Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, September 11, 2014
St. Joseph County Public Library
304 S. Main Street
South Bend, IN
School Voter Registration Refresher. 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 Susan Fischbach at
Friday, September 12, 2014
11:30am - 1:00pm
  Lunch with the League presents Valerie Schey, South Bend Common Council Member. 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.

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
LaSalle Branch Library
3232 W. Ardmore Drive
South Bend, IN
CFED Meeting to Focus on South Bend's Budget Process. In May of 2013, the Community Forum sponsored a public meeting that addressed the question, "HOW DOES THE CITY OF SOUTH BEND DECIDE WHERE TO SPEND OUR MONEY?"

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 7 PM we will resume the discussion at the LaSalle Branch Library (3232 W Ardmore Drive, SB), a meeting sponsored by the Community Forum for Economic Development.The discussion will be led by Deputy Mayor Mark Neal and City Controller John Murphy and the team from the City Administration of South Bend.

We will also be joined by Valerie Schey, the current chair of the SB Common Council's Committee on Personnel & Finance. We have asked that the discussion focus on how neighborhood needs and budget priorities are determined and how budget proposals address important issues such as: ● the reduction of vacant and abandoned properties,● neighborhood curb and sidewalk repair,● implementation of the MBE/WBE Diversity Utilization Program.

As we learn how each year's budget is determined, we anticipate hearing answers to the question: "How can South Bend's community members have a greater voice in how our budget meets our needs?" We invite you to join this discussion!

Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00am to 2:00pm
Ivy Tech Community College
520 Dean Johnson Blvd.
South Bend, Indiana
LWV INDIANA FALL REGIONAL WORKSHOP. Have you registered yet? The LWV Indiana Board has put together a great lineup of speakers and workshops on Redistricting, Advocacy, Medicare Fraud, Visibility, Human Trafficking, and Engaging Local Politicians and Candidates (presented by LWVSBA's very own Elizabeth Bennion!)

Spend a half-day with the League - learn, engage and meet League members from the entire northern region of Indiana.

For details and to register, go to:

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Live Broadcast on WNIT
Channel 34.1
Comcast channel 10
St. Joseph County Prosecutor - Live Televised Debate. Jeff Sanford (R) and Ken Cotter (D), candidates for St. Joseph County Prosecutor, will participate in a live televised candidate debate hosted by the American Democracy Project of IU South Bend and the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area on WNIT public television Thursday, October 16th at 8:00 pm.

The debate will be moderated by Politically Speaking host Elizabeth Bennion and broadcast to all 22 counties in WNIT's viewing area on channel 34.1 (Comcast channel 10). The ADP and League of Women Voters have co-sponsored live prosecutor debates in 2002, 2006, and 2010; this will be the first televised debate for that race in recent memory.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Temple Beth-El
305 W. Madison
South Bend, IN
LWV South Bend Friend-Raiser. Plan now to attend this informal event to meet friends and support League Friends.

Light refreshments Beverages, including wine Music Silent Auction Presentation of the Making Democracy Work Award to Donna and Dick Pfeil