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Money and Politics: How much should be disclosed?

LWVMI and The Federalist Society are sponsoring a debate on this issue!

Thursday, June 25, 6:00 p.m.
Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

It will features Rich Robinson, Director of Michigan Campaign Finance Network, and Bradley Smith, author of the 2001 book, Unfree Speech: the Folly of Campaign Finance Reform.

Kyle Melinn, editor of online political news service MIRS will moderate.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30.

This is a great opportunity to hear both sides of this issue as we prepare for consensus on this topic. Go early, visit the Women's Historical Center & Hall of Fame, and make an afternoon of it!

LWVGP Commissions one of Grosse Pointe's Butterfly Benches!

The LWVGP has sponsored one of the community benches for GP Chamber of Commerce's "Seat Yourself in Grosse Pointe" event. Benches will first be on display Thursday, June 25, at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford home. On September 25 it will be sold to the highest bidder, who can then display it permanently. In between those times, you will be able to check it out at the Neighborhood Club.

LWV - Coming to Macomb County!

LWV is organizing in Macomb County and continues to make inroads into the formation of a Voter Services team.

Their next steps are to establish a meeting venue and distribute flyers in an effort to recruit the necessary people to help with the first forum, for the city of Warren.

You can check out their facebook page at Facebook/LWVMacomb County

For questions, or if you're able to help. Contact Maria at

DFP's Stephen Henderson to Speak in September

Don't put those calendars away for the summer without marking:

September 16, 7:00
Unitarian Church
17150 Maumee, GP 48230

for an evening with Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press.

Stephen Henderson Mr. Henderson, the DFP Editorial Page Editor, is a native Detroiter, who grew up in the Lafayette Park area. He is a graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Michigan. He also serves as host for "American Black Journal" and a contributor for "MiWeek".

This past year he received a 2014 Pulitzer Prize and 2014 Scripps Howard Award for Commentary.

Mr. Henderson is first and foremost a citizen of Detroit, then of Michigan, and his topic will reflect the issues of the moment.

Our League is co-sponsoring this event with the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church Alliance. It is a gift to the community, so please pass the word and plan to attend with guests!

Annual Meeting for the LWV Lake Michigan Region

The LWV Lake Michigan Region will hold its annual meeting and conference on September 25-26 in Glenview, IL.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis
Conservation Ecologist, The Field Museum
Co-Chair: Chicago Wilderness Climate Change Task Force

Molly Flanagan
Policy Director, Alliance for the Great Lakes
Former Senior Program Officer
Environmental Program, Joyce Foundation

Click here to see the flyer about the event.

Judy and Gordon Morlan attended this meeting in Traverse City last fall and found it to be exciting and informative.

Want to know more? Contact our Natural Resource Director, Gordon Morlan at

Save the Date! Saturday May 9th

The LWVGP Annual Brunch & Meeting is scheduled for
Saturday, May 9
Country Club of Detroit
220 Country Club Drive
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Speaker will be Dr. Sandra Robinson, Provost of the Mary Ellen Stempfle University and Distance Learning Center of Wayne County Community College.

Our League has long had a representative on Wayne County Community College District's Eastside Advisory Council, and it's time we became more acquainted with the new educational opportunities available to people of all ages through WCCCD. Have you noticed the new WCCCD buildings on Vernier? Do you know the educational possibilities these buildings represent for students in our area? And for retired people too?

Dr. Sandra Truitt Robinson, Provost of the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center and its neighbor on Vernier, the Center for Distance Learning, is the featured speaker at our Annual Meeting. Dr. Robinson has had a distinguished career in public education and was recognized nationally for developing and implementing innovative magnet programs at Martin Luther King High School in Detroit. Under her direction the University Center has secured partnerships with several colleges and universities so that students can complete degrees and access graduate level courses without having to leave the region. Distance learning, dual enrollment and webinars are opportunities not available twenty years ago - and what can students expect twenty years from now?

Our annual meeting will be at the beautiful Country Club of Detroit with registration beginning at 8:30. Breakfast will be served at 8:45. $26.00 per person.
Please send you registration form in to Mary Jo Johnson before April 25 if at all possible. The absolute deadline is May 4.

Print out your reservation form here

May 5th's State Proposal 15-1 Voter Guide Is Available

Click here for a voter guide, with the ballot proposal language as well as brief pro and con statements and a list of organizations who support or oppose the proposal.

The same information can be also accessed through Just type in your voting address and then click the green boxes "Get Personalized Info" and then "Show My Races". will also provide you with your polling place and voting hours.

April 14th Information Night: "May 5 State Ballot Proposal: What Is It? What Would It Do?"

LWVMI's Voter Services Director Eva Packard will be presenting an informational PowerPoint and meeting regarding details of Michigan's May 5th Proposal One ballot proposal.

It will be held:
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 pm
GP Public Library, Ewald Branch
15175 E. Jefferson
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

From LWVMI re: State Proposal 15-1: The May 5th Ballot Proposal

The League of Women Voters of Michigan is providing information on the May 5th ballot proposal that would amend Michigan's Constitution and on new laws that will take effect if the amendment is approved by voters. The League has no position on the ballot proposal. Local Leagues throughout the state are hosting meetings to educate voters on this complicated proposal.
A handout that will be given to all attendees can be found here
Slides of the presentation can be found here

Help us celebrate Women's History Month!

Wednesday, March 18, at 7 PM
Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

On March 18 our League is honoring women who personify women's history in Michigan.

The Honorable Lynne Pierce, who, after practicing law privately, moved into the public sector to serve as Municipal Judge in Grosse Pointe Woods, then as a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge.

Carol Cain, Free Press columnist and host of "Michigan Matters", is a highly respected journalist. Journalism runs in her family - her mother, Ruth Cain, was also a journalist known to many as Ruth Alden.

Emily Fijol, Executive Director of the Michigan Women's History Museum and Hall of Fame, represents all those Michigan women whose knowledge and talent have contributed so much to our lives.

In absentia, honors will also be awarded to Mary Sue Coleman, and Beth Chappell for their contributions.

Guests are welcome. Dessert reception to follow.
Cost : $8.00

Print out the reservation form here.

Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce's Meet & Greet Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Our League is a member of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring a Meet and Greet with our new Congresswoman, Brenda Lawrence. It will be Thursday morning, March 12 from 9-10 at The War Memorial.

Check out the Chamber's flyer here for additional information

Happy Birthday, League of Women Voters!

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for the Dearborn-Dearborn Heights LWV on Thursday, February 19, organized to celebrate the League's 95 years supporting democracy.

The event will be at
Byblos Banquets at
7258 Chase Road,
Dearborn, MI 48126

It begins at 5:30. Tickets are $50 individually or $500 for a table.

Interested? Make checks payable to:
LWV-DDH and send to 120 N. Military, Dearborn, MI 48124.
Friends and family welcome -- a great opportunity to meet Congresswoman Dingell.

See the flyer here

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)

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

Check out VOTE411.ORG for all your important voter information

For your personalized voter guide, go to, which provides voter guides; 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"

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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.