November 2017
Happy Holidays
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year. This newsletter is late, late, late - mostly due to holiday travel and events.

Almost everyone has renewed their memberships. If you haven't renewed, and plan to do so, here is a the membership form.

I enjoyed visiting with everyone at our Holiday Luncheon. The food from Shiers was excellent. There was a constant buzz of conversation as people shared and caught up on LWV and their lives.

This is a short newsletter - be looking for the January issue by Jan 11.

Your President, Katherine Redwine
LWVMI files Federal Lawsuit over Redistricting
Changes in the Michigan League's stance on Redistricting Reform.

From the LWVMI on Dec 22

 "The Michigan League of Women Voters today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of voters throughout Michigan to end the practice of unfair, partisan gerrymandering," said Judy Karandjeff, president of the Michigan League of Women Voters. "Michigan's State House, Senate and Congressional districts are among the worst in the nation when it comes to partisan gerrymandering, and today's lawsuit aims to fix the problem and restore voters' rights to choose who best represents them. Ending partisan gerrymandering is critical to preserve our democracy and ensure every vote counts," said Sue Smith, director of the League's Redistricting Program. 

LWVMI on Dec 18

The League of Women Voters of Michigan supports the ballot proposal initiated by Voters Not Politicians (VNP), that calls for an Independent Commission to establish district lines. On December 18, 2017, VNP submitted the requisite number of petition signatures to the Secretary of State's office. We congratulate VNP on its successful efforts.

Upcoming Events
Jan 23, 7pm - Redistricting Update
Katherine Redwine using the LWVMI presentation.

Feb 21, 2pm - Pay Equity: Past & Present
Judy Donahue

March or April - Tour of new voting machines. Details coming.

May 16, 6pm - Annual Meeting & Dinner
C. Bradley Kaye, Midland City Manager
RSVP  Sharron Such by 

Jun 12, 5:30 - Fun & Frolic
Pontoon ride on Sanford Lake - arrive at Sharron Such's house at 5:30
Dinner at Sanford Lake Bar & Grill - 6pm
Join the boating group at restaurant. RSVP to Sharron or 689-4148.

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Board Members
President - Katherine Redwine
Treasurer - Karen Sherwood
Secretary - Julie Schmidt - also website
VP Membership - Judy McDowell
VP Program - Sharron Such
Director, Program Co-chair - Judy Donahue
Director, Voter Service - Sue McCollister
Director, Voter Service - Kim Steinke
Director, Voter Service - Al Bailey
Director, Natural Resources - Carole Swinehart
Director, Natural Resources - Sandy Collinson
Director, Education - Terry Townley
Director, Sandy Haughton
Director, Membership - Carol McPherson
Director, Bay County - Pam Saddler
Director, Print Media - Cathy Heng
Director at Large - Fran Hamburg

Quick Links
LWV Forum
LWV - Midland Area
LWV-Lake MIchigan Region
City of Midland
Midland County
Grace A Dow Memorial Library
Midland Public Schools
Your Elected Officials, p.1
Your Elected Officials, p.2
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