RSVP to reserve a lunch by  10/1 (cost $15). 

You may respond and pay for your lunch via PayPal 



by mailing a check for $15 to

LWV La Crosse Area

PO Box 363

La Crosse, WI  54602-0363

Access to Justice:

Fair Courts Town Hall



Hon. John Perlich

Hon. Dale Pasell

Rick Kyte

Erin Grunze

Jay Heck

Monday, March 25



Student Union Theater

521 East Ave N

Presented by

Common Cause


UWL Pol Science & Public Adm



Learn more here.


Fair Maps

Panel Discussion


Erin Grunze, LWVWI

Tara Johnson, La Crosse County Board Chair

Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Wednesday, March 27


Viterbo Nursing Center


Sponsored by


Driftless Voter Coalition

Vernon County Friends of Fair Maps

Legislative Breakfast


Jill Billings

Steve Doyle

Ron Kind

Jennifer Shilling

Saturday, April 6

8:30: Registration

8:45: Breakfast


1835 Rose Street

RSVP by 3/29




and pay $15 at the door


RSVP and pay via PayPal.

It's Time to Renew!

LWV membership year: July 1 - June 30.

RSVP to reserve a lunch by  12/3 (cost $15). 


You may respond and pay for your lunch via PayPal 



by mailing a check for $15 to

LWV La Crosse Area

PO Box 363

La Crosse, WI  54602-0363

You may include any special dietary considerations along with your RSVP.

Reservations for lunch are closed. Seating will be available to anyone who would like to attend the program.

Do You Understand the Advisory Referendum on 

Fair Maps? 

Click here to read the op-ed
"End Gerrymandering Now!"
by Deb Lutjen, LWVLA President
Click on the Fair Maps logo to read FAQs on the referendum question.

Button for annual


Anticipating League's Centennial Year, Pam Thiel portrays Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the LWV, at the February member social.

UWL receives award for efforts to increase student voter turnout

UW-La Crosse received a gold seal at the national ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awards Ceremony for achieving a student voting rate between 40% and 49%. 

Leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, UWL students John Lawlis and Kathryn Draper led voter registration efforts and also worked to improve voter turnout on election day. The two worked with the League of Women Voters, the city clerk and student volunteers to get out the vote. 


 At UWL, a total of 4,796 UWL students voted in the 2018 mid-term, or about 47%, compared to about 28 percent in 2014, according to the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE). This was a higher percentage than the 39% voting rate across all institutions nationally who participated in the NSLVE.  Read more here.

A News8000 video (here) shows local League members working with Jack Lawliss, UWL students, and employees of the La Crosse City Clerk's office in Fall 2019 to register students during a nine-day Battle of the Dorms event. 


by Lee McIntyre


"How we arrived in a post-truth era, when "alternative facts" replace actual facts, and feelings have more weight than evidence....


In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Lee McIntyre traces the development of the post-truth phenomenon from science denial through the rise of "fake news," from our psychological blind spots to the public's retreat into "information silos....McIntyre argues that we can fight post-truth, and that the first step in fighting post-truth is to understand it."

Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality to Hold Hearing in La Crosse 

June 13, 2019, 1:00 pm.

UW-L Cleary Alumni Center

The Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality has been created to gather information and make policy recommendations to better assess and improve the quality of both surface water and ground water in our state. The goal is to listen to a diverse group of stakeholders so that all perspectives are heard as the legislature moves forward. Citizens are encouraged to attend one of the hearings to share their input. They will be allowed to speak for 3 minutes after the invited speakers.

Hearing  dates, sites, and invited speakers can be found  here.

League members place signs to get out the vote for the April 2 election in partnership with members of the Driftless Voter Coalition.

On Friday, 3/22, LWVWI celebrated a Wisconsin win for democracy when Judge Niess ruled in favor of the League in a suit against the lame-duck legislative session held after the 2018 election. The judge ruled the "extraordinary session" unconstitutional and blocked the actions passed during that session. Read more.

LWVLA Annual Meeting

Monday, May 20

The Freighthouse Restaurant

Hiawatha Room

107 Vine Street, La Crosse

5:30 pm, Social Gathering -- Cash Bar

6:00 pm, Dinner

7:00 pm, Annual Meeting


In anticipation of League's Centennial, we will view Lady Gaga's suffragette video, "Bad Romance."

  • Elect officers and board members and celebrate the commitment of volunteers and supporters of the LWV La Crosse Area.

  • Commit to volunteer with a local LWV action team.

  • Welcome new members and bring a friend!

On April 2, voters in La Crosse and Vernon counties voiced their support for a nonpartisan approach to redistricting.

Seventy-seven percent of voters in La Crosse County said the state Legislature should create a nonpartisan method for drawing congressional and legislative districts. In Vernon County, the advisory referendum passed with 71 percent of the vote. The LWVLA partnered with the Driftless Voter Coalition and the Vernon County Friends of Fair Maps as advocates for the referendum .

Nominating Committee Report


The report of the Nominating Committee, according to the LWVLA Bylaws, shall be sent to all members one month before the annual meeting and presented at the annual meeting. Nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting, after the Nominating Committee report presentation, by any voting member provided the consent of the nominee has been secured.


The Nominating Committee would like to present the 2019-2021 slate of Officers, Directors, and the 2020 Nominating Committee here. 

LWV of the La Crosse Area 

Proposed 2019-20 Budget

A copy of the the proposed budget is available to read or download here.

League Program Priorities 2019 - 2020


The 2019 - 2020 League program is the education and advocacy platform that we adopt at the annual meeting to move our mission forward.


"The LWV of the La Crosse Area will be recognized as a leader in citizen empowerment to actively participate in the democratic process and promote positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy."


All members are invited to review the proposed program here prior to consideration and adoption at the Annual Meeting. 


Please consider how you will share your interests, skills, experiences, and community connections to move the LWV La Crosse forward.

2019 Annual Meeting Business

Gundersen Exhibit Recognizes LWV Centennial & Contributions of Gundersen Women 


The public dedication of an exhibit honoring Gundersen women as early leaders of the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area is scheduled for Friday, June 14 at 10:15 AM at the Gundersen Clinic in La Crosse.  A LWV representative group, including Signe Schroeder and Rachel Gundersen, will gather in the Mooney Library, located across the hall from the display. Incoming LWVLA president, Mary Nugent, will speak about the significance of the centennial of women's suffrage and early leaders of our local League. The display will be on view for the public for six months.

In 1920, the League of Women Voters was established and serves as a nonpartisan, grassroots, political organization advocating for informed and active participation in government. Our members work to improve governmental systems and impact public policies through voter education and advocacy.

The La Crosse Area League of Women Voters is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage with the kick-off celebration at the Hixon House on Monday, June 10.

This fall, the League will host monthly guest speakers on the various issues included in the 2019-2020 League priorities, such as redistricting, voting rights, campaign finance/money in politics, citizens' right to know (transparency in government) and natural resource protection.

There has never been a better time to recognize and celebrate our democracy.

The League can help you engage in discussions and learn about various topics that affect our future.

The League does not endorse political candidates, but instead seeks to educate our members and the public about various policies and the views of politicians views on those policies.

Robin Schmidt, LWVLA Vice-President

La Crosse Tribune

Forum #1 

Why Climate Change is a Public Health Emergency 



  • Claire Gervais, M.D. Family practice physician and Clinical Associate Director of Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Change 

  • Ralph Petersen, Ph.D. UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center and former NASA and NOAA scientist 

  • Andrea Kaminski Former executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin

WHEN: Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m. 


WHERE: Room 0430 La Crosse County Administration Building, 212 N. 6th St., La Crosse

For more information including the accompanying study guide, visit or call 608-232-9447.

Janette Dean

Environmental Policy and Human Rights Advocate


Milwaukee-born Janette Dean was raised in the tri-state region surrounding La Crosse, WI and graduated from La Crescent High School in 1984. She is an alumna of the University of Southern CA and the University of Nevada Reno with a dual B.A. in Political Science and Sociology.


While in Nevada, Janette led a three-year statewide grassroots effort working with legislators to achieve state ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in 2017 as the first state to do so since 1977 which helped to revive the national movement.


Janice will present a short film about the fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, Legalize Equality. Following the film, she will lead a 15-20 minute discussion on the latest progress with the ERA.


RSVP to reserve a lunch by  9/3 (cost $15). 


You may respond and pay for your lunch via PayPal 



by mailing a check for $15 to

LWV La Crosse Area

PO Box 363

La Crosse, WI  54601


You may include special dietary considerations with your rsvp.


Please remember that this year we are not accepting payment at the door on the day of the Lunch & Learn programs. Your RSVP and payment is due Tuesday, 9/3. Thanks!

Welcome to a New Year of LWVLA Lunch & Learn Programs 


This special LWV Centennial year, we are highlighting the history of suffrage, the passage of the 19th Amendment, the ERA, as well as other important issues that affect us as citizens. 


We will still be meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month with an 11:30 lunch, followed by the featured speaker at noon. However, there are some changes this year for the Lunch and Learn Program season: 


  • The venue has been changed to The Waterfront, in Cargill North or South.

  • While lunches are still $15, payment will be required the Wednesday before the Lunch & Learn so that we can provide The Waterfront with an exact lunch count. Unfortunately, prepaid lunches are nonrefundable.


You may pay for your lunch  using the same methods as from previous years (#1 & #2), OR using a new option introduced this year (#3):

1. Pay by a check mailed to:

LWV La Crosse Area

PO Box 363

La Crosse, WI  54602

2. Pay on PayPal, where you may use either your PayPal account or a credit card.

3. Prepay for the entire eight (8) Lunch & Learn programs for $96.  This works out to only $12 per lunch! Plus a special two hour Earth Day Program on April 14, 2020, is included! 

We hope you and your friends can join us for what we think is one of the best Lunch & Learn seasons ever. 

January Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, January 14, 2019

Lunch at 11:30, Program at 11:45

The Waterfront

The Cargill North Room


RSVP below by Tuesday, 1/7, for lunch.


Pressures on Child Protective Services 



Director of La Crosse County Human Services since 2010 

Witt grew up in La Crosse County. Prior to returning, he worked in Rock County, where his department won a $300,000 MacArthur Foundation Award for his department's efforts to tie data to outcomes and reduce the disproportional number of minority juveniles that were incarcerated.



Elected representative from the 94" Assembly District since 2011

Served on La Crosse County Board since 1986 to present and as Chair from 2002 until 2011 

Doyle is on a number of committees in the legislature, the committee on financial institutions, family law, adoptions, and the speaker's task force on suicide prevention.


It is well known that many of our local families are under stress and, of course, that stress most often has a negative impact on children within the family. Let's see what La Crosse County is experiencing and what they are attempting to do to help these families and children.


RSVP to reserve a lunch by 1/7 (cost $15). 


You may respond and pay for your lunch via PayPal 



by mailing a check for $15 to

LWV La Crosse Area

PO Box 363

La Crosse, WI  54602-0363


You may include special dietary considerations with your rsvp.


Please remember that this year we are not accepting payment at the door on the day of the Lunch & Learn programs. Your RSVP and payment is due Tuesday, 1/7. Unfortunately, prepaid lunches are nonrefundable. Thanks!


A coalition of individuals, programs, organizations, and businesses, led by Fridays for Future, La Crosse chapter, has organized events throughout the La Crosse area on CLIMATE STRIKE FRIDAY.


Click on the separate pages of the flyer to the right for places and times of these events.


The Opening La Crosse Chapter Event for 2019/20

Saturday, 9/21/19

8:00 - 11:00 Candidate Development Workshop

11:00 - 12:30  A Conversation with Students


Click on the flyers below to enlarge them for more information. A link for the required free registration can be found here.

Candidate Development Workshop - Ethical

March with League in the Maple Leaf Parade



LWV will be walking in the Oktoberfest Maple Leaf parade on Saturday,9/28, with banners and two cars, one to lead and the other bring up the end of our unit. The lead car will be a vintage vehicle and the end car will be a new model to represent the 1919 era and the future. We need people to hold banners (to be provided) and walk in between the vehicles.


We walk from Clinton Street to King Street. The parade starts at 10:00 so we have to be there sometime before then. We are Unit 82 and will line up on Caledonia Street between Sill and Clinton Street. Be prepared to walk. 


Costumes are not necessary but can be fun. I have my white suffrage outfit with a gold sash. We will have some sashes available. I hope we can have a good crowd of us. The two cars are convertibles so for those of you who would like to partake but not sure you can walk it all, there would be a few riding spots available. You could walk and ride, some of each. Carrie Chapman Catt will be riding in the vintage car.


You do not need to RSVP but it would be nice if we had some head count but if you are unsure, certainly just show up Saturday morning. People who are interested may want to provide their cell number with their rsvp so that we can text them last minute details.


I forgot to add, but I am sure you all know this, be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes!!!! 


If questions, call Maureen Kinney,784-5678 (work), 784-9324(home), 797-8442 (cell).

Explore diverse stories of women who have shaped past and present progress for voting rights.  

Join The League of Women Voters in this movement as we approach our 100 years of fighting for democracy.

Thank You for Donating to the LWVLA today, 12/3/19! 

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uwl registration
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To donate in person, see below.

The La Crosse Community Foundation has chosen the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area

as one of ten nonprofits to receive a matching $1000 grant on Giving Tuesday, 12/3/2019. 

Donations on December 3 will be used for the work of Voter Services:



#Giving Tuesday Match Guidelines

  • Gifts must be made directly to LCF on #Giving Tuesday, December 3rd. 

  • Gifts can be made on the LCF website from 12 am – 11:59 pm on December 3rd. 


  • Check and cash gifts can be given in person at the LCF Office on #Giving Tuesday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

  • Checks written to LCF with your organization name written in the memo or cash with donor information (full name and mailing address).

  • LCF Office: 401 Main St., Suite 205 (State Bank Building)

  • LCF will provide each organization with its unique donor list from gifts received on Giving Tuesday.

  • LCF will acknowledge all gifts for tax purposes.

Please "like" our LWV La Crosse Area Facebook page. Share our donation posting with your family and friends. Ask them to share with theirs.

  • voter education

  • voter registration

  • voter ID assistance

  • issue education

  • candidate forums

  • candidate position resources

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uwl registration
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You Are Invited to the LWVLA 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Please Vote and Submit Your Ballot by June 12


So far, 2020 has been a year unlike any that most of us have experienced. As a result of the response to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, we were unable to gather for dining and socializing at our League's traditional Annual Meeting. 


Instead, this year we are inviting you to view our first virtual Annual Meeting as a YouTube video.  We are also inviting you to participate by completing a survey (located here) which will function as our business meeting ballot. The documents you need to review before voting are located as links within each of the items on this ballot and as links at the end of this invitation. Remember, we would like you to submit your ballot by Friday, June 12.


A link to the entire Annual Meeting Report is also available here for you to read, download, or print. Click on this image of the cover. 




If you would like to receive an electronic copy of our League's member roster--usually handed out at our Annual Meeting--please send a request to In order to respect our members' privacy, we ask that you do not share that document with others.


Thank you so much for your support of the LWVLA. Stay safe, and stay well.

LWV La Crosse Area Board and Officers

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2020 LWVLA Membership Approval Documents

  • 2019 95th Annual Meeting Minutes (Document 1) here.

  • 2020- 2021 Proposed Program Priorities Document 2) here.

  • 2020-2021 Proposed Budget.   (Document 3) here.

  • 2020-2022 Proposed Nominations (Document 4) here.

League of Women Voters 

of the La Crosse Area

P.O. Box 363

La Crosse, WI



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