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Lunch with the League Welcomes Willow Wetherall - Friday, October 13 at noon

Public Invited to Learn More About the Renaissance District

The League of Women Voters is pleased to welcome Willow Wetherall as the speaker for our next Lunch with the League event on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Chocolate Café in downtown South Bend from 12:00 + 1:00 PM. Ms. Wetherall is the Director of Community Engagement for the Renaissance District of South Bend and Executive Director of Ignite Michiana and will be speaking about "The Renaissance District: Purpose in Motion." This event is free and open to the public. Attendees may arrive early to purchase lunch.

Willow Wetherall is an economic and community development specialist with eight years of experience working on large-scale development projects, downtown revitalization, and creative placemaking. She directs community engagement efforts for the Studebaker Redevelopment Initiative in the Renaissance District. This project is transforming 1.2 million square feet of historic manufacturing space into the Midwest's largest mixed-use technology campus.

Willow is also the executive director of Ignite Michiana and produces events to promote South Bend revitalization. Since 2012, she has produced or facilitated over 75 unique events engaging 25,000+ people, and generating over $200,000 in revenue for local businesses and non-profits. Willow lives in South Bend, Indiana. She received her B.A. at University of Maine-Orono in International Affairs/Anthropology and Women's Studies. In 2004, she earned her M.A. in International Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame.

October 13, 12:00 noon
South Bend Chocolate Cafe
122 N. Michigan St., South Bend

Please join us for our 2017 LWV South Bend Friend-Raiser

2017 Friend-Raiser Invitation

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

2017 LWV Friend-Raiser - October 25 - 6:00 to 8:00pm

All are welcome to join us for this annual event. Meet League members and community friends, enjoy refreshments and music, and support League programs with our Silent Auction. We'll present the Making Democracy Work Award to Tony Flora, recognizing his significant contribution to our community through the advancement of democracy and civic engagement.

First Unitarian Church of South Bend 801 E. Washington St.

October 25 - 6:00-8:00pm

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.

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Citizen's Guide

Print copies are available at library branches.

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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.

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.

Lunch with the League Welcomes Paige Risser August 11 at noon

Pokagon Connections, Past and Present

The League of Women Voters is pleased to welcome Paige Risser as the speaker for our next Lunch with the League event on Friday, August 11th at the Chocolate Café in downtown South Bend from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

Paige Risser is the Director of Communications for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and will speak on "Pokagon Connections, Past and Present." Paige will also discuss the Pokagon Band's tribal sovereignty, history, culture, government structure, and community and economic development. There will be time to ask questions after Paige's talk.

Paige has lived in 5 countries, but has called Indiana her home since 1983. She has worked for the Indiana House of Representatives, a congressional campaign, and the American Red Cross. She volunteered for the Peace Corps in South America and worked at the Peace Corps Headquarters in the US. The Pokagon Band hired her in 2010 to work on communications with Pokagon citizens and community partners.

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

South Bend Chocolate Cafe 122 S. Michigan, South Bend 12:00 Noon