Making Democracy Work

October 2016 Newsletter

October Newsletter

October 2016 LWVGGB Newsletter


October 3 3:00 PM Making Democracy Work meets 1639 Rustic Oaks, Green Bay

October 10 5:00 PM LWVGGB Board Meeting City Building Room 310

October 10 6:30 PM Immigration Network Meets Ken De Groot Hall - St. Willy's

October 11 9:30 AM Health Care Committee meets 826 East River Drive, De Pere

October 11 4:00 PM Education Committee Meets BC Library Board Room

October 14-15 LWVLMR Annual Meeting Porter, Indiana

October 18 5-8 PM Feminism on Tap at The Libertine

October 18 Library hours Voter Registration: All Brown County Libraries

October 19 4:30 PM Redistricting Committee meets 401 Arrowhead Dr. Green Bay

November 1 1-3:30 PM Achieve Brown Co. Register: leah@acheive

November 8 7 AM - 8 PM Election Day: Be an election observer or poll worker

November 15 Making Democracy Work Award Dinner SAVE THE DATE!

November 19 LWVWI Issues Briefing-Madison Crowne Plaza Hotel


The LWVGGB is joining forces with Planned Parenthood for Feminism on Tap, Tuesday, October 18th from 5-8 pm at The Libertine 209 N Washington St. Feminism on Tap is a regular event started by Planned Parenthood, where individuals can come together and discuss issues important to women in a casual environment. In October, we'll be talking about voting and learning about the long, continuing struggle for voting rights. Appetizers will be provided. Since space is limited, please RSVP to Colleen at Plenty of parking is available in the lot across the street or in the nearby parking ramp.


Colleen Gruszynski has arranged for our League to discuss women's issues during Feminism on Tap at the Libertine at 5:00 PM. Join us during this relaxing and informal event to talk about important women's issues.

The date and time for the District 8 Candidate forum/debate with Mike Gallagher and Tom Nelson is not yet determined. Voter Service Chair Anneliese Waggoner is keeping in touch with the planners. You will receive information about the forum via a separate email. Be on the lookout.

65 members and guests heard Julie Underwood speak about "Supporting Public Education" at our fall dinner meeting on October 29. Many educators were present and noted that they learned something they had not previously considered. All were appreciative that Julie was willing to take time to answer questions.

LVWI Gear Up to Vote minivan made a stop at the Wednesday Farmer's Market on Broadway on August 25. LWVGGB assisted citizens with voter registration and answered voters' questions. Thank you to organizer Colleen Gruszynski and the nine volunteers who staffed the event along with Erin Grunze from LWVWI who arrived in the Gear Up to Vote van.

After the Making Democracy Work committee meets on October 3, watch for the announcement naming this year's award recipient and details for the dinner celebration on November15!

Unlike many organizations, LWVGGB does not hold monthly meetings. Therefore, I urge you again to consider joining one of our committees for stimulating and informative discussion.



LWVGGB would like to welcome Barbara Derenne, Julie Lindley, and Kathleen Joynt to the League. We are glad the three of you joined us for our fall dinner meeting where Julie Underwood spoke about today's education concerns. Members can contact Barbara by email at <> or at 920-370-1237; Julie at <> or 252-333-7287; and Kathleen at < or 366-7469.


September 30 is the deadline for nominating an individual or group of individuals to receive the 2017 MDW Award. Nomination criteria are listed on the website at The committee is looking for members to review the nominations on October 3 at 3:00 p.m. The dinner event celebrates what it means to make democracy work. It recognizes others who are doing what the LWVGGB is doing every day. Participating in the process and welcoming guests at the dinner event is how league members can grow communities of engagement. An invitation was emailed to all league members asking for help in making this a community event. The committee needs your answer to the call. Please contact Kathy Riley at 920-366-2720 or (Please note that the email address must include the 't'.)


I am Anna Simono a kindergarten teacher at Nicolet Elementary School. My school has 100% free and reduced lunch. For several years our largest class size was 18 students because we were a SAGE school. SAGE has been taken away and our new class size is 23. I currently have 21 students in my class. Most of my students have not attended 4K and do not have stable home lives. I have 3 students in my class that do not speak English. A 4D study was done on my school in 2014, results showed most of the parents at my school have 3rd grade reading and math levels. I need your help for my students to succeed and become successful citizens. I would love to have volunteers in my classroom to read and write with my students. I look forward to hearing back from you. Anna Simono, 920-242-5429 <>


The LWVLMR invites you to their 49th Annual Meeting and Conference, The Craft and Art of Saving Lake Michigan. The meeting will take place in the Indiana dunes, in Porter County's historical "Speakeasy Spa," October 14 and 15. A variety of presenters will share the most up-to-date knowledge on current issues with Lake Michigan and how LWV can help, and the field trips will provide hands-on experiences from a variety of different viewpoints. Join us for an informative, fun, and creative experience! Further information, including on-line registration, is available at


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