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October 2018
President's Letter
Happy Fall, Leaguers!

I want to thank our Second Tuesday team, Glynne Gervais, Stephen Jordan, and Judith McDevitt and our Drinks and Dialogue team Leslie Lauderdale and Maureen McLachlan for organizing our fall Kickoff program, "Threats to Voter Rights: What's at Stake? A Community Forum." We heard from a group of outstanding, knowledgeable presenters. If you were unable to attend the event, a video will be available on Facebook and our webpage. 

Our three Vice Presidents, Kathy Balk, Mary Haley, and Joan Petertil  have started making plans for our biennial State of the Villages fundraiser. Please join the committee to help make this day a success. Check for information in the calendar.

We have 199 members of our League. Welcome to our new and returning members. I hope to see you at our events throughout the year and bring a friend.

The Oak Park Library and our League have purchased the film, Dark Money. The first showing is scheduled for Monday, October 29, at 7:00 in the Veterans' room in the Main Library.  I hope many of you will be able to attend.

There is important information from our Lake Michigan League I feel you should know. The LWV-Wisconsin joined the Midwest Environmental Advocates lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for plans to divert Lake Michigan waters for private Foxconn industrial project. Foxconn wants to divert 5-7 million gallons from Lake Michigan every day in violation of the core provision of the international compact. (Eight States and two Canadian Provinces) Lake Michigan water may only be withdrawn by communities solely for public water supply purposes. This will have an impact on all of us around the Great Lakes.

Finally, the Village Managers Association has dissolved their organization. They voted, unanimously, to donate their remaining funds of $664.00 to our League in support of our mission. We are very grateful for their donation and it is a perfect beginning to our fundraising efforts this year.

Please check our calendar to be sure you don't miss any of our gatherings. Hope to see you at Grant Park on October 13 for the March to the Polls.

Marge Massarello

Membership Dues 
The directories will be mailed out soon. There are still members that need to renew. The window to be included in the directory is closing, as is the opportunity to continue getting our newsletter to keep up with our activities. Many attempts have been made to remind some members about renewing. This will be the last one. Go to our website to pay either online or mail in your membership. Don't miss out!
Second Tuesday
On Tuesday, October 9, Second Tuesday will begin meeting once again at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park, starting at 9:30 am. This month there will be a great panel discussion with our own Environmental  Committee chairs, Beverly Graham and Marsha Borders, along with sustainability representatives from Oak Park and River Forest. "Shedd the Straw: What we can do together" will be the discussion topic. This would be a great League event introduction for a friend or neighbor. Pass the word and flyer out.
Drinks & Dialogue
We have a new location for our Drinks & Dialogue monthly meeting. The newly opened Tied Onion House, 1111 South Blvd., Oak Park, will host this year's first question and answer casual event on Thursday, October 18, from 6:30-7:45pm. It will feature David Pope, Chair of the Taxing Body Efficiency Task Force speaking on the November 6 Oak Park non-binding referendum question. To learn more about the referendum question, you can read the Village flyer that was sent in the mail to residents. As always, this event is open to the public as well as members, so invite a friend to come along. Click here for more information on parking at the Tied House.
Get on the Ballot!
Are you thinking of running for local office or would you just like to encourage someone you know to take that first step into public service? Then you need to attend our Tuesday, October 9 presentation  "Getting on the Ballot and Staying on the Ballot". Attorney Greg Smith will be discussing the ins and outs of nominating petitions, ballot issues, and financial concerns with running for office. Little mistakes can keep you from getting your name on the ballot. To learn what you need to do, come to the Oak Park Township Senior Room, 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, at 7:00 pm. 
Coming Soon
Wednesday, October 10 - Membership Committee meeting, Maze Library, 7:00 pm. 

Saturday, October 13 - Women's March to the Polls, Grant Park, Chicago

Monday, October 15 - State of the Villages Committee Meeting, Kathy Balk's House, 7:00pm.

Tuesday, October 16 - CEO Carol Lavin Bernick speaks at Dominican University, 6:30 pm. More info here.

Monday, October 29 - Dark Money Movie, Oak Park Library, 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 1 - Women and Incarceration: Why Should we care?, Oak Park Library, 10:00am-Noon, Beth Isaacs presents.

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