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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.

Register Now for "Saving Lake Michigan" Lunch Meeting!

This meeting is Thursday, May 28 at Fernwood Botanical Garden. The deadline to register is Saturday, May 23. Simply click on CALENDAR OF EVENTS above to learn more and find registration and payment information.

LWVBCC Sends Large Team to LWVMI Convention

A delegation of seven represented LWVBCC at the LWV of Michigan Convention May 15-17 in Kalamazoo. Pictured left to right are Liz Ennis, Earl Bickett, Susan Gilbert, Pat Lauth, Chris Zilke, Melissa Clapper and John Ripley. Also attending but not as delegates were Carla Ripley, Nancy Calme and Geoff Gilbert.

At the end of the convention, Sue Smith passed the gavel to the new LWVMI President Judy Karandjeff. Judy was formerly VP for Advocacy.

Four LWVBCC members received Belle Ringer Awards (named for the first President of LWVMI Belle Brotherton). Present to accept were Liz Ennis (advocacy) and John Ripley (voter service), pictured here. Others to receive awards were Donna Dutton (membership) and Ginny Washburn (development). A 5th award will be presented at the LWVBCC Annual Meeting. Also, photo at right of President Chris Zilke at the podium.

Lunch with the League at Lakeland April 29

A full house enjoyed lunch provided by Lakeland Hospital and then heard Dr.Lowell Hamel, Andrea Bowman RN and Dr. Chris Strayhorn give presentations on hospitalists and end of life issues. Hospitalists have primary responsibility for a patient's care while in the hospital, replacing the primary care physician in the "old model". Dr. Strayhorn talked about hospice care and palliative care and the importance of having an advanced directive for your end of life care, no matter your age.

A video of the presentation is available for viewing by clicking HERE

Many thanks to Lakeland Hospital and Dr. Hamel for organizing the event and their hospitality.

LWVBCC May 5 Ballot Proposal Meeting with Judy Karandjeff

Judy Karandjeff Vice-President for Advocacy of the League of Women Voters of Michigan made an in-depth presentation on the May 5 Ballot Proposal at a meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties. Here Judy is Pictured with LWVBCC member John Ripley, who handled the technology set up and the video recording.

The video recording of the meeting is now available.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan has also prepared an informative handout on on the ballot proposal. Read the LWVMI handout and print it out if you wish for your friends and family.

Lunch Meeting March 11 with Sheriff L. Paul Bailey

Berrien County Sheriff L. Paul Bailey was the speaker at the March 11 "Lunch with the League" at Coach's in Stevensville (regular home of these Lunch programs).

Sheriff Bailey explained the many roles of the Sheriff's department and his views on community policing in this county. He seemed to enjoy being there and his audience was enthralled.

Here in two segments is his presentation "Law Enforcement and the Berrien County Sheriff's Office"

Video One

Video Two

October 2014 Candidate Forum Videos On New Video Page of This Website

See the menu list top left VIDEO RECORDINGS.

LWVBCC Newsletters

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