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January 2018
President's Letter
Happy New Year!
I hope you are staying warm during this frigid weather although the snow is beautiful.

I can't believe that we are halfway through the 2017-18 League year. Several  opportunities are available to you this January. I hope you will join us.
The Second Tuesday gathering on January 9th will feature Rob Breymaier, Executive  Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center to discuss "Affordable Housing: How  Are We Doing?"  On Saturday, January 13th we will be meeting for our Membership Coffee at the  Township Senior Center at 10:00. Heather Cunningham will present "Advocacy and  Issues - where we stand, how we develop positions, types of advocacy and ways to get
involved in League work". Please join us and bring a friend.

Are you planning on joining us for the "March to the Polls" downtown Chicago on  Saturday, January 20th? How can we march without signs? Get your creative ideas  flowing for two meet-ups. We will meet at my house, 1112 S. Humphrey, Oak Park on  Thursday, January 11 at 1:00 to begin the signage. Please call me at 708-383-7032 if  you can join us or just show up and be ready to work. All material will be provided but  you are welcome to add to our supplies. We will do the final signs at Drinks &  Dialogue at Skrine Chops House on Thursday, January 18 at 5:30. I hope you can join us for one or  both of these events and also the March on Saturday January 20th . More information on
the March will be available soon. Please contact  Marsha Border with any questions you may have about the March.

Starting in January, we will be meeting to review the LWVOPRF Program Positions and  Political Activity Policy as stated in our Directory. Do you have ideas to move our  League forward, give us a focus and direction? Please contact me if you are ready to
help make a difference in our future. Heather Cunningham's presentation at the  Members Coffee will give us ideas on how to proceed.

Save the date for the LWVIL Issues Briefing in Chicago on Saturday, February 10 from
9:30- 4:00. Check the calendar for details.
The 2018 National Convention is convening in Chicago from Thursday, June 28 - July 1
at the Hilton Hotel, 720 S. Michigan. The Second City Comedy troupe will be performing at t he LWVIL fundraiser at the Convention on Friday evening, June 29th. Ticket sales will
begin soon.

We need volunteers to assist us with our Facebook and Instagram pages. Please contact  Sarah Shirk  if you would like to join the Communications team.

Congratulations to Alyssa Ralston on her job promotion. Sadly she will have to step
down as the Board Secretary. Happily, Johan Walsh has agreed to fill the position for the  remainder of the year. Thank you Johan.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at these events.

Marge Massarello
Second Tuesday
"Affordable Housing: How are we doing?" will be the theme of  Rob Breymaier's  presentation at the January 9 Second Tuesday presentation. Come join the discussion with the Executive Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park, from 9:30-11:00 am. All are welcome.
Drinks & Dialogue
On Thursday, January 18, from 5:30-7:00pm, Drinks & Dialogue will provide the refreshments and supplies to make signs for the Saturday, January 20, "March to the Polls". Bring your catch phrases and sharp wit along for an evening of creativity and camaraderie.  Open to the public, so invite friends and neighbors to join you at Skrine Chops House, 7230 Madison, Forest Park.
Member Coffee
New, prospective, and current League members are invited to the Saturday, January 13, Member Coffee. Starting at 10:00 am, Heather Cunningham, LWV IL Issues Co-Chair, will be the featured presenter on "How the League Chooses and Advocates for Issues".  Also learn how LWVOPRF is making an impact in our own communities. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at the Oak Park Township Senior Room, 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Please RSVP to Marilyn Cantisano.
Great Decisions
J ust a reminder that the Great Decisions discussion groups will be starting in February. The groups will meet twice monthly and the briefing books cost $25 and may be available at the January Member Coffee. Topics for 2018 will be: The Waning of Pax Americana, Russia's Foreign Policy, China and America:The New Geopolitical Equation, Media and Foreign Policy, Turkey:A Partner in Crisis, U.S. global Engagement and the Military, South Africa;s Fragile Democracy, and Global Health:Progress and Challenges. 
Voter Registration
There is still time for Deputy Registrars to sign up to register voters at the Cook County Jail. Sponsored by LWV Chicago, the Sunday dates are January 14, February 11, and February 18, from 3:00-6:00 pm. Please contact Julie Shelton if you are interested and able to help.
LWV IL Issues Briefing
On Saturday, February 10, LWVIL, will hold their annual issues briefing from 9:30am-4:00pm. The theme will be "Bridging Divides:Cultivating Common Ground for Action" and will be held at the University Center, 525 S. State Street, Chicago. You will be receiving information directly from LWVIL in the next week about specific workshops and registration deadlines. 
Holiday Social Update
Heather Cunningham, Marilyn Cantisano, Bonnie Cox, Marge Massarello

Over 50 people attended our December 6th Holiday Social to enjoy each others company. Thanks to Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President, for stopping by and connecting with our members. A good time was had by all!

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