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Because Democracy is not a Spectator Sport

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.
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South Bend PRIDE 2018: Networking Night

June 12, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Aloft South Bend, 111. N. Main St.
WXYZ Lounge

Join us for South Bend PRIDE 2018: Networking Night from 6 to 9 pm Tuesday, June 12 at The Aloft, 111 N. Main St., South Bend. Enjoy cocktails, food and conversation with people from various community organizations including The LGBTQ Center and LWVSBA, both co-hosts.

The patio will be open, weather permitting. Musician Don Savoie will perform from 6 to 8:30 pm. Free admission. Here is a link to the Facebook post, please share: PRIDE NETWORKING NIGHT

Lunch with the League Welcomes Jim Williams - Habitat for Humanity

June 8, Noon to 1:00pm
South Bend Chocolate Cafe
122 S. Michigan St., South Bend

Lunch with the League welcomes Jim Williams, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County from noon to 1 pm Friday, June 8 at the South Bend Chocolate Café, 122 S. Michigan St., South Bend.

He will talk about the 2018 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project set to take place Aug. 26-31, here in St. Joseph County. Since 1984, the Carters have championed affordable, decent housing for all, donating their time and leadership each year to build and improve homes in 14 countries. Under Williams' leadership, the local Habitat for Humanity received the Community Foundation's 2015 Leighton Award for Non-profit Excellence and was named an Affiliate of Distinction by Habitat International.

Jim has an MBA from Regent University with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and completed Harvard University's "Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management" Executive Education Program.

You are welcome to arrive early, at 11:30 am, to buy lunch.

LWV Lake Michigan Region Annual Meeting

The LWV Lake Michigan Region (LWVLMR), of which LWVSBA is a member, is having its Annual Meeting, Water Workshop, Reception and Banquet in Chicago on Wednesday, June 27, the day before the LWVUS National Convention in Chicago. It will begin at 11:30 am and end at 9 pm. LWVLMR is joining with the League of Women Voters Upper Mississippi River Region to offer a daylong immersion in all things water-related. The day includes ideas & inspiration from Leagues across the country involved in local water protection at an afternoon Water Workshop. It ends with a banquet and a keynote speech on the current regulatory environment. All League members, family, friends, and members of the public are invited to join LWVLMR at the historic Standard Club in Chicago for this momentous day. You can register for any or all of the day's events.

LWVSBA is also looking for someone to represent us there; If interested, please contact Lisa Harris at Read more and register here

Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders Exhibit

August 26, 2:00-4:00pm
Civil Rights Heritage Center
1014 W. Washington, South Bend

Join us on Women's Equality Day to celebrate 12 women who have shaped and enriched South Bend's history.

This annual educational exhibit celebrates women who have blazed new trails, have been relentless advocates, have guided the community through change, have supported the arts and other cultural assets, or have dedicated their lives to caring for or educating others.

The exhibit highlights both women whose leadership is widely recognized and those who have lead quietly behind the scenes. All have changed the course of our community.

Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders aims to build the historical record of local women who have shaped our community. This annual event and exhibition is a partnership between the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area, The Michiana Women Leaders Project, and The Civil Rights Heritage Center.

League Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs

LWV South Bend Area installed its new board at its Annual Business Meeting May 30, 2018. 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
Nimbilasha Cushing

Nominating Chair
Pam Claeys


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 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 - 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 - Gwen Foose and Dianne Schmitz
Button Brigade - Pam Wycliff

Local League Grows by Almost 30%

LWV South Bend was recently recognized by LWV Indiana for achieving an "outstanding percentage increase" in membership over the past year.

We grew by 29.6 percent, increasing from 81 members in 2017 to 105 members in 2018.

Join us in our continued work: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy!

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.