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April 28: Coney Island Caper

Join us for our one and only fundraiser for 2016. The event will be held:

Thursday, April 28
5:30-7:30 pm
Tompkins Center at Windmill Pointe Park
14920 Windmill Pointe Dr dancing hotdog
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

The "Coney Island Caper" has been designed for members, their family, friends, and new member prospects in mind. We will offer all the Coneys you can eat, plus salad, chips, cookies, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

It'll be a fun-filled evening of food and camaraderie. Not only will this be an opportunity to socialize, but also your support for the LWVGP will enable us to continue our important mission of educating and engaging the voting public.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids (10 and under). Contact Joan at 585 4437 or George at 549 6363 for tickets. (Both numbers have 313 area codes). Members, yours will be arriving in the mail.

May 14th: A Very Special Annual Spring Meeting

We are so fortunate to have Mr. Dan Carmody, President of the Eastern Market, as our speaker! Mr. Carmody enjoys a great reputation for public speaking and promoting our beloved Eastern Market. Even though "Flower Week-end" (at the market), occurs at the same time as our Annual Meeting, he has agreed to speak to us with the proviso that he can do so as early as possible.
Therefore, we are starting at 8:00 A.M. with registration and coffee, and Mr. Carmody will speak at 8:30 sharp. Breakfast and the Annual Meeting will follow.

Please join us for this great morning on
May 14, 8:00 A.M.
The Country Club of Detroit
220 Country Club Dr
GP Farms, MI 48236

Click here to print out the Registration Form.

Plan to be in attendance for the speaker at 8:30.
Hope to see you there!


Join the League of Women Voters and be part of an organization that is:

  • Empowering millions of voters to exercise their right to vote by holding voter registration drives, sponsoring candidate forums and debates, and educating the public about their rights on Election Day.

  • Protecting the right to vote against threats and ensuring that every vote is counted by fighting for and implementing voting systems that are free, fair and accessible.

  • Advocating for positive change at the local, state and national level on issues such as education, government accountability and money in politics.

  • Fostering civil dialogue about important community issues, such as government spending, climate change, immigration and civil liberties.



This Spring, our League is participating in the #UseYourVoiceTour featuring artists Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell. At each stop on the nationwide tour, League volunteers will be helping fans prepare for the upcoming elections in their community by registering voters and helping voters answer their elections questions.

March 19th, they will be performing at the Macomb Center. The LWV Macomb Unit has been invited to participate in the concert's promotion, attend the show and give a brief pre-concert announcement describing the League's work.

March 19, 8:00 pm
Macomb Center
44575 Garfield Rd
Clinton Twp, MI 48038

Call or click for tickets today!
586.286.2222 |

For additional information, check out the flyer

LWVUS' Interesting & Informative Slide Show for Women's History Month and the League's 96 Years

To celebrate Women's History Month, the LWVUS has pulled some pictures from its archives and put together a brief slide show highlighting a few of the League's accomplishments over the last 96 years. Check it out here


Unfortunately, the revised timing of the proposed Running and Winning program resulted in too few students able to get a day off just after Spring Break. Thanks to all the hard work of all the volunteers that spent their time and effort in helping to try to make this happen. We will try to address the situation this summer to ensure that this important program continues successfully in the future.

Spring Meetings for the Macomb County Voter Services Unit

The next 2 meetings of the Macomb Unit will be:

Mon, April 4
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Clinton Macomb Public Library
South Branch
35679 South Gratiot
Clinton Twp, MI 48035

Mon, May 2

Warren Civic Center Library
(Van Dyke/12 Mile)
One City Square
Warren, MI 48093
Mark Twain conference room

Join the effort to bring Voter Services and Education to Macomb County.

Hot Off The Press: LWVGP's "Your Government Officials 2016" is now available

LWVGP's comprehensive brochure for 2016 which lists the officials who represent you in the many different levels of government is now available. Look for it at local city halls, schools, libraries and other civic institutions, or print it out here:
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March 12: Women's History Month Event

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies!

March is Women's History Month. Our LWVGP is a co-sponsor of the showing of the new movie "Suffragette," starring Meryl Streep.

March 12, 1:00 p.m.
GP Woods Branch Library in the Program Room (lower level).
20680 Mack Ave,
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

This event is free, but space is limited. Please register online
Contact Vicki at if you have any questions.

Our co-sponsors are:

  • Grosse Pointe Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library
  • Grosse Pointe Historical Society
  • Dining for Women, Grosse Pointe Chapter

Each group will have space in the hallway, as people sign in, to display membership materials, flyers for upcoming events, etc., as well as a minute prior to the movie to talk about their respective organizations.

This is a GREAT opportunity to enjoy an afternoon out with a friend, meet some new people, and help raise awareness of LWV and all that our group does in our community.

We'll be providing popcorn and water, as well as some terrific raffle prizes.

We look forward to seeing you!

March 8th Is Michigan's Presidential Primary

March 7: Meeting for the Macomb County Voter Services Unit

The next meeting of the Macomb Unit will be:

March 7
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Halfway Schoolhouse
15500 9 Mile,
Eastpointe, MI 48021

Join the effort to bring Voter Services and Education to Macomb County.

Save The Date: January 20th: January's Annual Planning Meeting

Mark your calendar: The Program Planning meeting will be

Wednesday, January 20
6:00 p.m.
Home of Ann Nicholson

This year we will be reviewing the National Program in preparation for the National Convention in June.
League positions, arrived at by study and consensus from local Leagues across the country, are the sole basis for lobbying by the LWV at any level. It is our job to review the positions and to make recommendations as to whether any particular one needs updating.
Details of LWV positions can be found at

Print out and mail in this reservation form and plan to attend!

Dec 11th: Save the Date!

There will be a Christmas party this year on Dec.11, at Aphie Roumells' home. We are having a Christmas cheer party from 5-7, so we can celebrate the season and share good wishes with our fellow members and guests. Valet parking will be provided. The cost will be $5.00 per person, and guests are welcome. Please RSVP to Aphie @ 881-8844.

Links to Information on LWV's Studies

LWVGP is involved in two national-level studies.
See below to review each subject matter and the consensus questions that individual leagues must answer:

Amending the Constitution
Background Information
Consensus Questions

Money in Politics
Background Information
Consensus Questions

GP League Activities for LWV's Studies

Wed, Oct 21, 7:00 pm
"Redistricting in Michigan" Town Hall

GP War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd, GPF
Speaker: Judy Karandjeff, LWV-MI President

Thurs, Oct 29, 7:00 pm
"Amending the Constitution"

LWVGP Membership Consensus Meeting
Home of Fran S
264 McMillan Rd, GPF

Thurs, Nov 12, 7:00 pm
"Money in Politics" Town Hall

GP United Methodist Church
211 Moross Rd, GPF
Speaker: Rich Robinson, Michigan Campaign Finance Network

Tues, Nov 17, 7:00 pm 7:30 pm
"Money in Politics"

LWVGP Membership Consensus Meeting
Home of Jan W
472 Shelbourne, GPF

Nov 17th: "Money in Politics" Consensus Meeting

The "Money in Politics" consensus meeting will be held

Tues, Nov 17, 7:00 pm 7:30 pm
Jan W's home
472 Shelbourne, GPF

For those members who are unable to attend the "Money in Politics" consensus meeting on the 17th, you may answer the questions and send them to Ann Nicholson by Nov. 13. Your comments will be considered at the meeting on the 17th.

November 12th: "Money in Politics" Town Hall

We have Mr. Rich Robinson coming to speak to us on Nov. 12 about "Money in Politics".

Mr. Robinson has been the Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network for 15 years; which is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. He has served the public sector for over 38 years, including the Peace Corp, and all 3 levels of the government. Mr. Robinson's commentaries have appeared in many newspapers and lectures at most MI colleges.

The League is very fortunate that he is available to speak to us about Money In Politics. Please attend this most important meeting and bring a friend!

Thurs, Nov 12: 7:00 pm
GP United Methodist Church
211 Morross
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Entrance is in the rear

October 29th: "Amending the Constitution" Consensus Meeting

Calling All Members!
Our League will be taking consensus on "Amending the Constitution"

Thursday, October 29
7:00 pm
Home of Fran S.
264 McMillan, GPF

To review the consensus questions click here

For additional background information, click here.

Our League held an informational meeting in April to review how the Constitution can be amended and how this process has unfolded in the past.

The answers to the consensus questions will create League policy on when we might support an amendment; under what circumstances we would support a Constitutional Convention; and if our policy on those two aspects could be set aside in favor of our policy on a particular issue.

Consensus is due by December 1st and our answers will be submitted to the national committee which will tally answers from around the country to arrive at a position on this topic.

Please let Jan Wells at know if you plan to attend so that there are sufficient handouts.

October 21: "Redistricting in Michigan"

A presentation about the issues of redistricting has been scheduled in Grosse Pointe for:

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7:00 pm
GP War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd
GP Farms, MI 48236

Print out our flyer here & post it around town

The LWV of Michigan Announces 30-plus Redistricting Educational Town Halls: "Redistricting in Michigan: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters, or Voters their Politicians?"

(LANSING) The League of Women Voters of Michigan announced today that it would host over 30 Town Halls throughout the fall to educate the public on the importance of redistricting. The presentation will explore how legislative lines are drawn in Michigan, who draws them and why it is a critically important question for those concerned about fair representation.

"In Michigan the district lines are drawn by elected officials in the legislature, effectively allowing politicians to choose their voters, rather than voters their elected leaders," said Judy Karandjeff, President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan. "This system gives the political party in power at the time a tremendous advantage but is this the best system for voters? Our Town Halls will explore central questions, such as: What are the consequences of partisan drawn districts that favor one party over another? Is there a better and fairer way to do this? What are the alternatives?"

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on Arizona's Independent Restricting Commission said there is an alternative and that citizens, not just politicians, have the right to decide how Congressional district lines are drawn. The decision has grabbed the public's attention. Some have asked if Michigan, like Arizona, should use an independent commission to draw the lines, not only for the Congressional Districts, but for the State House and Senate, as well. This alternative and others will be explored in-depth at the town hall.

"Government is supposed to of, by and for the people, but more and more it seems to ordinary voters that their voices are not being heard and that our elected leaders are becoming more extreme, less compromising and more disconnected from a public they are supposed to serve," said President Karandjeff. "Instead, special interests and lobbyists seem to get the attention of our elected leaders. We need to ask fundamental questions about why this is happening and whether allowing politicians to draw their own districts contributes to the problem."

A complete list of Town Halls by date and location can be found on the League of Women Voters website at:
The events are free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.

Important links to the Secretary of State's Office for voting information

VOTE411.ORG: Your Election Resource

To build your personalized voter guide, go to, which provides voter guides; helps the electorate find their polling place; check voting hours; and read tips about voting in Michigan.

Voters need simple, helpful tools to navigate the voting process and election day, and is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource now available.

For additional information & voter guides, you can go to:
1) Type in your complete address
2) Click "Get personalized information on candidates and issues"
3) Click "Show my races"
4) Click the individual candidates to read their responses and compare their qualifications

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The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government; works to increase understanding of major public policy issues; and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is strictly nonpartisan, neither endorsing candidates nor supporting political parties. The LWVGP, in both its values and its practices, reaffirms its commitment to diversity. Membership is open to men and women of all ages.