LWVRA Is Awarded Martin Brown Grant for Voter Services

LWVRA received notice on June 1st that it had been awarded a Martin Brown Voter Services Grant in the amount of $1000.  The LWV Grant Committee determined awards by reviewing proposed projects, budgeted expenses, treasury balance, local contribution toward voter service, and Education Fund balances (where applicable).  The Grant application was spear-headed by Past President, Rita Mills, and completed in collaboration with June Stewart, Barb Anderson, Joyce Briggs, Cecilia Warner, and Karen Lake. There were 27 Grant applications and $30,352 in funds awarded.

2nd Annual Brews and Book Reviews July 24

The League of Women Voters Roseville Area is once again hosting the highly popular Brews and Book Reviews event on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bent Brewstillery, 1744 Terrace Drive, Roseville (between Lincoln Drive and Fairview Ave.).  Attendees are encouraged to bring a book to recommend to others for summer reading.  Craft beers and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase.  

The event is open to the public.  Invite a friend and join us for a relaxing evening discovering what is on everyone’s recommended book list.  Consider posting the flyer attached to the Voter in an area that you visit. 


Prior Crossing Tour

LWV Roseville Area members, as part of the affordable housing study, toured Prior Crossing in St. Paul.  The facility is 44 studio appartments for homeless aged 16-24.  The Wilder Foundation provides on-site services, and the facility was built and is administered by Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.  We were extraordinarily impressed by the services available to residents and its facilities.  Our tour leader, Denise Ellis, assured us that our voices are the most powerful and valuable resource we can use to promote the cause of affordable housing.

This photo shows what greets every resident when they enter their own apartment for the first time.  There will be a full article in the July-August issue of The Voter.  


May-June 2018 Voter

In this issue of The Voter, you will find articles about:

  • The upcoming field trip on June 13 to visit Prior Crossing, a housing facility for homeless youth in St. Paul
  • A message from President Rita Mills on the challenge to get new voters to the polls
  • A recap of the two April unit events, and of the May annual meeting, and
  • An article from Florence Sprague with recommendations for books in the genre of graphic literature

We think you will find it an interesting issue.  There will be no separate June issue.

LWV Roseville Area to March in Rosefest Parade June 25

After a seven year absence, LWV Roseville Area will have a presence in the Rosefest Parade on Monday, June 25.  We will be carrying the banner Marching is Not Enough. Vote. and probably other signs about voting.  We won’t try to do voter registration.  We’ll just be reminding the crowds that League is around and encouraging them to vote.  It should be a fun time.  The course starts at Roseville High School at 6:15 p.m. and we march to Lexington, turn left past Central Park and then turn on County Road C and finish at Civic Center Drive.  It’s one mile long.  Please contact June Stewart at juneret@comcast.net  or Sherry Hood at sherrychood@comcast.net to get more details and let us know you will be participating.  We hope to see you there.


What's Possible in Housing? June 13

LWV Roseville Area is taking a housing field trip.  On Wednesday, June 13, 11:00 a.m., we will visit Prior Crossing, a 44-studio apartment facility on University Avenue for homeless youth.  Built by Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and managed by CommonBond, it is one of many Beacon residences for homeless and low-income individuals and families throughout the area. We will tour the facility and participate in a presentation that explores all of the housing options Beacon provides including a future development for men re-entering the community after incarceration, a group that has a particularly difficult time finding homes.

If you would like to attend please send your contact information to Bonnie Koch, toouray@aol.com.  Specific information about the meeting and parking will be sent out just prior to the date.  Those who are interested may carpool from the Roseville Oval parking lot.  Interested Leaguers will have an opportunity to lunch together after the meeting.


RAHS Voter Registration May 8

The League of Women Voters, Roseville Area, will be offering voter registration to the Roseville Area High School Area students over their lunch periods in the cafeteria on Tuesday, May 8th.  After the March, time to register and vote!  Below are the requirements to register:

  • Be 18 by Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
  • Be a citizen of the United States and a resident of Minnesota
  • Have a valid ID to show, a MN Drivers’ License, Permit, or a MN ID card number
  • If none of the above ID’s, know the last four digits of your Social Security number

If a Student has a Drivers’ License but forgets it, the Social Security number cannot be used but a registration form may be taken to complete and mail in.  On-line voter registration, as well as same-day registration at the polls are also a means to register.