Making Democracy Work

May Newsletter


May 2016 LWVGGB Newsletter


May 2 5:00 p.m. LWVGGB Annual Meeting and Dinner w/Speaker Jay Heck

May 3 9:00 a.m. Health Care Committee Meets; 826 East River Drive

May 9 6:30 p.m. Immigration Network Meets; Ken De Groot Hall

May 17 All Day; Voter Registration: All Brown County Libraries:

June 3-4 LWVWI Annual Meeting--Egg Harbor's Landmark Resort

June 14 11:30 Voyageur Park in De Pere; Potluck Picnic

Sept 29 TBA Circle this Calendar Date: Fall Kick-off Dinner Meeting with speaker Julie Underwood, a nationally recognized authority on school law and the eighth dean of the UW-Madison School of Education


Public Is Welcome HOLIDAY INN STADIUM RAMADA WAY, GREEN BAY, WI 5:00 p.m. MAY 2, 2016

JAY HECK Executive Director of Common Cause in Wisconsin The Assault and Destruction of Democracy in Wisconsin and What We Can Do About It in 2016

SCHEDULE 5:00 LWVGGB Annual Meeting; 6:00 Social 6:30 Dinner with Presentation to follow

Dinner Choices; Charcoal Grilled Salmon Filet topped with a Citrus Cream Sauce. Served with Baby Red Potatoes Chicken Florentine: Breast of Chicken stuffed with Spinach, Wild Mushrooms and Feta. Served with Wild Rice Vegetarian option available upon request Dinners include vegetables,salad, rolls, and beverage

Mail your dinner choice and a $22 check made out to LWVGGB to Julie Arneth, 2279 Mt. Olive Drive, Suamico, WI 54313 by April 30th. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Questions: 920-434-0764/





Bring your favorite dish to pass. Tableware, coffee, and soft drinks will be provided. The June newsletter will include program details.

Warm weather, sunshine, and picnics, go together, but if the day just happens to be rainy and cold we will move the picnic indoors to the nearby Kress Family Library.


With our 2016 Annual Meeting and Dinner on May 2nd one League year ends and another begins. Yes, Voter Service and other committee issues which we worked diligently on last year continue into be vital and important especially during this upcoming election season.

Our Natural Resources Committee sponsored a spectacular Mini Water Conference for the Saturday before Earth Week. Four speakers: Titus Seilheimer a Fisheries Specialist at UW Sea Grant Institute; Kevin Fermanich, Professor of Geoscience at UWGB; Kevin Masarik a Groundwater Specialist at UW-Stevens Point; and Kimberlee Wright from Midwest Environmental Advocates presented information about our Wisconsin waters. Additionally, ten organizations interested in our environment set up interesting exhibits.

Special thanks to Kathy Lefebvre and her committee for organizing this community event. If you were unable to attend, links to the speakers' power points will be available on the LWVGGB website.

Save the date of June 14 for our annual potluck picnic at Voyageur Park in De Pere and, though it seems a long time into the future, September 29 for our fall dinner meeting. The Education Committee has invited Julie Underwood to be our speaker. She is a nationally recognized authority on school law, who served as the eighth dean of the UW-Madison School of Education.

An updated member list will be in your 2016 Annual Report. Please let me know if you have corrections or phone/email updates......which reminds me...dues are due either at the Annual Meeting or directly to Treasurer Clayton Smits. A new 2016-2017 Membership Directory will be available in November.



LWVGGB welcomes Terri Zahorik to our organization. We enjoyed meeting you at the Brown County Water Conference and hope to see you at our Annual Meeting on May 2nd and at other League committee meetings and events. You can email Terri at


Our local League Facebook page has been reactivated! The next time you are on Facebook, go to our page and click "Like" at the top. That will ensure that any future posts from the page will come into your news feed.

To find the page when you are on Facebook, type "League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay" into the search bar. Upcoming League events that are open to the public will be posted. You can now go directly to our Facebook page to review the details about the time and place of League events.

If you have already "Liked" the page, it will be very quick to go to our Facebook page to seek information about an event, because if you start typing the page name into the search bar, our page name will quickly come up.

Also, we will be posting links to information from other media and Facebook sources that reinforce League policy positions on issues such as voting, public education, redistricting, etc.

If you have questions about using Facebook, contact Kathy Lockard <>

Kathy Lockard


The 2016 Making Democracy Work award. committee asks the membership to nominate a person or organization for consideration.

Why are we doing this? To honor an individual or organization in the community that is doing the hard work of making democracy work. To provide an opportunity for others in the community to honor the recipient. To enhance the visibility of LWVGGB.

Who should be considered for the award? Individuals or organizations that have worked to improve the community and mobilized others to work with them to bring about change. An election year is a perfect time to observe, nominate and celebrate those who share the LWV vision of what it takes run clean elections where all eligible voters exercise their right to vote.

Nominees in the past have been ranked on the following: Does the nominee educate a public (group of people) on issues facing our community? Did the activities of the nominee effect change? Was there a recognizable public policy change as a result? Did the nominee mobilize others to effect change? Did the nominee's work support a LWVWI position?

Information gathered in an on-line nomination form: Nominator's name, address, email address, phone number and relationship to nominee. Nominee's name, address, email address, phone number and length of time active in the community. Why the nominee should be considered for the award. How the nominee exemplifies leadership to effect change through education and advocacy. Description of the impact the nominee has had on our community, naming the population, organization, or event that has benefited from the nominee's efforts. Significant partnerships and collaborations in which the nominee has participated.


The state Annual Meeting will be held at the Landmark Resort in beautiful Egg Harbor, June 3-5. The meeting will begin Friday evening with dinner and a speaker on The Economic Case for Improving Water Quality. It will continue Saturday with Colleen Gruszynski as our third annual Zabelle Malkasian Lecture, speaking on How to Engage the Emerging Electorate, which is made up of younger, more diverse voters. That will be followed by sessions designed to help Leagues be more effective, our business meeting and awards ceremony. On Sunday there will be an optional opportunity to join a Door County Trolley tour of three lighthouses on the peninsula. LWVWI has scheduled more time for informal visiting and networking this year, and the Landmark Resort offers many comfortable spots for casual small group gatherings.

Full agenda, hotel reservation information, and online registration can be found here:


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