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Meeting Resources

LWVLC Presents: January 3, 2018 Monthly Meeting - The Corrosive Effect of Money on Elections

LWVLC Monthly Meeting - September 13, 2017

October 7, 2015 - LWVLC Presents: The Fate of Our Water - Are We Sunk?

February 23, 2015 - "Once Upon a Time: When Childcare for All Wasn't Just a Fairytale."

On Monday, February 23, the League of Women Voters Leelanau County, along with seven community organizations, will show a second episode in "The Raising of America" documentary series: "Once Upon a Time: When Childcare for All Wasn't Just a Fairytale." This film traces the history of legislative efforts to create high quality early childhood services for our country's young children. It helps us imagine how things might be different if all American children had access to the high quality early care and education that is available in other developed nations. A follow up discussion with community leaders will continue the conversation about where we go from here in creating the kind of environment that values young children and supports their families.

The community is invited to attend a 6:30 pm gathering, with refreshments, in the Community Room of the Leelanau Government Center followed by the film at 7:00pm. A panel discussion will follow.

In November 2014 the League of Women Voters and a number of Leelanau County organizations opened a community conversation about how our country can better support families and their young children. They showed "Are We Crazy About Our Kids", part of "The Raising of America" documentary series to the community. That episode focused on how investment in high quality early childcare and education can pay big economic dividends many times over. Community business leaders spoke to this point in a panel discussion following the showing.

More information about "The Raising of America" documentary can be found at

November 24, 2014 - Are We Crazy About our Kids? Suttons Bay School Auditorium

The film Are We Crazy About Our Kids explores how investing in high quality early childhood services and care pays for itself in many ways and many times over. Moreover, participants in quality early childhood experiences are more likely to graduate high school and college, get better jobs and contribute more in taxes. They are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, be unemployed, go to jail or incur other social costs. In short, they are better students and citizens and are more responsible contributors to our community. A win-win for the community, schools and business. The LWV has long been a strong advocate for addressing early childhood needs believing that the first five years of a child's life are crucial in building the foundation for educational attainment and greatly impact success or failure in later life. Additionally, the LWV believes quality, developmentally appropriate and voluntary early learning experiences should be available to all children. In this tradition, the LWVLC Early Childhood Needs and Services Study Group is excited about embarking on further collaboration with others in our community to achieve these goals.

Are We Crazy About Our Kids? - Panel Discussion

Are We Crazy About Our Kids? - Panel Discussion

Link to the Movie - Are We Crazy About Our Kids?

November 5, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Public Education: The Future

The November meeting was the 2nd session of a two-part discussion on public education. The presenters were Jim Rowlett of the Poverty Reduction Initiative, Mary Marois, former Director of the Leelanau/Grand Traverse Counties' Department of Human Services and Chris Parker, Superintendent of the Northport Public Schools. The panelists will address the issue of poverty as it relates to schooling and achievement gaps and the impact of teachers and principals on student achievement.

Public Education: The Future

Public Education: The Future

October 1, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Public Education: Past & Present

Michael Hall - Superintendent Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District

Public Education: Past & Present

September 3, 2014 Monthly Meeting - "Money in Politics Democracy in the Balance"

The League of Women Voters Leelanau County will hold its first fall meeting at noon on Wednesday September 3, 2014 in the lower level public meeting room of the Leelanau County Government Center. The topic is Money in Politics, Democracy in the Balance. A video featuring Move to Amend National Spokesperson Ashley Sanders will be shown and additional information on how money continues to corrupt our electoral process will be presented by members BJ Christensen, Betty Bushey and Marian Kromkowski.

Money in Politics Democracy in the Balance

June 4, 2014 - "The Changing Dynamics of Leelanau County: What are the Opportunities and Challenges in our Corner of Michigan"

LWVLC committee members Judy Hoeffler, Phil Mikesell, Betty Bushey, Barbara Reinert, Barbara Schneider and Ty Wessel will outline the results of their demographic study and extensive interviews with county officials and others regarding current and future trends in Leelanau County.

The Changing Dynamics of Leelanau County

The Changing Dynamics of Leelanau County

November 2013 Meeting - County Government

January 2014 Meeting - Education Consensus Documents

February 25, 2014 - Mini Energy Fair & Panel Discussion

March 2014 Meeting - Agricultural Study

May 7th, 2014 Monthly Meeting - Great Start Collaborative's Work on the 5 to ONE Project