About Our League

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.

Western Nevada County League

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County began in 1978 when a few League members from other areas moved here and formed a Member-at-Large (MAL) group, which later developed into a Provisional League.

In 1984 all necessary requirements were met and the group was accorded full status by the National and California State Leagues as the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WESTERN NEVADA COUNTY.

2016 - 2017 Board Members

President - JoAnn Marie
Vice President - Jan Bedayn
Secretary - Justin Sternberg
Treasurer - Michelle Margulies

Action/Legislation and Observer Corps - Polly Bacich
Historian - Sharon O'Hara
Hospitality - Carol Kuczora
Membership - Linda Norman
Social Media - Patricia Wolfe
Voter Newsletter - Stephanie Mandel
Program Planning - Karen Schwartz, Pauli Halstead
Publicity - Tracy Pepper
Voter Service - Gail Smith

Program Planning
Voter Service
GOTV Campaign
Book Club
Observer Corps    

Past Presidents

Joan Lancaster & Miriam Swift 1980-1981
Mary Adams 1981-1982
Edi Silverman 1982-1984
Shirley Price 1984-1986
Eloise Gregory 1986-1987
Susan Shotwell 1987-1988
Virginia Birdsall 1988-1989
Bonnie Taylor 1989-1991
Eloise Gregory 1991-1992
Betty Taylor 1992-1993
Scottie Shields 1993-1995
Mary Dreifuss & Dottie Schmidt 1995-1996
Mary Dreifuss 1996-1997
June Englebright 1997-1999
Dottie Schmidt 1999-2000
Joan Lancaster 2000-2002
Mary Dreifuss & Edi Silverman 2002-2004
Dottie Schmidt 2004-2005
Board of Directors 2005-2007
Ruth Schwartz 2007-2010
Board of Directors 2010-2011
Karen Schwartz 2011-2014
Anne DeWitt 2014-2015

Other League Organizations

History of the League of Women Voters