Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Billings Public Library
510 North Broadway
Billings, MT 59101
Member Meeting. State Position Proposal: Criminal Justice Reform. Speaker: LWVMT Board member Bonnie Lorenzen
Friday, February 14, 2020
Noon - 1:30 pm
Billings Public Library
Community Room
510 N. Broadway
Billings, MT 59101
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND BILLINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY CO-SPONSOR DISCUSSION: CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS. The League of Women Voters of Billings and the Billings Public Library will host a discussion entitled "Continuing the Fight for Women's Rights" on Friday, February 14 from Noon + 1:30 p.m. in the Library's Community Room. Facilitated by the League of Women Voters, the event will feature Kevin Kooistra, historian and Executive Director of the Western Heritage Center. Kooistra will present a history of the women's suffrage and women's rights movements. Topics include the story of suffragist Hazel Hunkins Hallinan of Billings who championed women and children's rights in the 20th century, the history of the League of Women Voters, and various strategies used to create social change. This event commemorates the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters and is part of the Library's "2020: Year of Civic Literacy" series. Light refreshments will be served. Prior to the event, voter registration will take place in the Library lobby.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
5:30 p.m.
Billings Public Library Community Room
510 S. Broadway
Billings, MT 59101
Carbon Pricing - How does it work?. How do you put a price on carbon and how does this method reduce green house gasses and global warming? What are the pros and cons? Get your questions answered by two nationally recognized experts from our area:

Dr. Lori Byron and Dr. Rob Byron

Lori recently earned a master's degree in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University, learning how to address the imposing challenges of climate change for human institutions and ecosystems, as well as the potentially transformative role of sustainable energy systems.

Rob co-chairs the Citizens Climate Lobby Health Team and is a member of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. He is a strong advocate for addressing climate change with emphasis on the public health and environmental justice aspects.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Billings Public Library
510 N. Broadway
Billings, MT 59101
Annual Membership Meeting. TBD
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Billings Public Library
Community Room
510 N. Broadway
Billings, MT 59102
Peter Miller - Presentation on redistricting. More details to come
Saturday, April 25, 2020-Sunday, April 26, 2020
Noon Saturday - Noon Sunday
Carpool opportunities available
Montana State League Retreat: "Learning from Our Past; Envisioning Our Future". The 100th anniversary of the founding of both the national and Montana League make this year's annual meeting an event not to be missed.


On Saturday evening we will have a reception and special speaker in honor of Lucile Speer, outstanding LWV member who helped shape Montana's new Constitution and was elected president of Montana's Constitutional Convention delegates in 1972. We are partnering with the President of the University of Montana as part of the President's Lecture series to bring Elaine Weiss, nationally known journalist and author of The Woman's Hour, to speak on the fight for the 19th Amendment in 1920 and what it reveals about politics and women today. Weiss was the keynote speaker at the 2018 LWV National Convention in Chicago. The Woman's Hour tells the harrowing story of the adoption of the 19th Amendment by Tennessee, the final state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment.


The meeting begins Saturday afternoon with a Land Acknowledgement and Presentation by Michael Durglo, Jr., Head of the Tribal Preservation Department, The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation. Diane Sands, Montana historian, state legislator, and lifelong activist for Women, LGBT and minority rights will also be sharing her perspective on lessons from the past and challenges for the League's future.


State President Nancy Leifer will recap highlights from the League's 100 years in Montana and outline the challenges our democracy faces as we enter our second 100 years. How can the League continue to be a vital force for democracy in the 21st Century? League members will then work in small groups to dream big and envision the future for the League in Montana.

To help us better prepare for the future, Sunday morning offers a workshop on "Tools to Strengthen Cultural Intelligence and Teamwork in Diverse Communities." This workshop led by Dr. Udo Fluck. a 20-year veteran of intercultural training, is designed to help League members become more sensitive, aware, and understanding in interactions with culturally diverse individuals.