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The LWVLA 2022 Annual Meeting

Please view our virtual Annual Meeting to see an overview of our League's work throughout our 2021 - 2022 year. Our program opens with a presentation from Kim Smith, mayor of Onalaska, about the relationship between her degree in Servant Leadership and her role as a civic leader. Following Ms. Smith, members of our active committees from last year provide brief reports on their activities and accomplishments. At the end of the meeting, members present voted on the business items traditionally offered for approval at our Annual Meeting,

If you were unable to attend, you are welcome to vote on these items for approval. The ballot will be available on our website through Wednesday, June 15. Click on the link below to vote.

April Lunch & Learn
Climate Action in the Urban, Suburban, and Rural Coulee Region

Activities in our own backyard are helping to mitigate impacts from 
and reduce contributions to climate change.  The April Lunch and Learn program featured three distinct efforts in the Coulee Region that will hopefully inspire us and continue the momentum for helping our climate future. 


2022 Legislative Breakfast

A recording of our annual event for League members to meet with our elected state and national representatives. Hear legislative updates and ask questions of our legislators. All of our elected representatives for La Crosse County were invited to attend.

This year's speakers were:
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Congressman Ron Kind
State Senator Brad Pfaff
State Representative Jill Billings
State Representative Steve Doyle


March Lunch & Learn
How Feminism Changed Our Lives: A Short History

Dr. Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Professor and Chair of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the UW-La Crosse , presents an overview of the progress made toward equal rights as a result of the efforts of feminists from the mid-1800's to today.

February Lunch & Learn
School Boards: A Public Service

Wisconsin Association of School Boards District 6 representative, Mary Jo Rozmenoski; Catherine Griffin, West Salem School Board president; Cheryl Hancock, Holmen School District School Board president; and Dr. Juan Jimenez, La Crosse School Board president discuss the roles and responsibilities board members assume when elected as stewards of public education.

A Fireside Chat with Mayor Mitch Reynolds

Mayor Reynolds reflected on the accomplishments and challenges of 2021, looked ahead to his goals for La Crosse in 2022, and answered audience questions.

January Lunch & Learn
Lessons Learned: Wisconsin Elections

Ginny Dankmeyer
La Crosse County Clerk

Meaghan Wolfe
Wisconsin Election Commission Administrator

Meagan Wolfe is the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, a six-member bipartisan body (three Democrats and three Republicans) whose members are selected by the legislature and the governor. 

Ms. Wolfe will be joined at our Lunch & Learn by La Crosse County Clerk, Ginny Dankmeyer. As the chief election officials  for our state and county, they are charged with administering and enforcing our election laws. Ms. Wolfe and Dankmeyer will 
speak about what we learned from 2020 and how post-election reviews may affect the administration of our 2022 elections.

December Lunch & Learn
Celebrations Throughout Our Community

Marta Martinez
Volunteer, Coulee Region Immigration Task Force, Centro Latino, and LFIS

Zelda Moore
Fiber Artist and observer of Kwanzaa and its principles for 25+ years

Rabbi Brian Serle
Rabbi, Congregation Sons of Abraham in La Crosse

Tony Yang
President, Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency 

November Lunch & Learn
Addressing Homelessness in the La Crosse Area

Kim Cable
Head of Housing Division of Couleecap and La Crosse County Board Supervisor

Cheryl Hancock
Executive Director of Coulee Recovery Center/ Coulee Council on Addictions

Julia Mc Dermid
Executive Director of The Exchange

Mitch Reynolds
Mayor of the City of La Crosse

November’s Lunch and Learn, “Addressing Homelessness in the La Crosse Area,” will delve into causes of area homelessness and discuss how area nonprofits, the city, and the county are helping to address the situation. In addition, the panel will provide information about cooperation among agencies and budget concerns.

The League supports programs and policies that
prevent or reduce poverty, 
promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families, 
provide decent, adequate standards for food, clothing and shelter, 
provide a decent home and suitable living environment for every American family, and
support violence prevention programs in communities.

October Lunch & Learn
Challenges, Opportunities, and Future Directions for Policing in the La Crosse Area

La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf
La Crosse Chief of Police Shawn Kudron

Sheriff Wolf and Chief Kudron answered League questions regarding a range of policing issues including transparency; officer training; efforts to build public trust, diversity, equity; and challenges faced by local law enforcement.

September Lunch & Learn
Criminal Justice Management in La Crosse County: 
Progress and Prospects

Speakers from the Criminal Justice Management Council:
Tim Gruenke, La Crosse County District Attorney
Honorable Scott Horne
Margaret Larson, County Board Member
Dr. Suthakaran Veerasamy, Citizen Representative, UWL Faculty

The Criminal Justice Management Council was developed to evaluate the criminal justice system's implementation of the La Crosse County correctional philosophy. Members of the council will discuss progress made in the past ten years and aspirations for the next ten years of the criminal justice system related to the issues of sentencing diversion, inclusion, equity and transparency.