March 2, 2020 Updates from LWVLA
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Join Us for the Second Local Workshop on Civil Discourse

--facilitated by the nationally known, nonpartisan organization, Better Angels

As political differences are polarizing our communities, the LWVLA and several other local civic organizations are sponsoring an opportunity to learn how to speak civilly with each other. We may never change another person's mind, but we can understand where they are coming from, and we can remain friends. You are invited to participate in the second workshop to apply these skills which are critical to communities the size of La Crosse and Onalaska. 

The workshop is free, but please register if you plan to attend. (The 2/23 workshop was not a prerequisite for the 3/10 workshop,)

Listening Across the Political Divide Skills Training
Tuesday, March 10, 2:30 to 5:00 PM
Lunda Center, Western Technical College (319 7th St. N.)

At this workshop, you will learn what it takes to have constructive, non-polarizing conversations; get a chance to practice these conversations; and be motivated to have these conversations with people in your social network.

Register here and find more information, including the names of local sponsors.
Speaking of Democracy
Join the Conversation at LWV Book Club  
Monday, March 9, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Java Vino, 1505 Losey Blvd. S  
ALL ARE WELCOME!

The room rental cost is $15 to be divided among participants. 
 At most only a couple of dollars per time--what a bargain! 
Ashley's War:  
The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield
by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
"Much as she did in her bestselling 'The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Lemmon' transports readers to a world they previously had no idea existed: a community of women called to fulfill the military's mission to "win hearts and minds" and bound together by danger, valor, and determination. Ashley's War is a gripping combat narrative and a moving story of friendship-a book that will change the way readers think about war and the meaning of service."
Source:   Amazon .

Coming Up: April 6
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think and Do by Jennifer L. Eberheart

SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW...
CIVICS? WOMEN'S HISTORY? GOV AFFAIRS?TRIVIA... CONVERSATION... PRIZES... FUN


It can be very difficult to meet new people when you first join a group. We are trying to make this a little bit easier. Meet new people, have fun, find out more about what the League does in your community. We look forward to seeing you. Come by yourself or bring a friend!
Thursday, March 12th
6:30 to 8:00 PM
La Crosse Public Main Library
Basement Auditorium
800 Main Street

All League Members--old, new, and in-between--are invited.
A great time to meet new friends and have fun. 
Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Please RSVP by March 9 to lwvlawi@gmail.com .  
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Like the Monroe County Fair Maps Facebook page here .
Onalaska Mayoral Forum
Candidates: Terry Bauer and Kim Smith
March 25, 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Eagle Bluff Elementary School
200 Eagle Bluff Court
Onalaska, WI

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area and the Onalaska Area Business Association. The moderator will take written questions from the audience.
Can You Help Us?
Opportunities to Volunteer
Can you assist with registering voters on Election Day?

League members who live in La Crosse County are needed for registering City of La Crosse voters at the polls. Teri Lehrke, La Crosse City Clerk, will be providing Election Registration Official (ERO) training on Friday, March 20 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM. The session will be held in the 3rd floor conference room at City Hall, 400 La Crosse St. At the training, EROs take an oath of office and are eligible to work election days for up to 2 years. Teri anticipates that EROs will be needed for both the April 7 and November 3 elections.

To get names and a count of League members attending the training on March 20th, please respond to lwvlawi@gmail.com .

If you have questions, please call or email Anita Evans ( anitalarry@centurytel.net ; 608-799-3461). 
Consider serving on the Board of Directors for the La Crosse Area League . Our Nomination Committee is beginning to work on recruiting members for next year's board. Members will approve the new board at the Annual Meeting on May 18. Email your interest to lwvlawi@gmail.com .
The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation needs volunteers for the Region 1 2020 Wisconsin Civics Games at UW-La Crosse on April 24 . Morning shifts (9-12) or afternoon shifts (12-3) are available. If you are interested, you can sign up here .

As the regional date approaches, conference planners will hold a volunteer training conference call to walk you through the day's schedule and answer any questions you may have.
Read more about the games here . If you have any questions regarding the Games before that time, please contact Jordan Schelling at jordan.schelling@wnanews.com .
SAVE THE DATE!
Future La Crosse Area League 2020 Programs

4/5/20
Climate Forum #4: Revenge of the Marshes - Preserving the Wetlands that Protect Us

4 /14/20
Special Two-Hour Earth Day Program
Todd Ambs, DNR Assistant Deputy Secretary 

April 18
Legislative Breakfast

5/18/20
LWVLA Annual Meeting

8/26/20
Centennial Year Closing Event

Mark Your Calendar with the 2020 Election Dates

4/7/20
Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary
 
8/11/20
Partisan Primary
 
11/3/20
General Election

The League of Women Voters of the L aCrosse Area lwvlawi@gmail.com lwvlacrosse.org