Volume 46, Issue 3
Crystal – New Hope – East Plymouth League of Women Voters January/February 2012
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Participate in Program Planning on January 14
Mark Your Calendars 2
This year we will be of our organization at
From the President 2 reviewing and discussing work! Plan to attend and Saturday,
League of Women Voters be a part of this important January 14
Welcome New Members 2
Crystal – New Hope – process. Crystal City Hall
CNHEP Generously Celebrates East Plymouth (CNHEP) This is a good meeting 9:00 a.m.
the Holidays 2 positions and voting to for potential new members brunch & coffee
recommend leaving the to attend and learn about 9:30 a.m.
LWVMN News Briefs 3
position as is, updating it LWV’s positions; however, discussion
Naturalization Schedule 3 or studying it. only LWV members are
This is the grass roots allowed to vote on issues.
January/February Calendar 4
Council of Metro Area Leagues to Examine
Effectiveness of the Met Council
Beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday, January 21, at Woodlake Lutheran Church (7525
Oliver Avenue South, Richfield enter parking lot from Newton Avenue north of 76
Street), the Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues (CMAL) will host its second quarterly
meeting, which will focus on the Met Council as the first one did.
This time the topic will focus on the interactions between the counties and the cities
with the Met Council. We will highlight what works well, what needs improvement and
what specific problems exist within individual counties and cities.
We will look at two of the outer counties and one city. The panel discussion will
BOARD MEETINGS Anoka County Commissioner, Carol LeDoux
Wed, Jan 4, 6pm
Washington County Commissioner, Dennis Hegberg
at the home of Sara Utt Shoreview City Council, Ady Wickstrom, former President of CMAL
8316 29th Avenue N.
New Hope (763.545.5390) CMAL (Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues) was created in 1962 with the goal of
Bring a sandwich. increasing the knowledge and effectiveness of metropolitan area Leagues and the public
Wednesday, Feb 1, 6pm in addressing metropolitan governmental issues and problems. This makes CMAL 50
home of June Hermanson years old! All members of local Leagues in the seven county metro area are
3988 Wisconsin Ave. N. automatically members of CMAL and are invited and encouraged to attend the quarterly
New Hope (763.545.5584) meetings.
Bring a sandwich.
Wednesday, Mar 7, 6pm 9:30 - 10:00 Registration / Refreshments
at the home of Marie Bevans 10:00 - 11:45 Program and questions
3933 Virginia Ave. N. 11:45 - 11:55 Announcements
New Hope (763.544.6352)
Bring a sandwich.
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M ARK YOUR From the President
C ALEND ARS
I hope all of you had a of the new things at Once again this year
happy holiday season. We LWVMN. Cooper High School will
CITIZENSHIP held our annual holiday be the site of two
CEREM ON IES AT party at St. Josephs on On Saturday, January 14, Citizenship Ceremonies.
COOPER H.S. December 13. The Sherry Tyrrell will lead our The ceremonies will be
Two naturalization generosity of our League “Lively Issues” discussion. held on March 26 at
ceremonies have been members is amazing. We It will be held at the 10:00 am and at 2:00 pm.
scheduled for Monday, added $433 to our general Crystal City Hall at 9:00 If you would like to
March 26, 10:00 am and fund as a result of our and your board will treat volunteer to register new
at 2:00 pm at Cooper High very successful silent you to breakfast. voters please call me at
School (8230 47 Avenue auction. We also added 952-233-8923. It is such a
North, New Hope). Each $590 to our own moving and special event
There will be a CMAL
year in Minnesota, about Education Fund, and to take part in and
meeting on Saturday,
9,000 people become US PRISM will benefit by January 21, at 9:00 am at witness!
citizens. As with most $615. All that and one the Richfield City Hall,
metro-area naturalization table was overflowing with Wishing all of you a
6700 Portland Avenue.
ceremonies, League all the school supplies for healthy, happy and
Their topic this year is the
members will be on hand District 281’s Welcome successful 2012!
Met Council. This meeting
to register newly minted Center. Truly amazing!
will be on the interactions
citizens to vote. Contact We also got to know our between the counties and Lois Wendt
Lois (952.233.8923) new state president, Stacy cities. Call a board
if you’d like to help with Doepner-Hove, as she
member if you would like
voter registration. told us about her
to attend and carpool.
background and some
D AT ES SET
ST AT E CO UNCIL
Welcome New Members
LWVMN’s state council Welcome to LWV Crystal-New Hope-East Plymouth,
will take place May 5,at the Jere Gwin-Lenth and Sue & Dick Isenhart. Jere, Sue and
Minnesota Landscape Dick are all New Hope residents.
Arboretum in Chanhassen.
Check your calendar and
consider attending! Details
will be forthcoming.
CNHEP Generously Celebrates the Holidays
By Jo Bogdan, CNHEP Treasurer
At our recent Holiday Party, attendees enjoyed lively conversations, good food and
a great time!
Once again our members showed their generosity. Thank you to all who
donated items to our Silent Pantry Auction and of course to all who purchased them.
Total proceeds from the auction, which assists our General Operating budget, were
$433 -- more than 3 times the results of our White Elephant sales in each of the past
3 years! Members also contributed $590 to our Ed Fund; this greatly enhances our
voice & educational opportunities to our communities.
Additionally contributions to PRISM totaled $615, and members donated
boxes/bags of items for the District #281 Welcome Center. Many thanks!
If you forgot to bring your school supplies, contact Patsy Green. If you forgot your
checkbook and would like to donate to our Local League, send your contribution to
me. Remember that contributions to our Ed Fund are tax deductible (make checks
payable to LWV CNHEP Ed Fund).
Happy New Year!
CNHEP Voter Page 3
LWVMN News Briefs N AT UR ALIZ AT ION
Excerpted from LWV Minnesota E-News
For more information visit
Participate in Voter ID Speaker and Outreach Training Saturday,
January 21 On January 18 there is a ceremony
at the Minneapolis Convention
All LWV members are invited to participate in this training on Saturday,
Center. The last time it was there,
January 21, from 10 am to noon
approximately 1,200 new citizens
at the LWV office in St. Paul or via a simultaneous webcast! LWV
were naturalized. Many people will
Minnesota will send out web links that will allow you to connect from
be needed. I hope we can have
anywhere in the state.
some CNHEP representation.
The training will overview how to make a presentation about voter
ID and how to respond to frequently asked questions and common ―Jo Bodgan
In addition, local LWV members will share how they have found and January
created opportunities in their communities to engage with the members 18 (10:00) Mpls Convention Center
of public around the voter ID issue. From formal program events to 28 (10:00) Mall of America
house parties to presentations to a variety of groups, our members are
getting the word out and making a difference. February
Mark your calendars. Event details will be available soon. 8 (11 & 2:00) Mpls Courthouse
15 (11 & 2:00) St. Paul Courthouse
Make the Clean Air Promise March
2 (1:00) U of M Wiley Hall
LWV US President Elisabeth MacNamara joined us here in Minnesota 8 (10:00) Univ of St Thomas
for a whirlwind visit from November 1 through November 4. The School of Law
purpose of her visit was to promote the Clean Air Promise. LWV is 21 (10 & 2:00) Fitzgerald Theater
spearheading this grassroots effort to underscore support for the 26 (10 & 2:00) Cooper High School
Environmental Protection Agency and strong clean air protections.
Elected officials, community leaders, and citizens are all being asked to April
make the promise. President MacNamara delivered the message that 2 (10:00) Univ of St Thomas
“This is not a pledge. Public health is a promise that we make to each School of Law
other.” Visit www.peoplenotpolluters.org to make the Clean Air 4 (11 & 2:00) Mpls Courthouse
Promise. 11 (11 & 2:00) St. Paul Courthouse
Allie Wagstrom Is LWV’s Associate Director
We are pleased to announce that Allie Wagstrom will assume a new
role beginning in January 2012. Allie will serve as the Associate
Director of LWV Minnesota, providing oversight to the administrative
and financial aspects of the organization. She will remain the staff
person supporting our statewide Voter Service work and the Leaders of
Today and Tomorrow program. Allie has been with LWV Minnesota
since 2008 serving as the State Program Director. Prior to her work
with LWV Minnesota, she served as Operations Director for the
nonprofit Faith’s Lodge managing their financial and administrative
aspects. Join us in congratulating Allie on her promotion!
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LWV Crystal-New Hope-East Plymouth Calendar
January 4 Board Meeting – Sara Utt’s home – 6 pm
14 LWVUS Program Planning – Crystal City Hall – 9 am
21 CMAL meeting – Met Council – Woodlake Lutheran Church (7525 Oliver Ave.
S, Richfield enter parking lot from Newton Ave North of 76 Street) – 9:30 am
31 January Membership Count Deadline (LWVUS Roster must be accurate)
1 Board Meeting – June Hermanson’s home – 6 pm
14 State of the City (New Hope)
Susan B. Anthony’s birthday / LWV 92 birthday
15 General Meeting (book or movie discussion
The West Metro program for February is yet to be determined.
Additional details to be announced. Watch your e-mail inbox.
The First Class
VOTER Time Dated
The League of Women Voters of
Crystal/New Hope/East Plymouth
5401 Rhode Island Ave North
New Hope MN 55428
President Lois Wendt
Voter Editor Heather Koshiol
Membership Mary Gwin-Lenth