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Monthly newsletter for members of the League of Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls

April, 2016 (April 20, 2016)

  • Letter from the President

    Hello from your League Board president! Happy Spring? Note the question mark. Good weather must be right around the corner so I will repeat with greater confidence … Happy Spring, my fellow League members and supporters! This letter will be my last letter to you as the League’s board president.

  • Annual Meeting—Saturday, April 23

    The big day is coming. April 23 is Earth Day—and it’s also Annual Meeting day. Yes, you can do both!

    We hope you’ve marked your calendar for Saturday morning, April 23, when we hold our Annual Meeting at the Friends Meetinghouse (512 Washington St.) beginning at 9:00 a.m. with coffee and social time. Our brief business meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. and our program will start at 10:00 a.m.

    We are delighted to welcome back to Northfield our Annual Meeting speaker from six years ago—Deb Fitzpatrick, Program Director of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Policy’s Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy. 

  • Membership Report

    Along with the Annual Meeting comes the opportunity to pay your 2016-17 LWV dues.

    Membership dues remain the same as last year:  $60 individual, $85 household, $10 student, and $10-40 sliding scale.  We’ll have membership records with us. If you’re not sure whether you’ve paid last year’s dues, we can easily access that information.  We hope you’ll remember to bring your checkbooks so that we can remain up to date in supporting the programs and projects of the League. Thanks!

  • AAUW Invitation—Friday, May 9

    Do you think more women should run for office? Would more women in government make a difference?

    You learned in a recent email of the invitation we received from our local AAUW to attend their dinner meeting at St. Dominic Church on Friday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m. Their speaker, Dr. Shirley Nelson, is the executive director of the Candidate Development Coalition. Over the course of thirty years, Dr. Nelson has provided assistance to thousands of prospective women candidates across Minnesota. Dr. Nelson is a member of AAUW and of the League of Women Voters.

  • Strategic Planning at the State Level

    Recently, the state League’s Board of Directors approved going forward with a strategic plan for LWV Minnesota. They have engaged consultant Anne Carroll of Carroll, Franck and Associates to support this process.

    As part of this process they want to hear from every League member. Your participation ensures they hear a diverse range of thoughtful perspectives from throughout the state. They welcome your thoughts via an online survey here—it shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes.

  • LWV Northfield - Cannon Falls Grant Application

    If all goes as planned, the stories of a number of the amazing women who helped shape the social, educational, economic, and environmental resources in Northfield and beyond will be made available to the public, with the support of our League.  LWV Northfield - Cannon Falls is applying for a Legacy grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to collect oral histories from these women, transcribe those already recorded, and make them available to the public.  Most of these stories have not been told or collected in any organized manner.  The application deadline was April 8, and notification of outcome will occur in June.

  • $2.00 a Day - Living on Almost Nothing in America

    Northfield Reads—A Community-Building Collaboration

    Northfield Reads had another strong year. The book $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, presented a powerful message about the challenges faced by those living in poverty and the complexities of the issues leading to their situations. Those who read it seemed moved by the examples and messages.

  • LWV 101 - Principles Governing Our Work

    League of Women Voters is founded on basic principles. As one gets involved in or tries to understand complex local and state issues, it may be helpful to review these principles. To that end, the following was taken from the LWVMN website (

  • Calendar of Events

    April 18

    • LWV Board Meeting - 7pm
    • Friends Meetinghouse, 512 Washington St

    April 23

    • Annual Meeting - 9am
    • Friends Meetinghouse, 512 Washington St

    April 23

    • Earth Day Celebration - 10am to 7:30pm
    • United Church of Christ, 300 Union St and Weitz Center, Carleton College

    May 9

    • AAUW dinner meeting (with an invitation to LWV members) - 6pm
    • St. Dominic Church, 104 Linden St. N.