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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Upcoming Events

LWVLC ANNUAL DINNER & MEETING. Annual Dinner and Meeting with Jack Lessenberry as this year's speaker. The League of Women Voters Leelanau County announces its Annual Dinner and Meeting to be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Timberlee Hills at 10484 S Timberlee Dr., Traverse City.

The guest speaker will be syndicated columnist and Michigan Radio essayist Jack Lessenberry. His topic is "Michigan in Crisis: How Did We Get Here and How Do We Fix It?"

The event starts at 5:30 PM, with dinner at 6pm and Mr. Lessenberry's presentation at 7pm. Cost is $30 per person for dinner and speaker or $15 per person for speaker only. RSVPs are required by May 20, 2016. Payment for the event should be made out to LWVLC and sent to Nancy Duck at P.O. Box 992 Leland, MI 49654. Please indicate if you wish the chicken/beef buffet or a vegetarian entrée in your RSVP. Public is invited.

The LWVLC Annual Member Meeting will follow at 8:15 pm with approval of the 2016-17 budget, election of officer and directors and review of local program studies.

For more information: Call 231-271-5600, visit LWVLeelanau.org or follow LWVLC on Facebook at League of Women Voters Leelanau County.

The League of Women Voters Leelanau County will host a forum entitled "Food Security" on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at noon in the lower level of the Government Center in Suttons Bay. The forum will explore the impacts of a changing climate on sustainable food security and mitigations and adaptive strategies to address these changes. The panelists include Dave Barrons, former TV weather reporter and climate change activist; Richard Allen, Leland yard farmer and gardener; Kelly Lively, Policy and Outreach Partner at Cherry Capital Foods; Jim Nugent, former head of MSU Horticultural Center and local fruit farmer; and Jim Schwantes of Sweeter Song CSA and contributor to local farmers' markets. Before the forum at 11:15 AM there will be a meet and greet with local and regional food-related organizations and businesses who will provide opportunities to learn new skills and information on what an average person can do.

Many people bring a sack lunch. LWVLC business meeting to follow presentation. For more information: Call 231-271-5600, visit LWVLeelanau.org or follow LWVLC on Facebook at League of Women Voters Leelanau County

League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) is a proud sponsor of the PBS showing of The Raising of America on WCMU on December 7 and January 7. The LWVLC sought and obtained other local sponsors for this PBS showing. They are the LWV Grand Traverse Area, the Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission, the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health, NW MI and 5toONE, a project of the Great Start Collaborative of Traverse Bay. More HERE about the WCMU presentation. Links to the other sponsoring organizations are below.

The League is a strong advocate for addressing early childhood needs. The League understands what research now shows, that each of the first five years of a child's life are crucial in building the foundation for education attainment and greatly impact success or failure in later life. The League believes high quality, developmentally appropriate, and voluntary early learning experiences should be available to all children.

The LWVLC EARLY CHILDHOOD NEEDS AND SERVICES COMMITTEE started in 2013. Its focus is on children from birth through 4 years of age. It has investigated what services for these children and their families are available within Leelanau County and has begun to explore ways that the needed services could be offered and/or funded at the local government level. The LWVLC Early Childhood Needs and Services Committee meets at noon on the 3rd Friday of the month in the Munnecke Room, at the Leland Library. For more information contact Sue Miller, the Chair of the LWVLC Early Childhood Needs and Services Committee at manitoutrail@gmail.com

List of resources compiled by the LWVLC Early Childhood Needs and Services Committee

· League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area http://www.lwvgta.org/

· Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission http://www.leelanau.cc/lecdc.asp

· Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health, Northwest Michigan http://mi-aimh.org/chapters/northwest-michigan-chapter/

· 5toONE, a project of the Great Start Collaborative of Traverse Bay http://greatstartkids.com/