The Fred and Shirley Porter Award
The Fred and Shirley Porter Award is given annually by the League of Women Voters of the Holland Area to individuals who symbolize the League's mission and who exemplify civic leadership.
Porter Award Description
The purpose of the League of Women Voters is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. The Fred and Shirley Porter Award is given annually by the League of Women Voters of the Holland Area to individuals who symbolize the League's mission and who exemplify civic leadership.
Fred and Shirley served the League of Women Voters in Illinois, in Michigan and in the local Holland Area League. Their leadership fostered civic education and voter advocacy. They personally exemplified initiative and encouragement of civic responsibility for the common good.
The Board of the League of Women Voters of Holland chooses recipients based upon the above criteria. Awards nominations are presented at the annual membership meeting in May.
Porter Award Recipients
Martha Winsche and Deirdre Toeller-Novak received the 2018 Porter Award for their enthusiastic and very successful local leadership of the petition drive for “Voters Not Politicians” to be on Michigan’s ballot in November. Their team ended as #3 in the state for gathering signatures. The VNP petition drive is remarkable for its totally volunteer-driven movement, raising more than 100,000 signers beyond those required, from voters in every Michigan county.
Margaret (Peggy) Boyce, a long-time LWVHA member who has served in many capacities, most notably her tireless efforts to bring LWV-sponsored candidate forums to the Saugatuck-Douglas political arena.
Jessica Fuentes, a staff member at LAUP who assisted with the Hispanic Youth Leadership workshop conducted by LWV-HA. Seeing a need to make our presentation more relateable, she spontaneously engaged with the young students, offering her own family experience and enthusiasm as a newly registered voter to challenge workshop attendees. Her participation had a demonstrably notable effect.
Angelica Ross and Diana Hernandez, Holland High students and youth members of the Human Relations Commission, for their voter registration drive. Shannon Garrett, Co-founder of VoteRunLead, a national organization that supports and encourages women to become involved as leaders, offering training and coaching for people who would like to run for public office.
Justin Roebuck, Elections Coordinator, Ottawa County and Jean McFadden, Holland LWV member, for their efforts to increase voter registration opportunities and to train election observers.
LaShawn Donelson, Iliana Garcia, Jasmine Harris, Bonnie Jansma (Hope students who assisted with voter registration, translation of ballot proposals; outreach with LAUP)
JoAnne Brooks, Helena Winter & Kay Donnelly (Founders and early members of the Holland Area LWV)
Carol McGeehan, Suzanne Dixon & Sara Leeland (Holland Area LWV members for their tireless efforts on behalf of environmental issues)
Arlene Sherman ( Long time LWV member who was very active in a host of civic activities in the Saugatuck area)
Shannon Craig & Nicole VanDerKolk (Hope students who assisted with voter registration and candidate forums)
Lindsey Boeve (West Ottawa Student who registered many new high school voters)
Porter Memorial Fund Endowment Donations
In July 2015, Patricia Porter Walczak and Henry F. Walczak created an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland (CFHZ) in memory of Fred and Shirley Porter who were long-time members of the Holland Area League of Women Voters. Proceeds from the endowment fund will be used by our local League for the following activities:
- Voter Service
- Voter Education Projects
- Environmental Education
- Membership Scholarships
- Other voter education issues
Individuals wishing to contribute to the Porter Memorial Fund for the League of Women Voters of the Holland Area may do so by making gifts payable to the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, indicating it is for the Porter Memorial Fund. Checks can be mailed to: