LWV WI Annual Meeting: Bridging Divides, Building Unity, Strengthening League

LWV WI Annual Meeting: Bridging Divides, Building Unity, Strengthening League


Best Western Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center
1 N Main St
Oshkosh Wisconsin
Wisconsin US
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 4:30pm

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Annual Meeting

Bridging Divides, Building Unity, Strengthening League

Friday, June 8 – Saturday, June 9, 2018

Best Western Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center - Oshkosh 

Hosted by: LWV of Winnebago County

Join us this year to learn, share ideas, and enjoy the fellowship of the League community under a unifying theme: Bridging Divides, Building Unity, Strengthening League. LWV WI’s 2018 Annual Meeting will highlight lectures and discussions on issues about what separates us politically, culturally, and geographically with an emphasis on finding transformative paths to bridge these divides. Our lineup of speakers is taking shape and will soon be announced.

We encourage all members at any level of engagement and experience with the League to join us. Register by June 1st to secure your spot.

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018

10AM-1:00PM   LWV WI Board Meeting

3:00PM   Registration Opens

3:00PM-5:00PM  League Exchange  New this year! Friday afternoon, join us at the League Exchange where you can talk with members about what works in your League, get new ideas for programs and events, discuss challenges you face in your communities, and be inspired by the great League work being done across our State!  

5:15PM-6:15PM   Pre-dinner Socializing, Cash Bar

6:15PM-8:00PM   Dinner and Keynote Speaker Tracey Robertson, Co Founder and Executive Director of Fit Oshkosh, Inc, will deliver a presentation on "Intent vs. Impact: Mobilizing the Power of the Black vote."

8:00PM Join State Board and Staff for a post-speaker social


7:30AM  Continental Breakfast Begins / Registration Continues

8:00AM-8:15AM   Welcome and Introductions

8:15AM-8:45AM   Parade of Leagues

8:45AM-9:45AM   5th Annual Zabelle Malkasian Lecture: Dr. David Canon, UW Professor of Political Science, will deliver a presentation on "Partisan Redistricting and the Gill v. Whitford Supreme Court Case." He teaches courses on American government with focus on Congress, race and politics, the president, and political parties and was the recipient of a University of Wisconsin Distinguished Teaching award.

9:45AM-10:00AM   Break

10:00AM-11:30AM   Morning Breakout Sessions

A Public Education for All - Presented by Heather DuBois Bourenane, Executive Director of Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPENand Kim Kaukl, Executive Director of Wisconsin Rural School Alliance (WiRSA)

Incarceration Reformation: The unique challenges of women's incarceration - Melissa Ludin, EXPO President and Sarah Ferber, EXPO Organizer

11:30AM-1:00PM   Lunch Buffet & Award Presentations

1:00PM-2:30PM   Afternoon Breakout Sessions

The Importance of Civic Education - Moderated by Joyce McCollum. Panel includes LWV Winnebago Co - Margy Davey; LWV Door Co - Susan Kohout and Shirley Senarighi; LWV Milwaukee Co - Leigh Ann Tidey.

Community Alliances Update - Moderated by Consuelo López Springfield. LWV Beloit - Bette Carr; LWV Milwaukee Co - Michele Goldstein, Jenna Lara, and Eloisa Gómez; LWV Sheboygan Co - Geralyn Leannah and Abril Moreno Casas.

A League look at Economic Equity and Poverty in Wisconsin - Moderated by Ethel Himmel. Panel includes LWV Ashland-Bayfield Co - Jan Penn; LWV Ripon Area - Cindy Diemer; LWV Appleton and LWV Winnebago Co - Penny Robinson, Nancy Jones, and Connie Kanitz.

2:45PM   Plenary Session – Business Meeting

4:30PM   Adjourn


The block of 30 rooms reserved for League members at the Best Western Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center in Oshkosh (920-230-1900 or Toll Free at 855-230-1900) for Friday, June 8th and additional 5 rooms reserved for Saturday, June 9th are all booked!  We are also able to offer 10 additional rooms at two hotels 10 minutes away. Here is the information you need:

Hilton Garden Inn, 1355 W. 20th, Oshkosh 54902
920-966-1300; no Toll Free #
Five rooms with 2 queen beds, $159 plus tax/room

Cobblestone Hotel and Suites of Oshkosh, 1495 W. South Park Ave 54902
920-232-0300; Toll Free 888-693-8262
Five rooms with 1 queen bed, $125 plus tax /room
email: oshkoshwi@staycobblestone.com

We will hold these rooms under the name LWV WI through June 1. When you call to make reservations, be sure to state that you are with the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

LWV Winnebago cautions members to NOT stay at the Town Motel on Division Street in Oshkosh.

And here are two more hotels that we haven’t reserved rooms, but you can look into for yourself:

La Quinta Inn
1886 Rath Lane, Oshkosh

Fairfield Inn & Suites
1800 S Koeller, Oshkosh

Silent Auction

Our wonderful hosts from LWV Winnebago County will be holding a silent auction at this year’s Annual Meeting. Silent auction items are graciously being donated by local Leagues across the state and will celebrate the unique communities represented at Annual Meeting. Funds raised through the silent auction will to go to the LWV WI Centennial Fund. What a great way to kick-off fund raising for what is sure to be a memorable celebration in 2020!

A special thank you to LWV Winnebago and participating local Leagues for your silent auction items.  


Watch for updates about the Annual Meeting on this page, in the state League’s e-news updates, and from your local League. If you are not receiving League updates and E-Action Alerts from the state office and would like to, please send us an email at lwvwisconsin@lwvwi.org

Register by June 1st to secure your spot!


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Contact Information
Ellen Penwell
epenwell [at] lwvwi.org