League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County
Established in Livonia in 1960
Serving: Canton, Garden City, Livonia, Northville, May, 2009
Plymouth, Redford, Wayne and Westland Volume XLVIX, No. 4
USED BOOK SALE 2009 ANNUAL MEETING 2009
At Each spring, our League meets for a formal, Annual
Westland Mall Meeting to make decisions required by our bylaws.
Near JC Penney They include:
The Book Sale season has Elect new officers
begun! We have a later date
this year and a new location. Pass a budget
You have several opportuni-
ties to help make this event Decide on program for the next year
another successful fundraiser.
Your efforts every year are much appreciated. You Make any bylaws changes
collect, store, and bring books to the store; you pick-
up books at members’ homes and you come to help Our Annual Meeting will be a luncheon meeting on
with sorting, selling, and packing up the remainders. June 20th at 1 Under (formerly Sandtraps on 5).
This all contributes to the success of this annual Please see the reservation form on page 5 of the
event, so the Book Sale Committee is asking for Voter. Reservations are required, and must be re-
your help again this year. ceived by June 10th. This is a pleasant luncheon
at which guests are welcome to attend. You will
Book Sale Hours also meet our 2009 Scholarship winner!
Preview Thursday, June 25: 6 pm-8:30 pm On further pages in the Voter, you will see the list of
($3 admission this day only) officer nominees, the budget, program options and
proposed bylaw changes. At the luncheon, you’ll re-
Friday, June 26: 10 am – 8:30 pm ceive an Annual Meeting Booklet with a lot of infor-
Saturday, June 27: 10 am – 8:30 pm mation about the accomplishments of the League
Sunday, June 28: 11 am– 5 pm (Bag sale this past year.
day: $6 or 2 for $11)
Please join us for this important
meeting on June 20th.
See lots more information inside on Page 3. We
need your help to make this a success!
PO Box 51502, Livonia, MI 48151 ……………………………………...………………………………….……………………………..(734) 421-4420
President and Voter Editor ……………………………………………………………………...…………….……….. Paula Bowman (734) 455-4726
DOING OUR PART: NATIONAL POPULAR
President’s VOTE COMPACT STUDY
On Saturday, April 25th, League members met
Corner for a luncheon meeting at Eastside Marios in
Livonia to discuss the consensus questions
posed by the LWVUS. We had a spirited dis-
cussion, but eventually reached a consensus
We have two big events coming up in the next 6 that all present could live with. Our responses
weeks: our Used Book Sale, which is our to the seven thought-provoking questions were
League’s only annual fundraiser, and our An- submitted to the national office before the May 1
nual Meeting on June 20th. This Voter is deadline and are being tabulated along with
loaded with lots of information about both, so those responses of all the other local Leagues
don’t skip anything! around the country. Watch for a decision by the
LWVUS national board sometime this summer.
Your League was well-represented at the bi-
annual state convention in Lansing this past
weekend. Board members Angela Ryan, Char-
lene Krygier and I attended as your delegates. HOLD THE DATE!
We participated in the plenary sessions that de-
termine the state League’s course for the next The League of Women Voters of Michigan has
two years and attended workshops on Advo- signed on as a co-sponsor with Michigan
cacy, the LWVMI Prison re-study, and 2lst ERAmerica, the Michigan Coalition of Equal
Century Communications (are web-based meet- Rights Studies and the American Association of
ings in our future?). We enjoyed hearing Secre- University Women, Michigan Division, of a
tary of State Terri Lynn Land speak to us about Women's Equality Day Luncheon on August
how her office is making voting more accessi- 22nd in Livonia. More details will be available
ble, and especially benefited from talking with this summer, but mark your calendar for this
other League members from all over the state meaningful event.
about common values and challenges. It is
always a great weekend to spend with like-
minded League members who share the same
belief in our mission. 2009-2010 DUES: Invoices for next year’s dues
will go out with the July Voter. If you’d like to
Please plan on attending our June 20th Annual pay your dues at the Annual Meeting in June,
Meeting at 1 Under (formerly Sandtraps on 5 — we will happily take your check for $55. Bring
same location as our annual meetings the past your checkbook and save yourself a stamp!
several years). Though we must vote on the
path our League will take for the next year, this
is an enjoyable, social event. Be sure to send in
your RSVP before June 10th. THEY REPRESENT YOU: Many thanks to Ann
Abdoo and Laura Callow for doing all the re-
Paula Bowman search for our current TRY. A copy is enclosed
for all of you with this Voter. An expanded edi-
tion is on our website, and we will be delivering
limited copies to local libraries in the near future.
LWV NW Wayne Co. 2 May, 2009
MORE ABOUT THE BOOK SALE….. Donations We Accept: Hard cover, soft cover,
and paperbacks in good condition, videos, cas-
Esther Friedrichs is keeping track of the work sette tapes, CDs, DVDs, software that is on CD
schedule on Book Sale weekend. Please call or DVD, magazines that are not time sensitive:
her at 734-427-0222 to let her know what shift travel, plants, animals, pets, cooking, etc.
you can work. We count on every member to
work one or two 2-hour shifts. Though we say Please do not give us the following: Read-
“work”, it is more fun than work! It is a great ers’ Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias,
time to visit with other League members, and magazines like Time, Newsweek, Consumer
work together on our one fundraiser that keeps Reports, National Geographic magazines, text-
our organization financially stable. books, discarded library books, almanacs over 2
years old; atlases over 8 years old.
Esther’s telephone number is 734-427-0222.
Leftover merchandise: At the end of each
Moving Day: Saturday, May 30, 2009, Begin- sale, we always have leftovers. The better
ning at 10 am. books we keep for the next year, but there is still
plenty we need to dispose of. In the past, there
We also need people to help us pick up books have been organizations that were willing to
from members’ homes and bring them to West- come and take whatever we did not want.
land Mall on Saturday, May 30. If you can help Those organizations no longer exist. We must
out that day (the moving is usually all complete have everything removed from the store by
by noon) please call Esther. Tuesday, June 30th.
If you have books at your house and cannot We will need members to help us dispose of
bring them to the store yourself, please contact books we are not going to keep for next year.
me and we’ll arrange to pick them up from you We can have anywhere from 30 to 50 boxes of
on the 30th. If this does not work for you, we books that we do not want, so we need volun-
can make other arrangements. (Call me at 734- teers to help remove them from the store and
420-4439 or send an email to find a good home for them. If you can help, let
firstname.lastname@example.org ) me know.
Sorting Days: Beginning Tuesday June 2nd The Livonia Recycle Center will only accept
magazines, and only from a Livonia resident. If
Tuesdays: 1 – 3 pm you can help by taking the unsold magazines to
Thursdays: 1 – 3 pm the Center, please let me know. The Center is
Saturdays: 10 am – 12 noon on Glendale off Farmington Road, which is just
north of the railroad bridge that goes over Farm-
Come and enjoy working together and talking ington, north of Plymouth Road.
about books. These are also the times when
anyone can bring books to the store. Thank you for all that you do for the League.
Come to the Mall parking lot near JC Penney. Lena Packer
We are in the corner storefront Book Sale Chairperson
across for the children’s play
area. (the old Fan Zone store- Book Sale Committee Members: Laura Callow,
front) Esther Friedrichs, Roberta Young and Jean
LWV NW Wayne Co. 3 May, 2009
Annual Meeting Votes
I. 2009-10 BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINEES:
President: Paula Bowman
First VP/Voter Service: Charlene Krygier *
Second VP/Fundraising: Lena Packer
Secretary: Mary Visos*
Treasurer: Angela Ryan
Directors: Jean Cogill*
Laura Callow (appointment)
*Serving the 2nd year of a 2 year term
Many thanks to Joan Gebhardt who was our Nominating Chair.
II. PROPOSED PROGRAM:
Your Board of Directors is suggesting the following issues for emphasis during the next year:
We will also be working on the re-study of the LWVMI position on Prisons, which will require at least
Health care is a major focus of LWVUS, which is encouraging local Leagues to also hold programs
on this issue. LWVUS is also working in partnership with the US Census Bureau to promote a
100% count of all US residents.
These issues for emphasis do not limit us from working on other topics that may come up during the
LWV NW Wayne Co. 4 May, 2009
Annual Meeting Votes, cont.
III. PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGES:
The Board has voted to suggest two changes to Article IV of our bylaws.
Rationale for change, Section 1: The board has not been able to fill the 6 director positions for sev-
eral years. This change allows us to be in compliance with our bylaws but also provides some flexi-
Rationale for change, Section 5: Thanks to advances in technology and email usage by all board
members, many decisions are now made by ‘email votes’, reducing the need for frequent board
meetings. The board still believes that in-person meetings are valuable and will continue to meet as
often as necessary.
The added words are noted in italicized bold print and the words to be eliminated are shown with a
ARTICLE IV: Board of Directors
Sec. 1. Number: Manner of Selection and Term of Office. The Board of Directors shall consist of
the officers of the League, three to-six elected directors and not more than six (6) appointed direc-
tors. Three of the elected directors shall be elected by the general membership at each Annual
Meeting and shall serve for a term of two years, or until their successors have been elected and
qualified. The elected members, after soliciting the guidance and recommendations of the member-
ship chair, the president(s) and /or the Nominating Committee, shall appoint such additional direc-
tors, not exceeding six, as they deem necessary to carry on the work of the League. The terms of
office of the appointed directors shall be two years and shall expire at the conclusion of the next An-
Sec. 5. Meetings. There shall be at least four seven regular meetings of the Board of Directors an-
nually. Votes taken at “email board meetings” will have the same validity as an in-person
board meeting provided a quorum participates in the voting. The president may call special
meetings of the Board of Directors, and shall call a special meeting upon the written request of five
members of the Board.
There are no dramatic changes to the 2009-10 budget. The annual dues will remain unchanged at
$55. Our frugal operations and dependable Book Sale income allow us to fund another scholarship
for next year. The budget is on the reverse for your review.
LWV NW Wayne Co. 5 May, 2006
The League Of Women Voter’s Of Northwest
Wayne County Invites You To Our
Annual Luncheon Meeting.
When: Saturday, June 20, 2009
Time: 12 - 2 PM
Where: 1 Under: 35780 Five Mile Rd, Livonia, MI
Cost: $20 Per Person
Enjoy a choice of Roasted Herbed Chicken or Roasted
Sirloin, served with Green Beans Amandine and Red Skin
Potatoes, along with a selection of salads, breads, desserts,
RSVP by June 10 to:
31750 Cambridge Street
Livonia, MI 48154
Please send in this portion indicating your lunch choice, along with a check payable to League of Women Voters
Guest’s Name: _________________________________________________
Roasted Herbed Chicken or Roasted Sirloin (You Must Select One)
Check Here If You Will Need A Ride To The Luncheon