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					                                                                                                        Volume 46, Issue 3
      Crystal – New Hope – East Plymouth League of Women Voters                                      January/February 2012

                                       The Voter
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
                                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

                                                        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 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

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