THE VOTER
 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE MIDLAND AREA
November 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.
Holiday Luncheon - Thursday December 5, 2019

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Creative 360 
1517 Bayless St, Midland
 
LWV Midland Reminisces with
Fran Hamburg, Maureen Pillepich, Rosemary Wilson
 
Buffet Lunch Catered by Shirlene's Cuisine

Please print the the reservation formtear off bottom and send with a $15.00 check made out to  LWV Midland Area 

by 11/25/19 to
 
 
Karen Sherwood
6005 Millbrook Dr
Midland MI 48640

Apply to be on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

The League is encouraging members to apply to be on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

 You can apply for the redistricting commission through RedistrictingMichigan.org. You must be registered and eligible to vote in the state of Michigan by August 15, 2020 in order to serve as a commissioner.

There is also a printable application available.

Commissioners will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible applicants. You do not need any specific skills or expertise to apply. The constitution simply requires that each commissioner "perform his or her duties in a manner that is impartial and reinforces public confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process."

FYI - The 2020 Census is conducted in April and May 2020, except for Alaska. Alaska's census is taken in January, while everything is still frozen. Apportionment counts are delivered to the President in December 2020. 

Membership Renewal Due

Now is the time for membership renewal. If you have not already done so, we need you to renew your membership today, using   this form.

People like you are our League's most valuable asset! Members give the League visibility and credibility.

Because ordinary operating costs are significantly greater than what we anticipate from dues, please consider  becoming a Sustaining Member by making an additional donation to your dues payment, making a tax-deductible donation to the LWV Education Fund,
and this year only consider a Special "2020 Anniversary Gift" 

Education fund donations are used for citizen education projects and for Voter Service educational activities such as the Voter's Guide and Forums. The "2020 Anniversary Gifts" will provide support for important Voter Service and other activities planned for 2020.

You should have received a membership renewal letter in your mail by now. You can print the renewal form here

Tax info: Dues and Sustaining Memberships go into the operating fund, and are not tax deductible. Education fund and the "2020 Anniversary Gifts" are tax deductible. You must write a separate check for these.

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Making Democracy Work Programs

We received a grant to provide Town Hall programs on three educational topics: Census 2020, Voter Rights, and the  Citizens Redistricting Commission. 

Schedule of Programs
Redistricting

Tues, Dec 3, 6-8pm, Pinconning Twp Hall

Fri, Mar 13, 11:45 - Trailside Senior Center


 

Voter Rights

Mon, Feb 3, 7-8pm, City Council Chambers


 

Census 2020 -

Wed, Mar 4, 1:30pm, Library Community Room

Wed, Mar 18 (tentative) St. Boniface Church, Bay City


 

Stay up to date by checking the Upcoming Events section below or the web page calendar.

These educational programs are free and open to the public. They are   made possible by a grant from the League of Women Voters Education Fund.  The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to Empower Voters and Defend Democracy.

ISSUES
Third grade reading - 2019 is the year that the mandate of the state's three-year-old third grade reading law takes effect: student retention based on M-STEP scores.

Gov. Whitmer and others have said they would like to scrap the retention mandate, which research shows can be harmful to youngsters and disproportionately affects students of color and children from high-poverty communities.
Students will be held back beginning next fall, based on spring 2020 M-STEP scores. Bridge magazine launched a series that will follow four MEA member third-grade teachers through one school year.

Read the article in The Bridge.
Great Decisions 2020

Four study groups will be meeting this winter. The books have been ordered. When the books arrive, you will pick the books up at Grace A. Dow Library - but you do not pay at the library. Payments will be $30 per book, and you will pay the group leader. 


If you are interested, please email Carole Swinehart, 
carole.swinehart65@gmail.com

State News
News from LWV of the United States
LWVUS Joins U.S. Census as Official Partner - from League Update

The League of Women Voters is now listed as an official partner organization of the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2020 Census! The League's name will be included on the public list of partners and used in presentations by the Census Director, along with the other 750 national companies/corporations/non- profits. The League will also be included on the list submitted to the Under Secretary of Commerce. It is estimated that the total number of national, state, and local partners will be 300,000 by March.

To receive League Update in your email, subscribe here.

Upcoming Events
Dec 3, 6-8pm - Citizens Redistricting Commission, Pinconning Twp Hall, 1751 E Cody Estey Rd, Pinconning, MI 48650

Dec 5, 11:45am - Holiday Luncheon. Creative 360. Reminiscences from long-time members.

Jan 14, 2pm - Understanding LWVMI Advocacy Positions. Speaker: LWVMI VP Advocacy. Creative 360.

Feb 3, 7-8pm - New Voter's Rights, Midland City Council Chambers


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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 - Katherine Redwine
Director, New Media - Katherine Redwine
Director, Sharron Such
Director, Terry Townley
Director, Kathryn (Kathy) Miller
Director, Cindy LeVasseur
Quick Links
LWV League Management
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
Vote411.org link
In This Issue
Membership Form
Our Sponsors
When you visit our sponsors, please identify yourself as a LWV Member
Circle Travel
Everett Carpet logo
business card for Partners in Change
Shirlene_s Cuisine
Michigan Advocacy
Know Your Rights: Voting
Michigan Owners Manual - Michigan League for Public Policy
Michigan Talent Crisis - The Education Trust - Midwest
Local Advocacy
National Advocacy
LWV Census Action Kit
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