Welcome to the League of Women Voters – Elkhart County

14 May

LWV-OpenLogoThe League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters holds public meetings every 3rd Wednesday of the month at

Ivy tech Elkhart Campus Community room.  22531 CR 18  Goshen, In.  (unless otherwise posted)

Social hr. at 11:30 . Optional lunch for  $11.00  at 12:00 – Speaker from noon to 1pm. The LWVEC strives to present  educational and informative programs.  The opinion of the speaker does not necessarily reflect the position of the League of Women Voters of Elkhart County. Non members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

LWVEC Annual Meeting 17 May 2017

21 May

The annual business meeting of the League of Women Voters of Elkhart County was called to order on May 17th at 11:.50 a.m. by  our league president, Sharon Schafer. The budget was approved after an addition of $1000 for expenses for the national league convention.  Officers elected for the 2017-2018 year are :

President—-Sharon Schafer

Second Vice President /Membership—–Sally LaRocca

Secretary—–Carol Wiegner

Treasurer—–Dan Kmitta

All above officers as well as Karen Carter and Beverly Wiemeri are on the board of directors. Our social media consultant is Tanzie Nielsen. Board meetings are at 1 p.m. the 2nd Thursday of the month at Greenleaf Health Campus, 1201 E. Beardsley Ave. Members are welcome to attend board meetings.

Dues for the 2017-2018 year are $45 and are being collected now.  Send dues checks and additional donations to:  Fran Fraser 22784 Chestnut Lane,  Goshen, In. 46528.

 Education fund donations this year will be tax deductible.  Next year dues and donations will both be deductible since we will be a 501c3 organization.

One of the main goals of the LWVIN for the coming year will be REDISTRICTING.  Gerrymandering is so bad in most states that voting districts are set up to favor one party over the other, not the interest of that area.  Representation now does not cover  certain school districts, cities, or townships with a common concern, but swatch  areas that sometimes have nothing in common.

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The May luncheon speaker was Pete McCown, president of The Elkhart Community Foundation 101 S. Main St., Elkhart, IN. 46514 

The Community Foundation has a donors’ fund worth of $256 million.  $150 Million of that was donated by Dave Gundlach. (    click bar) As you can see from the article, he left quite an assortment of houses, art, and cars.

68% of the Community Foundation’s budget goes to a fund for Elkhart Co., 7% for scholarships, 18% for caps campaign (public library, boys & girls clubs etc.) and 7% for donor advised funds (matching grants to donations). Some of  grants went to the: 100+ Women Who Care, the Pumpkin Vine Trail, Lerner restoration, Maple City Health Clinic, Elkhart Health and Fitness Aquatic center, Math incentive project, play ground and other projects.

There was a discussion about the quality of the Tolson Center programs and venue. The city of Elkhart runs and maintains the center now.  The recommendation was to have Lifeline lease the Tolson Center from the city and work with the city on programs.  As a non profit they can apply for grants from The Community Foundation which will help the center succeed.

Our next League of Women Voters of Elkhart County program, on June 21, will be about ALEC : American Legislative Exchange Council.  Please read up on this conservative group that writes up legislation. Will they be our policy makers?   We want to have great questions for our speaker.  Please come and be informed about what is going on in your democracy.

 

 

 

LWVEC May Luncheon Wednesday, May 17th 2017 Ivy Tech Community Center 22531 CR 18 optional Buffet opens 11:30 cost $11 Speaker Noon-1:00pm Topic: OVERVIEW OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES SPEAKER: PETE MCCOWN, President of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County Reservations: Dan Kmitta 425/923-3906 or respond here We appreciate reservations, they do help so much. but please, if you make a reservation, make sure to attend as food has been ordered for you. We always try to have enough food for extras but have lost money due to no shows. The speakers have been excellent , the venue is great for power point, we have plenty of room and the audience has been engaging and eager to be informed. Come for lunch and enjoy a great program at this beautiful facility.

16 May

League of Women Voters of Elkhart County May Luncheon

2 May

  LWVEC   May Luncheon

Wednesday, May 17th 2017

Ivy Tech Community Center 22531 CR 18

optional Buffet opens 11:30 cost $11

Speaker Noon-1:00pm

Topic: OVERVIEW OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S  SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES

 SPEAKER:    PETE MCCOWN, President of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County

Reservations: Dan Kmitta 425/923-3906 or respond here

We appreciate reservations, they do help so much. but please, if you make a reservation, make sure to attend as food has been ordered for you.  We always try to have enough food for extras but have lost money due to no shows. The speakers have been excellent , the venue is great for power point, we have plenty of room and the audience has been engaging and eager to be informed. Come for lunch and enjoy a great program at this beautiful facility.

April 26 League of Women Voters Elkhart County Luncheon Meeting

4 Apr

Elkhart League of Women Voters annual business meeting  April 26th

Guest speaker: Rev. Elizabeth Harbin of The First Congregational Church

THE POSITIVE POLITICS OF LGBTQ COMMUNITY

IVY Tech Community Center

22531 C.R. 18

social hr. 11:30  Speaker 12:00 – 1pm

Please let us know if you are planning on having the $11 buffet as we have to order ahead of time

Contact Fran Fraser 875 6807 or reply online here at http://www.lwvec.org

Coverage of March 15th League of Women Voters Meeting

18 Mar

On line newspaper report of league meeting

The Elkhart Truth did an excellent job of covering our meeting with Chief Ed Windbigler.   The Next meeting will be April 26th. (Please make note of the schedule change to the 4th Wednesday) Our Speaker will be Rev. Elizabeth Harbin ” The Positive Politics of LGBTQ”   Reminders will be posted on our Blog.

Photos from Oct 28th Downton Abby exhibit and tea

31 Oct

Click on the link below , another box will open below that, click on that one to see fellow League Members, South Bend LWV members, ND, Four Arts , tennis and my bridge friends who all enjoyed the day at the South Bend Historical Museum.

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             VOTE ON TUESDAY IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Consensus Questions for League of Women Voters Members Consideration

23 Sep

These questions were available at the September meeting, but please comment here so we can reply to the State League.  Lisa Plencner  has posted all the study questions and background materials also on the state web  www.lwvin.org    contacts are there if you need further information.

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League of Women Voters of Elkhart County 2016/2017 Dues

15 Jun

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DuesDues are $45 to be sent to Fran Fraser 22784 Chestnut Ln. Goshen, IN. 46528    tax deductible donations to the education fund may be included with your check.

 

 

The fiscal year for the Elkhart League has come to an end.  We anticipate a very active year coming up with more candidate forums and registration activity.  In October the LWV will welcome candidates at the Elkhart Public Library starting at 5:30 pm.  Food will be available at 6pm. (Free of Charge).

To benefit the treasury, the League is in the process of planning a trip to the Oliver Mansion on October 28,2016. The Downton Abby Clothes exhibit will be on display during the Mansion tour. An option to attend a formal tea in the Oliver Mansion Carriage house will be offered. This will be an unique opportunity to view in person some of the wardrobe used  in the popular PBS series. Please tell all your friends and family about this future event.

Details to follow,  KEEP THE DATE OPEN.  Tickets are selling fast for the Museum tour and the teas are a limited event. Members will get a discounted price for the bus trip

 

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