League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area
May-June 2018 Newsletter

League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area
2018 Annual Meeting

LWV members and their guests are invited to attend the Annual Meeting on Monday, May 21st.  
  • Discover how the LWV in La Crosse, Wisconsin and United States are "Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy."
  • Join us as we begin planning for the next century of "Making Democracy Work."
  • Elect officers and board members and  celebrate the commitment of volunteers and supporters of the LWV La Crosse Area.
  • Commit to volunteer with a local LWV action team.
  • Welcome new members and  bring a friend!
The Freighthouse Restaurant--Hiawatha Room
107 Vine Street, La Crosse
Monday, May 21st
5:30 pm, Social Gathering -- Cash Bar
6:00 pm, Dinner
7:00 pm, Annual Meeting

Special Guest Speaker: Chris Hardie, CEO, 7 Rivers Alliance
RSVP for dinner reservations by Monday, May 14th.
Uniform dinner cost of $30 includes salad bar, coffee, entrĂ©e ordered at table, tax, and gratuity. 
Options: Small Sirloin, Chicken Teriyaki, Fish,. 6 oz Prime Rib, or Veggie Plate.  Please note any special dietary considerations.

Reservations accepted only with payment. 
You can respond and pay for your lunch via PayPal
(Credit/debit cards can be used at this location without a PayPal account.)
You can mail a check to: 
LWV of the La Crosse Area 
PO Box 363
La Crosse, WI  54602-0363 

If you have questions, please contact Sheila Garrity at smg1514@centurytel.net or
by phone to 507-895-6436. 

Annual Meeting Business

Nominating Committee Report, May 21, 2018

The report of the Nominating Committee, according to the LWVLA Bylaws, shall be sent to all members one month before the annual meeting and presented at the annual meeting. Nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting, after the Nominating Committee report presentation, by any voting member provided the consent of the nominee has been secured.
The Nominating Committee would like to present the 2018-2020 slate of Officers, Directors, and the 2019 Nominating Committee: 

Secretary: Maureen Kinney 
Treasurer: Kathy Ivey 

Ellen Frantz
Nora Garland
Pam Knudtson
Kathy Mulliner
2019 Nominating Committee
Kay Adams, Chair (non-Board Member)
Nancy Hill (non-Board Member)
Pam Thiel (non-Board Member) 

( Note:  Three non-Board members of the Nominating Committee, including the Chair, are elected at the annual meeting.  Two additional members of the committee are Board members and are appointed by the Board immediately after the annual meeting. )

Continuing Board Members  (elected last spring for 2017-2019 terms):

President: Deb Lutjen
Vice President: Mary Nugent

Sheila Garrity
Chris Haskell
Peter Nelson
Respectfully Submitted,
Nominating Committee
Anita Evans, Chair  (non-Board Member)
Nancy Hill  (non-Board Member)
Maureen Kinney
Betty Kruck  (non-Board Member)
Peter Nelson

Proposed League Program 2018- 2019

The 2018 - 2019 League program is the education and advocacy platform that we adopt at the annual meeting to move our mission forward.
"The LWV of the La Crosse Area will be recognized as a leader in citizen empowerment to actively participate in the democratic process and promote positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy."
LWV La Crosse members were invited to submit issues for considera-tion in March. Board and program committee members participated in a planning session in early April. The draft proposed program was also presented at the April 7th Legislative Breakfast. All members are invited to review the proposed program  here prior to consideration and adoption at the Annual Meeting. 

Please consider how you will share your interests, skills, experiences, and community connections to move the LWV La Crosse forward as the recognized leader committed to  "Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy."

Proposed 2018 - 2019 Budget

The financial committee reviewed requests from each committee and will present a budget for adoption at the Annual Meeting. Proposed budget available  here for your review.  The LWV La Crosse is especially grateful for members and community members who annually make contributions to our local League. Members are reminded that the LWV is classified as a non-profit and contributions are tax deductible.  Membership dues are $70.00 ($32 for LWV US; and $30 for LWV WI). Obviously, our local league depends on additional contributions to implement our programs each year.  Thank You to our donors!!  Membership renewal is due in early July.  Membership renewal for 2018 - 2019 will be accepted at the Annual Meeting.

Other Events
Speaking of Democracy
Join the Conversation at LWV Book Club  
Thursday, May 10, 5 :30 - 7:00 pm
Java Vino,  1505 Losey Blvd. S  

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote 
by Elaine Weiss 

Amazon states this is the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in Ameri-can history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.
Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the #1
New York Times bestseller  Hidden Figures , states as follows: "Anyone interested in the history of our country's ongoing fight to put its founding values into practice-as well as those seeking the roots of current political fault lines-would be well-served by picking up Elaine Weiss's The Woman's Hour."

The opposing forces to the amendment included politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who didn't want black women voting. Others, women included, opposed the amendment, fearing suffrage would bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in Tennessee. 

Hope to see you there. 
Maureen Kinney 

*NOTE: The room rental cost is $15 to be divided amongst participants. Only a couple of dollars at most per time - what a bargain! 
**Note change of time. The Alternate Truth Project has a reader's theater event at 7:30. 

Final Reminder!  
LWV Wisconsin Annual Meeting
June 8 & 9
National LWV Convention
June 28 - July 1

Information about both meetings available on the LWV WI website:  https://my.lwv.org/wisconsin.
Interested in joining other LWV members from the La Crosse Area attending the meetings?  Send a note to  LWVLAWI@gmail.com.  Great opportunity to be inspired, to learn more, and to join the action!

Call to Action
Public Education Blue Ribbon Commission

I n December of 2017, the Wisconsin legislature convened a special commission to address the problems associated with equitable school funding in Wisconsin. The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding has been holding public hearings on this issue throughout the state.

Margaret Wood testified at the La Crosse public hearing on March 19 and will be sharing her notes with us.

Erin Grunze, the Executive Director of the LWV WI, has requested that we inform our members about the dates and locations of the remaining public hearings:
5/7, Tomahawk
5/21, Turtle Lake
6/4, Madison

More information from the Wisconsin Public Education Network is available  here , and a copy of the statement provided by Judy Crain, LWV WI Legislative Committee member, at the DePere public hearing is available  here .

Defending Democracy. 

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