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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.

Upcoming Events

The League of Women Voters Leelanau County will host a forum entitled "Food Security" on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at noon in the lower level of the Government Center in Suttons Bay. The forum will explore the impacts of a changing climate on sustainable food security and mitigations and adaptive strategies to address these changes. The panelists include Dave Barrons, former TV weather reporter and climate change activist; Richard Allen, Leland yard farmer and gardener; Kelly Lively, Policy and Outreach Partner at Cherry Capital Foods; Jim Nugent, former head of MSU Horticultural Center and local fruit farmer; and Jim Schwantes of Sweeter Song CSA and contributor to local farmers' markets. Before the forum at 11:15 AM there will be a meet and greet with local and regional food-related organizations and businesses who will provide opportunities to learn new skills and information on what an average person can do.

Many people bring a sack lunch. LWVLC business meeting to follow presentation. For more information: Call 231-271-5600, .


The League Women Voters Leelanau County calls upon the Townships and Villages of Leelanau County to pass a resolution to be sent Governor Snyder, Attorney General Schuette, Representative Franz and Senator Booher, asking them to support S.B. 880 and other actions to swiftly shut down Line 5.


On Thursday, June 2nd the League's first presentation to shut down Enbridge Pipeline 5 will take place at the Northport Village Council meeting at 7 pm at the Village Hall.

A committee of 15 people has been working for two months to create a packet of information for each member of the township and village boards. A LWVLC representative will address the board. League members will have also approached some of these elected officials before their meetings to gain their support. We encourage you to attend and speak as an individual after the LWVLC remarks. Here is a hotlink to the Resolution: Pipeline Resolution

Bingham Township + June 20 at 7 pm Bingham Township Hall

Centerville Township + June 8 at 7 pm Centerville Township Hall

Cleveland Township + June 14 at 7:30 pm Cleveland Township Hall

Elmwood Township + June 13 at 6:00 pm Elmwood Township Hall

Empire Township + June 14 at 7:30 pm Empire Township Hall

Glen Arbor Township + June 21 at 7:30 pm Glen Arbor Township

Kasson Township + date to be determined

Leelanau Township + June 14 at 7:00 pm Leelanau Township Hall

Leland Township + June 13 at 7:30 pm Leland Library

Solon Township + June 9 at 7 pm Cedar Fire Hall

Suttons Bay Township + June 8 at 5:15 pm Suttons Bay Township

Suttons Bay Village + June 20 at 5:30 pm 321 St Joseph Street, Suite D

Northport Village -- June 2 at 7 pm at Village Hall

Why is this a League concern and why should it be your township or village's concern?

First and foremost, second only to Keweenaw County, Leelanau County has the most shoreline along Lake Michigan of all Michigan Counties. There is no one better to send this important message to our representatives than our Township and Villages..

The Great Lakes contain 20 percent of the world's fresh, available surface water; are a drinking water source for 40 million people; and sustain agriculture, fishing, shipping and industry within its bordering states. One of every five jobs in Michigan depends on the quality and quantity of the Lakes' fresh water. Billions of tourism dollars rest on the image of "Pure Michigan." There is consensus that the Straits would be the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes.

Time for unwavering trust in the "fox to guard the chicken house" is over. Line 5 carries crude oil and other hazardous materials under the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge has a poor track record that includes 1,244 spills. A rupture near Kalamazoo in 2010 allowed almost one million gallons of tar sands oil to leak from an Enbridge pipeline for 17 hours before being shut down.

Your township or village will not be alone in passing such a resolution. 40 local Michigan governmental communities and the 35 federally-recognized tribes that have called for the immediate closure of Enbridge Line 5, and the list is growing.

We live here because we love the water. We are also entrusted to protect it. Protection of Michigan's water supplies and resources is best accomplished by prevention rather than an after the fact clean up. This is a message that your Township or Village can send to Lansing that will only cost a postage stamp but could save Leelanau County many tourism dollars.