The League of Women Voters of Edina (LWVE), a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League has approximately 100 men and women members and is part of the State League and National League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters of Edina has had an active role in Edina since 1954.

November meetings: Alcohol & tobacco position update

Saturday, November 8, Edina City Hall and Thursday, November 13, Edina Senior Center
Refreshments and social time: 9:30 am
Program and discussion: 10:00 – 11:30 am

In 1997, League of Women Voters Edina studied alcohol and tobacco use in the community. The original study examined use of alcohol and tobacco by youth, adults and senior citizens. It looked at school and community education regarding chemical health, school policies and local and state laws.

When Lonni Skrentner raised her hand at the Lively Issues meeting in 2012 to suggest an update to the Alcohol and Tobacco position, she had something pretty simple in mind-the rise in the use of marijuana and prescription drugs by youth needed to be added to the Alcohol and Tobacco position. The scope of the update suggested at the 2013 Annual meeting included expanding the position to include prescription drugs, synthetic drugs and marijuana. The focus was on youth although chemical health is not just a youth issue. A committee comprised of Colleen Feige, Kathy Iverson, Suzanne Kerwin and Lonni Skrentner was appointed to proceed with the update. 

Please read the update and plan to attend the November meetings to hear from the study committee and discuss the following consensus questions:

1. Should the LWVE position be expanded to include: E-cigarettes? Marijuana? Synthetic drugs?Prescription drugs? Opioids?

2. Should the LWVE position be expanded to include support of youth led education and     prevention programs?

3. Should LWVE continue to include “establishment of Youth Court to address alcohol and tobacco violations” in the position?

Links from the October meetings: "Vision Edina" and "Redevelopment in Edina and the City's Comphrehensive Plan 

On October 9, League members participated in a Vision Edina workshop. Future iQ Partners has been contracted by the city to design and facilitate the Vision Edina initiative. Vision Edina is meant to be an ambitious, broad-based and inclusive community visioning process. It will also serve as an important foundation for other strategic efforts, such as the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvement Plans. Read more information on Vision Edina. 

On October 11, Steve Elkins, Metropolitan Council Member representing Edina, Bloomington, Richfield and Hopkins, will presented on the 
role of the Metropolitan Council and its impact on the Edina’s Comprehensive Plan. Here are links that may be of interest:
Volunteer to register new citizens to vote!
Join former LWVMN president Judy Stuthman and other Leaguers at the following citizenship ceremonies to help new Americans fill out voter registration forms for the first time. Many League members will describe this volunteer opportunity as one of the highlights of being a Leaguer. Volunteers collect the completed forms and Judy takes them directly to the Secretary of State's office. Volunteers are needed for the following ceremonies:
  • Friday, October 17, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul 
  • Tuesday, November 18, 10:30 AM-2:00 PM, Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center
 Volunteering takes place an hour before each ceremony begins. If you are able to help, please contact Judy Stuthman at jastuthman@aol.com Thank you to all volunteers; you make it possible for the new citizens to experience their new right to vote!

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