At our January meeting we continue our exploration of water issues by learning more about what is in our water with a panel of water experts from the DEQ and the Health Department. We will meet in Education Room A in the Education Center at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital. A light soup supper will be served.
You are invited to join us for our annual party celebrating the New Year. Put on your party clothes, a happy "fresh" spirit ready, and get ready to have some fun! Please bring an appetizer to pass, some good news to share (personal or public), and a friend who might be interested in the League. Please contact Judy to RSVP and get directions. Beverages will be provided by your board of directors.
Our November meeting will feature special guest, Suzanne Dixon, from the League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region. LWVLMR is an Inter-League Organization made up of 42 local Leagues within the Lake Michigan watershed and regional planning areas, along with the four state Leagues. Its mission is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government and take action on selected governmental issues affecting the Lake Michigan watershed. It operates under and is an integral part of the Natural Resources position of the LWVUS. We will meet in Education Room A in the Education Center at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital. A light soup supper will be served.
League of Women Voters of Manistee County, partnering with the Manistee News Advocate, will host a public candidate forum for the upcoming election at the Manistee Inn and Marina.
Candidates for the Manistee City Council 5th District have been invited to participate.
League of Women Voters of Manistee County, partnering with the Manistee News Advocate, will host a public candidate forum for the upcoming election at the Farr Center in Onekama.
Candidates for the 35th Michigan Senate district and the 101st Michigan House district have been invited to participate.
League of Women Voters of Manistee County, partnering with the Manistee News Advocate, will host a public candidate forum for the upcoming election at the Manistee County ISD Building.
Candidates for the Manistee County Probate Court Judge and Manistee County Commission 7th District have been invited to participate.
If you want to vote in the election on November 6, today is the last day to register. Visit Vote411 to check if you are registered. If you are not, stop by the Manistee County Clerk’s office during working hours and fill out a registration form so you cast a ballot in November. Remember, your vote is your voice!
LWV Manistee County will host an informational meeting exploring the pros and cons of the three proposals that will appear on the November ballot: Recreational Marijuana, Legislative Redistricting, and Promote the Vote. The meeting will be lead by special guest, Paula Manley, Director of Membership Support, League of Women Voters of Michigan.
We will participate in National Voter Registration Day by registering voters at West Shore Community College on Tuesday, September 25 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Schoenherr Campus Center. Stop by and say hello or contact us if you would like to volunteer to help.
Our regular meetings start again in September. Please join on the deck at board president Nancy Behring's home in Onekama to renew friendships, meet our new members, and discuss our plans for the coming year. Snacks and drinks will be served. This meeting is a good time to invite a friend, neighbor, potential member, so they can learn about the important work we do and meet our fabulous members. If you would like to join the fun, email us firstname.lastname@example.org for directions to Nancy's home.
Join the Center for Michigan and the United Way of Manistee County, the League of Women Voters, and the Manistee County Community Foundation for a Truth Tour stop in Manistee! This tour stop will include:
--Our mobile citizenship station, where you can stop by, sign up for Bridge, play our news games, sound off to candidates for governor, and more! We'll be set up from 6-7 pm in the Casablanca Corner inside the Vogue Theater.
--A screening of our documentary "Michigan Divided" and a follow up discussion in the Vogue Theater. Screening begins at 7 pm.
RSVP for this event here: http://bit.ly/TruthTourManistee
We will be registering voters at TGIF Manistee, a family-friendly event with vendors, music, and food on River Street in Manistee. We will also have information about our upcoming events and hold a mock election for the kids with perhaps the only cornhole voting machine in the state. Stop by and say hello!
League of Women Voters of Manistee County, partnering with the Manistee News Advocate, will host a public candidate forum for the upcoming Primary Election on August 7th at the Manistee County ISD Building.
Although all the candidates in contested races for the 35th Michigan State Senate and the 101st Michigan House of Representatives have been invited to attend, the only candidates that will have an opportunity to speak to the public are Kathy Wiejaczka, Edward Hoogterp, both running on the Democratic ticket for the 101st House of Representatives.
Carolyn Cater running in a contested race for the GOP 101st Michigan House of Representatives and Cary Urka, running for the GOP 35th State Senate seat will attend the forum as well but may only meet and greet the public as League rules do not allow them to participate formally because their opponents in the primary have chosen not to attend.
Our 2018 Annual Meeting and Dinner will feature an informative presentation on the Electoral College from Rosemary Heilemann and Jeanne Kearly, members of the LWVIL. There will also be a brief business meeting to elect officers and approve next year's budget. To reserve your seat, print a reservation form and mail it to LWV Manistee County, PO Box 134, Manistee MI 49660.
High School seniors in Manistee County will come to the Vogue to view "Iron Jawed Angels, a powerful film about the final 10 years of the suffrage movement prior to the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Following the viewing of the film students will sign voter registration forms in front of Jill Nowak, Manistee County Clerk or a member of her staff. This event is made possible by generous donations from Mika Meyers PLC and the Boyer Agency.
Pictionary Olympics is one of the League of Women Voters Manistee County’s favorite community events! Numerous four-person groups, many representing area businesses, and organizations compete to win the coveted top trophy. Each person is given a secret word, known only to themselves and the audience and has to draw it for the rest of the team. The other three people on their team have a minute to guess the correct word. Some teams come dressed in matching tee-shirts or theme-dressed outfits. Everyone comes ready for fun!
Team registration is going on now! Find a team, print an entry form, mail it in and join the fun!
All proceeds from this event go to sponsor our mission to educate voters, improve voter participation, and strengthen our democracy.
At our March meeting we will learn more about Promote the Vote, a campaign to add a Voting Rights Amendment to the Michigan Constitution sponsored by a coalition of groups, including the League of Women Voters of Michigan, who are seeking to offer a common-sense approach to safeguarding our elections. We will meet in Education Room A in the Education Center at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital. A light soup supper will be served.
The February meeting will take place in Education Room A at the Manistee County Education Center in Munson Healthcare Manistee Hopsital at 1465 E. Parkdale in Manistee. We will review and provide feedback for the LWVUS programming goals for 2018-2020 (also known as 'Making Democracy Work'.) We will also conduct an updated study of Section 1.B of the LWVMI Agricultural/Seasonal Worker Position. Materials for this review can be found here. A light soup supper will be served.
For our January meeting we have invited Mark Wyckoff, a recognized expert in economic and community development from Michigan State University to guide us through an exploration of economic development and how an innovative grassroot approach can impact growth. Representatives of several local organizations will share their stories, as well.
For a meeting agenda, a copy of Mr. Wyckoff's PowerPoint slides, and links to recommended reading, please click here.
You are invited to join us for our annual party for the New Year. Put on your party clothes, a happy "fresh" spirit ready and get ready to have some fun and sign up to volunteer to work for your League in 2018! Please bring an appetizer to pass, some good news to share (personal or public), and a friend who might be interested in the League. Please contact Linda to RSVP and get directions. Beverages will be provided by your board of directors.
Get ready for 2020 and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by making your own Victorian Style ladies hat! We will use tulle, material scraps, feathers, silk flowers, buttons, and more to create a petite top, teardrop, or brimmed hat to complete your vintage look. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Education Fund of the Manistee County League of Women Voters in honor of all the amazing women who worked tirelessly for women’s suffrage from the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 until Women's Equality Day in 1920 all the time wearing corsets and outrageous hats! To register, visit http://RamsdellTheatre.org/Workshops/
Our November meeting will feature MDNR Conservation Officers, Steve Converse and Sam Kosinski; MDNR Forest Inventory and Planning Specialist, Derek Cross; USFS Supervisory Forester, Barb Heidel; and USFS Law Enforcement Officer, Patrick Wiese. This panel will discuss the management of state and federal forests, recreational opportunities on public lands and the role of law enforcement officers We will meet at the Manistee County Intermediate School District building. A light soup supper will be served.
The Manistee County LWV will host a Candidates Forum for the City of Manistee’s District 2 City Council race at the banquet room in the lower level of the Manistee Inn and Marina.. Candidates Lynda Beaton and Howard Turk will speak about why they are running and take questions from the audience. James Grabowski who is running unopposed in District 6 will also participate.
Our October meeting will be held at the LRBOI 'Next Generation Learning Center', a licensed community center for children 0-12 focused around the natural approach to learning where children take the lead in their success. We will have a light soup and supper, a short business meeting, and a tour of this high quality facility and asset to our community.
Contact the County Clerk's office to request an absentee ballot if you are:
- age 60 years old or older
- unable to vote without assistance at the polls
- expecting to be out of town on election day
- in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
- unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
- appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
Our regular meetings start again in September. Please join on the deck at board memberJan Sapak's home in Stronach to renew friendships, meet our new members, and discuss our plans for the coming year. Snacks and drinks (including wine) will be served. Email us for directions to Jan's home.
This year’s Convention at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing promises to be informative, productive and fun. State Convention provides an opportunity to conduct important business of the state League as well as an opportunity to participate in workshops, learn more about the League and renew friendships with League members across the state.
Adopt the 2017 - 2019 state program, including any state studies
Adopt the LWVMI budgets for the next two years, including the per-member-payment
Elect LWVMI Officers and members of the Board of Directors
Consider Amendments to the LWVMI Bylaws, if proposed
Visit LWVMI for a detailed schedule of events, a registration packet, awards information, and other Convention materials.