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Because Democracy is not a Spectator Sport

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

February 14 Lunch with the League to Focus on Agriculture Update

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

Agriculture Update

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.

Annual Business Meeting Held June 26


LWVSBA took care of business at its Annual Meeting on June 26.

• Lisa Plencner was awarded the first annual LWVSBA Maud Wood Park award, recognizing Lisa's service to the League and advancement of civic education. Congratulations, Lisa

• Penny Hughes was presented with a certificate and letter from LWVUS, commemorating 50 years of League membership

• The annual election was held. Officers and directors for 2013-2014 are:

Geri Pawelski, president (2015)
Lisa Plencner, first vice president (2015)
Elizabeth Bennion, second vice president (2015)
Glenda Rae Hernandez, treasurer (2015)
Nancy Johnson, secretary (2015)

Amanda Ceravolo, director (2015)
Kelly Sanford, director (2015)
Marti Heline, director (2015)
Sady Garcia, director (2015
John Hagen (2014)
Jill Tulchinsky (2014)
Melanie Smith-Guilluame, nominating chair (2014)

Did you know . . . The LWV South Bend Area

★ Visits area high schools to register voters - 1077 in 2012!
★ Registers new voters at local events - at least 40 events since 2008
★ Sponsors candidate debates and forums before every election
★ Organized and cosponsored B Green to Save Green, an environmental education program for low-income families
★ Hosts Lunch with the League, a monthly public event featuring a talk by local leaders, followed by discussion
★ Provides voter information at the community events such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration and Michiana Monologues
★ Hosts Evening with the League, a monthly gathering of members and friends
★ Sponsors public forums on topics of community interest such as the Property Tax Cap Constitutional Amendment, Redistricting, and Economic Development in our area

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