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Date & Time        Place        Description
Monday, November 17, 2014
 
  Sustainability 101: Your Role?. "Living sustainably" means living in a way that can endure over time. We hear about companies, organizations, and even our own cities and towns trying to become more environmentally sustainable, but what does it mean to live sustainably on an individual level?
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
 
  Is Conserving Energy on your New Year's Resolution List?. This informational session is the second in the "Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore" series. Bring your gas and electric bill to this event to learn how to calculate your home's energy use number. Then you will learn ways to lower your energy bill. Get tips about furnace tune-ups, LED lights, renewable energy options for your home and more.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
10am
  Review of LWV-Michigan Existing Positions. All LWVHA members are invited to attend this meeting. NOTE: This event was postponed from the 14th due to weather conditions. The Michigan LWV is asking local Leagues to review the existing state-level positions on: Government (including redistricting, election laws, taxation and budgeting); Natural Resources (including Great Lakes ecosystem, and land use); and, Social Policy (including children and youth, health care, and education.) In addition, local League members may choose other topics of local, regional or national concern to study. Please see the February LWVHA "Voter" Newsletter for more details on this event.
Monday, February 23, 2015
 
  Eating Sustainably Along the Lakeshore. The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area is proud to co-sponsor this event. Join us to discuss the benefits of eating locally and its impact on sustainability. Hear perspectives from local growers, experts and activists. Get tips on ways to make sustainable food choices.
Monday, April 13, 2015
 
  A Sustainable Review of our Water Resources. Explore the Macatawa Watershed and programs underway to understand and improve water quality. Find out what you can do to preserve and protect our water resources. Speakers will be: Dan Calum - Program Manager, Project Clarity and The Greenway; Jim Vanderweg - Supervisor, HBPW Water Treatment Options; Matt Allen - Supervisor, Ottawa County Environmental Health; Kelly Goward - Program Manager, Macatawa Watershed Project.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
 
  Ballot Proposal I: What is it? What would it do?. On May 5 voters will decide on Ballot Proposal I, sometimes referred to as the sales tax increase proposal, but the proposal covers more than just raising the sales tax. If passed, the proposal approves a constitutional amendment, activates 10 other laws dealing with how revenue will be raised and spent, changes dealing with competitive bidding and road warranties, and includes provisions affecting school and local government funding.

Judy Karandjeff from the League of Women Voters of Michigan will offer a nonpartisan and factual presentation of this comprehensive proposal. There will be time for questions from the audience.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
 
  A Breath of Fresh Air in Holland?. This is Event #5 in the "Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore" series. Why should we care about the quality of our air? Who monitors the quality of Michigan's air? Can I monitor my own local air quality? How can I help improve our air quality? Local high school students will share results from air quality monitoring they are doing as a science project in collaboration with Hope College and information will be provided the West Michigan Clean Air Coalition and the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council. Join Don Triezenberg, Elisa Hoekwater and Tim Dye in exploring these questions and more.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
 
  LWV-Holland Annual Member Dinner and Meeting. LWV-Holland members and guests are invited to the Annual Dinner and Meeting. Sarah Howard, 2014 Democrat Candidate for the Michigan 30th District Senate seat, will be the featured speaker.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
 
  Fall Kick-off Event. Please plan to attend our Fall Kick-off Event. This is for all League members, guests and anyone interested in learning more about the Holland Area League of Women Voters.

Joshua Banner and Sarah Hoffman from Eighth Day Farm will give a short talk about The Hop Yard project and the "Backyard to Table" grassroots movement "working towards food justice by reviving subsistence farming and empowering communities to know and demand better food."

In addition, you can learn what the Holland Area LWV has planned for the upcoming year: registering voters; candidate forums; voting outreach; studying issues and more.

Thursday, September 17, 2015
 
  Voter Registration. On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to sign the document they had created. In collaboration with Davenport's Constitution Day activities, the Holland Area LWV will be in the Student Lounge to register voters. This event is open to all who want to register.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
 
  Voter Registration. Do you know someone who needs to register to vote? Please encourage them to stop by Nuestra Casa between 4:30 and 8 pm to register for voting. As we say in the League, "Democracy is not a Spectator Sport."
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
 
  Voter Registration. The League of Women Voters will have a booth at Davenport's Volunteer Fair. This event is open to all who want to register to vote.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
 
  How Can We Achieve Housing for All. The Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore Series proudly hosts the Ottawa County United Way, the Lakeshore Housing Alliance, and The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan on Tuesday, September 22nd at the Herrick District Library for a conversation about issues surrounding housing, affordability, and sustainability in our community.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
 
  Energize You!. Get energized and get your home energized, too! The Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore series presents a fun-filled evening where you can learn how to make your home more comfortable and efficient. There will be a hands-on-ask-the-expert expo, student videos and awards, an update on the Holland Energy Park, Holland's standing competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, refreshments and more.
Monday, October 12, 2015
 
  City of Holland Candidate Forum. This forum will cover the following positions and candidates: Holland City Mayor: candidates are Nancy DeBoer (Incumbent Council member) and Robert VandeVusse (Interim Mayor) At Large Council Member: candidates are Mathew Hefko and Wayne Klomparens (Incumbent) Ward 4 Council Member: Brian Lynn and Donald Martin
Thursday, October 15, 2015
 
  Douglas City Council Candidate Forum. There are six candidates vying for three positions on the Douglas City Council: Lisa Greenwood, Greg Harvath (Incumbent), Martha Hoexter (Incumbent), John Kelly, Kathryn Mooradian, and James Petzing. (Jonathan Kinyon withdrew from the race.)
Monday, October 19, 2015
 
  80th District Candidate Forum. The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area will host a Candidate Forum for the Michigan House of Representatives 80th District special election. There are 8 candidates in the Republican primary election: Eric M. DeWitt - Holland; Cindy Gamrat - Plainwell; Bill Sage - Allegan; James A. Siver - Fennville; Jim Storey - Holland; Shannon Szukala - Martin; Kevin Travis - Hopkins; Mary Whiteford - Allegan The winner of the Republican primary election will run against the Democrat candidate David Gernant of Plainwell in the March special election.
Monday, October 26, 2015
 
  Redistricting in Michigan: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters?. The League of Women Voters is hosting this educational Town Hall that will explore how legislative lines are drawn in Michigan, who draws them and why it is a critically important question for those concerned about fair representation. In Michigan, politicians draw the district lines. In Arizona, citizens now have a voice in the process through an independent commission. This alternative and others will be presented at the Town Hall. This program is open to the public. Elizabeth Ennis from the Michigan League of Women Voters will be the speaker.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
 
  Constitutional Amendement Consensus Discussion. Members and guests are encouraged to attend this consensus building discussion concerning the national League's position on Constitutional Amendments.
Monday, November 9, 2015
 
  Life Cycle of Recycling. Ever wonder what happens to your recycling? Join participants in the Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore program series as we follow the journey that some of the your most common recyclable take over the course of their life cycle.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
 
  LWV-Holland Area Holiday Gathering. League members and guests are invited to a fun gathering and brief respite to the busy holiday season. Optional Holiday Community Gifting: There will be an opportunity at the gathering to contribute toward purchasing hair cut gift certificates that will be presented to Center for Women in Transition. A fresh haircut can provide women experiencing life stress an uplifting experience and some personal pleasure.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
 
  Consensus Meeting - Money in Politics. League members are invited to share ideas and recommendations concerning the LWV-US policy on Money in Politics. The current positions of the League at the national level are in need of revision; therefore we have an opportunity to form our opinions which lead to LWV-US positions.

We'll be examining a) goals and purposes of campaign finance regulations, b) evaluating types of political corruption, c)responding to spending to influence an election, d) examining spending by media and e) League positions.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
 
  Home Energy Retrofit Program. Co-sponsored with the Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore group. This program will explore the Holland Home Energy Task Force's first phase, including a short history of the project, the work undertaken, the results so far and the critical steps and time-frame moving forward. There will be opportunities for individuals to explore the services offered by local vendors to assist homeowners with improving their home's energy efficiency and comfort.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
 
  80th District Candidate Forum. The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area will host a Candidate Forum on Tuesday January 26th for the Michigan House of Representatives 80th District special election. There are 3 candidates: Arnis Davidsons - Libertarian; David Gernant - Democrat; Mary Whiteford - Republican
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
 
  LAUP Hispanic Youth Leadership Conference. At the 8th annual LAUP Youth Conference, offered to 800 local youth, the League of Women Voters will be presenting on the topic, "Why Vote?" to raise awareness on the essentials of the process of voting. This presentation will provide information on how to register to vote and emphasize how voting is the opportunity to share one's voice.
Monday, February 22, 2016
 
  Sharing the Harvest. Thinking about spring? Come to this "Sharing the Harvest" presentation by the Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore group and learn about community supported agriculture and earth-friendly farming techniques.

This event features presentations by Lisa Uganski, Chair of Ottawa County Food Policy Council, Jeff & Melissa Roessing, Eight Day Farm, Sarah Hofman Graham, Backyard to Table project director and "Canning Diva" Diane Devereaux.

This is part of the Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore series, co-hosted by the City of Holland, Hope College, BPW, Herrick Districk Library and the Holland Area League of Women Voters.

Saturday, February 27, 2016
 
  Bold Women's Day Event. During this event, the League of Women Voters will present a session on the ways to become an informed voter and will offer suggestions for access to non-partisan resources.
Monday, March 14, 2016
 
  Too Much Trash. Hear about zero-waste strategies being used locally in our schools, businesses and homes. Meet passionate Green Team students. Hear information and a demonstration on home composting. Find our what Lemonjello, Herman Miller and Chef Container are doing.

This program is part of the Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore series, co-sponsored by the City of Holland, Hope College, the League of Women Voters, BPW and Herrick District Library.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
 
  Special Election. Voters in both Allegan and Ottawa Counties will be going to the polls on Tuesday, May 3rd to decide local issues. Check out the State of Michigan Secretary of State website for more information.

Also check the Vote411 tab on this website.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
 
  2016 Diversity Alliance Summit on Race and Inclusion. The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area is a collaborating organization for the 2016 Diversity Alliance Summit on Race and Inclusion: "Inclusion in Action"
Thursday, May 19, 2016
 
  Annual Membership Meeting. Members and guests are invited to our Annual Meeting. This year the topic will be "Are There Challenges to Voting in West Michigan?" The presenters will be Lena Del Real, Executive Director of Latin Americans United for Progress, and Jessica Fuentes.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
10:30am - 12:30pm
  LWV-Holland Area Board Meeting. This is a special transition Board meeting for new and retiring Board members. It takes the place of our regularly scheduled June Board of Directors meeting. Current and retiring Board members are asked to bring a brunch dish to pass. New Board members are invited to just come and socialize and learn.

Board members will receive an email with directions to the location of this event, to be held at Deb Ellis' home.

Thursday, June 30, 2016
 
  Meet Ottawa County Candidates & Learn about the Millage Request. Meet the candidates for Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge, 58th District Court Judge and Ottawa County Sheriff. The Ottawa County Parks District will have a presentation about the millage vote. Justin Roebuck, Ottawa County Clerk, will be there to register voters. Sponsored by the Grand Haven League of Women Voters.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
 
  Park Township Trustee Candidate Forum. There are eight candidates running for four Park Township Trustee positions, seven Republicans and one Democrat. The primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The Democratic candidate is unopposed in the primary election. Primary voters will need to choose four of the seven Republican candidates to advance to the November general election: Dan Deleeuw;;James Gerard;;Matthew J. Grotenhuis;;George F. Jacob;;Dan Mitchell;;Denise Nestel;;Michael Toscano (incumbent)

Members of the audience will be invited to ask questions of the candidates.

Thursday, July 28, 2016
 
  VOTER REGISTRATION. Do you know someone who may not be registered to vote? The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area will have a table set up in the lobby of the Herrick Library to register voters. New voters registering on this day may vote in the General Election on November 8, 2016.
Monday, August 1, 2016
3-5pm
Herrick District Library
300 S River
Holland, MI 49423
Program Planning. All League members are invited to our annual planning meeting where we will discuss program ideas and options. Election years are always busy with Candidate Forums, but what else would you like to see our local League do? Come with your ideas and energy to share. Know a prospective member? Bring them along.

This meeting is in the large meeting room in the SE corner of the main floor of the library.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
6-7pm
Nuestra Casa
253 W 15th St.
Holland, MI 49423
Voter Registration Event. League members will be at Nuestra Casa to register new voters and to answer other questions about voting, such as changing addresses and how to vote absentee if needed.

This is part of the "Night of Civic Engagement" sponsored by Nuestra Casa and the City of Holland Human Relations Commission.

Don't forget to check out the VOTE411.org website for information about your polling location, and information on candidates.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
6:30-8pm
Hope College
Graves Hall, Winants Auditorium
263 College Avenue
Holland Mi 49423
Are We Using Our Drinking Water Wisely?. Join us as we explore where our drinking water comes from, how it gets into our homes, how we use it, how much we have left, and what we need to do in order to protect this priceless natural resource.

Hear local experts reveal the current quality of our drinking water and the condition of the delivery system provided by the Holland Board of Public Works. Residents using well water systems will also get an opportunity to hear from Ottawa County officials about the issues they face concerning well water. Everyone wants clean water- so let's get together and find out where we stand on this fundamental issue.

Speakers include: Joanne Stewart, Professor of Chemistry at Hope College; Jim Vanderweg, Manager at Holland Board of Public Works Water Treatment Plant, and Matt Allen, Director of Ottawa County Environmental Health.

This series, educating and empowering citizens to live some sustainably, is brought to you by: City of Holland; Grand Valley State University; Hope College; Herrick District Library; League of Women Voters; West Michigan Environmental Action Council; Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
6:30-8pm
Holland Area Arts Council
150 E 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423
Fall LWV-Holland Area Kick-Off Gathering. State LWV President Judy Karandjeff and State Natural Resources Director Suzanne Dixon will present "What League Does, What League Can Do". Members of the LWV of the Holland Area are invited to bring guests and prospective members are welcome as well.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
all day
  National Voter Registration Day. Today is National Voter Registration Day. Take the time to talk to some friends and/or relatives about the importance of voting.

Do you know someone who needs to register to vote? Someone who needs to change their address? Give them this website for voter registration information in Michigan: http://lwvmi.org/voting/vote-register.html

Saturday, October 1, 2016
10:00am-2:00pm
Herrick District Library
300 S. River Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Voter Registration Event. League members will be at the Herrick Library to register new voters and to answer other questions about voting, such as changing addresses and how to vote absentee if needed. Don't forget to check out the VOTE411.org website for information about your polling location, and information on candidates.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
7-9pm
52 152nd Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
Candidate Forum. The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area will host two candidate forums on Thursday evening, October 6th.

The first half of the forum will be for candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives 89th District. Candidates who have agreed to participate are: Matthew Brady, Green Party; Irwin Hass, Libertarian; Dennis Murphy, Democrat

The second half will be for the US 2nd Congressional District. Candidates who have agreed to participate are: Mary Buzuma, Libertarian; Tim Meyer, Democrat

The public is invited and members of the audience will be invited to submit questions for the candidates.

This forum will be videotaped and a link will be available on our website within a few days after the forum.

Monday, October 10, 2016
7-8:30pm
Park Township Hall
52 152nd Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
West Ottawa School District Candidate Forum. The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area will host a Candidate Forum for five candidates running for three positions on the West Ottawa School Board: Kristopher Cox, Edward L. DeNave, Catherine Lebster, Douglas A. Mahn, and Lynn Rutan (incumbent).

The public is invited and members of the audience will be invited to submit questions for the candidates.

This forum will be videotaped and a link will be available on our website within a few days after the forum.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
 
  Deadline to Register to Vote in Michigan. October 11 is the last date in Michigan to register to vote in the November 8, 2016 election.

Do you know someone who needs to register to vote? Someone who needs to change their address? Give them this website for voter registration information in Michigan: http://lwvmi.org/voting/vote-register.html

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
6:30-8pm
Herrick District Library
300 S. River Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Is Sustainability on the Ballot in November?. Join us for a discussion on the hottest issues currently debated in Lansing which impact our community's health and environment.
  • Current energy policy included energy efficiency goals and inclusion of renewable energy sources which has been successfully met. It is now time to reset new goals. Are we going forward or backward? Liesl Clark is a co-founder of 5 Lakes Energy. She works with business groups and legislators to promote greater understanding of advanced energy and its economic potential for Michigan.

  • Michigan's solid waste and recycling policy was set in the 90's. The Governor has formed a Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel. They have recently made their recommendations which will then go to the Legislature for approval. Hear from Sean Hammond, Deputy Policy Director of Michigan Environmental Council and panel member.

  • Public Funding and the Environment. How can we make the budget work to benefit the causes we care about. Courtney Bourgoin will present from the Priorities Michigan campaign.

This series, educating and empowering citizens to live some sustainably, is brought to you by: City of Holland; Grand Valley State University; Hope College; Herrick District Library; League of Women Voters; West Michigan Environmental Action Council; Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
TBA
Holland Public Schools Administration Building
320 West 24th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Holland Public School Board Candidate Forum. The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area will host a Candidate Forum for six candidates running for three positions on the Holland School Board: Elizabeth Colburn, Linda Falstad, Stephen P Grose (incumbent), Eutimio Marroquin, Phil Meyer and Jo Trembley.

The public is invited and members of the audience will be invited to submit questions for the candidates.

This forum will be videotaped and a link will be available on our website within a few days after the forum.

Monday, October 17, 2016
6:30-9pm
Saugatuck High School
401 Elizabeth Street
Saugatuck MI 49453
Saugatuck Candidate Forums. The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area will host two Candidate Forums on Monday, October 17.

6:30 to 7:30 pm: Two candidates for for one seat as Saugatuck Township Supervisor (Jon Helmrich and Jon Phillips)

7:40 to 9:00 pm: Five candidates for four seats for Saugatuck City Council (Mark Bekken, Barry Johnson, Joe Leonatti, Ken Trester, Jane Ver Plank)

The public is invited and members of the audience will be invited to submit questions for the candidates.

This forum will be videotaped and a link will be available on our website within a few days after the forum.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
7-8:30pm
Fennville High School Auditorium
5 Memorial Drive
Fennville, MI 49408
Fennville School Board Candidate Forum. The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area will host a Candidate Forum for the Fennville School Board on Tuesday, October 18.

Five candidates for three seats on the School Board will participate: Jason Hicks, David Johnson, Mark Ludwig, Chip Nightingale and Manuel Sanchez.

The public is invited and members of the audience will be invited to submit questions for the candidates.

This forum will be videotaped and a link will be available on our website within a few days after the forum.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:30-8pm
Herrick District Library Auditorium
300 S. River Ave.
Holland, MI 49423
I Didn't Know I could Recycle That. Join us for Holland's 4th Annual America Recycles Day, part of the Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore series of presentations. Explore alternative ways to keep items out of landfills.

This series, educating and empowering citizens to live some sustainably, is brought to you by: City of Holland; Grand Valley State University; Hope College; Herrick District Library; League of Women Voters; West Michigan Environmental Action Council; Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
7-9pm
TBD Holiday Gathering. All League members are invited to our annual holiday gathering. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. As is our tradition, we will also be collecting donations for a local charity.

League members should watch their email for details on the location.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
9:30am
Members should check their email for the address and directions. LWVMI State Positions Discussion. Prior to the biannual state League convention, local Leagues are asked to provide input: Are current positions still relevant? Are there new areas of interest that need to be addressed? Check your January 14 email from Bonnie for details about study materials. All league members are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6:30-8:30pm
Herrick District Library
300 S. River
Holland, MI 49423
Where is our Starry Night?. Join us as we explore what the phrase "Light Pollution" means, how this topic is connected to sustainability, and how it is impacting our ability to see the stars. We will hear from local "dark sky" advocates about the environmental, social, and economic benefits and learn about ways Holland can put practices into motion through community lighting projects and incentive programs to preserve our starry night.

This series, educating and empowering citizens to live some sustainably, is brought to you by: City of Holland; Grand Valley State University; Hope College; Herrick District Library; League of Women Voters; West Michigan Environmental Action Council; Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
9am to 11am
First Floor Meeting Room
Herrick Library
300 S River
Holland, MI 49423
LWV-Michigan Policy Study. Jan Dalman and Lyne Burkey will lead a membership consensus meeting on the topic "Government Finance Study" which focuses on state and local government financing in Michigan. The purpose of the study is to update the current LWV-MI position on taxation and budgeting.

The state league has provided some excellent materials for our reading and digesting along with a power-point presentation to assist our study. The reading materials will be made available to members ahead of the study group meeting. Watch your email for information.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
6:30-8pm
Holland City Hall
270 S. River
Holland, MI 49423
Creating a Sustainable Community. Join us as we explore how Holland is building a more resilient community. Learn about the programs and tools helping us to see where we are and how we can best adapt to change. Hear about the new City Master Plan and Sustainability Report as well as how to make your home more efficient with the financing options like the Home Energy Retrofit Program and new On-Billing Financing Program. A public reception is from 6:00 to 6:30 pm and the program starts at 6:30 pm.

This series, educating and empowering citizens to live some sustainably, is brought to you by: City of Holland; Grand Valley State University; Hope College; Herrick District Library; League of Women Voters; West Michigan Environmental Action Council; Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7 to 9pm
LWV-HA Members: Please watch for location information via email. Movie Screening. The Holland Area LWV will be offering members an opportunity to view and discuss the documentary movie "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA"
Thursday, April 13, 2017
7pm
LWV-HA Members: Please watch for location information via email. New Member Orientation. New members of the League of Women Voters of the Holland Area are invited to this reception and orientation to hear from current members about our activities, programs and plans for the coming year. Find out how you can get involved with the League's work. Watch your email for location details.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:30-8pm
Herrick District Library
300 S. River
Holland, MI 49423
What's Invading Our Habitat?. Join us as we learn about local invasive plants, the effects they have on our native landscapes and what is being done about and with them. Featuring Drew Rayner, West Michigan Conservation Network/CISMA Coordinator and Jane Kramer, fine art photographer.

This series, educating and empowering citizens to live some sustainably, is brought to you by: City of Holland; Grand Valley State University; Hope College; Herrick District Library; League of Women Voters; West Michigan Environmental Action Council; Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

Saturday, May 6, 2017
9:30am - 4pm
LAUP Fiesta
The Shops at Westshore
12331 James
Holland, MI 49424
Voter Registration. LWV will be registering voters during the LAUP Festival. The deadline to register to vote in the August 8th primary election is July 10th.
Friday, May 19, 2017
evening
Macatawa Bay Yacht Club Annual Meeting. Our speaker for evening is Shannon Garrett on the topic "The Glass Ceilings in Our Backyard." Shannon is a LWV-HA member, President of SMG Strategies, founder of "Civicize Me" and Co-founder and Board Chair of "VoteRunLead"

All members are invited to enjoy fellowship, good food, and an enlightening speaker. Members will receive an email with information on how to pre-register and pre-pay for the dinner. At this meeting new LWV-HA board members and officers will be elected, the Porter award will be presented and 2016 year-end reporting will be made available. The Fred and Shirley Porter Award is an annual award made by the LWV-HA to individuals who symbolize the League's mission and who exemplify civic leadership.

Monday, June 12, 2017
1-3pm
Board Members will receive information about the location via email. LWVHA Board Retreat. Current Board members and those leaving their positions will orient newly elected Board members to the duties and responsibilities of being on the LWVHA Board. Following a potluck lunch, the group will also discuss goal setting and planning for the coming year.
Monday, July 10, 2017
 
  Last Day to Register for Primary Election Voting. Do you want to vote in Michigan's primary election? July 10, 2017 is the last day to register to vote for the August Primary Election.

Go to VOTE411.org to verify your registration status, get information on how to register and other voting information.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
9:30am to 12:30pm
Herrick Districk Library
300 S. River Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Voting Equipment Public Demonstration. Ottawa County voters will find upgraded technology and a fresh look to their voting experience at the polls for the August primary election. Enhanced security and faster transmission of election results are among key new features.

In order to give voters an opportunity to see this equipment before the next election, the Ottawa County Clerk's office will be holding a public demonstration at the Herrick District Library at the following times:

July 20 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

September 13 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The League of Women Voters supports this event as part of our Voter Service and Education efforts.

Monday, July 24, 2017
7pm
Loutit District Library
407 Columbus Avenue
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Redistricting Speaker Training. Many of us have heard about redistricting and gerrymandering. Few of us could probably explain what redistricting is, how it is handled in various States, how gerrymandering can impact elections,and options to improve the system in Michigan.

All League members are invited to this educational presentation "Should Politicians Choose Their Voters" developed by our LWV-MI leadership. The LWV-MI is currently engaged in an educational campaign on redistricting in Michigan, hoping to bring to light the essential unfairness of having politicians draw the lines of legislative districts to their own benefit.

Perhaps you would like to be a presenter for the League on this topic and receive educational materials (script and powerpoint) or perhaps you simply want to be more informed on this topic.

Please join us for this important and timely presentation. The census in 2020 will result in a new round of redistricting for the next decade, and now is the time to consider options for change.

Monday, July 31, 2017
7-9pm
Holland City Hall
Council Chambers
270 S. River
Holland, MI 49423
Candidate Forum - 3rd Ward - Holland City Council. The public is invited to a Candidate Forum for the 3rd Ward of Holland City Council. Participants will be Brian Burch, incumbent, Raul Garcia and Tim Marroquin and this event is hosted and moderated by the League of Women Voters of the Holland Area.

Each candidate will have the opportunity to provide prepared remarks, and then members of the audience will be invited to ask questions of the candidates.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
6:30pm
Holland Area Arts Council
150 E 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Fall LWV-Holland Area Kick-Off Gathering. Join us as we begin the year's activities with our annual kick-off event. Members of the LWV of the Holland Area are encouraged to bring guests and prospective members are welcome as well. Appetizers and beverages will be served.

This year our speaker will be Dave Koster, general manager of Holland BPW, and he will fill us in on all the news about the new Holland BPW power plant and "Meeting the Holland Community's Future Energy Needs". He will provide information on initiatives that Holland BPW is planning for the area including water reclamation, broadband fiber optics, water filtration, home retrofits, etc.

This meeting is always fun and a good chance to get together after a few months off from most of our LWV activities, to renew old friendships and meet our new members.

Monday, September 11, 2017
3-5pm
Herrick District Library
300 S. River
Holland, MI 49423
LWV-HA Board Meeting. Board meetings are generally held on the second Monday of each month from 3 to 5 pm. All interested members are invited to attend.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
6:30-8:30pm
Herrick District Library
300 S River Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Quality of Life: The Macatawa Watershed. Living Sustainably along the Lakeshore Series

Do you know what watershed you live in? Not everyone does. Growing up and living in Holland, Michigan means that you are a part of the Great Lakes culture. But how does a community rise to the responsibility to preserve this precious resource and help ensure a quality of life for everyone?

We will discuss ways that you can not only learn about but also teach others to protect our freshwater system through collaboration, engaging hands-on experiences, and learning what actions anyone can take. You will have an opportunity to sigh up for a rain barrel workshop the week following the event.

The League of Women Voters is one of the co-sponsors of this series.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
9:30am to 12:30pm
Herrick District Library
300 S. River Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Voting Equipment Public Demonstration. Ottawa County voters will find upgraded technology and a fresh look to their voting experience at the polls for the August primary election. Enhanced security and faster transmission of election results are among key new features.

In order to give voters an opportunity to see this equipment before the next election, the Ottawa County Clerk's office will be holding a public demonstration at the Herrick District Library at the following times:

July 20 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

September 13 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The League of Women Voters supports this event as part of our Voter Service and Education efforts.

Monday, September 18, 2017
7-8:30pm
Herrick District Library Auditorium
300 S River
Holland, MI 49423
Hope for Peace and Justice. The "International Day of Peace" has been observed around the world each year since it was established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution. The Lakeshore Women for Peace is hosting a program to highlight the essential link between peace and justice.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Tom Arenshorst, who will describe the Peace and Justice curriculum at Hope College. He will also share his own journey from eye surgeon to college professor, a journey that was inspired in part by his professional awareness of the inequality of access to good healthcare here in the USA.

Several Hope students will also share how the Peace and Justice curriculum has prepared them to assume roles as global citizens equipped with strategies for promoting a more peaceful and just world.

The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area is one of many co-sponsors for this event.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
1-2pm
AlpenRose Cafe
4 E 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Environmental Study Group. We are kicking off a new environmental study group. At this first meeting we will discuss our preferred format, time, place and topics for future meetings over coffee or a quick bite to eat. Suzanne Dixon will review current threats to the Clean Water Act as our first topic.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
1-6pm
Herrick District Library
300 S River
Holland, MI 49423
Voter Registration. September 26th is National Voter Registration Day and the League of Women Voters will be at the Herrick Library in Holland to help citizens register or update their registrations. Many Americans don't know that if you recently moved, changed your name, or haven't voted in recent elections, you need to update your voter registration. Those who recently turned 18 need to register to vote. Our water supplies, roads, and parks are determined at the local level, yet only 1-in-t eligible voters turn our for local elections (including races for mayor, city council, and local ballot initiatives.) These offices and issues have an impact on our daily lives. Register to vote.
Monday, October 9, 2017
3-5pm
Herrick District Library
300 S. River
Holland, MI 49423
LWV-Holland Area Board Meeting. Board meetings are generally held on the second Monday of each month from 3 to 5 pm. All interested members are invited to attend.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
 
  Last Day to Register for General Election Voting. Do you want to vote in Michigan's General Election in November? October 10th is the last day to register to vote in that election.

Go to VOTE411.org to check your registration status, get information on how to register and other voting information.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:30-8:30pm
Holland Energy Park Training Room
1 Energy Way
Holland, MI 49423
Smart Energy: Holland Energy Park. Resource. Destination. Gateway. Holland's vision is to be a thriving world class energy efficient city that generates energy cleanly, uses it efficiently, and distributes it reliably and affordably. Join us as we hear from HBPW's General Manager, David Koster, about how Holland Energy Park (HEP) is helping us to meet our goals in becoming a more sustainable community. The City of Holland's long-range Community Energy Plan is a 40-year plan to become a world-class leader in energy security, affordability, sustainability, and efficiency. Since there is a limit of 80 guests, your RSVP is required: 616-395-6811.

The LWV-HA is a co-sponsor of the Living Sustainably along the Lakeshore series.

Monday, October 16, 2017
6:30pm
Herrick District Library
300 S. River
Holland, MI 49423
Stand UP: Protect the Vote. Mark your calendars, you won't want to miss this program. The League of Women Voters will host a public forum featuring a presentation by our state president, Judy Karandjeff, who marched in Selma, and our state advocacy vice president, Joan Hunault. They will review the history of our voting rights, including women's right to vote, the voting bill of 1965, and voter suppression efforts that have continued to emerge including the 2013 Supreme Court decision, and the newly formed "Election Integrity Commission." We will be given actionable suggestions to protect the vote.

Four lucky participants will leave the forum with a gift: a boxed set of the three volume graphic novel March by Congressman John Lewis; The King Years by Taylor Branch; The Fight to Vote by Michael Waldman; or Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman.

We are hosting this event along with 16 other states participating in this project. The League of Women Voters has worked to register voters for 98 years, since women gained the right to vote with passage of the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1919.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
5:45-6:45pm
Holland City Hall
Rotunda Lobby
270 S River Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Meet & Greet for Uncontested City Council Candidates. Mike Tretheway, Quincy Byrd and Scott Corbin are uncontested candidates for Holland City Council. They will be joining us for a meet and greet with constituents just prior to the Mayoral Candidate Forum at 7pm. Cider and cookies will be served.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7-8:30pm
Holland City Hall
Council Chambers
270 S River Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Candidate Forum - Holland Mayor. Incumbent Mayor Nancy DeBoer and contender Council member Jay Peters will be responding to audience questions. All Holland city residents are encouraged to attend and bring your questions.

This Candidate Forum will be videotaped and available for viewing on the LWVHolland.org website soon after the event.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
 
  Michigan General Election. Don't forget to vote in Michigan's General Election.

Go to VOTE411.org to get the information you need.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
11am-1pm
Holland Energy Park Energy Park Tour. League members and guests are invited to a small group guided tour of Holland's new Energy Park. Reservations are required and the tour is limited to the first 12 who ask for a reservation. Following the tour, those interested will meet for lunch at Hops on 8th Street.

Members should check their email for information on how to make reservations, or send an email to President@lwvholland.org

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:15pm
Brew Merchant
Washington Square
442 Washington Ave.
Holland, MI 49423
Education Policy Workgroup. A new LWV-HA social policy working group will meet for the first time. Come to discuss our focus and work. We could talk about the proposal to eliminate the State Board of Education, or the Title IX Michigan Charter School Analysis, or teachers with DACA status. Enjoy a beer or a glass of wine.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
 
Green Bay, Wisconsin LWV-Lake Michigan Region Annual Meeting & Dinner. The Holland Area LWV is a member of the LWV Lake Michigan Region. Once a year there is an annual meeting that focuses on preserving our Great Lakes and other issues related to Lake Michigan.

Join fellow League members from the 4-state region for networking and fellowship at this annual meeting and dinner. Learn how waste from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are impacting Lake Michigan. We have the privilege of hosting Lynn Utesch, a farmer whose concerns have led him to advocacy, as our speaker. Nutrient pollution is a problem that affects all of our states.

Contact lwvlakemichigan@gmail.com for more details and to register for the program.

3 pm Annual Meeting 5 pm Social Hour 6 pm Dinner & Speaker

Interested in learning more? The full State of Lake Michigan Conference is from November 7 to November 10. See more information at: https://www.lwvlmr.org/

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6:30-8:30pm
Herrick District Library
300 S. River
Holland, MI 49423
Community and Neighborhood: Recycling. Since the dawn of modern recycling initiatives we have been saying the 3R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. These 3R's have served us well and given us guidelines that are easy to remember and easy to follow. Now come a new way to think about Recycling. We will guide you through the 8R's and help you be better recyclers and environmental stewards. This program is part of the Holland area's America Recycles activities.

The LWV-HA is one of the co-sponsors of the Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore series.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
12:30pm
New Holland Brewing Company
upper (mezzanine) level
66 E 8th Street
Holland, MI 494223
Inaugural "Lunch & Learn" with the LWVHA. Our first "Lunch & Learn" is geared primarily for new LWV members as a mini Orientation. However, ALL members are invited and encouraged to attend! This is our first event; after the holidays we hope to resume with brief presentations on timely topics, (and may try alternating with a Happy Hour time-frame "Sip & Learn").

Details about ordering will be available after we have a count of those attending (each person is responsible for their own lunch).

League members should check their email or the recent newsletter for details on how to RSVP (due by Saturday, November 25).

Thursday, December 7, 2017
7pm
TBA LWV-HA Holiday Gathering. Hold the date for this social gathering. Members will receive updates via email and in the "Lakeshore Voter" newsletter.