January 2018 LWVGGB Newsletter
January 8 6:30 PM Migration Advocacy Meets Ken DeGroot Hall - St. Willy's
January 9 9:30 AM Health Care Committee meets 825 East River Dr. #31 - DePere
January 16 4:30 Fair Voting Maps committee meets. 121 Green Ave. Allouez January 20 10:30 AM
Lively Issues. BC Central Library Rooms A & B, Lower Level January 22 2:00 PM
Environment Committee Meets BC Library, Think Tank C January 25 4:00 PM
Education Committee meets 102 Olde Allouez Ct. February 28 5:30 PM
Celebrate League's 99th Birthday Village Grille Allouez
Lively Issue is the time each year when League members come together to evaluate our program for 2018-2019 and decide what important items we should study, support, and monitor in the coming year. We will also have a chance to decide what route the LWVWI should take with their study/program items and which program items being brought to LWVUS 2018 National Convention in Chicago should be supported.
You can now find LWVWI Issues Briefing materials and brief session summaries (which will also be in the December issue of Forward) on the LWVWI website here: https://my.lwv.org/wisconsin/event/2017-lwv-wi-issues-briefing
The 2018 Proposed LWVGGB Bylaw changes in the LWVGGB December newsletter will be presented at the 2018 LWVGGB Annual Meeting for discussion and action. FYI: Both the proposed changes and the present bylaws can be found on our Website. To read both, click LWVGGB at the top of this page.
Looking forward to seeing you at Issues Briefing on January 20 and the League's Birthday party February 28.
Enjoy a spectacular 2018, Julie Arneth
Circle February 28 on your calendar and plan to celebrate. Food and drinks can be ordered off of the menu.
Judy Crain, Education Committee Chair
One exciting project is voter registration at the high schools. Green Bay has a spring and fall voter registration lined up for their students at each of the high school sites. Other area Brown County high schools, NWTC, UWGB and St. Norbert are being scheduled as well.
The group will not only continue to assist our community in getting registered but also will provide information on acquiring acceptable voter ID.
If you wish to be trained or volunteer to register people, call or email our two League members who work directly with VABC: Lorelei Hochschild VABC Co-chair, email@example.com, 920-666-05674 or Kathy Leadley firstname.lastname@example.org, 920-265-3542
Kathy Leadley, LWVGGB Member & VABC Liaison
Certified compostable products will break down within a 180-Day period.
THINGS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO DECOMPOSEPlastic bottles: 450 years (avoid buying; use a washable glass or heavy plastic bottle; recycle responsibly) Glass bottles: 1 million years (recycle responsibly) Ink Cartridges: 450-1,000 years (leaks chemicals; recycle at office stores) Plastic bags: 1,000 years (don't use in the first place; recycle at food stores; reuse) Disposable diapers: 500years; (try to use cloth diapers when possible) Electronic waste: (releases cadmium, arsenic, and lead; recycle at stores that sell it, like Best Buy or Brown County Hazardous Material Facility; there is a cost to recycle, especially for TV screens) CFL light bulbs: (Compact fluorescent bulbs; can leak mercury; can be recycled at home building stores) Ziplock Bags: 1,000 years: (can be recycled with plastic bags) Styrofoam #6: NEVER DECOMPOSES;(never use; floats and accumulates in water ways or oceans; take your own container box to the restaurant; the best invention and the worst invention ever) Avoid buying some of these items. If you must buy them, recycle or dispose of responsibly. Nancy Wakefield, Environment Committee Member
Although many members have been in the League for ten or more years, a majority of members have been in the League between one and five years. A majority of League members are retired.
League members are active and have attended three or more events in the past year. Most members answering our survey would prefer to meet on weekday afternoons or weekday evenings.
Respondents indicated great interest in league tasks, our five standing committees and administrative committees. A suggestion was made to start student committees/Leagues at NWTC and UWGB.
Respondents indicated that the League should offer more activities for younger people, offer programs for people interested in running for office, and make more attempts for social engagement. The majority of respondents are satisfied with current league activities.
As well as communicating with one another in our present monthly LWVGGB Newsletter and Facebook format, several people noted that they would like to be texted.
Thanks to all who participated, Julie Lindley and Barbara Derenne. Board Members
What we have to do now is to contact members of the Executive Committee to express our support for developing an orderly redistricting process including citizen participation. It would seem we need to do this in fairly short order right after the January 1. Members of the Executive Committee are: Supervisors Lund, Moynihan, Hoyer, Erickson, Van Dyck,Buckley and Schadewald. if any of these are your supervisor, it would be more meaningful for you to be in touch with that person. Contact information for the board,can be found here:
Thank you so much for all the work you have put into this issue this past year. Interest in this important issue will only increase in 2018. We are not done!
Anneliese Waggoner, Chair
Expanding early voting hours has had a positive response on social media and has received bipartisan support. Yet, it still needs you! Call your alderperson today and attend the hearing when it is rescheduled. Watch your email and the LWVGGB Website for the new hearing date, time and place.
After you contact your alderperson, get in touch with a Personnel Committee member. They are listed below with their contact information.
Tom DeWane 920-465-7803 email@example.com
Mark Steuer 920-494-4494 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Sladek 920-499-7701 email@example.com
Joe Moore 920-445-0145 firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen Gruszynski, LWVGGB Board Member