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LWV is where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement

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.

Kick-Off Meeting: Wed, Sept 24th

This year's Kick-Off meeting has been set! The topic is human trafficking. A panel of experts on this subject has been invited to speak. They include:

Kelly Carter, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan and a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission
Ted Wolters, Special Agent, Department of Homeland Security, Human Trafficking and Smuggling Division
Deena Policicchio, Director of Alternatives for Girls, a community organization that helps homeless and high risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation.

Wednesday, September 24th
7 - 9 pm
The Annex
17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe - which is the building in the parking lot behind the church

There will be a brief business meeting for League members following the presentation.

The LWV candidate forums have been scheduled!

There are 5 forums in 4 different nights covering 2 school board elections (Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods) as well as races for the State Rep and State Senator who represent you in Lansing.

The public is welcomed and encouraged! Come and get to know the candidates.
Details follow below:

GP's State Reps Candidate Forum: Thurs, Sept 25th

GP Woods, GP Shores, and Harper Woods are in Michigan House District 1.
Grosse Pointe, GP Park, and GP Farms are in Michigan House District 2.
The forums for both districts will run on the same night.

Thursday, September 25th

1st District
7:00 - 8:00 pm
GPW Council Chambers
20025 Mack Plaza
GP Woods, MI 48236

Candidates are Brian Banks & John Hauler

2nd District
8:15 - 9:15 pm
GPW Council Chambers
20025 Mack Plaza
GP Woods, MI 48236

Candidates are Daniel J Lamar & Alberta Tinsley-Talabi

Harper Woods School Board Candidate Forum: Tues, Sept 30th

Tuesday, September 30th
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Harper Woods Library
19601 Harper Ave
Harper Woods, MI 48225

Candidates are Gene L. Hall II, Angela Denise Fenderson, Colleen Keveney, David Kien, M. Joan Mannino, and Kelly Morrison,

GPPS School Board Candidate Forum: Tues, Oct 7th

Tuesday, October 7th
7:30 pm
GP South High School's Wicking Library
11 Grosse Pointe Blvd
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
(Enter from the parking lot & doors off Grosse Pointe Blvd)

Seven individuals are running for 3 seats on the school board. They are: Tara Burdick, Guy Gehlert, (Thomas) Jake Howlett, Ahmed Ismail, Cynthia Sohn, Brian Summerfield, and Margaret Weertz.

The forum will be taped and televised on Comcast 20/902 and AT&T 99

GP's State Senate, 2nd District, Candidate Forum: Wed, Oct 22nd

Wednesday, October 22nd
7:30-9:00 pm
Grosse Pointe Park Court Room
15115 E Jefferson
GP Park, MI 48230

Candidates are Jeffrey Hall, Bert Johnson, & Mark Ashley Price

Voter Guides for Statewide Races

Click below to read LWVMI voter guides for these statewide races:

Michigan Governor
US Senator

Check out LWV's provides voter guides and helps the electorate find their City Council district & 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 "Find my information"
4) Click "Go to my races"
5) For the full list of your possible voter guides, click "All my races"

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

Community Meeting: "Detroit's Bankruptcy: A Primer for the Non-Lawyer."

The League is hosting a meeting titled "Detroit's Bankruptcy: A Primer for the Non-Lawyer." Our guest speaker is Laura Bartell, professor, Wayne State University Law School.

Wednesday, November 19
7 - 9 pm
Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lakeshore Dr
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

League of Women Voters Holiday Party

December 10, 2014
Cotswold Cafe
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
1100 Lake Shore
GP Shores, MI 48236

6:15 Check-In, 6:30 Dinner

The event costs $37.00 and menu choices are chicken or pasta.

Questions? Call Mary Jo J at 884 5495
Reservations are due by Thursday,27th.
Print out the reservation form here

Lake Michigan LWV Annual Meeting on Oct 3-5 in Traverse City

League members are invited to the Lake Michigan League of Women Voters Annual Meeting to be held October 3, 4, and 5 at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan. The program will focus primarily on "Climate Change and Biodiversity for Lake Michigan". Speakers include:

  • Michigan State Climatologist Jeff Andresen speaking on Historical and Projected Future Climate Trends in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region
  • Research Fishery Biologist David Bunnell speaking on Stress to the Lake Michigan Food Web - How Does Climate Change Compare to Other Threats?
  • State Director of The Nature Conservancy Helen Taylor speaking on The Changing Scale of Conservation
  • Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Program Director Grenetta Thomassey speaking on 2014: A Year to Speak Water to Power

Our keynote speaker at the Saturday-evening banquet will be Hans VanSumeren, Director of the Great Lakes Studies Institute. His presentation will be Beneath the Surface: A Deep Dive Perspective on the Great Lakes, Discovering Our Past, And Contemplating Our Water Future.

Field trips include guided kayaking/canoeing trip on the Boardman River, driving tour in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and visiting the Inland Seas Education Center.

For more details on the program, please go refer to the Annual Meeting announcement or check the Web site

For questions, contact Judy Morlan at

Women's Equality Day: August 26th

Ninety-four years ago today, after decades of tireless advocacy, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. The fight for universal suffrage continues today, so as we mark this historic anniversary, we are reminded how valuable our right to vote remains....

Election Day is our opportunity to support our community and have a say in our future. These elections are about our jobs, our health, our communities and our future. They're about us; we all need to weigh in.

Rooted in the movement that made the victory on August 26, 1920 possible, the League of Women Voters has always been committed to educating and turning out voters, and we're not stopping now....

-Elisabeth MacNamara
Chair, League of Women Voters

Presidential Team

Presidential Team

The Grosse Pointe League has had co-Presidents before, but this year we are trying something brand new - a four person Presidential Team. It appears it needs four of us to fill the shoes of outgoing President Christina Schlitt, who has led us so efficiently and with such graciousness. All of us are committed to keeping our League an important part of this community and having fun doing it!

(Left to Right: Judy Morlan, Ann Nicholson, Sharon Riley, & Mary Zahler)

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