Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

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. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

History of the League of Women Voters

Our Officers and Board Members

President: Debra Williamson

Past President & Nominating Committee Chair: Debbie Ellis

Vice President: Claudia Beery

Vice President & Program Chair: Lyne Burkey

Secretary: Nicki Arendshorst

Treasurer: Jane Johnson

Directors - Natural Resources: Suzanne Dixon, Don Triezenberg

Director - Social Policy: Ginger McGinn

Directors - Voter Service: Cathy Brockington & Jan Dalman

Directors - Membership: Marilyn Schmidt & Lena Del Real

Director - Public Relations: Penny Shuff

Director & Bulletin Editor - Debby Ellis

Director - Website & Social Media: Elizabeth Clark & Megan Koops-Fisher

Fund Drive: - Claudia Berry & Deb Sterken

Other League Organizations

Our Holland Area League is one of several in the West Michigan Area: Others are:

Our members are also members of: