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Delta County Information and Activities

Information

The Delta County League has always kept its focus on Voter Services. We are respected in our community for non-partisan candidate forums and voter education. Our printed Voter Guides in election years are sought out, and we actively promote the use of Vote411 as an online tool. We present public programs on timely topics. In the near future, we hope to educate our citizens on the importance of participating in the 2020 census. We recently completed our mentorship of the Marquette Unit, who is well on their way to becoming an independent League. Locally, the May election will ask voters to consider four proposals. Two for Delta County, one for Bark River and one for the Big Bay de Noc School District. Our only fund raiser is an Annual Used Book Sale in early August. Membership meetings are normally held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Past Activities and Events

Candidate Forums - Delta County - 2017 The LWV, AAUW and the Chamber of Commerce of Delta County held a November General Election Candidate Forum on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Escanaba City Hall from 7:00-9:00 pm

There were two segments. The first segment for the Gladstone City Commission had a full house. The candidates for the Gladstone City Commission 2-year term are Bradley Mantela (incumbent) and Mike O'Connor. The candidates for the Gladstone City Commission 4-year term are Joe Thompson and Steven Viau (incumbents), Joshua Godfrey, Darin Hunter, Ken LaVigne, and Dave Nemacheck.

Gladstone City Commission Forum

The second segment was the Escanaba City Council. The candidates for three 4-year terms are Patricia Baribeau, Ralph Blasier, and Marc Tall (incumbents), Katherine Hardt, and Peggy O'Connell Schumann.

Escanaba City Council Forum

The moderator for the forum was League Member Patricia Rudden. Written questions from the audience were accepted. The forum was streamed live at City Council Chambers and is available on youtube. The November General Election is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Gladstone YouTube

Escanaba YouTube

Annual Book Sale - Delta County - 2017

LWV of Delta County Book Sale

The Annual Used Book Sale was held August 5th in conjunction with the Waterfront Arts Festival. This is Delta County's only fundraising event for the League. Attendees had a chance to enjoy a beautiful sunny day, browse the arts and crafts, hear local music and shop for a great deal on books. A few of the new Marquette County League members enjoyed helping with the event. The Book Sale had a good year this year!

The success of the Book Sale is directly related to the quality and amount of inventory. The larger and better the inventory, the higher the profit. Therefore, the LWV of Delta County is now collecting USED BOOKS, VIDEOS, CD'S, DVD'S, SHEET MUSIC, AND CASSETTES for next year's sale. The CD's sell like hotcakes, so we especially encourage the donation of CD and DVD collections. Books with a copyright date less than 10 years, children's books of any copyright date, and all other above-mentioned items in good condition may be donated anytime during the year at Northern Michigan Bank c/o Pat Rudden. This year- round drop-off location works out great, thus we have a large inventory of books to sell in August.

Delta County League of Women Voters History

In 1951, Dorothy Lindquist, a member of the Escanaba Board of Education became concerned about the lack of services for children in the Upper Peninsula. Upon learning that the Michigan League of Women Voters was studying the issue of services for children, she organized a meeting to explore the possibility of forming a League in Escanaba. This meeting was held in the "old city hall" in the Fall of 1951 with about 30 women present. The response was enthusiastic and officers were elected at this very first meeting. Clara Mosenfelder was elected the first president at 26 years old. To date, Clara is still an active member of the DCLWV.

One of the founding members, Mrs. Torval Strom, was elected vice-president and at early board meetings told the newly formed group about the Suffragette days in Delta County. According to her, the men of the county would tear down the posters advertising Votes for Women. The women would then hitch up the horse and buggy and proceed to put them back up on any available telephone pole or fence post.

The Escanaba League was formed as a "provisional league" and was required by the State League to do an in-depth community study of governmental services. This, together with observations of governmental bodies' meetings, voter service activities, such as, get out the vote drives and voter registration drives occupied the early years. The "Know Your Town" study was updated and published as a booklet in 1963.

In 1970, the State League of Women Voters Council met in Escanaba, with members from Lower Michigan arriving by bus.

It was in this same year, 1970, that it was decided to expand the Escanaba League to include all of Delta County and to make a formal name change to the Delta County LWV. A "Know Your County" study was undertaken and a booklet published. It was updated in 1977 and a second edition published.

Voter Service activities have always been a priority of the Delta County League. We strive to provide non-partisan Candidate Forums and Voter Guides in election years. For the past several years, we have published Delta County election information on the Vote411 website.

We have offered Public Programs on timely topics such as environmental studies, children's services, education and libraries. All issues important to the League. Our only fund raiser is an Annual Used Book Sale held in early August.

Most recently, we were offered the opportunity to mentor a new League. The Marquette League existed from 1968 until they disbanded in 2006. In 2017 they discussed reorganizing and the State League asked us to mentor the newly forming Marquette group. Our mission was completed February 2019 when the Marquette Unit became a MAL.

As we continue into the future, we will do our best to serve our community by focusing on Voter Services and public education.