Making Democracy Work

2014 Happenings

A collection of posts for 2014

Lunch with the League - November 14 - Kate Williams, Executive Administrator of the St. Joseph County Community Corrections Advisory Board
Friday, November 14 at 12:00 noon. Ms. Williams will provide a good understanding of what Community Corrections is, as well as insight into the dual goals of Community Corrections -- to reduce costs and rehabilitate offenders. She'll also talk about the differences between jail, prison, probation and Community Corrections and provide information about the wide range of programming in St. Joseph County to help offenders learn from their mistakes and remain crime-free.

Friday November 14 at 12:00 noon, South Bend Chocolate Cafe, 122 S. Main Street. Come as early as 11:30am to purchase lunch. The event is free and open to the public. Purchase of lunch is not required, but please do not bring food from other eateries.

Join us for LWV South Bend's 4th Annual Fall Friend-Raiser Plan now to attend this informal event to meet friends and support League Friends.

November 13 - 6:00pm - 8:0pm Temple Beth-El 305 W. Madison South Bend, IN Light refreshments Beverages, including wine Music Silent Auction Presentation of the Making Democracy Work Award

Fall Regional Workshops - North - September 20, 2014

LWVSBA will host LWV Indiana's northern Indiana fall workshop Saturday, September 20 at Ivy Tech Community College, fro 10am - 2pm

Visit for more information and to register.

Lunch with the League Welcomes Valerie Schey + September 12, 2014
South Bend Common Council Member Valerie Schey, who chairs the Council's Personnel and Finance Committee, will speak about the process, timeline and challenges of developing a municipal budget. With work on the 2015 City of South Bend budget in progress right now and into the fall, this is a great opportunity to learn more about this important task.

Voter Registration Volunteer Refresher + September 11, 2014

Whether you've volunteered in our High School Voter Registration Program for a few years or are thinking about joining this team, please join us Thursday, September 11 at 6:30pm in the Dickinson Room on the lower level of the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main Street, South Bend. With several registration events already scheduled for September, your League needs your help -- whether your schedule permits you to volunteer at one event or several. Please RSVP to ...

Member Welcome and Orientation July 27, 2014

Annual Business Meeting June 3

Ho Ping House 303 Dixie Way South (933 North, just north of Toll Road)

Order dinner from the menu that evening. We will conduct annual League business and have plenty of time to visit with League members.


Lunch with the League Presents Cathy Dietz - June 13
The League welcomes Cathy Dietz to Lunch with the League, Friday June 13. Cathy will talk about downtown growth and development as well as some of the great events coming up this summer and and fall.

Friday, June 13 12:00 - 1:00pm South Bend Chocolate Cafe 122 S. Main Street South Bend, Indiana

Event begins at noon. Come as early as 11:30 to purchase lunch.

Making Democracy Work Award Nominations Closed May 15, 2014

The League is now accepting nominations for its annual League of Women Voters Making Democracy Work Award, which will be presented at the League's Fall Friend-Raiser.

The 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 can apply themselves or may be nominated by a friend or colleague. All nominations must be postmarked by May 15, 2014

Nomination Form - Word
Nomination Form - PDF

For more information, please contact Jill Tulchinsky, 574-286-1093 or send an email to

Spring Lunch with the League Speakers:
March: Terri Russ of the Feminist Foundation of South Bend
April: Matt Skuya of Sierra Club on Indiana's Energy Freedom Coalition

Spring Voter is here!

2013 Citizen's Guide published! Packed with detailed voter information and a comprehensive directory of government officials with contact information. Thanks to John Hagen for a great job!

Trouble locating a copy? Email Agriculture UpdateO LWVSBA concluded its study in April, 2014. Visit the Agriculture Study page for everything you need to participate in the League's Agriculture Update Study - the meeting schedule, consensus questions, and study articles.

February 14 Lunch with the League Focused on Agriculture Update Study

Join members of the League of Women Voters and interested citizens as the League kicks off a study to update its national policy position on Agriculture. In-depth study prior to adoption of its public policy positions is a fundamental League principle, and local Leagues across the country are conducting their own studies to arrive at consensus on a comprehensive set of questions that focus on major agriculture issues.

Whether you are League member or interested in learning more about issues and policies related to the agriculture sector, you are cordially invited to join us. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about how the League works to arrive at consensus through concerted study and civil discussion of the issues, free of sensationalism, disparagement, and partisanship.

The Lunch with the League program will consist of an overview of the study and the study process, plus a brief introduction to the study topics by the League member who will facilitate each of the later study meetings, which will take place at the Main Library on a Wednesday, beginning at 5:30PM and scheduled as follows:

  • Food Safety and Labeling - February 19 - Dr. Elizabeth Bennion, Facilitator (Dickinson Room)
  • Animal Management - March 19 - Amanda Ceravolo, Facilitator (Dickinson Room)
  • Economics of Agriculture - April 2 - John Hagen, Facilitator (Pokagon Room)
  • Research and Development - April 9 - Lisa Plencner, Facilitator (Dickinson Room)

This Lunch with the League as well as all of the study meetings are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the League's grassroots tradition of making democracy work.

February 14
Program begins at noon.
Come as early as 11:30 to purchase lunch.

South Bend Chocolate Cafe
122 S. Michigan
South Bend, Indiana

This event is free and open to the public - a great opportunity to learn more about issues related to agriculture and about the work and study behind League positions. Learn more Agriculture Study

Spring Voter is here!

2013 Citizen's Guide published! Packed with detailed voter information and a comprehensive directory of government officials with contact information. Thanks to John Hagen for a great job!

Trouble locating a copy? Email

Equal Pay Day - April 9