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Learn about our events

Learn about our activities and then check out our calendar to see what is coming up. We invite you to attend our events and better yet join us as a member and volunteer your time.

Candidates Forum with AAUW Oct. 24th - Escanaba

On October 24th, a candidates forum was held in Escanaba in coordination with the Escanaba chapter of the AAUW and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce.

Bay College 2018 Voter Registration & Political Campaign Fair

On September 18th, Bay College held their Voter Registration Drive and Political Campaign Fair. Sue Scheeneman and Mary Kay Cipolla were available to distribute information about the upcoming general election. Delta County Clerk, Nancy Kolich and assistant clerk, Lisa  Glish were also at the League table to provide voter registration. Over 40 students were registered to vote. In addition, the students were able to interview the candidates running for the 38th Senate seat, Ed McBroom and Scott Dianda and for the 108th State Representative seat, Beau LaFave and Bob Romps.

Annual Book Sale - Delta County - 2018

Ludington Park was again a beautiful setting for our annual used book sale. The great weather brought in great crowds and we had a record-breaking profit of $1,081. Many thanks to members from both the Delta and Marquette County Units who worked the event and to the wonderful members of the community who donated their used books to our organization!

Marquette City Commission Candidate Forum - Full Video Recording Available

4th of July Parade Marquette

Community Marches

LWV members participate in the March for Our Lives and the March for Science in Marquette. Registering new voters and getting signatures for the Promote the Vote Campaign.

March For Our Lives

March For Our Lives

March For Our Lives

March For Science

March For Science

Women's History Month

LWV members present an original Women's History program for the Hiawatha National Forest Women's History Month "Brown Bag Lunch" series. Thank you members for your terrific creativity and hard work. We can't wait for you to share it again.

Redistricting and Gerrymandering in MI

Creation of the size and shape of congressional election districts through redistricting and gerrymandering is often a confusing process that can significantly impact elections and affect how voters are fairly represented.

Come learn more about redistricting and gerrymandering in Michigan and efforts to improve how congressional districts are drawn.



Sunshine Week - Observer Corps 2018

March 11-17, 2018 is Sunshine Week!

"The League of Women Voters of Delta County, Marquette County Unit is celebrating Sunshine Week during March 11-17," said David Allen of the Marquette Unit. The League has supported Sunshine Week since its inception in 2005 as a way to highlight the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Allen added, "When I managed environmental litigation for the federal government, I was responsible for classifying documents and maintaining a public reading room, which is how I learned about the critical need for government transparency and an engaged public. As the coordinator of the League's Observer Corps in Marquette, I'm thrilled to continue striving for an informed public that engages local government thoughtfully and effectively."

The Observer Corps protects and strengthens the citizen's right to know, and Sunshine Week is designed to highlight open government and freedom of information at the local, state and federal levels. The League promotes this nonpartisan effort to enlighten and empower individuals to play an active role in their government at all levels and give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.

"Sunshine," or openness in government, refers to two distinct areas: access to public records and access to public meetings. Every day, people have the right to know what actions their government is taking by attending public meetings and accessing public documents. You can help make Sunshine Week burn even brighter in 2018.

For more information on Observer Programs see the "Observing Your Government in Action Protecting Your Right to Know A Resource Guide"

Darlene Allen shares information about Sunshine Week, the Observer Corps Project and upcoming League Activities in an in-depth interview with Todd Pazz from Sunny FM

Women's March 2018 ~ Marquette

The Women's March this year was again an amazing and empowering event. It was estimated that over 2,000 gathered this year in Marquette. The League of Women Voters had an information table where 30 new people signed up for more information. We saw at least 20 League Members at the March and several of us walked together carrying signs advocating for Women's Rights, Human Rights and the Power and Importance of the Vote.

Women's March 2018
Information Table ~ Thank you volunteers!

Sign Making Party

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 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.

Candidate Forums - Marquette County - 2017

Marquette City Commissioners' Candidate Forum

A Candidate Forum for the Marquette City Commission was held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:00 + 8:30 p.m. at the Marquette City Commission Chambers at the Marquette City Offices, 300 W. Baraga Ave, Marquette. The six candidates running for the three open seats on the Marquette City Commission have been invited: Tom Baldini, Justin Brugman, Peter Frazier, Tony Ghiringhelli, Jermey Ottaway and Fred Stonehouse. The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Delta County, Marquette County Unit. The forum included opening statements, audience questions and closing statements. The moderator for the evening was League member, Darlene Allen. The public was invited to attend the forum and written audience questions were collected and asked by the moderator during the forum.

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.

NMU Fall Fest - Marquette County - 2017

Six LWVDC, Marquette County Unit members attended the University Fall Fest that welcomes students to a new year and offers them the opportunity to learn about student groups, local businesses and non-profits. The volunteers shared information on the League, membership and voting rights. The students were interested in learning about and used the QR Codes on the bookmark handouts to check out the site. The volunteers reported many great conversations with students and managed to register eleven new voters!
LWV information table at NMU Fall Fest

Come on over and get registered to vote!

Registering to Vote!

Public Information Meetings - Marquette County - 2017

The Marquette County Unit held a Public Meeting at the Peter White Library on July 8th. Thirty-seven people were in attendance. Information was shared with the audience about the past history of the League in Marquette County. The LWV of Marquette County began as a provisional League in 1968 and provided voter services to the community for almost 40 years. Three of the former members have joined again as members with the new group currently forming. Delta County League Mentors Sue Scheeneman, Ann Bissell and Pat Rudden presented information on League basics and shared their experiences with the audience. Ten new members joined the Marquette Unit as a result of this public meeting. The Unit is now 33 members strong!
Sue Scheeneman, Mentor from Delta County

Patricia Rudden, Mentor from Delta County

Ann Bissell, Mentor from Delta County

Sign up to volunteer for Voter Registration

Observer Corp Information

The wonderful audience with new league members!