Making Democracy Work

Past - 2017-2018

Date & Time        Place        Description
Monday, March 26, 2018
7:00 PM
Laird Township Hall
L2480 W Alston Ave
Alston, MI 49958
Public Input on Houghton County Jail.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
6:30 pm
Portage Lake District Library
58 Huron St
Houghton, MI 49931
Statehood for the People of D.C..
Did you know that citizens of the District of Columbia pay more in federal taxes than do the citizens of 22 states? Yet they lack the representation and control of their locality that comes with being a state.

On Tuesday, March 20 at 6 6:30 pm at the Portage Library, Martha Sloan will talk about the background of this situation and a path toward statehood for the District, based on presentations prepared by the DC League of Women Voters.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:00 am
MSU Extension Office
1500 Birch Street
Hancock, MI 49930

This workshop will include fun, interactive experiences that will help youth learn and use valuable leadership skills! Learn to take the lead and help create positive change! All youth ages 12 and older who are brand new, aspiring, or experienced leaders are welcome!


RSVP to Deborah Hilscher at the MSU Extension office by Thursday, March 8, 2018. Phone: 482-5830 or e-mail

CONTACT: Anne Kretschmann 4-H Program Coordinator - Houghton and Keweenaw Counties 906-482-5830 or

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Four Seasons Tea Room
606 Shelden Ave
Houghton, MI 49931

Phone: (906) 482-3233
Houghton Country Jail Discussion.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Monday, January 22, 2018
5:00 pm
Kangas Cafe & Catering
200 Michigan St
Hancock, MI
Phone: (906) 487-7455
Planning Meeting. Our January Planning Meeting will be a dinner meeting, to be held Monday, January 22rd at 5pm at the Kangas Cafe in the Jutila Center (the old Hospital) in room 311, Hancock.

Please RSVP by Friday, January 19th to Mary Marchaterre, or 483-2291 with your menu entree choice of: Chicken Piccata or Veggie Lasagna. The cost is $16.50 for the meal, which includes: Salad, Roll, Dressings, Dessert, and Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Lemonade, and Gratuity. Unfortunately, "No shows" will still be expected to pay for their dinner and will be billed by the LWVCC, as we will be committed to covering the number we have reserved.

In preparation for our local Annual Meeting in April, any ideas for local programs or speakers should be brought up at this time.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
6:30 PM
Portage Lake District Library
58 Huron St
Houghton, MI 49931
REDISTRICTING IN MICHIGAN: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters?. On Wednesday, December 6 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Martha Sloan will present "REDISTRICTING IN MICHIGAN: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters?" at Portage Lake District Library. Her presentation will cover

  • the historical background of redrawing national and Michigan districts,
  • the effect of gerrymandering on selecting winners,
  • a comparison of Michigan processes with those of other states,
  • recent court decisions,
  • the proposal of Voters Not Politicians for the Michigan 2018 ballot, and
  • the recommendations of the Michigan League of Women Voters.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period, and light refreshments will be available.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
5:00 pm
La Cantina
101 E Quincy St
Hancock, MI
Phone: (906) 523-7474
Board Meeting.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
219 S. Harrison Rd.
East Lansing, MI
Verna Grahek Mize inducted into MI Women's Hall of Fame.
Verna Grahek Mize (1913-2013) of Houghton campaigned to end the practice of dumping mining waste into Lake Superior, which led to government-set pollution standards. She persisted in a 13-year battled against a large mining company to save Lake Superior. The trial was one of the longest, costly and bitter fought environmental cases in history, which because of Mize's tireless efforts, led to the end of the company's dumping of water materials into Lake Superior on March 16, 1980.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
  National Voter Registration Day.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
  Constitution Day.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
  Think Globally, Celebrate Locally. The 2017 Parade of Nations theme is "Think Globally, Celebrate Locally." The Parade of Nations strives to promote worldwide culture and national awareness in Michigan's Upper Peninsula through a community-wide annual event that includes a parade and a multicultural festival.

The parade begins at 11 a.m., making its way through Hancock across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to Houghton. There's a float contest featuring $500 in cash prizes. Everyone is invited to march with their country.

The gala procession winds up at Dee Stadium, an historic waterfront venue transformed into a global marketplace featuring dozens of food and craft booths and performers from around the world. No-cost children's activities and meals averaging in the $5+8 price range make this an affordable-yet-exotic family experience.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
MTU Library "Free Speech on Campus" by Catherine Fisk.
Catherine Fisk, a professor in the Boalt Hall Law School of the University of California, Berkeley will present "Free Speech on Campus" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Refreshments are available beginning at 5:30 p.m.

All attendees will receive a free pocket Constitution.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
11:00am - 3:00pm
College Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
Afternoon on the Town - rain date.
An Afternoon on the Town is a Michigan Tech event that invites local businesses/services to welcome our students and show them what they have to offer. Starting on campus, down College Avenue, and throughout the downtown Houghton area there will be music, refreshments, giveaways, and prizes for student participants.

Sponsored by: Student Activities, Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, and Housing & Residential Life.

Saturday, August 26, 2017
  National Women's Equality Day.
By a joint resolution of Congress on August 26, 1971, the first Women's Equality Day was Celebrated. Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) sponsored the resolution, and every year since, each president declares this day as Women's Equality Day commemorating the certification of the 19th Amendment to The United States Constitution.
Friday, August 18, 2017
  97th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment..
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
4:00 PM
Summer Board Meeting - potluck
open to public
Mary Marchaterre
1216 E Lakeshore Dr
Houghton, MI 49931

ph: 906-483-2291
Summer Board Meeting - potluck - open to public.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
  Hougton Country Special Millage for CCISD.
Proposal to be voted on:
Shall Copper Country Intermediate School District, State of Michigan, come under Sections 681 to 690 of the Revised School Code, as amended, and establish an area career and technical education program, which is designed to encourage the operation of area career and technical education programs if the annual property tax levied for this purpose is limited to 1 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2017 to 2026, inclusive; the estimate of the revenue the Intermediate School District will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2017 is approximately $1,233,846 from local property taxes authorized herein?
Saturday, August 5, 2017
5:00 PM
Calumet Colosseum
110 Red Jacket Rd.
Calumet, MI 49913

Phone: (906) 337-2507
LWVCC Featured Organization at Keweenaw Roller Girls Solar System Smackdown Mixer.
On August 5 at 5pm at the Calumet Coliseum the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country will be the featured guest organization at the Annual Solar System Smackdown and receive the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle. The Keweenaw Roller Girls (KRG) is a flat track roller derby league based out of Hancock, MI that formed in September of 2012 for women over the age of 18. The league accepts those who are willing to work hard and have fun regardless of shape, size, orientation,and level of athleticism. Please join us for some high energy fun with the Roller Girls.
Friday, May 19, 2017-Sunday, May 21, 2017
Kellogg Hotel & Convention Center
219 S Harrison Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
State convention.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Reminder to Vote!
  Reminder to Vote. This is just a friendly reminder to vote Tuesday, May 2 if you live in one of these areas:

Baraga County: N.I.C.E. Community School District Houghton County: Houghton-Portage Township Schools and Lake Linden Village Ontonogan County: Ontonagon Area Schools and Rockland Township

You can view your sample ballot online at the Michigan Voter Information Center here:

Thank you for participating in government!

Sincerely, Rhianna Williams League of Women Voters Copper Country

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Ramada Inn
99 Navy St
Hancock, MI 49930

Phone: (906) 482-8400
Annual Meeting. Items to be voted on by the membership at the Annual Meeting:

1. Nominating Committee Slate
President - Rhianna Williams
2nd VP - Kristine Bradof
Secretary - Taryn Mack
Kathy Flagstadt
Faith Morrison

2. Budget

3. Bylaws Amendment
Article III parts
a) Voting members shall be at least 16 years of age.
b) Associate members (those under sixteen) are non-voting members.

This language removes the citizenship requirement and lowers the voting age from 18, putting our bylaws in compliance with changes adopted in the national LWV by-laws.

Dues structure changes
Dues increase effective April 2018:
Individual to $60;
Household to $90;
Student remains $30.
Nearly all the dues pass through to cover state and national per member payments.

Reminder: we offer the Kay LaRue Scholarship to cover student membership and on a hardship basis to individuals upon request.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.