THE VOTER
 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE MIDLAND AREA
May - June 2019
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

The League of Women Voters is a national, political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in their government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The League is non-partisan and as an organization does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties.

The pontoon boat ride & dinner on 6/18 has been cancelled.
Annual Meeting
The annual meeting for 2018-2019 was held May 15, 2019 at the Midland Country Club. There were 51 people present. Our guest speaker was Sally Williams, Michigan Director of Elections.

Williams updated us on the Secretary of State's plans to implement results of Proposals 2 & 3. See the SOS website for information being published. Procedures for establishing he Citizens Redistricting Commission are in process. A new absentee ballot application has been made available. Procedures for election day registration have been developed. There were about 400 day of election registrations for the May 2019 election. This information hasn't trickled down to the SOS website yet.

The membership voted to approve:
  • The Budget
  • Local Program
  • Slate of officers
    • President Kim Steinke
    • 1st V-P for Membership Carol McPherson
    • Secretary Judy McDowell
    • Director Cindy LeVasseur
    • Director Susan McCollister
    • Director Kathryn (Kathy) Miller
    • Director Katherine Redwine
see full list of officers below.
  • Nominating Committee
    • Chair, Rosemary Wilson
    • Member, Fran Hamburg
    • Member, Julie Ortiz
LWVMI Biennial Convention
The LWV of Michigan Biennial Convention was held May 17-19 at the Embassy Suites in Livonia, MI. Like our local annual meeting, delegates voted on budget, officers, and program. But there was much, much more.


Group photo at LWV convention
Mark and Carol McPherson, Katherine Redwine, Judy McDowell, Kathy Miller, Cindy LeVasseur

At breakfast on Saturday, we heard from Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D, 13th). She served in the MI House from 2009 - 2012. While in the Michigan House, she represented the downriver area, a mixture of heavy industry and residential and spent much of her efforts on reducing pollution in the area. Now, she has introduced H.R. 1675 The Petroleum Coke and Public Health Protection Act, to prevent dumping of coke dust along the river. This act has also been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Gary Peters as S747.

National President Chris Carson attended all three days. She spoke at lunch on Saturday about the LWVUS Transformation process, to bring the League into the 21st C., the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Policy, and the importance of paying attention to what is happening in the U.S. Congress and Senate, State Legislature, and at your local level. Impact on Issues, print version

We also heard from Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour, the Great Fight to Win the Vote. The LWV was formed by Carrie Catt from the suffragist's organization on Feb 14, 1920. Her dream was to educate new voters in electoral and governmental processes.

We always learn so much and get to know each other so much better at Convention.

Good news! Carole Swinehart will be our Great Decisions Coordinator. Look for more information in the August or September Newsletters.

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions 
Briefing Book , watching the  DVD  and meeting in a  Discussion Group  to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

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Events Planning meeting
Thursday, June 13,  11:30-1:30 - - Pizza Sam's. 

Please join us at Pizza Sams to discuss events we would like to have this coming fall and winter. Order at the counter and staff will deliver your meal to the meeting room. You should try to arrive about 11:15 to order your meal. This is your opportunity to suggest speakers or events.
ADVOCACY
There was a lot of discussion of Advocacy at the state convention as we considered the state positions. We voted to retain the state positions as they are. However, if there is something that you feel we should be advocating, you should ask your local league if we have a position that covers it. We will also check state and national league positions. Positions are purposely written very broadly so that new issues may be addressed with existing positions.
New Study

The delegates at the LWVMI Biennial Convention did vote to begin a new study: Structure and Process of the Michigan Legislature especially with regard to term limits and lame duck sessions. We will receive instructions from the LWVMI about our roles in the study.
Upcoming Events

6/13 , 11:30-1:30 - Events Planning meeting - Pizza Sam's. Please join us at Pizza Sams to discuss events we would like to have this coming fall and winter.

6/18 - The pontoon boat ride and dinner has been cancelled due to lack of transportation

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Board Members
The board meets the First Thursday of each month at Creative360, 9:30-11:30. No meeting in June or July. All members are welcome. 

President -  Kim Steinke
Treasurer - Karen Sherwood
Secretary - Judy McDowell
VP Membership - Carol McPherson
VP Program -  Judy Donahue
Director, Voter Service - Sue McCollister
Director, Natural Resources - Carole Swinehart
Director, Natural Resources - Sandy Collinson
Director, Sandy Haughton
Director, Webpage - Julie Schmidt
Director, Print Media - Cathy Heng
Director, New Media - Katherine Redwine
Director, Sharron Such
Director, Terry Townley
Director, Bay County Convener - Pam Saddler
Director, Kathryn (Kathy) Miller
Director, Cindy LeVasseur

Quick Links
LWV Forum
LWV-Bay County (geographical unit of LWV Midland Area)
LWV-Lake Michigan Region
City of Midland
Midland County
Grace A Dow Memorial Library
Midland Public Schools

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In This Issue
Our Sponsors
When you visit our sponsors, please identify yourself as a LWV Member
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Link to Space Studios_ Inc
business card for Shirlene_s Cuisine
business card for Partners in Change
Michigan Advocacy
Michigan Owners Manual - Michigan League for Public Policy
Michigan Talent Crisis - The Education Trust - Midwest
Local Advocacy
National Advocacy
Donations
The LWV of the Midland Area can always make good use of donations.

You can make unrestricted donations to the LWV of the Midland Area. These are not tax deductible.

You can make tax deductible donations to the LWV - Education Fund. These funds are used for educational activities.

You can also donate to special projects such as the Voters Guide or 100th Anniversary celebration.

Checks should be made out to LWV - Midland Area or LWV - Education Fund. Send to Karen Sherwood, Treasurer
6005 Millbrook, Midland, 48640

Thank-you.

Membership
Interested in Joining? 
Use this form  here or email   Carol McPherson

League of Women Voters of the Midland Area
KatherineTaylorRedwine@gmail.com  
P.O. Box 1203
Midland, MI 48641-1203