September 13 – We will be returning to Andover City Hall for our September meeting! The topic is Redistricting, an important activity that happens every 10 years following the Census. Learn about the processes, the issues, opportunities for reform, and more.
Monday, Sept 13, 6:30 pm
Andover City Hall -- Council Chambers
1685 Crosstown Blvd NW, Andover
COME IN PERSON OR YOU CAN ATTTEND VIRTUALLY – SEE INFO BELOW
This will be a ‘hybrid’ meeting – you can choose to attend in person or attend virtually – we will send connection information to our members on the morning of the 13th. (If you are not a member and would like to also participate virtually, email us at email@example.com.) If you do attend in person, please wear a mask as we are following CDC guidelines. No light supper, but we will have wrapped snacks. Doors open at 6pm.
We will also be presenting our Friend of League Award to Paul Linnell and the Anoka County Elections staff. They’ve been invited to join us at this program to be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the electorate of Anoka County to ensure safe and accessible elections. (Who has been awarded Friend of League awards in the past? Click here to find out!)
Update as of an August 27 posting to the organization’s Facebook page:
“We're so excited to announce that we've found a home for the North Suburban Center for the Arts! We will be moving just down the road to Fire Station #3—a decommissioned fire station that has sat vacant since 2018 when then City of Fridley relocated its fire department to City Hall. The fire station sits at the corner of East River Road and 77th Way NE.”
Read about the campaign to fund the renovation of the new building, support staff, and ensure that programming remains accessible to the community at www.northsuburbanarts.org/new-home
VIEW THIS VIDEO OF THIS MEETING AT THIS LINK:
MANY THANKS TO QCTV FOR FILMING THE EVENT!
A Conversation with Dave Durenberger and Lori Sturdevant
featuring their book, "When Republicans Were Progressives"
Join League of Women Voters ABC for this live, virtual conversation on Monday evening, June 14 at 6:30. The public is invited to attend by requesting a Zoom link via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The presenters will discuss the book they co-authored, "When Republicans Were Progressive." A planned in-person event in 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic, but participants will find the content of this virtual conversation timely, lively, and forward looking. A video recording of the event will be available later in the week at YouTube @ LWV Anoka Blaine Coon Rapids Area .We thank QCTV community television for making this live program and recording available.
A Star Tribune book review commented that the book "...is a fascinating combination of Durenberger's firsthand account regarding three terms in the U.S. Senate, hundreds of anecdotes...a platform for positive change and a skimp yet alluring look into his personal life." Lori Sturdevant is a retired Star Tribune editorial writer and author of several books of Minnesota history.
LWV ABC's Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, April 12. We will open the Zoom room at 6 and begin at 6:30 with a visit from Anoka County Commissioner Scott Schulte.
All the documents and links you will need to participate in this meeting can be found in this blog, as well as under "Board Agendas" on the LWV ABC Member's Only page. It will be a good meeting ending promptly by 8:30. Attendance by our members is important, as this is where we will begin the process of setting our goals for the next year. See you at the Annual Meeting!
LWV ABC President Gretchen Sabel
6pm Gather, sign in, social, welcome
6:30 Scott Schulte, Chair of Anoka County Board of Commissioners, remarks and discussion
7:00 President's Report – Gretchen Sabel - file follows
7:30 Treasurer Report - Wes Volkenant - file follows
7:35 Present budget for 2021-22 and vote – Geri Nelson - file follows
7:40 Membership Dues policy change and vote - Pat Kennedy
Proposed Membership Dues Policy 2021
Individual Membership Dues shall be $60 per year. Additional family members residing in the same household shall pay $30 per year in dues. Dues for students enrolled either full-time or part-time in school shall be $10 per year. Flexible Membership Dues will be available to everyone to choose what they can pay, from $5 to $55.
LWV ABC will supplement a Flexible Dues Membership payment in order to pay the per member payment (PMP) to LWVUS and LWVMN. The Flexible Dues Membership option will replace the previous scholarship program offered by LWV ABC.
7:45 Nominations Committee report and vote on slate - Mary Jo Truchon
Nominating Committee Report
Mary Jo Truchon, Chair, Submitted April 2, 2021
Candidates for Board Positions – Two year terms
All incumbents have agreed to run for re-election
President- Gretchen Sabel
Secretary- Arlene Gillett
Membership- Patricia Kennedy
Candidates for Nominating Committee (Off- Board Positions- One year terms)
Nominating Committee Chair- Mary Jo Truchon
Nominating Committee Member- Glenda Meixell
7:50 Affirm local positions; introduce plan for local action agenda – Gretchen Sabel - file follows
8:00 Affirm local Non-partisan policy – Geri Nelson - Click this link for Non-partisan policy
8:10 Proposed bylaws changes and vote – Pat Kennedy - See following "Summary of Changes" and "Proposed Bylaw Changes", Current bylaws are at this link.
8:20 Present Zilla Way Award to this year's outstanding local League member – Gretchen Sabel
Click this link for a list of our valued past awardees
8:25 Wrap up and farewell, next steps (including State Convention in June) – Gretchen Sabel
8:30 End of meeting
Full Committee Reports follow; these will be summarized by Gretchen Sabel in the President's Report.
NOTICE - MARCH 9 MEETING POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS. IT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED ONE WEEK LATER - MARCH 16. 6pm social, 6:30 program starts. Updated link at the end of this post.
March 8 and March 16, 6pm - Zoom
Who’s ready for spring? We ALL are, right? LWV ABC has a two-part program planned for March. On Monday, March 8, we’ll look at pollinator gardens as an alternative for those bits of lawn that get maintained but not used. LWV ABC’s Linda Rodgers and Gretchen Sabel will share their successes at developing native plant gardens, and Laurie Schneider from the Pollinator Friendly Alliance will join us for discussion. We will light your interest in pollinators and talk about ideas for using bits of land for native plants. No matter where you live, you can build pollinator habitat in a space near you.
On Tuesday, March 16, we will have Emily Johnson from the Anoka Conservation District with information on grants and programs to help build pollinator habitat. Pollinator habitat is part of the work that ACD does, and will be discussed in context of the new Comprehensive Plan that ACD has just completed. ACD’s work is much broader than pollinators, and has promise to green our county.
Here's the Zoom link. We will begin with social/connecting time at 6 and programs starting at 6:30.
ACD Comprehensive Plan and Grants for Pollinator HabitatTime: Mar 16, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://qctv-org.zoom.us/j/87495357136?pwd=c3dPamVWWWRqTGlOOEg3STdSSTFjdz09
Phone Connection: 312.626.6799
Meeting ID: 874 9535 7136
The program will be recorded and available for later viewing, too. See you on the Zoom! Go back to the LWV ABC website here.
Here's a list of useful links that Laurie Schneider shared on March 8:
Links for League of Women Voters – March, 2021 Talk on Backyard Habitat
HOW TO GUIDES ON HABITAT AND GARDENING
Pollinator Friendly Alliance: pollinator lawn, plant lists. .
Plant suppliers and habitat services
Videos and Webinars
Lawns to legumes habitat guide & cost share program
University of Minnesota: biodiverse backyard, gardens, biocontrols,
plant lists, videos . . .
Xerces Society: pollinator conservation and habitat resources
How to install a pollinator lawn
PLANT, TREE, SHRUB AND GRASSES LISTS
Heather Holm, biologist/author, pollinator-plant guides:
Xerces plant list:
Audubon plant database by zip code:
Wild Ones St. Croix Savanna Resources:
Plant, trees and shrubs for pollinators lists:
Minnesota wildflowers database by LCCMR:
Missouri Botanical Garden
Native grasses list and book
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