The Friend of League Award is awarded to a community member or group who assists LWV ABC in achieving our goal of good government. The award, initiated and designed by longtime members Sandra Shanley and Mary Jo Truchon in 1991, is presented in fall of each year. Members may submit nominations to the Communication Committee Chair.
TJ Tronson and NorthMetroTV
in recognition of their work in producing widely viewed Candidate Forum video to inform voters during each election season.
Rebecca Ebnet-Desens, Executive Director of Anoka County Historical Society, and the staff of the Anoka County Historical Society
in recognition of their outstanding partnership to celebrate the history of women’s suffrage, honor the accomplishments of Anoka County women, document the 100-year history of the LWV ABC, inform our community about the work of the LWV and share the history and stories of the people and communities of Anoka County.
Anoka County Elections Manager Paul Linnell and the Anoka County Elections Staff
for empowering voters, creating the trust crucial to preserving our democracy and educating the public about elections and voting.
Staff of Anoka County Library Rum River and Anoka County Library Northtown (Lydia Potthoff pictured)
These libraries went above and beyond in contributing to community awareness of the men and women who contine to make democracy work for all by hosting the LWV traveling exhibit celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage and the League, hosting opening ceremony events of the exhibit, displaying LWV ABC local history artifacts and featuring books about the people and events leading to the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Cortni O'Brien, Adult Services Librarian, and the Columbia Heights Library
for hosting the LWV ABC historical exhibit and hosting, promoting and assisting LWV ABC with voter registration drives and dissemination of information to the public about the Presidential Primary.
Lori Anderson, founder of Transformative Circle
for creating a safe environment where people of diverse cultures can come together to gain understanding and build relationships for a stronger community
Leslie Sauer Smith, QCTV Community Television producer
for her enthusiastic cooperation and community spirit that provides exceptional production of LWV ABC programs that educate and motivate viewers regarding public policy and community involvement. Examples of her work are available on the QCTV website.
City of Andover
for its continuous support of providing free monthly meeting space and use of council chambers, as well as promoting horticultural practices that favor pollinators.
Katherine Lenaburg and Quad City Television (QCTV)
for recording LWV ABC discussions and providing a separate listing of LWV ABC recordings on the QCTV website.