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.
We will be adopting a program at our annual meeting. Below is a list for your consideration. The tentative list below - a proposal looking for your recommendations on adding/removing items. You may wish to chime in either: by email response to this message - or in person at Annual Meeting Wed. May 18, 5:30 pm at Radisson
Topics for Lunch'n'Learn/other food-info-social events
1. Changes in campaign and voting laws in WI.
2. Open Government in WI
3. Environmental protection issues_DNR environmental review process in WI
4. Environmental protection issues_Energy need/production
5. Economic issues_Income growth and distribution in WI
6. Economic issues_Competing Incentives: Legislators, Business owners, Laborers
7. Education issues
8. Social justice issues
9. La Crosse regional transportation issues
10. August social gathering and marketing for member recruitment
11. Hot topic - one month set aside for topic that arises in need of education/discussion
12. Lunch program(s) set aside for LWVUS and LWVWI study recommendations
13. Team with "Feminism on Tap" for info-social evening (tap-snack-chat)
14. Field trips/evening events like #12 (social gatherings promoting league causes)
15. Award ceremony for advocacy on LWV policy-related issues
Other suggested activities of focus for our league: Voter Registration Drives: details arranged by Voter Services Committee Redistricting reform policy review/update before 2021 process Consensus Conferences: 1 per year allotted - study issues announced by LWVWI and/or LWVUS Legislative Breakfast March 2017 Co-sponsor International Women's Day in March 2017 Annual Meeting in May 2017
LWVWI (our state org) is recommending for State Proposed Program:
1. Focus on state budget priorities and how these impacts activities of local leagues
2. Coastal Management (Grant dependent - hire coordinator for presentations around state hosted by local leagues educating people on storm water runoff and flooding impacts)
3. Advocacy for redistricting, campaign finance, and voting rights reform
4. LWVWI assisting local leagues to focus on voter education and registration efforts
Notification of Election of Officers and Directors/Annual Meeting Nominating Committee Chair: Carolyn Mahlum-Jenkins
The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Region will be having their annual meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, Wisconsin. The annual meeting is scheduled as follows: 5:30 pm cocktails, 6:00 pm dinner, and 7:00 pm meeting. All members please consider joining the meeting. It is an evening of socialization, good food & spirits, and of course business.
Notice of Nominations One of the topics for the annual meeting is the nomination of Officers and Directors. It is required by Board policy that nominations are made public to the general membership one month prior to the annual meeting. Also any voting member may make nominations from the floor, on the night of the annual meeting provided the consent of the nominee shall have been secured.
2016-2017 Officers/Slate of Nominees President-Peter Nelson Vice President-Deb Lutjen
2016-2018 Officers/ Slate of Nominees Secretary-Maureen Kinney Treasurer-Dee Peacock
2016-2018 Board of Directors/Slate of Nominees Kathy Mulliner-Director-renewal Mary Nugent-Director-renewal Pam Knudtson-Director-new Hanorah Garland-Director-new 2017-2018 Nominating Committee/Slate of Nominees Nominating Chair- (to be appointed) League Members- Judy Swantz, Pam Thiel Board of Directors-Maureen Kinney & Sheila Hilke
The board addressed the question of a dues increase when we met March 2, 2016. Our dues, currently $60/person, cover the per member assessments for state and national league only. A per member assessment is how we fund the state and national league organizations and the services they provide for local leagues.
We have been notified that it is likely the per member assessment will be increased at the national convention in June. Our local league will then be collecting less as dues than what we are required to send to state and national.
It has been a number of years since we have raised dues and have relied on some members making an additional contribution to cover our expenses.
The board voted to increase dues effectively July 1, 2016, as follows:
Single membership $70 (an increases of $10)
Household membership $105 (an increase of $15)
New member $35 (an increase of $5)
We see these increases as fairly moderate and necessary to keep up with the per member assessments.
We will still need to rely on the generosity of members to do more if they are able to support our local league.
This recommendation is part of the budget and will be considered at the annual meeting when we review the budget.
Ninety-six years ago during the final push for women's suffrage, Carrie Chapman Catt + the League of Women Voters' founder + called upon our emerging organization to "finish the fight," the fight to ensure that our democracy is truly a government of, by and for all the people. In 2016, we will be continuing this charge by helping to register and educate millions of Americans in advance of Election Day + Tuesday, November 8.
In honor of our 96th anniversary as well as Presidents' Day, we are calling upon our supporters to help us in Making Democracy Work and bringing new voters into our electoral process this year.
Andrew Winga as the primary presenter related that the DOT had conducted a large number of public meetings including the general public, with local officials, and other agency coordinators. The study has gone on primarily during the year 2015. The DOT has now come out with a series of 6 strategy packages, all of which would include both extensive widening of some roads and new roads. It is difficult to explain with any precision or brevity exactly where all these strategies are located. However, in general the 6 taken together (not each plan would include each of these ideas) would expand Highway 16 to 6 lines from I-90 to La Crosse Street and make La Crosse Street 4 lanes. The speed limit would not increase. Other packages include a new highway extending U.S. 53 South to connect to River Valley Drive which would be placing new road pavement in the marsh. The proposals vary a bit on how the traffic would get from River Valley Drive to downtown. Some connection would be a 4-lane road on St. Cloud or Gillette Street or a new road from St. James Street to Monitor Street using an old railroad corridor. The Department of Transportation has a summary which you can find on the website at http://www.CouleeRegionStudy.dot.wi.gov.
In approximately 1989 the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area did study the use of the marsh and transportation issues that might impact the marsh. The full consensus positions can be read on the La Crosse League website but in summary the League supports the use of the marsh for water and air quality and purification, flood control, wildlife habitat and as an urban green space. The League supports alternative strategies to alleviate future traffic congestion and opposes any further industrial or commercial development in the marsh and a moratorium on further filling of the marsh.
It is important to continue to monitor the progress of the study as no final plans have been made and the DOT is continuing to study the various impacts including environmental impacts of its 6 strategy packages. There will be more public meetings.
Maureen L. Kinney
Whitewater Watershed was named a pilot project area for new water quality program as one of four Minnesota watersheds selected. This voluntary program is the result of local, state and federal partnerships and recognizes the efforts of local producers. The program is designed to accelerate voluntary adoption of agricultural practices that enhance water quality, while maintaining Minnesota's productive agricultural economy. Under the certification program, farmers who implement and maintain approved conservation plans will be certified and in turn assured that their operations meet water quality goals and standards for 10 years. Check out the organizations work at http://www.whitewaterwatershed.org and a related book recommendation from the presentation: Barnyards and Birkenstocks: Why Farmers and Environmentalists Need Each Other by Don Stuart.
LWVLA has joined in the Upper Mississippi ILO effort to promote improvement and maintenance of water quality in our area and downstream to the Gulf of Mexico. LWV policy thinks globally, works out locally.
The philosophy is:
For those interested in Water Issues: The Midwest Connection for Storm-water and Erosion Control Professionals Conference is July 26 - 28, 2016 at the La Crosse Center.
More information: http://iecagreatconnections.com/
Other sites: http://www.wisconsinwomen.org