Making Democracy Work

Past

Date & Time        Place        Description
Saturday, November 19, 2011
11:30am-1:30pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel--Petroleum Club, 27 N. 27th Street, Billings, MT Lunch with Elisabeth MacNamara. The Montana League of Women Voters will sponsor a program, "Clean Air Impacts Public Health: The Clean Air Defense Campaign" featuring Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States, Dr. Robert Merchant, Billings physician, and Wade Hill with Health Care Without Harm. Lunch is available. Contact Nancy at 245-6038, no later than noon, November 16.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
12:00 Noon
Rib and Chop House
1849 Majestic Lane
Billings, MT 59102
Holiday Gathering. On Saturday, December 3rd, our members and guests will meet at noon at the Rib and Chop House for our annual holiday party.

This year we will be collecting donations of laundry supplies for clients of Angela's Piazza.

Contact Janice at 208-0258

Thursday, January 5, 2012
11:30am
The Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave., Billings,MT Healthy by Design. Laura Holmlund, from Riverstone Health will introduce and discuss the Healthy by Design Program, which is a collaborative effort working to create a better community to live, work and play. Membership includes organizations from a variety of disciplines, all working toward the same goal.

The Public is welcome to attend.

Plus, there will be a Sneak Peak of our historic women's style show coming on March 3rd. It will be a chance to pick up tickets for the show and tickets for a fabulous raffle. The Fundraising Committe has lots of information to share.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave., Billings, MT Pathways to Self Sufficiency. General League Membership Meeting

Melanie Schwartz,lead navigator, presents "Pathways to Self sufficiency," a program developed to assist women in the Women's Prison enter the outside world.

The public is invited--no reservations needed

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Noon to 3pm
The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 27 N.27th Street, Billings, MT

Third Floor
Celebrate a Century of Women's Accomplishments and Styles. Women's History Month comes alive at the Crowne Plaza, 3rd floor, March 3rd, 2012, Noon to 3pm with a History-Fashion Show Luncheon. The event, Celebrating a Century of Women's Accomplishments and Styles, explores the connection of fashion with historical events, noting the advancement toward equality.

For more information contact Janet Munsell at 406-208-0258

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
 
  League meetings. There will not be a general meeting in June or July. There will not be a Board meeting in June.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave., Billings, MT New Library Update; Report on National Convention. There will be a short update on the new library from two Library Foundation members: Cara Schaer, President and Leslie Modrow, Director.

Following their talk, Theresa Schneder will give a presentation on the LWV National Convention she attended in June.

The public is welcome.

Thursday, September 6, 2012
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave.,Billings, MT "STAND BY YOUR ADS". Hear Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, at the University of Pennsylvania, talk, via video, about what we as individuals can do to help stop misleading "facts," half-truths, and falsehoods in political campaign ads. This is not a partisan issue--Ms Jamieson demonstrates that both parties engage in this behavior.

The Public is welcome to attend.

Friday, October 5, 2012
 
  Billings League of Women Voters Membership Meeting. There will be no meeting on October 4th. Members are encouraged to attend the candidate debates and forums being planned for early October:

Sponsored by Billings Gazette Communications and Montana State University Billings:

U.S.Senate debate, Monday, Oct. 8, 7:00p.m., Petro Hall. It will feature Republican challenger Rehberg and incumbent Senator Tester. This debate will be televised live by Montana PBS, webcast on billingsgazette.com and broadcast on Yellowstone Public Radio and the Northern Broadcasting System.

On Oct.9 at 6p.m., a gubernatorial candidates'debate in Petro Hall features Democratic Attorney General Steve Bullock and Republican Rick Hill, a former U.S.representative.

Thursday, November 1, 2012
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave.,Billings, MT General Membership Meeting. Carol Gibson will present a summary of the Billings League's National Voter Registration Day events. There will also be speakers addressing the pros and cons of LR 124/SB423 which revises the state medical marijuana law.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
11:30am-3:00pm
Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Avenue
Billings, MT
Annual Business Meeting. The Billings LWV Annual Meeting will be on April 4. Our luncheon speaker will be Lynda Moss. She will talk about a mural, "100 years of Montana Women's History." This mural will be installed in the State Capitol in Helena. After our speaker, we will proceed with our Annual Meeting, which is expected to last until 3:00pm.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
11:30 - 1:00 pm
ELKS CLUB on Lewis LWV Membership Meeting. The meeting will begin with lunch at 11:30. Cost: $10

Our speaker will be Ressa Charter, member of the Northern Plains Resource Council and a rancher. He will be talking about sustainable agriculture and related subjects. Please come and bring a friend for this important and informative meeting!

Thursday, September 5, 2013
11:30 to 1:00
Elks's Club LWV General Meeting. Catered lunch will be served at 11:30 for $10.

Speaker: Steve Lackman, County Agent of the MSU Extension Office. He will be giving an overview of agriculture in Montana and will be available for questions.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Voter Registration of New Naturalized Citizens
Federal Courthouse, Billings Voter Registration for New Citizens. New naturalized citizens have the opportunity to register to vote.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
National Voter Registration Day
Various Location National Voter Registration Day. LWV members and other organizations will be registering voters and updating addresses at various locations around the country. Contact LWV Billings to help!
Thursday, October 3, 2013
11:30 to 1:00
Elk's Club on Lewis 2012 Report on the Status of Women and Children of Montana. Jen Euell of Women's Foundation of Montana will present the 2012 report on the status of women and children in Montana.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
5:00 pm
Crowne Plaza 60th Birthday Party for LWV Billings. The Joan Harwood Gallus "Making Democracy Work" Award will be presented during this gala event. Come and bring a friend for this special event.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave. Billings, MT
Billings LWV Monthly Meeting. Terry Whiteside, researcher for the Western Organization Research Council, speaks on Heavy Traffic Ahead, research on coal trains going to the coast through Billings and the impact on agricultural and consumer goods. Mr. Whiteside has over 30 years experience in transportation with both carrier and shipper representation. Whiteside & Associates represents most of the Wheat and Barley Commissions throughout the West.

The public is invited. $10 buffet lunch at 11:30; free program at noon. Reservations not required. Please join us.

Monday, May 19, 2014
5:15pm
Simply Wine, 316 S.24th Street, West, Billings, MT Sip and Sound Off. The Billings LWV invites the public to join members in conversation about a current event topic.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave.,Billings Billings LWV Monthly Meeting. Luncheon and discussion of Legislative Referendum 126 which seeks to eliminate Election Day Voter Registration and ballot initiatives currently approved for signature gathering for placement on the November ballot.

The public is welcome. $10 buffet lunch at 11:30am;free program at noon. Reservations not required. Please join us.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
5:15pm
Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave. Billings, MT Sip "N Sound Off. The Billings LWV invites the public to join members in conversation about a current event topic. A buffet dinner is available for $8.50.
Friday, June 20, 2014
6pm
Western Heritage Center Not in Our Town exhibit & reception.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
7:30pm-9:00
Babcock Theater Not in Our Town Documentaries. Free to public. Join leaders from around the country for the screening of the original PBS documentary about Billings called "Not in Our Town." Also see the most recent NIOT film, "Marshalltown," followed by a great community conversation with a panel of folks who were key players in the inspiring events in Billings in 1993.
Friday, July 18, 2014
9am
McCormick Café, 2419 Montana Avenue, Billings Climate Change Solutions. Dr. Linda Swift of the Berkley, CA League of Women Voters will speak on climate change solut1ons. Order breakfast at 8:45 and then join the group in the back room. Invite your friends.
Monday, July 21, 2014
5:15pm
Bin 119 Sip 'N Sound Off. Come join the conversation.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave., Billings, MT Billings LWV Monthly Meeting. Program: Dr. Peter Miller will speak to the LWV of Billings on Thursday, Aug. 7 at noon. Dr. Miller's interest is voting behavior, which includes absentee voting, political participation other than voting, election administration, and the decision making process that culminates in the vote itself. His dissertation examined the redistricting process in the western U.S. Dr. Miller is a graduate of Billings Senior High School, obtained a B.A.at Reed College and a Ph.D. at University of California-Irvine. He is currently a John Templeton Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
 
  Celebrate!. Women's Equality Day, commemorating the 19th Amendment, passed on this day in 1920, which gave women the right to vote.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
5:15pm-6:30pm
The REX,downtown Sip and Sound Off. Have a Sip and Sound Off about your concerns. We've been talking about community and judging others! Today is a special day, the day in 1920 when the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote was passed into law! Take a few moments to enjoy conversation with Billings women voters.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
11:30-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave., Billings,MT
Billings LWV Monthly Meeting. Program: A healthy economy depends on public policy that promotes equity and justice.

The economic recession that began in 2008 resulted from years of growing economic and racial inequity in the United States. Rather than building an economy based on the common good, in recent decades lawmakers renewed and adopted policies that slashed taxes for the wealthy and deregulated big business, including Wall Street and the banks. These policies compounded the income gap.

Promoting economic equity in the United States is a matter of urgency. Sheena Rice, of Montana Organizing Project, will provide a brief background of the issues and how they are impacting families. She will also talk about campaigns to develop living wage jobs, reform the financial sector, and address disparities in wealth and income.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Community Room, Billings Public Library Constitution Day. Public program: Dr. Tim Lehman of Rocky Mountain College will speak on the First Amendment rights of the United States Constitution.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
 
Various places in Billings National Voter Registration Day. Watch for League of Women Voters of Billings tables around town.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
5:15-6:30pm
Off the Leaf on Grand Avenue, Billings Sip and Sound Off. Have a Sip and Sound Off about your concerns. Take a few moments to enjoy conversation with women voters from Billings.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
11:30-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT
Billings LWV Monthly Meeting. Program: Marci McLean, Executive Director of Western Native Voice will speak about Reservation voting issues.

Marci is from the Blackfeet Reservation of Montana. Following service in the Army National Guard, she studied at Montana State University-College of Technology where she earned an A.A.S. in Physical Therapy. Marci then attended the University of Montana and earned a bachelor's degree in Human Biology with a minor in Native American Studies. In the 2012 Election, Marci co-managed field operations for the Western Native Voice voter mobilization campaign.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Monday, November 3, 2014
5:30-7:30pm
Western Heritage Center,
Montana Ave., Billings
100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in Montana. Reception and celebration
Thursday, November 6, 2014
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave., Billings, MT
Billings LWV Monthly Meeting. Kathy Kelker, retired Executive Director of Head Start speaks about Early Childhood Education.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
11:30
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT
Billings LWV Monthly Meeting. Program: Scott Crichton of the ACLU will preview the 2015 Legislature.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
1pm
Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave., Billings, MT Billings LWV Annual Business Meeting. Member attendance at the business meeting is critical; new officers and programs for the coming year will be voted on.

Program follows business meeting: Senior High School Debate Team will debate the Electoral College.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
1PM
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
180 24th Street West
Billings
Billings LWV FUNdraiser Tea & Scones. Program: "Artful Little Squares of History" presented by Therese Blanding. We will also be raffling a quilt and there will be a silent auction on arts and crafts, $10-$100. Contact Betty Whiting, bettywhiting@bresnan.net, if you have something crafty to consign.

Public welcome.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
11:30am
Elks' Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave., Billings, MT Billings LWV Monthly Meeting. Program: Representatives Kelly McCarthy and Geraldine Custer will give an overview of the recently concluded 2015 Montana General Assembly.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Saturday, May 16, 2015-Sunday, May 17, 2015
12 Noon to 12 Noon
Bozeman, MT LWV MT Annual Convention. The Bozeman League of Women Voters is hosting the 2015 LWV-MT State Convention, May 16, Saturday noon to noon on Sunday, May 17.

Speaker from the Office of Political Practices will speak on Saturday evening.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
11:30am
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
180 24th Street West
Billings, MT 59102
LWVMT President on State and National Issues. Sally Maison, LWVMT president, will speak on state and national LWV issues. Get acquainted with LWVMT board members.

Salad Bar Lunch

Saturday, August 22, 2015-Sunday, August 23, 2015
 
Ward 3 August 22 10 a.m. Central Park;

Ward 1 August 22 1 p.m. Pioneer Park;

Ward 2 August 22 3:30 Castle Rock Park;

Ward 4 August 23 1 p.m. Veterans Park;

Ward 5 August 23 3:30 Meadowlark Park
Forums with City Council Candidates. The LWV Billings with the Kiwanis and Forward Montana will sponsor forums with the candidates running for office in each of the city Wards. Places and times TBA.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
6pm
Art Cinema and Pub Celebrate Women's Equality Day. The Billings League of Women Voters is sponsoring a showing of the film, "Iron-Jawed Angels," the story of the long fight to win the right for women to vote.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
11:30am-1pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis
Billings, MT 59102
Billings LWV Monthly Meeting. Program: Drs. Robert and Lori Byron will discuss the effects of climate change on health and the disproportionately ill effects on those with low incomes.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon

Thursday, September 17, 2015
6:30pm
The Elks Lodge,
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT
59102
Money in Politics-Constitutional Amendment? A Public Program. "Do we need a constitutional amendment to solve campaign finance imbalances?" Theresa Schneder will lead a discussion based on the LWVUS power point presentation, Money in Politics. The League will serve lemonade and cookies at this evening presentation.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
Billings LWV Monthly Meeting. Program: Consensus discussion of LWVUS Constitutional Amendment Study.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon

Sunday, October 18, 2015
6pm
Babcock Theater
Billings, MT
City Council Candidate Forum. On October 18th, the final candidates for all five Wards of the City Council will participate in a forum at the Babcock Theater at 6pm. This event is being co-sponsored by the Billings LWV, Forward Montana, and the Billings Kiwanis.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
11:30am-1pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
Billings LWV Monthly Program. Program: Judges Carter and Hernandez will speak about alternative sentencing programs.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon

Thursday, January 7, 2016
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
BillingsLWV Monthly Program. During this meeting, members will try to reach consensus on questions related to the national League study of Money in Politics.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
7pm
Billings Public Library
Community Room
Public Event. The Billings League of Women Voters will sponsor Dr. Linda Swift who will speak about ways carbon pricing can be implemented to bring economic stability and clean air.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
Billings LWV Monthly Program. Program: Dr. Linda Swift, from Berkeley, CA, will talk about ways carbon pricing can be implemented to bring economic stability along with clean air.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Thursday, July 14, 2016
11:30am-1pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
Billings LWV Monthly Program.. Program: "Why We Vote:Getting from Votes to Seats" with Dr. Peter Miller, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Miller will talk about how electoral systems translate individual preferences (i.e. votes) into social choices (i.e.) party nominees, elected officials and policy outputs), how the American electoral system performs relative to other electoral systems, and conclude with a modest proposal for the U.S. to move toward a system of ranked choice voting.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Dr. Miller's interest is voting behavior, which includes absentee voting, political participation other than voting, election administration, and the decision making process that culminates in the vote itself. His dissertation examined the redistricting process in the western U.S. Dr. Miller is a graduate of Billings Senior High School, obtained a B.A.at Reed College and a Ph.D. at University of California-Irvine. He is currently a John Templeton Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
5pm
Arts Cinema & Pub "Suffragette". The Billings League of Women Voters is showing the film "Suffragette" on Tuesday, August 16 (this is a date change from August 22). It is open to the community. This film is a documentary about the British struggle for women's suffrage, and was very influential in the fight for the vote for women in the U.S. It is a commemorative event honoring the ratification of the 19th Amendment. We will also take this opportunity to honor the memory of Margaret Ping, a life-long humanitarian and an LWV member for many years. Snacks will be served. A $10 contribution is suggested.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
11:30am-1pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
Billings LWV Monthly Program. Program: "Trans Pacific Partnership-Global Free Trade Agreement" presented by Olivia Stockman Splinter.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
11:30-2:00
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
180 24th St. West
Billings, MT 59106
Soup, Suffrage and Survival Luncheon. The connection between women, food and politics will be explored by Dr. Emily Arendt, history professor at MSUB. Her presentation, "Making Politics Palatable" will highlight the soup luncheon. Dr. Arendt notes that a century before American women had the right to vote, they were using their influence in the kitchen to promote political candidates, platforms and social issues.

The luncheon will feature a variety of soups with politically themed names. We will also serve "hobo" bread and a well-known dessert from the past.

Come join the fun and reflect on women in politics.

The cost for lunch and the program is $20.

Thursday, October 6, 2016
11:30am-1:00pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
Billings LWV Monthly Program. Supreme Court candidate forum: Montana Supreme Court candidates Judge Dirk Sandefur and Professor Kristen Juras will each describe his or her concerns for the Montana Supreme Court and describe their qualifications for serving as a Montana Supreme Court Justice. The public is invited to ask questions of the candidates and each will have two minutes to respond. Janice Munsell will moderate the discussion.

The public is welcome. A salad bar lunch for $10 is available. Reservations are not necessary. The program begins at noon.

Thursday, December 1, 2016-Saturday, December 2, 2017
 
Billings Public Library
510 N Broadway
Billings, MT, 59101
Connecting with Local Government conference. Learn how your local government works; share what you see working or not working; discuss alternative structures that might address the problems you see.

Yellowstone County citizens are invited to "Connecting with Local Government," a conference at the Billings Public Library on December 1st and 2nd. The conference will be led by Dan Clark from the MSU Local Government Center. Those attending will describe what works and what doesn't work for them as citizens in Yellowstone County and Billings/Laurel and Broadview. We'll learn about the current governmental structures and whether a change to a different structure would solve inefficiencies. Or is it politics? What do we need to do to make any needed changes?

The conference will be held in the Community Room at the Billings Public Library on Thursday, December 1 from 1pm to 5pm and on Friday, December 2, 8am to noon. Cost for both days is $25 or $15 for either half day. Registration is limited to 96 participants and pre-registration by November 28 required. Click on "Registration Form" for directions on how to register.

If you can only attend one session, the first day will focus on identifying things the attendees believe the city/county is doing well and things the city/county might pursue to function more effectively. On day 2, local government officials will present their perspectives; participants will identify 3 themes based on input from the entire conference; and discuss options and opportunities for citizens to move forward to bring about greater government effectiveness.

For more information about the conference, contact bettywhiting@bresnan.net.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
11:30 am - 1 pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
Billings LWV Monthly Program. After decades of work with people who are homeless or in the criminal justice system, Margaret English is aware of the devastating effects of anger on the lives of many people. She will talk of anger management at the January 5 meeting of League of Women Voters. She began teaching anger management classes at Riverstone Health and felt it was so beneficial that after she retired she volunteered to teach at the Montana Women's Prison.

In thirty years as a social worker, Margaret English heard many stories from people who were required to attend her classes as part of misdemeanor or felony sentences. These gave her insight into the impact of probation and parole systems on the lives of people who will be returned to society.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
11:30 am - 1 pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
Billings LWV Monthly Program. Billings City Finance Director Pat Weber will discuss legislative issues and options for city and county financing. Several different means of raising revenue for government entities have been explored locally and in the State Legislature this year. Weber will offer information and answer questions relating to various proposals. He has been in the City Finance Department for over 16 years and has been Director since 2004.

Lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
11:30 am - 1 pm
The Elks Lodge
934 Lewis Ave.
Billings, MT 59102
Billings LWV Annual Business Meeting. Join the Billings League of Women Voters for a review of our accomplishments over the past year, election of new officers, and approval of our programs for 2017- 2018.

Salad bar lunch is available at 11:30am for $10; reservations are not necessary. Public is invited to attend. Program begins at noon.