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Lunch with the League - Becky Reimbold on Creating A Thriving Local Economy

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 January 12, 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.

January 12, 2018 at noon
South Bend Chocolate Cafe
122 S. Michigan

Voter Registration Party

A get-together for the voter registration team will begin at 6:00 pm on January 25, 2018, at the home of Diane Schmitz, 4643 Starboard Drive, South Bend.

Current voter registration volunteers and any League members interested in working on future registration projects, please mark your calendars and plan to join the team for food and conversation. RSVP to Diane Schmitz at or at 847-477-8387 by January 18.

Redistricting Reform Event

January 31, 2018 at 6:00pm
Civil Rights Heritage Center
1014 W. Washington St., South Bend

Education and advocacy for redistricting reform continue to be key League initiatives, and the 2018 Indiana General Assembly will consider legislation related to redistricting. Please join us January 31, when Lisa Plencner will talk about legislative apportionment, redistricting, and some of the important issues and questions related to this critical topic.

Lisa is past president of both LWV South Bend Area and LWV Indiana and has conducted a number of talks on the issue and delivered League testimony in support of reform at the Indiana State House.

League Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs

Photo of 2017 LWVSBA BoardLWV 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
Tamara Springer
Jill Tulchinsky
Sheila Niezgodski
Terri Russ
Kate Williams

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
Program - Kate Williams
Correspondence - Jill Tulchinsky
Historian - Terri Russ
Newsletter* - Lisa Scroggins
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
Newsletter* - Lisa Scroggins

  • 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.

Citizen's Guide Online Now

Citizen's Guide

Print copies are available at library branches.

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.

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.

League Legislative Day at Indiana State House

Please keep January 17 open for League Legislative Day. The state League is finishing up the details.

More information will be coming later, including an Eventbrite registration to be sent to all League members in the coming days.