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:
Volunteering takes place an hour before each ceremony begins. If you are able to help, please contact Judy Stuthman at email@example.com Thank you to all volunteers; you make it possible for the new citizens to experience their new right to vote!