THE VOTER
 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE MIDLAND AREA
October 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.

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Making Democracy Work
We received a grant to provide Town Hall programs on three educational topics: Census 2020, Voter Rights, and the  Citizens Redistricting Commission. Look for these programs in November, February, and March. Details will be made available as soon as possible on the web page, and in the November newsletter.

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.

America's Renewable Energy Boom

October 16, 7pm
Chippewa Nature Center

Renewable energy, solar and wind, are now unequivocally the cheapest new sources of electricity around the world, and are driving an economic boom across the country, and here in Mid-Michigan.

Midland Videographer Peter Sinclair has been following energy and environment issues in Michigan and beyond, and will present a vivid, exciting multi-media presentation on this vital issue. 

Please note that this program is open to the community, so please consider inviting friends.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) is a policy of the LWV-US and LWV-Michigan. In furtherance of that goal, we are trying to bring our programs to a more diverse audience. 

A first step is offering programs in new locations to reach new audiences. On November 5, the Making Democracy Work: Voter Services program will be presented at Wirt Library in Bay City, 6-8pm

Suggestions for ways to be more inclusive are accepted. Contact KatherineTaylorRedwine@gmail.com
MDN Senior Expo at the Mall

There was a table at the Senior Expo on October 9. We handed out information about voting rights, the Citizens Redistricting Commission, and Census2020. 

Many thanks to Sandy Haughton, Cindy LeVasseur, Kathy Miller, Carol McPherson (L-R) for being there. Thanks to Carol for organizing everything!
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Photo of Sandy Houghton and Cindy LeVasseur at Sr. Expo
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Upcoming Events

Oct 9, 10-2 - Fall Senior Expo, Midland Mall. Look for sign up opportunities in Sept.

Oct 16, 7pm  - America's Renewable Energy Boom. Co-sponsored by and held at Chippewa Nature Center

Nov 5, 6-8pm - Making Democracy Work: Voter Rights, Wirt Library, 500 Center, Bay City

Dec 5, 11:45am - Holiday Luncheon. Details to follow.

Jan 14, 2pm - Understanding LWVMI Advocacy Positions. Speaker: LWVMI VP Advocacy. Creative 360.
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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
Our Sponsors
When you visit our sponsors, please identify yourself as a LWV Member
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business card for Partners in Change
business card for 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