Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Monday, October 9, 2017
Meet at Emelie Shroder's home. Call to let her know you are attending: 269-266-7299 by Saturday 10/7. League Book Group. Two books have been selected for discussion: "Climate of Hope" by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope, and "Strangers in Their Own Land" by Arlie Russell Hochschild. Both books, to a greater and lesser extent, offer insights on climate change. The emphasis, though, is quite different. Climate is at the heart of Bloomberg and Pope's book, as they describe the issue, highlight its seriousness, and offer creative ways to address it. Hochschild, on the other hand, tells of her experience with people in Louisiana's bayou country whose livelihoods and way of life have been severely impacted by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Berrien RESA Conference Room in Berrien Springs. "Swift and Sure" Presentation by Judge Charles LaSata. A public forum on Michigan's "Swift and Sure" probation program. In 2012, Berrien County was one of three Michigan counties to participate in this pilot program. Because of its success, Swift and Sure now functions in 23 courts covering 26 Michigan counties, including Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren. Judge LaSata is in charge of Swift and Sure for Berrien County.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Lincoln Township Library, 2099 W John Beers Rd, Stevensville, MI 49127 Regular Board Meeting. All are welcome.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Meet at Ginny Burd's home. Call to let her know you are attending: 269-465-3132 by Saturday 7/15. League Book Group. "Sex and the Constitution" by Geoffrey Stone, U. of Chicago Law School. And "Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women," by David Salas and Ghada Alatrash.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Sarett Nature Center,
2300 North Benton Center Road, Benton Harbor
League Annual Meeting and 60th Anniversary Gala Celebration. Please Join the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties at its 60th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Dinner Meeting. 

You are welcome to arrive early and enjoy walking the nature trails as guests of Sarett. Accordingly, casual dress is encouraged.

Guests to be Honored for their Contributions to Participation in Community: The Pokagon Fund Calling All Colors All God's Children Community Choir Members of the choir will end the evening with songs celebrating the evening's theme: PARTICIPATION AND COMMUNITY.

Taste-tested, 5-Star Menu. $30 per person.  

Reservations required by May 31. To make your reservation and make payment, either (a) pay by PayPal (see link on Home page), or (b) mail your check for $30 per person payable to "LWVBCC" at P.O.Box 1032, Niles, MI  49120. Be sure to tell us your name, address, email address, and names of those attending with you.  Thanks.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph, MI Luncheon with Lakeland Healthcare Mgmt. Team. April 26, Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph. Pain management and opioides. RSVP to Donna Dutton --

See more information on this website in News and News Releases.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Three Oaks Library Regular Board Meeting. Regular Board meetings will be held the 2nd Tuesday of the month. All are welcome.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Group will meet at Donna Dutton's home. April Book Group. We will discuss "The Meaning of Michelle:16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires our Own." Since some of our members had not read Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope" or "Dreams from My Father," any book by or about the Obamas will be open for discussion. If you plan to attend, please call her: 269-469-9763.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Coach's Restaurant
Stevensville, MI
New Berrien County Public Defender to Address League. New Berrien County Chief Public Defender Carl Macpherson says he's working harder than he ever has in his life. Macpherson will discuss Berrien County's criminal justice system during our next "Lunch with the League." You may see a videorecording of his presentation at
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Niles District Library, 620 E Main St., Niles, MI. Consensus Meeting on Michigan Taxation and Budgeting. During discussion, everyone had an opportunity to express their viewpoints, and the issue was examined from all sides. Members discussed the pros and cons until it became apparent that consensus had been reached. A committee analyzed the consensus responses, looked for areas of member understanding and agreement and, using this information, created a position statement.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Home of Annette Van Dusen and Liz Ennis January Book Group. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: CAPITALISM VS THE CLIMATE written by Naomi Klein. Available in paper back. According to publisher Simon & Schuster, "this is the most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core "free market" ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.

"In This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn't just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It's an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways."