Making Democracy Work

Past - 2019-2020

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Michigan Tech Husky Dog
on campus near Library

rain location Fisher Hall
Equal Pay Day Event at MTU - CANCELLED.
Wear red to show support!
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Carnegie Museum
Houghton, MI 49931
Women's History Talk by Dr. Laura Rouleau - POSTPONED.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  You can still register and vote today!!!. You must register with clerk. You cannot register at the polling place. You can register with clerk and vote there.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  Presidential Primary.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:30-pm - 8:00pm
Carnegie Museum,
Houghton, MI
Opening Reception for Petticoat Patriots: How Michigan Women Won the Vote from the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. Petticoat Patriots: How Michigan Women Won the Vote from the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, courtesy League of Women Voters of the Copper Country
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020-Friday, March 20, 2020
Carnegie Museum
Houghton, MI 49931
Women's History Month - Petticoats Patriots Display at Carnegie Museum. Cancelled
Monday, February 24, 2020
  Last Day to Register to vote by Mail for March 10 presidential primary. Must register in person after this date.
Friday, February 14, 2020
  Cookies to Partners. The LWV will be delivering cookies to our partners, Daily Mining Gazette and Houghton County Clerk.
Friday, February 14, 2020
11:00am - 2:00pm
Portage Lake District Library LWV Birthday Social. The League of Women Voters turns 100 years old on February 14, 2020, and to celebrate, local and state Leagues around the country are joining in a nationwide day of action called "Women Power the Vote."

"The League was founded by suffrage leaders 100 years ago to help American women exercise their new right to vote," said Barry Elizabeth Fink, President of the Copper Country League. "Women Power the Vote" is the slogan for the League's 100-year milestone, bringing together Leagues in over 750 communities across the country with one unified day of action.

Locally the League is inviting the community to stop in at the Portage Lake District Library for birthday cake and to access a variety of resources about new voting regulations in Michigan, voter registration and absentee ballot applications and other topics and activities. As part of the celebration LWVCC is delivering 100 cookies to the Houghton Country Clerk at the courthouse to thank her for the work she and clerks all over the area are doing to implement our elections. Another 100 cookies will be delivered to the Daily Mining Gazette, in recognition of the newspaper's many years of partnership with LWVCC in publishing the Voters Guide prior to the general election. The Copper Country League is also celebrating its 60th birthday this spring.

"For 100 years, Leagues have registered voters, informed their communities on the issues, advocated in their legislatures, and helped shape their communities and this country," said Chris Carson, president of the board of the League of Women Voters of the United States. "Our founders achieved the impossible by getting the 19th Amendment passed 100 years ago, so today we honor their fight by continuing to push our democracy forward so that every voter can play a critical role in shaping our country."

Friday, February 14, 2020
  Day of Action, honoring the birth of League of Women Voters - 100 years.
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Parking lot east of La Cantina Heikinpaiva Parade with LWVCC and riseUP. Please join more than a dozen riseUP volunteers, including LWVCC Board members Linda Belote and Faith Morrison, in celebration of women's suffrage on January 25th.

We need folks to carry the riseUP banner and/or some of the great signs Lora Repp has created for us in the Heikinpäivä parade on January 25th.

The parade will take place on Quincy Street in Hancock. Assembly is in the parking lot east of La Cantina at 10:30a.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and ends at Quincy Green with other delightful Finnish traditions celebrating the day the bear rolls over + halfway date through winter + will be happening.

Contact Linda Belote ( or call 483-0552) if you can help us out.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
6:00 pm
Portage Lake District Library Michigan Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission. Elizabeth Benyi and Valorie Troesch will present on the new Michigan Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission voted into law. Learn the current status and how to apply to be o the commission.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Kangas Cafe
200 Michigan St #313
Hancock, MI 49930
Annual Planning Meeting. Planning Meeting. Our January Planning Meeting will be a dinner meeting, to be held Tuesday, January 21st at 5pm at the Kangas Cafe in the Jutila Center (the old Hospital) in room 311, Hancock.

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

Please RSVP by Friday, January 15th to Mary Marchaterre, or 483-2291 with your menu entree choice of: Chicken Piccata or Veggie Lasagna. The cost is $15.00 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.

Your board has decided to cover the balance of the previously stated cost of $20 in order to keep it in reach for more folks. Another option is to attend the meeting and enjoy coffee and dessert and skip the meal.

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Bridgeview Park
Houghton, MI 49931
4th Annual Women's March on East Side of Lift Bridge. Women will be marching in DC and around the country and the world.

Gather at Bridgeview Park at 1pm on Saturday 18 Jan for the Fourth Annual Women's March. We will march up to the east side of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Marchers are invited to bring signs.

For more information, please contact Susan Burack at 482-3270 or

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Portage Lake United Church Information about the upcoming census. Barry Fink will do a presentation on the upcoming census.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
BHK Center - Waterworks St. entrance. Overview of MI Voting Changes, census and redistricting committee. Linda Belote and Barry Fink will do a presentation on the latest MI voting changes, the upcoming census and citizen's redistricting committee.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Monday, December 9, 2019
6:00 pm
Portage Lake District Library Michigan Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission - cancelled due to weather. Elizabeth Benyi and Valorie Troesch will present on the new Michigan Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission voted into law. Learn the current status and how to apply to be o the commission.
Friday, December 6, 2019
Meet under Lift Bridge, will walk on Shelden Ave. in Houghton Climate March in downtown Houghton. The League will be joining the Keweenaw Youth for Climate Action (KYCA) in a nation-wide climate protest!

We are gathering under the Portage Lift Bridge on the Houghton side at 3:30 PM. From there, we will march up and down Sheldon Avenue until 5:00 PM. Bring protest signs and keep in mind to only cross the street using the the traffic lights!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
6:00 pm
La Cantina
101 E Quincy St

Phone: (906) 523-7474
Board Meeting.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
6:00 - 7:30pm
Portage Lake District Library The 2020 Census. How to Count Every Person, Once and in the Right Place by Candy Peterson and Richelle Winkler
Thursday, November 14, 2019
  MI Voter Presentation by Hakola, Murto. Liz Hakola and Linda Murto will do a MI voter presentation at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College's Liberal Study class.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Michigan Tech
MUB Ballroom B1, second floor
Michigan Voting and Redistricting at MTU D80 Conference. Dr. Kari Henquinet - Social Sciences and Pavlis Honors College

Elizabeth Benyi - League of Women Voters

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
10am - 4pm
Michigan Tech Campus National Voter Registration Day. You can now register by mail and vote by mail up to and including the day of an election.

Michigan Tech is holding a voter registration with the Houghton County and Houghton City clerks and the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country on their main campus.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
  Parade of Nations - riseUP float. Recognizing the Importance of Women's Suffrage Everywhere Upper Peninsula (riseUP) is the acronym we are using for several projects. riseUP is working with organizations and the public to organize events and other celebrations of the suffrage anniversary and educating on the importance of suffrage for all populations.

Project mission is to:

  • Commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States,
  • Commemorate the suffrage and acquisition of full citizenship rights by all populations,
  • Highlight the civic and cultural contributions of women,
  • Encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote.

The Parade of Nations is a Michigan Technological parade that 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. Parade of Nations 2019, "30 Years Bridging Cultures," will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

A sizable float has been designed and the Girl Scouts will be singing the Schoolhouse Rock song, "Sufferin' for Suffrage".

US suffragettes wore white clothing in the 1913 parade, and we will have a white float with 5 women and a child on the float dressed in different clothing styles across the generations up to today-- all of them wearing white. The women will hold signs giving "Fun Facts" e.g. New Zealand was the first country to grant women the right to vote nationally--1893; Michigan granted women the right to vote in state and local elections in 1918; Tennessee's vote on Aug 18, 1920 ratified women's right to vote nationally; The USA was the 28th country to grant women the right to vote etc. Tall metal sunflowers will also grace our float. The sunflower was used to symbolic represent suffrage by the original suffragettes. Finally, we plan to have a group of walkers and the Girl Scouts, singing "Sufferin' til Suffrage"--a Schoolhouse Rock song.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Michigan Technological University
East Reading room of the Mich Tech Library
Constitution Day - viewing of Iron Jawed Angels.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Saturday, August 31, 2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
College Avenue
Houghton, MI
MTU Afternoon on the Town.
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.
Monday, August 26, 2019
6:00 pm
Hancock Middle School Auditorium
501 Campus Dr, Hancock, MI 49930
MI Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Speaking about changes to Voting and Registration.
Monday, August 26, 2019
  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.
Sunday, August 18, 2019
  99th 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 6, 2019
  Consolidated election - can register in person with clerk and vote. AUGUST 6, 2019 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION

HOUGHTON COUNTY Calumet Township, PRECINCT 2 and 5

LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSALS Osceola Township, Precinct 1 and 2 Torch Lake, Precinct 1 and 2

You can still vote - you must go and register with clerk and then can vote with them. You cannot register at polling place.

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Barry Fink
22083 Royalwood Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931-9014
Potluck Summer Board Meeting. The LWVCC Summer Board meeting will be held at Barry Fink's house. It is a potluck.

Open to the public.

Monday, July 22, 2019
  Last day to register by mail for Aug 6 consolidate election, must register in person. Register in person after this date.
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Voter Registration Info. at Gay Parade
  Voter Registration Information at Gay Parade.
Friday, May 17, 2019-Sunday, May 19, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton
19525 Victor
Parkway, Livonia, MI 48152.
LWVMI State convention. The League's 2019 Convention in Livonia will celebrate the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters of Michigan and the 100th anniversary of suffrage for Michigan women. The Convention promises to be informative, productive and fun. State Convention provides us with an opportunity to conduct important business of the state League as well as an opportunity to participate in workshops, learn more about the League and renew friendships with League members across the state. Delegates will:
  • Adopt the 2019 - 2021 state program, including any state studies
  • Adopt the LWVMI budgets for the next two years, including the per-member-payment
  • Elect LWVMI Officers and members of the Board of Directors
  • Consider Amendments to the LWVMI Bylaws, if proposed
Sunday, May 12, 2019
BHK Child Development Board Head start center
700 Park Ave
Houghton, MI 49931

(800) 236-5657
Constitutional Convention Movement Poses Threat by Liz Hakola. Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Forum
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
  May 7, 2019 - Upcoming Elections - Millage Issues.
Baraga County

Arvon Township
Houghton County

Adams Township
Elm River Township
Hancock Public Schools Millage for
Quincy Township
Here is more information on the millages.
Monday, April 29, 2019
7:00 pm
Office of Keweenaw UU Fellowship which is located in the annex of Trinity Episcopal on Montezuma, Houghton. Entrance is from the upper parking lot on the back side of the building. Board Meeting.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Ramada Inn Annual Meeting - Speakers are County Commisioners Roy Britz and Gretchen Janssen.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
7:00 pm
Carnegie Museum Community Room
105 Huron St
Houghton, MI 49931

Phone: (906) 482-7140
Talk on the Townships by Steve Karpiak.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Mary Marchaterre's house
1216 E Lakeshore Dr.

drive past Super 8 heading to Tech. 2nd house at end.
Votes for Women: A Century of Suffrage with Elizabeth Ann Homer, Author. We will be viewing Elizabeth Homer's talk remotely at Mary Marchaterre's house. Please arrive before 7pm.

Come to hear new insights about the women and men who won universal suffrage in America. Why did it take so long? How did they persevere? Who composed the pro-suffrage coalition+and who opposed them? Find the answers to these questions and more as History Hounds explores the story of woman suffrage.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Portage Lake District Library Commemoration of 100 Years of Women's Suffrage.
Third Organizational Meeting for Planning for Upper Peninsula Commemoration of 100 Years of Women's Suffrage in the US.

All are welcome to help plan the 100 year anniversary of the women's right to vote in 2020.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
11:30am - 12:30am
Michigan Tech Husky Dog
on campus near Library

rain location Fisher Hall
Equal Pay Day Event at MTU.
Wear red to show support!
Monday, April 1, 2019
7:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Drive
Houghton MI 49931
Board Meeting.