Monthly newsletter for members of the League of Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls
November, 2013 (November 24, 2013)
Once again at our last meeting, the board was presented with more opportunities than we could respond to. There are never enough resources to do everything, so we are always weighing priorities and resources. We are grateful to the three guests who attended for bringing perspectives that enriched that ongoing discussion. I hope you too will consider attending a Board meeting when you have questions or suggestions.
Your questions regarding MNSure will be welcomed on Monday evening, November 25th at 7 pm when we gather at The Hideaway in downtown Northfield to participate in this month’s informal “What’s Up?” event. Joining us for an evening of conversation are Jacob Grippen, MNSure Community Outreach Liaison, Jim Blaha and Kathy Bjerke of Northfield’s Community Action Center, and local independent insurance agent Dale Ness.
You may recall that our local League is participating in the MLD program offered by LWVUS through the Ruth S. Shur Fellowship. Local president Ricky Peterson and board members Mary Hahn and Sarah Entenmann participate in a monthly call with our coach, Suzanne Kerwin of the Edina League. The focus of these calls is building membership and developing leadership. Local board member, Bonnie Jean Flom, serves as a coach for the Golden Valley and Edina Leagues. On November 5th when she traveled to Edina to meet with their League representatives, she noticed “Vote Today” signs in the neighborhoods she visited.
The community and the League of Women Voters lost a good friend and loyal citizen with the passing of Georgiana Campbell. Many friends and family gathered at her memorial service at the First United Church of Christ recently. Margit Johnson and Jane McWilliams spoke, remembering the many years during which they worked with Georgiana on League projects.
Local League member Mary F. Carson, 98, passed away on November 4, 2013, in Northfield. Born in 1915, Mary grew up in south Minneapolis, married, and raised her family in Edina. She was an enthusiastic and dedicated homemaker, a lifetime member of the League of Women Voters, Plymouth Congregational Church, and the study group Peripatetics and a strong supporter of the MN Land Trust and the Second Harvest Food Shelf. She also served as the Twin Cities director of the American Field Service (AFS) student exchange program for several years in the 1960s.
In the October eCatalyst, members were informed of our intention to share League positions over a wide range of topics over the coming months. An informed League is a strong League, and so we begin this process by posting here the State League position on Natural Resources.
- Monday, November 25th - “What’s Up?” at 7 pm; Focus: MNSure; The Hideaway – downtown Northfield
- Monday, December 9th - Board Meeting at 7 pm, Carleton College Alumni House
- Monday, January 27th - “What’s Up?”; Focus: Immigration Reform
- Monday, February 24th - “What’s Up?”; Focus: Observer Corps
- Monday, March 24th - “What’s Up?”; Focus: Voter Suppression