Our wonderful LWVMC Membership Committee celebrating the holidays and welcoming a beloved member’s return. Thank you, committee, for all of your work planning our annual meeting, recruiting and orienting new members, welcoming all to our membership meetings, keeping up with membership renewals and all the other important work you do for our local League.
League members serve as timers at NMU swim team meet
An unusual, but incredibly fun and rewarding event for League volunteers. We served as backup timers for the NMU swim team meet . The best thing about the event??? All of students were so encouraging of one another. It didn’t matter what school they were from – there were offers of support, congratulations and good job heard throughout the day. (Event organized and coordinated by League member Barbara Owdziej – Thanks Barb, It was great connecting with the NMU community in this way. We love the NMU Swim and Dive Team.
League members sent 1,000 postcards to newly registered voters across Marquette County thanking them for registering, encouraging them to vote and letting them know about the great League voting resource VOTE411.ORG. Thank you to the members who hosted the events. Your welcome and hospitality were truly appreciated.
Photos from Anatomy of Election
Voter Registration and Voter Education activities at NMU
National Voter Registration Day Sept. 21st at Marquette Alternative High School
Hooked on Voting at Peter White Public Library on Saturday, September 17th
Get “Hooked on Voting”: Kids and parents enjoyed a day of fun activities celebrating National Constitution Day hosted by the Marquette County League of Women Voters. The kids got to vote for the of‘fish’al Michigan State Fish and choose a project to create more “Walkable Neighborhoods. They learned about citizenship, elections, and government and discovered what resources were available in the Youth Services section of the library.
4th of July Parade
Nov. 3rd membership meeting, Peter White Library presentation
on the UP Energy Task Force.
Members and guests had the opportunity to learn about the UP Energy Task Force created by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2019. Jenn Hill, Marquette City Commissioner and member of the UP Energy Task Force, presented the recommendations of the Task Force summarizing ten months of research, presentations and meetings conducted in the UP. The Task Force was created to assess the UP’s energy needs, find alternative solutions for meeting those needs with a focus on security, reliability, affordability, and environmental soundness, and ways to respond to foreseeable changes to energy supply and distribution.
October 6th membership meeting, Peter White Public Library. Finally meeting in person again!
League Volunteers help the kids at PWPL learn about voting and casting a ballot for National Voter Registration Day on 9/28
AAUW Book Sale
League volunteers at the AAUW book sale at the Presbyterian Church in Marquette reminding everyone to vote for the November 2nd election (9/24 and 9/25/2021)
March for Voting Rights
We marched for Voting Rights, Marquette. The Fight for Democracy is now. We gathered together to reaffirm our commitment to protect voting rights for all! “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr. (8/28/21)
4th of July Parade
League members celebrate and encourage voting at the 4th of July Parade, Marquette
First Board of Directors Meeting of 2021
LWVMC Annual Meeting
Just for fun. We heard reports from/on First Ladies and our first African American Lieutenant Governor in Michigan. Thank you Madalyn Koval for emceeing the program
We had 28 members at our LWVMC Annual Meeting last night. We were sorry that we had to hold our second zoom Annual Meeting. We look forward to holding in-person meetings again soon. This was our member recognition section of the program. Thank you so much League members. You all are so great. Thank you Priscilla Burnham for orchestrating the awards and thank you Jane Pajot for your beautiful artwork and Marge Forslin for you creative graphic design and framing of the certificates.
Marquette County LWV Membership Committee organized a drive through “swag bag” event for members to stop by to pick up some treats and items for the Annual Meeting.
League of Women Voters of Michigan State Convention
Local League members attended the LWVMI State Convention on May 21 and 22nd. It was the first virtual convention held by LWVMI. Local members from Marquette County were recognized for their contributions to the League: Sandy Breitenbach for Voter Services, Janet Joswiak for her Membership Recruitment and Engagement, Karen Schmitt, for Advocacy, Laura Petrie for Planning and Fundraising and Darlene Allen for her service on the State Board. At the Convention David Allen was elected to serve on the LWVMI State Board of Directors for 2021-2023 and he was a workshop presenter covering the topic “Why Your League Should Have an Observer Corps?”
4th of July Get out the Vote Caravan to the City Band Concert
A get out the vote caravan and gathering to encourage voters to get informed and vote informed on August 4th by visiting our non-partisan voter guide VOTE411.ORG
Happy 100th Birthday Celebration
Fundraising at Econo Foods Nov. 2019
LWV Community Educational Programs – October 23rd-24th
“Making Democracy Work” Voting Law Changes – Presented by Linda Talsma, Marquette County Clerk Redistricting Reform – Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission – Presented by Jo Foley, LWV member Census – 2020 – Presented by Pri Burnham, LWV member. All three topics were presented on the following dates: October 23, Negaunee Township Hall, October 24, Citizens Forum Room at Lakeview Arena October 24, Northern Michigan University.
Marquette Member-At-Large State Unit is recognized as an independent local League by the state League on October 12th.