Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
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."

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Coach's Restaurant, Stevensville, MI Importance of Maintaining Septic Systems and the impact on our watersheds along with other important programs at the SWMPC. Report from Marcy Hamilton, Senior Planner with the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission. She works with communities and non-profits to facilitate land use planning, advance sustainable development, foster collaboration, increase citizen participation, develop grants and implement projects around the Southwest Michigan region.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
269 Anchors Way, St Joseph, MI, and
Livery Brewery Tour follows at 190 5th St, Benton Harbor.
Sustainable Business Forum. Behind the Scene Tours of the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Joint Waste Water Treatment Plant and The Livery Brewery! Cost: $10/member ~ $15/non-member (includes 2 tours, 1 craft beer, light refreshment). More Information/ Registration /Membership Information at Limited Space ~ Payment/Registration Required By October 17. Treatment Plant Tour begins at 4:30pm at 269 Anchors Way, St Joseph, MI. Livery Brewery Tour follows at 190 5th St, Benton Harbor, MI
Friday, October 14, 2016-Saturday, October 15, 2016
  LWVLake Michigan Region annual conference and meeting. The Craft & Art of Saving Lake Michigan will offer a great deal of pleasure and much valuble information on what we can do individually and collectively to protect the lake we love and enjoy. To register, go to The cost is reasonable and worth every penny. All League members can attend.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Berrien RESA Conference Center in Berrien Springs 78th and 79th House District Election Forums. The two Michigan House 78th District Candidates Dave Pagel (R) and Dean Hill (D) and the two Michigan House 79th District candidates Kim LaSata (R) and Marletta Seats (D) will meet in a forum.