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Get to Know
Jeanne Stuart

Jeanne Stuart
Membership Director

Six months after Jeanne, her husband and her first child moved to Elmhurst in 1953, she joined the Elmhurst League. She read about a LWV meeting in the Elmhurst Press and phoned the then-president, Ruth Ord. Ruth eagerly picked her up to go to the meeting with her, which happened to be the Annual Meeting, held in a church basement. The discussion and voting on a local program impressed her greatly. The members were so knowledgeable, articulate, and enthusiastic, that she joined.

In the 1950s, monthly member meetings, called "units", were held in a member's home, where a baby sitter was made available to watch over the members' children. Separate study groups were also available for those who wanted to be more fully informed. Most women at that time did not work outside the home and were "starving" for more substantial intellectual conversation than housekeeping and child rearing.

Like a true League president, Ruth found Jeanne a board position to keep her busy and interested. The Board met monthly in the morning. Through the years, Jeanne served on committees and the Board in a variety of positions including treasurer, membership and president in the 1960s. The problems she has worked on with the League included the ERA, fair housing, water conservation, separation of sewers and recently a new public library. Their goal was and is always to inform our citizens and get people out to vote.

Jeanne has been a League member for over 60 years and, consequently, some of her best friends are early League members. Many have died or moved away but she still regularly lunches with her early LWV friends. Their interest remains the same: to become informed citizens and to vote. They never run out of political conversation!

Jeanne has served on the Elmhurst's planning and zoning committee and the zoning commission before being elected alderman for two terms.

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Join Online Now Membership is open to women and men 18 years or older. We have The following membership levels!
Patron: $250
Benefactor: $200
Advocate: $150
Sponsor: $100
Two-Member Household Membership: $90
Supporter: $75
Individual Membership: $65
Full-time Student Membership: $30

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Join us for our 2015 Social Event!

On May 9, 2015, we are planning to see the comedy troupe, The Capitol Steps, perform at the McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage. From the Center's website: "The Capitol Steps uses song parodies and original sketches to bring to light the comic political situations of our country. Order your tickets by clicking here.

Candidate Forum video and Voters' Guide

Our Candidate Forum was held on February 15, 2015. All candidates that were eligible to participate in the Candidate Forum were to write answers to a group of League-formulated questions, which include questions asked at the forum as well as others on issues identified by the League.

To assist you in choosing the candidates, please view our Voters' Guide, at http://lwvelmhurst.org/2015_Spring_Guide.asp.

A video of the forum will also be available, so be sure to come back to our website to use these important voter education tools!

Mark your Calendar!

  • February 23, 7-9 pm, at Bryan Middle School, 111 W. Butterfield Rd. "The Cost of Free Public Education. . .under the new reality." Learn about new education funding reform legislation, a pension cost shift from state to local taxing bodies, the potential for school vouchers & charter schools and how your tax dollars fund education. Jan Dorner of the League of Women Voters, State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-47th), State Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46th), State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-23rd) and State Senator Chris Nybo (R-24th) will all be present. Free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, February 26th @ 7:00 pm, Elmhurst Public Library. LWV-IL Program Planning Meeting. Members only. We will prepare for the LWV-IL State Convention in June.

  • Tuesday, March 3rd @ 7:00 pm, Elmhurst Public Library. Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition presents Composting Matters Kay McKeen, Founder and Executive Director of SCARCE will provide information about how to compost. For more information click here.

  • Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m., at Elmhurst College, Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall. Please join us for the official screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, which is described as "a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population." Tickets are free, but a $5 contribution is recommended. Tickets are limited and reservations are recommended. For more information, go to http://lwvelmhurst.org/OEFF2015 Elmhurst.Cowspiracy.Flier_ECCC.pdf.

    Film screening as part of the One Earth Film Festival, March 6-8. Elmhurst Cool Cities has partnered to provide the One Earth Film Festival, which utilizes compelling environmental films and engaging programming in order to bring about an understanding of climate change, sustainability, and the power of people. Film Festival audiences have grown from 500 in its 2012 inaugural year to 2,400+ in 2014, reaching more than 88 zip codes across five states. This year, there will be an anticipated 4,000 attendees, and expansion into more neighborhoods and communities in the Chicagoland area.

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8 p.m., Capitol Steps performance, at Belushi Performance Hall, McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, Fawell and Park Boulevards in Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. Order your tickets on-line now at http://lwvelmhurst.org/CapitolSteps.asp. See more information about the troupe at: http://www.atthemac.org/events/capitol-steps-2

What's going on with other Local Leagues?

Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 - 8:00 PM: 2015 Spring Election College of DuPage Candidates Meet and Greet: Lake Park High School West Campus Cafeteria -- The League of Women Voters of Roselle/Bloomingdale will sponsor a "meet and greet" for candidates running in the April consolidated election. The event is an opportunity for voters to learn more about the credentials and platforms of candidates in local elections. For more information about the event, please view the Candidate Meet and Greet Flyer. View the Candidates' biographies here to learn more about them.

To view upcoming events and other news from the Glen Ellyn League, the Naperville League, and the Wheaton League, go to their recent issues of their newsletters:
Glen Ellyn League's The Voter
Wheaton League's The Voter
Naperville League's link to its newsletter, The Voter, can be found at http://naperville.il.lwv.org/newsletter.html

Cool Cities CoalitionNeeded: LWV Elmhurst Rep for Cool Cities Coalition

Are you interested in the environment? Would you like to work with Cool Cities members from the Library, College, City Centre, Bike Club, AAUW, Garden Club, churches, The City, and with other local interested businesses and "cool" citizens? LWV Elmhurst has been well-represented in the Cool Cities Coalition, but we currently need someone new to volunteer to attend the Coalition meetings. Please consider becoming the Elmhurst League's Cool Cities representative.

To read about the League's involvement with the Cool Cities Coalition, click here. For more information, please contact Sue Whitworh at president@lwvelmhurst.org.

Car Pool/Ride Share

Do you need a ride or want to carpool to a League event? Send an email to secretary@lwvelmhurst.org

The Observer Reports now include December 2014 meetings of the Park District, School Board and City Council.

To view pictures of highlights from our government meetings taken by members of our Observer Corps, including the recognition of individuals/groups, go to our "A Peek from the Observer's Seat" page.

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