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Lunch with the League - March 9 at Noon - Becky Reimbold

Lunch with the League Welcomes Becky Reimbold

Public Invited to Learn More About Ways to Create a Sustainable Local Economy

The League of Women Voters is pleased to welcome Becky Reimbold as the speaker for our upcoming Lunch with the League event on Friday March 9, 2018 at the Chocolate Café in downtown South Bend from 12:00 + 1:00 PM. Becky is the founder and proprietor of the sustainable living general store, Just Goods. She holds a Master's degree in Cultural Foundations of Education from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, a certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Mandel School of Case Western Reserve University, and a BA in International Studies from Kenyon College. A member of Green America and co-founder of the Michiana Green Pages, Becky is also an active collaborator with other local business owners and community organizations in an effort to build a local living economy.

Becky will discuss ways in which individuals, organizations and governments all have roles to play in creating thriving local economies. She will talk about the ways in which these three actors engage and influence one another. The discussion will focus on mindfulness in purchasing choices at the local level.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to arrive early to purchase lunch before the talk.

March 9, 12:00 Noon - 1:00pm
South Bend Chocolate Cafe
122 S. Michigan St.
South Bend

2018 Primary Election Candidate Events

Please check back for updates. Here is our line-up of candidate events.

Meet the Candidates Forum
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 P.M.

1001 Wiekamp Hall, Indiana University South Bend ● 1800 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend, IN

DESCRIPTION: This event will feature candidates for Second Congressional District, St. Joseph County Sheriff, and other candidates on your St. Joseph County ballots!

Democratic Primary Candidate Debate - St. Joseph County Sheriff
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6:00 + 7:30 P.M.

1001 Wiekamp Hall, Indiana University South Bend ● 1800 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend, IN

DESCRIPTION: Join us for a CANDIDATE DEBATE featuring the sheriff candidates running in May's Democratic Party primary. Candidates will offer opening statements before answering the questions that matter to you. This moderated debate will feature timed responses to a wide variety questions about candidates' priorities,experience, policy preferences, and leadership style. Questions will be submitted on notecards. Time permitting, the moderator will advance all questions EXCEPT personal attacks and questions irrelevant to the office being sought. Come and get YOUR questions answered at this event.

Democratic Primary Debate. Indiana's Second Congressional District
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:00 + 7:30 P.M.

1001 Wiekamp Hall, Indiana University South Bend ● 1800 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend, IN

Participating Candidates (listed in alphabetical order): Pat Hackett, Mel Hall, Yatish Joshi.

Meet the Candidates Forum
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 6:00 + 8:00 P.M.

St. Joseph County Public Library, Humphreys Room ● 304 South Main Street, South Bend, IN

Description: This event will feature candidates for Second Congressional District, St. Joseph County Sheriff, and other candidates on your St. Joseph County ballots! Co-sponsored by St. Joseph County Public Library. ________________________________________

★ All events are free and open to the public. Receptions follow each event.

★ RESTRICTIONS: Please do not wear clothing or accessories supporting a specific party, candidate, or campaign. Such clothing will not be allowed inside the auditorium per sponsor rules.

★ DIRECTIONS: Wiekamp Hall is attached to the parking garage at the corner of Mishawaka Avenue & 20th Street. The university will NOT be ticketing the garage during this event. When you enter the building from the garage walk straight ahead through two sets of doors.

★ Sponsored by: American Democracy Project of IU South Bend & League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area.

Sponsor Note: Both sponsoring organizations are NON-PARTISAN. We co-host candidate debates for high-profile CONTESTED primary races (whether Democratic or Republican). These debates feature candidates who have filed with the state/county and are running a serious campaign (e.g. headquarters, fundraising, volunteer base, media coverage, and visible campaign activities).

Questions? Call 574-520-4128. Join us ... and bring your friends and neighbors.

Important Dates

Deadline to Register to Vote is April 9, 2018. Don't miss your opportunity to have a voice in your government. Register right now right here

Indiana Primary Election Day: Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Polls are open 6:00am to 6:00pm local time.

LWV South Bend Annual Business Meeting

May 30, 6:00pm Location: To Be Announced

Mark your calendars now for the LWV South Bend Area Annual Business Meeting, 6 pm on May 30. Location to be announced. To make recommendations for program (issues to be studied in the next fiscal year), send an email by March 30 to Judy Bradford at with PROGRAM RECOMMENDATION in the subject line.

2018 Citizen's Guide Online Now

LWV South Bend Area is pleased to provide the online 2018 Citizen's Guide to Representative Government

Our sincere thanks to the many League members who contribute their time and skills to update the Guide and to our sponsors who support the Guide and other League programs with their donations. Print copies should available at local libraries and other outlets later in January.

League Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs

LWV South Bend Area installed its new board at its Annual Business Meeting June 6, 2017. To reach any officer, director, or committee chair send an email to

Elizabeth Bennion - Director of Voter Services and Education and League Spokesperson
Nancy Johnson - Director of Voter Registration
Judy Bradford - Director of Administration
Marti Heline - Secretary
Glenda Rae Hernandez - Treasurer

Jenni Faulkner-Jones
Jill Tulchinsky
Sheila Niezgodski
Terri Russ
Dianna Schmitz

Nominating Chair
Lisa Plencner


Overseen by Judy Bradford, Director of Administration
Finance - Glenda Rae Hernandez
Fundraising - Sheila Niezgodski
Events - Jill Tulchinsky
Membership - Judy Bradford, Marti Heline
Correspondence - Jill Tulchinsky
Historian - Terri Russ
Publicity-Website-Social Media* - Jenni Faulkner-Jones, Chair
Geri Pawelski - Web and Social Media Editor

Overseen by Elizabeth Bennion, Director of Voter Services and Education
Vote 411- Elizabeth Bennion
Debates & Forums - Elizabeth Bennion
Lunch with the League -Pam Wycliff
Citizen's Guide - Judy Bradford
Celebrating Michiana Women - Terri Russ, Jill Tulchinsky, Geri Pawelski
Environment - Lisa Harris
Publicity-Website-Social Media* - Jenni Faulkner-Jones

  • Spokesperson will provide editorial oversight and Director of Administration will provide administrative oversight.

Overseen by Nancy Johnson, Director of Voter Registration
Voter Registration - Nancy Johnson and Susan Fischbach
Button Brigade - Pam Wycliff

Register to Vote - Quick Reference

Register to Vote provides a quick reference on eligibility for voter registration as well as ways to register.

It is excerpted from our Citizen's Guide, which contains additional details, and there are two flyers per sheet. Please feel free to share.

Interested in the League?

Join the League! Welcome! Please take a look around our website and also visit our Facebook page. For more information, please write to

Contact Your Legislators - Quick Reference

Quick reference for contacting your legislators. More great information in the Citizen's Guide.

Indiana General Assembly

Indiana General Assembly Portal

Indiana Senate Members: 800-382-9467

Indiana House Members: 800-382-9841

United States Congress

United States Congress

Videos (with transcripts) about federal legislative process

United States Senate

United States House of Representatives

Senator Joe Donnelly
Washington, DC Office: 202-224-4814
South Bend Office: 574-288-2780
Email and Other:

Senator Todd Young
Washington, DC Office: 202-224-5623

Representative Jackie Walorski
Washington, DC Office: 202-225-3915
Mishawaka Office: 574-204-2645
Email and Other:

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.

Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders 2017

LWV South Bend Area celebrated Women's Equality Day on August 26 with Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders 2017, partnering with The Michiana Women Leaders Project and The Indiana University Civil Rights Heritage Center. The event honors twelve women who have women who have blazed new trails, have been relentless advocates, have guided the community through change, have supported the arts and other cultural assets, and have dedicated their lives to caring for or educating others.

This annual exhibit features the work of The Michiana Women's Leaders Project, which is filling a void by creating an oral history of women in our community. For this reason, the exhibit highlights both women whose leadership is widely recognized and those who have led quietly behind the scenes, perhaps not known by the community at large.

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More event photos on Facebook @LWVSouthBend

Did you know . . . The LWV South Bend Area

★ Registers new voters at schools, naturalization ceremonies, and community events - over 4000 since 2012!
★ Sponsors candidate debates and forums before every election
★ Hosts Lunch with the League, a monthly public event featuring a talk by local leaders, followed by discussion
★ Publishes and distributes 4000 free copies of the Citizen's Guide to Representative Government, a comprehensive directory of public officials, plus information on voting, courts, and government offices
★ Provides voter information at the community events
★ Sponsors public forums on topics of community interest such Redistricting Reform

Want to learn more? Contact us at 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.