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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Annual Business Meeting June 10! FacebookTwitter

Annual Business Meeting and Dinner - June 10 at Aladdin's Eatery

We hope that you can join us on June 10, 2015 at 6:00pm for our annual meeting. This meeting is where we cover our accomplishments for the past year, elect new board members and talk about the future of our League!! Sounds like work - but really there is ample opportunity to visit with fellow League members and get to know some pretty awesome people!!

June 10, 2015 at 6:00pm
Aladdin's Eatery
317 W. University Park Dr.
Mishawaka, IN

RSVP to president@lwvsouthbend.org

Making Democracy Work Award - Call for Nominations

The League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area invites you to nominate a member of your organization for our annual Making Democracy Work Award, which will be presented at the League's Fall Friend-Raiser.

The annual Making Democracy Work Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to our community through the advancement of democracy and civic engagement. The award is open to women and men at least 18 years of age residing in the League's membership area, which includes St. Joseph and Marshall Counties.

Nominees may apply themselves or be nominated by a friend or colleague. All applications must be postmarked by June 8, 2015.

MDW Award Application

We invite you to share information about the Making Democracy Work award with members of your organization and others in the community. Please feel free to contact me or Jill Tulchinsky (574-286-1093) if you have questions or would like any additional information.

The Road to Redistricting Reform Starts Saturday, June 6 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis

Please consider attending this very important conversation sponsored by LWVIN and Common Cause. It would be great to have a group from South Bend participate! Please let me know if you are interested and perhaps we can arrange car pools.

What is it? The 2015 General Assembly passed legislation to create a study committee of legislators and citizens to examine redistricting commissions in other states and propose reform for Indiana. Done correctly, this process could be the impetus for legislation to create a diverse and independent group to oversee the redistricting process for Indiana in 2021 and beyond. This great opportunity can be effective only if citizens are committed and insistent every step of the way. Join fellow Hoosiers to learn everything you will need to know about redistricting reform and how to affect the process.

Email jvaughn@commoncause.org to register.The event is free with lunch provided, but preregistration is required.

SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 25, 2015 - Member Orientation

June 25 at 6:00, please RSVP to Geri. RSVP to president@lwvsouthbend.org Location TBA

August 26 at 5:30pm - Save the Date.

Details soon, but please mark your calendars for a League event on Women's Equality Day.

New Half-Price Student Membership

Join the League! LWV South Bend Area now offers a student membership rate of $25.00! A student is defined as an individual who is enrolled either full or part-time in an accredited institution.

Consider a gift student membership - you will be opening the door to lifetime of Making Democracy Work.

Did you know . . . The LWV South Bend Area

★ Visits area high schools to register voters - 1077 in 2012!
★ Registers new voters at local events - at least 40 events since 2008
★ Sponsors candidate debates and forums before every election
★ Organized and cosponsored B Green to Save Green, an environmental education program for low-income families
★ Hosts Lunch with the League, a monthly public event featuring a talk by local leaders, followed by discussion
★ Provides voter information at the community events such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration and Michiana Monologues
★ Hosts Evening with the League, a monthly gathering of members and friends
★ Sponsors public forums on topics of community interest such as the Property Tax Cap Constitutional Amendment, Redistricting, and Economic Development in our area

Want to learn more? Contact us at league@lwvsouthbend.org today.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at St Joseph County Public Library, Main Street, Downtown South Bend. Free Parking. Guests are welcome.