About the League
What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?
Annual Meeting 2017
Kerrytown Concert House was the perfect venue for this year's annual meeting. Almost 50 LWV-AAA members applauded as Life Members Sunny Morse (left, with daughter Suzi and President Nancy Schewe), and (right) Mary Hathaway and Shirley Axon were recognized. Doug Koop, Director of the Legacy Land Conservancy, described the goals and benefits of the conservancy movement, which are supported by the LWV position on natural resources: "Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest."
. And the annual business meeting concluded with the President's report by Nancy Schewe, adoption of the 2017-18 budget and election of the Board of Directors
Annual Report 2017
to read the Annual Report for 2015-2016 activities of the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.
and HERE for the Budget.
Old News - But Fun
Newspaper clipping from 1973
covering the annual LWV interview with 2nd District Republican Congressman Marvin Esch.
Representative Esch participated via speaker phone (LWV was high tech even then) because he was in Washington working on the energy bill that was passed that year (remember the gasoline shortages of 1973?).
He said that his priorities for the upcoming session of Congress included pension reform, tax reform, housing, education, restructuring Congress, and campaign financing reform. Those are still topics facing our government today.
Our Mission and Roles
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.
- Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.
- Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.
To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.
Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.
Other League Organizations
Our Ann Arbor Area League is one of 22 local Leagues throughout Michigan.
Our members are also members of
History of the League of Women Voters