The League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area 
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Please put March 17, 2020 (3rd Tuesday of the month) at Traverse Area District Library
on your calendar!  Details are below.

LWVGTA is in desperate need for a volunteer who can put together a Facebook page for our organization. For more information please contact Mary Grover at
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March, 2020
March 17, 2020, Margaret Goeman, a wonderful LWVGTA  presenter, will speak on "An overview of the 2020 Census (And Why It Counts)".  A special guest speaker, Nate Alger, Grand Traverse County Administrator will be there to talk  about plans for gathering census data in the Grand Traverse Area.

This event will be held in the McGuire room at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City from 12PM Noon to 1:30PM.  Please come and learn how important the census is to our mostly rural area, and meet and renew friendships with members of LWVGTA.  Bring your lunch and a friend!

Plans for a 2020 celebration of the founding of LWVGTA 60 years ago are in the works! 
2020 is the official 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in the United States.  Lets celebrate! 

If you would like to help plan these important celebrations, please contact Nancy Nordfjord ( or Anne Montgomery (  Join us!

March 10, 2020 is Michigan's Primary Election. Everyone can obtain an absentee ballot and vote early.  Your city or township clerk has applications that will put you on the list to receive an absentee ballot by mail for every election.

We will also have elections in May as well as the Presidental Election in November of 2020.  To get nonpartisan information on elections and candidates on the web, see

Plans are in the works for a float in the Cherry Festival Heritage Parade celebrating the 100th anniversary of Women's Right to Vote as well as the 100th year anniversary of the founding of LWV.  We would like to have as many marchers (100?) as possible wearing white and walking in the parade. Anyone interested in women's rights is encouraged to join us. White T-shirts imprinted with "Women's Vote 1920-2020" in a sash design will be available for a moderate price.  Please contact Ann Swaney ( for more information.
Report on the February Program
(In case you missed it.)
Our area's NORTHWEST COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS is a nationally recognized organization focused on ending homelessness.  Their presentation offered much information on the workings of this new coalition.  Various area agencies now work collaboratively to prioritize cases so that people the most in need are serviced first.  The coalition goes out into the community to find the homeless and determine their needs.  There is special emphasis on homeless youth and preventing homelessness before it happens.  Host homes in our area are being sought for temporary placement of those 18-24 years of age.  If you are interested in learning more about being a host home, please contact the Northwest Coalition to End Homelessness at (844) 900-0500 or
Winter and Early Spring Program dates:
Mark your calendars for these upcoming program events for LWVGTA!

March 17, 2020 (Tuesday) from 12PM Noon to 1:30PM in the McGuire Room of TADL.  Margaret Goeman and Grand Traverse Administrator, Nate Alger will do a presentation on the 2020 Census and why it is so important to our region. The League of women Voters also wants to make sure everyone in Michigan who is eligible to vote is registered, and everyone is counted.

April 14, 2020 (Tuesday) from 12PM Noon to 1:30PM in the McGuire Room of TADL Dave Dempsey, Senior Advisor, For the Love of Water (FLOW) will Present From PBB to PFAS: How We've Failed to Protect Our Health and Our Water from Toxic Chemicals in Michigan.

May, 2020  LWVGTA  Annual Meeting - speaker TBA

September, October and November programs are to be announced in the coming months.

ALSO: Watch for more information on the National Writers' Series "Evening with Elaine Weiss" who authored The Woman's Hour, The Great Fight to Win the Vote.
This will be held at the City Opera House on June 11, 2020.  It is hoped that many League members and friends will be able to attend and wear white in appreciation for the suffragists and the 100th anniversary of Womens' Right to Vote.

Many thanks to our Program Committee for putting together these important programs for LWVGTA.  The Program Committee is looking for volunteers to work with the committee.

Bring your lunch and a friend to these presentations and plan on meeting your fellow LWVGTA members!

"Civic (Mis)-Information: A Librarian Led Discussion on How We Find, Evaluate and Share the News" will be held at the Traverse Area District Library on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 6:30-8:00PM.  This program is a concerted effort of Michele Howard, TADL Director and Nicco Pandolfi, NMC Instruction Librarian.
Such an important topic for 2020!
To mark the 100th anniversary of women suffragists success, this newsletter is doing a series of articles about the founding suffragists' ambitions and struggles to win womens' right to vote and other important issues occurring at the same time in the United States.  This installment speaks to the ongoing efforts to organize the suffragist groups and get the 19th Amendment voted upon from 1878 - 1890.
A Woman Suffrage Amendment is proposed in the U.S. Congress.  When the 19th Amendment passes 41 years later it is worded exactly the same as this 1878 amendment.

The first vote on woman suffrage is taken in the U.S. Senate and is defeated.

The National Council of Women in the U.S. is established to promote the advancement of women in society.

The National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Associations merge and the National American Woman Suffrage Association is formed.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton is the first president.
The movement focuses its efforts on securing suffrage at the state level.
Wyoming is admitted the Union with a state constitution granting woman suffrage.
The American Federation of Labor declares support for woman suffrage.
The South Dakota campaign for woman suffrage loses.

To be continued...
Source: The National Women's History Museum
, Messages from our president, Jan Warren:

- The 2020 LWVUS Convention is June 26-28 in Washington DC.  This will be an  exciting event because of its timing with the 100th anniversary and the 2020 election.  We have budgeted money for at least two people to attend, including the registration fee, hotel and flight out of Traverse City airport.  The convention registration is not on the web site yet but hotel reservations should be made soon.  Rooms have been reserved at 3 hotels but the Hyatt is convention headquarters.  Their special rate for the convention is $199/night.  Any member can attend the convention.

-LWVMI will hold a spring workshop on April 2, 2020 in Mt. Pleasant. There will be 2 sessions in the AM and 2 in the afternoon.  Topics are likely to be Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, Fundraising, Environment and Voter Services.
Liz Messing's address for get well cards and messages is: 525 Cottage Arbor Lane, Willow Cottage #103, Traverse City, MI 49684
The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The League is strictly non-partisan, neither endorsing candidates nor supporting political parties.  The League, in both its values and its practices, reaffirms its commitment to diversity.

LWVGTA would welcome donations.  2020 will be a busy year with federal, state and local elections.  You can make tax deductible donations designated for the LWVGTA - Education Fund.  These funds can only be used to provide nonpartisan civic information to help citizens understand and participate in government with the goal of building citizen participation in the democratic process at all government levels.  

You can also make unrestricted donations to LWVGTA which could be used for our other important work.

Donations to special projects, especially to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the US ratification of women's right to vote or our 60th anniversary of the founding of our League are also welcome.  Celebrations will be held this summer.
One way we make money is to collect Oleson's receipts. Please send your receipts to: Jan Warren,12055 S. Woodwinds Circle #15, Traverse City, MI 49684.
The League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area

Serving Antrim, Benzie, Crawford, Grand Traverse, and Kalkaska Counties
Voter Newsletter Archives

Jan Warren

First Vice President
Mary Grover, Program Chair

Second Vice President
Linda Crandall, Publicity Chair

Ingird Brophy filling in for Liz Messing

Ann Swaney

Board of Directors
Mary Beeker, Web Master
Ingrid Brophy
Marcia Koppa, Crawford County Unit Chair

Barb Berry
Peg Townsend, Voter Services Co-Chair
Anne Montgomery, Voter Services Co-Chair
Nancy Nordfjord, Membership Chair
Joanne Westphal, Natural Resources Chair

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 We recently sent out a request for volunteers for the LWVGTA Program Committee. Mary Grover is chairing this committee and would welcome more volunteers.
If you have content for the newsletter, please contact Nancy Nordfjord at

Election Information:
Michigan' Primary Election is March 10, 2020.
You can contact your County or Township Clerk to learn what you might do to help with this election.
LWVGTA Membership renewal for the fiscal year of 2020-2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) begins in May. To pay dues by PayPal or print a membership application go to
LWVGTA Facebook Page
LWVGTA Website
Our mailing address is:
League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area, P.O. Box 671, Traverse City, MI 49685

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