dish of your choice -- along with wine, beer, soft drinks or anything else you would like to share. 
     If you're willing to help set up, please contact Judy Scully.
Don't miss the LWVBCC Holiday Party:  Fun, friendship, and holiday cheer are guaranteed.
Book Group: December 9
     The next meeting of the LWVBCC Book Group will be Monday, December 9, at 10:00 a.m. at Chris Zilke's home.
     Our discussion of the Bridges books and the various ideas put forth by the authors will be continued. We can build Bridges.
     You are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion even if you have not read any of the books. Please call Chris at (269) 449-2225 to let her know that you plan to attend.
Environmental News
     In 2016, Michigan legislators joined several other state legislatures and enacted legislation that prohibited local government units from regulating the use of plastic shopping bags.
     In April of this year, legislation was introduced to ban prohibiting such regulations of plastic shopping bags. In other words, if citizens of any government unit decide to vote to ban the use of plastic shopping bags, they -- once again -- can do so.
     The use of paper shopping bags is also a problem in that paper bags require the use of valuable natural resources. Both plastic and paper shopping bags can be recycled. The more problematic issue is that plastic simply does not deteriorate easily or quickly.
     PBS recently broadcast the program "The Plastics Problem." Seeing enormous bales, stacks, and piles of all forms of plastics being collected all over the world is very sobering. Whatever your view may be on the issue, please at least reuse every plastic or paper bag that comes into your home.                                               --  Christiana Zilke

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P.O. Box 1032
Niles, MI 49120

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Friday, Dec. 6
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Day of Action Kickoff Webinar for League members

Sunday, Dec. 8
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Party
Judy Scully's Home
Have you RSVP'd?

Monday, December 9
10:00 a.m.
Book Group
Chris Zilke's Home

Tuesday, Jan. 14
5:45 P.m.
LWVBCC Board Meeting
Niles District Library

Board of Directors
Anita Rutlin, President
Laura Odenwald,  Vice President
Michael McCaffrey, Secretary
& Voter Svc.
John Ripley, Treasurer & Communications Coord.
Linda Cheek
Jane Raymond
Amy Scrima
Lisa Vetne
Christiana Zilke

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The League as an organization does not support or oppose any political party, candidate for elected office, or any group that supports candidates. As individuals, though, but not as representatives of the League, members are encouraged to participate in political activity and to run for office.  Our non-partisan policy does require two Board members--the President and the Voter Service Chair--to totally abstain from partisan political activity.  

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