Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured?

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 Midland League belongs to the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters of Michigan

Other state and local league websites may be found here.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service and Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action and 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 of the United States Education Fund and the League of Women Voters of Michigan Education Fund, which are 501(c)(3) corporations, nonprofit educational organizations. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Midland Area League of Women Voters

The LWV of the Midland Area was formed as a provisional league in 1967 by a group of women from Church Women United. In 1968 the league was recognized as a full-fledged league with 94 members. Through the years, we have provided voter service for general and local elections with candidate information, forums and general information about registering and voting. We have also studied local issues and developed the positions which are listed under "Where We Stand.". We present programs on current national, state and local issues and advocate for our positions. We also sponsor the local Great Decisions discussion groups which meet eight times, usually beginning in late January, and follow the programs set out by the Foreign Policy Association.

In May, 2018, we counted 95 members; our board members are listed below. Board members serve for two years and are elected at annual meetings which are held in May.

Board Members and their additional responsibilities

President Katherine Redwine (website backup)

1st Vice President Carol McPherson (membership)

2nd Vice President Judy Donahue (program)

Secretary Judy McDowell

Treasurer Karen Sherwood

Director Sharron Such (program co-chair)

Director Terry Townley (education)

Director Julie Schmidt (website)

Director Cathy Heng (print media)

Director Sue McCollister (voter service)

Director Carole Swinehart (natural resources)

Director Kim Steinke. (voter service co-chair)

Director Sandy Collinson

Director Sandy Houghton

Director Pam Saddler ( Bay City convener)

Board meetings are held from September through May on a monthly basis. Check the calendar section for the time and place. Board meetings are open to all League members and to anyone else who wishes to attend. Visitors are welcome.