Sara Boeckelman, President
Sally Egler, Vice President
Nancy Smith, Treasurer
Julia Albarracin and Joanne Curtis, Secretary

Mission Statement:
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.  The League recognizes that varied perspectives are necessary for responsible and effective decision making and actively seeks to be inclusive.


Thursday, December 8, 2017 — Representatives of the League - Sara Boeckelman, Sally Egler, and Sharon Keeling - presented the Bushnell-Prairie City High School with the first Andrea Bowen Democracy in Action Award. We presented to them a framed certificate (beautifully designed by Tim Rice) and an accompanying framed biography of Andrea and her good works - and a check for $100. In the picture the principal Donna Daily is next to Sara and on her right is Kim Rench, the teacher who organized the many activities in their mock election. Next to Kim is Sue DeRoos, Andrea's daughter, then Bob Bowen, Andrea's husband.

This school spent 2 full days educating their whole student body about the election process: real-life candidates spoke in an assembly Friday morning (Jill Tracy, Norinne Hammond, John Curtis via tv, Matt Kwacala), then 4 League members "registered" 173 students (Sally, Sharon, Alice Henry, Sandy Nelson). Students watched a TV debate by students representing the major Presidential candidates and on Monday, students went to various polling places around the building to vote. Afterwards they wrote their reflections on what they learned from the process, 7 of which which were read to us yesterday. So impressive! The students' own words revealed how impactful this exercise had been for them. Bob and Sue Bowen were touched.

We will continue to collect donations to this memorial. For non-election years, we plan an essay contest for junior and senior students in area high school devoted to themes that Andrea supported - an informed citizenry, the responsibility to vote, conservation of our natural resources. We want to reward winners with a certificate and monetary award. All who support what Andrea did for the League and community are encouraged to make a donation to this memorial fund. Send your checks to Sally Egler, 320 N. Johnson St., Macomb, 61455, with Bowen Memorial in the memo line. This is a way to honor Andrea's memory and her life of good work.

Letters from Bushnell-Prairie City High School Students

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